Chapter Twenty Four
"Wow, it's beautiful," I whispered, looking up at the sky which was now covered with colorful streaks of lights.
"You're more beautiful." He added, pulling me closer and dipped his head to take my lips between his again. We kissed under the fireworks which resembled the way my entire body was feeling right now as he snaked his arms around my waist, pulling me, even more, closer than before.
Fuck, this can't be actually happening.
Did I really deserve all of this?
All of him?
I grabbed a fist full of his shirt and tried to run my hands inside to feel his warm chest but he pulled back, stopping me from going any further, and rested his forehead against mine.
"You need to eat and rest first. It's been a long day and a lot has happened." He whispered, referring to my near-death experience.
I raised my eyebrows, letting go of his shirt, and pushed him away in a playful manner.
"Uhh...but I don't mind if you wanna--" He started but I cut him off midway.
"I wasn't going to have sex with you, asshole. In fact, having pre-marital sex is frowned upon in Indian culture." I stated with a huge smirk and he looked at me as if I was joking.
"Yeah sure," he let out a small chuckle, pulling me closer by hooking a finger inside the skirt but I remained silent, shaking my head slowly, and stepped away from him. I started to walk back inside the living room, trying so hard to hold back my laughter.
"Wait a minute, are you serious?" he asked, following me behind like a lost puppy.
"Of course I am. I'm going to prepare dinner after changing out of this silly dress." I announced, walking inside my room and he strode inside causally, jumping on top of my bed like it was the most normal thing for him to do.
"What are you doing? Get out!" I let out a small laugh and turned around only to find him, staring at me with a goofy smile on his face.
"What? Even watching you undress is a crime now?" he asked, rolling his eyes and I bit my lip, trying so hard not to smile at how cute he was being. He was clearly annoyed by my previous comment about pre-marital sex.
"Fine. Watch if you want," I shrugged and started to remove the sheer netted material from my chest, throwing it on top of the bed. He just stared at my upper body which was now completed exposed except for my blouse which was revealing most of my cleavage.
"Jesus Christ! You are going to be the death of me, woman." he breathed out, running his eyes all over my body. I started to remove my earrings and pulled out my hair from my ponytail, trying to avoid his burning gaze on my body.
"Okay, this is pure torture." He grumbled and stormed out of my room, my laughter following him right behind. I shook my head with a small smile and changed into my PJs before I came out of the room. He was on the couch, busy on his laptop and I noticed that he was now wearing a pair of shorts and no shirt on of course.
"Busy with work?" I asked as I pulled my hair into a bun and made my way inside the kitchen. Within minutes he was right behind me, hugging me tightly.
"Nothing more important than this," he whispered against my neck, placing a small kiss under my ear lobes. I shivered in response and turned around to face him.
"How can I cook if you distract me like this?" I asked, smiling at him but he paid me no mind and continued to kiss my neck, making me go weak in my legs.
"I'm more hungry for this." He murmured and I started to breathe heavily.
God, how did this evening turn into pure bliss?
I couldn't believe that Ray Anderson was actually kissing me and the fact that he was ready and willing to give this a try, made me so fucking happy because honestly, I could stay away from him either.
I was addicted to him and his touch.
"Thank you." I choked out, blinking back my unshed tears and he pulled back, giving me an amused look.
"For kissing you?"
"I mean, for everything. The candles, fireworks, and saving me from those guys but most importantly, thank you for giving us a try." I finished, caressing his face.
"Thank you for not giving up on me." He smiled warmly, making my heart skip a beat.
Giving up on him?
No fucking way!
"If you must know, I'm very stubborn about the things I like." I winked, running my fingers against his day-old stubble.
"Oh I knew it when you couldn't keep your hands to yourself last night," he laughed, teasing me as the memories of last night came to my mind and I turned a deep shade of red.
"Man, how can I stop kissing you if you keep on blushing like that?" he asked with a small chuckle which only made me blush more.
Well, we didn't cook dinner as I expected and ended up eating the leftover sweets. We also lit up a few of the candles on the dining table which kinda resembled a candlelight dinner. Even though I was far away from home for Diwali, he had somehow managed to bring home to me and for that, I'll forever be grateful to him.
"Is the air-conditioner still not working?" I asked, lying down on the bed
"Uhh...do you want me to go?" he asked, raising a brow and I blushed a deep shade of red before responding.
"No, I mean..umm....your bed is more comfortable than mine," I replied, biting my lips and he shook his head with a small chuckle.
"You never cease to amaze me, sweetheart. Come here," he stretched out his hand for me to join him. We went to his room and ended up cuddling on his bed.
I remained awake for a long time, enjoying the warmth of his body, his arms encircled around me in a protective manner as I kept running my fingers along the length of his forearms.
"Ray?" I whispered, hoping that he wasn't asleep and he just hummed in response.
"Were you disappointed that day when you opened the door and met me for the first time?" I asked in almost a whisper and he turned me around so that I was facing him now.
"Are you kidding me? You were smoking hot, baby and you are like the best thing that has happened to me so far," he spoke without missing a beat.
I was so not expecting that reply.
"I mean, yeah, I did want to fuck you at first obviously but now, I can't imagine a day without seeing your face." He added, kissing my nose and I closed my eyes, grinned widely.
"I'm glad it was you too."
"I know. You were drooling all over me and I really thought it would take only a day for me to get you in my bed," he teased, earning a slight punch from me.
"Tell me about your life in India," he asked, scooting closer towards me and I told him all about my dad, my grandma, my school life, college life, and my crazy adventures with Eshika.
"I'm glad that I get to be your first." He boasted, making me roll my eyes.
"What about you? Tell me about your life here,"
"Well, I'm a single child and High school and college were pretty much the same. Partying and goofing around with Adam. Then I moved out of my house two years ago and bought this apartment with my savings."
"I had no idea you can make a lot by freelancing,"
"I'm freaking good at my job, sweetheart." He smirked and for some reason, I found it so sexy that he was passionate about the things he love.
"So when was the last time you were in a relationship?" I asked, eagerly waiting for his response. I knew he was a player but I wanted to know if he was ever in a serious relationship with anyone before.
"Uhh...I dated this girl in college for a month or so but it didn't work out. Then, I couldn't find anyone interesting and I just went rogue I guess."
"I can live with that. I hope you find me interesting."
"You are indeed interesting, funny, and smart as hell," he smiled, rubbing my cheeks softly, "Would you be going back to India for your semester holidays?" he asked, taking me by surprise. I haven't thought about it since my exams were not yet over but yeah, it would be nice to go home.
"I haven't thought about it yet but yeah, I might go."
"I'll miss you." He whispered, pecking my lips but I deepened the kiss by placing my palm on his chest. He let out a soft groan, his hands grazing my behind and I was feeling turned on immediately. I brushed my body against him shamelessly, giving him the hint and I felt him smile against my lips.
"I thought you said pre-marital sex was not appreciated in India." He stated, pushing me down on the bed and started to slowly slip his hands inside my top.
As much as I was nervous as this was my first time, I knew I wanted him so badly. I could feel my whole body screaming for his touch and the wetness pooling between my legs was making it hard for me to hold back myself.
I wanted this and I'm sure it's not that big of a deal. Eshika has already done it with her boyfriend and it's quite common nowadays.
"I know but I'm not in India, right?" I smirked, making him laugh so hard.
"Damn, you are really something else, Ridhi."