My teeth grazed over my lip, but instead of responding with words, I leaned forward the rest of the way, bridging the gap between us. Our mouths brushed against each other. Ezra cupped my face, and I slowly parted my lips, allowing his tongue access inside my warm mouth. He obliged, and we tasted one another.
The kiss was sweet, slow, and what I imagined it would be.
“Mmmm,” I moaned involuntarily.
Ezra soon broke the kiss and pulled away, smiling at me. “You taste so sweet.”
“Thanks, so do you.”
He leaned in and kissed me again. This time, I moved back and tried to calm my flaming cheeks before our focus shifted back on the show.
“What did you think?” Ezra asked.
“It was incredible,” I replied, still reeling in from the excitement of the show. “Thank you for bringing me here.”
Ezra and I stood and stepped out of the VIP area and made our way back to his car. We headed out to lunch before he drove us back to his place.
“Thanks again, E. I enjoyed our date.”
“So did I,” he beamed. “Would it be okay if we went out again?”
I nodded and watched his smile widened at my response. “Yes, of course.”
“Great. I’ll call you soon to organize another date.”
Ezra walked me towards my car, and just before I unlocked the door, I turned around only to be pulled in for a kiss by my date. I wrapped my arms around his neck, while his hands slid down my waist.
He was a great kisser, and I loved how attentive he was to me, even though we hadn’t known each other for long.
“Bye Beth,” Ezra said when he pulled away.
When I arrived home, I dropped my bag on the kitchen bench before I fell back onto the couch with my phone in my grasp, wanting to call my best friend.
“Oh my God! I was just about to call you!” Anastasia yelled over the receiver so loud, I had to move it away from my ear.
I hadn’t even replied to his message, though I did wonder how he would be after the night before.
“I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to him since he got dropped off at my mom’s place. Why?”
“I heard him and Amber got into an argument.”
“Uh huh. I think that’s why he wanted to leave early.”
“Oh,” I muttered.
“Oh? That’s all you have to say?”
“I guess. I mean I could tell there was something not right with them in the car on the way home. She was acting like a total bitch and Jax was completely annoyed with her.”
“Well, it’s obvious the reason.”
“What are you talking about?”
“He likes you, B. It’s so fucking clear.”
I shook my head even though she couldn’t see me. “Yeah. Telling someone you don’t want to hang out with them is a great way to show you like them. He can’t even be in the same room with me, Anastasia.”
“Because he’s confused. He likes you, but he’s from another country and has to go back home after a while.”
“He’s here for an entire year. Anything can happen,” I said. “Besides, I jut got back from a date with Ezra.”
There was silence over the phone before she screamed again. “What! Why didn’t you tell me?”
“He only asked me out last night, and I woke up late. I was in a hurry.”
“Where did he take you?”
“We saw Aladdin the musical.”
“Wow,” she gasped. “He went all out. Did he kiss you?”
I could feel my cheeks burning. “Yes, he did.”
“How was it?”
“It was sweet.”
We continued to talk about my date with Ezra when she suddenly received a text on the phone.
“Did Jax get into a fight last night?”
“What? I don’t think so.”
“I just got a text from Nat saying they saw the Aussie dude beat someone up. Doesn’t say who it was.”
“I doubt it,” I replied. “I mean he would have said something, right?”
“Maybe you should check on him just in case.”
“I’ll send him a text message.”
After hanging up with Anastasia, I sent a quick message to Jax.
Hi, Jax. Thanks for your apology, though I’m not sure what you’re apologizing for?
Not long after, he sent a reply. For everything. I watched the dots move again. I don’t want to stay away from you. I’m really sorry I said those things.
I took a deep breath and sighed, though I felt myself blush with his words.
A smile played on my lips as I sent my response. I’ll think about forgiving you. You have to work for that, you know?
Don’t worry. I will ;)
I have to ask if everything is okay? I think someone mentioned you got into a fight last night.
Okay I guess they got it wrong. I’ll speak to you soon.
Just to let you know, Amber is already on a flight back to Australia.
I couldn’t help but smile at his last message. He was too good for that tramp.
Glad to hear it.
A few weeks later, my mom invited me over to dinner with my dad and Jax, and I knew it was going to be interesting. I had gone out on another date with Ezra and we kissed, but of course that’s all we’d done. Taking the next step was something I wasn’t comfortable with, and I didn’t know if I would be for a while. Physically, there was a lot I wanted to do with him, emotionally, I wasn’t ready.
Jax and I had spoken a few times. He’d been busy with his business partner getting things ready, but said there was something he wanted to talk to me about.
I guess he can tell me at dinner.
When I arrived at my parents’ place, I knocked on the door as I was unable to reach my spare keys with the BBQ Pork ribs in my hands which I pre-grilled.
The moment Jax sees me, a smile formed on his lips and for a moment I forgot how gorgeous he actually was.
“Let me take that for you.”
He grabbed the dish and stepped aside.
“God, that smells good.”
