More Than Just Friends-The Wedding

Raquel blew out a breath as she stared at her reflection. She couldn’t believe that the person looking back at her was indeed her. Her hair was in massive waves around her face with a white and pink flower adorned to the side of her head. Her makeup was flawless thanks to Teri. Teri had spent at least two hours on it. Teri had helped her pick out a beautiful dress before they’d left Georgia. A white strapless gown with sequins. The upper part of the dress was a fitted bodice and the lower part billowed around her legs.It kind of reminded her of fluffy sheets that came out of the dryer. She had been a little apprehensive about how the dress exposed more cleavage than she would have liked. But Teri said it looked great on her and Derrick would love it. Derrick. She sighed. She hadn’t seen him in two days and she really wanted to see him. Nervousness was not even the word to describe her fluttering insides. She kept getting cold feet about the whole thing. There was no doubt in her mind that she wanted him as her husband but what if things went south after they said their vows? What if he changed his mind during the ceremony? What if he didn’t show up? Okay, that last one was highly unlikely so she put that one out of her head. She was trying to sort it all out in her head when Addison walked in. Tears brimmed at the edges of her eyelids and she fought furiously to keep them at bay.

“Oh dear. It appears I arrived just in time.” Addison said while walking over to her.

Rae sniffled. “I’m sorry. You weren’t suppose to see that.”

Addison smiled. “You’re panicking, my lovely girl. It’s okay. You’re not the first to do so and you won’t be the last.”

“Do you think me panicking makes me love him any less?”

“No, of course not. If anything it makes you love him more. You’re weighing your decision to be his wife and there is nothing wrong with that. Just remember that he so in love with you and his baby. You’re everything to him.”

She sniffled again. “I know he is and I am in love with him too.”

Addison smiled and pulled her into a hug. “I’m going to love having you as my daughter. I know I’m not your biological mother but I will love you as if I were.” Addison paused to gather herself before she cried. “Now don’t fret, both of you will be fine. Take it one day at a time.” She pulled back to look at her.

“Thank you.” Raquel said.

“You look beautiful. I have something for you.”

Rae waved her hand dismissively. “You didn’t have to do that.”

Addison rolled her eyes. “Now stop that. Of course I did. I brought you something borrowed. These pearl earrings were worn on my wedding day to Joshua. My grandmother Lucille gave them to me and I’m giving then to you. I also have something blue. It’s a blue garter that I’m sure Derrick will happily take off of you. And your something new is a twenty-four karat gold tennis bracelet that we’ve given to all of our son’s wives. It’s our way of saying thank you for making him so happy. I hope you like the gifts.”

Now the tears were falling. Teri was going to kill her. “I love them. Thank you so much. You’ve been more of a mother to me then my own mother. I appreciate you so much.” She embraced her again and cried for the mother she would never know.

All the while, Addison continued to hold her and rub her back soothingly. She saw Teri open the door to the hotel suite and waved her in. Teri looked over at Raquel crying and almost started crying too but she gathered herself quickly. Addison figured that Teri felt she had to keep it together. Someone had to.

Raquel lifted her head. “I’m sorry to cry all over you.” She turned to find Teri in the room with them. “I guess we have to redo my makeup now. I’m sorry. You worked so hard on it.”

Teri grabbed her hand and squeezed it gently. “Its okay. We still have a little time before the ceremony starts. Come on let’s fix you up.” She pulled her over to the vanity table and began reapplying the make up. Rae noticed her lips were trembling. What the hell? Teri on the verge of crying? She would ask her later about it. Knowing Teri, she wouldn’t want to talk about it now. Rae closed her eyes and thought about Derrick and if he was experiencing cold feet like her.

Derrick ended the call on his Blackberry. “That’s it! I have to go see her. Now.” Derrick said as he jumped up from the love-seat he’d been sitting on for the last fifteen minutes. For two days he’d wanted to see her, be with her, reassure,and hold her. His mother had just contacted him to tell him that Rae was having cold feet and that he should consider seeing her before the wedding. It must be detrimental or least close to it because his mother would never allow such a thing. He couldn’t have her backing out on him. He didn’t think he could take it if she did. He watched as Rafe blocked his pathway out the door.

“No, Derrick. Haven’t we been over this already?”

Derrick sighed. “Look, Rafe, mom just called. Rae is having second thoughts. I need to get down there.” Rafe looked as if he was about to give in when Trevor spoke up.

“No. I will go. She will listen to me.”

Derrick shook his head. “Trevor-

He held up his hand. “Listen, she is only having second thoughts because of what happened with our dad and her mom. Just trust me on this.”

