A Professional Relationship

Category: M&M, AU
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: Nope, don't own anything.
Summary: Michael is 26 years old, single and has recently set up his own investigation business, ‘Guerin Investigations.’
Maria is 24 years old, single and has been working as Michael’s PA for the past 6 months. She recently moved to Chicago from Roswell where she used to work for her step-dad, Jim Valenti, as his Secretary/PA at the Roswell PD. Maria shares an apartment with her step-brother, Kyle and his girlfriend, Tess, who just happens to be her best friend. Tess and Kyle have been living together in Chicago for two years and it was Tess who sent Maria the job advertisement featured in their local paper and encouraged her to move to Chicago. M&M’s relationship has so far been strictly professional, although there is a strong attraction between them.
Author's Note: There are no aliens in this. I hope you all like it and please let me know what you think.


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Chapter One

“Maria, I’d like to see you in my office now please.”

Maria Deluca made a face at her phone as her boss’s voice boomed through it’s built-in intercom. Grabbing her notepad and pen she got up from her chair and walked into his office.

“Yes, Mr Guerin, what can I do for you?” She asked him pleasantly.

Looking up at her from where he was seated at his desk, Michael couldn’t help staring at his PA. Since the first day he had met her he had had trouble taking his eyes off her. He thought she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen what with her long, blonde hair that fell in curls around her shoulders, her emerald green eyes that seemed to endlessly sparkle and her full pouty lips.

Okay, granted, he hadn’t actually seen her with her hair down at her interview or during working hours for that matter. In the office Maria was always well turned out and smartly dressed, her hair tied back and her make up minimal. However, one evening when she had obviously been running late for something, she had gotten ready in the office’s bathroom and when she
came out she had literally taken his breath away. Maria had untied her hair and it hung down around her shoulders gleaming like spun gold. The make up she had applied simply accentuated the green of her eyes and whatever she had put on her lips made them appear incredibly glossy.

He remembered how at her interview he had even considered hiring someone else because of the attraction he felt towards the young woman, but as she fitted his requirement of a qualified and experienced personal assistant, he had no choice but to give her the job. He had since tried to deny the fact that he had hired her simply so he would get to see her every day.

“Mr Guerin! Mr Guerin, are you okay? You seem to have spaced out there for a sec.”

‘God, I love the way she always insists on calling me Mr Guerin.’ Coming back to the present Michael answered, “Um.....Oh, sorry.....I was working late again last night that’s all. Actually that brings me to why I asked you in here. The Latham job has to be finished tonight which also means the final report needs to be typed up as soon as I’ve dictated it. I hate to ask but you know what my typing is like so would you........”

Maria interrupted him. “It’s okay. I’ll stay behind and as soon as you’ve got it down on tape I’ll type it up. I know what a pain in the ass that case has been and believe me it’ll be a relief for it to be finally over.”

“Tell me about it, Maria. If Dan Latham wasn’t such an influential man around here I’d have refused to take on his case but if he gives us a good recommendation, then hopefully we’ll get a lot more business coming in.” Running a hand through his unruly hair he smiled at her. “Anyway, I’m really grateful for the extra hours you put in and you know they’ll be covered in your next pay check, Maria.”

“Yeah, I know but that’s not why I always agree to stay late.” ‘Damn! How did that slip out?’ Maria asked herself. ‘Please don’t let him notice.’ Coughing to clear her throat, she then asked, “Hey, since we’re both staying late how about I pop across the street and get us some snacks and sodas while you’re dictating that report? I don’t know about you but I’m feeling kinda hungry.”

“Sure, that’d be great.” He started to take his wallet out but she held up her hand to stop him. “This one’s on me, okay?”

“Okay, thanks.” He answered.

Smiling at him one last time Maria turned to leave his office but before she had reached his door, Michael called out to her.

“Maria, wait. I’ve got an idea. If you want to, when we finish up here we could go out and get something decent to eat. It’ll be my treat, you know to thank you for all your help.” Michael scratched his eyebrow nervously. ‘Woah! Where the hell did that come from? What am I thinking?’ He questioned himself.

“Oh, I don’t know, Mr Guerin. It’ll probably be really late by the time I finish up so maybe we could take a raincheck.”

Michael tried not to show his disappointment and so merely shrugged. “Yeah, that’d be good. Listen, I’d better get on with finishing the report.”

Nodding at him Maria exited his office and closed the door behind her. Picking up her bag from under the desk she left the office and made her way over to the 7/11 across the street all the time having a mental argument with herself. ‘Why the hell did I say no, huh? He’s an absolute babe and I say no to dinner. How dumb am I?’ Entering the store she picked up a few packets of potato chips, a couple of candy bars and some cans of soda before heading over to the cashier.

“Hey Tina, how are you?”

Looking up from her magazine, the young redhead smiled at her. “Oh, hey Maria, I’m fine thanks. How are things with you?” She asked ringing up the items on the till.

“Not too bad. I’m working late again tonight so I thought I’d pick up some snacks to keep me going.”

“I don’t know how you can eat this junk without putting on any weight. I only have to look at it for the pounds to pile on.” Tina said laughing.

“I guess I’m just lucky. Oh wait, no. It’s probably all the time I spend down at the gym working it off that keeps me from putting on any weight. That and running around after Michael Guerin.”

“Well at least you have a total honey as your boss unlike me. I have to put up with old man Keller squeezing past me at every opportunity.”

“Well, next time he does it wait until he’s just standing behind you and then just give him a good dig with your elbows and pretend you didn’t know he was behind you, or when he’s in earshot pretend his wife is on the phone and let him hear you tell her what a dirty old man he is. That should shut the old perv up.” Maria offered.

Smiling at Maria’s suggestion Tina said, “I’ve only got another couple of weeks before I leave so I just might try that on my last shift with him. I’d love to see the look on his face when he goes home to his wife and tries to explain and she won’t have a clue what he’s on about.”

The two girls couldn’t help laughing at the scene Tina had described. “Sorry, Tina, but I’d better get back. Michael’s probably wondered where I’ve got to.” She handed over her money and grabbed the bag containing her purchases off the counter. “I’ll see you later, okay.”

“Yeah, bye Maria.” Tina replied as she started to serve another customer.


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Michael finished dictating the report and after he had taken the tape out of his dictaphone he got up from his seat and walked over to Maria’s desk in order to give it to her to type up. As he approached her desk she came rushing in through the door and promptly collided with him.

“OW!!” Maria exclaimed as she landed on her ass on the hardwood floor.

“Oh my God! Maria, I’m so sorry. Are you okay?” Michael rushed over and helped her to her feet. “What were you doing running in here so fast anyway?” He asked her as he picked up the items she had dropped while she straightened her clothes.

“I know, I know. I shouldn’t have been running. It’s totally my fault. I got talking to Tina, the cashier, over at the 7/11 and she was telling me about her pervert of a boss and then I remembered that you had probably finished dictating the report and that you had probably wondered where I’d gotten to and.......”

Without thinking, Michael suddenly leaned forward and kissed Maria hard on the lips intending to calm her down and stop her babbling. After a few moments had passed he broke the kiss but didn’t move away from her. They stared each other in the eyes for what seemed like hours but was probably only a few seconds before they both moved forward again and kissed hungrily.


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Chapter Two

Michael lavished Maria’s bee-stung lips with kisses before kissing a path from her lips, down to her jaw and then further down to her neck, sucking furiously on the soft pale skin determined to leave his mark.

“Oh my God.....Mr Guerin....we....uh.....we shouldn’t be doing this.....” Maria gasped out.

“Michael....call me Michael.....” He demanded..

“Michael.....Michael.....don’t stop....please don’t stop.....” She begged bringing her arms up around him and caressing his neck with one hand while tangling the other in his longish brown hair, marvelling at how soft the strands felt as they fell through her fingers.

“You feel so good.....Maria.....Maria.....” Michael chanted as he moved back up to her lips and kissed her passionately before moving on to work on the other side of her neck. He breathed in her familiar scent and remembered how all the times over the past six months it would drive him wild whenever she was standing too close to him. The thought of kissing her senseless had been a hard one to ignore until now. He pushed all those thoughts out of his mind as he continued to ravage her neck with bites, soothing licks and kisses.

Time seemed to stand still as they pleasured each others mouths with their lips, tongues and even teeth before reality began to sink in again.

“Stop....Michael......we have to stop....Michael....” Maria said breathlessly as she managed to pull away from him. She saw the look in his eyes, the lust that was being directed at her and almost gave in to it. Fighting it, she instead reached up and softly caressed the side of his face
with her palm. “I’m sorry but this.....this is wrong. We’ll only regret it if we let things go further. I mean, you’re my boss and I really like working for you and I really don’t want to have to leave but......”

Michael watched her lips move as she started to babble and instinct took over once again as he again grabbed her, covered her lips with his own and kissed her thoroughly. He felt Maria’s lips start to move against his, returning his kiss but this time he was the one to break it and take a step
back from her.

“Uh.....what.....what are you doing?” Maria asked him feeling somewhat confused.

“I’m sorry, Maria, but you were babbling again and so I kissed you to......to.....um....calm you down.” He answered sheepishly.

Feeling disappointed, Maria looked down at the floor. “Oh, so when you kissed me before......it was.....um....just to calm me down?”

“No! Well, yes and no I guess.” Moving closer to her, Michael placed his fingers under her chin forcing her to look into his eyes. “Yes, I wanted to calm you down but....Maria, I’ve wanted to kiss you for so long. I’ve never felt like this about anyone before.......” Michael said trailing off.

Maria felt the smile forming on her face. “You.....uh....You have feelings for me?”

Reassured by the smile on Maria’s face, Michael answered her question. “Yeah, yeah I do. From the first moment I met you I wanted to kiss you, but that’s not why I gave you this job. I mean, you were the most experienced and I knew you’d be a great PA and would be really good at helping me set up the business and......”

This time Maria interrupted Michael’s babbling by kissing him and then pulling his bottom lip between her own lips and sucking on it, all the time keeping her eyes open and looking at his gorgeous face. Pulling back she smirked at him and said, “That was to calm you down.”

Michael laughed and wrapped his arms around her waist and brought her even closer. “It must be catching because I don’t think I’ve ever babbled before.” Taking one of Maria’s hands in his own he led her over to the old worn couch in his office and gestured for her to sit down before he did the same. “Listen, Maria, before when we were kissing, you said we had to stop, that what we were doing was wrong. I just want to say that I don’t think it’s wrong at all. I meant it when I said I have feelings for you, but if you don’t feel the same......”

“I do, Michael.” Maria quickly confirmed. “I do have feelings for you. When you asked me out to dinner tonight I could have kicked myself for saying no. I guess....I guess I was just worried that if we started something and it didn’t work out that I would have to leave. Making the decision to move from Roswell to Chicago was a hard one for me, but when I got the job with you I was so happy and I knew I’d made the right choice.” Maria said smiling broadly at him.

“I’m glad you made that decision too. Look, we don’t have to rush things, right? Let’s just take things one day at a time and see how it goes. We could agree to have a completely professional relationship in the office, you know, no funny business or anything although let me tell you that will be a hard promise to keep, but I’m willing to try it. What do you say, Maria?”

“I think that’s a great idea, Michael. I know you probably think I’m being really stupid about all this and especially as it’s only the two of us who share this office but I love this job and I don’t want anything to spoil it, you know?”

“I know and I don’t think you’re being stupid about this. I love having you work for me and I don’t want anything to change that.” Michael said bringing his arm around Maria’s shoulder as she moved closer into him resting her head on his chest.

After a minute or so Maria broke the silence. “So, do you still want to have dinner with me tonight Michael?”

Moving away from her slightly so he could face her he said, “Yeah, I’d really like that.”

“Okay, then. Well, I’d better get back to my desk and make a start on that report. The sooner I get started the sooner I’ll finish and we can get out of here.” Maria got up from the couch and then gave Michael a soft kiss on his lips. Smiling at him she turned and started to walk out of his office. As she reached the door Michael’s voice called out to her.

