A knock on the door interrupted Molly’s enjoyment of her ice cream. Grabbing the TV remote, she paused her movie before getting up from the couch. She really wasn’t expecting anyone tonight. More than likely, Mandy was coming up to collect the roses before she headed off to see Phelix for the evening. Molly licked the traces of the chocolate ice cream from her fingers as she crossed the room. She was just going to tell her sister to bugger off for the evening. Getting the vase home on the subway had been hell and she hadn’t taken the time to separate out the twelve rose that she was going to keep. She yanked the door open without checking the peephole ready to lay into her sister, but she shut her mouth instead. “Phelix!” Molly squeaked as she recognized her sister’s boyfriend. “What are you doing here?”
Phelix chuckled at her. “I told you I would see you this evening.” He looked at Molly expectantly.
Molly stood in the doorway trying to wrap her brain around why he was here. Wasn’t Mandy meeting Phelix at a restaurant this evening?
“Can I come in?” Phelix asked.
“Of course.” Molly shook away her shock and stepped back to let him into her living room. “Weren’t we going to meet at dinner?” She asked as he came in.
He grinned. “If that was the case, then you’re late.” Phelix reached out and touched the side of Molly’s face. “You look wonderful tonight, Beautiful.” Leaning in, he placed a soft kiss on her lips. The light pressure of his kissed pulled a soft noise from Molly and the corners of his mouth curled up in pleasure. Deeping the kiss, he wrapped her up in his arms and pulled her against him. The door had swung mostly shut by the time he pulled back from the toe curling kiss. Phelix licked his lips as if he had just eaten something tasty and gave her another quick kiss. “You taste like chocolate.” He smiled and let Molly go. “I like it.” Turning from her, he made his way into the living room.
When Molly’s brain cells started firing again, she shut the door fully and turned around to watch her unexpected guest.
Tossing his suit coat over onto her love seat, he pulled off his tie and dropped it on top of his coat. Rolling up his sleeves, he folded himself down on the end of the couch. “So what are we watching?”
Molly’s shock was replaced by indignation when Phelix picked up her pint of Phish Food ice cream and started digging out a one of the dark chocolate fish. “Hey!” She went over to reclaim her frozen comfort.
Phelix stuck the fish and spoon into his mouth and grabbed Molly’s outstretched hand. He spun her around knocking her off balance.
Letting out a cry, she toppled over, but Phelix caught her and guided her down so she landed on the couch pressed into his side. She stiffened as she found herself tucked into the curve of Phelix’s body. His arm came down around her pinning her to him.
Pulled the spoon out of his mouth, he kissed the top of her head and held the ice cream back out for Molly to take. “So what are we watching?” he asked again.
Molly looked at the pint and then up at him in disbelief. “Die Hard.” She said bewildered, taking the paper carton from his hand.
“Good choice.” Phelix shifted under her, slipping his shoes off. “Are you going to start it back up?” He asked looking at the remote control sitting on the coffee table just out of his reach.
“Um… Okay.” Molly sat up and got the remote control. She was just about to restart the movie when a thought hit her. “Wait. Wasn’t the plan to go for dinner?” She was sure that Mandy was going to be really pissed off that Phelix was here and not out at a restaurant with her.
“We can go to dinner if you like, but I’d much rather be right here.” Phelix pulled Molly back down against him. “Besides, you’re not dressed for dinner.” He looked down at Molly’s oversized t-shirt and loose sweatpants.
Molly blushed as soon as she realized what she was wearing. Mandy would never be caught dead in anything like this. “I should go change.” She tried to get up, but Phelix held her down.
“Don’t.” He nuzzled his face into her hair. “I think you look absolutely amazing.”
Molly’s blush deepened as he took the remote control from her hand.
“Besides, you’ll miss the movie.” Phelix hit the play button and unfroze the screen.
Molly sat there frozen in shock. How was she supposed to explain this to her sister?
Phelix wiggled again and relaxed back into the couch, pulling her to rest against his side. He held the spoon out to her.
It took her a moment to register the shiny object waving in front of her face. Reaching out, Molly took the spoon and leaned back into his side, accepting the fact he wasn’t leaving. She would have to come up with something to tell her sister, but there was nothing she could do about it now.
Phelix made a pleased noise as he draped his arm over her. His hand slid down across her stomach as they watched the movie.
It took Molly a while to fully relax back against Phelix. She knew it was wrong, but she really enjoyed his company. Molly scrapped up a bite of the marshmallow swirled in the chocolate and stuck it in her mouth. Phish Food was the ice cream she ate it when she was feeling depressed. With the warmth from his body easing the pain she had been feeling since Sunday, she really didn’t feel like eating much more to the sticky sweetness. She scrapped another fish from the mess and looked up to the man cuddling her. Lifting the treat up, she held it out for Phelix to take.
He chuckled before licking the ice cream from the spoon.
A happiness that she hadn’t known all week slid over Molly as they cuddled on the couch and shared her ice cream.
“I love that movie.” Phelix said as the credits scrolled across the screen. At some time during the show, Molly had pulled his blanket down from the back of the couch and was curled up in his arms under it. His thumb ran over the string of diamonds wrapped around her wrist. A smile played across his face as he fiddled with the bracelet.
Molly sighed contently wrapped in his warmth.
Phelix ran his finger under the band and drew her attention to it. “So, I see you found your present.”
Molly blushed, glad that her sister hadn’t made it up to get the flowers. Things might have been different if she had told Mandy about the diamond band. “It very nice.” A pained smile passed over her face as she looked at the ring of gold and diamond that she was going to have to give up soon.
“It makes me happy to see you wearing it.” Phelix raised her hand up and kissed it gently. “So what would you like to do now?” He smiled suggestively down at her.
An array of emotions shot through Molly as Phelix leaned over and found her lips. Reasons she should stop him bounced around her brain, but she just couldn’t find the will to pull away. She wanted him too badly. Molly tilted her head back to give him easier access to her mouth. She loved the way he tasted, all warm and sweet on her lips.
