Forgiven

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Talking It Out

Chapter 66:

It was a bright beautiful Saturday, yet she could not catch a moment of rest, not when cardboard boxes were scattered all over her new apartment. She thought that attending to them on her own would be easy enough and that she would be done with most of them in no time. The task, however, proved to be much more time-consuming than she thought. Every time she dug through one box, she would stop halfway through and direct her attention to another to search for an item that she had to have right way. First it was the dishes so she could eat something. Then it was her clothes because the weather proved warmer than she thought, and she needed a change of clothes. Eventually, the mess of clothes, dishes and towels that were laying on the floor next to all the cardboard boxes became so overwhelming that she needed to sit down and take a moment.

Lesly gazed absentmindedly at the window as she drank her cold orange juice in silence. The weather was nice outside. However, since the apartment was kept locked for days, it felt so stuffy inside that she had to change into a light pair of denim shorts and a cream sleeveless top. The chaos she had created unintentionally inside her new apartment did not help one bit. It added to the stuffiness and made it almost unbearable.

Lesly smiled instantly when she noticed the golden retriever, Max, nuzzling his head against her leg. Michaela was supposed to watch over him for a friend, but since she was leaving for a shift in an hour, she brought him over and asked Lesly to look after him. The dark-haired woman ruffled his head a couple of times before she got up and resumed attending to the boxes in her kitchen. It was at that moment that she heard the doorbell ring.

Thinking that it was the delivery guy who was supposed to drop the router she ordered today, Lesly marched towards the door with the dog following closely behind her. When she got it open, her heart dropped instantly at the sight that greeted her. It was him! The last person she wanted to see.

Alec did not give her a chance to comprehend what was happening. He immediately walked past her and ushered himself in. When she finally grasped the situation, she locked the door with a sigh and muttered in sarcasm, “Come in, please.”

He stood in the middle of the living room and waited for her to come to him, but she walked past him and went right back to the cardboard boxes in the kitchen.

“When were you going to tell me that you found a new place?” He asked in controlled anger.

“And you believe I should tell you because…?”

“You told me you needed time. Don’t you think we should’ve discussed this first?”

“You’re mad that I didn’t tell you?” She asked in feigned innocence.

“Lesly…,” he growled. He understood what she was getting at. He tried to respond, but she beat him to it.

“I get it. It can be frustrating when people keep things from you,” she stated casually before she dug through a box and plucked a pack of ceramic dishes out.

Alec did not say anything. He watched her in silence as she busied herself with the task of putting her kitchen into a state of order. She caught a glimpse of him walking towards the door and thought that he was about to leave, but instead, he stopped and started fiddling with something on the door.

“Is this the only lock you have on the door?”

She wanted to ignore him but thought it was better to answer his question so he could leave. “The super will install another one on Monday.”

“That’s two days without a sturdy lock on your door,” he pointed out.

“I’m not too concerned about it,” she answered dismissively.

To her disappointment, he walked back into her living room. It turned out he was not planning on leaving. Great! That meant she had to endure his presence for a bit more. Intent on not acknowledging what he was doing, she ignored him and kept her attention focused on tidying her kitchen. Still, she could not help but steal glances at him every now and then in hopes that he would leave soon. He was about to make his way to the window that was close to the kitchen, but the dog began growling at him instantly to keep him from going any further. It was amusing, so she did not discourage the dog or even show the slightest bit of interest in what was happening. To her disappointment, it was short lived. Alec simply whistled sharply at the dog and ordered him to sit. The dog complied immediately.

Her eyes grew large in surprise. How on earth did he get Max to do that? Lesly’s eyes remained focused on the dog’s obedient pose before they were drawn away by Alec’s question.

“Do all your windows have the same lock?” He asked as he examined the window.

“I didn’t check,” she responded absentmindedly. Her gaze went back to fixate on the dog that was sitting obediently.

He stared at her in disbelief, but she went back to busying herself with the boxes. Although she could no longer see his face, she could already imagine the usual glare he gave her whenever he was exasperated with her. It was at that moment that he did something she did not expect. He walked towards her bedroom. She could not believe her eyes as he marched in there without as much as a question.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” She asked in anger as she followed him.