“By the way, Maria, I love the fact you’re calling me Michael now and not Mr Guerin.”

“Do you still want me to call you Michael when we’re being all professional during the day, or......”

“Definitely. I love the way you say my name. Anyway, I always thought it was odd that you insisted on calling me Mr Guerin when there’s only the two of us here but, hey, if that’s what you prefer to call me, then that’s fine by me.”

“No, that’s okay. I....uh.....I like calling you Michael.”

“Me too. Now, Ms Deluca, I think you had better get back to work.” Michael said smiling at her.

“Yes, sir.” Maria replied as she finally left his office.

Shouting out to her Michael said jokingly, “Hey, that works too. Maybe you can start calling me ‘sir’ from now on.”


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Chapter Three

Maria finished typing up the report and was just saving the document when Michael came out of his office and perched on the edge of her desk. He watched as she sat back in her chair and stretched, trying to relieve her aching joints.

“I’ve finally finished that report and I’m just about to print it out for you to check before I e-mail it over to Latham.” Maria informed him slowly rubbing the back of her neck.

“Great.” Michael paused not wanting to say what he was about to. “Maria, don’t think I’m trying to offend you or anything, but you’re looking a little tired and it’s pretty late so do you want to skip dinner and we’ll do it another night?”

Looking up at him she shook her head. “No, I don’t. Besides, tomorrow is Saturday so I can have a nice long lie-in without worrying about getting up early for work. Unless you don’t want to, Michael.”

“No! I do want to. It’s just I saw you stretching there a minute ago and you’ve been here since like eight this morning and it’s now almost nine.....I just didn’t want you to feel you had to come with me if you didn’t feel up to it.”

“I admit I do feel a little tired but not enough to want to go home. Anyway, my roommates are probably at it again in the living room and I really don’t want to walk in on anything again. The later I go home the more likely it is that they’ve finally made it to their own bed and aren’t sprawled out on the couch.” Maria said thinking back to the night before when she had walked
into the apartment she shared with Tess and Kyle only to see them stark naked and romping on the couch.

“What?” Michael asked, shocked at what she had just told him.

Giggling at the look on his face, she answered, “You heard me. Tess and Kyle have been together for like ever but you would never guess that from their behaviour. They act like horny teenagers who have only just met and discovered sex. FYI, Kyle is actually my step-brother and Tess is my best friend from back home and I’ve been living at their apartment since I arrived here. I tell you though I can’t wait to get my own place.”

“Why haven’t you yet?” He asked.

“I don’t know. I guess it’s mainly due to lack of time. I mean, I spend so much of my day in the office plus the odd weekend too when we’re overloaded with work that I wouldn’t be able to spend the time needed to look at apartments.”

Michael couldn’t help feeling a little guilty at what Maria had just said. “I’m sorry about taking up so much of your time. I know you put in just as many hours as I do and believe me I’m really grateful. I don’t how I’d cope without you here assisting me.” A thought suddenly occurred to him as he was talking. “Hey, I’ve got an idea. How about if I help you look for a place? We’re not working tomorrow so how about we meet up and get the local paper and see if there’s anything worth looking at? We could go together to look at any apartments you’re interested in. What do you say, Maria?”

“Really? That would be so great, Michael. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tess and Kyle but well, there are some things you really don’t want to see your best friend doing, particularly with your brother.”

“I can’t believe though that after six months of having you live with them that they would still get carried away knowing you could walk in and catch them.” Michael said laughing.

“Wait until you meet them and see them in action, then you’ll know exactly what I mean.” She said, joining in the laughter.

“So, Maria, what time should I pick you up tomorrow?”

“Don’t make it too early, Michael. After the week we’ve had I need to catch up on my beauty sleep.”

He studied her face for a moment. “You’re beautiful enough as it is.” He told her as he got up from her desk and walked over to stand behind where she was sitting. He slowly began to massage her shoulders and asked, “How does that feel?”

Maria closed her eyes and savoured the feel of Michael’s hands. “Mmmm, it feels really good. At least I now know you’re as good with your hands as you are with your lips.” She could feel him moving behind her and suddenly felt his lips on her left earlobe as he then trailed kisses across the back of her neck until he reached her right earlobe and nibbled on it. “Oh my God, Michael......that feels reeeally good.......”

They both startled when the printer suddenly made a beeping noise indicating that it was out of paper which made them burst out laughing. Maria got up from her desk and proceeded to fill the paper tray as Michael started reading the pages that had already printed out. “You’ve done a great job with this, Maria. You’re a real lifesaver you know. This would have taken me triple the time if it was left up to me to do it.”

“Thanks Michael, but typing is part of my job description so you really don’t have to thank me.”

“I know but I want to.”

Michael finished checking the report and the remaining pages once they had printed out before giving Maria the okay to e-mail it. A few minutes later she exclaimed, “Yay, it’s finally gone.”

“Come on then, let’s go celebrate.” Michael said grabbing her hand and pulling her up from her seat. He looked confused when while keeping her hand in his she pulled back stilling him from going anywhere. “What’s wrong?”

Maria let him pull her towards him and she wrapped her arms around his neck. “Nothing’s wrong. I just wanted to give you this.” She pressed her hands down on his neck and raised up on her toes slightly and kissed him deeply, gently stroking her tongue against his in his mouth. After a few minutes she pulled back a little. “Also, I was thinking you’re right. It is getting really late and I don’t want to go out to a restaurant.” Maria smiled as Michael tried to hide his obvious disappointment and so moving closer to him she whispered in his ear, “I want to go to your apartment.”


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Chapter Four

“Sorry.....um.....what?” Michael asked surprised. He thought he heard her say she wanted to go back to his place instead of going out to dinner somewhere.

Moving back so she could look him straight in the eye, Maria repeated it. “I said I want to go to your apartment, but if you don’t want to.....”

“I never said I didn’t want to but.....I didn’t think you’d want to go there so soon. I mean, I know I want us to hang out there at some point but.....Damn! Am I babbling again?”

Laughing out loud at him she nodded. “Uh huh. Michael, I don’t know what’s happening here but I know I want it to happen. I just thought we could maybe grab a pizza or something and take it back to your place and we could start getting to know each other. We don’t have to rush things but by the same token we don’t have to be standing still either.”

“I like the way you think, Ms Deluca.” Michael said wrapping his arms around her waist. “Okay, get your stuff and we’ll get out of here.”

“Give me five minutes while I quickly use the bathroom.” Maria said giggling at Michael’s sudden eagerness. She logged out of her computer, switched it off and then gathered up her bag to take into the bathroom. While he waited for her, Michael went back into his own office, tidied up his desk a little and locked his filing cabinets before turning his office lights off.

Meanwhile in the bathroom, Maria looked at her reflection in the mirror and smiled. She reached up and released her hair from the claw clip which held it up and ran her fingers through it, fluffing it around her shoulders. Taking her watermelon lipgloss from her bag she quickly added some to her lips and then rubbed them together. Making sure she had everything she
turned off the light and went outside to meet Michael who was now sitting at her desk.

“Hey, I’m ready to go if you are.”

Upon hearing her voice, Michael looked up and his breath caught in his throat as he saw her standing in front of him. ‘Oh my God! Breathe man! Just breathe!’ He told himself mentally.

Maria couldn’t help smiling at the look on his face. She remembered the look as being the same one he had given her that night she had got ready at the office when he had seen her with her hair loose for the first time, and in that moment he had made her feel truly beautiful. She was experiencing that same feeling now.

“Michael! Michael, are you okay? You’re spacing out on me again.” Maria said waving her hands in front of his face trying to bring him back to the present.

“Sorry, it’s just.....you look so beautiful. I really like it when you leave your hair down like that.”

Blushing slightly at his compliment, she replied. “Thank you Michael. So....um....shall we go, then?”

Getting up from the chair he bent down a little and kissed her softly on her lips. A few moments later Michael pulled back saying, “Mmmm watermelon, huh? Now I know it tastes just as good as it always smells on you.” Taking Maria’s hand in his he led her out of the main entrance of their office, turning the lights out on their way and setting the alarm. Once outside he released her hand while he quickly locked the door.

“So, Maria, what’s your favourite kind of pizza?” Michael asked.

“Oh, I like it hot and very spicy.” She replied, throwing him a sexy little smile and knowing full well he wouldn’t be able to miss her double meaning, and she couldn’t help her shout of laughter at the shocked look on his face. “Come on, I’m starving and I can’t wait to go home and eat.”

Michael couldn’t help the warm feeling that spread through him at the way Maria had referred to his place as ‘home’ already. He wrapped his arm around her shoulders and led her to the parking lot behind their office to where he had parked his car.


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Michael and Maria were sitting opposite each other on the floor of Michael’s living room eating their hot ‘n’ spicy pizza and drinking sodas.

Swallowing the last bit of his slice of pizza Michael asked, “So tell me, why did you decide to leave Roswell?”

“Um....I guess I just wanted to get out of a small town. Sometimes it’s nice living in a small community and knowing all the locals but at other times it can drive you crazy. You know, everyone knowing your business and interfering by giving you their advice or opinion. Tess and Kyle moved out here a couple of years ago and Tess was always telling me I should do the same.” Maria took a sip of her soda before continuing. “Anyway, she saw that ad you placed in the paper and sent it to me and I don’t know.....I decided to go for it. Once I’d arranged the interview with you I called Tess and she invited me here to spend the weekend with them before I had to meet you.”

“So I’ve got Tess to thank for introducing us, huh?”

“Uh huh. Speaking of Tess, do you mind if I give her a quick call and let her know where I am? I usually call and let her and Kyle know if I’ll be late home.”

“No, of course not.” Reaching over to the side table he grabbed his cordless phone and handed it to Maria. “Here you go.”

“Thanks, Michael.” She said taking it from him. Punching in the familiar numbers she waited a few moments before a breathless Tess answered the phone. “Hey Tess, it’s me. You sound out of breath, honey. Don’t tell me, Kyle’s been chasing you around the apartment again.” She said raising her eyebrows at Michael and making him chuckle. “Ugh Tess, that’s too much
information. Anyway, I just called to let you know that I’m hanging out at a friend’s place and I’m not sure what time I’ll be home, okay.” Maria listened to what Tess was saying and rolled her eyes which made Michael laugh. “Okay, then. I’ll let you get back to whatever you two were up to and remember, Tess, I don’t want to see any naked bodies in the living room when
I walk into the apartment later. Sure....okay, sweetie. I’ll see you later. Bye.” Maria hung up and passed the phone back to Michael.

“So, what were her and Kyle up to when you called?” Michael asked.

“You don’t want to know and let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t go home earlier.”

“I’m glad too.” He whispered shyly.

Maria looked him in the eyes and moving the pizza box on to the coffee table she shuffled towards him on her knees until she was straddling his thighs. “I’m glad too, baby.”

“Baby?”

“Oh, I’m sorry. Sir?”

“Sir sounds good but I think I actually prefer baby.” Michael replied pulling her closer until their bodies were flush against each other and then he kissed her hard. Maria parted her lips and this time it was Michael’s tongue in her mouth rubbing against hers and exploring every crevice.

Maria pulled back slightly and playfully licked and nibbled on Michael lips before plunging her tongue into his mouth and exploring, liking the mixture of his own tangy taste and the remains of the spiciness from the pizza they had shared.

“God....Maria.....you taste so good.....” Michael panted between kisses as he placed his hands on her waist and untucked her silk blouse from her skirt. He ran his hands up and down the bare skin of her back until he reached her bra but didn’t make a move to unfasten it. He just kept moving his hands around the areas that were unhindered by clothing.

Moving her palms up to frame his face Maria kissed him one last time before pulling back. “Do you want to stop here or.....” She trailed off hoping Michael would say no. She had loved the feel of his slightly calloused hands caressing her bare skin and had wanted him to keep going.

“Do you want me to stop, Maria?” Michael threw back.

“I asked you first Michael.” She said moving forward and kissing him excruciatingly slowly, pulling back before he had a chance to deepen the kiss.

