Risking Her Heart Pt. 2

He hurriedly put on his pants and walked quickly to the door. Without looking through the peep-hole, he yanked it open. And all the air rushed out of him…Sienna….He forced himself to breathe. He hadn’t expected her. God, she looked so good in her tank top and cut off shorts. He swallowed hard and made himself say something.

“Hey. What are you doing here?” He asked then cringed, Damn, that sounded lame.

Was he serious? He hadn’t seen her all week and that’s all he could say??? “Well, let’s see. You don’t come by, you stopped taking my calls, and you wouldn’t even call me. Does that about sum it up for you? Why else would I be here?” She asked, her voice rising with each word.

He sighed. Dammit, he was gonna pay for this big time. She rarely raised her voice, except when she was furious. Which wasn’t often. “Sienna….

She didn’t want to hear anything he said. The last time she had been this furious with him was years ago when they were freshmen in college. He’d stopped talking to her then too. He was too busy dating some upperclassman and had no time for her. When he’d been dumped by her, he came running back but she didn’t easily forgive him. It took her two months to get over it and let him back in. “Shut up, Antonio!! Don’t say anything. I came over here because I was worried about you and I missed you. Then when I get here you ask me a casual question as if we had seen each other all week?? As if nothing had happened between us? It was nothing to you to be away from me, huh? You didn’t give a shit, did you? How is that possible?”

He flinched at her words. She also didn’t make it a habit of swearing, either. “Sienna…

“Shut up!!!” She screamed and turned to go back to her car. She was a fool for coming here. On the way over, she’d tried not to get angry with him but the more she thought about how he just casually tossed her away after he didn’t get what he wanted, the angrier she got. Granted, she hadn’t told him the truth about her feelings but still, she wouldn’t have treated him like this. She didn’t get two steps before he grabbed her arm and quickly walked her into his house. He slammed the door shut and pinned against her the door.

“How far did you actually think you would get?” He asked

Her chest heaved uncontrollably. “Get off me, Antonio. I’m warning you.”

“Or what? Huh Sienna? What will you do?” He taunted. He knew the anger was just a cover up for how she truly felt. He’d hurt her badly and it was easier for her to be angry with him.

She growled and pounded his chest furiously. “Get off me! I hate you! How could you leave me like that?! I hate you, Antonio!” She collapsed in his arms and sobbed.

He’d caught her just in time. He lifted her petite body into his arms and carried her to the couch. God, he felt horrible. He shouldn’t have left her. He sat down and held her close to him as she continued to cry. Rubbing her back softly, he whispered his love for her over and over again. He couldn’t help it. Finally, after a long excruciating moment, he felt her relax and sniffle.

She slowly lifted her head from his chest and stared at his muscles for a moment before meeting his penetrating gaze. She swallowed hard. Her mouth suddenly dry. “I didn’t realize you….” She shook her head and started over. “I’m sorry I cried all over you, Tony.”

He tangled his hands in her curls and brought her face closer to his. She looked beautiful, even with puffy eyes and a red nose. “It’s okay. I’m so sorry I hurt you, sweetheart. I was hurt. I didn’t think things through.”

She placed her hands on his chest and leaned in to him until there was little space between them. “Tony…

“We can still be friends. Things don’t have to change.” He kept talking as if he hadn’t heard her.

“Tony, would you please be quiet?” She closed the space between them and pressed her mouth softly onto his. She drew back. “I’m sorry that I said I hated you. I don’t. Please know that.” She whispered and kissed him again. This time he reciprocated. He nibbled on the corner of mouth and then teased her with his tongue. She deepened the kiss and eagerly accepted his tongue into her mouth. She moaned when their tongues met. His tongue tasted of raspberries. Hmm, her favorite. She sampled all he had to offer and then some. The kiss went on and on, until finally he broke the kiss. He laid his forehead against hers and their harsh breathing filled the air.

“I didn’t expect that, Sienna. I…God, do you have any idea what you do to me? I really hope this wasn’t something you did out of pity.”

She frowned. “Of course it wasn’t done out of pity! What the hell, Tony? You really think I would do that?”

He entwined their hands together. “Stop. Just tell me. Please.”

She sighed. “No, Tony. I would never do that. Why would I ever do that? I love you too much to-

“Whoa. You what?” He lifted his head from hers and dropped her hands.

She smiled. “I love you, Antonio. You heard me right.”

