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With a ragged breath, she lifted her eyelids and focused her gaze upon him, her sable eyes brimming with sorrow, but she said nothing.
His heart hammered against his ribs and he found himself also mute as his wits scattered into a jumble of confusion. Do I love her? I only wanted to be a friend. Love is serious. Love is forever. Love means marriage. He gulped hard. Fighting to keep his hand steady, he slid his fingers under her chin and tilted her face upward. Her eyes lowered and her lashes fanned out on her white cheeks. Still stunned, he caressed her pale skin with his thumb in an attempt to bring some color back into it, but her skin remained cold and pallid.
Touching her sent desire colliding into him with a force that disintegrated his usual rigid code of behavior. He leaned forward and swiftly engulfed her in a crushing embrace. Dizziness overwhelmed him as he clung to her. Was it the bump on his head or the woman in his arms?
“I think I need some coffee or something...” She muttered against his chest, “Before I pass out.”
Feeling off-balance himself, Nick released her from his hold and drew in a steady breath. With the dark smudges under her eyes, she didn’t look well. Then he remembered the flattened bagel in his pocket, and he handed it to her.
“Thanks.” Her hand quivered as she took the crumbling bagel from him.
He swallowed and stared at the leaf-strewn earth beneath his feet. All this time he hoped to change her attitude concerning faith, but now... What was he going to do? He did not intend to get involved with her.
But you love her.
She glanced up at him and he caught a glimpse of something almost wistful shining in her eyes. He felt powerless against that look as another surge of longing set his heart thundering.
Her hand reached up to touch the place where the dimple usually appeared in his cheek. “You do care about me. At least, a little?”
Spring would blossom in a few days, but Nick felt it in his heart right there. He tripped over his words, “O-of course I do.” Flustered by his own incoherence, he pulled her close again and their hearts beat together.
A dreadful ache grew in his throat. Love scared him half to death.
A tremulous smile lifted the corners of her mouth. “When we danced last night, it was awesome.”
When we kiss, it's spectacular. He could not stop himself. He leaned forward to brush her lips with his. He felt her stiffen for a moment and fear shot through him, but as his touch came upon her, he found the soft warmth of her breath welcoming him.
With a delicate intimacy, his mouth covered hers and he sank into the slow sweetness of her. He had dreamed of her kisses and had hungered for more of them, but he now found himself filled with an emotion that left him nearly breathless.
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