“I don’t know what’s happening here, Maria, but I really don’t want to stop. I will though if you want me to.”

“That’s good to know but I don’t want to stop either. Let’s just take it slowly and see what happens. All I know, Michael, is that I love the way you touch me and I want to do the same to you.”

Michael swallowed. He couldn’t believe what was happening to him tonight. He had dreamed about being with Maria from the moment he had met her but never in a million years had he considered it ever coming true.

“That’s fine by me.” He said smirking. “How about we move somewhere a bit more comfortable?”

“Why, sir, whatever do you mean?” Maria coyly asked while trying to suppress her giggles.

“Well....um....how about we move this into my bedroom?” He suggested.

Jumping up and surprising him, Maria grabbed Michael’s hand. “Come on, lead the way.”

As Michael practically ran to his bedroom Maria asked, “So, Michael, how comfy is your bed?”

Stopping in his tracks he bent down and scooped her into his arms which made her squeal in surprise. “No need to wonder ‘cos you’ll soon be finding out soon enough, sweetie.”


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Chapter Five

Entering his bedroom Michael dropped Maria onto his bed making her bounce which in turn made him laugh. “Hey! Watch it buddy.” Grabbing his arm she pulled him down beside her and for a moment they just looked into each others eyes.

“Maria, are you sure you want to be in here so soon?”

“Yes, I’m sure. Look Michael, we’re both adults and it’s not like we’re strangers or anything.”

“I know that but we don’t really know each other do we? Not in a personal sense anyway.”

“Okay I’ll give you that. So, let’s get to know each other now. I’m not in a rush to go home and unless you have somewhere else to be.....”

“NO!” Michael shouted out. “No, I don’t.” He repeated a little more quietly this time.

“Well, then let’s get comfy and ask each other questions. I’ll even let you go first, Michael.”

They both lay down on the bed facing each other and let their questioning begin.

“Okay.....um....how many brothers and sisters do you have?”

“A nice easy question to get us started. Okay, as you know, Kyle’s my step-brother but we also have a half-brother and sister, Danny and Daisy, who are twins and who just turned five. They’re as cute as a button but naughty as hell. What about you?”

“I have a younger sister, Laurie. She still lives at home with my parents here in Chicago. You know, I think the two of you would really like each other.” Michael said giving her a grin. “Right, next question. How old were you when you had your first kiss and who was it with?”

Maria smiled as she recalled her first kiss. “Mmmm, let me think. Well my very first kiss was when I was about six and it happened while we were playing mommies and daddies and it was with my friend, Alex. But my real first kiss was when I was fourteen and was with Doug Sohn. I had this really big crush on him and we kissed at a friend’s party but he turned out to be
nothing but a big jerk. He was telling all his friends that he’d got further with me than he really had so I had no choice but to give him a black eye. So, tell me about your first kiss, Mr Guerin.”

“Well, it wasn’t as explosive as yours seemed to be.” He chuckled. “I guess you could say I was a bit of a late starter with the girls. I didn’t have my first kiss until I was sixteen. Her name was Chrissie Robinson and we ended up dating for a couple of years before she went off to college in
California. It wasn’t a bad break-up and we still keep in touch. I was actually a guest at her wedding a couple of years ago and I recently found out she’s just had her first baby.”

“That’s so sweet. So, Michael, how many girlfriends have you had?” Maria blurted out without thinking. “I’m sorry. It’s just in the six months I’ve worked for you I don’t think I’ve heard you mention anyone.”

“Hey, it’s my turn to ask a question, but I’ll go ahead and answer yours first. Since Chrissie and I broke up I haven’t really had a serious relationship though I have been on a few dates, just none recently. I guess I just haven’t met someone I’ve really wanted to get involved with. Until
now.” He added shyly. “Over the last six months you don’t know how close I came to asking you out, Maria, but you were always so professional at work that I didn’t want to offend you or anything.”

“Offend me? Michael, I was dying for you to ask me out. I would have asked you but I didn’t know if you were involved with someone already and I also didn’t want to jeopardise our working relationship.” Maria replied.

“I suppose we should maybe make up for our previous stupid behaviour and have some fun, huh?”

“Oooh, now you’re talking.”

“Wait just one second before you get too excited. I just remembered that you jumped in with your question so I’m owed one. How many boyfriends have you had, Maria?”

“I’ve had two serious relationships and that’s it. One was when I was in college which like your first relationship ended fairly amicably and my last one ended about a year ago. Unfortunately, it ended really badly.” She felt a wave of sadness and then anger creep over her as she recalled what happened. “I found out the scumbag was cheating on me with his best friend’s wife. I guess that was one of the reasons why I wanted to leave Roswell so badly. I just got so sick of all the sympathetic looks I received each and every day when it became public knowledge.”

“Maria, I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have asked you that question.”

“It’s okay, Michael, you weren’t to know. Anyway, I have that bastard to thank for giving me the push to leave home and come out here where I met you. So I think it’s true when people say every cloud has a silver lining.” She gave Michael a slow smile before launching herself at him so he was now laying on his back with her on top of him.

Their eyes locked onto each other for a long moment before they slowly moved closer and shared a deep passionate kiss. Maria took control of the kiss, licking and sucking on Michael’s lips before she eased them apart using her tongue. She took her time making sure she didn’t leave any part of his mouth untouched. Michael’s hands, which he had placed underneath her blouse, were wandering all over her back and she felt him unfasten her bra so he could have unhindered access to her skin.

After a few minutes Michael pulled back from the kiss and rested his forehead against Maria’s while he breathed in some much needed air. “I’ve gotta tell you, Maria, I have never in all my life been kissed like that. You’ve literally taken my breath away.”

“Really?” She asked excitedly.

“Yes, really. So....um.....do you want to keep going?”

“Do you really have to ask?” She asked giving him a cheeky smile. “Yes, I definitely want to keep going.”

“Okay, then. Just making sure.”

Before another word could be exchanged Michael had rolled them over so he was now on top and he kissed Maria hard. As he kissed her his hands moved between them and began to unbutton her blouse and once the material was unbuttoned he moved it out of his way so his hands could continue their exploration of her skin.

“Wait! Michael, stop a second!” Maria suddenly cried out.

“Uh....Maria! What? What’s wrong?” Michael asked her as he rolled to one side.

Maria sat up and turned to face him. “Nothing’s wrong, sweetie. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to shout out like that. It’s just this......” She answered as she shrugged out of the unfastened blouse and removed the bra that Michael had already undone and let them drop to the floor.

Michael couldn’t help but stare as the object of his desire sat beside him on his bed topless. He had always thought Maria was beautiful but now......now words failed him. The soft lighting in his bedroom seemed to make her appear almost angelic. Maria was slender, tiny even, but so perfectly formed in his opinion. He knew in that precise moment that he could fall hard for this woman and if he was being totally honest with himself, he already had.

“Michael? Michael? Are you okay?” Maria asked him, concerned that he wasn’t answering and was just continuing to stare at her. ‘Maybe this is too much too soon.’ She thought to herself as she made to bend down to the floor and recover her blouse. Michael’s hand on her arm stilled her movements and he pulled her back towards him.

“Don’t! I’m sorry, Maria. I don’t know what it is about you but I just can’t seem to stop staring. You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met and I guess I’m finding it hard to believe that you want to be with me tonight.”

“No, Michael, you’re wrong. I don’t want to be with you tonight. I want to be with you for more than tonight. Maybe I’m going too fast too soon, but to me tonight isn’t just about sex. I’ve wanted you from the moment I clapped eyes on you but I guess it’s not too professional to jump on your potential boss at your interview, huh?”

Michael couldn’t stop the smile that spread across his face at hearing Maria’s words. “Oh, I don’t know Maria. I reckon it would have made the interview a bit more exciting.”

“Oh, well I’ll keep that in mind for any future interviews I may have.”

“Uh huh! No way! You’re not going anyway, Ms Deluca.”

“Fine by me, Mr Guerin.” Maria said leaning in and kissing him.

Michael pulled her back down so she was lying on her back with him half on top of her. He laid a gentle kiss on her forehead, then her nose and finally her lips where he then nibbled on them before pulling her lower lip between his lips and sucking on it. He then proceeded to kiss her chin and slowly kissed a path down her throat to her neck, sucking furiously on the soft
skin. After a while he moved lower and kissed her shoulder, then her collarbone and kept moving down until he reached her breasts. He moved a hand up to one of her breasts so that he was massaging it while he kissed around the other before finally taking her nipple into his mouth and sucking hard.

“Oh my God! Oh my God!....Michael......That feels so good....I love your hands....and I love your lips.....Harder....suck it harder........” She instructed as her hands flew to Michael’s head and held it firmly in place.

Michael complied and spent a little longer on that breast before shifting over to give the other one the same treatment. He loved the noises Maria was making, basically telling him what moves of his she liked and didn’t like. Luckily for him she seemed to be enjoying everything.

Maria was revelling in Michael’s touch and as he shifted to suckle her other breast she could feel his erection against her thigh. She smiled knowing she was affecting him just as much as he was affecting her. She placed her hands on the side of his head and brought him back up to face her.

“Sweetie, sorry to interrupt you there but I just realised something.”

“Uh.....what’s that?” He asked confused as to why she had stopped him again.

“I just realised you’re wearing far too many clothes.” She replied giggling.

“Well, that’s fixable.” He said moving so he was now kneeling on the bed. Maria copied his movement so she was kneeling in front of him and she proceeded to undress him as fast as she could. Clothes flew through the air and landed scattered on the bedroom floor and once he was naked, Michael quickly removed Maria’s skirt so she was nude save for her black silk thong.
Michael hesitated for a second knowing that once the garment was removed things would change between them forever.

Bringing her body in close to his, Maria whispered in Michael’s ear. “Take it off. I want you to and I know you want to......”

Michael nodded and slowly peeled the item off her body. He gently laid her back down on the bed and once again took the top, covering her body with his. Their lips came crashing together and they kissed passionately, only breaking apart from time to time to breathe. As before, Michael moved down palming and massaging Maria’s breasts, and then when she was least expecting it, rolled them between his thumb and forefinger and then pinched them.

“Do it again......and do it harder.....” Maria demanded.

Again, Michael complied with her wishes and this time Maria screamed out in pleasure. He moved back up and took her mouth in an explosive kiss in which time seemed to stand still for both of them. After what seemed like an eternity Michael moved down and suckled both her nipples in turn before moving lower and planting gentle kisses on her stomach and tonguing her
belly button.

Maria continued raking her fingers through Michael’s shaggy hair and scraping them against his scalp which he seemed to be enjoying if his moans were anything to go by. She gasped in anticipation, biting her lip, as Michael went lower still and suddenly she felt his fingers touching her intimately, feeling how wet she was. He looked up at her and his gaze locked on hers and keeping his eyes trained on her face, he tentatively touched his tongue to her clit.

“MICHAELLLLL!” Maria screamed.

Encouraged by hearing her shriek of pleasure Michael added more pressure to his touch and stiffened his tongue before pushing it deep inside her. He loved Maria’s natural scent and the unique taste of her which seemed to set his tastebuds alight.

“YES!.....YES!....YES!....Keep going.....please keep going.....” She chanted loving the way Michael was making her feel but before she could lose herself in the feel of his tongue, he pulled away and kissed his way back up her body at a torturously slow pace.

“NO! Michael, don’t stop. I’m so close.” She pouted.

“I know, baby. So am I. That’s why I stopped. I....I wanna cum inside you.” Michael told her.

Maria gave him a slow smile and taking that as a very good sign, Michael continued to crawl back up her body and kissed her, letting her taste herself on his lips. Once he was settled on top of her they kissed hungrily and Maria pulled Michael closer to her so that they were crushed against each other, her breasts pressed hard into his chest. He began to gently rock back and forth which served to create a delicious friction by having Maria’s erect nipples rubbing against his skin.

Feeling Michael’s hard, throbbing length pressing against her entrance, Maria gently pushed Michael up off of her. “Michael....I...uh....do you....uh.....have.....you know.....protection?” She asked him, breathless from all the kissing they had been doing.