Phelix deepened the kiss driving little tendrils of anticipation deep into her body.
Molly moaned as his hands shifted downwards, slipping up under her shirt. The heat from his palms felt good on her bare skin. She rolled over in his arms to face him more.
Phelix slid his hand up her back under her shirt. He groaned in anticipation when his fingers slid all the way up her back without meeting resistance. He held her tighter, working her mouth more passionately.
Following the lead of his hands she slid up to sit in his lap. She knew it was going to cause problems, but under the delicious pressure of Phelix’s lips she didn’t care.
With a soft pat, he broke their kiss and moved her to straddle his lap. He moaned as her knees slid along the side of his legs. Sliding his hands up her back, Phelix pulled her forwards into another toe curling kiss. Shifted his attention from Molly’s mouth, he ran a string of kisses down her jaw line.
The feel of his hands working into the muscles of her back drove a mummer of pleasure from Molly. She tangled her fingers in his hair as he ran a line of nibbles and kisses down the side of her neck to the hollow of her throat. Leaning her head back, she closed her eyes savoring the pleasure he was pulling from her body.
Phelix pushed her loose t-shirt up and over Molly’s head exposing her soft flesh to the cool air of the apartment.
Taking the shirt from him, she pulled it free of her arms and dropped it on the floor behind her. Shaking her head, she shifted her loose hair back out of the way. Molly shivered as Phelix ran the tips of his nails down her back.
His hot mouth found the mound of her breast. He worked his tongue over her nipple for a while before switching to the other side.
Holding his head to her, Molly tilted her face down to rub her cheek into his hair. She drew in a deep breath taking up the spicy scent she’d come to love. A touch of sadness bloomed in her and she sighed into his hair.
Sensing the change in her feeling, Phelix pulled back from his exploration and leaned back to capture her lips again. His hands ran down her body to her hips. He moaned into her mouth as he tilted his hips up and pulled her down against him, fitting them together.
Molly could feel him rubbing up between her legs, hard and ready for her. Another shiver of anticipation ran through her body. She smiled against his lips as a delicious idea passed into her mind. Placing her hands on his chest, she pushed back from him breaking their kiss.
Phelix panted and rubbed up against her again as Molly’s fingers started on the little buttons of his dress shirt.
The lust in Phelix’s crystal blue eyes made Molly’s already heated flesh redden more. Shifting back, she worked open his dress shirt, but was slightly disappointed when she found that he was wearing a t-shirt under it. Leaning forwards, she let the line of her body press against his groin as she slid from his lap and between his legs.
Phelix moaned as she fondled him through his pants.
Pulling his shirt from his pants, she kissed his stomach just above his waistline. Making short work of his belt, she eased his zipper down. She could feel him watching her, but she didn’t look up at him as she eased him out of his pants. It had been a while since she had done this, and she was afraid she would lose her nerve if she knew what emotion he held in his eyes.
Molly took him in her hand gently and swallowed the saliva building in her mouth. Rolling her lip into her mouth, she licked it before leaning in and rubbing the wet surface over the tip of his swollen length. She blew on the damp skin before running the flat of her tongue over him.
Phelix shivered in response to the sudden heat on very sensitive skin. He groaned as Molly opened her mouth and took him in. His head lolled to the back of the couch as she sucked and fondled him. His fingers found their way into her hair as she played.
Molly worked on him for a few minutes trying different things to see how he would react to them. He tried to keep his breathing even and steady, but she kept hitting one very sensitive spot that drew small gasps from him. Smiling, she nibbled that area again earning another gasp from him. Slipping her fingers into the waistband of his pants and she pulled on them.
Phelix lifted his weight from the couch letting her slid his pants down over hips.
Tugging on them, she pulled his pants down to pool on the floor around his ankles. Now that she had found his buttons, it wouldn’t take her long to drive him to his release and his clothing would be safe out of the way. Running her hands up the inside of his thighs, she returned her attention to that sensitive skin. She played around with him for a while longer avoiding over stimulating him too much. Once she was sure he couldn’t take anymore, she went back and licked that one spot that kept making him gasp. Smiling, she licked it harder.
“No!” Phelix’s hand clamped onto her head stopping her action before she could bring him to his peek. He forced his breathing to even out before releasing her. “You’re going to make me come doing that.”
Molly smiled up at him and caught his length up between her shoulder and cheek. “Isn’t that the point?” She grinned as she nuzzled him. The feel of her hair pulling across his skin nearly pushed him over the edge.
Growling, he pulled on her shoulders, lifting her up to him.
She giggled and bent to his will.
Phelix yanked the back of her sweet pants down nearly ripping them from her body.
Laughing, Molly helped him with the rest of her clothing.
Sliding his hand between her thighs, he ran his fingers up into the folds of delicate skin. Phelix made a please noise as he pushed the slick wetness seeping from her around.
Molly braced her hands on his shoulders while he explored her depths with those talented fingers. When Phelix tilted his head up, she leaned forwards to give him the kiss he wanted. To her upmost surprise, he pulled her hard against him crashing their lips together. Having lost her balance, Molly fell to his lap.
Expecting this, Phelix caught her and guided her down so that she ended up straddled over him. They wasted no time getting her knees on either side of him and her hips high enough for him to find her. Molly slipped around him and they both made pleased noises as he pushed his length up in to her. Phelix pulled on her hips until he was seated completely inside of her. He gave her one good hard thrust before setting her into a solid, but gentle rhythm. Wrapping his arms up around her back, he held her close as they moved together.
“Oh Phelix.” Molly panted as he lavished kisses along the skin of her chest and breast.
Growling at her, Phelix thrust up in her harder. “Phalen.” He whispered against her skin before returned to his smooth rhythm.
Confusion crossed Molly’s face and she looked down at him. “What?” He mind tried to understand what he had just said.
“It’s Phalen.” He restated.
“But I thought…” Molly started, but he cut her off.
“Don’t think.” His hands dropped to her hips and changed the direction she was moving so he rubbed against her driving conscious thought from her mind.
