Welcome to the 90th week of My Sexy Saturday.
This week’s theme is Sexy Me Down and this is like doubling down in gambling. We’re sure you wonder what we mean but just look up what the term double down means…to double or significantly increase a risk, investment or other commitment. Hmmm…now think about lovers who are committing their all but not quite sure the other is committing the same amount.
He lowered to the couch, stretched his long legs out and propped his back with a cushion. Judging by his relaxed pose, she didn’t need to sweat if he’d be in the mood. She slouched to grab the garbage bag from the box.
“I’ll take a couch.” His voice reached her and she almost bumped her head on the piping.
She straightened and faced him. Okay, despite her indisposed condition, she had hoped they’d share her bed, however small, but clearly he had a different game on his mind. “Are you sure? It’s lumpy. It’s better to sleep on the floor cushions.”
“Don’t worry about me.” He dismissed her with a wave of his hand. “I’m used to sleeping on all kind of beds. There’s not much choice in hospitals and night shifts can be exhausting.”
His words extinguished the last kindle of her hope. Shoving the ripped clothes into the garbage bag gave her an excuse to not to maintain eye contact. “I’ll get you some bedding in a moment.”
God, could he hear disappointment in my voice? It was her raging hormones. Damn that time of the month. Her face heated, and she hid behind the linen closet door, shifting through the sheets she could put on the couch. Once her heart rate returned to normal, she emerged, holding the double-sized set. “Let me pull the sofa bed out. The couch is small for you to stretch.”
“No rush.” He patted the couch cushion next to him. “It’s barely seven in the evening.”
“Oh.” How stupid of her. So focused on getting him into bed, she’d completely lost her mind. “Sorry, felt like it’s later than it is.”
“If you’re tired, feel free to turn in for the night, but I was hoping you’d stay up with me.” A slow smile bloomed on his face and melted any doubt. No matter how tired she might be, she would stay up with him.
“Of course.” She shuddered. How on earth to occupy him and get her mind out of the gutter? In her past, she never spent the whole day, and a night, with a man. God, he must think me pathetic. “Do you want to watch TV or we can put a movie on?”
“Come here.” He tapped the empty couch next to him.
In a few slow steps, she approached him and lowered to the couch. Left bereft of words, she fiddled with her fingers.
He wrapped his arm around her shoulders, bringing her closer to him. His features softened for the first time since they've returned from the restaurant, and so did his voice. “I don’t think you’re pathetic. I was clear when I said it’s not an appropriate time to start a new relationship. Sometime in the future we’ll have the rest of our lives together. I gave you my pinky promise. And I’m a man of my word. I’ll find you.”
Her chest squeezed. He would keep his word he’d given her in the beginning and disappear from her life once he was done telling his story. A deal was a deal, only now she wished she’d made a different arrangement.
KATE ROKOV‘s grades are plummeting. She needs to get the voice out of her head or she will flunk her finals.
MATTHIAS ZRIN, a three centuries old immortal, born into an aristocratic family as Miles Rušinić, is enthralled with Kate. It is his voice preventing Kate from sleeping and her ignorance is testing his limits. He wants her to write down his story to settle his wife’s earthbound spirit. His tragic love story has become Kate’s obsession since fifth grade during her summer trip to Rušinić castle.
Their coming together settles the old spirit and breaks an ancient curse, and in doing so, a flame spanning over three centuries reignites and burns with wild desire. In this tale of two life times and desire versus emotional need, both know some dreams will have to wait for the right time, but the magic between them is impossible to withstand.
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