He nodded and reached over to open the drawer of his bedside table. He reached in and took a few condoms out and placed them next to them on the bed.

“Got enough there?” Maria teased.

“For now maybe.” He replied.

He lowered himself back down and they resumed kissing and this time both their hands wandered all over each others bodies.

“Now Michael...I can’t wait any longer.”

“Me either. You’re positive you want to do this, Maria?”

“You ask me that again and I’ll scream.” She answered laughing.

“Hey, you’ll be screaming soon enough.”

“Is that a fact?”

“Uh huh.” Michael smirked and reached for one of the condoms and handed it to Maria who made quick work of unwrapping it and rolling it onto his erection.

Once he was completely sheathed in the latex Maria pulled him closer to her and he settled comfortably between her legs, his cock nudging at her entrance again. The heat of their kiss seemed to escalate and Michael slowly moved forward entering Maria inch by inch, making them both moan in pleasure.

“Maria....Maria......God, you feel so good....so tight.....” He mumbled as he thrust himself in and out of her body.

“Mmmm, you feel good too baby.......” Maria said running her hands all over Michael’s shoulders and back, loving the movement of his strong muscles sliding around under his skin. She could feel the heat within her gradually rising up and the tight knot of pleasure slowly starting to unravel and she knew her orgasm was fast approaching. “Faster, Michael….faster….please…..I’m almost there….”

Knowing he couldn’t hold out much longer either, Michael speeded up his movements and bringing one hand between their bodies gently circled her clit before increasing his pace.

“FUCK!! I’M CUMMING!! I’M CUMMING!!” Maria screamed and a few moments later she exploded with Michael’s name on her lips.

Michael’s orgasm followed shortly after and he cried out Maria’s name before collapsing on top of her, panting hard.

“Oh my God! That was incredible.....I....I’ve never cum so hard.....” Michael told her with an enormous smile on his face.

“Me either! That was....WOW!!”

“Yeah. Wow pretty much sums it up. Hey, I’d better move ‘cos I’m probably crushing you.”

“No, don’t Michael.”

“Okay, but let me just get rid of the condom.”

Reluctantly Maria released him from her embrace and as soon as he had disposed of it, Michael was back in her arms. He rolled them over so he was laying on his back with Maria on top of him and he then gently pulled the covers up over them. He wrapped his arms tightly around her and she snuggled further into his chest and Michael could tell she was about to fall asleep. He bent his head and placed a soft kiss on her lips and then the top of her head before he settled back and slowly started to drift off too, a gentle smile still plastered to his face.


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Chapter Six

The sun streaming in through the bedroom window woke Michael up and he squinted as his eyes adjusted to the bright light. Slowly stretching his arms above his head, he moved himself up into a sitting position and realised that Maria was nowhere to be seen. ‘Damn! Please don’t let her have left already.’ He prayed to himself.

Michael got out of the bed, bending down to pick up his boxers and slipped them on. As he looked down at the floor he noticed Maria’s clothes still scattered around haphazardly, laying exactly where they had fallen when they had torn each others clothes off last night. He was reassured by the fact that she was still in his apartment, but was concerned that she could
possibly regret what had happened between them.

“Hey, you’re awake.” Maria said smiling at him as she walked into his bedroom holding two mugs of steaming coffee.

“Um.....yeah. We forgot to close the curtains last night so the sunshine kinda woke me up. So, how long have you been up?” He asked as his eyes took in the fact that she was wearing his shirt and he couldn’t get over how good she looked in his clothes.

Handing Michael his mug, she answered him. “I’ve been up about ten minutes or so I guess. I was really comfortable where I was but I always need coffee first thing in the morning plus I also wanted to give Tess a call to let her know where I was. It’s just I didn’t tell her I wouldn’t be coming home when I spoke to her last night and I didn’t want her to worry.”

Placing his mug on the bedside table and taking hers and doing the same, Michael pulled Maria to him and kissed her slowly. Maria’s arms automatically came up and around his neck and her fingers played with his hair. Pulling away from her and leaning his forehead against hers he took
the opportunity of rubbing his nose against her nose. “Good morning, sweetie.”

“Mmmmm, good morning to you too, baby.” Maria replied. “If you can guarantee all your morning kisses are like that, then you’re a definite keeper.” She giggled.

“Oh I am, am I?” He teased before picking her up and tossing her onto the bed before he practically jumped on top of her and started tickling her.

“NO! Don’t! Michael, please! I’m really ticklish.” Maria begged as she squirmed away from him.

Michael complied with her request but grabbed a hold of both her wrists in one hand and pinned them above her head. His other hand began to unbutton the shirt she was wearing and he lowered his head and began to kiss all across her throat, neck and shoulders.

Maria tried to free her hands from his grip but it was no good. She decided to just lay back and enjoy the sensation of Michael’s lips on her already heated skin and the feel of his free hand which was kneading one of her breasts. “That feels really good......Michael?”

“Uh huh?” He mumbled against her skin.

“Kiss me.” She commanded.

“As you wish.” Michael released her hands and kissed his way up from where he had been resting against the top of one of her breasts and once he reached her lips, he kissed her long and hard. Maria’s lips parted and he gently pushed his tongue into her mouth, stroking it against hers and enjoying her familiar taste.

Placing her palms either side of his face, Maria moved him away from her slightly and she started sucking on the skin of his neck determined to mark him as hers. She pulled away to look at his neck and satisfied with the mark she had left, she licked it which made Michael shiver.

“Where do you want yours?” Michael asked her, giving her his trademark sexy smirk.

“Oooh, you mean I get a choice?” Maria teased.

“While I would love to show everyone you’re taken, I don’t particularly want your brother to come after me for marking his sister.”

“Good thinking. Kyle can be a little bit.....well, overprotective at times. We’re the same age yet he treats me like I’m his little sister. I dread to think what he’ll be like when little Daisy’s older.”

“I’m sure that if she’s anything like her big sister she’ll be able to handle him. So, where do you want your hickey, sweetie?” He asked her again.

“Where do you think I should have it?”

He lowered his head and licked her lips before giving her a passionate kiss that made her toes curl in anticipation. “I think I’d better show you.”

“I totally agree.” Maria replied raking her nails across his scalp as Michael proceeded to move lower.

Reaching her lower stomach Michael began leaving sucking kisses there which made Maria giggle. “Nope, that doesn’t work for me.” He moved lower still and took the opportunity of flicking her clit with his tongue which made her jump in pleasure. He couldn’t help smiling at her response and he shifted over slightly so he was facing the inside of her left thigh. He trailed his fingers up and down and glanced up at Maria who was watching him through half-closed eyes. “I think here’s a good place, don’t you?”

“Uh huh.” Maria mumbled and her eyes automatically closed as she felt Michael’s lips first kiss and then suck the smooth skin of her thigh into his mouth. She felt his teeth graze the area too and this just added to the delicious sensations she was experiencing at his hands.

“Bite it.” She demanded and then shouted out in pleasure as Michael complied, although he had made sure the bite wasn’t hard enough to puncture her skin.

Michael ran his tongue over the bite soothing it and then sucked it again so it would leave a definite mark, effectively branding her. While he was working Maria over, Michael still couldn’t get over the fact that he finally had the object of all his fantasies in his bed, somewhere he had been hoping to have her since the day they met.

“Michael, come back up here. I’m feeling a little cold and exposed what with you having undone my shirt.”

“Your shirt, huh? I think you mean my shirt which by the way looks incredible on you. I really think you should start wearing my stuff to the office.” He said wiggling his eyebrows suggestively as he moved back up so that he was covering her with his body, raising himself up on his arms so as not to crush her.

“Yeah, I can just imagine how much work we’ll get done if that happened. We still need to talk about what’s going to happen with us working together and dating. Oh! I mean.....um....if we decide to date.....um....’cos maybe dating isn’t actually what you want to do.....Dammit! I
mean......”

Michael dropped down and cut off Maria’s rambling with a powerful kiss, once again exploring the contours of her mouth and reveling in the feel of her lips moving against his and kissing him back. After a few minutes, Michael broke the kiss and smiled at her. “You were starting to babble again, sweetie. Listen, we can deal with the work thing later but I don’t see it as being a problem. And just to let you know, I definitely want us to date. You told me last night that this wasn’t just a one night stand, that you wanted it to be more than that. Well, that goes for me too.”

“Really?” Maria asked him shyly.

“Yeah, really. I don’t know what it is about you, Maria, but I really enjoy being with you. I really like my work, well most of the time anyway, but you’ve made me look forward to going in every day. Knowing I was going to see you each morning just.......well, it kinda set me up for the day. I know it sounds really corny but it’s true.”

Maria leaned up a little more and sucked on Michael’s lower lip before nibbling on it. “It doesn’t sound corny at all, Michael. It’s actually really sweet and I feel the same. I also used to look forward to coming into work just so I’d get to see you. You wouldn’t believe some of the naughty dreams I have had about you and when I’d walk in and see you in the office I’d blush like anything.”

“You’re going to have to share those, you know, Ms Deluca. I’ll share mine if you do.”

“You’ve got a deal, Mr Guerin. I’d love to hear some of yours.” Maria said before giving him another kiss using lots of tongue. “So what do you want to do today, Michael?” Maria asked him smiling as he gasped for air after she broke the kiss.

“Uh....If I remember correctly, I think I was going to help you look for an apartment. We could do that if you still want to.”

“Oh, I still want to. If we’re going to be dating, then I definitely want my own place. Otherwise, you and I will be competing with Tess and Kyle for using the apartment. As I may have already mentioned, they have a fetish for doing it everywhere in the apartment except their bedroom.”

He laughed. “Yeah, I remember you telling me.” A thought suddenly occurred to Michael and he wasn’t sure whether he should say anything to Maria or not. ‘Nah, it’s gotta be too soon for that surely.’ He mentally told himself.

“Michael, what’s wrong? You look pretty serious there all of a sudden.” Maria told him.

“Nothing’s wrong. A thought just crossed my mind that’s all but it’s not important.”

“What was it? Come on, you know you can tell me.”

“Well....um.....I just thought that instead of searching for an apartment you could.....uh.....you could move in here with me. But then I realised that it’s probably way too soon for that to happen, right?” Michael couldn’t look at Maria’s face. He didn’t want to see the shocked
expression she would probably be wearing confirming that she also considered it too soon for them to even contemplate living together.

“I.....I’m just going to go and get some more coffee seeing as we didn’t drink yours and it’s probably cold now.” Michael said, trying to delay the inevitable, as he moved and got up off the bed. He picked up the two mugs of untouched coffee from the bedside table and he couldn’t help feeling disappointed that Maria hadn’t yet said a word. “I’ll be back in a few minutes, okay.” Out of the corner of his eye he saw her nod and he quickly left his bedroom.

Walking into the kitchen he emptied the cold, dark liquid down the sink and proceeded to make fresh coffee. While he was waiting for it to percolate he leaned against the counter and rested his head in his hands, thoughts and questions going round and round in his head. ‘I’m such an idiot. Why did I have to tell her what I was thinking? I should have lied and said something else, anything else. Damn! I think I’ve just spoiled it all.’


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Chapter Seven

Michaael didn’t hear Maria come into the kitchen but felt her arms come around his middle before she rested against his back. “Hey, honey, I’m sorry I didn’t say anything back there. I guess I was a little surprised at what you said, but I’ve had a moment to think and it’s actually not a bad idea, Michael.”

Turning around to face her Michael wrapped his arms around Maria’s waist and brought her in closer to his chest. “You don’t think it’s too soon to be thinking about moving in together?”

Maria smoothed her hands over his naked chest as she gave his question a moment of thought. “I guess it does sound a little soon but so what? It’s not like we’re going to move it together today or anything. Look, we’ve wanted to be together for the past six months and we didn’t do a damn thing about it, did we? It took me being knocked on my ass for us to actually kiss each other and when it finally happens we find out it’s the best kiss we have ever had.” Maria stood on her tiptoes and kissed him gently on the lips before drawing back and continuing what she was saying.