The new sensation pushed her closer to that edge and she gasped for breath. It only took a few more moments before her world fell apart. She slumped over to his shoulder and breathed the new name he had given her. The hands on her hips tightened and he pulled her against him one more time before joining her in the orgasm. They twitched together for a few minutes before Phelix laughed. She could feel him twitch deep inside her.
“God Beautiful, I have no control with you.” He moved her slightly limp body back so he could kiss her softly. “I love you.” He said as soon as their lips parted.
Horror ripped through Molly’s body upon hearing these words from him. A pain deeper then she could remember stabbed into her and tears welled up in her eyes. “Oh Phelix! I’m so sorry!” She cried and leaned forwards to his shoulder to sob.
Phelix wrapped his arms up around the hysterical woman trying to calm her.
Gasping a few times, Molly tried to push the anguish back so she could tell him what her sister should have. “I’m not Mandy. I’m her sister, Molly.” She panted and tried to get up from Phelix’s lap.
He held her in place. “What?” He asked softly.
Molly sobbed again and tried to move away from him, but he wouldn’t let her go. “I’m Mandy’s twin sister Molly.” She explained and shifted again. She could get through this if she could just get him out from inside her.
Phelix held her fast to his lap as he gave her a stern look. “Explain.”
Molly sobbed and wiggled trying to get free. “Please don’t be mad at us.” Seeing that it wasn’t doing her any good, she stopped struggling and hung her head. She sniffed back as many of the tears as she could before she started into her story. “Do you remember that dinner we had a month ago when I twisted her ankle?” Molly shifted as far away from him as she could get and looked at one of the buttons on his shirt unable to look up into his face.
“Yes.” He said softly.
“Mandy asked me to go in her place that night.” Molly looked up into his face. It was surprisingly blank as she went on with her tale. “She had come down with the stomach flu.”
“The one you had last week?” He asked.
“She came to me begging me to go to dinner with you. After she had made such a fuss about you breaking dates, she felt she couldn’t break that one.”
“And you agreed to this?” Phelix’s words were very level.
Molly would much rather have him yelling at her. She nodded as a sob slipped out.
He paused for a moment considering her. “Why?”
“She’s my sister.” Molly sobbed again. “She was in trouble and needed my help. I told her that I didn’t think it was a good idea but she insisted. We’ve swapped places many times before, so I agreed. It was never supposed to go this far. The date was supposed to end with a kiss on the front stoop, but Mandy and her fucking heels screwed that up.” Molly bent her head back as tears leaked from her eyes. She wrapped her arms around her feeling very exposed.
An amused smile slipped across Phelix’s face. “And?” He prompted.
Molly drew in a shuddering breath and let it out slowly. She hung her head again and let her hands fall to the space between them. “I told Mandy about what happened that night.” Finding the hem of Phelix’s shirt, she toyed with it trying to relieve her nerves. “She couldn’t get mad about it, but she was far from happy. She promised that it was the last time, so I put it behind me.” Molly’s lip trembled as tears threatened her again. “That is, until you showed up in the lobby at work on Monday.”
A complicated look crossed Phelix’s face. “So why didn’t you tell me that I’d gotten you confused with your sister then?”
Molly sighed again. “I don’t know.” Her shoulders slumped a little. “I was worried about my sister and her relationship. I knew she really liked you and I didn’t want to screw that up. Since you just happened to be in the area, I figured the one lunch wouldn’t hurt.” Molly looked up into his face again. “But you came back on Tuesday. I tried to push you way gently so you wouldn’t get mad at Mandy, but that didn’t work so well. I was having such a good time, it was hard.”
“And Wednesday?” He pushed.
“Wednesday I was irritated. It hurt knowing that you had spent the evening before with my sister.”
“What?” Molly asked, indigent that he would laugh at her pain.
“That explains why you were so bitter that day.”
Molly huffed at him. “I went home that night and told Mandy to make you stop coming by.”
Molly looked up at the question. “Honestly?”
“We are going for the truth here.”
Molly nodded and let out a long sigh. “I was starting to have feeling for you.” She toyed with his hem again. “When you didn’t show up on Thursday, I was depressed. I knew it was for the best, but I still wanted to know more about you. I shouldn’t have been, but I was actually glad to see you back on Friday.” Molly looked up into his face. “Can I get up now?” She didn’t want to have this conversation like this. It made her uncomfortable to bare her soul with him buried so deep inside her.
“No.” He held her down against him solidly. “Continue.”
Molly let out another sigh. “It tore me up, but Mandy assured me that she’d convinced you not to come to lunch anymore. So I was shocked when you were waiting for me on Monday. It made me so happy when you kissed me on the sidewalk. And just the suggestion of getting back in your bed had my heart thumping for the rest of the day.” Molly blushed a little uncomfortable. “Of course I told Mandy about everything so that if you mentioned it, she wouldn’t be caught by surprise.”
Phelix nodded his head in understanding.
“Things got really complicated when I got sick.”
The corners of Phelix’s mouth curled up at the edges. “How so?”
“I’d sent a text message to Mandy letting her know that I was sick and that you were taking care of me. Of course, she was furious about it. She stopped by after work on Wednesday to make sure I was okay, but she left before you could get here.”
“Was that before or after you ended up in the bathroom under a towel.” There was a distinct note of disapproval in his voice.
“During. I was still throwing up when she left.” Molly shrugged. “Mandy has never been good with that.”
Phelix made an unhappy noise at this. “And Thursday, when you left suddenly, did you really go to get the mail?” He sounded a little angry at her.
“No.” Molly sighed. “I had to stop Mandy. You had arrived earlier then we had expected and she was on her way up to check on me.”
“Mandy lives in the apartment below us.”
“Well that explains where you went and why the mail had the wrong address on it.”
Molly cringed, she didn’t think he had looked that closely at the apartment number.
“So did you even go on that yoga weekend trip?”
“No.” Molly shook her head. “That was my sister’s thing. She left on Thursday and got back on Sunday.”
