Love Thy Neighbor
Hannah watched the tear make its way down her cheek. She swiped at it angrily trying to get her control back.
What was wrong with her?
It had been eight weeks. She should have gotten over it a long time ago. Seeing Brad with another girl shouldn’t have affected her like it did.
So what if he had been her first love? Her first everything? That didn’t change what had happened. Nothing could.
She took a deep breath and squared her shoulders. This shit had to stop. She wouldn’t do this to herself. Turning on the tap, she splashed some cold water on her face, taking care to erase the mascara stains from her skin.
She would not give him a chance to ridicule her in any way. He obviously didn’t care.
She wasn’t going to either.
Wiping off the water with a tissue, she fixed her hair and picked her bag off the counter.
Screw Brad. She could definitely do this.
With a new sense of determination, she turned around and opened the door to the hallway.
And walked straight into a wall.
Atleast that’s what it felt like.
" Hannah, are you alright?“, a deep familiar voice spoke.
Grabbing the hands that steadied her, Hannah looked up to find her longtime neighbour staring down at her.
" Josh? What are you doing here? I thought you were in Canada.“, she smiled at him as his lemon and mint scent enveloped her.
Josh and she had been neighbours for as long as she could remember. His family lived in the house right across the street and their parents were very close friends. However, the same couldn’t be said about them. Josh was a senior and she hardly saw him around.
Even now, as she let her eyes rake over his face, Hannah couldn’t help but feel a pulse of awareness race through her. Josh was literally eye-candy. Tall, with dark hair and chocolate brown eyes, and a lean but muscled body that could make any girl drool, he was quite swoon worthy. But the weird part was, he hardly dated. Hannah had seen him only countable times with a girl and it was a different one each time.
Hannah herself had had a crush on him since the fourth grade. And now, seven years later, and recently dumped, she still couldn’t get over how sexy he looked or how good he smelled. He was really very well-mannered too. Always the gentleman, he never did get into fights and stuff like that, like other guys, but was always busy with one committee or the other. He was brainy, no doubt. His looks only served as an added bonus. He had always been polite with Hannah and that’s where their relationship- if it could be called that- ended. He was a year older to her and maybe that was the reason he rarely paid her any attention. She had no qualms about that. With Josh, being on the sidelines was the only place she thought she could ever be. He was way out of her league. And always would be.
" We came back earlier than scheduled.“, his voice came back to her and she blinked, trying to get her mind away from the warmth from his hands that was seeping through her tshirt.
After all these years, he could still affect her.
“Oh.“, she replied as he stepped away from her, his hands falling to his sides.
" I heard about you and Brad. “, he said after a moment of silence.
She immediately looked away, her head throbbing as the image of her ex-boyfriend with his tongue down another girl’s throat, flashed before her.
" Yeah.“, she shrugged hoping to appear nonchalant about the whole thing.
" I’m sorry you had to go through that.“, he said with a note of sincerity in his voice.
" Yeah.“, she repeated as she adjusted the strap of the bag on her shoulder, her eyes filling with tears for the second time that day.
So much for moving on.
" Hannah are you cryi-“, he began to take a step towards her and she panicked.
" Listen, Josh.“, she gave a small smile, without meeting his eyes, as she began backing up hurriedly, the tears threatening to fall.
God help her if she cried in front of her. She would regret it for the rest of her life!
" I’ve gotta run. But it was good to see you. Tell your parents I said hi.“, she said in a rush as she turned around and sped down the nearest flight of stairs ignoring his call and the tears rushing down her cheek.
" Are you ignoring me on purpose or is Romeo and Juliet really that interesting when read upside down?”
Hannah dropped the book with a start and stared at the only other occupant of the vacant library.
Josh stood there with an amused smile on his lips. Without waiting for a reply, he dropped down on the seat beside her.
" Hey. What’s going on?“, she asked as she straightened the book and attempted to read it, a blush crawling up her cheeks at being caught.
When he didn’t answer, she cautiously turned to him, her fingers clutching the edge of the cover.
His eyes were focused on her lips and for a moment Hannah was stunned.
" What’s the flavor?“, he asked, tapping his index finger on his lips.
Her eyes widening of their own volition, Hannah stared at him, confusion and slight perplexion coursing through her.
Did he seriously just ask her the flavor of her lip gloss?
" That’s not lipstick, is it?“, he asked again as he leaned in further and swiped his thumb across her lower lip in a motion so quick, Hannah thought she might have imagined it.
And then he placed it in his own mouth, his eyes never leaving hers.
She watched his cheeks as he sucked the flesh and answered easily.
" Hmm.. cherry, I’m guessing.”