“My suggestion is that we try dating for a couple of months or so and see how it goes? If it goes great and we’re both happy, then we can talk more about moving in together. For the time being I can continue staying at Tess and Kyle’s place but spending lots of time here with you and whenever they actually do leave the apartment of an evening, you can come over and hang
out there with me. What do you think?” Maria asked as she brought her arms up around his neck and let her fingers trail up and down his back.

Michael pulled her even closer and kissed her softly. “I think you’re a genius, Maria. I’ll admit I was worried that maybe I’d blown it by even suggesting you move in here, you know. I guess another good thing about doing it your way is that I can get to know your brother and your best
friend and try and convince them I’m a good guy and not out to hurt you.”

“Don’t worry about them, okay. I know they’ll really like you and if they don’t, tough. Me liking you is more important, right?” Maria asked him.

“Right.” He confirmed. “I think you should start showing me just how much you like me, sweetie.”

Maria snuggled into his chest, breathing in his natural scent and letting one of her hands come down and trace his chest softly with the pads of her fingers. She circled one of his nipples before pinching it between her thumb and forefinger and then soothed the pinch by licking it, enjoying the gasp she elicited from him. “Mmmmm, you’re so right. Besides, we’ve got a few minutes to kill before the coffee is ready so we might as well make the most of it.”

“Good thinking. Let’s not waste time going back to bed either.” Michael said suddenly lifting Maria up onto the kitchen counter and running his hands up and down her bare legs, loving the silkiness of her skin.

Maria pulled him closer to her and tilted his head back so he was looking into her eyes and she slowly moved forward and captured his lips, kissing him hard and deep. She parted his lips with her tongue and slipped it inside his mouth, committing the taste and feel of him plus the sounds he was making to her memory.

Michael drew back slightly and outlined Maria’s lips with his tongue before sucking on her lower lip, alternating between sucking and nibbling on it. He brought his arms up from where they rested on the outside of her thighs and made short work of unbuttoning the shirt she was wearing before running his hands over her flat stomach and cupping her breasts in his palms.

“Yessss.....I love your hands, Michael.....don’t stop touching me....” Maria mumbled as she moved away from his lips for a moment to breathe in some much needed air.

“Okay.” He replied before moving down and taking one of her nipples into his mouth, sucking it hard. He couldn’t help smiling at the loud moan Maria let out and then it was his turn to groan in pleasure when Maria scratched her nails down his naked back before sinking them into the skin of his shoulders. In retaliation Michael bit down on one of her nipples making her scream out. Thinking he had maybe gone too far, Michael pulled back and looked into Maria’s eyes and was mildly shocked at the blatant lust and desire they displayed.

“Do it again, Michael....that felt so damn good.” She told him rubbing her thumb across his lips. He opened his mouth to take in the offered digit and then proceeded to suck and nibble on it. Slowly withdrawing it from between his lips, she bent forward and held his face firmly between her hands as Michael swooped in and kissed her, taking control of the kiss.

“I want you so much, Maria....I want to be inside you. I’m so hard it hurts.”

“I want you too.....Now! I don’t want to wait.”

Michael didn’t have to be told twice and he picked Maria up off the counter and she wrapped her legs around his waist as he carried her into the living room. He sat her down in the large armchair while he quickly stripped off his boxers and for a moment he was standing naked in front of her.

Not being able to tear her eyes away from his gorgeous body, Maria reached out a hand and softly touched his hard, throbbing erection, closing her fingers around it and stroking him back and forth. Michael closed his eyes at the sensation of her hand masturbating him and the next thing he knew something wet was encasing his cock. He opened his eyes and nearly fainted at the sight of Maria’s lips moving over his hot and aching flesh.

“Ohmigod! That feels so good....but you.....you’ve gotta stop.........Stop!” Michael suddenly exclaimed.

Hearing his words Maria stopped what she was doing and withdrew her mouth from him, looking up into his eyes. “Michael, what’s wrong? Didn’t you like it?” She asked him shyly and somewhat confused.

Crouching down so he was at eye level with her Michael kissed her, tasting himself on her lips. “Baby, I loved what you were doing but if you didn’t stop I was gonna....I was gonna cum.”

“Yeah and? I wanted you to, Michael. I love the fact that I get to do that to you. That I’m the one who makes you lose control.”

“I....I guess I just didn’t want you to be uncomfortable doing that if it wasn’t what you wanted.”

Stroking her fingers across his cheek, Maria leaned forward and rested her forehead against his. “Listen, you’re not making me do anything I don’t want to do, okay. I’ll let you into a little secret. You’re.....you’re the first guy I’ve ever wanted to do that to and I’ve never actually done it before now. I just saw you standing in front of me and you looked so good that.....I couldn’t resist doing it, but if you don’t want me to......”

“Hey, I never said that. Did you hear me say that? I definitely want you to do that but could we do it later ‘cos when I cum I want it to be inside you again. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of that feeling.”

“Me either, baby. So, do you want to go back to bed or do it here?” Maria smirked.

“I wanna do it here and I want you on top this time.” Michael told her as he stood up again. He picked her up from the chair and walked over to the couch and sat down, arranging them so Maria was straddling his thighs, her knees resting on the couch.

“Shit! I forgot to get a condom.”

Maria smiled at Michael as she slipped her hand into the top pocket of the open shirt she was wearing and removed two condoms. She placed one beside them on the couch while she ripped the foil packet of the other one open with her teeth. Reaching down, Maria rolled the condom onto Michael’s cock and stroked him a couple of times.

“Keep doing that and it’s definitely all over for a while.” He told her, giving her a sexy smile.

“Well we don’t want that to happen now, do we?” She teased as she moved forward and guided him inside her, hissing as he stretched her.

“You feel so good, Maria.” Michael murmured as he placed his hands on her hips and gently guided her up and down his shaft. He loved the intense look of concentration she wore on her face, the way she bit her lower lip and he moved forward so he could do it for her.

“Uh...faster....Michael.....faster......” Maria cried out gripping his shoulders as she moved with him.

Michael knew he was going to climax soon and so he moved his hands up to Maria’s breasts, first cupping them and then then rolling her nipples between his fingers before finally pinching them hard.

“Ohmigod! Again!.....do that again!” She chanted, feeling the sharp pinch from his fingers travel all the way from her sensitive nipples down to her pussy. Maria began clenching and unclenching her internal muscles around Michael’s cock, holding him tight within her body before speeding up her movements.

In accordance with her request, Michael pinched her nipples again and then moved forward and took her right nipple between his lips, sucking on it furiously and using his teeth to add a bite to it. One of his hands continued to play with her left nipple while his free hand came around her,
massaging and kneading the soft skin of her bottom.

“I’m gonna cum.....Maria.....I’m cumming.....MARIAAAAA!” Michael shouted as he erupted within her.

As he came down somewhat from his climax, Maria continued moving along his semi-hard cock and brought her hand between them so she could caress her clit. Closing her eyes she lost herself in the sensation of her fingers and Michael’s scorching flesh, and then suddenly felt Michael’s hand join her own as his fingers assisted her in achieving her own orgasm. A few moments
later and a final pinch to her clit from Michael, Maria cried out his name before collapsing against his chest as the intensity of the orgasm she had just experienced washed over her.

Resting against each other while they fought for breath, Michael’s hands travelled up and down Maria’s back which was slick with sweat and he kissed her shoulder, sucking her flesh into his mouth. He then kissed all along her shoulder until he reached her neck and Maria tilted her head to one side to give him better access which he took full advantage of.

Maria sighed in pleasure as she revelled in the feel of Michael’s lips planting soft, wet kisses along her shoulders, neck and throat while his cock was still sheathed inside her. She moved back slightly so she could look at him and just at that moment he looked up into her eyes and they seemed to move in slow motion toward each other until their lips met in a long, deep and very intense kiss.

Breaking the kiss they then leaned in and rested their foreheads together, gazing into each others eyes.

“Maria, I.....I’ve never felt like this before....about anyone.”

“God, Michael, me either. I’ve never wanted anyone this much. It just feels.....right.” Maria paused for a moment and kissed Michael’s lips before moving to the side of his face and kissing a path from his lips to his cheek and then to his ear. “I wasn’t expecting this to happen between us but I’m so happy it did.” She whispered into it.

“I wasn’t expecting this either.” Michael agreed tightening his hold on her.

They sat there for a few moments just holding each other, enjoying the comfortable silence that fell between them as they both realised this wasn’t just a mere affair between co-workers. This could actually be the start of something they had been waiting for their whole lives.


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Chapter Eight

Sitting as close as she could to Michael, Maria was trailing soft kisses all over his face, paying particular attention to his lips, as they sat in his car which he had parked a few doors away from the apartment she shared with Kyle and Tess.

“So, will I see you tonight?” Michael asked Maria breathlessly, pulling back from the numerous kisses they were lavishing on each other.

“Do you want to see me tonight, Mr Guerin?” She teased.

“You know I do, Maria. I don’t even want to let you out of my sight now.....” He trailed off.

“The same goes for me, Michael, but I need to change out of these clothes and run a few errands.” Maria told him. Slowly moving forward she caressed the side of his face and kissed him gently before pulling back but keeping her hand on his cheek. “Tell you what, why don’t you come over here tonight and I’ll introduce you to the lust bunnies. We can order in some take out and Kyle can interrogate you. It should be fun.”

“Yeah, real fun. While I would have preferred tonight to just include you and me I guess we might as well do this sooner rather than later, huh. I don’t really want us sneaking around hiding our relationship. I mean, it’s not like this has to be kept a secret or anything.”

“I don’t want to sneak around either, Michael. A word of advice though, don’t let Kyle’s questions get to you. Just remember he’s only looking out for me.”

“I know and I’m glad you have him to do that for you. Hopefully he’ll soon see that I’ll be looking out for you too.”

“Awww Michael, you’re so sweet.” Moving the hand that rested on his cheek to the back of his neck, Maria drew Michael close until their lips met and they were once again kissing. Maria reluctantly broke the kiss and sat back in her seat. “I’d better go in before Kyle looks out of the window and comes over to see what’s going on. So I’ll see you tonight okay?”

“Okay. What time should I come over?”

“Seven-thirty should be good and I’ll order Chinese food. Is that good for you?”

“Uh huh, I love Chinese food.”

“Great.” Maria said smiling as she opened the car door and stepped out. After closing the door she leaned in through the open window and Michael moved towards her and they shared one last kiss.

“See you tonight, baby.” Michael smiled as he started the engine and drove away, giving Maria a final wave.

“Mmmm, I can’t wait.” She whispered to herself before turning away and walking to her apartment.

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Maria entered the apartment and was just about to go into her bedroom when Kyle came out of kitchen and stood in front of her.

“Where the hell have you been, Maria? Tess and I have been worried sick not knowing where you were or who you were with. And why is your cell phone here and not with you?” He ranted waving his arms around for emphasis and Maria couldn’t help the smile that crept on her face.

“What the hell are you smiling for? You think this is funny?”

“Kyle, just calm down okay. I am old enough to be out on my own you know and I did call. I told Tess I was at a friend’s place and, okay, I didn’t say I wasn’t coming home but I didn’t know that then. You may be my brother, Kyle, but you’re not my keeper. I’m sorry I didn’t have my cell with me but I forgot to disconnect it from the charger yesterday morning and put it in my
bag.” She pushed past him and went into her bedroom and slammed the door. A few seconds later there was a knock before the door opened and Kyle walked in.

“Ria, I’m sorry okay. I was just worried when you didn’t come home and we didn’t know where you were. I know you’re old enough to be out on your own but that doesn’t mean bad things can’t still happen.”

“I know that and I’m sorry I didn’t tell Tess who I was with when I spoke with her. You’re going to have to accept the fact that I am an adult and can come and go as I wish.”

“So, where were you and who were you with?” Kyle asked.

“Um....I was......” Suddenly Maria felt nervous about telling Kyle exactly who she had been with last night. ‘He’s gonna freak out when I tell him.’ She told herself.

“Come on Maria, tell me.”