Phelix sighed and hung his head disappointed in her.
“God, I’m so sorry. I tried to get Mandy to tell you what was going on, but she wouldn’t. She thought that if you knew the truth, you’d be mad at her. This is not something that can easily be forgiven.”
“And you thought this pack of lies would make me happy?” This time there was a touch of rage in Phelix’s voice.
Molly shook her head and scrunched his shirt up in her fingers. “No.” She cried. “I knew it was going to cause problems, but I didn’t know how to stop it without hurting either of you.” Molly strained against Phelix’s hands again. “Please let me up.” She begged.
“No.” Phelix squeezed his fingers into her hips until she stopped moving. “And what about this past week?”
“This last week has been the worst week of my life!” Molly snapped as anger burned the pain out of her. “I actually started to hate my sister for her shenanigans! I cried my eyes out every night and I must have gained ten pounds from all pints of ice cream.” She struggled on top of him having had enough of the game he was playing. She was done being the bad guy. Damn it, she was a victim in this whole affair. The laughter coming from Phelix stopped her. She gave him an indignant look; how could he laugh at her pain?
“I forgive you.” He sighed as soon as his mirth died down.
Shock stole over her face as she tried to understand his words.
Seeing the lack of comprehensions he repeated himself. “I forgive you and your sister.” The smile fell away from his face as he went on. “But if I ever catch you lying to me again, it will not go so well.” Phelix lifted his arms up and pulled her forwards against his body. “Now for your punishment, I will have you again right now.” He moved his hips so he shifted inside her.
Molly made a pained noise as he drove himself deep inside of her. She nodded her understanding unable to find words to express her feeling. A weight had been lifted from her heart and she wanted nothing else then for this man to be inside her.
Phelix found her mouth as he rocked his hips underneath her.
Accepting her exquisite punishment, Molly melted into his embrace and kissed him back hungrily.
He growled out his feelings and moved so she flipped onto her back on the couch. He drove himself into her again before sitting up and ripping his dress shirt off. He flung it across the room before yanking his undershirt over his head.
Molly moaned slightly as she watched him strip out of the last shreds of his clothing.
He looked down to her prone form and growled at her again. Dropping down, he crushed his lips to hers in an almost painful kiss. The note of anger in his kiss was echoed in the way he gripped Molly’s hips and rocked them up to give me a better angle for his thrusts. His movements had a sharp edge to them, but the intensity of the pleasure he pulled from her made her moan and push back against him.
“Ever going to lie to me again?” He asked timing his words to match the way he pounded into her.
“No.” She gasped clinging to him for dear life.
“Ever?” He trusted hard emphasizing the word.
“Never.” She promised.
“Good.” He said as he softened his intensity without slowing the speed.
Molly gasped at the change in his motion and held on as he use the softer thrusts to push her up and over the edge again. She screamed out the orgasm and buried her nails into Phelix’s back again. This time was unlike any of the other orgasms she had ever had. The intensity sent sparkling colors flashing behind her eyes and nearly made her black out.
Phelix hissed as her nails broke into his skin. He tried to hold on, but the sharp pain and the sweet convulsions from Molly’s body pulled him over edge with her. He moaned out his pleasure and collapsed on top of her.
They laid on the couch for what felt like an eternity as the world around them rebuilt itself. Phelix shifted his weight so he was no long crushing Molly and pulled out of her body.
Molly made a pained noise as her abused muscles protested the movement.
Phelix chuckled and kissed her softly. “Let’s switch.” He patted Molly’s side gently and got up off her.
Struggling to get up, Molly laughed when it took Phelix’s help for her to sit up.
Pulling her against him, Phelix laid down on his back with Molly stretched out on top of him. They wiggled around for a bit until they were both comfortable. Locating the blanket he had brought a week ago, Phelix pulled it up from the floor where it had fallen.
Molly helped him spread it over them and relaxed back against his chest. She sighed as she listened to his heartbeat.
Phelix ran his fingers thought her hair and down to rub into her back lightly.
Looked at the sparking band around her wrist, Molly let out a forlorn sighed. “I should give this back to you.” She shook her wrist so the bracelet slid around it.
Raising his hand up, Phelix caught hers. “No.” He said softly. “I got it for you.”
Molly’s spine stiffened at his words. “I’m sorry. I can’t.” She shook her head. There was no way she couldn’t keep a present from him. It would hurt her sister. As it was, Molly had already destroyed Mandy’s relationship with him.
Phelix squeezed her. “Molly, my Beautiful,” he held her tightly to him as he spoke, “Now I have something to tell you, too.”
Molly rolled her head and made a noise letting him know she was paying attention to her.
“I’m not Phelix.”
Molly froze as the magnitude of that statement sank in. She shifted to stare up at him in disbelief. “What?”
Amusement twinkled in his eyes. “I’m not your sister’s boyfriend.”
Molly pushed up from him so she was looking at him fully. “What?” She gasped. “But Mandy was... The picture… What the hell is going on?”
The man Molly knew as Phelix laughed at the shock and surprise on her face. He smiled at her. “I’m not Phelix, I’m his brother Phalen.”
Molly’s mouth worked like a drowning goldfish as she tried to wrap her mind around that. “Twin brother!” She gasped as the truth hit her.
“Identical twin brother!”
Phalen chuckled and nodded his head again.
Molly dropped her head to his chest and stared across the room at the menu on the screen. They had forgotten to turn off the TV when the movie was done. Reaching out, she caught up the remote and killed the power. She dropped the remote to the floor as she looked back up to those crystal blue eyes she loved. “Then who are you?”
Phalen smiled. “Phalen Fairlane, M.D.” He smiled at her.
Molly blinked as she put it together. “You’re a doctor.”
“And your office is in our building!” Molly said flabbergasted.
Phalen nodded again.
“That’s why you were in the building on Monday, and how come you could join me for lunch every day. That’s also why Mr. Baker didn’t question you when you said I was sick!” She pushed up from him as another thought hit her. “I’ve been doing your billing all week!” She squeaked. “God, I can’t believe how stupid I am!” She dropped her head back down on his chest hiding her embarrassment. “I thought you hand writing looked familiar.”
