Nearly a week had passed since she and Derrick had decided to take a chance and pursue a relationship with each other, and she was on cloud nine. Things were not strange between them at all. She had the best of both worlds…her friend and her man. Who could ask for anything better than that? She wondered as she drove to the grocery store.
Rae rounded the corner to the local grocery store and parked in a spot in the front. She was surprised there was one open at Kroger. Usually so many people were in this store that she felt like she should have just gone to Wal-mart. As she made her way up to the entrance, she noticed a man who looked exactly like Derrick with a woman wrapped all over him. She peered a little closer without being noticeable. It was Derrick! She would recognize that smile and dimple in his left cheek anywhere. What the hell is he doing? I guess the honeymoon is over, she muttered. She turned to leave, not wanting to make a scene in public.
Before she could reach the door, Derrick called her name. She stiffened her spine and kept walking. Tears stung her eyes. Damn him! She hurried to her car before he could reach her because knowing him he would be right behind her.
Shit. Too late. “D, just go away.” She pulled open her car door to get in but he closed it back before she could get in.
“Did you hear me call you inside?” He knew she had but was avoiding him. It was a rhetorical question, however, he wanted to hear her answer.
She sighed. “I heard you but you seem to have had your hands full before I entered the store.” She turned to face him and she knew her eyes blazed with anger.
She was jealous. “So let me get this straight, you saw me with some woman draped on me, decided to leave and then when I called you, you ignore me because you think I’m cheating? Is that right Raquel?”
Uh oh. He rarely called her by her first name unless he was upset or professing his love to her. In this case, he was mad as hell. She crossed her arms over chest. Well, she was mad too. “Yeah, that about sums it up.”
He shook his head. He knew he should have avoided Vivian’s ass but she had pounced on him as soon as he entered the store. He would never cheat on Rae but apparently she thought otherwise. He tried not to be upset with her but failed. “Rae, I can’t believe that you think so little of me. I’m not your damn dad or any other man who has screwed you over. Did you even see me all over her? No. You know why? Because I’m with you and only you. I admit it may have looked bad in there but you could have at least given me a chance to explain instead of drawing your own damn assumptions. And to think I was anxious to see and be with you today.” He ran a hand over his face. “Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to finish shopping and go home.” He turned and stalked away.
She watched his retreating back as he went back inside. He was right. She had jumped to conclusions. Double shit. Well, you really messed up this time Rae. Give yourself a round of applause, she muttered to herself. She sighed then opened her door to her car and drove back home. He wouldn’t want to talk to her right now and she couldn’t blame him.
Derrick kept tossing and turning in his bed. Sleep would not come easy tonight and he knew the reason. Rae. This was the first night he’d been without her. Normally, they slept over each others house but not tonight. Not since their fight. He gave up trying to sleep and got out of his bed. He needed some air. Well, not really. It was the only thing he could think of besides getting next to Rae. He wanted to go to her but he wasn’t sure were her head was right now. He wasn’t angry anymore but he wasn’t past it…Mainly because he felt like she was trying to sabotage their relationship somehow. He wasn’t sure but something was going on. He stepped out onto his patio and a scent immediately caught his attention…the scent of jasmine and lilac….Rae….He turned his head and met her eyes. She was sitting in the swing on his patio.
“Hey, D.” She said softly
The air was thick with tension as he stood there then he spoke. “Rae, what are you doing out here so late?”
She shrugged. “Thinking. Wanting to be near you without you actually knowing I was here. Guess I didn’t do a good job because you found me.”
That got a smile out of him. She always did know how to lighten up the mood. He stepped closer to her. “Rae, listen–
She shook her head. “No, wait. Let me say something first.”
He nodded. “Okay.”
She licked her tongue across her lips. Her mouth was suddenly dry. “I apologize for making assumptions. I wasn’t trying to compare you to my father or any other man who may have been in my life. I just made a bad move today. I should have just asked you instead of jumping down your throat.Will you forgive me?”
He went to sit beside her on the swing. He picked up her hand and kissed the inside of her palm. “How can I not forgive you with an apology like that?”
She smiled. “Thank you, D.”
He stared into her eyes and they held him captive. She had his heart and he loved her so much he thought his heart might burst for a moment. He slid his finger down her cheek. “I’m sorry too. I missed you so much.”
She grinned. “Oh yeah? I didn’t receive a phone call or anything.” She teased
He chuckled. “Okay, I see your point. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t though. I wanted you to come to me when you were ready.”
She nodded. “I missed you too, Derrick. I hate fighting with you.”
“Me too.” He said before covering her mouth with his own.
She moaned loudly. She stroked her tongue over his and his over hers. They created one erotic kiss.
He pulled away for a moment. “Maybe we should fight more often.”
She laughed softly. “Maybe we will make up a reason to fight every now and again. It will keep us on our toes.”
“I think you got yourself a deal.” He sat back on the swing and pulled her back to his chest.
She wrapped his arms around her. “I love you, baby.”
“I never get tired of hearing you say that. I love you too. Do you trust me?”
She turned in his arms so she could look into his eyes. “Yes I do. I won’t jeopardize that trust again.
He stroked her hair. “Then I think we will be just fine, Rae.”