As I drunkenly fumbled to pick up the sticky wine glasses and spilled Doritos littering my coffee table from a night of revelry with girlfriends, a shrill beep erupted in my living room.
My heart momentarily sped up as I shot my eyes around the room to find its origin. A light flashed frantically on the intercom mounted to the wall opposite me. Someone was trying to get in. Moments later a knock echoed from the other side of my door.
I swiped up the money balanced on the edge of my kitchen counter and flung it open without looking up, still counting the change in my Doritos-stained hands. Of course, you want to be paid! Wanna have a drink with me to celebrate? I quickly stole the moment to take the rest of him in. I suddenly found myself imagining what he looked like underneath it. Another bottle of wine later and inhibitions well and truly down, James plonked himself down on the couch beside me, closing the space between us so our outer thighs locked together, before grabbing the bottle from the table to empty the final dregs into our glasses.
I took his wine glass from him and rested it back on the table, grabbing his hand in mine and slipping my lips over the tip of his ring finger, slowly sliding it all the way down into my mouth, then just as slowly removing it, using my tongue to savour every inch while he watched on in startled delight.
His bright blue eyes were wide and intense now, his lips parted, his breathing slow and heavy. Realistically, at best, this would be a regrettable drunken one-night stand. But none of the logic seemed to matter in that moment. He was my conquest, and I had to have him.
As James pushed me back onto the bed a hunger ignited from within me that felt unstoppable. I kissed him deeply and longingly, then he grabbed my skirt roughly and yanked it down, unzipping his pants, pulling my panties to the side and plunging inside me so hard my head slammed back into the bedhead. His chest was smooth and hard, his strong arms beckoned to be caressed. I ran my hands down them, gently digging my nails in as he used his teeth to wrestle my tank top down, his other free hand manoeuvring my bra off.
And that was probably for the best. A painfully hungover shower and two cups of coffee later, my phone let off a ping. I laughed and shot back a text. I wish we could have a sober do-over. I went to the kitchen and made myself another coffee to try to shrug off the last of my hangover, sat in the puddle of afternoon sunlight spilling in through my living room window to drink it, then checked my phone again.
Meet at my place, we can walk from there. My skin prickled with excitement. When the door opened I suddenly saw him in a new light. Standing there in a tight green tank accentuating the tiny emerald flecks in his eyes, he was no longer the cute pizza guy, or a drunken sexual conquest, or even a guy I was much too young to be involved with. He was just a man. And suddenly I wanted him more than ever. This time everything felt heightened; even as I had him inside me I found myself wanting him more than ever.
He responded with equal amounts of enthusiasm, securing his hands around my waist to plunge himself deeper and deeper inside me before lifting me up and throwing me down onto his bed on my hands and knees. I dug my nails deep into the crevices of his ruffled sheets and gave as good back as he was giving me, the pleasure inside me reaching a near painful crescendo that begged release as he tugged on my hair, grabbed my hips and drove into me.
He flipped me over onto my back later and entered me again. Do it slow and gentle now. A pregnant pause hung in the air like wet laundry on a clothing line on a humid day.
I immediately regretted letting my post-coital high get the better of me and started to sew together words in my head that would believably convey I was joking earlier. His eyes held still on mine, reflecting the fading light escaping from between his bedroom curtains. The nervous energy bloomed inside me again. I had so many things I wanted to tell him then; how his kind touch had renewed something within me. As far as his boss knows anyway. Have you ever had a forbidden love encounter?