“What else? Somebody has to make sure your locks are working,” he announced as he made his way towards the window in her bedroom.

“I don’t recall asking you. Leave!”

“There isn’t anything in here that I have not seen already,” he spoke over his shoulder as he examined the lock.

“I mean it, Lang,” she warned once more, but he ignored her and tried to inspect the other window. It was then that he noticed the pile of underwear laying on the floor next to the dresser.

He turned back to her with an arched eyebrow. “Is this what you’re worried I might see? If you recall, I’ve helped you slip out of those a number of times. In fact, I distinctly remember that you were so eager to have me take them off just a couple of days ago.”

“For God’s sake would you just…”

Her tirade was quickly interrupted, “I don’t wanna receive a call in the middle of the night telling me that somebody broke in and assaulted you like last time.”

“If you ever receive such a call, and I doubt you would, you don’t have to come,” she answered coldly.

“Like I could do that.”

“I’m telling you right now, you’re off the hook. I want nothing to do with you. You don’t have to concern yourself with me either.”

“It’s not something I can turn on and off whenever I please. It’s you we’re talking about here. I’ve got no choice, do I?”

She narrowed her eyes at him. “Is this why you’re here? Because you feel responsible?”

The woman was impossible! Alec shut his eyes and made a silent prayer for more patience to handle her and more restraint to keep himself from shaking some sense into her. He ran a hand through his hair in frustration. “Your logic never ceases to amaze me.”

“So sorry you’re easily offended,” she responded mockingly.

It was his turn to glare now, but he kept his tone calm and controlled. “I’m here because of your tendency to walk away whenever a situation proves too distressing to handle. Somebody has to tell you what you refuse to admit to yourself.”

“Get out! Now,” she demanded firmly.

“So you say, but is it really what you want?”

“I don’t see a cause for confusion.”

“Oh I beg to differ,” he shot back. “Why just a couple of nights ago, you told me to leave and then a few minutes later you were grinding yourself on me.”

Exasperated and embarrassed, she shut her eyes and took a few breaths to keep her anger in check. “I thought we agreed not to bring that matter up again.”

“No, sweetheart. I didn’t agree to that. I didn’t agree to anything that you’re doing right now.”

“The hell do you wanna do then?” she yelled in frustration.

“We have to talk about what happened,” he demanded sternly.

“I don’t wanna talk about it,” she almost shouted.

“I’m not leaving until I sit you down and get you to blurt out whatever is fermenting in that head of yours.”

“I told you,” She stated emphatically, “The best thing to do is to pretend that nothing happened,”

Alec shut his eyes and made another silent prayer for more patience. He could throttle the woman right now. “Really, Lesly! You think it’s that simple? The next thing you’re gonna tell me is that it meant nothing to you.”

“It didn’t.”

“I bet you didn’t feel anything either, is that it?”

They glared at one another for what seemed like an eternity.

“Shall we put that to the test then?” He eventually asked as he took a couple of steps towards her.

She knew she was fighting a losing battle. As such, she tried to ignore him and walk away from his presence. He did not let her, though. He yanked her by the arm to keep her from escaping and pushed towards the wall. He placed his hands on the wall next, thereby ensuring that he kept her trapped with no way out. His mouth was an inch away from hers. His eyes bore into her very soul.

“You’re really testing my patience,” he spoke in a low voice.

“There’s a simple solution for that,” she answered coldly, “Leave.”

Her tone would have completely deceived him into thinking that she was not affected at all, but the way her chest heaved up and down, almost touching his as he leaned closer to her completely gave her away. He smiled deviously at her. His lips almost brushed against hers as he spoke in a deep voice that made her core tighten in anticipation.

“It’s always the same with you, isn’t it? You say one thing, but you mean another. You tell me you want me to leave. You say what happened meant nothing to you. You would have taken it as far as claiming that you felt nothing for me at all, but I know for a fact that that’s just your stubbornness talking. Luckily for you, I know exactly how to force it out of you.”

She knew better than to provoke him when he stood so close, but the arrogance with which he spoke earlier made her so mad that she needed to shatter it all costs. “You seem confident.”