Phalen laughed and patted her on the back. “Don’t be too hard on yourself.” He soothed her.
Molly sighed and relaxed back into his chest and chuckled to herself. She found it ironic that she was cuddling with someone that she didn’t even know. “How?” She sighed.
“Pretty much the exact same thing that happened with you.” Phalen shrugged. “My brother called me out of the blue begging for a favor I owed him. He asked me to go have dinner with this chick he was dating.”
Molly gave him a pointed look and he shrugged again.
“His words, not mine. Anyway, he said that she had thrown a fit about him breaking their dates, but there was no way he was going to be able to make it that night. There was a big case coming up and he couldn’t get away. Usually he’d have just let it go, but he must really like your sister.”
“That’s good to know.” Molly sighed and moved her hands to his chest so she could rest her chin on them.
Phalen chuckled and rubbed his fingers into Molly’s back. “Phelix told me that this girl was, and I quote, somewhat flighty and talkative, but amazing to look at and really hot between the sheets.” He smiled at her.
Molly nodded. She couldn’t argue about the first three points. She didn’t want to know about the last one. “And what did you find?”
Phalen’s smile turned a little goofy. “An amazingly beautiful woman that I thought was somewhat flighty and talkative, who turned out to be hot between the sheets.”
Molly bushed at his words. “And she wasn’t?”
“I thought so at first, but after the second glass of wine, the flightiness disappeared and I really started enjoying the conversation.” Phalen smiled at her. “Even after finding out you were more interesting then I had thought I was still going to leave you with a kiss out in front of your building unless you invited me in.”
Molly chuckled at him. “What made you change your mind?”
“The fact that you had actually injured yourself.”
She grinned at him. “Couldn’t leave a girl in distress?”
“That and the thigh high stockings.”
Molly blushed at his word. She knew that her skirt had flipped up during the tumble, but she’d hoped that he hadn’t seen up it.
Phalen wrapped his arms around her shoulders and squeezed her against him. “There’s something about a woman in thigh highs that just does it for me.”
Molly giggled again.
He made a contented noise before continuing. “I’d considered just tending to your wounds and leaving, but the personality that you had carefully built up during dinner shattered away when you got hurt. The woman I saw there was not the same woman I’d had dinner with and it intrigued me.”
“So you slept with me?” Molly asked slightly shocked.
“Because you were intrigued?”
“And once I started touching you, I couldn’t keep my hands off you.”
Molly raised both of her eyebrows in surprise “Oh really.”
“Yay, oh and it would piss off my brother.”
Molly scoffed at him.
Phalen just shrugged. “There were a lot of things leading up to it, but I guess that does not really matter now.”
“No, I guess it doesn’t.” Molly sighed a little depressed. She didn’t know what reason she had hoped he would give for taking her to bed, but pissing his brother off had not been one of them.
“I didn’t count on the problems that decision would give me.”
Molly gave him a confused look. “Did your brother give you a hard time about it?” She couldn’t think of what other problems he could have had because if that one night.
“Oh yes. My brother was furious about it.” Phalen laughed. “But I can handle him; it was you that I couldn’t handle.” He toyed with the ends of Molly’s hair.
She gave him a more confused look.
“When I woke up, you were cuddled up in my arms, so warm and sweet. I didn’t want to let you go. I knew that once I left, I would probably never have the chance to see you like that again. For a long time, I considered just going back to sleep, but you told me that you had to get up in the morning for work. So I got up and left.”
Molly smiled at him. “I wouldn’t think that would be hard with a girl you had just met.”
“Neither did I, but it was the whimper when I let you go that made me want to stay.” Phalen’s eyes twinkled in the darkened room.
“I whimpered?” She asked shocked.
Phalen nodded his head. “When I went to slip out from under you. It was the sweetest sound I had heard in a long time, I just…” He let out a deep sigh. “I can’t explain it without sounding stupid or corny.”
“Once I left, I decided to just put the night behind me and get on with my life.”
Molly smiled at him. “Then you ran into me on Monday.”
“No.” Phalen chuckled. “Then I found your torn stocking in my pocket while I was doing the laundry on Saturday.”
Molly stiffened in shock “You took my stocking?”
“That’s the weird thing. I was sure that I’d dropped it on the table next to the box of bandages.” He shrugged. “But, when I was checking my pants before sending them to be cleaned, there it was. I have no idea how it got in my pocket.”
Relaxing again, Molly rolled her head so her cheek was resting on her hands.
Phalen let out a deep sigh before continuing. “I thought about just tossing it. After all, it was torn and slightly bloody, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So, I rinsed out the blood and hung it up in the bathroom to dry. For two days, it tormented me. Every time I saw it, I thought of you. The smell of your hair, the sound of your laugh, the feel of your skin against mine; it drove me nuts. I finally ended up folding the thing away into my coat pocket to give back to my brother on Monday. In fact, I was supposed to go meet him in the deli for lunch, but then I saw you in the lobby.”
Molly smiled and looked back up at him. “So you ditched your brother.”
“Yay, but he forgave me for that one. If you had gone down and seen us together at the deli…”
“All hell would have broken loose.” Molly smiled playing that scene out in her head. She would have called her sister and Mandy would have been furious at Phelix.
Phalen laughed and nodded his head. “But that wasn’t the only reason I ditched Phelix.” He smiled.
“Oh, what else?”
“I wanted to know what was going on with you.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well,” Phalen paused as he thought how to explain himself, “Phelix had described your sister as trendy, but the outfit you were wearing, thought nice, was not trendy.”
Molly looked at him waiting for more.
“I was sure it was you from the wrapped ankle and scrapped up knee, but things just didn’t fit together. So I took you out to lunch.”
“And I discovered that there was a lot more going on than I thought. You laughed at my jokes and stories, I didn’t have to explain anything, and man, the way you were watching me made me crazy. I was just about ready to blow off my afternoon appointments and take you home right then.”