Derrick sighed and nodded tersely. “Don’t let her back out, Trev. Please.”

“You have my word. She’s just scared. Don’t worry though. She won’t back out.” He tossed as he walked out the door.

Derrick could only hope she wouldn’t.

Trevor strolled down the steps to the second floor to go see Raquel. He thought about Teri as he walked. She had been avoiding him since they’d landed here in the Bahamas. They’d had a fight this past week. A pretty big fight. He’d said some hurtful things and she did also but he just didn’t care anymore. He missed her so much and without her by his side just didn’t seem right. At this point, he would grovel if that’s what it took to get her to talk to him. He’d had an ulterior motive when he’d suggested he go talk to his sister. He’d wanted to see Teri and find out if she still loved him. He truly hoped she hadn’t changed her mind about them. His palms began to get clammy as he approached the door.

Reaching his hand up to knock, the door swung open. Teri nearly collided into him and he had to grab onto her waist to steady her. She looked so beautiful in her strapless pink dress that molded to every curve on her body. Damn. He heard her sharp intake of breath and he fought a smile. No doubt she hadn’t been expecting him. Which meant he’d caught her off guard. Before he could think about what he was doing, he pulled her into his arms and kissed her bare shoulder. He felt a shiver pass through her body as he trailed his tongue across it. He willed himself to stop before he lost control, which would be very dangerous right now.

He looked into her eyes and saw the desire that lay in their depths. He swallowed hard and somehow made himself speak. “We will talk later. Right now, I have to talk to Raquel. You look beautiful by the way.” He whispered in her ear.

She cleared her throat and tried to form a coherent thought. Trevor had a way of making her forget the simplest thing. Dammit. She had done a good job avoiding him for a few days but now that she was in his arms, she could hardly think. “I, um, thank you.” Great, now she was stammering.

He placed a gentle kiss on her lips. When she attempted to put her arms around his neck, he eased back. “Later.” He winked and walked around her to talk to his sister

“Raquel we need to talk.”

Raquel sighed, knowing what he meant. “Who told you?”

“Derrick. He’s about to go out of his mind thinking that you aren’t going to marry him.”

“What? I never said that.”

Trevor’s brow rose. “So you aren’t getting cold feet?”

She avoided his piercing gaze and answered. “Yes, I suppose I am. Can you blame me though?” She said softly

He sat beside her and grabbed her hand. “No, I suppose not. Rae, listen to me. He’s not dad and you’re not mom. That was a different situation, sweetheart. In love, you have to take risks. Otherwise, what’s the point of loving? I know you didn’t come this far to give up now.”

She nodded. “I know. I just don’t want to make the same mistakes they did. I want my marriage to work.”

He understood. “That’s understandable, but remember one of them stopped trying to repair the marriage and then our dad fell for my mom and well you know the rest.”

She smiled. “Yes, I know. I love you Trevor. Half brother or not. Thank you.” She took a deep breath and stood. Teri walked in at the same time. She watched as Teri’s gaze connected with her brother’s gaze then she looked at her.

“It’s time. You ready?”

“Yes, I’m finally ready.” This time she was sure.

Raquel was in awe of the view that lay before her. In a private alcove just north of the main island, was where her wedding was being held. A trail of orchid petals were spread down the aisle. Small white lights covered the sheer netting that surrounded her guests. An abundance of small white candles were lit everywhere. Such a romantic scene. Her thoughts were temporarily interrupted when Teri placed a bouquet in her hands and placed a kiss on her cheek.

“I’m so proud of you.” Her voice shook

“Oh no. Please don’t cry because then I will cry too.”

Teri dabbed at her eyes. “Okay. We will cry later then?”

“Deal. Let’s get going. You first.” She watched as Teri nodded and turned to walk down the aisle. Trevor came to her and placed her arm around his.

“I’m sorry, Dad couldn’t walk you down the aisle. His knee has been bothering him a lot.”

She smiled. “It’s alright. At least he got to come here. That’s all that matters.”

He nodded. “Let’s get going. They’re playing your song.”

She slowly walked down the aisle to the song “Spend My Life With You” By Eric Benet and Tamia. She felt Derrick’s gaze on her and she turned her head to meet his eyes. Her stomach clenched as she saw the love he had for her shine so brightly in his eyes. How could she have ever doubted him? I’m sorry, she mouthed to him. He shook his head “It doesn’t matter.” He mouthed back to her. She smiled.