“Oh I know you, Lesly. I know you too well. You’ve always been shy and reserved around me, but I know exactly how to coax you out of your shell. I know how you want it. I know how you like it. I know you love it when I’m rough with you. I know that right now you want nothing more than to have me pin you to that wall, tear those sexy short shorts off and have my savage way with you.”

His words and the way he spoke them to her almost made her tremble with excitement. They gazed at each other with eyes full of mad lust, anger, and hunger. Their breathing grew heavier and heavier with every passing second. Her chest almost caressed his every time it rose to fill her lungs with air. It eventually drew his eyes away from hers and had him fix his gaze on her breasts next. It was then that she realized that she had chosen the worst day not to wear a bra because she was sure he could see and feel her hardened nubs under the thin material of her cream-colored shirt. One hand eventually left the wall and began caressing her side. She could have pushed him away. She could have held his hand and told him to stop, but damn it if she could get her body to cooperate. The only thing she could do was shut her eyes and enjoy the fiery touch she craved so much.

Alec’s hand travelled to Lesly’s waist. It pulled her thin shirt out of the waistband of her shorts and snaked in. When it reached her breast, she turned her face to the side slowly in a futile attempt not to let him see how much of an affect that simple motion had on her. However, when Alec began to rub her nipple, she could not keep a gasp from escaping her lips. Her breathing grew more labored. Her panting grew more noticeable. Alec continued to rub the hardened nub with his thumb all while keeping his gaze fixed on her. Eventually, he leaned down and began placing light kisses on her neck. She realized when she felt his warm breath on her skin that he was panting just as heavily as she was.

“You like it when I touch you like that, don’t you?” He whispered against her ear. His hand still rubbing her nipple under her shirt.

Yes, she did, but damn it if she was going to admit that to him. He tugged on her earlobe with his teeth. “Answer me, Lesly.”

She could not. She would not. He knew the answer to his question already, but he wanted the satisfaction of hearing her say that to him. She would die before she gave in.

His hand eventually left her breast, granting her a moment of relief, but that moment was short lived when she felt his hand sliding into the waistband of her shorts and caressing the skin just above her mound.

“Are you going to answer this question for me, or am I gonna have to find out on my own?” He whispered again before his mouth resumed placing lazy kisses on her neck.

“Yes,” she finally whispered back.

She could feel his lips curving into a smile against her neck. His hand continued to caress the skin under her shorts.

“How much?” He asked again,

The bastard wanted to humiliate her by getting her to say it out loud. She tried to pull his hand away, but he immediately gripped her chin forcibly with his other hand and compelled her to look at him.

“Tell me.”

The way he growled his demand, the way his hand dug into her chin, it showed her a side of him that she had rarely seen before. She had caught glimpse of it following the incident at the venue, and then again that night when he came to check on her. It was this enraged, exasperated, lustful madman whom she could not predict at all.

The uncertainty regarding what he was going to do next made every part of her feel flushed under his scrutinizing gaze. She was just as mad and enraged as he was if not more, but for some reason, this unpredictable side of him made her heart hammer violently in her chest with every passing second. He was mad that day when he was rough with her for the first time. He was mad that night when he savagely had his way with her against the wall. She had no doubt that he would go beyond those boundaries this time, and the thought filled her with excitement. It made her core soaked with anticipation.

“So much,” she answered obediently.

He smiled triumphantly at her response. “Let’s see then.”

She had no idea what he meant, but she got her answer a few seconds later. His hand which was hovering over her mound finally slid further down. His fingers glided into her soaked center so slowly and so lazily that she could not help but grip the front of his shirt and release a low deep moan. Alec kept his lustful gaze fixed on her as his fingers continued to move in and out of her. Each moan, each gasp, each sigh sent his blood rushing down. It took every ounce of will power not to tear her shorts off and have his way with her right then and there, but no. He was not done with her. He had to force her to talk. This was merely the beginning.

When Alec pulled his fingers out of her, she released a breath she did not know she was holding. He smeared her essence over her lips before he pushed his fingers into her mouth. She obeyed the silent command and began sucking on his fingers seductively. Unable to deny himself, he joined her a few seconds later and began licking her essence off her lips and the fingers that he kept pressed to her mouth.