“BBQ Pork Ribs.”
His eyes widened and I couldn’t help but smile at his reaction. “Can’t wait to dig into those.”
“Where are my parents?”
“Um, they’re in the backyard. Entertaining one of their---guests.”
I tilted my head. “Which guest?”
“Someone named Francine.”
My parent’s were playing matchmaker. Francine was a sweet girl, completely single, and free to date whomever she wanted.
“Sorry,” I stretched my lips with my apology.
“So, is it what I think they’re doing?”
I nodded slowly. “I think so.”
I couldn’t imagine Jax having trouble finding a girl to date. He was, funny and utterly gorgeous. Even though we were just friends, I loved spending time with him.
“Hello?” Ezra’s voice called out.
I turned around and smiled when I noticed him at the door. “Hey! What are you doing here?”
“Hey, sexy. Your parents invited me. I wanted to surprise you.”
“It is a surprise.”
Ezra glanced towards Jax. “Hey, man. Sorry, I forgot. What’s your name again?”
Ezra reached out his hand to greet him, but quickly retreated when he realized Jax’s hands were full.
“Good to see you again, mate,” Jax said. “So, you two are dating, huh?”
I nodded and noticed the slight disappointment in his expression.
My attention turned to Ezra. “My parents are outside if you want to say hi.”
“Sure. I’ll see you out there.”
Ezra walked away and I was left with Jax.
“Was there something you wanted to talk to me about?”
“Oh,” Jax said shaking his head quickly. “Nah, all good. Probably not the best time right now.”
I closed the front door, and we made our way out to where my parents, Francine and Ezra were.
“Hey, Beth. How are you?”
I smiled at Francine before pulling her in for a hug. “Hey. So good to see you.”
My attention turned to my parents. “Mom. Dad.”
“Hello, sweetheart,” Mom greeted. “I thought it would be nice to invite Francine here, and of course Ezra.”
“Thank you for inviting me,” Ezra smiled, putting his arm around my waist.
We all made our way to the outdoor table which had been set up with my mom’s good China. I took my seat and Ezra sat down next to me. Mom and dad were together, and Francine and Jax were opposite Ezra and me.
“Mom, this looks amazing.”
“Thank you, sweetheart.”
“So, Jax. How are you finding the U.S.?” Dad cut in.
JAX’S POINT OF VIEW
I’d just sat down to have dinner with Beth, her parents, boyfriend and the girl the mom was trying to set me up with.
I had every intention to ask Beth out. I knew I liked her and at the party, that became clearer. She was who I wanted to be with. Ezra being there made it difficult to ask her. She looked happy, and he did seem like a nice enough bloke.
The fact they were dating was new to me. I know I fucked up. If I hadn’t acted like an idiot and told her from the beginning, it would be me with my arms around her waist. Me who would be kissing that sweet and beautiful foul mouth of hers. Mt tasting her lips, her tongue and every damn inch of that gorgeous body of hers.
I was pulled from my thoughts when Beth’s dad called out my name. “Sorry?”
“I asked how you liked the U.S.?”
“Oh, yeah. It’s great. I mean I do miss home though.”
“I’ve always wanted to visit Australia,” Beth smiled.
“Oh, you don’t want to go there, babe,” Ezra interjected. “Everything would kill you. It’s too dangerous.”
Not everything, mate, but a few things would.
“No, it really looks like a gorgeous country,” Beth said. “The beaches alone look incredible.”
I loved how independent she was. Bath said what was on her mind, and blurted out the worst language possible, and I couldn’t help but find it adorable.
“We’ve got some great beaches in Australia,” I said. “I live in Sydney, and we have some of the best in the word.”
“Definitely not a place I want to visit,” Ezra said, shaking his head. “Sorry, Jax. I think the idea of going there scares the shit out of me.”
“That’s okay,” I smiled. “Beth can come on her own. I’ll be happy to show her around.”
I noticed the fleeting lock on Ezra’s face, and he hated the idea of Beth going alone.
“That would be amazing, Jax. It’s been on my list of places to travel to ever since I was a kid.”
I smiled and from my peripheral vision, I noticed Ezra staring at me intensely.
“How are your parents, Ezra?” Beth’s dad asked, pulling him from his gaze.
“They’re great thanks,” Ezra replied.
“Did Beth tell you the annual Christmas party will be at our house this year?” Beth’s Mom said.
Beth’s eyes widened. “You never told me that.”
“I didn’t? Sorry, dear. It’s just a few days before Christmas. Ezra, we expect you and your family to attend and of course, Jax, you’re welcome as well.”
“How long are you staying in Australia, Jax?” Ezra asked.
“About a year,” I replied. “Longer if I find a reason to stay.”
I always thought if I found the right girl, no matter who they were, I would fight for them. If it happened to be someone in the U.S., I wouldn’t give a fuck. I would stay and never leave.”
I snuck a quick glance at Beth before shifting my attention to Ezra, who soon asked another question. “Find a reason? What reason would that be?”