“But you said that you didn’t love me that way.” He said in disbelief. Why had she lied to him? He wondered

“I know what you are thinking. You’re wondering about the reason that I lied. Well, I was scared and I don’t know how this is going to work. You’re the only man I’ve ever let myself fall for. I just got really good at hiding my feelings. I’m sorry. Seems like I’m saying that a lot today.”

He swallowed hard. She loved him. He knew it! Or rather he had suspected she was hiding her feelings. He pulled her into his arms and hugged her. “Sienna, I love you so much. I’m glad you love me too. I honestly don’t know if I could have been only friends again but I would’ve tried.”

She caressed his cheek. “Tony, you drive me insane sometimes, I swear. But I’m glad you’re glad. I missed you a lot.” Her hands slid to the back of his neck and tugged him closer. She placed an open-mouthed kiss onto his mouth and she felt his hands tighten in her hair. It felt good. He rolled her underneath him and plunged his tongue into her open mouth. She moaned softly and wrapped her arms around his neck. When she felt his body press against hers…oh man…she felt herself getting damp below…It had been a long time since she’d felt that…Allowed herself to feel like this. Then he started slowly rocking his hips against hers and she tore her mouth free from his kiss.

She gasped loudly. “Tony…” She whispered

“Yes, baby?” He rumbled near her ear. He licked a trail from her ear to her neck and felt her shudder beneath him. God, she felt so good beneath him like this.

“Are we ready for this?” She asked, doubt filled her voice

He lifted his head to look into those gorgeous amber eyes of hers. “Too soon?” He asked. The last thing he wanted to do was rush her into something she wasn’t ready for.

She chewed on her lip for a second. “I wouldn’t say that. I just think maybe we should go on a date first, perhaps?”

A slow smile spread across his face. He’d forgotten that his Sienna was still innocent in certain areas. He could wait for as long as she wanted him to. “Would tomorrow be too soon for you?”

“Tomorrow is perfect. You’re sure you’re okay with this?”

He kissed her full lips to reassure her. “Baby, you know me. I’m a very patient man. I will wait as long as you want me to. Okay?”

She smiled. “Okay. What time should I be ready?”

“Be ready at seven.”

“And where are we going?”

He nibbled on her mouth. “You’ll see.”

She smiled again. “I love surprises.” She whispered, quickly becoming aroused by his nibbling.

“I know, sweetheart.” He kissed her full lips again and then there was nothing but silence.

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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.

More Than Just Friends

Good Morning, my fellow subscribers! I haven’t been on here in a while and I know you’re just dying to read a short story or two. At least, I hope you are! As promised, it is here. More Than Just Friends, is a short story that I wrote about two friends who have loved each other a long time and are finally coming out about their feelings for one another. This is just the beginning of the short story. There will more to come. I hope you enjoy it! Leave feedback if you desire! Have a great day!