Molly chuckled. “I wanted your ruben.”
“My ruben?” Phalen asked confused.
“The sandwich you were eating.” Molly’s grin widened. “I love the way that place makes them.”
Phalen cocked his head a little in confusion. “But I thought you were a vegetarian?”
“Oh hell no. I would die without my meat. My sister is the vegetarian.”
Phalen swatted Molly through the blanket. “There’s another lie.” He said crossly.
“I’m not the only one that told lies here.” Molly snapped back.
“Point,” Phalen returned the anger to her, “But I didn’t lie to you after that first day.”
Molly pushed up away from Phalen ready for a fight. “True, but you never told me that you weren’t Phelix.”
Seeing that this could get very bad very quickly, Phalen followed her up so they were both sitting on the couch. “Molly.” He said softly and reached out to her.
She pulled away from him before he could touch her.
“I’m sorry.” He left his hand hanging between them “We’ve both made some mistakes here. I don’t want to fight with you.”
Molly looked at him with angry eyes for a moment longer before closing them and relaxing. She let out a calming breath before looking back at him a little more civilly. “You’re right. I’m sorry. I don’t want to fight either.” She leaned in so his hand landed on her arm.
Phelan pulled her into him and wrapped her up in his arms again. They sat together for a few minutes before Phalen leaned back to where he had been lying.
Molly came down with him and rested her head with his on the cushion.
Phalen held her for a little longer letting the angry vibes seep away.
“Phelix thanked me for our lunch on Tuesday.” Phalen picked his story back up. “Apparently your sister showed up to their date in thigh high stockings.”
Molly chuckled. “She came up and borrowed some of mine. She does not like them very much.”
Phalen smiled. “My brother’s loss.” He rubbed his hand down to Molly’s lower back. “I’m just glad you like them.”
She giggled at the warm tone of this voice. “Are you going to finish your story?” She caressed the skin on his chest.
“Sure.” He pecked her lightly now that she was close enough. “What had you so pissed off on Wednesday?” Phalen asked.
Molly blushed as she thought about that answer. “A little of everything.” she sighed.
Phalen waited for her to go on.
Drawling in another deep breath, she tried to explaine. “I was irritated that you were there. I’d tried to drop little hints to get you to stop coming, but you ignored them. I’d asked Mandy to tell you to stop, but that hadn’t worked either. I didn’t want you to touch me. I didn’t want you to talk to me. Just the thought of trying to be polite, knowing that my sister had slept with you on Tuesday, made me want to turn around and go back inside.”
Phalen let out an amused noise.
Molly lifted up away from him as she remembered her irritation. “And then you took me the deli and got me soup. Yes, the soup is good, but you almost got a knuckle sandwich when you ordered the pastrami.”
Phalen laughed at the lively way she explained the day. “So you were irritated with me and not something my brother had done.” He thought about it for a moment. “I guess you really did want me to stop taking you to lunch.” He sighed unhappily.
Shaking her head, Molly let out a deep breath. “That’s not it.” She closed her eyes and leaned forwards to touch her forehead to Phalen’s. “It’s the fact that I was enjoying your company too much. I was going to start having problems holding on to my sanity if you kept hanging around.”
Phalen raised his hand to her cheek and tilted his head up to kiss her.
Molly melted into his arms again.
Pulling her with him, Phalen rolled over so that they were both resting on the couch side by side. “I’m glad that you were enjoying my company.” He settled the blanket over them as the narrow couch forced them closer together. He wrapped his arms around Molly so one arm cradled her head and the other pinned her to him.
“True, but it wasn’t too good for my mind.” Molly grumbled. “I realized I had a problem when you didn’t show up on Thursday and I spent the entire lunch time looking around for you.”
Phalen snickered at her.
“Laugh it up fuzzball.” Molly huffed.
“I’m sorry.” Phalen leaned in and kissed the pout from Molly’s lips. “I really did have an emergency on Thursday. A woman brought her son in with a compound fracture in his shin. The poor kid was so scared and bleeding everywhere. I spent most of the morning fixing him up and casting the leg.” Phalen shook his head. “And by the time I was done, I’d gotten blood all over my pants and ended up in scrubs. It would have been really hard to try to explain why Phelix had shown up in hospital scrubs.”
Molly looked at him confused. “Why didn’t she take him to the hospital?”
“She could get him in to see us faster than an ambulance could get him to the hospital.” Phalen explained. “True, we aren’t set up for real trauma, but we can handle a few hard cases.”
Molly thought about this for a minute. “That would have been interesting to see.”
“A compound fracture?” Phalen asked slightly appalled that she would want to see something like that.
“No,” Molly giggled. “You in hospital scrubs.”
Phalen chuckled. “I have a few set at home.” He smiled suggestively. “We can play doctor if you like.” He squeezed her against him sending more giggles from her.
“That would be fun sometime.” She wiggled in his arms. “But you still haven’t told me what gave us away. I thought I was doing a fair job playing my sister.”
“Well, I knew there was something going on, but I just couldn’t figure it out.” Phelan returned to his story. “The more I got to know you, the more I couldn’t believe that my brother was dating you. He likes a different type of girl. One that is more, how should I put this delicately?” Phalen paused and looked at her. “You’re way too intellectual for my brother’s tastes.”
Molly giggled. “Oh, so he likes airheads?”
“He likes to be the man in a relationship.” Phalen sighed. “I don’t want to say anything bad about your sister, but he likes the type that can’t figure out the remote controls on the TV.”
“That would be my sister.” Molly laughed. “She calls me up whenever there is a program on that she wants to record.”
Phalen chuckled. “Now I see why he likes her.” He sighed and returned to his story. “Apparently Mandy asked Phelix to stop coming by and he yelled at me for it on Sunday night.”
Molly shook her head. “But you blew him off.”
“Yes, I blew him off.” Phalen nodded. “My brother doesn’t scare me.”
Molly snickered at this.
