At one in the morning Brandon opened the door to his dark apartment. A single lamp glowed toward the back and he turned the corner finding Lilly sound asleep on the bed. She looked so sweet and tired; an open book on her chest and glasses still on her face. Careful not to wake her, he took the glasses off, setting them on the nightstand, the paused liking the look of them there.
They’d never slept in the same bed before but not because he didn’t want to. He ached for her like any man would for his beautiful girlfriend. But anytime he got closer than a casual graze of her feminine curves, she backed away. He knew she protected her heart like miser guarded his millions and there was barely a thing he could do to break down that barrier. For the most part he let her keep her heart blocked because he knew he wasn’t going to be around for much longer. Instead, he counted on his years of courtesy, morals, and old-fashioned refinement to keep him grounded.
Lost in his own pensiveness, he watched her sleeping in serene peace. Her cheeks were rosy; lips slightly parted with sweet, warm breath escaping as she breathed. She’d let her ponytail out; blonde curls cascaded across the blue pillowcase like golden sunlight across an ocean.
Do I really have to go back? He thought to himself with a sigh.
Sitting on the edge of the mattress, he brushed his fingers against her cheek. She didn’t flinch at his touch. She must’ve been studying hard tonight, he surmised, and took the book from her chest. She inhaled, coming to and softly moaned. “I didn’t hear you come in.”
“I haven’t been here long,” he said and kissed her puckered lips.
She gave him sleepy smile and leaned up on an elbow. “Good. What time is it?”
“It’s after one. I didn’t mean to wake you.” He caught the lingering scent of perfume on her neck and an electric shiver ran down his spine, arousing him in an instant.
Lilly touched his face and he began to perspire. He gulped but watched as she sat up, unwrapping herself from the blanket.
“Where are you going?”
“Home? It’s so late.”
Brandon reached out, holding her back from leaving the bed. “Don’t go.”
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