Chapter 12 - May
May stared up at Jude as they stood chest to chest. She had completely frozen when he pulled her up and she fell against him. Now she barely breathed as she stood there wondering what to do. He was incredibly warm, and the smell of him was intoxicating. She almost swayed closer towards him, but stopped herself in time.
Suddenly Jude leaned down towards her. She couldn’t even blink, he had her undivided attention. He stopped when his lips were almost touching hers.
“Breathe,” Jude whispered, causing her to shiver.
Finally May blinked, as she let out the huge breath she had no idea she’d been holding. As soon as she was done his lips softly touched hers. She relaxed completely and melted against him, as she felt his hand snake up under her hair and clamp onto the back of her neck. He deepened the kiss as soon as he felt her compliance, and she was lost to him. His breath and her breath became one. She wrapped her arms around him and held on as tight as she could.
After a minute Jude broke away and looked down at her in annoyance. She was dazed, so she didn’t understand why. The only thing she could come up with was that maybe he didn’t like it. She dropped her head in embarrassment and tried to pull away.
“I think your cell’s ringing,” Jude announced as he kept a tight hold on her.
“What?” May questioned in complete confusion. Jude chuckled at her, and it was then she heard the definite sound of her cell. She instantly pulled away and hurried towards the stereo.
“How long has it been ringing?” she asked as panic set in.
When she glanced back at Jude he looked agitated, and she knew he was picking up on her panic. She hurried to grab the cell, but dread filled her when it stopped ringing.
“Damn it,” May cried, as she stopped the music and searched for the last number that called. Her finger was hovering over the button when it rang again. This time she got it on the first ring. She didn’t even get a word in, when Colin started yelling.
“Why the fuck didn’t you pick up?” he demanded, causing her to deflate and hang her head.
“I didn’t hear it, I’m sorry,” May apologized. “Then it stopped ringing when I reached it.”
“You okay?” Colin questioned still visibly upset.
“I’m fine,” she quietly told him. Then she jumped as Jude suddenly appeared beside her. He placed his large hand on her back and soothingly rubbed up and down.
“You were playing your music too loud again,” Colin correctly guessed, and she couldn’t help but smile.
“I like my music,” May felt the need to add.
“I know squirt,” Colin chuckled, and she could hear the smile in his voice.
“Don’t call me that,” May complained in annoyance “Why did you call anyway?”
“I wanted to let you know I have a day off tomorrow, so I’m coming for dinner,” Colin announced. She missed all her brother’s friends so much, the thought of seeing him excited her.
“You’re coming for dinner?” May repeated happily. “Just you or everybody?” she squealed.
“Sorry squirt, you just get me,” Colin told her with a chuckle.
“Is that a good idea?” she asked, trying to be careful of what she said in front of Jude.
“It will be okay,” Colin promised. “I’ll be careful.” Then they said their goodbyes, and she hung up. She was so excited she was practically jumping up and down when she turned to face Jude.
“Who’s coming to dinner?” he questioned curiously.
“Colin, he’s a friend of mine,” May happily told him. But his face darkened at her answer, putting a damper on her mood.
“A friend of yours?” Jude asked while scowling down at her. She took a tentative step back as she looked at him curiously, having no idea why he was so angry.
“A close friend?” he nearly growled, and it finally dawned on her what he was getting at. Angry now, she placed her hands on her hips and glared back at him.
“Yes,” she returned. “But if you think after one kiss you can start that shit, you’re wrong.”
“Oh I don’t think so,” Jude told her as he closed the distance she had put between them. “I know so.” Then he took one more step towards her, placing them chest to chest once more. “I’m coming to dinner,” he demanded.
“No you’re not,” May quickly responded.
“Yes I am,” he growled furiously. “That kiss was the best fucking kiss I’ve ever had, and I’m going to want to do that again. And you can bet after that I will not let you have dinner with another man unless I’m here.”
“Oh,” she replied as she blinked up at him in surprise. “You like me Lucy.”
Jude growled again, took her lips once more in a searing kiss, then turned and walked out the door. May ran to the window and watched him stomp across the lawn. It was then she realized she had no idea how this would work.