This was written for the One Minute Fiction Challenge at “Lovely Curses“.
This week’s prompt is: “Again and Again“.
When I tried to quietly slip out of the bed, Tyler outstretched his arm and held onto me tightly.
“Where do you think you’re going?” he whispered into my ear and kissed my neck. I was tempted to stay where I was, just continuing laying with him in that comfortable bed and making love with him again and again. But I couldn’t. I glanced at the clock and knew that time was running out. Before I knew it, I would have to explain myself to him. But before I did, I desperately needed a shower.
I gently pried his fingers open from my waist to release myself from his grip.
“Tyler, I need to pee. And I want to take a shower.”
Reluctantly, he let me slip out of his grasp. I stood up and felt a little self-conscious standing in front of him completely naked.
“Do you want help with that shower?” he teased with a smile on his face. I couldn’t help but smile back.
“I think that I can handle it on my own. Go back to sleep.”
I bent over and kissed him on the forehead, knowing that a real kiss would turn into more of what we seemed to be a perfect match for. But he pulled me further into him and kissed me thoroughly, feeling the temptation to let him sweep my senses away again. I pulled away and averted my eyes dreading how he would look at me later…
“Hurry back…” he mumbled and shut his eyes. I made my way to the bathroom, jumped into the shower and let the hot water relax my body as well as my thoughts. I had to bite the bullet and just tell him. I toweled off, wrapped the towel around me and padded back into the room to find him fast asleep. The longer I looked at the rise and fall of his chest, the more I couldn’t bring myself to wake him up to talk.
I can’t do it.
I grabbed my clothes and padded back to the bathroom to get dressed. As I neatly placed my wet towel next to his on the rack, I took a deep breath and looked into the mirror at my guilty reflection.
He’s not going to forgive me, for not telling him sooner and running again.
Back in the bedroom, I stared at him for what seemed like an eternity before I kissed him ever so lightly on the cheek. Tyler stirred but didn’t wake up.
It’s better this way.
I grabbed my purse and headed out the door. I only had a few hours to retrieve my luggage from my place and head to the airport but all I could do was think about everything we could have been.
Note: This is the end of the Laney and Tyler snippets for now. I know, I know that I’ve said that before but this time I mean it. Thank you for enjoying these characters enough for me to keep “teasing” you with them. I’ve got plans for this couple and need to start putting together their novella together.
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