CHAPTER TWENTY TWO
Note to self: wear only a towel more often. Kate was an animal, the way she literally jumped me... I knew there was a fire in Kate, that she wasn't as sweet and innocent as she comes across, but that... That was something else. And I loved every fucking second of it. And then after...After...
I always thought people used the term “making love” because they were too embarrassed to say the word sex. But now I know the difference. It's not just physical, it's... more. I had to stop myself from blurting out those three words I've never said to anyone. I won't say it to Kate in an orgasmic state, not the first time anyway. She deserves more than that. She deserves the world, the entire fucking universe, and I'm going to give it to her.
I lay on my back, my arms wrapped tightly around Kate as she rests her head on my chest. Neither of us have said anything, but it's not awkward, there's a peace, a contentment between us. A soft smile is permanently indented on my lips. I thought I was happy in my life before. I thought I had everything I ever needed. But laying with Kate naked in my arms, I feel... Sorry to go all Jerry McGuire, but I feel complete. Kate completes me.
“I thought it was a myth...” Kate's exhausted voice pulls me from my thoughts. I find my hand running slowly up and down her bare back, loving the feel of her soft warm skin under my fingers.
“What was?” I reply lazily.
“Multiple orgasms” she says, a hint of a smile in her voice. I chuckle and kiss the top of her head.
“Next time I'll aim for one more.” I say. She raises up and lays her chin on her arm to look at me, one eyebrow raised and a small smirk on her lips.
“Next time?” she asks. I grin and nod, pulling her up higher to kiss her soft plump lips.
“Oh there's definitely a next time. I'm never letting you go.” I say. I feel her smile against my lips, my heart fluttering wildly in my chest. Kate raises up to look at me and I get lost in her baby blue eyes. In this moment I can see everything with her, a brief glimpse at a future I never knew I wanted. But I want it with Kate. I want everything with Kate. Thinking of the future has a thought crossing my mind that I hadn't considered. I furrow my brow. “Are you on birth control?” I blurt out, making Kate giggle.
“A bit late to ask that now isn't it?” Kate teases. My heart beats wildly in my chest. It is a bit late. I didn't even think of it after our furious foyer fuck weeks ago.
“Are you?” I ask again. Her eyes soften and she nods her head.
“I have an IUD.” She tells me. I nod my head in understanding, expecting relief to flood through me at the news, but instead I feel... disappointed. I push the feeling aside, not wanting to delve into that can of worms right now. Instead opting to enjoy this moment with Kate. I reach up and kiss her softly again, feeling her smile before pulling away. She rests her forehead against mine and I let out a contented sigh. Kate places another peck on my lips before sliding down and laying her head on my chest. I wrap my arms tight around her again, securing her to me. I listen as her breathing steadies and I know she's drifted off to sleep. My angel. In my arms. A smile on my face, I close my eyes and let the exhaustion take over.
3 fucking days. 3 days since I was finally buried inside Kate again and I've barely seen her. Work has been flat out, I've had to stay back late to get this Harbinger deal on track. By the time I get home, Kate's already asleep. The only consolation is she's started sleeping in my bed without me having to put her there. So at least I get to crawl in beside her and wrap her in my arms. But then, I'm up early as the time difference between myself and Mr Harbinger means our calls are early morning. I don't want to wake Kate, so I simply kiss her goodbye and leave.
Now it's Friday night and I'm stuck in the office trying to get everything wrapped up. I refuse to work this weekend, something I never would have blinked an eye at, but now I have a reason to be at home.
It's after midnight when I walk through our front door. The apartment is mostly dark, but I can see the light from the TV coming from the lounge room. I smile at that. Kate must still be up. I walk into the room and see Kate curled up on the couch asleep. It reminds me of the first night I found her like this, the first night I carried her in my arms. It was only a week or so ago, but it feels like a lifetime. I walk over to her and gently move her hair out of her face. It amazes me how just looking at her makes my heart beat faster. I don't know why I was so opposed to falling in love, I feel like I'm flying when I'm with Kate. I slip my arms under her and bring her to my chest. She wraps her arms around my neck and snuggles into me.
“Mm Chase...” she murmurs sleepily. I smile and kiss her forehead, carrying her to our room and placing her in bed. Kate snuggles into the pillows as I pull the blanket over her and kiss her cheek.
“I'll be in, in a minute.” I whisper. I leave her to have a quick shower before sliding in beside her and pulling her into my arms. A feeling of utter contentment rushes over me. Who would have thought that I'd be a happily married man with my wife in the same country? I think back to how much I didn't want to find her. How I didn't want to meet her. What the hell was I thinking?
I wake up alone in bed and roll over to look at the time. It's almost 11. Kate must have been up for hours by now. Sliding out of bed I rub the sleep out of my eyes and stretch before walking out to the kitchen. Kate's sitting at the breakfast bar with her laptop in front of her. I walk up behind her and wrap my arms around her, nuzzling into her neck to inhale that soft floral scent I've come to love. She leans back into me.
“Morning.” She says chirpily. I smile and kiss her neck.
“Morning.” I mumble into her deliciously soft skin.
“I take it you aren't working today?” she asks. I shake my head and let her go, moving into the kitchen to grab a much needed coffee.
“Taking the weekend off. I'm sorry I haven't been here.” I tell her. She gives me a soft smile.