“You taste so good,” He whispered fondly as he continued licking and sucking on her lips and his fingers.

She was too intoxicated to respond or to even comprehend that he was pulling her shirt out of the waistband of her shorts so he could undress her. He took her shirt off first. Then he stepped back and admired her small breasts as he pulled his shirt off as well and removed the belt on his pants. He drew her to him and devoured her lips hungrily. His fingers threaded her hair and removed the clip that was keeping her hair up. Her locks had to be down. He always loved it when her hair was down. It was the way he always visualized her to be whenever he fantasized about taking her.

Alec maneuvered the two of them into her bed. He pushed her down, nudged her thighs apart and covered her with his body to resume kissing her. The feel of his arousal pressing against her core made her groan against his lips. This got him to push himself against her while relishing every sexy sound she made. When he finally pulled away, she stared at him with eyes hooded with passion. It filled him with so much lust that he barely remembered what he needed to do first.

Lesly was so lost in a sensual haze that she had no idea what he was reaching for. Before she realized what was happening, he drew the belt out of a robe that was laying on the bed and wrapped it around her hands. When the realization finally hit her, she found her hands tied securely to the bars on the bed with no way out. She wanted to object, to yell some sense into him, but his mouth sought hers and made her lose track of her objective.

His lips moved further down, leaving light wet kisses all the way to her breasts. Eager to have him pleasure her, she arched her back and tried to get him to tease the hardened nubs that were desperate for his attention. He smiled seductively at her before obeying her silent demand and took one sensitive nipple into his mouth. At first, his tongue lightly stroked her just to tease her. This made her writhe beneath him, desperate for more. Every time she arched her back to meet his mouth, he would pull away. Eventually, he straightened up and stared down at her with a proud look on his face. Her forehead was glistening. Her cheeks were flushed. Her lips were swollen. Her nubs were hardened. She was completely at his mercy.

“Where should we go from here, sweetheart?” He asked affectionately as he ran a thumb against her lower lip. When she began licking it, he pushed it in and had her suck on it. He took it out of her mouth with a pop and asked her again.

“Answer my question, sweetheart. Where do we go from here?”

Her answer was a moan when he pushed his arousal against her core.

“Do you want me to stop?”

“No…,” she whimpered.

He smirked triumphantly and resumed teasing her nipples. This time, he gave her exactly what she wanted, what she needed. His mouth was roughly sucking on her hardened nubs. His teeth grazed her nipples teasingly before they bit and pulled at the sensitive skin. Eventually, he left her breasts after an eternity of torture to kiss his way down. When he finally got to her naval, he pulled back, undid the button on her shorts, and slid them down her legs. She assisted him every step of the way, lifting her hips, and slipping her legs out of them. Her lace panties soon followed the denim shorts on the floor. Alec stared at her hungrily. She was completely naked now, and she did not object once to having him touch her like that.

Alec leaned down on one elbow, his face was only an inch away from hers as his other hand travelled down slowly from her chest, over her tummy to her soaked folds. When his fingers entered her, she gasped loudly and arched her hips to have them set her free, but he pulled his fingers out of her immediately, choosing instead to keep them teasing her entrance. Her response was a whimper that drew a smile on his face.

“You and I are gonna have a talk.”

“Now?” she asked breathlessly.

“Yes now. You’re not gonna keep anything from me.”

“I never did. You’re the one who…”

“Shhh…,” he whispered against her lips before devouring them. He could tell she was getting worked up, and he needed to put her in that sensual haze again. His fingers mimicked the lazy movement of his tongue inside her mouth for a minute and pulled away immediately when he noticed that she was close to an orgasmic high.

“You bastard…,” she whined in protest.

He smiled proudly at her. “I can take you there, sweetheart…as many times as you need, as often as you want. However, that depends entirely on whether you’re gonna listen to me or not.”

She shuddered when he began teasing her entrance. “What do you want?”

“Talk to me,” he demanded as he continued to admire the effect his words and touch had on her. “Was I ever on your mind, baby?” he whispered against her lips fondly.

