“Why didn’t you just let me explain?” I ask. “You took off and I was terrified something happened to you. I called the cops, Kory.”

“Sorry about that,” she says, and a smile pulls at her lips. “They were pretty confused when they came by my place and I was there.”


I want to laugh, too, because I want to put all this bullshit behind us. “I didn’t hook up with Cassie Springer that night, or anyone else after you.”

Her eyes snap up to mine, and I see confusion in her expression.

“I gave my heart away when I was eighteen years old, and I was waiting for her to come back to me.

“I love you, Kory. I’ve loved you from the first moment I saw you, and I never stopped.” I sit up, taking her face in my hands, brushing her tears away with my thumb. “And I never will.”

“Oh god, Henry, my heart can’t take this.” She leans forward, kissing me with so much passion. She pours it all into the space where our lips meet, and I know then that all the things that separated us have melted away.

I pull back to look at her. I don’t want this dream to go up in smoke. “Is this real?” I ask, feeling myself smile.

“I love you, too,” she says, her eyes shining. “I tried to make it stop, lied to myself that I had but I couldn’t, and I didn’t want it to.”

I sit back abruptly and grab the oars.

“What are you doing?” There’s a laugh in her voice now, and it’s music to my ears.

“We’re going home.”

* * *

“I can’t believe this is your place,” Kory says as I pick her up and carry her into the house. I close the door behind us and spin her around, pinning her to it.

“I’ll show you every square inch later. Right now, I need you.” I kiss her with desperation and desire as I reach down and hike her thighs up around my waist.

My mouth moves down her jaw and to her neck, devouring her soft skin. Her moans and the sound of my name on her lips are like every fantasy I’ve ever had come to life. I grip her ass and grind against her as my lips find the warm place between her breasts.

“Don’t stop.” She knots her fingers in my hair as she rocks her hips. It’s almost enough to have me coming undone before we’ve taken five steps in the door.

“Wasn’t planning on it, baby,” I say as I pull the top of her dress down, revealing her pink nipples. “Not ever.”

I suck one tight bud into my mouth and feel her body shudder in my arms. I move to the other, needing to taste all of her.

“Holy shit, that’s so good.” Her words come out in gasps as she tries to catch her breath.

“Wait until I do it to your pussy.” I move down to my knees and throw one of her legs over my shoulder. Pushing up her dress, I see her cream-colored panties are wet and I groan at the sight. “You’ve been put on this earth to kill me. I just know it.”

I hear her soft giggle before I pull them to the side and cover her with my mouth. Her giggle turns into a cry of pleasure followed by a low moan as I slide my tongue through her wet lips. She tastes like cinnamon and spice and everything nice, and I want to live between her legs.

“Fuck, I’ve dreamed of this,” I whisper against her wetness. “I don’t know if I’ll survive this.”

“I won’t survive if you stop!” she shouts, and grinds down on my mouth.

Her body reacting to mine as she searches out the release only I can give her makes me feel like a king. This is so much more than I ever hoped for, and I don’t want to slow down to think about it now. I’m terrified if I blink that I’ll wake up and none of this will be real.

Her legs tense and her thighs tremble. The grip she has on my hair tightens as her body coils with her imminent release. Being able to give her body this gift is what my fantasies are made of, and I flick my tongue across her clit in steady, even strokes to get her off.

“Henry!” she shouts, and the echo in the room makes me growl like an animal.

I want to mark every inch of her as mine and then do it all over again. I want my name to be the only one on her lips, and I want it now. I’ve waited a decade to have her under me and I won’t wait any longer.

Her warm release hits my tongue and I drink it down. When she slowly comes down from her high, I kiss her pussy gently one last time then lower her leg to the ground. I stand up, then scoop her up in my arms, carrying her through the house.

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