I was stunned at the man I was working for. I thought Cecilia was simply waxing lyrical and there was nothing to substantiate her tall claims. The more time I spent with Luke, the deeper the connection I had with him felt. Today was the best day. The way he behaved with the children, how he effortlessly slid into teacher mode when he was unexpectedly asked to teach today’s class, the way he made the children smile and laugh and the way he never complained even though he knew that there would a backlog in his finance work for the NPO that would require more time from him.
“Are you still there?” I heard Luke ask. I turned to look at him, startled.
“Sorry, I was lost in my thoughts.”
He smiled and his dimple popped out. “Do you want to share some of those thoughts?”
I shook my head and blushed. How could I tell him that I had a crush on him that was developing into something deeper each day?
“Oh wait, I have some good news,” I grinned.
He waited for me to continue.
“I have an appointment with a neurologist for my mum this week.”
“Wow, that’s great! I hope they can give you some good news.”
“I hope so too.”
As we reached my house, I noticed Luke hesitating. That was very unlike him. He was very take-charge usually. Before I climbed out of the car, I decided to ask him about it.
“What is it?” I murmured.
“I was wondering if I should ask you something. I decided against it but as soon as you opened the door, I regretted my decision,” he rubbed the back of his neck nervously.
“Are you going to ask?”
“Would you like to go on a date with me?” he mumbled.
“Sorry I didn’t quite catch that, what did you say?” I teased.
He rolled his eyes. “Would you like to go out on a date with me?” he said more clearly.
“Sure,” I smiled and nodded. “When?”
“Tomorrow?” he asked.
I looked at him. There would be no harm in seeing where this would lead. I knew that I was attracted to him and that he had one of the most giving hearts I’d ever seen. I was surprised that he liked me enough to ask me on date. I haven’t been making the best impression on anyone.
“Time?” I mumbled and saw his grin widen.
“Let’s say around 3. That would give me some time to catch up on some work,” he laughed self-depreciatingly.
“That’s perfect, see you then.”
As I turned to exit the car, he caught my wrist. When I turned my head back around, his face was so close to mine. He leaned forward a bit more and placed a gentle kiss on my lips. When he pulled away, I looked at him in shock. He winked and laughed. And my heart melted.