“By that time I just couldn’t get you out of my head. I really wanted to know what was going on. I knew Phelix had spent the weekend with Mandy, and I just couldn’t picture you with my brother. It really messed with my head.”
“Well that explains some of your actions.” Molly said thoughtfully.
“Well, anytime I mentioned seeing you in the evening, you got angry.”
Phalen looked at her shocked. “I didn’t think it showed.”
“You did a pretty good job hiding it, but it still slipped out around the edges.”
“I have to admit, just the thought of him touching you made me want to hit something.” Phalen sighed. “But, there wasn’t much I could do about that. It helped that you also seemed a little upset by it.”
“I would say ‘a little’ was an understatement.” Molly chuckled again. “Just thinking about Mandy meeting up with you on Tuesday night turned my stomach.” She sighed. “You put all of that work into such a nice lunch, and I went and ruined it for both of us without realizing it.”
“That was still the best lunch we shared.” Phalen kissed her lightly again.
“How so?” Molly asked confused by his actions. Hadn’t she ended the meal on a rather bitter note?
Phalen gave her that funny lopsided grin again. “You kissed me on the cheek.”
More confusion filled Molly. She didn’t understand why that would make him happy. She had kissed Phalen many times before that.
Seeing she didn’t understand, he went on to explain. “That was the first time you kissed me.”
Molly opened her mouth to protest, but stopped. He had given her many one-sided kisses, but that had, indeed, been the first one that she had given him. “I hadn’t realized that.”
“That one sweet, little peck on the cheek meant more to me then all of the other kisses that we’d shared.” Phalen explained. “It showed true feelings for me, not just some part you were playing.”
“So you knew that I was not Mandy by that time?”
“I didn’t exactly know, but things weren’t adding you.” Phalen explained. “Things really fell apart when you got sick on Wednesday and I took you up to the billing office to let Mr. Baker know that you needed to go home.”
“He called me Molly.” She sighed.
“He called you Molly.” He agreed. “At that point, I figured something was really wrong, but I just couldn’t figure it out. Was it a split personality? Were you pretending to be someone else for my brother’s sake? The possibility of you two being identical twins that switched places never even occurred to me.”
Molly snorted in amusement. “It should have.”
“Looking back on it now, it was the most logical explanation, but it wasn’t something that you think can happen. There aren’t that many sets of identical twins.”
“I know what you mean.”
“Anyway, I knew I was taking a big chance of you finding out the truth when I gave you my phone number, but I would have really worried about you if you didn’t have a way to contact me.”
“I did kind of wonder why you would feel the need to give me your phone number.” Molly nodded. “I was sure that you had Mandy’s number already, but figured it was maybe a work phone or something.”
“Isn’t it funny how we can easily explain away inconsistencies in life?” Phalen chuckled. “Like when I caught you tasting my spaghetti sauce.”
Molly blushed. “You saw that!”
“Yes.” Phalen nodded his head. “I found it odd that a vegetarian would try it when it plainly had chunks of meat in it, but I figured you were a little delirious from the fever. When you didn’t mention it later, I figured you had forgotten about it and I didn’t want to bring it up and possibly cause a problem.”
Molly laughed again. “Did you know Jell-o is not vegetarian?”
“What?” Phalen asked shocked.
“Yeah. Apparently gelatin had collagen in it.”
“Really.” Phalen thought about it for a moment. “But you still ate it.”
“At that point I didn’t know.” Molly shrugged. “I told my sister and she was furious at me.”
Phalen chuckled. “When did you talk to your sister about it?”
“She kept texting me throughout the day.”
“So did my brother.” Phalen laughed. “Every ten minutes he wanted to know what I was doing and if you were feeling better. I ended up turning the ringer off. The voice mails he left were rather entertaining.”
“Mandy wasn’t nearly that bad.” They laughed together for a few minutes.
Phalen watched Molly as he toyed with a strand of her hair. “You know. I was a little upset with you last weekend.” He sighed.
“Why?” Molly could think of lots of possible reasons why.
“Because I knew you were lying to me, but I didn’t know how to call you on it.” Phalen sighed heavily again.
Molly blushed her embarrassment.
“I gave you a few opportunities to tell me, hoping that you would take them, but you didn’t.”
“I know.” Sadness crept over Molly as she answered him. “I wanted to tell you. I even begged Mandy to come up and tell you, but she wouldn’t.”
“Then why didn’t you tell me?” Phalen asked a little upset.
“Because it wasn’t my secret to tell.” Molly huffed starting to get upset too. “Mandy would have killed me if I told you and ruined her relationship.”
“But you told me today.” Phalen said tartly.
“Cause I couldn’t take it anymore.” Molly said angrily. “And my sister would have killed me when she found out.” A need to hit something bloomed in her and she pushing on Phalen’s chest to get out of his arms. He tightened his grip on her so she wouldn’t fall off from the couch.
“Molly.” He tried to soothe the woman struggling against him, but she kept pushing away. In a desperate attempt to calm her before she crashed over into the coffee table, Phalen pressed his lips to her.
Molly froze in her struggles and relaxed into the warm kiss.
“It’s all right.” He said as soon as their lips parted again. He caressed the skin on her back.
“Is that why you quit coming to lunch?” Molly asked a little depressed.
Phalen chuckled and gave her another soft kiss. “No. I went to see my brother on Sunday and what I saw there made me stop coming to lunch.” He explained.
Molly gave him a puzzled look.
“Your sister stopped by on her way home.”
Molly’s eyes got really big as she took this in. “Oh dear.”
“Yeah. Phelix freaked out and shoved me into the kitchen. He told me that he would kill me if I came out. So I watched from the hallway as he let Mandy in. I was ready to hit him when he kissed her. Since I was feeling rather pissed off at Phelix at that moment, I send you a text message. Phelix would have a hell of a time explaining that one. But, I still couldn’t figure out how you were fooling Phelix.” Phelan let out another deep breath as he went on with his story. “I watched them talk for a while trying to wrap my head around it. Yes, she looked like you and sounded like you, but there was just something not right. I couldn’t put my finger on the difference. The longer I watched them, the more I was sure that she wasn’t you. I left by the back door shortly after they started making out. I was really confused by my sudden lack of jealousy. I mean, I was ready to hit him for a simple kiss when she arrived, but now that they were really getting hot and heavy, there was nothing.”