She watched as his gaze traveled every inch of her body. His eyes met hers again and this time they were full of desire. She was so caught up in his gaze that she hadn’t realized that she and Trevor had stopped walking. Derrick walked to her. It was then that she noticed the tuxedo he wore along with his best men, Rafe, Stephen, James, and Zane. She smothered back a whimper of appreciation. Oh my God, he looks stunning! Her mind screamed. He wore a black tuxedo and his feet were bare. His look told her to behave. She would. For now.

“Who here gives this woman away?” The justice of the peace asked

“We do.” Trevor and her father answered. He kissed her cheek and handed her over to Derrick.

She placed her hand in his and he drew her in for a short but gentle kiss that stole her breath away. They turned to the justice of the peace so that he could continue with the ceremony.

“We are gathered here today to bring Raquel Simone Williams and Derrick James Whitfield into holy matrimony. I believe the couple has written vows. You can start first, Derrick.”

He let out a shaky breath. He was so overwhelmed right now. Words couldn’t express how happy he was to see her walk down that aisle. “Raquel, I love you so much. I’ve waited…it seems like forever for you. You’ve been my friend, confidant, encourager, and my strength. You’re like a light to me when everything seems to be darkening around me. I’m so thankful for you, my love and promise to cherish you forever and ever.” He smiled and wiped a tear from her face.

“Raquel, it’s your turn.”

She tried to compose herself. Derrick’s words had left her shaky. They were so beautiful. “Derrick, I’ve loved you for such a long time. Being together now almost seems like a dream but I know it’s not. I’ve never experienced a love that was so overwhelming and powerful. Only you could give me that and I’m so full of joy and contentment. I’m blessed to have found you and I promise to be everything you need and more. You are my world and I love you so very much.”

“The rings, please.”

Raquel took the ring from Teri and Derrick took the ring from Rafe.

“Both of you say these words with me. “With this ring, I thee wed, to have and to hold…”

“With this ring, I thee wed, to have and to hold” They repeated

“To love and to cherish, in sickness and in health”

“To love to cherish, in sickness and in health”

“For richer or for poorer, from this day forward til death do us part.”

“For richer or for poorer, from this day forward til death do us part.”

“I now pronounce you man and wife. Derrick, you may now kiss your bride.”

Derrick smiled and linked their hands together. He gently, tugged her to him. He placed a small kiss on her lips but when she sighed, he deepened the kiss. His tongue stroked hers intimately. He wanted more but decided against it for the time being, although his body protested loudly.

“I love you.” He whispered against her moist lips

“I love you too.” She whispered back. Then they turned back to their guests so they could wish them well.

Teri stood in the back watching Rae and Derrick dance in the moonlight. She was so happy for them. She wished she could be as happy for her own relationship with Trevor. They had said some things earlier in the week. She had accused him of just wanting to have sex with her all the time instead of dating. She remembered the hurt look that came across his face. She sighed. She shouldn’t have said that and from there the fight had escalated until he slammed the door on the way out of her house. She hadn’t seen him or heard from him until he’d come to the Bahamas. Now with him being so near, she couldn’t focus or think clearly. She’d stayed away deliberately. When he’d had her in his arms earlier, she wanted nothing more than to go elsewhere with him so they could make up.

“Hey, pretty lady.” Trevor whispered in her ear.

She jumped slightly then relaxed. “Why aren’t you enjoying the party?”

“Why do you think?” He rasped in her ear.

A shudder passed through her body. God, he smelled so good. She inhaled his scent. A woodsy blend of whatever he was wearing. “I don’t know, Trevor.”

“Teri, is my behavior not obvious to you? I missed you. I have for days now and you act like you don’t. Just tell me, Teri. I’m a big boy. Do you want to be with me or not?”

She swallowed and turned to face him. “Yes, I do want to be with you. I just want our relationship to be based on more than sex.”

He smiled. “Teri, I love you. I don’t take those words lightly. Now, I can’t apologize for loving to make love to you. I’ve wanted you for a long time.”

She laid her forehead against his and a expelled a breath. “This is so overwhelming. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.” She admitted

“I haven’t either, baby. I’m not fighting it though. You shouldn’t either. Come with me, baby.” He groaned when she pressed the lower half of her body against his.

She flicked her tongue out to trace the outline of his upper lip.

“Ri Ri, take me out of my misery and kiss me.” He pleaded. When she placed her full lips on his, he moaned. He reached up to remove the pins from her hair. Once it was loose he plowed his hands into her hair and plundered her mouth with his tongue. Over and over again, he stroked and sucked on her tongue. When she began to buck her hips against his, he abruptly broke the kiss.

“Okay, we gotta go. Otherwise, we are going to make love right here.”


“I don’t know. Give me a second.”

“Why don’t we just go my suite and use my hot tub?”

“Can we make it that far?”