“Okay, just don’t freak out. I.....um....I was with Michael.” She kept her eyes fixed on the carpet not daring to look at Kyle.

“Michael? Who the hell is Michael? You said you were with a friend, not a guy.”

“Excuse me? What was that? Are you saying that a guy can’t be my friend? Anyway, Michael is my friend.....and he just happens to be my boss too.”

“You were with your boss all night? Doing what? And don’t tell me you were working on a case.”

“Okay, Kyle, I won’t because we weren’t. We were working late and then we went back to his place for dinner. I’m not going to tell you anymore than that because it’s personal and off limits, but I’m sure you can guess.”

“Ugh! I didn’t need to know that.” Kyle said scrunching up his face in disgust.

“Hey, buddy, you asked. Anyway, you can meet him tonight because I’ve invited him over for dinner so you can interrogate him to your heart’s content. I like him, Kyle. Actually, no. I more than like him and he more than likes me so you’re going to have to get used to me seeing him.” Taking a deep breath, Maria continued. “Please don’t spoil this for me. He makes me happy and I really want you and Tess to like him.”

Kyle smiled as he moved closer to Maria and drew her into his open arms and gave her a hug. “Okay, okay. I’ll give him a chance seeing as you like him so much. But if he hurts you.......”

“He won’t.” She quickly interrupted and pulled back from the hug. “We’ve had feelings for each other since we first met but we never acted on them for fear of spoiling our working relationship but........I don’t know, Kyle. Something happened last night and it just felt right. And I know it’s early days but I want to give it a try. I haven’t felt like this about anyone before.”

“Then I’m happy for you, Maria. You deserve to be happy after all you went through with.....”

“Don’t! Don’t spoil things by mentioning him, okay? That’s all in the past.”

“Okay.” He replied giving her a kiss on the cheek. “Listen, I’m just going to finish washing the breakfast dishes and then I’m going down to the store to pick up a few groceries. Is there anything you want?”

“No thanks, Kyle. I’ve got to pop out later myself. Where’s Tess by the way?” She asked.

“She’s having a bath. She’s been in there a while so she shouldn’t be too long now. I’ll see you later, Ria.” He said giving her another smile before he walked out of her bedroom and closed the door behind him.

Maria let out a sigh of relief. ‘Well at least that ended better than it started. I just hope everything goes well tonight.’ She thought as she started getting undressed.


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About half an hour later Maria was laying on the living room couch dressed in her old worn jeans and a sweater, flicking through a magazine when Tess came out of her bedroom and sat down in one of the armchairs.

“Hey, you’re back. I take it all that noise before was Kyle giving you the third degree?”

“You can say that again, Tessie. But we talked and he seems to have calmed down a bit. So, I guess you want to know who I was with, huh?”

“Oh yeah.” Tess drawled. “By Kyle’s reaction I’m guessing you spent the night with a guy. Could it possibly be that delicious honey you call a boss?” Tess teased, smiling broadly.

Maria gave away the answer to Tess’s question by the blush that quickly crept up her face, settling on her cheeks.

“Ohmigod! No way! You finally did something about that mega crush you have on him! So....um.....did you and the big bad boss man.....you know?”

“Uh huh. You know when you want something so badly that your imagination takes over making you believe it will be the best thing ever only for you to discover that it actually sucks and you wish it had never happened?”

Tess nodded vigorously.

“Well my imagination wasn’t even close to what it really felt like. I think those six months of me wanting him and him wanting me acted like foreplay or something because when we finally made love it was.....it was explosive.”

Smiling at the animated look on Maria’s face Tess asked, “So, Maria, did he make you......”

“Oh yeah, baby. I actually lost count. I’ve never felt like this before and I know dating and working together might not be easy but.....I’ll quit my job if I have to. I just know that I don’t want to ever have to give Michael up.”

Tess couldn’t hide her look of astonishment at hearing Maria’s words. “Wow! When you’ve talked about him in the past I just thought if anything happened between you guys that it would be a fling or something. I didn’t think you’d find ‘the one’, Maria”. Tess said using her fingers to do the quote marks.”

“Me either. Anyway, I’ve invited him over for dinner tonight so he can meet you and Kyle because if he’s going to be a part of my life, then he’s going to be seeing you when he comes over and stuff. We don’t want this to be some kind of sordid little affair. He feels the same way about me as I do about him.”

“Well, I’m really happy for you Maria. Just promise me you’ll be careful. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be with Michael but I just don’t want to see you get hurt again.”

“I know you don’t and I can’t thank you enough for being there for me this past year. I promise I’ll take things easy with Michael.”

“Good. So what are you doing this afternoon? Do you want to go into town with me and do some shopping.”

“Yeah, that sounds good, Tess. I’ll just go and freshen up and then we can leave now. I’ve got a few things to do before I see Michael tonight.”

“Okay. I’ll just give Kyle a quick call on his cell phone and let him know where we’re going. We don’t want him to freak again when we’re not here when he gets back from the store, do we?”

“You can say that again. I can only handle one freak out per day thank you very much.” She chuckled as she walked towards her room.

“Hey Ria, I bet I can guess what shops you’ll be hitting today.” Tess called out before a burst of laughter overtook her.


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Chapter Nine

When Maria and Tess returned from their shopping trip they found Kyle sitting on the couch watching a football game on TV and eating a sandwich. Eyeing the numerous bags both girls were carrying he laughed. “Hey, did you two leave anything on the rails for the other customers?”

“Ha ha, very funny.” Tess responded. “I don’t think you’ll be complaining when you see the surprise I got for you.”

“Aww, I was only joking. Come on, lemme see.” He said raising his eyebrows suggestively.

“Later baby, later.” She teased back.

“Eww, will you two cut it out. I’m still standing here you know and you’d better be on your best behaviour when Michael comes over later.” Maria told the pair of them.

“Don’t worry, sis. Anyway, while you’ve been gone I’ve been coming up with questions to ask him.”

Tess snorted but seeing the look on her best friend’s face quickly scolded her boyfriend. “Don’t tease her, Kyle.”

“What? I’m not kidding. I want to know what this guy’s intentions are for my baby sister.”

“Kyle! I’m warning you. If you give Michael a hard time, then I’ll...I’ll just have to tell Tess about that time you......”

“Woah! There’s no need for that.” Kyle could feel the sweat forming on his forehead at Maria’s threat. “Maria, come on, you know me. I was only messing around. I promise I won’t get too heavy with....um.....Michael, is it?”

“Yes, it’s Michael, and you’d better not or you know what will happen.” Maria threatened again, hiding her smile at the look on Kyle’s face, as she took her shopping bags into her bedroom.


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It was just after seven-fifteen and Maria was standing in front of her full length mirror taking a final look at her appearance. She had decided to wear her ankle length black skirt together with her new sky blue silk spaghetti strap top. She was wearing her hair loose knowing that Michael loved it that way and had even used her curling tongs to emphasise her natural curls. As it was an informal getting-to-know-you dinner, Maria had decided to keep her make up natural and light. Standing in front of the mirror she added a final touch of lip gloss and then slipped into her comfortable kitten heel sandals. Adding a spritz of her favourite perfume, Maria walked out of her bedroom and into the living room where she was pleased to see Kyle had made an effort and had changed into a pair of dark pants and a button down shirt.

“Wow! You look great, Maria. I hope this Michael guy appreciates the effort you’re making.”

“Thanks for the compliment but if you’re going to start already with the digs at Michael, then we’ll just go out and you won’t get to meet him.” Maria sat down next to him on the couch and looked into his eyes. “Please don’t ruin this, Kyle. Michael’s a really great guy and I don’t want your comments spoiling this. You’re my brother, Kyle, and I love you and I really want you to like him.”

Kyle moved closer to her and put his arm around her shoulder and drew her in close. “If it means that much to you, then I’ll be good. I care about you Maria.....”

“I know you do and that means a lot to me but I’m a big girl now. I know this thing may seem rushed to you and Tess, but to me and Michael it just....it feels right.”

“Then I hope it works out for you. I really do.” He told her sincerely.

Leaning in she gave her brother a kiss on the cheek. “Thanks, Kyle. And thanks for making an effort.” Maria said indicating his clothes.

“You’re welcome but you’ve really got Tess to thank.”

“Yeah, I know. Speaking of Tess, where is she?”

“She’s in the kitchen calling in our order. I think she’s ordering enough to feed an army the length of time she’s been gone.” Kyle chuckled.

Tess walked into the lounge at that moment. “I heard that, Kyle. Anyway, the amount you eat I had to make sure there was enough left over for Maria, Michael and myself.” She said sitting down beside Kyle and giving his thigh a squeeze.

“Tess, you look fantastic.” Maria stated. Tess was wearing the new black jeans she had bought that afternoon, a pink halter neck top and a pair of black strappy sandals. The sides of her hair had been pulled up using her favourite pair of combs.

“Thanks and so do you, Maria.” She smiled back at her best friend. “Okay, the food should be here in about half an hour so we’ll have some time to chat and get to know mister big bad boss man.” Tess said laughing.

“Hey, cut it out and don’t call him that when he’s here. Please.” Maria begged.

“Okay, but only if you tell me Kyle’s secret.”

“Don’t listen to her, Maria. She’s bluffing.” Kyle chipped in.

“Tess, please. Don’t do this to me. Michael’s going to be here any minute and I’m nervous enough as it is about you two meeting him.”

“Calm down, sweetie, I’m only teasing. I know how much you like him and I’m not going to embarrass you in front of him.”

“Thank you.” Maria had just got the words out when the doorbell rang and she jumped about a foot in the air. “Ohmigod! He’s here. Do I look okay? Huh? Guys?”

“You look great.” “You look really good.” Both Tess and Kyle confirmed.

Maria walked over to the door and took a deep breath before opening it. ‘Please let everything go well tonight. Please.’ She prayed before opening the door.


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Chapter Ten

Michael couldn’t remember a time he felt more nervous as he stood outside Maria’s door waiting for it to be opened. When he was getting ready he hadn’t known what he should wear: should he dress smart or casual? The one thing he did know was that he wanted to make a good impression on Maria’s brother and her best friend so that they hopefully wouldn’t encounter any problems seeing each other. In the end he had decided to go with a combination of smart and casual and was wearing black pants, a dark green shirt and his black leather jacket. He had even gone so far as to polish his boots until they shone. ‘Am I pathetic or what?’ He asked himself. All of a sudden the front door opened and he took a deep breath at the vision that stood before him.

“Hi Michael.” Maria said, feeling a little shy all of a sudden. Leaning in she kissed him softly on his lips. “You’re right on time. You wouldn’t be trying to impress Kyle now would you?” She whispered intending only for him to hear.

“Nope, I’m only trying to impress you. You look so beautiful, Maria.” He whispered back and gave her a kiss on her cheek. “Uh.....I brought some wine for us all. I didn’t know what you would all like so I brought both red and white. I hope that’s okay.”

“You didn’t have to do that but thank you. Come on in and I’ll introduce you to the lust bunnies.” She pulled him into the apartment by his sleeve and once he had entered she closed the door behind him.

Following Maria into the living room, Michael looked at the couple seated on the couch and smiled as they stood up to greet him. He somehow felt that the smile he was giving them was coming across as awkward but couldn’t seem to stop. ‘Great, they probably think I’m some kind of idiot.’ He thought.

Kyle’s smile was just as awkward as he held his hand out for Michael to shake. “Hi, I’m Kyle Valenti and this is my girlfriend, Tess Harding.” He said indicating the petite blonde standing next to him who was smiling broadly at Michael.

Shaking Kyle’s hand Michael nodded at the pair. “It’s nice to meet you. I’m Michael Guerin.”

Michael shook Tess’ hand and saw her wink at Maria who was standing next to him. He looked at Maria’s face and saw a blush settle on her cheeks and she wouldn’t look him in the eye. ‘Now what’s that all about?’ He mused.

Maria wasn’t sure whether it was a good or bad thing that Kyle had jumped in and introduced himself and Tess before she had had a chance to do it herself. “Uh.....since we’ve got the introductions out of the way, why don’t we all sit down?” She said taking Michael’s hand and leading him over to one of the overstuffed armchairs.

