I turned a darker shader than red. Jax asked me to be his girl. Without hesitation and another moment to answer, i nodded with such enthusiasm, it caused him to return my smile and light up.
“Okay, so I want to take you out on a date. Would you be okay with that?”
“I’d love it,” I replied.
“There’s only one problem. I have an idea where to take you but---.”
“You have no way of getting us there?”
“It’s okay. We can take public transport or catch a taxi depending on where you want to take me.”
He stretched his lips. “Well, there’s a few places I want to take you. Are you free tonight?”
I nodded. “Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and we’ll be busy with snow sledding, midnight service and carolling. Oh, I fucking love Christmas carolling,” I added. Jax laughed. “If you haven’t already realized, Christmas is my favourite time of the year.”
“Yeah, I kinda picked up on that.”
“Ever since I was a kid, I loved it. Even when I found out Santa wasn’t real. I mean I was disappointed, but still loved it.”
Jax’s smile faltered. “What do you mean Santa’s not real?”
God, he was adorable.
“Sorry to disappoint you, Jax.”
“You could never disappoint me,” he said. “So, tonight is our date.”
Jax left not long after, and I spent the day nervously doing chores awaiting my much anticipated date with with the adorable Aussie.
As soon as he opened my parent’s door, a soft smile spread on my lips, and I couldn’t help but blush.
God, he looks so good.
“Wow,” I said, biting my lip.
“You look stunning, Beth. Seriously. You’re gorgeous.”
I didn’t think it was possible for my face to turn redder, but there we were. “Thanks, Jax. You look great.”
“Thank you,” he replied. “I need to do one thing before we head off. Is that okay?”
Jax closed the door behind me. “I have some plans in the kitchen I have to look over and send to my business partner.”
We both made our way inside and I noticed my mom seated down drinking her favourite cup of tea. “Hey, mom.”
“Hey, sweetheart. How was your day?”
I smiled as images from time spent with Jax flashed in my mind. Other than Ezra turning up, the rest of the day was incredible. Perfect, in fact.
“It was great, mom.”
“Did I see Ezra in the driveway this morning?”
“Oh, yeah. He came by but we took care of it,” I replied.
My mom raised her brows, curious by what I meant. “We?”
“Jax and me. He had a few words to say to him.”
“Thank you, Jax,” Mom said. “I am glad you were there.”
“Yeah, no worries.”
Jax’s attention was focused on the plains laid out on the table in front of him. Using a pencil, he began to mark the drawings before he cursed under his breath. “Shit.” My mom took another sip of her tea. “Mrs Connaway, do you have a rubber I can borrow?”
My mom spat out the hot liquid and started to cough, turning her attention to Jax with her eyes bulged out. “I’m all for using protection, Jax, but asking me for one is highly inappropriate.”
Jax tilted his head. “What are you talking about? Protection? I just need a rubber. I’ll give it back to you.”
My mom smiled. “I’m sure you’re capable of purchasing your own condoms, Jax. Not exactly something I want you to give back to me either.”
And there was the horrified look on Jax’s face I was waiting for. The realization hit him and he slapped himself on his forehead. “Fuck. I’m sorry. That’s right. Rubber is a condom here. It means something different in Australia.”
“What does it mean?” Mom asked.
Mom’s expression softened and I couldn’t help but laugh. “In the drawer on your left under the island bench.”
Jax opened the drawer and found the eraser---I mean rubber, and began to work on the plan. When he was done, he took pictures and sent them to his business partner.
“There. We can go.”
Mom turned to me. “Off somewhere?”
Fuck. I forgot to tell her.
“So, Mom. Jax asked me out and I said yes.”
She glanced at Jax. “Did he now?”
Jax swallowed. “Yes, I know what you’re thinking, but I’m nothing like that asshole Ezra---or Layton.”
“I sure hope not,” Mom replied.
Jax turned to me. “Let’s go---please.”
I chuckled as I my ears pricked up at the slight begging in his tone.
He was completely nervous, but I already knew my mom liked him. Hell, what’s not to like?
“Enjoy your date, sweetheart.”
“Thanks, mom,” I smiled, before Jax and I left the house. “Where are your parents now?”
“At the hotel. They didn’t want to impose, but we’ll be spending tomorrow night and Christmas day with your family though.”
I knew there was no one else I would have rather spent it with.
“So, we should call for a cab,” Jax said.
“Where are we going?”
“Have you ever done this before?”
Jax nodded. “There’s an ice-skating rink in Canterbury Sydney, but it’s been a while.”
“Are you sure you want to do this?”
Jax smiled. “I wanna give it another go.”
I was surprised he brought us in the middle of Central Park at the ice-skating rink, especially when he hadn’t done it for a while.
“Just follow my lead, okay?”
Jax nodded, and we both stood and waddled to the entrance of the rink. “I can’t even walk in them.”
I chuckled. Jax’s head was dipped low as he watched every unsteady step. We moved onto the ice, and just as we do, he took my hand in his. “If I fall, so do you.”
A light laugh escaped. “Just make sure you tuck your fingers in so they don’t get sliced off by another skater.”
His smile faltered. “You’re trying to freak the shit out of me.”
