Blissful Aftermath [ROMANCE]

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Eighteen

December 17th 2018

“What dress did you decide to wear?”

“You’re going to have to come and find out for yourself.” Audrey teased him as she stared at herself in the mirror, twirling around in her last-minute outfit change. She could have easily answered with neither, but she far preferred to keep him guessing; it gave him something to look forward to.

Joe groaned loudly and she grinned at his response, elated with his reaction as that was exactly what she had been hoping to elicit from him.

“How long do you think you’ll be?”

“I’m just waiting to sign off on a delivery.” He said, referring to a grocery order he had made for the diner and was now waiting on. “I should be there in less than an hour.”

“Perfect. Text me when you get here and I’ll come find you.”

“Not if I find you first.” She could practically hear the grin in his voice.

“You want to bet?”

“It depends on what’s on the table.”

“If you find me first, I’ll give you a special reward.” Audrey giggled as she was met with momentary silence and slightly laboured breathing which sounded through the phone.

“My mind is going crazy right now thinking what you mean exactly.”

“Good.” She replied before hanging up, giggling to herself at her playful antics and the way he fell right into her hands.

He would find her first at the party, she had no doubt at about but she couldn’t wait to see his reaction to her dress. While it wasn’t the most provocative, it was stunning and she felt beautiful in it.

She sincerely hoped that he would agree.

Once she finished with some final touches to her makeup which included a light layer of deep red lipstick and a quick mist of setting spray to keep everything intact the whole night, Audrey grabbed her purse and a trench coat to wear over her dress since the December cold was absolutely horrendous and she didn’t plan on getting frost bite tonight, or any other night, for that matter.

Seeing as she planned to knock back a few drinks tonight, she took the subway to the pub where the office party was being held instead of her car, and it wasn’t long before the warmth greeted her and she released a sigh of relief. Even with her coat, she was shivering slightly and silently cursed herself for not grabbing a scarf either, or even ditching the dress for a pant suit, though that just didn’t have the same appeal as a dress.

Luckily, all of her friends worked in different teams and sections but under the same division hence, they would all be at the party. All of the girls had planned to get ready together at Sapphire’s place but Audrey had flaked at the last minute as she thought she would be heading over to the party with Joe. However, he had to pull out at the last minute due to a work commitment, so she was now fashionably late, not that she minded all that much.

The party was already in full swing when she finally arrived so she didn’t grab too much attention.

“Thank you.” She smiled politely at the employee that greeted her at the door and took her coat before she began weaving through the crowd to look for her friends.

She craned her neck over the crowd and with the added height from her heels, her lips curled up into a smile as she finally spotted them. She began to make her way over to them and while she came close enough for them to spot her also, she didn’t quite reach the finish line.

When Audrey felt a warm hand on her back, she had initially thought it was Joe but the contact didn’t feel familiar. Just like her, all of her friends held looks of surprise as they glanced at the figure standing behind her.

“Audrey, can I talk to you for a second?”

She nodded with a small smile and followed him through the crowd to a quiet corner of the pub. Well, as quiet as it could get with a bunch of office staff that were already deep into the Christmas spirit, having knocked back more than a few drinks.

“You look beautiful tonight, Audrey.” Lucas complimented her, a slight flush to his face as he tried not to linger too long on her attire for the evening or rather, how good it lay over her shapely curves which he could see even with the trench coat on top.

Audrey smiled in thanks and chuckled at the look on his face. “You pulled me over here to tell me that?”

“No, of course not.” He chuckled and shook his head, his eyes glancing towards the ground awkwardly. “You’re not drinking tonight?” He asked suddenly when he took note of there being no drink in her hand.

She glanced down at her empty hands where his concerned eyes were trained.

“I didn’t get the chance to get something from the bar earlier.” Audrey admitted as she glanced back up at him.

“Do you want me to get you something?” Lucas visibly perked up; his head turned in the direction of the bar.

Before he could make good on his offer and leave, she reached out to place a hand on his arm to stop him. When he turned his head sharply to look down at her where she was touched him, she frowned and quickly removed it, not meaning to have made him uncomfortable.

Why was he acting so weird?

“No, I’ll just grab one later. It’s not a big deal.” She dismissed it with a light wave of her hand, eager to get to the root of the issue. “What did you want to talk to me about?”

Lucas chuckled nervously and rubbed a hand down the back of his neck before taking a generous sip from his beer, unable to gather the courage to look directly in her eyes as he prepped himself for the conversation that they were about to have.

“I was thinking that maybe,” he suddenly cleared his throat, still looking everywhere but at her. “When we get back after the holidays, maybe we can do something together or get a bite to eat?”

“Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.” She smiled, still confused as to why he had been so nervous to ask her that. She had a suspicion why, but she wasn’t going to voice it unless he brought it up. If she had read him wrong this whole time, it would be so embarrassing and she wasn’t sure if she would be able to face him again.

Lucas dragged his eyes back to her quick, a look of disbelief on his face. “Really?” He asked, incredulously, his tone giddy with glee, almost as if he couldn’t believe his ears.

“We could all have a New Year’s brunch or something to catch up.”

“All of us?” He questioned; his mind perplexed.

“All of us could do something together after the holidays. That’s a great idea.” Audrey nodded but the action soon turned wary as she noted the disappointed look on his face, her lips now turning down into a light frown. “That is what you meant, right?”

“Yes.” He answered quickly but then frowned. “No.”

“What do you mean?”

When he physically struggled to explain himself, Audrey urged him to continue.

“You can tell me anything, Lucas, you know that.”

“I was actually hoping it could be just the two of us?” Lucas stated, though it came off as more of a question.

“Like a date?” She asked warily, gulping.

He nodded his head, yes.

Audrey bit her lip and stared at him, willing herself to think of a way to break the news to her friend without hurting his feelings too much because that was inevitable.

Fancying someone and having them tell you that they weren’t interested in you would always hurt your feelings. There just wasn’t any avoiding that, but she wanted to minimise the amount of hurt and pain caused, especially since she had come to consider Lucas to be one of her dear friends. However, that also meant that she couldn’t bring herself to lie to him as that would only result in stringing him along further even though that had never been her intention.

“Audrey?” He called out to her after a few moments, having grown uncomfortable with the silence. “Please say something.”

Audrey gulped and shook her head lightly, trying to clear her mind.

“Lucas, I’ve actually got a boyfriend.”

“Boyfriend?” He questioned with wide eyes, the word sounding almost foreign and strange on his tongue. “You’ve got a boyfriend? When did you get a boyfriend?”

“About 2 weeks ago.” She admitted quietly, aware that this was a sensitive topic and not wanting to upset him further. “But I’ve known him for about a year now.”

Lucas chuckled darkly and looked down at the ground again, presumably not wanting her to witness the pained look on his face.

“So, I was 2 weeks late, huh?”

“I’m sorry, Lucas.” She sighed wistfully, not wanting to answer his question in hopes of sparing his feelings, as if she hadn’t trampled all over them already. “I don’t mean to hurt your feelings.”

“I know, Audrey. I just wish that things were different.”

Audrey hummed, choosing not to correct him as she didn’t wish to hurt his feelings further by rejecting him even more. She chewed on her bottom lip and contemplated her next move. It probably wasn’t the best idea and Sabrina may be annoyed at her for a little while afterwards, but it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

Essentially, it was killing two birds with one stone and she was doing the both of them a massive favour. Well, that was what she told herself.

“Have you ever considered asking out Sabrina?”

“Sabrina?” Lucas echoed in surprise, his eyes travelling around the pub until they found the raven-haired woman whom he had never considered nothing more than a friend until this moment. “Are you insinuating that she’s interested in me?”

“Yes, I am.”

Lucas hummed and rubbed a hand down his chin, almost as if he was actually considering it. Audrey watched and her eyebrows rose, surprised that he was reacting so calmly after discovering that one of his best friends was interested romantically in him.

“When I met Sabrina, I was happily married at the time. Before I found out that my wife was screwing my best friend, of course.” He snorted in distaste and sipped at his beer. “I’ve always thought she was beautiful but I wasn’t actively looking, you know?”

Audrey nodded. She did know. “The same kind of thing happened to me with Joe.”

“Joe?” He asked. “Your new boyfriend?”

Audrey nodded. “I kind of didn’t realise just how great it was until recently.” She admitted honestly, thinking back to the first time they had met last year and how she had initially been annoyed with how much he kept pestering her with so many questions, even catching her out in her blatant lie.

“Well, I’m happy for you, even if you did just reject me.” He joked and they both laughed, though the sound of his was far more strained and heavier in comparison to hers. She was just glad that he had taken it so well. In fact, she was very pleasantly surprised.

“I can’t believe Sabrina’s actually interested in me. I had absolutely no idea.” Lucas murmured quietly in surprise as he raised his beer to his mouth and taking a swig from it.

“She’s good at keeping secrets.”

“And you’re not just saying this to get rid of me?”

She shook her head and laughed softly. “I would never do that to you, Lucas.”

