Emma went outside onto the deck. She closed her eyes and listened to the waves crashing, the seagulls crying and the wind blowing. The sun felt good on her exposed skin. She had changed into a pair of shorts and a tank top so she could lie outdoors for a while.
When they got to Chris’ home in Malibu, she had been amazed by his lifestyle. The house was on the beach. It was huge and richly appointed. The bedroom he had shown her was perfect. It had a canopy bed like the one she had at home, only much nicer. There was a sitting area in the room, where one could watch a huge screen TV or maybe relax on the chaise lounge to read. The windows in her room overlooked the ocean.
The attached bathroom had a huge tub that could probably fit three and a shower with six showerheads. She couldn’t wait to see what it felt like to have water shooting as her from all directions.
Chris had given her a quick tour and then went to take Jackson back to his car at their training facility.
“I hope to see you again soon,” Jackson had said before leaving. “Let me know if you want to do any sight seeing while you’re here. I can take you wherever you want.”
She had smiled graciously and said she just might take him up on his offer. When he left he took her hand and raised it to his lips and kissed her there. He had then grinned at her and left. Her smile grew broader with his attention. Jackson was a big man but he was very graceful and gentle in his movements. She felt herself relaxing around him.
Before he was out the door, she saw that Chris wore a concerned look on his face. She wondered if he felt nervous about leaving her alone in his home.
She wouldn’t touch anything except the furniture in her room and the lounge chair on the deck. That way she couldn’t ruin anything.
Lying down on the deck furniture, after opening an umbrella, she felt her tiredness from the insomnia and travel settle in her body. Thinking she should get into bed, the waves lulled her into a deep sleep almost as soon as she closed her eyes.