“Yes.”

“How often?”

“Too often to drive me mad.”

His fingers began rubbing her bundle of nerves. “Do you think about me touching you like that when you’re alone at night?”

She chose silence once more, so he immediately stuck his fingers inside of her, earning a loud moan out of her, “Yes…oh God yes.”

“That wasn’t so hard now, was it?”

He kissed her long and hard before he pulled away. His eyes examined her hungrily as his hand began caressing her left side, her breast and her butt cheek. Before she realized what he was intending to do, he lifted her legs, hoisted them over his shoulder and kissed his way down to her core. She almost came out of bed when his mouth found her bundle of nerves. Her whimpers and moans grew louder with every flick of his tongue against her clit. The pleasure soon grew so intense that she found herself screaming his name and holding on to the ties around her hands for dear life. His mouth was relentless. It bit her sensitive flesh, sucked on her delicate skin, and had his tongue rub her entrance so wildly that she found herself caught in a violent orgasmic surge that left her shaking in its wake.

Alec pulled back and looked at her. Her eyes were shut as she laid still after being violently consumed by the intense orgasm he just gave her. He smiled and placed her legs back down on the bed. Then he brushed a feathery kiss over her abdomen, her collarbone and finally her lips. When she opened her eyes, she found his smiling face staring back at her.

“Can you untie me?” She requested with a hint of embarrassment over the way she behaved earlier.

“We’re not done yet, sweetheart,” he spoke affectionately as he pushed her hair away from her forehead.

“I don’t know what else you want me to say.” She shut her eyes and tried to bury her face in the crook of his neck in embarrassment.

“You have to promise me never to tell me you felt nothing when you obviously still feel something for me.”

She nodded her head against the crook of his neck, but he needed a much firmer confirmation than that.

“I need words, Lesly.”

Her voice came out low and muffled by his neck. “I promise.”

They remained in each other’s embrace for a moment, both lost in their own thoughts. She could feel his hand stroking her hair absentmindedly as she kept her head buried where it was. Eventually, he spoke.

“Did you miss me?”

“Yes…,” she answered in a small voice.

He pulled away then and stared at her. His knuckle stroked her cheek lightly as he continued to study her face. Her swollen lips looked so damn kissable that he could not resist the urge to claim them. His mouth brushed gently over hers time and again. His questions never ceased between their kisses.

“Did you ever think about calling me?”

“I did,” she kissed him back.

“Why didn’t you?”

“I was still mad at you.”

“How long are you gonna keep punishing me?” He asked in a broken voice.

She said nothing but kept a teary gaze fixed on him.

“I know I deserve it, but don’t you think I’ve suffered enough?”

“You’re cruel,” she whispered with a hint of sadness.

“I’m cruel?”

“Yes…You know I’m not over you. You know damn well how much I’ve grown attached to you, and yet you waltz in here whenever you want just so you could…,” her voice broke. “Was your ego so bruised that you had to come back time and again and make sure that I can’t move on?”

“Do you really have that much of a low opinion of me?”

“I don’t know what to think of you because I feel that I’ve never known you!”

Alec wiped the tear that trickled down her cheek. His voice was gentle as he spoke to her, “Fine, here’s what you need to know then. I love you. I’ve loved you for a long time. I still believe I don’t deserve you. I still think that you’re better off without me. I knew the moment I walked into your apartment that I am a selfish jerk for going after you despite everything I put you through. Yes, I could have allowed you to distance yourself. Yes, I could’ve let you live your life free of the complication that is me. It would certainly be the noble thing to do. It is the humane thing to do, but I can’t. I’m not noble or humane. I never was. I never claimed to be. I am selfish, greedy and as you so clearly pointed out, cruel, and damn it if I’m gonna let you go.”

Another tear rolled down her cheek at hearing him speak those words. She could feel her resolve weakening the longer those piercing blue eyes of his pleaded with her. Desperate to hold on to her resolve, she spoke weakly, “I’m still mad at you.”

“That’s fine. Be mad, but at least talk to me,” he wiped the tear with his thumb. “Tell me how to make it up to you. One word from you and we could put this whole thing behind us. Just say it,” he pleaded.

