“April Wilson. It is so good to see you.” Gemma said with a fake smile as she handed me a name tag.
I held back my frown, “Yes, it’s good to see you too.” I blatantly lied. She was one of those snotty popular girls back in school, and we didn’t get along. So I wasn’t going to try to get along with her now.
“It’s actually surprising to see you here. You haven’t shown up to any of the past reunions.” Why was she still talking to me?
Pushing away the urge to roll my eyes I answered her, “My job didn’t allow me to get here.” This was half true. After school, I went to College for Communications Studies. Then I got a job at a popular Publishing Agency as the head editor. A short time after that, I wrote a book and it got pretty popular.
“Oh yes, I read your book. It was. Interesting.” Here we have it. The snotty Gemma has emerged.
“Thanks.” I said before walking away from her so she couldn’t say anything else to me.
I didn’t want to be here. I only came for an old high school friend who was dying to see me. Unfortunately she had to cancel on me because her young daughter was sick. By that time I had already checked into the hotel and it was too late to catch a flight back home.
If I just ignore Gemma and her group of friends, I should be alright.
Nope, I still didn’t want to be here.
No one of importance was going to show up. Of course I was hoping one guy in particular would show up, but I doubt he would bother. He had gotten really famous since I last saw him. I had a huge crush on him back in school, because we both did drama together and back than I could tell he was an amazing actor. He never noticed me, but that didn’t matter.
Back when we attended school together, he had a head of curly brown hair and was always the sweetest boy you could ever meet. I knew that he was still a sweetheart, but he has since cut off his curls for the various roles he has played. Don’t get me wrong, he’s attractive with and without his curls.
I shook him out of my thoughts and made my way to the bar. If I was going to last the night, I would need drinks. A lot of them. This was going to be a long night. Making the night worse was the fact that my boyfriend of two years had broken up with me about a week ago. He was originally going to come with me, but well that didn’t work out. Just like our relationship.
I sighed and ordered myself a drink.
The first half hour was pure hell. Many of my old classmates felt the need to talk to me and ask me about my life and of course my writing career. I couldn’t understand why they were so star-struck over a single book. It wasn’t that popular. Back in school, none of these people even knew who I was, so that was another reason why I didn’t understand why they were talking to me now.
Sometime later, they had finally stopped bothering me and were busy mingling among each other. Meanwhile, I was trying to figure out a way to escape.
“Hey April.” Someone said sitting beside me at the bar.
I wanted to groan and tell them to leave me alone, well that was until I saw who it was. “Oh wow, Ian. It’s so good to see you.” I said to the man sitting beside me. “What are you doing here? Didn’t you vow never to come to any reunions?”
He chuckled, “Yes I did, but obviously I couldn’t keep that promise. My wife wanted me to come and well I just couldn’t say no to her, especially when she is in the condition she is in.” He explained.
I was a bit confused, “First question, who’s your wife? Second question, what condition?”
Ian laughed, “I married Poppy King and well she is seven months pregnant.” Just on cue Poppy waddled up to the two of us.
“April Wilson, look at you!” She commented. I smiled at her. Ian and Poppy were two people I was able to get along with in high school. We weren’t the best of friends, but we hung out from time to time. In fact they did drama as well.
I stood up and allowed Poppy to hug me, “No, look at you Poppy. You look amazing.” It was true.
She chuckled, “Nonsense, I’m as big as a whale.”
“No, you’re just carrying a baby and you look great doing it. Do you know what you’re having?” I was really excited for her. I loved children. I was planning to have some with my ex but I’m glad I didn’t.
“Nope, we’re waiting until the little one is born. We want to be surprised.”
“Awe, well congratulations. It’s so good to see the two of you.” I said sitting back down. Ian helped Poppy to sit beside him.
“Ditto, how have you been?” Poppy asked interested in my life. “Do you have someone special in your life?”
I sighed, “I did, until a week ago.”
She frowned, “Uh oh. What happened?”
“Nothing too important. My boyfriend of two years broke it off with me last week.” I was trying not to seem too affected by it, but it was absolutely killing me. Even if it was the best thing for me.
“Oh no, I’m sorry April.”
I shook my head, “It’s alright. I guess things just weren’t working out. I’ll be alright.”
“Well you’re still young, and I have no doubt in my mind you will find a better man.” Poppy said being optimistic like she always was.