Molly chuckled a little at the confused look on his face. “So that made you decide not to come to lunch with me?”
“That helped, but it was text message you sent back that baffled me.” Phalen chuckled. “I must have read over that simple message ten times trying to figure out how you sent it to me while I had been watching you make out with my brother.”
Molly giggled again. “I can see how that would be confusing.”
“It drove me nut. So I decided not to join you for lunch on Monday. I wanted to see what you were like without me around.” Phalen explained. “So… I followed you.”
“You followed me!” Molly said shocked.
“And boy was I surprised by what I saw.”
“I have to admit, watching you eat the ruben on Monday posed a whole new set of questions, but it was Wednesday that really threw me for a loop.” Phalen chuckled again at the memory. “I came down a little early so I could follow you and was shocked to see you standing on the sidewalk outside waiting for something. With the way you were dressed, I thought Phelix might be showing up to take you to lunch. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw you come out of the elevators to meet the you waiting on the street.”
Molly giggled at him again.
“I literally had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. Once I was sure you both were real, the pieces started falling into place and I was pissed. I followed the two of you as you laughed together, seething. How could you do something so horrible to Phelix? I decided that I was going to call you both on it in the deli. I was going to let you get settled and then walk up to the table and demand an explanation.”
Molly blanched at this thought. “Why didn’t you?” Molly asked ashamed of herself.
“It was the look on your face that made me change my mind.” Phalen caressed her back again. “When I stopped, I was close enough to hear your sister apologizing to you. That shocked me.”
“You heard that.” Molly squeaked even more embarrassed and tried to hide her face against his chest.
He chuckled again. “Yes, I heard that.” Phalen forced her head up so he could see into her eyes again. “And I heard you admit that you liked me and missed my company.”
Molly’s blush deepened and she fidgeted in his arms not sure what to say to him.
Luckily, Phalen went on with his story. “It took me a while to process it all, but once I put it together, I found that I had a choice to make.”
Molly listened intently as he talked.
“The best choice would have been for me to simply walk away.” She stiffened in his arms as he explained. “That would have solved a lot of problems. It wouldn’t have been hard to avoid you at work, Phelix and Mandy could go back to not having to worry about their secret, and you could have gotten back to your normal life.”
Molly sighed and nodded her head in agreement.
“Or, I could find a way to force this lie out where we can deal with it. Sure it’s going to cause both Phelix and Mandy problems, but that means I don’t have to lose the most amazing woman I have ever met.” Surprise lit up Molly’s face making Phalen laugh and he pull her in for another warm kiss.
“Does this mean you’re not going to leave?” Molly asked on the verge of tears.
Laughing more, Phalen squeezed her against him. “Of course I’m not going to leave.” He cooed then kissed her. “I don’t buy jewelry for women I’m never going to see again.” Phalen ran his hand down Molly’s side to her hip. “Besides, I don’t think I can stand the thought of someone else touching you like this.” He leaned into her and pressed a kiss to her neck as he ran his hand down her thigh pulling her leg up over his hip.
Molly giggled under his attention and a growl born in desirer rumbled from him. She gasped as she felt him start to harden again. He rocked his hips forward to he pressed up against her already exposed flesh.
“Stop!” Molly pushed away from him trying to separate herself, but all she did was rub herself harder against his lower body. “You’re going to get me pregnant.”
Surprised filled Phalen’s face at this protest, he laughed and pulled her back to him for a kiss. “It’s okay.” He cooed at her soothingly and gave her little pecks on the corner of her mouth. “I like kids.”
Indignation filled Molly as she registered what he had said. “What?” She scrambled to get away.
Phalen laughed as he wrapped his arms around her body and held her close. “It’s a joke.” He laughed harder as she flailed and kicked at him. “I’m kidding!” After another moment of smacking him about, Molly settled down into Phalen’s arms. He just smiled at the glare she was giving him. “So I take it you’re not on birth control.”
“No.” Molly huffed at the smile on his face.
“And what where you going to do?” He asked.
“I was going to go visit the pharmacy tomorrow.”
“Ahh… the ‘morning after’ pill.” Phalen gave her a more serious look. “Is that what you have been doing?”
Molly nodded shyly.
“Emergency contraception is great idea in a pinch, but there really haven’t been many studies on its effectiveness when use multiple times in a month. You really should have said something, I could have had some terrible disease.”
Molly turned a little pale at this idea.
“Don’t worry. I’m clean and I have had all of my shots.” He kissed her softly again. “It will be all right. Although I do like kids, I got another dose for you from a friend of mine who’s an OB/GYN just in case.”
Molly let out a sigh of relief.
“Now where were we?” Phalen pressed his lips to hers for another passionate kiss.
She melted under the heat he offered.
A loud gurgling noise bubbled up from between them and Phalen pulled back to see the embarrassment on Molly’s face. “What have you had to eat tonight?” He asked listening to Molly’s stomach rubble.
“Ice cream.” She smiled sheepishly.
Phalen dropped his head down to his chest and let out a mood killing sigh. “Why don’t we find something for dinner?’ He suggested. “Do you still have my stuff here?”
“It’s in the closet.” Molly looked up towards the door where she had hidden his things away.
“How do you feel about pizza?” Phalen carefully extracted himself from between Molly and the couch.
“That’s fine, but what about what we were doing?” She asked not really wanting to stop.
“We have all weekend to get back to that.” Phalen bent down and kissed her softly. “Now get up.” He pulled on her hand to get her moving. “What would you like on your pizza?”
“Everything.” Molly grinned as he helped her to her feet. “Except those hairy, little fish.”
“One deluxe with no anchovies.” Phalen laughed and swatted Molly on the backside playfully. “Now go get dresses. So we can plot our siblings’ demise.”