Derrick sat at his table impatiently waiting for his date. Where the hell is she? He muttered under his breath. He’d been waiting for almost an hour for her to arrive. Of course, he’d wait forever if that’s what it took for her to realize that he loved her. For so long, he and Raquel had been friends…since their college days but he had always thought there was something more between them…even if they didn’t acknowledge it then.
He looked at his watch again. Was she backing out on him? She could have at least called or something. It wasn’t like her not to. Something had to be wrong. He stood, dropped a few bills on the table, and hastily left the restaurant. He had to find her.
Raquel sat on her bed thinking about how much of a coward she had become. She was supposed to be on a date with Derrick tonight yet she hadn’t even made it out of the front door. She sighed heavily. Derrick, whom she loved deeply and wholeheartedly. Derrick, whom she had been friends with for nearly eight years and in love with for just as long. She couldn’t imagine life without him, but she was scared. She didn’t want to lose their friendship by becoming lovers, which she knew for a fact would happen soon if they continued to date. No woman in her right mind would not want to make love to that fine specimen of a man. Derrick was six feet tall, had a lean, hard body, his skin was the color of milk chocolate, and he had a dazzling smile that could make you wet instantly. She knew from personal experience. Oh yes, they would in fact become lovers. Except it would be different because she knew every muscle and contour of his hard sexy body…knew every cut and scrape…every hot spot he had which she had learned by accident each time they tickled each other or when she gave him a massage. There had been many intimate moments between them that she had chosen to ignore. But now…A knock at the door interrupted her thoughts. She knew it was Derrick. Somehow she managed to get downstairs on unsteady legs and swung open the door. He looked so good in his blue jeans and black sweater. She had to keep her mouth from watering. She noticed his gaze roamed over her body. She instinctively closed her robe, forgetting she only had on a black negligee beneath it.
“Well, it’s good to know that you’re okay at least.” He said in a sarcastic manner. Here he was worrying about her and she was sitting at home.
She could tell he was angry and he had every right to be. “Derrick, let me explain.”
He shook his head. “Rae, let’s just let it go. I knew it was a shot in the dark. You could have at least called me though.” He turned away abruptly. This wasn’t the time to talk about this. He didn’t want to bite her head off.
She reached out to him and grabbed his arm before he could leave her. She felt his muscles tighten against her touch. She knew this wouldn’t be easy. “D, I’m sorry about this. I chickened out. Please don’t leave.” She pleaded softly
He turned back to face her. He stared into her amber eyes for a long moment before he asked his question. “Rae, do you want this? Us? Just tell me the truth. I can take it.”
She chewed on her bottom lip before she answered. “Of course I do, I’m just so scared of losing you if this doesn’t work out. Have you thought about that?”
More times than he cared to remember, he thought. He smiled. “Yes, for the last five years.”
Her breath hitched in her throat. What? Five years? How was that possible?
He pulled her closer to him. “Stop trying to add it up in your head. This wasn’t a decision made on a whim.”
“I see. I didn’t know you’d felt this way for so long. You never said anything.”
He kissed the tip of her nose. “I know, but neither did you.” He kissed her eyelids. For some reason, he couldn’t stop kissing her. Hell, he didn’t want to.
Somehow she found herself in his arms and surprisingly she didn’t want to be anywhere else but right here. Her breath caught when he continued to shower her with kisses. “Derrick” She whispered huskily
His dark eyes looked into her eyes. Suddenly, it occurred to her that he was laying his heart on the line for their relationship. That he wanted to pursue one regardless of the risks. The realization of that touched her so deeply that she pulled his head down so that his lips could meet hers. She saw the surprise in his eyes before desire replaced it. She gently touched her lips to his and instantly she felt a flame engulf her body. It wasn’t enough though. The brief kiss only made her want more. She had to get closer. She pressed her body to his and then opened her mouth beneath his and he greedily took possession of her tongue with his own. Damn, he can kiss, she thought. She found herself lost in the passion of their kiss. If they never came up for air, it wouldn’t bother her one bit. She loved his mouth, tongue, body, personality, just everything Derrick. She’d been in love with him for so long and was glad he’d realized that he had feelings for her. She moaned loudly when she felt him cupping her round backside. Slowly, he lifted her into his arms and walked them back into her house without breaking the kiss.
Derrick wasn’t sure what made Rae kiss him ,but he was glad that she did. She tasted so good and he just couldn’t get enough of her beautiful mouth. It was their first kiss and what a kiss it was. There had been other times when they had come close to kissing but never anything like this…full of passion and fire. He vaguely remembered entering the house and lying on her bed. He finally broke the kiss to look at her. He loved how her red and brown curly hair was spread out against the white sheets. She looked every bit like the angel she was. He leaned down to kiss her slowly and thoroughly.
“Rae, are you sure about this?’ He asked once he broke the kiss.
She smiled. “Having second thoughts?”
He shook his head. “No, baby, I’m not. I just want to make sure that you know we are going to make love tonight and every night after this.”
