The theme today is holiday. Seems appropriate, doesn’t it? Thought I’d go ahead and give a peek of IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU. Yeah, it’s the wrong holiday but everyone is out shopping this weekend (except me), so it works.
“When are you coming home to visit your family?” He took a sip of coffee and eyed her over the cup.
“Now you sound like Mom.”
“She misses you.”
Carrie threw the cake on the counter as the acid in her stomach bubbled. “Don’t do that. Don’t use family guilt to lure me back to Holloway.”
“Fine.” He pushed off from where he leaned against her stove and started toward her. “How about this? I miss you.”
The words she’d longed to hear. The same ones that cut through her, bringing both pain and joy. Her heart spun but the knot in her stomach tightened.
“Austin…” She held up both hands in a half-hearted attempt to fend him off.
When he wrapped his fingers around her wrists and carried her hands to the back of his neck, she didn’t fight him. His scent washed over her senses, lighting every cell on fire. She smelled the cool outdoors on his skin, that subtle mix of pine and soap with a touch of fresh firewood.
The soft strands of his fine hair slid through her fingers as her body melted into his. The robe, his clothes, it all faded away. In her head, her soft skin smoothed over his rough edges.
His mouth danced in a trail from her ear and down her throat. Her heartbeat spiked in response.
“Am I supposed to pretend like I don’t miss you? No way could I pull a lie that big off.” His husky voice rumbled against her bare skin.
“You’re not even supposed to be here.”
“But I am.”
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