My heart is banging on the walls of my chest, as I stand here with my breasts and my ass hanging out of my silk nightgown. Knox watches me like he’s waiting for me to make a move and grab the blanket that lies at my feet. I look down at it, but I’m frozen in place.
I force myself not to look up. Not to look over at the perfectly sculpted body that stands just a few feet away from—more so, the bulge that’s growing in his boxers. I keep my head down, struggling to speak. “I…I’m sorry, I thought the house would be empty. If I had known you were staying here…”
“Don’t apologize,” he interrupts me. Walking over to my side, he bends over, reaching for the blanket. I can feel the burn of his eyes singe down my body, as he reaches for it, starting with my breasts and ending at my toes. He comes back up, and if my heavy breathing weren’t a big enough sign of my pent-up sexual deprivation, my trembling legs are.
With one hand, he swings the blanket over my shoulders and the scent of whiskey and sweet cinnamon rolls off of him. I can tell he’s had enough liquor to intoxicate us both, as he stumbles to the side. I place a helping hand on him to catch his fall, as he slowly lowers down to a sitting position on the all-white sofa. “Are you alright?”
“I’m golden. Feeling pretty damn good right about now.” His bloodshot eyes fight to stay open.
“You don’t look so good. Let me get you some water.” I attempt to walk away, but his hand on my wrist has me frozen once again. I look down at his fingers wrapped around me and feel enamored by his touch.
He’s a kid, Claire. Stop this.
I’m not sure why Knox has this effect on me. It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before. It’s so wrong, but everything about being near him feels so right. He’s like a drug that I want to inhale, just to see how it makes me feel. It could destroy me—or, it can free me from myself.
He uses his grip on me to pull himself up. “Knox,” I mutter into the empty space between us.
He takes a step closer and leans in, his chest pressed against mine, as he whispers in my ear, “Don’t go.”