Michael sat down and was about to pull Maria down so she would be sitting on his lap but he thought better of it as he noticed the look Kyle was giving him. In the end Maria sat perched on the arm of his chair and contented herself with holding his hand.

Kyle and Tess sat back down on the sofa and Tess couldn’t help smiling at how happy her best friend seemed as she held hands with Michael and they gazed at each other. Turning her head to look at her own boyfriend her smile faltered slightly. Kyle was frowning and it was obvious that he wasn’t feeling the same way she was. Tess moved a little closer to Kyle and gave him a sharp dig in the ribs with her elbow.

“What?” He hissed.

“Smile for God’s sake, Kyle. At least pretend to be happy for Maria, okay?” Tess whispered.

“Fine.” Kyle replied as he forced a smile. “So, Michael.....uh.....what are your intentions towards my sister?”

“Kyle! What the hell do you think you’re doing?” Maria asked, not bothering to hide her anger at his blatant disregard for her earlier request.

“Maria, I......”

“No, it’s okay.” Michael said squeezing Maria’s hand. “I understand what it’s like to be protective about your sister. I’m the same with Laurie and she’s always threatening to expose my childhood secrets and show people my naked baby pictures if I misbehave in front of her dates.” He explained. “Kyle, I can promise you that my intentions concerning Maria are strictly honourable and you have my permission to kick my ass if I ever hurt her.” Michael said replacing his smile with a serious look. “Not that I ever would.” He added quickly.

“Don’t you think the two of you dating as well as working together is going to cause a problem?” Kyle asked.

“Kyle.....” Maria started but was interrupted by Michael.

“It’s okay, Maria.” Turning to face Kyle and looking him in the eyes he answered, “No, why should it? We’re both adults and I think we can conduct ourselves in a professional manner when we’re in the office.” Michael could feel himself starting to break out into a nervous sweat. ‘This guy makes me feel like I’m sixteen again. I’ve just got to stay calm and remember I’m doing this for Maria.’ He told himself.

“Well, what about if you have an argument outside of work? Won’t things be uncomfortable when you’re stuck together all day in a small office?” Kyle dared not look at Maria as he asked his questions. He knew exactly what the look on her face would be but he was adamant that as he was looking out for his sister it was worth her wrath.

“I’m not saying this is going to be easy but Maria and I are both prepared to give it a go. I appreciate that you’re concerned about your sister but.....”

“You bet I’m concerned about my sister. We don’t know anything about you except that you’re a private investigator and the two of you have been working together for only a few months. Maria hasn’t had an easy time of it where men are concerned and Tess and I have had to pick up the pieces so....”

“That’s enough Kyle! If this is the way it’s going to be tonight, then Michael and I will go to his place for dinner. And for your information Michael knows about Tony and the fact he cheated on me so there’s no need to keep bringing that up. It’s old news.”

Giving her boyfriend a sharp look, Tess moved forward and took Maria’s hand in hers. “I know Kyle can be a bit OTT at times but he cares about you and doesn’t want to see you get hurt, that’s all.”

“I know but he’s not even giving Michael a chance and I wanted you all to like each other....and he promised he wouldn’t interrogate him tonight.....” Maria could feel the tears prickling her eyes.

Ignoring the others, Michael pulled Maria onto his lap and cuddled her close. “Shhh, it’s okay. Kyle’s questions were pretty tame and I’m not offended in the slightest. I think it’s great that you have a family that cares about you and looks out for you. I’m the same with my sister and she
hates it just as much as you seem to.” He said giving her a smile.

Kyle sat on the edge of his seat on the couch staring at the way Michael was comforting his sister and he felt bad for some of what he had said. He hadn’t meant to upset her but he just wanted to make sure she wasn’t making a mistake in getting involved with her boss. “Um....listen, I....I’m sorry about before, Michael. I didn’t mean to come across as being so heavy handed.”

Michael looked across at the other man and nodded. “It’s fine, you don’t have to apologise. All I can do is give you my word that I have no intention of hurting Maria. I care about her too much to want to hurt her either intentionally or unintentionally.”

The smile Kyle gave Michael was a genuine one. “Thanks for saying that, Michael. Maria....are we....okay now? I didn’t mean to upset you, you know that right?”

Maria lifted her head from where it was snuggled against Michael’s chest and she gave him a small smile. “Yeah, I know and yes we’re okay. Just don’t do it again or you’ll know what will happen?”

Kyle’s smile froze on his face. “I promise I won’t interrogate Michael again, but you know one day your threat won’t have any power.”

“And when will that be Kyle? After I show everyone the photographs?” She chuckled, trying to make her laugh sound like a wicked cackle.

“What photographs are these?” Michael asked, curious as to what the pair were talking about.

Tess grinned. “I’m still trying to find that out myself, Michael. All I know is that there are some pictures that Maria has of Kyle when he was much younger and which she always uses to blackmail him with. I’ve even asked their parents but they’ve been sworn to secrecy not to reveal the content of those photographs to anyone.”

Trying to change the subject, Kyle jumped in with a question. “How about I open up those bottles of wine now and we have a drink?” Kyle asked.

“Subtle change of subject there,” Michael chuckled. “But that sounds good, Kyle. I was saying to Maria I didn’t know what wine you would like so I brought red and white.”

“Hey, both are good. I have to say I prefer beer but wine is good too. Right, Tessie?” He said smiling at his girlfriend.

“Definitely. Anything alcoholic is good.” She smiled at Michael but then quickly added, “I’m not saying all I do is drink alcohol. I haven’t, you know, got a problem or anything.”

“Relax Tess, I didn’t think that for a second.” Michael said grinning at her. “I’m with Kyle though. I prefer beer to wine too. Maybe I should have brought some beer too.”

“No man, that’s fine. I’ve got a few bottles in the fridge if you would prefer a beer now,” Kyle said.

“Yeah, that’d be great. Thanks.” Michael replied, nodding his head.

Maria seeing her chance quickly grabbed it. “I’ll go and get those beers for you, Kyle, and I’ll open up the bottles of wine too. Michael, why don’t you come and help me.”

“Um.....sure.” He said, standing up and following Maria into the kitchen.

Tess smiled knowingly at her friend as she left the room. “Kyle, I hope you’re not too thirsty because I don’t know when we’re going to be getting our drinks.”


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“I missed you so much today, Michael.....” Maria whispered as Michael’s lips left hers and he worked his way down her neck, planting soft kisses all along her soft skin.

“Me too....I couldn’t wait for tonight to come so I could see you again…it feels like a lifetime since we were last together.”

Maria’s fingers began unbuttoning Michael’s shirt and as soon as she had created a large enough gap she slipped her hand inside his shirt and caressed his chest, reacquainting herself with his hard body. She moved in closer and placed sucking kisses around his breast bone before taking one of his nipples into her mouth, circling it with her tongue and then nibbling on it.

Michael wound his fingers into Maria’s hair and held her firmly against him. “That feels so good.....I want you so much....” He gasped as Maria’s tongue swirled around and around his nipple before she moved over to repeat the action on the other one. “Maria....um....I...uh...I can’t believe I’m saying this but we have to stop....I don’t want your brother coming in here and catching us like this.....” He trailed off.

Kissing her way up again, Maria reached his mouth and kissed him passionately leaving them both breathless. Finally drawing back, she gave him a sultry smile. “Yeah, I agree. Come on, you open the wine and I’ll get the beers from the fridge. The corkscrew is in that drawer just to your right.” She told him moving away and towards the fridge.

“Okay.” Michael said as he quickly re-buttoned his shirt before he opened up the drawer and withdrew the corkscrew. He busied himself with opening the bottles while Maria got the beers out of the fridge together with some glasses which she set on a tray. “I guess we’d better get back out there, huh?”

“Yeah, I guess so.” Maria replied turning to face her boyfriend. She smiled as she took in his mussed up appearance and slowly walked towards him. “Michael, honey, you might want to straighten yourself up a bit if you don’t want to give my brother a reason to beat you up.” She chuckled.

Michael ran his hands through his hair as Maria brought her fingers to his lips and gently rubbed away the faint traces of her coral coloured lip gloss which served as a reminder of their intense kisses.

“There....all gone.”

“Thanks, sweetie. Actually, now I’ve seen how protective Kyle is of you I’m kinda surprised that he didn’t follow us in here to see what we were getting up to. I mean, we have been gone a while.”

“Me too, but I’ve got a feeling that Tess is probably the reason for that.”

As Michael picked up the tray and followed Maria back out to the living room they saw for themselves the reason why Kyle hadn’t followed them into the kitchen. Kyle was sitting in his original position on the sofa except now Tess was straddling his thighs and they were involved in a heavy make-out session.

Maria cleared her throat loudly and a startled Kyle practically pushed Tess to the floor in his haste to prevent his sister and her new boyfriend from witnessing any more than they had already. Luckily for him the doorbell rang and he jumped up from the sofa and ran to open the door, tucking his shirt back into his pants along the way.

Placing the tray onto the coffee table, Michael walked over to where Tess was sitting on the carpet and offered her his hand. She gave him a smile and took his hand and he helped her to her feet. “Thanks, Michael. Nice to know there’s one gentleman around here.” She said as she glared at Kyle’s back.

“You okay, Tess?” Maria asked her friend.

“Yeah, I’m fine but I’m not promising that Kyle will be. And you owe me girl,” Tess said giving Maria a smirk. “Kyle was all ready to come charging into the kitchen so I had to distract him the only way that ever works with him.”

“Thanks, babe. Michael and I were wondering why he hadn’t come charging into the kitchen to check on how the drinks were coming and I had an idea we had you to thank for it.”

“What are we talking about?” Kyle asked as he walked towards them carrying a cardboard box containing their dinner.

“I don’t think you want to know, <i>darling</i>.” Tess told him using a sickly sweet tone.

“Uh…Tessie, I…um…..I’m sorry about before. You know I’ll make it up to you later.” He wiggled his eyebrows suggestively.

“You’d better or you know what will happen…”

“Ewww. Will you two please stop it. We’re bordering on too much information and I’m sure Michael doesn’t want to hear about what you two get up to. Right, Michael?”

Michael was trying hard not to laugh at the scene between Tess and Kyle and he had a pretty good idea of what it was they were talking about. “Uh…oh….yeah. Definitely.”

Kyle shared a look with Michael and they both burst out laughing. ‘Maybe Michael’s not such a bad guy after all.’ Kyle thought to himself.

“Okay guys, the food is here so where do you want to eat? Here or at the table?” Kyle asked.

“Tess, I meant to set the table earlier but I forgot. Did you do it?” Maria asked.

“No, sorry. I meant to do it after I had my shower but I….uh…..I got distracted.” She answered as a rosy blush settled on her cheeks.

“Uh huh.” Maria said making a face, knowing full well what her friend meant. “Let’s eat out here then….it’ll be more comfortable and make things more casual. What do you say?”

“Fine by me.” Michael replied.

“Me too,” Kyle agreed. “I’ll go and get some plates and forks. Tess, you want to come and help me?”

“I’ll come with you, Kyle, otherwise God knows what time we’ll get to eat.”

“Whatever, little sis.”

“And stop calling me that. We’re the same damn age, Kyle.”

“Maybe we are but I’m older by a few months so that makes you my little sis.”

“See what I have to put up with Michael.” Tess said as Kyle and Maria argued their way to the kitchen. “It’s like living in a kindergarten with these two. You should have seen the party Jim and Amy threw when Kyle moved out of home. They knew they were finally going to get some peace and that’s even after they had the twins.”

Michael laughed at Tess’ description of life with Kyle and Maria. “You should see me and Laurie, then. We’d give these two a run for their money.” He informed her.

A few minutes later Kyle and Maria were back with plates and cutlery and everyone had helped themselves to the Chinese food that had been delivered.

“So Michael, it’s just you and your sister? No other siblings?” Tess asked before she took a bit of her spring roll.