She grinned and pressed her body against his again. “We’d better make it that far.”

He chuckled. “You’re going to be the death of me. Let’s go.”

She squealed as he pulled her along.

Derrick and Raquel-After the party

“So, you were going to chicken out me huh?” Derrick asked while they continued dancing long after the party was over.

“No.” She said softly. She laid her head on his shoulder and inhaled his scent.

“Then what, baby?”

She sighed softly and snuggled closer to him. “I was just apprehensive about our marriage working. Just needed some reassurance is all.”

He kissed the top of her head. “Well I’m glad that you got what you needed. You look so radiant, Rae. I’m glad we took a chance on us.”

She lifted her head to look into his eyes. “I am too. Now it’s time to get naked. I haven’t seen you for two whole days and my hormones are out of control. Care for a swim?” She asked as she shimmied out of her dress.

His gaze landed on the garter on her leg. He groaned. “Raquel, where did you get that?” His voice rasped

She smiled. “Your mother gave it to me.”

He would remember to thank her later. He pulled off his jacket then his shirt. His slacks and boxers followed. Then he lifted her into his arms. “I’m going to enjoy taking that off of you.”

She wrapped her arms around his neck. “You’ll have to get to it first.” She challenged.

He chuckled. “Oh trust me. I plan to do just that. I love you, baby.”

“I love you too, Derrick.”

“Forever?” He whispered against her lips as he walked them into the ocean.

“Forever, my love.” She whispered back then surrendered herself to his kiss. Registered & Protected


More Than Just Friends (Part 8)

