Hey y’all. Here is a little snippet of something that I’m working on. This is from my next release which does NOT have a release date currently. The following words are mine, unedited, and highly subject to change. Let me know what you think in the comments and happy reading!
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“Thanks so much for tonight, Chris. I know Ashton has been on you about looking out for me but this was above and beyond that and I really appreciate this.”
The way he just stood there looking down at me was fraying the fuck out of my nerves but I didn’t know how to end the evening like a person with a healthy dose of sense so I rambled on; twisting my keys in my hand.
“You have no idea how stressed I’ve been about these midterms. The other night I fell asleep into my textbook. I drooled on the pages and everything! It was crazy. So…yeah, I’m just saying that I really, really appreciate you getting me out of my room and helping me to loos—”
Before I could finish my sentence, two of his fingers were on my lips and I damn near crossed my eyes trying to see what he thought he was doing. I opened my mouth to ask him if he’d lost his mind but apparently, after four years of me and his sister being attached at the hip, he must have known what was going to come out of my mouth.
“Dang girl, do you ever stop talking?” His lips were twisted into a grin but “love of my life” or not, I was going to give him a piece of my mind. My eyes widened and I jerked my head back from his hand, ready to cuss him smooth out when he shushed me. Normally, a simple shushing was not effective on me and only served to run me hot but his was coupled with his face descending upon mine and his eyes drifting closed.
My heart was pounding out of my damn chest and although I’d been kissed quite a few times before then, I was nervous as all get out. I slammed my eyes shut and tried to just keep my lips together to prevent ruining a moment that I’d been dreaming about for entirely too long.
“You ‘bout to kiss me or something?”
My eyes popped open as I surprised my damn self by whispering that question. I looked up at Chris but his eyes were crinkled with amused confusion. His lips hovered right above mine and my butterflies flapped furiously. I placed a hand on my belly and acknowledged that Chris hadn’t pulled away from me.
“Well, yeah. Is that a problem?”
I rolled my eyes even as my body heated with joy. “I mean…” I let the word draw out. “Why now?”
I hadn’t meant to ask that. Of course I wanted to know what changed for him and when but I wanted to taste those brown sugar lips that I’d memorized an eternity ago first.
“Shiiiid. I got tired of waiting for you to lay one on a brotha first so I had to gon’ handle it.”
My eyes snapped up to his. No he didn’t. He’d been walking around, fine as hell, for years and never even looked at me but had the nerve to say some mess like that? Nah.
“Shut ya lyin’ ass up!”
“I’m dead serious Nedra.”
“I don’t believe you.”
“Aight. I can show you better than I can tell you.” And he did just that. His hand slid to my cheek as he nudged my head back. This time he kept his eyes open, holding my gaze with an intensity that scared the shit out of the nineteen-year-old me. The moment our lips touched, it seemed like our eyes closed at the same time as he worked his mouth over mine and ruined my life.
I wasn’t confused after that.
His lips and tongue tasted like marinara and Dr. Pepper from the pizza parlor but it was an intoxicating flavor all the same. My hands wrapped in his t-shirt and pulled him closer to me and his hand fell from my cheek to wrap around my waist so tightly I was almost lifted from the ground. We stood there in the hallway of my dorm building sucking face and holding on to each other for who knows how long until the door to my room swung open behind me.
“Okay Nedra, get ya fast ass in here. You have a test tomorrow.”
Chris and I disentangled and I turned to glare at my roommate who gave me a smirk in response.
Ole hating ass hoe.
Chris grabbed my hand and squeezed it before letting go and backing up to the other side of the hallway. He acknowledged Shanice with a nod of his head as he grinned at me.
“What up Niecy, them books ain’t getting you down, huh?”
With one hand on the doorknob and the other on her hip, Shanice shook her head.
“Nope. Ya girl, on the other hand, is struggling. That’s why she needs to be in here in these books instead of in your face.”
Chris shook his head, grin still in place, eyes still on me. “Nah, Niecy. You got it backward. I’m in her pretty ass face. But you’re right. She need to get back to them books. I just took her out so she could destress a lil bit. It’s all good.” He pushed off the wall and came back to stand in front of me.
“I hope I wasn’t too much of a distraction. Ashton’ll kick my ass behind that.” He chuckled and leaned down to drop another kiss on my lips before whispering in my ear that’d he’d see me later and heading down the hallway.
I stood there silently, watching him disappear down the hallway with my heart in my throat until Shanice yanked me back into our room.
“Ow, bitch!” I rubbed my arm where her fingers had dug into the flesh.
“What the hell was that?” Her eyes were wide and excited.
My face split into a grin but I didn’t have an answer for her yet because I didn’t know myself.