She leaned up to touch her mouth to the base of his neck. She placed a small kiss there and heard his breath catch. “I know we are, D.”
“Rae, how did you know that was my—
“How did I know that was one of your hotspots?” She proceeded to pull his sweater over his head. “I know a lot of things, Derrick. Like how you like your chest to be caressed.” She skimmed her fingernails over his chest over and over again and watched how he was slowly losing control. Then he did something she wouldn’t have expected. He reached down, opened her robe wider, then reached beneath her negligee and ripped off her thong underwear. She gasped. God, that was sexy, she thought. When he slowly slid two of his fingers inside of her vagina, she nearly screamed from the sheer pleasure of it. She bit down hard on her lip when he began rotating his fingers then sliding them back and starting all over again. Her orgasm was bubbling to the surface too quick. It had been at least two years since she’d been with a man sexually. So it was too be expected, she gathered.
She threw her head back when her body began quivering from head to toe. “Derrick!!” She screamed
He groaned. “That’s right. Come for me, baby.”
Before she could finish her first orgasm, another one slammed into her when he began lapping up her juices with his tongue. She screamed again and tried to squirm free from his hold on her hips but he just held on tighter. After a long moment of torturing her,he lifted his head and smiled at her.
“You play dirty, D.” She
teased
He shrugged. “You started it, Rae.”
She smiled mischievously. “I suppose I did. Now take off those clothes and come here.” She hurriedly stripped off her robe and watched with utter fascination as he slowly unbuckled his belt then the button on his jeans. When both his briefs and jeans were discarded, she stared at his erection. He knew he had all that under there.
“Rae?”
“Hmmm?”
“You’re staring, baby.” He crooned
She shook her head. “I’m sorry but damn Derrick.”
He made his way toward her. “Tell me what’s on your mind.”
“You have one beautifully made body.”
“Thank you, baby.” He settled his body in between her legs. “Now you can have it all to yourself.” He slowly entered her warmth. She was so tight. He would ask her about that later. For now, he intended to give her everything she wanted. He thrust slowly inside her. He had to fight hard not to come right then and there. It had been so long for him. He’d stopped sleeping with other women about a year ago when he realized that he would never get serious with any of them because the woman he wanted was right next door to him. Her legs wrapped around his waist…pulling him in deeper. She began dipping and swerving her hips in sync with his repeated thrusts. He was sure he wouldn’t survive the end of this if she kept that up but he couldn’t tell her to stop because it felt so damn good. He thrust harder as he felt his release on the brink.
“Derrick, don’t stop, baby!” She screamed
He looked into her eyes. So many emotions were running through him. He loved her with ever fiber in his being. She had been his rock during the bad times. She had always been there for him. A true friend indeed. She’d hid her feelings for him for a long time. He knew it even if she wouldn’t say it because he had done the same thing. He lowered his head to kiss her delectable mouth as his release made him tremble. He held on tighter to her hips and he felt her come right along with him. She clawed at his back as he kept kissing her. Finally, he let them up for air.
He couldn’t hold it in any longer and had to tell her. “I love you, Raquel.” He made sure he looked in her eyes when he said it. She didn’t say anything but the look in her eyes told him that she loved him too. He pulled her on top of him and wrapped his arms around her. Even if she couldn’t tell him it was okay, but he would make sure that she did eventually.
The next morning, Derrick woke up to someone kissing his chest. He groaned and tried to get back to sleep but the person was insistent. She placed a kiss on his lips and he felt himself kissing her back.
“Good morning, sleepyhead.” Rae said once she broke the kiss
He opened his eyes and smiled. Rae. Last night’s events tumbled back into his mind. She looked so adorable with her hair all over her head. “Good morning, sweetie. How long have I been out?”
“It’s barely eight o’clock.”
He groaned. “Rae, please just let me go back to sleep. It’s too early.”
She laughed. She knew he wasn’t a morning person which is the reason she’d purposely awakened him. She rubbed her body against his. “You won’t even wake up for me?”
He popped open an eye. “I might reconsider for you.”
She laughed again. “Thanks, I think.”
He cupped her cheek. “I love seeing you smile, baby.”
She leaned into his hand. “About what you said last night–”
“You don’t have to say anything if you don’t feel the same way, Rae. Really—
She placed a finger over his mouth. “Would you shut up? I’m trying to say something here.”
“Sorry” He mumbled
She took a deep breath. “Derrick, you have been my friend for a long time, eight years to be exact and I’ve been in love with you just as long. I’ve never said anything because I didn’t want to screw up our friendship. Now that things have changed, I can finally tell you what I’ve always wanted to scream out loud. I love you too, Derrick James Whitfield. There is no other person I would rather love than you.”
He leaned up to kiss her deeply. His heart swelled at her words. She loved him. He knew it but hearing her say the words gave him so much joy. “I love you too, Raquel Simone Williams.”
She scrunched her nose. “You know I can’t stand my middle name.”
He laughed. “I know but since you named mines, it’s only fair that I name yours.”
She rolled her eyes. “Fine, whatever. Do you want some breakfast?”
He kissed her neck. “The only breakfast I want right now is you.”
She squealed as he tumbled her over. “I suppose I could make an exception.”

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