Raquel, open this damn door!” Teri yelled as she knocked on the door. She’d been knocking for five minutes and her best friend still hadn’t opened the door. Now she was pissed because she was taking this too far. Where is her extra key? She wondered. Just as she was about to start looking, the door finally opened. Teri opened her mouth to yell at Raquel but quickly closed it when she saw how pale she looked.
“You’re going to wake up the whole neighborhood, Teri.” She said weakly.
She went to help her friend stand. “Rae, what’s wrong?”
“I’m okay. The nausea has been coming in waves today is all. What brings you by?”
“Never mind me. Let’s get you lying on the couch and under a blanket. Have you eaten?” Teri asked as she laid Raquel on her couch. She found a blanket shortly afterwards and covered her.”
Teri, I can’t stomach anything and almost everything smells.” She laid back and closed her eyes.
“Do you have crackers?” Teri asked as she search through the cupboards.
She popped open one eye. ” Yeah. Far left cupboard near the sink.”
Teri retrieved them then poured her a tall glass of water. “Prenatal vitamins?”
“Same cupboard.”
Teri took the bottle and retrieved two. She walked over to Rae. “Here. Take those.” She watched as Rae downed them with water. “Eat the saltine crackers. They will help.”
Rae took them. “Thanks. So explain.” Rae said as she ate a cracker.
Teri sighed. “Don’t be mad, okay? We have been dating for four months.”
“Teri, four months? I can’t believe you kept that from me. I thought we told each other everything.” Raquel knew she sounded whiny but she couldn’t help it.
Teri groaned. “I know. I just…” Her voice trailed off
Rae laid a hand on her shoulder. “Just what?”
“I didn’t know if he was serious about a relationship or just trying to get me into bed. I was being overly cautious and I treated him awful.”
“Teri, my brother would not date you for four months if he wasn’t serious about you. Besides he has always had a thing for you.” She let that little secret slip.
Teri jumped up from where she was sitting. “What!”
Raquel grinned. “He didn’t tell you huh? About a year or so he has had a crush on you. I’m glad you two are an item now. And to think you despise him.” Raquel teased.
Teri gawked then laughed. “Go ahead and tease all you want.”
She winked. “If you insist. But seriously, Trevor cares for you.”
Teri sighed. “Last night he told me he loved me more than I loved him. Do you know what that did to my heart?” She was still reeling from his words and their lovemaking. Her body still hadn’t recovered fully. She doubted if it ever would.
“I know. Same thing your cousin’s words did to mine. It overflowed and made me take a risk on us and our friendship.” She said softly
Teri nodded, understanding completely. “Exactly. I don’t know if I’m ready.”
Raquel pulled her back down to sit beside her. “Teri, stop panicking. He loves you and you love him. Trust in that. He won’t hurt you. I promise. Trevor has always been someone you can count on and he’d protect you with his life. He’s not like any of the other idiots you got involved with. You’ve got yourself a keeper, honey.”
“You’re right. I just need to breathe and relax.” She let out a deep breath and reclined back on the couch.
“Um, Teri. There is one thing I need to tell you. You don’t need to plan my wedding anymore.”
She frowned. “Why not? Did you guys break up?”
Raquel shook her head and her auburn curls swished around her face. “No. We are going to the Bahamas to get married next week. We want you and Trevor to come of course and a few family members and friends. We don’t want to wait for another six months.”
“I have a lot of work to do between now and next week before we go. I can’t believe you are eloping.”
Raquel smiled. “I don’t need a big wedding, Teri. I just want Derrick and our child.”
Teri squeezed her hand. “Whatever you want, I’m game. We can go find our dresses tomorrow and bouquets.”
“Thanks girl for working with me.”
“No prob. By the way, have you told your mom that you’re getting married?”
Rae frowned.”Why? She isn’t going to come. It’s a waste of time.”
“You don’t know that, sweetie.”
Rae reared back in surprise. “Yes the hell I do. She hasn’t come to any other milestones in my life: prom, graduation, awards ceremonies…where was she then? Look let’s just let this go. I’m not calling her. Period.”
Teri sighed, knowing that Rae was not going to budge. “Okay. Has Derrick told his family that he doesn’t want a big wedding?”
“He went over there to tell his mom and dad today. I’m not sure how his mom will react.”
Teri chuckled. She knew exactly how she would react and was glad she wouldn’t be there to see it.
“You want to what?!!! Derrick, please tell me you’re kidding.” Addison said loudly
“Addie, please stop yelling at the boy. It’s his life. He can do what he wants.” Joshua said softly
Derrick was glad that had Joshua stepped in because he’d felt like he was going to have to go toe to toe with his mother over this. She was overreacting as usual.
His mother folded her arms over her chest and huffed. “But I’ve already told everyone.” She whined
“No one told you to do that. That’s what invitations are for.”
“Joshua” She said, her tone held a hint of a warning
Joshua stood to his full height and walked over to his wife. He was trying his damnedest not to smile at her pout. Even mad, she was still the most beautiful woman he’d ever laid eyes on.
“Addison, do you want your son to be happy?” He knew she did but he had to talk to her like this or she wouldn’t fully understand the repercussions of her outburst.
She narrowed her eyes. “Of course I do Joshua.”
He trailed his finger down her cheek. “Good. Does it matter what others think when it comes to his happiness?” She titled her chin up in that stubborn gesture he knew so well.
“Of course it doesn’t. I just wanted more for him and Raquel.” She said, her voice softened.
He smiled. “I’m sure he knows that, darling but we have to let go and let him make his choices. Keep in mind that we will be getting a vacation out of this and he’s paying for the flight.” He wiggled his eyebrows.
Addison knew what her husband was doing. He’d done it for years. Reverse psychology. She didn’t mind though. She laughed heartily. “Okay, okay. Fine.” She turned her gaze to Derrick. “I’m sorry for yelling, baby. Of course, we will go with you. We wouldn’t miss it.”