His lip twitched before a slow smile spread across his face. “I hadn’t really thought about pursuing her before, but I was married the whole time. I’m not married anymore and she’s a lovely woman. A great friend, too.” He appraised her, his eyes looking for the woman again. “You think she’ll agree to have dinner with me after we all get back from Christmas?”

Audrey nodded eagerly, knowing that their friend would absolutely love it. She didn’t care if Sabrina berated her for telling Lucas how she truly felt, especially since he had, had such a positive reaction. She could even see the excitement on his face as he pondered over the thought of him and Sabrina being more than just friends.

“I think I’m going to ask her out tonight actually.”

“That sounds like a great idea.” Audrey grinned, satisfied with the outcome of their conversation despite the way it had begun. “I hope everything’s okay between us.”

“Of course!” Lucas smiled at her softly. “I’m just glad that you let me down softly, and told me before my feelings for you got deeper.”

“Me too.” She smiled and when he held his arms open for a hug, she happily returned it, patting him on the back.

“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a woman to woo.”

Audrey watched in amusement as he sauntered over to her from behind and tapped on her shoulder. Sabrina glanced over her shoulder and when she spotted him, her whole face lit up. Lucas grinned down at her and the rest was history.

Audrey couldn’t hear what he had said, nor could she read his lips but whatever it was, a blush spread across Sabrina’s face before her head started bobbing up and down in excitement.

Almost feeling like she was intruding on their moment, she forced herself to look away and instead, decided that it was about time for that drink she had never gotten to earlier.

The bar was pretty busy so she waited patiently to get served.

Audrey felt and heard him before she saw him but before she could whirl around to face him, his arms wrapped around her waist and trapped him between the bar and his body, pressing down on her back as he swooped in to place a lingering kiss on her cheek.

“I found you. Now when do I get my reward?”

“Later tonight, but only if you’re a good boy.”

“That wasn’t part of the plan.” He hummed against her bare shoulder. “You look absolutely ravishing in this dress.”

Just to prove his point, his hands ran down the sides of her short dress before teasing her as they slipped underneath to feel the lace of her panties. He chuckled when she slapped at his hands and sent a warning look over her shoulder, yet she failed in keeping the smile off her face.

“Thank you.” She smiled and turned her head to reward him with a sweet kiss, careful to pull away before either of them deepened it. Then they would get carried away and making out all hot and heavy in a crowded bar, especially with all her colleagues surrounding her wasn’t exactly high on her to-do list.

“I got here a while ago but you were talking to Lucas so I thought I’d give the both of you some privacy. I moved all around the place but you still didn’t spot me. I’m a little hurt.”

“Oh, you’re a big boy. I’m sure you’ll survive.”

“I’ll be sure to remind you just how big I am later tonight, but only if you’re a good girl.” He threw her words right back at her as he whispered into her ear, gently biting down on the lobe and then sucking it into his mouth to sooth the sting.

“You’re so bad.” She laughed in hopes to distract herself from the way her pussy clenched at his words.

Audrey was in the right mind to grab him and go home where she could ride him all night her heart’s, but she didn’t want to be the first one to leave, especially after having just arrived.

“Not as bad as I’m going to be later tonight, pretty lady.” He chuckled and leaned down to press a kiss to her cheek. “What were you talking to Lucas about? It looked serious.” He hummed against her skin, his lips still lingering there as he continued to press kisses down the side of her face.

Audrey grinned evilly and turned her face to connect eyes with him.

“He asked me out on a date.”

“Oh, he did, did he?” He laughed but the sound was very strained, and she felt his hand fist against her hip where he was previously holding her. “And what did you say?”

“I said I’ll think about it.”

“Think about it?” He whispered angrily in her ear, his hand clamping down on her waist almost as if he feared that she would try to escape him. “I’ll give you something to think about.”

As much as she wanted to continue teasing him, she couldn’t hold up the act any longer as she burst out laughing.

Audrey grinned happily and turned around in his arms, fisting his dress shirt and pulling him closer.

“I’m just kidding.” She murmured quietly before pressing a lingering kiss to his jaw. “I turned him down and said I’ve already got a sexy boyfriend and am not out on the market looking for another one.” Her mouth moved further up until she placed a kiss to the corner of lips. “I pointed him in Sabrina’s direction instead. She’s madly in love with him and he was pretty happy to hear about that.”

“He still asked you out.” Joe frowned deeply but his lips twitched when she nipped at his bottom lip playfully, an evil twinkle in his eye. “You’re going to pay for that little joke later.” He pressed the promise to her awaiting mouth, gently sucking on the bottom lips and dragging it into his mouth.

“I can’t wait.”

“I’m going to make you eat those words, pretty lady.”

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06.07.2020

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