“It's ok, I know how hard you work.” She replies. I place my coffee on the counter and walk around to sit next to Kate.
“Still, I'll try and be home more often, and at least take the weekends off when I can.” I assure her. Kate smiles leaving me breathless. She leans in and places a soft chaste kiss on my lips.
“I'd like that.” She says. I pull her back into me, wanting more than a little peck. She doesn't resist, wrapping her arms around me and lacing her fingers through my hair. We pull apart breathless and I place one last kiss on her plump lips before letting her go. Her face is flush, a smile on her face that makes her eyes twinkle.
“How have you been holding up? It can't be easy being cooped up in here all day.” I say. The press finally learnt Kate's name two days ago. And while they haven't found anything on her, they've been relentless in their assumptions. The most hilarious being that I've forced her to do menial labour which is why she was waitressing at the café.
“Going a bit stir crazy, but I've been working on my design for the Dallas office, so I've had something to do.” She says with a shrug. I nod and take a sip of my coffee.
“Well we have the party tonight, at least you can get out of here then.” I tell her. Kate tenses and I frown. “Do you not want to go?” I ask. She shakes her head quickly.
“No no, I want to go... it's just... I know the paparazzi will be there.” She says as she bites her bottom lip. I nod in understanding.
“They will, but at least we can control it, it's not like just stepping into the street, they will get pictures when we leave the car and enter the building but they won't be able to come in after that.” I tell her. Kate relaxes a little.
“Kind of like a red carpet?” she asks. I chuckle and nod my head.
“Yeah, but without the carpet.” I say. She smiles and I take her hand. “I'll be beside you the entire time. You just focus on me, ignore everyone else and you will be fine.” I tell her. She lets out a breath and smiles.
“I can do that.” She replies. I can understand her hesitancy when it comes to the press. It's not easy being in the public eye. But I have a feeling they will adore her. It's hard not to.
We spend most of the day cuddled up on the couch talking about our week. Kate told me her ideas for the Dallas office, and if there was any doubt about her talent it was gone completely. I have no doubt with her vision she'll get the job without my input.
Late afternoon Kate goes to get ready for tonight. I settle in watching Netflix for a few hours. It's great being a guy. I only have to shower and shave then throw on a suit. Although Kate really doesn't need to do much. She doesn't need makeup, in fact I prefer when she's not wearing it. She's the most beautiful when she's just woken up, her hair a mess and her eyes a little sleepy. But I know she won't go to this event without making an effort, so I don't say anything.
Half an hour before we have to leave I jump in the shower, have a quick shave to tidy up my light beard and get dressed into my suit. I walk out to the kitchen and wait for Kate to finish getting ready. 5 minutes before we have to leave she walks out of the bedroom ready to go. My jaw drops when I see her. She's wearing a dark blue floor length dress with a slit up to her thigh. I love that slit, it gives me a cheeky hint of her sexy legs. The dress is strapless, fitting perfectly to her body and showing off her slight curves.
She smiles when she sees me staring at her, and I know I have to say something. Although I think my tighter pants says it all. I clear my throat.
“Kate... wow...” I say. I couldn't have got a more coherent sentence out if I wanted to. She does a little spin as I close the distance between us. I come up behind her and grab her waist stopping her mid spin. I run my hands over her hips, freezing in place. Fuck. “You're not wearing panties.” I whisper in her ear and place a soft kiss on her neck.
“You could see the lines.” Her voice comes out breathy. I run my hand down her thigh, finding the top of the slit in her dress and moving my hand to the soft skin of the inner thigh.
“Mhm.” I murmur against her skin. I kiss down her neck and across her bare shoulder as my hand travels up her thigh.
“Chase... we're going to be late.” Kate says, her voice husky with desire. My hand continues its journey as I move to whisper in her ear.
“It's my party... it doesn't start until we get there.” I say. My fingers slide gently over her incredibly wet centre. Kate rests back on me and I use my free arm to wrap around her waist and hold her steady. I rub the tiny little bud, smiling when a moan escapes her lips. Placing my thumb on her bundle of nerves, I push a finger inside her making her curse. I smile and bite down on her neck, kissing softly over my bite. “Such a dirty little mouth.” I whisper. She moans as I push a second finger inside her, her body instinctively grinding against my hand. I curl my fingers slightly, hitting a spot that makes her scream my name. Her accent is more pronounced in these moments, and I love the way she says my name. I can feel her walls tighten around my fingers so I increase the pace, curling them with each thrust making her scream.
“Cum for me baby, let it go.” I order. She comes hard, her legs giving way as I hold her up and she soaks my hand with her juices. Once her orgasm subsides, I remove my fingers and place them in my mouth. Her eyes darken as she watches me. I love the way she tastes, sweet like honey. I spin her in my arms and crash my lips on hers. We pull away breathless and I take her in. Face flushed red, her eyes full of desire. Placing a kiss on her nose I step away.
“We're late.” I say. She laughs and shakes her head.
“Because of you.” She states.
“Because you aren't wearing panties.” I say with a grin. She smiles mischievously and I have to wonder if it was about panty lines at all.
“Let me get cleaned up then we can go.” She says. I watch as the little devil walks to the bathroom and wonder how I'm going to go the entire night without having my way with her.