Derrick felt the tension seep out of his body. Thank God for Joshua and his quick thinking. “Good. We will be leaving Thursday morning. Please tell your sons so they can go. And maybe we will have a reception when we come back from our honeymoon.”
Addison beamed. “That would be great. I will tell your brothers. Be sure to send over the flight itinerary.”
“I will. Let me get back to Rae. The nausea has been bothering her all day.” He walked to the door and as he stepped out he heard Joshua saying “Nausea? Addie,what’s going on?” He chuckled. Apparently his mother forgot to tell him something. He whistled as he returned to his car. He couldn’t wait to see his soon to be bride.
Raquel watched as Teri’s car pulled off. She’d turned to go inside when another car pulled up…a black mustang. It seemed out-of-place here, she thought. When the car door opened and a shiny black shoe stepped out, she knew instantly who it was. Caleb Montgomery . He’d always reeked of money and he spent far too much of it for her. The tan sports jacket he wore was tailored and fit his six foot six inch frame very well and the slacks he wore screamed “rich”. He smiled and made his way over to her.
“Caleb, what the hell are you doing here?” She snapped.
“Raquel, it’s so good to see you. You look radiant.”
“I can’t say it’s good to see you. What are you doing here?” She asked again.
He grinned. “Isn’t it obvious? I’m here to see you. You didn’t return my call so I decided to drop by.” His hand reached up to cup her cheek but she evaded his touch.
“There is a reason I didn’t return the call. I don’t want to see you. I’ve moved on, Caleb and you should too.”
He chuckled. “Raquel, come on. You know you will always love me and I will always love you.”
“Wrong again, Caleb. I’m getting married. You see this engagement ring here?” She held her hand up to his face so he could get a good look at it.
He clenched his jaw. “You really shouldn’t joke about something like that. It’s not funny.”
She folded her arms over chest. “Well at least we agree on something, I wouldn’t joke about something like that.” She saw his hands curl into fists and then uncurl. Tentatively, she moved back a few steps.
“I thought giving you space and getting a divorce would make you come back to me. I did all that for you. I still love you. Don’t you understand that?”
She did,but it didn’t change anything. He was still a liar and a manipulator. It didn’t matter though, she had the man she wanted. “I get it but it doesn’t change what happened. I think it’s best that you go, Caleb.” Before she knew it, Caleb closed the distance between them and hauled her to his chest. She gasped.
“I’m not going anywhere.” He sneered in her face.
“I suggest you let her go, Caleb or we will have a problem.” Derrick said, his tone cold and brooking no argument. He watched as the man looked his way and the surprise that lit his face. He hadn’t expected him to arrive which was good. The man must have gathered some sense because he let her go and backed away. Good boy, Derrick thought. The last thing he wanted was to pummel this fool but he would for Rae. He’d gotten there just in time to see the man grab her by arms. For a moment, he’d seen red but then quickly composed himself and quickly walked over to diffuse the situation. He reached for Raquel and she quickly scurried over to him.
“Caleb, you should leave. Now.” Derrick ordered
Caleb narrowed his eyes, wondering how he knew him. “Raquel and I need to talk.” He said stiffly
“That won’t be happening. Next time I won’t be so nice when I say this. Now leave.” Caleb still didn’t move and just when he thought he was going to have to forcefully remove him from the property, his brother Rafe pulled up. Rafe, being the methodical man that he was, slowly walked over to the altercation. Derrick wasn’t fooled by his leisurely stroll. His brother served in the army and had a black belt in karate. No doubt he was thinking of the best way to take Caleb down.
“Problem here, bro?” Rafe asked while looking at Caleb.
“I don’t know. Is there a problem, Caleb?” Derrick asked calmly
Caleb swallowed hard. “Um, no. I will just be leaving like you told me to.” He slowly backed away to his car and then jumped in and sped off.
Derrick felt Rae relax against him. He titled her face up to him to meet his eyes. “You okay, baby?”
She nodded, unsure if she could speak at the moment.
He caressed her cheek. “Its okay. I won’t let him hurt you.” He looked over his shoulder at his brother. “Thanks Rafe for showing up when you did.”
Rafe clapped his hand on his brother’s shoulder. “No prob, bro.” He noticed Derrick was barely paying attention to him and had turned his attention back to Rae. He left them quietly and went inside Derrick’s house.
“Rae, are you sure you’re okay?”
She nodded. “A little rattled but it will pass.” She laid her head on his shoulder and wrapped her arms around his neck. “Thank you for showing up. I don’t know what would have happened if you hadn’t.”
He pulled her closer to him. He didn’t even want to entertain the thought of losing her. Just the idea forming in his head, gripped his heart. He exhaled a shaky breath. “I’m thankful I made it here in time too. I love you so much. You have no idea how much you mean to me.” His voice rasped.
She lifted her head to look at him and he took the opportunity to kiss her. He gave her a soft and gentle kiss, teasing her lips with his own. She sighed and he slipped the tip of his tongue between her parted lips. She gently touched her tongue to his and tugged him closer. His mouth seemed to devour hers as he deepened the kiss more and more. Her mouth was so soft and sweet beneath his that he often had a hard time pulling away. With sheer force, he pulled away slowly. He looked at her wet lips and had the overwhelming urge to finish what he started. He groaned inwardly and put some distance between them.
Instead of staying where she was, she came closer and nibbled on the side of his neck. “You shouldn’t have started this, Derrick.” She said huskily
His eyes rolled into the back of his head when she licked him. “Rafe is waiting for me.”
“He can wait, can’t he?”
“It might be important. Trust me, we will finish this later. But for now you are coming with me to my house because I am concerned about your safety.”
She pouted. “Fine.”
He chuckled. She was such a handful but he didn’t mind. He loved all of her. Registered & Protected