“What do you want me to say?”

“Anything…,” he said pleadingly. “Whatever you’re willing to give right now, I’m willing to take. Believe me, what you’ve put me through is enough, more than enough. I can’t take this anymore. You can punish me any other way, but please, don’t shut me out. I don’t think I’ll survive another day.”

Lesly tuned her face away from him. More tears trickled down her cheek. “You hurt me…,” she whispered weakly.

“I know,” he responded tenderly as he wiped them away.

“You promised me you wouldn’t,” her voice shook.

“I know baby…I know.”

“You told me you would never…,” she could not continue. Her voice gave way to the silent sobs that choked her. Tears streamed down her cheeks. Alec tried desperately to calm her. He pushed her hair away from her face and continued to wipe her tears.

“Sweetheart, please don’t cry,” he whispered affectionately. “I’m sorry…I’m so sorry. I never meant to hurt you like that.”

“I trusted you…,” she said in a small voice.

“Shhh…it’s okay…it’s okay…” he whispered against her lips before he began brushing kisses over her lips. His knuckles continued to stroke her cheek which had become moist with tears. He kissed her cheeks next, and then her forehead before he pulled back a little and stared at her grey eyes. They were still teary. Her cheeks were flushed, and her small nose had turned red. The sight of her looking like that wrung his heart. He wanted to say something, anything that would undo the hurt he caused her, but he knew that there was nothing he could do.

“I still love you, you bastard,” she whispered to him when he did not say anything.

A sharp pain pierced his chest at hearing her speak those words. He did not deserve her. He could never be good enough for her. He knew that going in, but there was absolutely no way he would give her up. She was his and his alone and he needed to do whatever it took to show her that he meant it when he said those words.

Alec kissed her long and hard. His passionate kisses barely gave her enough time to breath or even think. He needed her to know whom she belonged to. He needed her to see that he was hers as well. His hands soon began to roam her body, igniting the flames of passion in their wake before they settled on her legs. Lesly shut her eyes in anticipation and drew in a deep breath. Alec lifted her legs and drove himself inside her in one deep powerful thrust that made her scream his name at the top of her lungs. Her hands held on to the bars of the bed they were tied to as the thrusts continued, each shattering her grip on everything around her except the intense feeling in her core.

Alec leaned down and kissed her passionately on the lips before he took one nipple into her mouth. He continued to nibble on it as he kept an even measured momentum. However, as much as he wanted to slow down, her writhing beneath him and the way she kept on crying his name made him go mad with need. He released her nipple from his mouth and began pounding into her mercilessly. His loud grunts and groans mingled with her loud cries of passion and the sound of their skin smacking. It was not long before she hit an orgasmic bless with him following behind her a mere minute later.

He collapsed on top of her and used whatever that remained of his strength to roll next to her. It took them a while to bring their breathing back to normal as they stared at the ceiling of her bedroom. Alec could not resist looking at her next. Her hands were still tied to the bed. Her forehead was covered with beads of perspiration and her cheeks looked feverish. Her chest rose and fell with every breath she took as she kept her gaze fixed on the ceiling. When Alec reached over to stroke her cheek, she immediately directed her gaze at him. He brushed a kiss over her forehead and leaned on an elbow to untie her hands. The task would have been accomplished much faster if he did not brush kisses over her lips over and again. When her hands were finally freed, she cupped the sides of his face and deepened their kisses. It was not long before she felt him hardening again against her as their kisses grew more passionate. They would have succumbed to temptation once more if it were not for the doorbell breaking through the sensual haze that gripped them.

Lesly tried to get up, but Alec silently pulled her back to bed and fastened his lips on a hardened nub while his hand fondled the other. She wanted to talk to him, but the way his mouth sucked on her rosy nipples made her gasp instead. When she finally managed to tell him that she needed to get the door, his response was a playful bite on her nub that told her without words that he was not amused. This made her moan, but she successfully managed to get him to look at her.

“It won’t take long. I promise,” she whispered, panting.