“Is it working?”
“Fucken oath it is. Don’t let go of my hand.”
I gave him a gentle squeeze. “I won’t.”
We started to skate around in the direction of the crowd. I could feel the cold air come through and noticed the fog blowing out with each breath.
“You’re not doing too bad,” I said.
“I reckon my body remembers what to do.” Jax then stumbled onto the ice, bringing me down with him. “Fuck!”
“I didn’t let go.”
“And you fell with me.” I smiled, as I managed to get myself into a standing position before reaching out my hand to help Jax. “Thanks.” A cheeky grin passed my lips when I skated backwards. “Really? You’re going to leave me here by myself?”
I used my finger to motion him to skate towards me. “Come on.”
“As you would say---fucking balls!”
A deeper laugh echoed before Jax slowly moved towards me. He struggled a bit, but there was definitely improvement since we started. Towards the end, he sped up and skated right into my arms, which caused us to spin around.
When we finally stopped, I held onto his arms and steadied us both. “You did good.”
“How many times have you done this? You’re like a pro.”
“Every year at Christmas I’m here, ever since I was a kid. It’s kind of a tradition of mine, though I’m usually here alone.” I reached out my hand as soon a I saw the expression on his face. “It’s much better with you though, Jax.”
He smiled before leaning in and pressing his lips on my cheek. I could feel the tingling sensation all over my body, even when he pulled away. We continued to glide on the ice for an hour, until we removed our skates just outside the rink.
“I want to check out the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree.
I couldn’t help but smile. “My other favourite place to visit at Christmas.”
“I hope you don’t care we’re going to the same places you’ve already been to.”
“We could go anywhere together right now, and it would be perfect.”
Jax’s cheeks flushed a little. “Can’t argue with that.”
We took the twenty-minute stroll to get to the Rockfeller Centre. I watched as Jax glanced around amazed by everything. He had the same look on his face when I first took him to the city, though it was a whole new experience at night.
“Fucking incredible,” he muttered, turning to me with a smile.
“You swear as much as I do.”
“It’s an Aussie thing,” he said. “Mum says you’ll fit right in.”
“I definitely want to visit Australia.”
“Well, you can come back with me if you want when I go.” He watched my smile falter. I hate the thought of Jax leaving. I was selfish and wanted him to stay with me. Jax realized what he said. “I mean when I go back for a visit.”
My expression softened. Our hands were still entwined, and we completed the walk the rest of the way. When the tree was finally in sight, Jax’s eyes bulged. “Wow.”
The beautifully lit tree stood tall and full. The colours of the lights sparkled and everything which surrounded it glowed. I watched Jax intensely, and adored how his eyes sparkled.
It was already the best date I had been on. Not only was Jax an amazing guy, but it felt as though I was experiencing all of this for the first time again. I saw it differently.
“I love it here,” I admitted.
“Come with me.” Jax led me over to a three-seater park bench. He sat down and I took my place next to him, our hands still melded. “I hope you’re enjoying our date.”
“Best date I’ve been on,” I confessed.
Jax squeezed my hand. “Better than any I’ve been on too.” I bit my lip and turned my head away, so he wouldn’t see me blushing. “I love it when you do that.”
“Blush. You think I don’t notice it, but I do.”
A child chill ran through my body. Jax moved closer and wrapped his arm around me to draw me to his body. I instantly warmed up, though suddenly felt myself trembling with nerves.
“You okay?” he asked.
I nodded, then shifted my attention to him. “I should be used to this by now.”
“Look!” A kid yelled in excitement. A mistletoe!” Looking up, I noticed one just above Jax and I. My eyes narrowed before I turned to the kid behind me, who held it over our heads. “Now’s your chance to kiss her.”
I immediately blushed, then locked eyes with Jax who turned to the young boy. “Thanks, Kid, though I don’t need a mistletoe to kiss my girl.”
“Yeah. Yeah. Just kiss her already.”
He ran off and Jax and I focused on each other. I wanted nothing more than for him to kiss me.
Jax’s expression turned serious as he moved even closer, placing his thumb on my left cheek. My eyes automatically closed.
“Your lips are so perfect. I want to know what you taste like.”
My eyes opened again, only to find he had moved in, but they soon closed when I felt his lips brush against mine. Jax’s warm hand settled against my face as he slid his tongue across the seam of my mouth. I obliged, and allowed him a taste of what was now his. As our tongues entwined, I felt his hot breath mix with my own. Our sensual kiss ignited parts of my body that had never been awoken before. It was sweet, and just as I had imagined it, and I did imagine it a few times.
My blood pulsated as he deepened the kiss, and after a while, we both felt the need to pull away. I tried to catch the breath he stole, and when we caught sight of each other, I knew he felt everything I did.
The tingling sensation on my lips lingered for a moment, before I bridged the gap between us, allowing our second and all-consuming kiss to engulf us both.
“Mmmm,” I moaned involuntarily.
Jax pulled away. My breathing was as heavy as the kiss had taken all my strength, and by looking at Jax, I had done the same to him.
“Damn,” he whispered. “I’ve been dreaming about that kiss since we first met.”