More Than Just Friends (Part 3)

The next day, Rae awakened in Derrick’s arms, where she loved to be at all times. She looked around and noticed they weren’t inside his house. They’d fallen asleep on the swing on the patio. She looked at Derrick snoring softly then nuzzled his neck with her lips. He groaned and tightened his hold on her waist. He didn’t open his eyes to look at her so she licked a trail down his Adam’s apple to the area between his shoulder blade and neck. His grip on her waist didn’t loosen. She looked up to find a pair of gorgeous dark eyes filled with desire looking at her…Finally, she’d gotten his attention. He pulled her closer…inches from her lips he flicked his tongue across her full bottom lip then he drew it into his mouth and suckled it. She whimpered…helpless to stop this invasion on her mouth…one she happily welcomed. He covered her mouth with his own and slowly made love to her tongue. His tongue swept across hers so slowly that she thought she might combust at any moment. She shivered when he began toying with her nipples through her shirt. He broke the kiss and lowered his head to her breasts. She moaned when his lips covered a nipple through her shirt. He pulled the fabric of the shirt down along with one side of her bra and began to suck on her nipple. The contact caused her to squirm closer to him. She threw her head back when he lightly teased her nipple with his teeth.
Derrick!” She gasped, forgetting that they were outside on his patio.
He made a noise in the back of his throat then lifted his head. “What baby?” He said huskily
She shook her head to try to clear her head. “Don’t forget we are outside. Let’s go in.”
“Rae, our nearest neighbor is a mile away. No one is going to hear or see us sweetheart.”
She bit down on her lip. “But-
He lifted his hand to caress her cheek. “Trust me.” He watched as she nodded her approval. He was just about to strip off her shirt when he heard someone clear their throat behind them. He felt Rae jerk and he tightened his hold on her so she wouldn’t move. He pulled up her shirt and bra and turned to see who had interrupted their time together. Shit. His mom.
He cleared his throat. “Hey Ma.”
Addison fought to keep from smiling at the odd predicament her son and Raquel were in. Well now, I see why he has been preoccupied, she mused. “Hi, son. Should I come back later?” She teased.
Hell yeah, he wanted to say but held his tongue. He would never be disrespectful to her. He tried to remember the reason his mother was here. Oh right. He’d offered to take her to the market. Damn, now he wished he hadn’t. “No.” He said between clenched teeth
“Good Morning, Mrs. Whitfield.” Rae said.
“Hi Rae.” Addison replied
“Derrick, baby, I will see you later.” Rae said and placed a kiss on his cheek. She rose to go home and left them alone.
“Ma, you have perfect timing.” He said, sarcasm lacing his voice.
She shrugged, as if his tone didn’t matter. “Dear, it’s not my fault you and Rae were out in broad daylight about to do the nasty.”
His eyes widened for a moment, and then he chuckled. Only his mother. “Ma, you are the only mom I know who says ‘the nasty’.”
She laughed and hugged him. “I’m glad to see you happy, son. Sorry I intruded. You didn’t answer the front door or your phone so I came around back.”
“It’s alright, I suppose.”
“Why didn’t you tell me that you and Rae were together?” She inquired
He wasn’t sure why he hadn’t told her or his family. Maybe because things were still new between them. “I guess I just didn’t want to jinx things between us. She is already afraid things won’t work out between us. Just trying to move as slow as possible.”
“You’ve loved her for a long time.” It was a statement rather than a question. She’d always known that her son had fallen hard for his best friend even when he couldn’t see it.
His gaze narrowed. “You knew? How?”
She smiled. “A mother knows everything, dear. I noticed the looks you would give each other, how you just had to see each other every day, and when you two were apart you were a grump. No one wanted to be around you when Rae was gone for an extended period of time.”
He remembered and still don’t want to be apart from her. “I remember.”
She sighed. “So, when’s the wedding?”
He abruptly turned his head to look at his mother. “What?!”
She studied her eldest son. She’d always known that Derrick would be the last to get married. He liked to take his time with things and plan them thoroughly. Sometimes it could be frustrating and at times useful but now was not the time to plan to the last detail. She arched a brow. “You are planning to marry her aren’t you?”
He’d thought about it numerous times but they’d just gotten together. He knew Rae wasn’t ready and he wasn’t prepared to rush her. “At some point, yes, but not right now.”
Addison cupped his chin. “When are you going to learn to stop thinking with that head of yours and use your heart? Do you honestly think she is going to say no to you?”
He sighed. “Ma, I don’t want to lose her by moving too fast.”
She huffed. “If you ask me, you guys have taken up enough time already. Eight years is a long time to be in love with someone and not tell them. Just remember to follow your heart. It won’t steer you wrong. I’m going to drive myself to the market. I see you and Rae have unfinished business that you need to take care of.”
“Ma, I said that I would take you and I’m going to do just that.”
She shook her head. “I’m capable of taking myself, Derrick. Now go see about your woman. Let me know when she says yes to your proposal. I will call you later.” She turned to walk back the way she came.