“Hmmm, relatively young.”
“Oh stop it, April.”
The three of us spent the next half hour catching up with each other. Ian and Poppy were so cute together.
Suddenly there was a lot of commotion. “Uh oh, he’s arrived.” Ian said unenthusiastically.
“The one and only, Lawson Harris.” I knew better than to think Ian had some sort of animosity towards Lawson, because he didn’t. He just didn’t like how the girls fawned over him so much. To be honest, I didn’t either.
“Lawson is here? I really didn’t expect him to show up.” I said trying to get a glimpse of the dark haired actor.
“Oh yes. It was all Gemma and her crew could talk about when we arrived.” Poppy explained.
“Wow. Interesting.” I gave up trying to see Lawson. There were too many people surrounding him.
“Remember when you had a crush on him?” Ian asked jabbing me with his elbow. “I bet you never expected him to become some hot shot actor.”
“Yes, I remember having a crush on him but that’s irrelevant now. But to be honest, I always knew he was going to make it big time. He was always so passionate when he acted.” I smiled remembering our days on the stage. There were only a couple of times when I had the privilege to act beside him. Those were great memories.
“He’s not the only one who made it big. Look at you April. You wrote a best-selling book. That book was amazing.” Poppy said making me blush slightly.
“No, stop it. I’m not as well-known as Lawson. It was one small book.” I was always selling myself short when it came to that book.
She rolled her eyes, “Oh come on April. I couldn’t put that book down once I started reading it.”
I shrugged, “Okay, the book was great, but it’s still nothing compared to Lawson and his fame.”
“That’s alright. Anyway, you should talk to him. See if he remembers you.” What was Poppy thinking?
“That isn’t going to happen.”
“Those women are not going to leave him alone.” She knew I was right, so she dropped it.
After a couple more drinks, I felt like I should probably leave. Ian and Poppy had left a half hour ago because Poppy was feeling tired. I felt like a loner, sitting at the bar while everyone else mingled and fawned over Lawson. I ordered one last drink and paid my tab. It was time for me to get going.
“April, is that you?” A smooth voice asked. Of course he would be the one to find me.
I put on a smile and turned to see Lawson Harris standing beside me, “Yes, it is. Lawson, how are you doing?” I asked being kind. I honestly wanted to talk to him, but I wasn’t sure if any of the women who had been fawning over him had followed him.
He smiled and took a seat beside me, “Good, what about you?”
“I have been good as well. I didn’t expect to see you here tonight. Not after you recent success.” I admitted as the bartender placed my drink in front of me.
“Oh yes, people keep saying that. But I wanted to come and see my old classmates. I mean how could I not. I was really hoping to see you.”
This surprised me, “Me, why did you want to see me?”
He chuckled, “Well you are the second most successful person in our class. I thought it would be interesting to talk to you.”
“Successful? Is that what you call one mediocre book?” I questioned.
“Oh come on April. That book was amazing. I couldn’t put it down, and I constantly find myself wanting to re-read it.” He said ordering a drink for himself.
“Yes. I have even given it to some of my co-workers to read. Including the director to my latest movie. He loved it a lot.”
My eyes were wide, “You gave it to a director?”
He nodded, “He couldn’t seem to put the book down.”
This was all too unreal, “No, you’re just joking.” I countered not believing he could have done that.
“Nope. Anyway how have you been besides writing an amazing book?” Lawson asked me.
“Um, I have been decent. I’m working on another book, but I don’t think it will be as successful as the first one.” I admitted. I had been stuck writing this book for two years now.
“Nonsense, it will be just as amazing as the first one.” Lawson was very sure of me. It made me feel nice.
“No I don’t think so. I can’t even finish it. It’s been two years and I can’t seem to find the perfect ending.”
“What’s the book about? Maybe you just need to immerse yourself into that subject to get inspiration.” That was all very good advice, but it wasn’t going to work.
“See that’s the thing. It’s about relationships and well my relationships have been very unsuccessful in the last few years. So that isn’t going to work out.”
Lawson looked intrigued, “You weren’t compatible with them. You need to find someone you are more compatible with.”
I just nodded and focused on my drink again. He didn’t need to know about the unsuccessful relationships.
“I’m guessing there’s no boyfriend at the moment?” He asked. Why was he so interested in my relationship status?