Hannah felt warmth flood her cheeks and neck. Holy crap.
Josh had just touched her lips!
She was hyperventilating.
Calm down, Hannah. Calm down. It’s no big deal. Josh is just another guy who-
" So you are hiding here, right?“, his voice broke through the jumble of her thoughts making her stare wide eyed at him.
" Wrong.“, she said stubbornly as she tried to sit up straighter, feeling her whole body as taut as a live wire.
How could such a simple action make her feel like this? He had just touched her mouth. It was no big deal, was it?
Josh chuckled as he leaned forward on his elbows, his face inches from hers. Instinctively, she shifted in her seat, putting distance between them.
" Hannah, come on. Brad is a jerk. He doesn’t know what he’s missing. Don’t let him affect you.“, he said almost casually with a shrug.
" Staying right here all through the day isn’t going to solve anything.“, he said again as he reached out and slowly but firmly, took the book from her clutched fingers and shut it, pushing it to the far side of the table.
Hannah could only stare at him.
Why was Josh, of all people, taking an interest in her love life? Even her parents didn’t give a damn about whom she dated. Then why he?
" I’m not hiding here, alright.“, she began with what she hoped was a steady voice, only to be cut off by him.
“Really? Then why did you duck in here when you saw Brad with his new girlfriend in the corridor? And don’t you lie to me, Hannah. I saw it with my own two eyes.“, he said grimly making her turn red with embarrasment.
" Okay, so I am hiding.“, she groaned, throwing her hands up in surrender.
What was with this guy?
" Told ya.“, he winked at her, leaning far back in his chair, a grin on his lips.
" Bite me, Josh.“, she snapped as she pushed her chair back and leaned across the table to grab the book.
The next second, she heard the scrape of a chair before she was pulled backwards, a shriek escaping her lips.
She found herself seated sideways on his lap with one of his arms around her waist and the other across her thighs.
Even in this position she had to tilt her head to make eye contact with him and to her utter disbelief he looked pissed off.
" What do you think-“, she abruptly stopped when his hand gripped her face, his long fingers spanned across her cheek.
" Hannah”, he began in a dangerously low voice, “You need to know that I am dying, literally, to do more than just bite you.“, he murmured, his lips inches away from hers.
" Don’t think, even for a moment, that I’m anything but serious.“, he moved forward and brushed his mouth across hers ever so slightly and Hannah felt a jolt go through her entire nervous system.
" I swear I won’t hesitate to throw you across my lap and give your cute little butt the spanking it deserves.“, he bit out even as his fingers dug into her waist, till it was almost painful.
To say she was frozen, would be a lie.
Her heart was racing faster than she thought was possible and to her bewilderment, she felt her nipples tighten at his words.
What the hell was wrong with her!? She was actually turned on by this. Maybe the breakup had messed with her head too badly.
She could feel his breath on her face and where her hands rested on his chest, his heart was beating just as wildly as hers. He smelled incredible and she felt her senses almost overwhelmed by his proximity.
" Am I clear enough?“, he said softly as he turned his head and nipped at the shell of her ear making her gasp as she felt the tug right between her legs.
" Why are you doing this?“, she asked as she pushed against his chest trying to get off his lap. His grip on her only tightened and his hand moved down to wrap around her neck.
" Because I want you.”
She stopped breathing.
“And not just for one night.”
Shock ran through her nerves. She stared at him, trying to see if this was some kind of a practical joke. The look in his eyes was unnerving.
“Scared?“, he breathed when she didn’t answer, as he placed an open mouthed kiss on the side of her face, his hand coming to rest just above the swell of her breast.
Hannah bit back a moan but didn’t pull away from him.
" Me too.“, he said softly, his hot mouth trailing down her cheek to her neck where he sucked hard till she whimpered softly, moisture gathering between her legs.
He continued kissing her neck and ear till, against her will, she felt her body begin to respond. She knew she should push him away but instead, her fingers moved up, over his shoulders to the hair at the base of
his neck and she tugged hard. In response, a low groan erupted from the back of his throat and his hand moved down to cup her breast and his thumb unerringly found her already hard nipple. This time she moaned out loud gripping his hair tighter holding his mouth in place on her skin.
Every part of her body felt like it was on fire. Heat seared through her belly landing in a pool of need at her core.
She had no sense of her surroundings. Nothing mattered except Josh’s mouth and hands and how they were making her feel. She gave an involuntary gasp when she felt him surge right near her hip and her hand moved down his front to the zipper of his jeans.
Suddenly, the sound of laughter hit her ears and she froze. Josh must have heard it too because he abruptly stopped kissing her in the way that was driving her crazy.