“I love you, Ma.”
“Yeah, yeah, don’t forget to bring your girlfriend to your dad’s birthday party next weekend. We will see you then.” She said and rounded the corner of the house.
He watched as his mother backed out of his driveway. Once she was out of sight, he went next door to Rae’s. He stopped when he realized her car was gone. She’s probably gone running,he thought. He went inside his house to give her call. Her phone rang three times and went to voice mail. Odd, she always use to pick up, he thought. Get a grip, Derrick. He went into his office to get some work done. He still had a couple of spreadsheets he had to complete for the accounting firm he worked for.
Derrick looked at up the clock on the wall and realized nearly three hours had passed. Rae still hadn’t called him back. What the hell? He was starting to get worried about her. He picked up his Blackberry to try her again, when he heard a car pull up in his driveway. He walked out onto his porch and saw Rae outside by her car. He let out a breath that he hadn’t realized he’d been holding. He was glad she was alright but he had the overwhelming urge to yell at her for making him worry about her.
“Derrick, please don’t be mad. I know you called and I’m sorry I didn’t return the call.” She pleaded softly
Her voice was making the tension ease out of his shoulders. “Rae, where have you been? I was getting worried.” He didn’t recognize his own voice. Normally, he would have flown off the handle by now but he just couldn’t do it. Not to his Rae. His baby. His sweetie. His soon to be wife…The realization that he wanted forever with her shook him a little. With Rae, he was vulnerable and so wide open you could snap a finger in front of his face and it wouldn’t matter. She was the only woman he had eyes for.
“I went running and then to the gym afterwards. A girl’s gotta stay in shape you know.” She winked at him.
He struggled to keep a smile off his face. “Trust me when I say, there is nothing wrong with your shape, baby.”
Her face flushed and her breath caught. Heat spread throughout her entire body, particularly in one area that was getting soaked by the minute. “Is that so?” She asked once she could catch her breath.
He walked closer to her, hating the space between them. When he reached her, he tilted her chin so that she could look directly into his eyes. “Yes, that’s right. I love your full shapely hips and round behind.” He squeezed her derriere gently, if she didn’t fully understand what he meant. He was pretty sure she did though. He lowered his head and skimmed kisses down her neck. “I missed you, Raquel.”
She moaned when he began to tease her inner thigh. “I missed you too, Derrick. Are you still upset with me?”
“No, baby. Just pick up next time, okay?”
“Okay.” She whispered before his mouth covered hers. He kissed her so deeply and passionately that her legs began to quiver. Just when she thought she might fall, he lifted her into his arms and she hooked her legs around his waist as he continued to ravish her mouth. Somehow they stumbled into his house but didn’t quite make it to the bedroom. He placed her on her feet and stripped off her shirt along with her sports bra. She stripped him of his clothes at the same time he stripped hers off. The bedroom would just have to wait. She took a moment to drink in the sight of his washboard stomach and strong arms. Damn, he is so sexy and mines for the taking. She was silly for being embarrassed earlier. Who wouldn’t want him? She pondered
“Rae, come here, baby.” He crooked his finger at her
She sauntered over to him and wrapped her arms around his waist. She kissed him deeply and he moaned when she suckled on his lower lip. Her hand trailed down to his engorged muscle and he inhaled sharply. She began to stroke him then squeeze gently. She repeated it over and over again.
“Rae!” He cried out hoarsely. God, she is driving me insane. He knew that soon he would come but he wanted to be inside her when he did. He wanted to brand her as his and no one else’s woman. He wasn’t sure where this possessiveness came from but it was a powerful emotion that bubbled to the surface. He immediately removed her hand before she pushed him over the edge and picked her up. He backed her up against the wall and she wrapped her legs around his waist. He looked into her eyes as he filled her to the hilt. Her eyes widened for a moment but then she relaxed as her eyes glazed over with desire for him. He began to thrust in and out of her warmth slowly. She clenched her inner walls and he had to bite down on his lip to hold on to what little control he had left. She began to kiss him, thrusting her tongue in the same rhythm that they were moving in. When she began sucking his tongue, his body jerked and went over the edge and released his seed into her. He thrust into her a few more times and she climaxed. Panting, they slid to the floor. He pulled her to him so she could sit between his legs.
“I love you, Raquel.” He whispered against her hair
She tilted her head back to look at him. “Hmmm, yeah because I gave you some booty.” She teased
He chuckled and pinched her nose gently. “Please, I loved you before you gave up the booty.”
She smiled. “I know. I love you too, Derrick.”
“You’d better because we are going to be together for a very long time.”
Her mouth fell open a little. He couldn’t mean marriage. Could he? She wondered. “Wh- What do you mean?” She stammered
He almost laughed at the shocked expression on her face. “You will see very soon. For now, let’s enjoy each other.” He stood and carried her to his bedroom.