Samantha, the hostess, watched Evan leave the restaurant, hand in hand with someone he certainly didn’t know when he arrived. He doesn’t remember me, she thought. If he remembered me, he wouldn’t be leaving with her.
“Go ahead and call it a night.”
Samantha looked up to see her manager, Jim, nodding in her direction.
“Sounds good to me.” Samantha reached under the hostess stand to collect her purse and threw its strap over her shoulder. Although Evan hadn’t remembered her, this was a sign. She would make Evan hers one day or another. She would make sure of it.
Evan opened his eyes to see the morning sunshine peeking through Emma’s partially closed blinds. She was lying on her side with his back toward him. He leaned down on an elbow and began rubbing her arm. He wanted to do more than that but didn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable. She’d had a couple of glasses of wine the night before, and he hoped she hadn’t regretted her decision to sleep with him on their first date.
Emma squirmed and then rolled over, locking eyes with Evan. “Good morning.” She grinned and stretched out her arms over her head.
“Good morning, beautiful.” He leaned down to kiss her forehead, relieved that she didn’t seem to want to kick him out. “Thanks for inviting me over last night.”
A cat jumped on the bed, and Evan immediately sneezed.
“Oh no, are you allergic to cats?” Emma frowned.
Crap, he thought. “I’m afraid so. I was wondering why my eyes have been so itchy since last night. I remember now, though, you told me you had a cat at dinner. Toby, right?”
Emma nodded. “He’s been sitting beside his food dish all night waiting for me to feed him, so that’s why you haven’t seen him until now.” Emma laughed and climbed out of bed. She slipped on her robe before picking up Toby. “I’ll feed him and leave him in the living room. Wait right here.”
Emma left the room, taking her cat with her. Evan leaned back onto the bed and thought about their night together. Emma was different from any other woman he had slept with. She was attentive, sexy, sweet, smart, and normal. She came back into the room, shutting the door behind her.
Evan reached for her waist and pulled her onto the bed next to him. “You felt amazing last night.” He kissed her forehead and moved his mouth to her right ear and down along the nape of her neck. That always turned him on, so he was hoping it did the same for her.
“Refresh my memory on how you felt,” Emma whispered in his ear. It didn’t take long before they were making love again.
It took everything Evan had not to think about, Dr. Nelson.
Two hours later, he found the willpower to release his zealous grip around Emma’s waist.
“I know more about your body right now than anything else about you.” She smiled at Evan before getting out of bed.
He grinned as she grabbed her robe from the floor and wrapped it tightly around her naked body. He wished she was still lying next to him. He could stay in bed with her all day.
Emma’s cat cried at the bedroom door, wanting in.
“What do you want to know?”
“Where are you from?” Emma sat on the bed beside him.
“Michigan.” He reached over to touch her knee. He wanted nothing more than to lay her on the bed again and make love, but it seemed she wanted to talk.
“How long have you lived in Florida?”
“Almost eight years.”
Emma’s eyes lit up. “Me too!”
“I guess we’re a lot alike. That must be why I like you so much.” He leaned in and kissed her passionately.
Emma smiled before pulling away. She looked at the clock on the nightstand. “It’s already noon.”
“Do you have somewhere you need to be today?”
“I have a showing on one of my listings in about an hour, but another Realtor is going to bring the client. I don’t necessarily need to be there.”
Evan grinned and raised his brows. “So, I have you all to myself today?”
Emma smiled shyly. “If you want to.”
“I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
It had been months since Evan went for a long run outside, but at that moment, he found himself full of energy. “Do you feel like going for a run together? I know of a great scenic loop near the beach.”
“Sounds great. I’ll get dressed.”
“Let’s stop by my place on the way so I can change.”
“Sounds good. Do you want a sandwich for the road? I’m starving.”
“Yes, I’ve worked up an appetite.” Evan winked before climbing out of Emma’s bed.
* * * * *
Two hours later, they ended their run and sat on a bench overlooking the ocean. He was impressed with Emma’s speed. “You were fast out there.”
“Must be newfound energy.”
He watched her gaze at the waves. She even looked beautiful, dripping in sweat. Evan sat back and took a deep breath, taking in the salt-filled sky. “That run felt good. It’s been a while since I ran four miles.”
Emma looked at him, questioningly. “I thought you ran marathons.”
“Ha!” He smiled. “I ran my last marathon six months ago. I guess you could say I’ve been too busy lately.” The fact was, he had been spending too much time meeting strangers without finding the satisfaction he was so desperately seeking. Between that, work, and the gym, he had no time to train for a marathon.
“Well, we have to get you back into it.” Emma playfully punched his shoulder.
Evan looked at Emma, amazed by her genuine nature. “Something tells me you’re going to make me a better person, Emma.” He truly believed it.
She looked at him in disbelief. “Oh, please. Something tells me that you’re already perfect.”
Evan leaned in to kiss her, and Dr. Nelson’s face immediately popped into his head. Shaking those unwelcome thoughts aside, he pressed his lips into Emma’s, determined to move on from the fantasy of his therapist and let her memory fade away.