Alec watched her as she hastily got up and began looking for something to put on. Her first instinct was to reach for the robe that had fallen to the foot of the bed earlier, but the belt was still secured to the bars on the bed, and judging by how tight the knot looked, she knew it would take a while to get it undone. As such, she opted to put her bathrobe instead and hurried to the door when the ringing got more incessant.

Lesly hastily opened the door, but instead of finding the delivery guy with the package, it was Michaela wearing her work clothes and holding her package for her.

“Took you long enough,” the redhead muttered in annoyance.

“I’m sorry. I was…taking a bath,” she lied.

“I can see that,” Michaela answered before she took a couple of steps into the flat and laid the package on a small table by the door. “I guess that’s the router you ordered. The guy said he knocked on your door a couple of times, but you didn’t answer, so he gave it to me instead. I believe he left you a slip somewhere.”

Lesly examined the floor and sure enough there was a slip telling her that her package was delivered to the next-door apartment.

“I must have been in the bathtub with my headphones on when he knocked,” Lesly rushed to explain.

“Why would you put your headphones on when you know there’s a delivery scheduled for today?”

“It must have escaped my mind.”

“I guess it’s a good thing that you did.”

“Why is that?” Lesly asked nervously.

“Why else? Our neighbor is at it again. I swear that woman has no sense of inhibition whatsoever. It’s not enough that I have to put up with all that sex noise at night, she’s going at it during the day now. It’s either she’s easily enticed or the men she brings back home are that good.”

Lesly’s face turned red. “I…did not notice.”

“Of course, you didn’t. You had your headphones on. Good God you should’ve heard her earlier. I’ve never heard her scream that much. As annoyed as I was, there was a tiny part of me that wished I could see what the guy was doing to her that made her lose herself like that,” Michaela muttered as she dug through her purse for her car keys.

Lesly was sure that if her friend kept the conversation going, she would realize that her face had turned crimson, so she tried to change the subject. “Are you leaving for work now?”

“Yes, I was on my way actually. I thought I should drop your package first since you really need it.”

“Thank you…you know, you should really get going. Traffic is horrible this time of the day.”

“It’s Saturday,” Michaela answered suspiciously. “Honey, what’s going on?”

“Nothing.”

“Is everything okay?”

“Everything is fine.”

Michaela narrowed her eyes questioningly at her friend, but she soon got her answer when she heard a familiar masculine voice calling Lesly’s name. Alec emerged soon later wearing nothing but a pair of jeans to check on her. A slow smiled tugged on the redhead’s lips when she realized what was happening.

“Hey there,” she greeted Alec.

“Hey yourself,” he shot back.

Michaela looked at Lesly and found her eyes shut in embarrassment. Her gaze darted back to Alec again, “This will only take a minute.”

“Take your time,” he said to her before he walked towards the kitchen to grab a bottle of water.

“I see you were rather busy,” the redhead whispered deviously.

“It’s not what you think,” Lesly whispered in mortification.

“Honey, I heard everything. It’s exactly what I think,” she chuckled.

“Oh God…”

“Yeah, I heard that, loud and clear,” Michaela laughed.

“You’re impossible!”

“But you love me,” the redhead retorted jokingly before she hoisted her purse over her shoulder. She held Lesly by the arm and whispered into her ear, “I’m gonna want to hear the details later.”

“Oh Grow up!”

“Later hon,” Michaela winked once more before she spoke to Alec. “You kids have fun.”

He waved back with a smile and watched her as she shut the door behind her and left. Lesly locked the door and turned around slowly. She found Alec leaning against the counter with the water bottle in his hand. He extended it to her silently and she walked towards him so she could take it from him. When she he finally handed it to her, she took a few sips to hydrate herself and placed the cap back on all while avoiding looking at him. It was really difficult to think with him standing so close. Eventually, he took the bottle out of her hands, placed it on the counter and began working on untying the knot on her robe. She could have objected if she wanted to, but for the second time in weeks she found her resolve weakening the moment his mouth claimed hers. They went at against the kitchen counter, on the floor of her living room, and again in her bedroom. No words were exchanged after their initial talk, but they both knew that whatever matter that kept them away from each other had to be brought up sooner than later before they both went mad.

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