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There's a half moon lighting the beach just enough that I can run. The world is black, white, and silver as I pound down the beach, letting myself imagine I'm running away from my problems. At some point, however, you always have to turn around. Even then, I keep up my pace and pretend the same thing...until it dawns on me that I'm running back toward Rafe.
When I reach the house, I do twenty pushups on the beach and stretch for a while. There's a pool house, so I slip in there for a quick shower. I still don't feel like going to bed, and when I walk out into the cool air wrapped in a big beach towel, the pool calls to me.
It's early morning by now, maybe two. The house is dark and there's just a light by the pool house illuminating the patio area, but the pool lights are off. I walk to the edge and drop the towel before diving in. My momentum shoots me across the pool. I surface and push my hair back to get the water off my face. At first, I swim a few laps but find my body is tired from the run. It feels nice to just relax against the edge, my head leaned back on the lip of the pool.
A splash surprises me. I almost gasp but catch myself. I don't want someone wondering why I'm so startled and seeing that I'm naked.
It's Rafe. We stare at each other across the pool. That really surprises me. I would have thought he'd take off as soon as he saw me here. He swims up to me, something else I really didn't expect, and stares me down.
Maybe his feelings toward me are changing? But then I see how hard his eyes look.
"What are you doing here, Lily? Really? Why are you on this show?" He's mad, but he's honestly asking. It breaks through my walls.
"I wanted a chance to explain things to you."
And maybe this is my chance. My heart starts hammering at the thought. Where do I start? How do I get him to listen? I want to talk, but he's so close. I can feel his heat through the water. I could reach out and touch him. Maybe he'll touch me. Rafe searches my face, his expression changing. He's close enough to kiss me, and I see that look in his eyes. He takes another step. We are just inches apart and his gaze darts around my face, taking me in. For once, he doesn't seem angry. It's the old Rafe.
This is my chance. I can finally tell him. I push myself to say something when his gaze drops and darts right back up to my face. The surprise in his eyes lets me know he can tell there's no swimsuit under the surface. Thankfully, it's too dark for him to see anything though. The thought unhinges me. I want him to need me again. I want him.
But the spell only lasts for so long. His eyes narrow and I see the sizzling anger and hurt--the unanswered questions.
"So explain why you took off and left me to rot in jail."
I open my mouth, wondering where to begin, but he keeps going.
"Do you know what it was like the day I was arrested? Undercover cops and cop cars surrounded me. They had fucking machine guns drawn on me! And you know what it does to a person to go to prison?" He grabs my shoulders, unconsciously.
The touch stops us both. His eyes are dark. Intense. The light shining on the side of his face reveals the muscles working under his skin. My breath comes in little catches.
"Ahrrr!" He pushes back away from me and swims to the other side, where he pulls himself out of the pool and stalks off.
I blew it! I can't believe I blew it. I should have just told him and made him listen.
My breathing is so loud I think it could wake everyone in the house.
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- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B01CDZAWZM
- Publication Date : February 29, 2016
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