Zane

Kimberley let herself into the condo unit. This was the first time she had ever been in Zane’s place. She felt both nervous and excited at the prospect of seeing Leander’s older and very sexy brother. She was mad about him but knew she didn’t stand a chance. He was much older. Besides, why would he be interested in her when he had his pick of beautiful and glamorous women?

She wandered into the living-room but Leander wasn’t there. She went into the kitchen but it was empty too. Then, she heard the sound of a door opening. She wandered into the hall, thinking it was Leander and almost passed out when she found herself staring at the half-naked Zane.

“What are you doing here?” he demanded. He had just come out of the shower and was on his way to his room. Usually, he was stark naked when he left the bathroom but, thankfully, he was wearing a towel this time. He put his hand on the knot to make sure that it was secure. The last thing he wanted was for it to come loose and reveal his reaction to her.

Kimberley gulped. Her heart was beating so fast it scared her. She clutched the book in her hand tightly against her chest as she struggled to keep her eyes on his face. “I’m–I’m sorry,” she stammered. “Leander told me to meet him here. We’re supposed to be going to the movies. We’re going to see There’s a dragon in the Bathtub. Have-have you seen it? It’s-it’s gotten a lot of good reviews.”

His mouth compressed. “No, I haven’t seen it and Leander isn’t here.”

“Oh.” Try as she did, she couldn’t prevent her eyes from drifting from his face to his broad chest which seemed to rising and falling swiftly. Her eyes returned to his face and for a moment she saw something on his which made her heart skip a beat before his expression became guarded.

“Why are you meeting him here instead of at the movie theater?”

“I–I don’t know. He said that you wouldn’t mind.”

“Well, he was wrong. I don’t want him using my flat as a hangout spot.”

“I’m-I’m sorry. I’ll leave. Tell him that I’ll be waiting for him in front of the movie theater. I’m sorry to have troubled you.” She turned and hurried down the hallway. The tears spilled down her cheeks.

He watched her walk away, muscle throbbing alongside his jawline. Minutes later, he heard the door close. He stood there for several minutes before he went into his bedroom and got dressed.

Leander let himself into the flat. He went into the living-room and was surprised to find it empty. Where was Kimberley? Just then, Zane walked in, his gaze narrowing. “She isn’t here,” he curtly informed him.

Leander glanced at his watch. “I asked her to meet me here. Maybe she’s on her way.”

“She came and she left.”

“She did? Why did she leave?”

“Leander, I don’t want you using my apartment as a meeting place for you and your girlfriend.”

“Kimberley isn’t my girlfriend. We’re just really good friends, that’s all. Where did she go?”

“She said that she would meet you outside of the movie theater. So, she’s not your girlfriend?”

“No.”

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Kimberley stood outside of the theater. She was still reeling from her encounter with Zane. It hurt that he didn’t want her there. For a moment, she thought she had seen something on his face, something that gave her hope and then he had made that remark about using his place as a hangout. And he seemed a bit harsh in his manner toward her which puzzled her. What had she done to elicit such a response from him?

“Kimberley.”

She turned and her heart somersaulted when she saw Zane standing there. What was he doing there? He looked gorgeous in the white shirt and jeans. Women cast admiring glances at him as they walked by. “Is-is Leander with you?”

He shook his head. “No. He isn’t coming.”

“Why not?”

“He sent me in his place after clearing up a little misunderstanding.”

She stared at him. “A little misunderstanding?”

“Yes, I was under the impression that you were his girlfriend but he informed me that you’re just good friends.”

“Yes, we are.”

“I’m sorry for the way I acted when you were in my apartment.”

“I–I guess it must have been quite a shock you coming out of the bathroom and bumping me like that.”

“True but it’s no excuse for the way I treated you. I’m sorry. I’d like to make it up to you by taking you to see this movie and for dinner afterwards.”

She couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Her eyes danced with excitement. “I’d like that,” she said.

He smiled. “Good. And since you and Leander are just good friends, I don’t think he would object to us dating, do you?”

“No,” was all she could manage to say.

He reached for her hand as they walked towards the entrance of the theater.

Posted for July 2020 Writing Prompts – #6 – There’s a Dragon in the Bathtub

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