balm to the anxiety knotting his stomach in fear she wouldn’t answer.
Jimmy blew out a breath he hadn’t realized he was holding.
“How’s your Saturday been?”
“Overall it’s been okay. You?”
Slouching down on the couch, Jimmy propped his feet up on
his coffee table, crossing them at the ankle. “After waking up in
an empty bed, which kinda sucked I have to say, it got better.
Hung out with my best friend for most of the day.”
“Surely you didn’t really expect to wake up next to me. I would
think you’d prefer to wake alone. After all, isn’t that how things
work when you’re single?”
Jimmy closed his eyes. She didn’t get it. “Yeah, I guess,
Screw it, he may as well hit her with it straight. “Except I would
rather have woken up with you there, that’s all.”
“I can say your answer both surprises, and confuses, me.”
He chuckled then let out a loud sigh. Nope, Sonja-the-lawyer
did not get it. “And I can say your reaction, sadly, does not
“I’m not sure what to do with you.”
Jimmy dropped his feet to the floor and sat up, rubbing the
spot between his brows. “No need to be sure; I have plenty of
She let out a soft laugh. “Oh yeah, like what?”
Memories of the prior night with her played through his mind.
Vivid images of her naked body. Her voice echoing in his ears…
Bliss. It’d been fucking bliss. But really, could you call
something you hadn’t stopped thinking about since it
happened a memory? It was more like a steady stream of
awareness of an event he for sure wanted a repeat of. He
lowered his voice. “Liiiiike… what you did with me last night.
That’s a fine place to start.”
“Hmm… So your desire is to have more than a one-night fling
with me?” Her tone was matter of fact, almost threaded with
disbelief, nowhere near inquisitive.
“Desire? No, Sonja. I intend to have much more than a one-
night fling with you.”
“You sound quite sure of yourself.”
“I am.” He stood and walked to the loft’s big windows. “I know
last night was more than a fling for you too, so don’t try and
deny it. That kind of chemistry and being in sync with another
person is rare and it will happen again.”
Silence stretched over the cellular waves between them. Her
soft breaths in his ear the only indication she was still on the
line, until finally she spoke. “I can’t deny there was chemistry
between us, but I’m not sure it’s wise to continue.”
“Wise?” He laughed. “Of course it’s wise. It’d be the smartest
thing you’ve ever done. Trust me on that.”
“You love to annoy me. You love to pick fights with me. Why
on earth should I trust you, James?”
“Tell you what, come have a drink with me tonight and I’ll
explain all the many reasons why you should trust me.”
“No? That’s it? Just… no?” Jimmy pinched the bridge of his
nose and paced in front of the windows. Jesus she was
“No is a complete sentence, James.”
“Yeah, I guess it is, but how does that count. I mean your
favorite word to say to me is no. But last night you said yes.
Finally. And you have to admit you’re grateful you did. The
many orgasms we shared is proof of that.”
“I can admit I’m very grateful for the experience of last night.”
“Come have a drink with me, Sonja.”
“No. But if you must know, I have other commitments tonight
I have to attend to.”
“Okay fine, you win. Tomorrow.”
“Sunday has it’s own set of commitments.”
Defeat, and disappointment warred for first place in Jimmy’s heart. Resuming his spot on the couch, he let his head fall back
on the cushions and closed his eyes again. He thought for sure
after last night, they’d be past the constant problem of her
pushing him off. But, no. “No” was still her favorite answer
when it came to him. And that fucking sucked. “You’re not
going to make this easy, even a little bit, are you?”
“I’m sure I don’t know what you mean.”
Jimmy blew out an exasperated breath. “Oh, I think you do,
but I’ll let it go for now.”
“Look, I had a very nice time last night.”
“Sonja, don’t. I’m not going anywhere, so you can tell me no all
you want. I’m not giving up. So, although I’ll concede defeat
tonight, be ready for me to call tomorrow.”
“Fine. Have a good evening, James.”
“You, too.” Jimmy tossed his phone on the couch beside him.
It was clear Sonja intended to keep him at a distance. And that
wasn’t going to work for him. He could be patient though. He
would show her, at every turn, he was serious. He’d found
something in her that lit his world on fire… he knew it lit hers
up just the same.
them of that.