Hannah heard voices approach them and she panicked. She spared a glance at Josh who was staring down at her with hooded eyes before she jumped up and out of his lap and sped away.
The party was in full swing by the time the clock struck nine. Hannah watched as some of her classmates danced to the music in the centre of the room, some of them already beginning to grind against each other.
She sighed. This party sucked. Some of her girlfriends had pulled her along with them saying that it would be fun to go to a senior’s party and Hannah had gone along only to rid herself of moping at home. She had spent the last few weeks moping over Brad but since the last few days she hadn’t even thought about him as much. Her mind had been occupied by a pair of chocolate brown eyes and soft lips that could turn her into mush.
She hadn’t seen Josh at all since that day at the library. Mostly, because she avoided him like the plague. She had bunked most of her classes and hadn’t stepped out of the house till she was sure that the coast was clear of him.
She knew she couldn’t hide forever. But delaying it sounded like a good plan.
The house was packed with teenagers and at first Hannah had been afraid of finding Brad or Josh here. But luckily, Josh was nowhere to be seen. She had caught a glimpse of Brad heading into a room with a new girl behind him but this time, to her surprise, she didn’t feel the stab of pain that usually accompanied it. She was finally moving on.
Making her way to the table that was loaded with food and drinks, she poured herself a cup of water. The cool liquid eased some of the dryness in her throat, providing some relief. She had just disposed off the plastic cup when she felt a pair of hands on her waist.
She jumped and turned around to see the eyes that had been haunting her since days, staring down at her.
" Hiding again?“, Josh said with a smirk on his face as he crowded her, getting into her personal space.
When she began to push against him, the humor in his eyes vanished and she saw his jaw clench.
" We need to talk.“, he snapped and abruptly grabbed her wrist, pulling her behind him.
Hannah found it hard to keep up with his long strides and ended up being dragged. When they reached the porch, he still hadn’t slowed down.
" Josh, hold up!“, she cried out as she missed her footing on the last step and almost twisted her ankle in the process. He just shot her an angry glance but slowed down a bit till they reached the parking lot.
Hannah gulped down her fear. He wouldn’t go to the extent of hurting her, would he?
When they had reached the end of the line of vehicles, Josh turned around and pushed her against a navy blue truck that she knew was his.
His hands caged her in and before she could say anything, his lips crashed down on hers.
Hannah felt her pulse soar.
Josh was kissing her!
Whatever protest she had been about to utter, vanished. Josh gave a groan as he moved his body against hers, so that they were pressed together waist up.
His hands moved to her hips, pushing her into contact with his growing erection. Hannah gasped as she found herself lifted up and her legs wrapped around his waist. Burying her fingers in his hair, she held on tight as he grabbed her butt with both hands and kneaded the flesh through the denim.
" Your place or mine, Hannah?“, he growled as his lips left hers and travelled down her jaw, to her ear, and then down her neck, making goosebumps rise all over her skin.
" Josh, I can’t-“, she started weakly but broke off when he pushed her harder against the truck, his lips at the hollow near her throat.
" Don’t bullshit me, Hannah. Or I’m going to have to prove you wrong.“, he groaned as his tongue darted out to lick the swell of her breasts under the neck of her tshirt.
Hannah bit her lip as she felt the slick moisture at the juncture of her thighs.
" Do you want me to prove you wrong, Hannah?“, he growled again, his hands moving restlessly along the length of her thighs.
Her answer was a moan when his mouth closed over a pert nipple through the flimsy material of her tshirt. Hearing it, he deftly unbuttoned her jeans, pulled at the waistband of her underwear and slipped his hand in. Hannah cried out when she felt his finger enter her while his thumb pressed down on her clit.
" Josh please!“, she threw her head back in agony, writhing under his skillful hands.
" Please what?“, he murmured as he continued to tease her till she thought she would explode.
" Why are you doing this!?“, she cried out as he pressed harder inside her, her thighs clenching around his waist.
He abruptly stilled and Hannah almost wept at the lack of motion.
He was silent for an entire heartbeat before he answered.
" Because I have feelings for you.“, he said lowly and she saw the strain on his face. The nerves in his neck were corded and she almost begged him to continue where he left off. Steeling herself, she bit her tongue, wanting to hear him out first.
" You’re kidding me, right?“, she had difficulty in forming the words.
It was probably the wrong response because he pulled his finger out, only to push it back deeper, making her cry out.
" Does this look like a joke to you?“, he snapped as he held her gaze, his eyes smoldering.
Hannah closed her eyes and shook her head.
" It’s not, Josh. It’s not for me.“, she said hesitantly, her arms tightening around his neck.
