the light of the moon as it shines upon the water.
“Shit, I have to go,” Cooper rushed out as his phone vibrated on the table. “Where will you guys be in an hour?”
“Well, King and I will be at home,” I replied. As soon as the words left my mouth, I felt a foot kick my shin from under the table and noticed Benjamin looking at me with a cocked brow. I stared back with a confused expression but didn’t say a word as I waited for him to speak.
“I was thinking we’d go to the beach for a late night swim,” Benjamin informed us. I nodded and smiled, not wanting to show my disdain. All I wanted was to go home and lay in bed but I was trying to be a good wing-woman and Kingsley would kill me if I went home now.
“Perfect, I’ll meet you lot there,” Cooper said as he waited for Benjamin to exit the booth so he could make a run for the door. Once Benjamin sat back down, I crossed my arms over my chest and leaned back into the booth.
“So, what was it you wanted to talk to me about?” I asked, filling the silence.
“I have two things, actually,” he started to say as he rested his hands on the table. “First things first, I know you’re friends with Kingsley and I’ve heard some things about the two of you so I was just wondering if she’s looking for a relationship?”
“What things have you heard?” I asked incredulously.
“Just that you both sleep around,” Benjamin replied nonchalantly with a shrug of his shoulders. I couldn’t help as I burst out laughing at the table which startled him.
“She does not sleep around,” I informed him while still laughing softly. “Just because they were right with me and I’m friends with her doesn’t mean she’s the same way. She definitely wants a relationship.”
Benjamin suddenly fell silent and then I heard him curse under his breath. Leaning forward in my seat, I rested my arms on the table and tilted my head at him, waiting for him to say something.
“Sorry about that,” Kingsley said as she returned to the table and slid in next to me. “Where’s Cooper?”
“He had something he needed to do but he’ll meet up with us later,” Benjamin told her somewhat dryly. Kingsley didn’t seem to notice the change in his behavior but for the rest of dinner he was rather standoffish.
Paying for our meal, we began to make our way out of the restaurant when I realized I had forgotten my wallet. Quickly walking back to the table, I saw that Kingsley had left her box of leftovers. Rolling my eyes, I grabbed them both and turned back around to make my way out of the building.
As I was walking past the kitchen, a pair of hands wrapped around my arm and pulled me through the double doors. My back was suddenly pushed against the cool tile and a pair of lips were on mine. Startled, I pulled back and looked up but smiled in relief when I saw who it was.
“Don’t you know you aren’t supposed to grab a woman like that?” I asked with an arched brow and somewhat narrowed eyes. He continued to cup my face with one of his hands while the other played with my hair before he tucked it behind my ear.
“Sorry,” Johnathan breathed out as he stared at my lips. “I’ve just missed you.”
Not saying a word, I pushed myself up on the balls of my feet and crashed my lips to his. Johnathan wrapped one of his hands into my hair as mine found their way to intertwine around his neck. Before we got too sucked in, a knock on the door pulled us apart.
Laura suddenly came strolling in and stopped dead in her tracks as she saw us entangled in one other. I closed my eyes for a brief moment to remind myself to bite my tongue – after all, I had no one to blame but myself for the feud we have.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” she spat out as she folded her arms over her chest. “You already came here with two men, they not enough?”
I slipped out from Johnathan’s grasp and didn’t say a word to Laura as I walked past. Stopping at the door, I looked over my shoulder to exchange a wordless glance with him before he smiled. Slipping back into the restaurant, I quickly made my way for the exit to find Kingsley and Benjamin waiting for me at his car.
We pulled into the parking lot of the beach nearby and noticed a few parked cars. It had already grown dark outside but we saw the glow of a bonfire a few yards away. Climbing out of the vehicle, the three of us made our way toward the beach but I stopped on the grass and took my shoes off before walking into the sand.
Kingsley wasted no time in running toward the water, stripping off her clothes as she went. I chuckled quietly to myself as I watched her stumble around before I felt a hand on my shoulder. Looking up at Benjamin, I took a step back so I could look at him clearly.
“So what the hell was that back at the restaurant?” I asked as I put a hand on my hip and tilted my head slightly.
“Look, Coop really wants a relationship and he’d be an amazing guy for any girl but if you’re not going to be able to commit, can you tell him that sooner rather than later?”
“Okay, first of all, I’ve just met the bloke but that aside, I’m not the kind of person to string someone along. If he asks me out, I’ll be honest with him because that’s the kind of girl I am. But who’s to say I can’t commit? Just because I’ve slept around doesn’t mean I’m incapable of being with someone,” I fired off as I grew defensive and irritated with his assumption.
“Well, are you? Ready to commit?” Benjamin asked with a raised brow. I sighed and ignored his question, shaking my head as I made my way toward Kingsley who was waiting for us in the water. I stripped out of my jeans and threw them near her clothes and ran in.
The cold water nipped my skin but I didn’t mind it as I dove under. Coming back up for air, I turned around as I pushed my hair back and watched Cooper approaching Benjamin. Benjamin had his shirt off already and was working on his jeans when I saw them exchange a couple words. Suddenly, Cooper wasted no time in stripping off his clothes and my breath hitched in my throat.
He had a defined six pack that I could see clearly in the dark and I noticed a half sleeve on his left arm. To say he was my type looks wise was a massive understatement. The boys quickly came running into the water and both dove in, splashing us as they entered.
Kingsley and I squealed as we backed away before they broke the surface. Cooper’s hair was sticking slightly to his face as he wadded over to me with a smile and devious look in his eye. As he stopped by my side, I wasn’t sure what came over me but I brought a hand up and pushed the hair out of his face.
Cooper smiled softly down at me and I pulled my hand back as my cheeks flushed slightly. I tore my gaze away from him, embarrassed, and caught Kingsley smiling devilishly at me. I rolled my eyes and began to make my way out of the water. When the water reached my knees, I heard a whistle behind me and caught Benjamin laughing as Cooper’s eyes were locked on my ass.
Kingsley smacked his bicep which caused Benjamin to wrap his arm around her shoulder and whisper something in her ear and her demeanor changed instantly. Whatever he said must have worked as Kingsley giggled and began to make her way toward me.
I found my scrunchie in the pile of clothes and flipped my wet hair down to put up in a messy bun. Standing back up, I caught Cooper checking me out and I flashed him a cheeky smile as he quickly averted his eyes.
Grabbing our clothes, we walked over to the now deserted bonfire and sat on the logs that rested around it. Benjamin and Cooper sat on their own as did Kingsley but I decided to sit on the ground and rest my back against Kingsley’s legs, not caring about the sand sticking to my body.
“So girls,” Benjamin started to say as he glanced around at the three of us. “What do you say we make things a little more interesting?”
“What do you have in mind?” I asked, instantly perking up in anticipation. Cooper rolled his eye but a smile stayed on his face as he turned to look at me.
“How about a good ole game of truth or dare?”
I tilted my head back to look at Kingsley, instantly knowing that she wouldn’t want to. She hated being put in awkward situations so I waited for her to give me the word to shut it down but instead she kept eye contact with Benjamin as a cocky smile graced her freckled face.
“I’m not sure you can keep up,” Kingsley drawled out as she leaned forward. My eyes widened at her sudden boldness but a smile came to my face.
“Let’s find out.”