“No. That ended right before I came here.” Why did I just tell him that?
“I’m sorry about that.” Lawson said being genuinely nice. He was like this back in school. It’s what attracted me to him.
“I’m not. There was a lot about him that I didn’t know.” I had found out a lot about my ex in the past week and those things made me glad that things were over between us.
“You’re just going to have to find someone better.”
I smirked, “Of course I am. Do you have anyone in mind?” I could tell where this was headed, and I was more than willing to go there.
Lawson looked thoughtful for a second, “Hmmm, yes. I think I have the perfect guy. He’s a real gentlemen, has a very steady job, oh and you went to school with him.
“Are you talking about Andrew over there?” I joked looking over at the guy.
He rolled his eyes, “No, not him.”
“Who, I hear most of the men here are taken.” It was fun playing with him. It felt like we were back in school.
Lawson stood up and pulled me out of my seat, “I’m talking about me.” There was no warning before his lips touched mine in a passionate kiss. He didn’t seem to care that we were surrounded by classmates and neither did I.
We pulled away from each other, “Mhmm, alright. What do you plan on doing about it?” I whispered into his ear.
He firmly gripped my hand and started pulling me to the exit of the room, I made sure to grab my bag before we left. “Take you to my room and do what I should have done years ago.” He led me into the lobby of the hotel the reunion was being held in and to the elevators. “Is that okay?” Awe, he’s asking me my consent like a real gentleman.
“Yes, it’s more than okay.” I answered. He smirked and pulled me into the elevator in front of us. No one got in with us, so we had the elevator to ourselves. He pushed me gently up against the wall of the elevator. His lips found mine once again and suddenly his words dawned on me and I pushed him away, “Wait a second, what do you mean you should have done this years ago?”
Lawson chuckled, “I liked you back in school and I should have told you. Especially since you were always on my mind all these years. When you released your book, I tried to find you, but the publishing company wouldn’t give me your information.” This was pretty shocking; I was still stuck on the liking me back in school part.
“You liked me in school? Why?” I questioned ignoring the rest of what he said although I acknowledged it.
“Hmm, yes I did. You were…are beautiful. You were always so passionate about the things you love. Not to mention you were one of the kindest girls in our grade. There’s just so much to like about you.”
I smiled, “Wow, I liked you too.”
“I knew that already, darling.” He said claiming my lips once again.
I pushed him away again, “How?”
He rolled his eyes, “Poppy wasn’t so good at keeping her mouth shut. She let it slip the day before school ended.”
“Oh, she would do that. I need to thank her.”
“Later.” Lawson growled taking my lips with his once again. He was a bit impatient, but I didn’t mind at all. I wanted him just as much as he wanted me. His hands were gripping my waist, pulling me even closer to his body. “Oh I have wanted this for way to long.” He mumbled against my lips.
The elevator dinged, “Then take me to your room and have me.” I whispered pushing him out of the elevator. “Which room is yours?” I asked him.
“1224.” He answered pulling out a keycard.
“Oh, that’s right next to mine. How convenient.” I stated nearly running off to his room. He followed close behind and pinned me to his door, his lips couldn’t get enough of mine. Now his tongue was fighting its way into my mouth, I allowed it. We made out against his door. I felt him snake a hand behind me to unlock the door. With a click, he pushed the door opened behind me and pushed me into the room, pinning me against the wall.
We pulled away for air, “Just so you know, I want so much more than just one night with you. Is that okay?” His hands were running over my curves.
“Yes, please don’t make me wait any longer.” I said reaching behind myself and pulling the zipper of my dress down. The straps fell off my shoulders and the dress pooled at my feet.
Lawson admired my body only clad in a sexy pair of lingerie. I wasn’t expecting for anything to happen but now I was so glad I had chosen to wear this set. It seemed Lawson liked them just as much as I did. While he was still admiring my body, I started working on his shirt. He quickly helped me to get that off, revealing a smooth and toned body that I liked a lot. It was my turn to admire his body. He smirked and pulled off his belt and unbuttoned his pants allowing them to fall to the ground. There was a huge bulge in his boxers.
I palmed it, “Oh, it seems little Lawson is excited.” I mumbled allowing my hand to wander down his boxers. I gripped his length, impressed with how big he was. “Let me help you with that.” I used my other hand to push his boxers off and I began to stroke his cock. It was perfect. I couldn’t wait to feel it inside of me.
