Pauline was walking down the street heading towards the subway when she heard someone call her name. She turned and saw Larson, her fiance’s friend. Smiling broadly, she stopped and watched as he approached. She was always delighted to see him.
When he reached her, they hugged. “You look great,” she said as they separated. He was wearing a grey pinstripe suit and a matching tie over a white shirt. With his looks he could have been a model but he was a CFO at a multi-national company.
“Thank you,” he replied. “You look terrific, as always.”
His compliment made her feel good and her smile deepened. “So, how are you doing? It has been a while since Karson and I last saw you.”
“I’ve been keeping busy. How are Karson and you doing?”
“Fine. He went away on a business trip to Toronto.”
“For how long?”
“What are you going to do while he’s away?”
She shrugged. “I don’t know. Maybe hang out with my friends or catch up on my reading. Or maybe you’d like to come over on the weekend and we can spend time together.”
“I’d like that.” He glanced at his watch. “I’m sorry I can stay longer and chat but I have to get back to the office now. I have a meeting in twenty minutes. It was great running into you, Pauline. I’ll be in touch. Please tell Karson I said hi the next time you speak to him.”
“I will. Call me.”
“I will,” he promised. He watched her walk away before heading in the opposite direction. As he walked, he wondered if it would be wise for him to visit her when Karson wasn’t there. He was totally attracted to her. When they hugged, he tried to hold her in such a way that she couldn’t feel his arousal. The last thing he wanted was for her be aware of his feelings which were growing by leaps and bounds. Those feelings were the reason why he hadn’t been visiting. When he called her, he would suggest that they go somewhere.
Pauline reached the platform and waited for the train. It was great running into Larson. It had been a while since she last saw him. She missed him. In the past, he used to visit Karson and her often but lately, he wasn’t. Perhaps, he was just very busy since the promotion or maybe he had a girlfriend. The mere thought of him having a girlfriend made her jealous. I shouldn’t be feeling this way, she chided herself. He’s Karson’s friend. But, she couldn’t stop thinking about how it felt when they hugged. She had her arms around his neck and he had his around her waist. The scent of his cologne and the feel of his hard body against hers made her head spin. The hug seemed to last longer than it should have. And when they parted, she wondered if he also sensed the sexual tension between them.
She somehow managed to act as if nothing was amiss but her body and senses were in turmoil. Inviting him over to the house while Karson was away was a crazy and reckless idea but she wanted to see him again. She couldn’t let another month go by without seeing him. Maybe instead of them being in the house, they could go somewhere. When he called, she would suggest that.
Three weeks passed and he still hadn’t called Pauline. He had come to the conclusion that it would be best if they didn’t see each other. He would wait until Karson was back and maybe drop by for a visit. On a Saturday night, the week before Karson was due back in London, Larson was relaxing on the sofa, reading a book when the doorbell rang. He closed the book and set it down, not particularly thrilled at the interruption. When he looked through the keyhole, his heart leapt in his chest when he saw Pauline standing there. What is she doing here? Sucking in his breath, he drew back the latch and opened the door. His expression was tense as he looked at her.
She was wearing a red dress which accentuated her lovely complexion. “Good evening. May I come in?”
He moved aside so that she could enter the foyer and closed the door. His heart was pounding and his head was spinning. When he turned around he tried not to let his gaze drop below her face. “You shouldn’t be here, Pauline,” he said quietly.
“You didn’t call so I thought I would come by to see if you’re okay.”
“I’m fine. I was reading.”
“I wasn’t sure that you would be home on a Saturday night.”
“My weekends are usually very quiet.”
“What about a girlfriend?” She had to know.
“I don’t have one.” Was that relief he saw on her face before she turned away? He moved away from the door and followed her into the living-room. While he sat down on the steps, she walked over to the windows and looked out.
“What an incredible view,” she remarked. “I remember the first time I came here. While you and Karson were talking, I came over here and stood for a long time just admiring the view.”
He didn’t answer. Instead, he watched her, a pulse throbbing along his jawline. This time he couldn’t prevent his eyes from traveling down her slender body as she stood with her back to him, watching the flickering lights of the city. The dress hugged her in all the right places and it revealed her shapely legs. He fought to resist the temptation to go over there and…
She turned around and came over to him. “So, why didn’t you call me, Larson?” she asked. “You said you would.”
“I’ve been busy,” he muttered.
“Too busy to call?”
She was standing in front of him now, looking down at him. He was finding it hard to breathe now. He should get up and move as far away as possible from her. Maybe he should tell her that he wasn’t in the mood for company or that he just remembered, he had somewhere to go. Anything to get out of this but, he just sat there, looking up at her and thinking about how sexy she looked in that bloody dress. “Pauline, I think you should go,” he muttered tightly.
For a moment she looked a bit taken aback and then she shrugged. “All right. I’ll go. I’m sorry I interrupted your evening. I’ll see myself out.” She started up the steps when contrite, he stood up and blocked her.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “It’s not that I don’t want you here. The problem is that I do.”
“Then why do you want me to go?”
His eyes darkened on her upturned face. “I’m afraid that if you stay I will be tempted to make a pass at you.”
She looked straight into his eyes and said, “Maybe that’s why I came over tonight.”
When he saw her eyes drop to his mouth, it was his undoing. Groaning, he caught her by the shoulders and pulled her against him. His head swooped down and his hungry mouth sought hers.
Pauline put her arms around his neck and kissed him back. She knew that coming over here tonight could lead to this but it was something she had wanted for a very long time. Deep down she knew that if she had met Larson first, she wouldn’t be with Karson. Desire raged inside her like an inferno and breaking off the kiss, she dragged the denim jacket off and then pulled the tee shirt over his head. She bent her head and pressed her lips against his heaving chest. He closed his eyes as he felt her warm breath on his bare skin.
Then, he pulled her head back to devour her mouth. For several minutes his lips plundered hers as his insatiable desire for her consumed him. He picked her up and carried her to his room. After kicking the door shut, he carried over to the bed and laid her on top. He dragged the dress off before removing the rest of his clothes. Then, his hands and lips were all over her body, driving her wild. Her nails clawed at the skin on his back. They made love on top of the duvet.
When it was over and they lay there entangled and spent, she turned her head towards him and said, “When Karson comes back, I will give him back his ring and move out.”
“What if he asks why?”
“I will tell him the truth.”
“I’m going to lose a very good friend.”
“I know,” she said, her face lined with deep regret. “I wish I’d met you first.”
“Me too.” He leaned down and kissed her on the shoulder. “I’d like you to move in here with me.”
“Are you sure?” she asked, reaching up and brushing the hair back from his forehead.
She smiled. “Okay.”
He gazed into her eyes as he whispered, “I love you.”
She reached up and pulled his head down to hers. “I love you too,” she murmured against his lips.
The following week, she gave Karson his engagement ring back and moved out. He was livid and that was to be expected. She moved in with Larson. A year later, they got married.