“You want to try an experiment?”
“What kind of experiment?” I’d meant to sound as wary as I felt, but with him this close to me, so close I could smell the aftershave on his sweet skin, my voice came out as a desire-filled murmur.
“Well, for example,” he leaned in close and whispered in my ear, “I want you. Now, how does that make you feel?” Tingles of excitement and euphoria chased each other up and down my spine, but there weren’t enough words in the English language to describe it. Then, when the meaning of his words washed over me, oh, then…my sex clenched and released over and over again as I felt my panties dampening, all of which rendered me incapable of answering his question. Not that I was sure I even wanted to answer.
“Shana,” he said in a husky murmur, as he ran a hand up and down my arm. “You didn’t answer me. How do you feel?”
How did I feel? I felt like my body was betraying me, responding to him despite my reservations. My skin warmed at his touch, and unconsciously I leaned toward him, my whole heart humming with a secret kind of happy. My body reacted to this one simple caress more strongly than it had to any other human in more than a decade and it scared the crap out of me. I wasn’t ready, didn’t know if I’d ever be ready.
“Shan?” His voice was so husky, so damn familiar and comforting that I wanted to lose myself in it.
I love you. It pulsed inside me, answering him when I could not. Even after all this time… “It’s nice,” I answered at last, unable to shake his eyes from me.
“Nice,” he echoed with a chuckle as though he knew all the things I wasn’t saying. For all I knew, they were etched over my face in permanent marker, unable to ever be erased. He leaned forward and captured my lips with his own; the kiss started soft and turned insistent within the space of mere heartbeats.
Stop, one side of me protested, just as the other said, don’t stop. I didn’t know what I wanted, except to feel like this, the way I felt with him—safe, loved, whole. Before rationale could get in the way, I found myself kissing him back, sliding my tongue into his mouth to merge with his own. As the kiss deepened, he slid his arms around me, hauling me on to his lap. I went willingly, putting a hand to his broad, firm chest as we made up for lost time.
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