“Mhmm, you need some attention too.” One of his hands traveled down to my panties and inside immediately finding me wet. “It seems I have the same effect on you. We seemed to be very compatible.” This bought me back to our earlier conversation. I nodded as his fingers found my clit and started rubbing it at the same pace I was pumping him.
I didn’t notice him leading me towards the bedroom, I was too invested in wanting to make him come and the pleasure he was giving me. He was moaning as I continued to stroke him. “You’re going to make me come.” He said, his breath was erratic, and I knew he was close.
“That’s the point.” I said trying to hold off my moans.
At that moment he pulled his hand out of my panties causing me to whimper at the loss, “No, I only want to come while I’m pounding into you.” He stopped me from stroking him anymore. Then he hastily pulled my bra and panties off. Before I had time to think, he thrust into me.
“Ohhhhhhh Lawson.” I moaned at the full feeling. He led me to the bed and pushed me down while he was still inside of me. “Please move.” I whimpered. He complied and pulled out only to plunge back into me, causing me to moan loudly.
“That’s it, moan. Let everyone know what I’m doing to you.” Those words only spurred me to moan again. My ex would never measure up to the sensations Lawson was giving me. I have really missed out while I was with him.
“You feel so good inside of me.” His pace was becoming a little quicker, telling me he was getting closer to his climax.
“Can I come inside of you?”
Oh god, could he be any more of a gentleman?
“Yes.” I said scratching at his back as he brought me closer to the edge. His grip on my waist was tight and there would probably be marks in the morning, but I didn’t care.
“Come with me.” He thrust into me once more before finally letting go. I did as he told me and came at the same time. The pleasure was more than I could handle. I may have actually blanked out for a second there. I felt his warm seed shoot into me, making my climax that much better. We rode out our orgasms before finally collapsing onto the bed. After we caught our breath, Lawson helped me to clean up. Then he pulled me under the sheets with him.
“So how compatible are we?” Lawson asked as he stroked my hair while I laid on his chest.
“Very compatible it seems.” I said and he smiled, “You may have even helped me get rid of that pesky writer’s block.” I added.
“Oh good. So you will be releasing another book soon?”
“Maybe, but I’m going to need some more of that. One time just won’t do.” One time would never do with Lawson Harris.
“Alright, I think that can be arranged. Are you willing to work with my busy schedule?” He asked.
“Yes, as long as you can fit me in there somewhere.”
“Yeah, I believe I can.”
I felt like I was on cloud nine right now.
“How long will you be in town?” I had started to trace patterns on his skin.
“For two more days. What about you?” His arms tightened a bit around me.
“Well it seems are schedules seem to be in sync at the moment.”
“They do. Would you like to spend those two days with me?”
“Of course I would.” Lawson leaned down and pulled me into a sweet kiss. “But we need some rest first.” I nodded and laid my head back on his chest, closing my eyes. I was already beginning to drift off. “I’m so glad to have found you tonight.” I heard him say before I completely drifted to sleep.
Three Years Later
Lawson really worked wonders at getting rid of my writer’s block. I had my second book published about six months after the reunion. Now, I’m working on my fourth one now, with his help of course.
“Are you almost ready, love?” Lawson asked coming into our bedroom. We’re living together now, because that’s what most married couples do. Oh yes, we got married about a year in a half ago. “Ian and Poppy are already on the way to the restaurant.”
I quickly finished up the sentence I had been working on for my book, “Yes, I’m ready.” I said saving the document and shutting my laptop. I tried to stand up but failed horribly, “Oh Lawson, could you help me up?” I asked.
He chuckled, “Of course. How are you feeling today?” He asked as he helped me to stand up. “Is she still restless?” His hand ran over my belly. I was six months pregnant with our daughter and she was quite a restless little baby.
“She has been sleeping most of the day. I have no doubt she will wake up once I want to go to sleep.” That was what she liked to do, but I didn’t really mind at all.
“I’m sorry, darling.” Lawson said before kissing me.
“Don’t be, I love it.” He chuckled. “Now should we get going?” I asked him.
“Oh yes, we don’t want to keep them waiting.”
Lawson made me happy and he gave me the inspiration that I needed. I was glad I went to that reunion. If I hadn’t. We wouldn’t have had the chance to get together. Lawson made life great.