Instantly, she felt him relax only a bit and his head came to rest on her shoulder.
" I knew you liked me, Hannah. I’ve known it for years. And I felt the same about you all that time.“, he said, his breath hot and heavy against her neck.
" I just never had the courage to ask you out. And by the time you were dating Brad, it was too late for me.“, his voice softened and Hannah felt like her heart was in her mouth.
" I even came out to your house on prom night, with a bouquet of lillies, your favorite. I hadn’t known you were already with Brad. “, he explained as he pulled back to look at her.
Hannah froze at the look on his face.
" That’s when I saw the two of you.“, he said softly, his forehead coming to rest against hers.
" So you didn’t have a car breakdown that night?“, she asked him, her pulse quickening at his confession.
He shook his head.
" I just made that up so I wouldn’t look like a dumbass for the rest of high school. I caught the bus back home after your mom dropped us off.“, he gave a slight smile, his eyes searching hers.
Hannah remembered that night clearly. She had been so excited to see Josh at her house that she had completely forgotten about Brad being her date. She had felt a stab of disappointment when she heard that the only reason he was there was that he needed a ride to prom and couldn’t keep his date waiting.
" I’m sorry.“, she murmured as she looked at the boy that she had fallen for, glad that Brad had broken up with her.
He didn’t reply. Instead he leaned down and kissed her deeply, his tongue caressing her lips before slipping into her mouth. At the same time, his fingers began their sweet assault on her core that was beginning to ache with the need for release.
After a few seconds, he pulled back and touched his forehead to hers.
" I want you Hannah.“, he groaned as he kissed her cheek and continued down the nape of her neck.
Taking his head between her hands she murmured in his ear, ” Then take me, Josh. Take me now.”
His body froze before his head whipped up.
He looked at her for only a second before he pulled away completely, letting her feet on the ground. Never fully letting her go, he opened the door to his truck and hoisted her inside, before getting in himself.
Hannah had barely shifted toward the middle of the seat when Josh grabbed her and drew her to him.
His hands immediately began to pull her clothes off and she was thankful for the darkness of the night. After helping Josh out of his jeans and button up shirt, they paused for a moment, drinking in the sight of each other.
His palms traced the outline of her body, right from her neck till her calves as she sat atop him, making her moan with need.
Hannah let her fingers travel all over his muscled body and to her satisfaction, he trembled under her touch.
" I’ve dreamed about this for so long, Hannah.“, he murmured before his palms enfolded her breasts and he began to suckle them in earnest.
Hannah arched her back as pleasure coursed through her, her nails digging into his back. He gave equal attention to both, making her cry out when he pulled away, only to slip his middle finger inside her like before.
" Fuck, Hannah. You’re so wet.“, he growled through his teeth, his lips coming down on hers.
Hannah braced herself against the firm planes of his stomach even as her fingers closed over a hard male nipple. She could feel his engorged flesh against her stomach and a thrill went through her body. Reaching down between them, she tentatively stroked him, a smile grazing her lips when he cursed and caught her hand in his.
" Oh no you don’t. I want to come inside you this time.“, he said firmly as he reached across her and pulled out a condom from the pocket of his jeans.
Hannah snatched the foil packet out of his hands, brought it to her teeth and ripped it off. She glanced at him once, only to see a surprised look cross his features. Carefully, she rolled the latex onto his throbbing erection.
The next second, Josh had grabbed her waist, lifted her up and placed her on top of his member.
Hannah let out a gasp when he entered her, the fullness giving her undivided intense pleasure. She gripped his head as he leaned down and took her nipple in his mouth, sucking and rolling it till she screamed his name, her hips moving in a rhythm that was maddening them both.
His hand moved between them and landed on her clit that was begging for attention, while his other hand rested on her buttock guiding her faster till she was bucking against him.
Josh began moving his own hips against hers and with just a few strokes Hannah cried out as her orgasm hit her full force.
She felt his arms tighten around her, his hips continuing their thrusts till he released a feral groan and convulsed, as his own orgasm took over, his head coming to rest between her breasts.
Hannah could feel her heart beating wildly and her body was covered with a sheen of sweat.
When their breathing had returned to normal, she placed a kiss on the top of his head which made him look up at her, a smile on his face.
" That was amazing.“, he said softly before pulling her in for a slow but passionate kiss.
Hannah smiled as she wrapped her arms around him and kissed him back.
" Yes, it was.“, she said, as his mouth moved down to her chin and jaw.
" So does that mean I can take you to dinner on Friday?“, he asked, making her laugh at the eagerness in his voice.
" I’d love that.”
That was the last thing she said for a long while.