“Yep, it’s just me and Laurie which I have to say is quite enough. We actually get on better now we’re older but that’s not to say we don’t still argue. She can be a real little firecracker when she wants to be.”

“Oooh, that sounds like someone I know.” Kyle said which earned him having a fortune cookie thrown at his head. “What? I didn’t say it was you, did I Maria?”

“You didn’t have to, Kyley.”

“Hey, you promised you’d stop calling me that.”

“You stop referring to me as ‘little sis’ and I’ll stop calling you Kyley….Kyley.”

“Fine, you win.”

“Good. It’s about time you learn that I always do.”

“Will you two please stop it? I swear some days I feel like I’m your mother or something. You keep on with all the bitching and I think I’ll call Amy and maybe invite her up here for a visit or something.”

Kyle’s face went extremely pale at hearing that. “No, Tess, you don’t have to do that. Look, I promise I’ll stop teasing Maria. We’re only joking anyway, right?” He said, looking to his sister.

Maria’s face was equally pale and she nodded vigorously. “Right. We’re only teasing so there’s no need to get Mom up here.”

Michael couldn’t believe what he was hearing. ‘What the hell is their mother like if just hearing her name has this effect on them?’ Michael asked himself. He looked over at Tess and catching her eye, she winked at him.

“Okay, I won’t call her….for now, but if you two keep bitching like this then I will and she can sort it out.”

Both Maria and Kyle breathed a sigh of relief. While they knew that Tess was probably only teasing, they wouldn’t put it past her to carry out her threat.

The group laughed and joked their way through dinner and it seemed like a real friendship was developing between Michael and Kyle which had the added bonus of helping Maria to feel more relaxed.

“Michael, I don’t know if you’re interested but a few of us head over to the park on Sunday mornings and shoot some hoops. You’re welcome to join us if you’re free,” Kyle told him as the four of them sat in the living room drinking coffee.

“Thanks, that sounds great. I usually just try and get down the gym a few times a week when work isn’t too hectic but shooting some baskets definitely sounds better.”

“Good. Tell you what, come over here for about ten-thirty tomorrow morning and we’ll head over to the park together and I’ll introduce you to the guys.”

“Okay.” Michael glanced at his watch and saw that it was almost ten o’clock and he then looked at Maria who was curled up against him on the sofa. “It’s getting late so I think I’ll get going. I need to get a good night’s sleep if I’m gonna beat you at basketball tomorrow, Kyle.”

Kyle let out a snort of laughter. “In your dreams, Guerin.”

“Michael, can I talk to you for a sec in the kitchen please?” Maria asked as she stood up and then held out her hand for Michael. He took her small hand in his larger one and let her pull him up off the sofa.

“Sure.” He let her pull him into the kitchen and she then shut the door behind them.

“I don’t want you to go, Michael. I really wanna be with you again tonight.”

Michael pulled her close and wrapped his arms around her waist. “I want to be with you too but I don’t feel all that comfortable staying here and doing…..stuff while your brother is in the room next door.”

Drawing back from him slightly, Maria wrapped her arms around his neck and stood on her tiptoes to suck his bottom lip into her mouth. Michael quickly deepened the kiss and when he moved back, he rested his forehead against hers.

“Okay, that’s understandable....but what about if I pack an overnight bag and go home with you?” She asked as she moved in and nibbled on his lips. “I mean that way we can do as much…..stuff as we like without any complaints.” She teased, raising one eyebrow seductively.

“Except from the neighbours maybe.” Michael teased back. “I’d love you to come home with me, Maria. It’s not going to cause a problem though with Kyle is it?” He asked.

“I don’t see why it should now that he knows you. I think he really likes you Michael because he doesn’t invite just anyone to play basketball with him and his friends, you know.”

“Yeah? I was pretty surprised when he did that but I’m quite looking forward to hanging out with him. I haven’t had much time to spend with my friends since setting up the business and everything and…well, a couple of them are married now and aren’t always free to hang out.”

“Well hopefully you and Kyle will become good friends. Look, I’m an adult and Kyle is just going to have get used to that fact. It’s not like he can ground me or forbid me from spending the night with you.”

Michael gave her a kiss that went all the way to her toes before he pulled back and opened the kitchen door. Giving her a sexy smile, he slapped her ass lightly, gave her a gentle push forward and said, “Okay, then. Let’s go and tell your brother the good news.”


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Chapter Eleven

Michael smiled as he lay in bed propped up against the pillows, hands behind his head watching Maria sitting at her vanity table applying her make up.

“Come on Michael, don’t just lay there. Get up. It’s Monday and we’ve got to go into the office and, you know, work.” She said looking at his reflection in her mirror.

“Aww, do we have to? I’m really comfortable where I am.”

“Yes, we have to. Now get up and have a shower and I’ll go and make us some breakfast.”

Michael smiled at his girlfriend. “Hey, why didn’t you wake me when you woke up because we could have shared the shower and...uh...conserved water?”

“Wow honey, I didn’t know you were so energy efficient. Listen, if we’d shared a shower we would probably still be in there right now so I think you know why I snuck out of bed without waking you,” she told him as she got up from her stool and walked over to sit down beside him. “We agreed that us dating wouldn’t affect us working together so please don’t make things difficult before we even get started.”

Reaching out, he pulled her close to him and kissed her softly. “Okay, I’m sorry. It’s just that this weekend has been so great that I...I guess I don’t want it to end,” he confessed after breaking the kiss.

After they had left Kyle and Tess’s apartment, they had spent the remainder of the weekend together in bed. The only reason they’d actually gotten up was either to shower together or to answer the door when their take-out food had arrived.

“Me either but us working together doesn’t have to change anything. As soon as we turn off the phones and lock the door at the end of each day, I’m all yours.”

Leaning his forehead against hers, Michael said, “Good.”

Maria returned his smile and stood up pulling the bed covers with her forcing him to get up. She couldn’t help letting her eyes wander all over his body and whistled appreciatively at his throbbing erection which caused him to blush.

“You want some help with that?” She asked, surprising herself with how husky her voice sounded.

“I think you know the answer to that already but if I let you have your wicked way with me, I promise you we won’t be leaving the apartment any time soon. So I think you should just go and get breakfast started and I’ll take care of this in this shower. Unless you agree we don’t have to go into the office today.”

“Nice try, buddy. Get that ass out of bed and I’ll see you in the kitchen in about ten minutes.”

Michael let out an exaggerated sigh before finally getting out of bed. He couldn’t help notice the way Maria was eyeing him up and so he added a swagger to his walk which caused her to laugh loudly. He could hear her continued laughter as she left the bedroom to go and make a start on their breakfast.


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Six months later...

In the office, Michael and Maria continued to work well together. They made a strong effort to keep things as professional as possible between the hours of nine and five, although given the nature of the business they were in, regular office hours didn’t always apply and so they weren’t always together each and every day and when they were, it wasn’t necessarily for the whole day.

On the occasions when he was in the office all day, Michael would often lock the front door at lunchtime, switch on the answerphone and proceed to make love to his girlfriend despite her initial protestation that they shouldn’t be doing it there. He only had to start nuzzling her neck though for her to forget her concerns and she would soon be pushing him down to the floor or onto his desk and start ravishing him.

Getting up from his office chair, Michael walked to his door and leaned against the frame as he watched Maria concentrating on her work. He smiled as his eyes took her in. They had been dating for the past six months and in that time her appearance at work had slowly started to change. She still dressed professionally but her clothes were slightly less conservative and she didn’t always wear her hair up now. He loved coming up behind her, sweeping her hair to the side and kissing her neck, breathing in her familiar scent as he did so.

“Hey mister, get back to work. I don’t want to have to work this weekend,” Maria told him looking up at him.

He chuckled as he walked towards her. “Hmm, you’re such a slave driver Deluca. I think you need to give me an incentive to keep going.”

“Oh really? Well I thought I gave you a pretty good one earlier,” she teased. The pinking of her cheeks at the memory of their earlier escapade only endeared her to him even more.

“Yeah, you did.” Leaning forward, he gently kissed her lips. Pulling away a couple of minutes later, he said, “Fine, I’ll let you get back to work. D’ya think we could be out of here by four-thirty?”

“I don’t see why not as long as I don’t have any more interruptions, sweetie. Remember we have to stop off at the store on the way home and pick up that paint.”

“I remember,” he said with a smirk before heading back into his office to leave her to get her work done.

The previous weekend Maria had finally moved in with him and he had delighted her by suggesting they redecorate their bedroom so it had her mark on it too. His offer had extended to the rest of the apartment but she had said she loved it just the way it was. They had decided to do the redecorating sooner rather than later and so, for the past few days, they had been going through magazines, looking at paint and wallpaper samples until they had finally decided on something they both agreed with. Their tastes were actually quite similar in some ways so there hadn’t been any arguments over what each of them wanted.

He couldn’t wait to get started and especially couldn’t wait to ‘christen’ the room once it was finished.


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As Michael drove them home from the store, Maria snuggled into his side and rubbed her hand back and forth on his thigh. Nuzzling her face into his neck she inhaled his masculine scent and placed soft kisses on his skin. She smiled against him when she heard him moan in pleasure.

Stopping at a red light, Michael quickly turned his face towards Maria and kissed her full lips. Feeling her lips part he thrust his tongue inside her mouth and explored it thoroughly. They concentrated on the taste and smell of each other, the world outside the car having been forgotten. The blaring of a car horn behind them soon brought them back to reality and pulling away, Michael gave her a smirk before he released the handbrake and started the car moving again.

“You’re a real distraction, Ms Deluca,” he told her as he placed his hand over hers which was now resting just above his knee.

“Is that good or bad?” She teased.

“Good, it’s definitely good.”

Intertwining her fingers with his, she said, “Thanks again for letting me redecorate. You didn’t have to do that, Michael.”

As they were only a couple of minutes away from home, he didn’t say anything until he’d pulled into the parking garage and turned off the engine. Turning to face her, he smiled. “Yes, I did. It’s our home now so I want you to feel really comfortable there,” he told her seriously but then he smirked and added, “And seeing as we’re going to be spending a lot of our time in the bedroom, it’s only right that we make it perfect.”

“Is that so?” She asked raising one eyebrow.

“Yep. Unless you have any objections.”

Maria shook her head and leaning forward slightly, she rested her forehead against his. “No objections whatsoever. I just didn’t want you to feel like you had to make changes simply because I was moving in,” she admitted.

Bringing his hands up, he cradled her face between his palms as he softly kissed her lips. Maria was the sweetest person he’d ever met and he didn’t think he’d ever get enough of her. Drawing back a little, he looked into her eyes and said, “I didn’t offer because I thought it was something I should do. I offered because it felt right. I want us to do this together.”

Kissing him back she then replied, “Okay then. I definitely can’t wait for the new bed to arrive. Just imagine what we could get up to with all that extra room.”

“Don’t worry, my imagination’s been going into overdrive ever since we bought it.” Giving her another kiss, he got out of the car and walked round to open her door for her and helped her out of the car. Getting their purchases out of the trunk, they made their way up to their apartment.

Once inside, they placed the decorating supplies they’d bought in a corner ready for the next day. All the furniture in their bedroom had already been moved or covered with protective covers and Michael and Maria were going to be sleeping in the spare bedroom until their room was completed.

“So, what would you like for dinner?” Michael asked her as she came out of the spare bedroom after changing into her comfy jeans and a sweatshirt.

“Pasta would be good or we can order in again, I don’t mind.” She replied walking over to him and wrapping her arms around his neck.

“Pasta’s fine,” he told her as he wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her in closer. “I can use the leftover pesto from the other night.”

“Mmm, yum.” Standing on her tiptoes, she captured his lips with her own and kissed him hard and deep, sliding her tongue into his mouth to play with his.

Breaking the kiss for a brief moment, he asked, “You hungry now?”

Maria nodded her head. “Yeah, but not for food.” Jumping up, she wrapped her legs around his hips and he smirked at her.

“Oh yeah, me too.” He held her tightly as he walked the few steps to the nearest wall and he pressed her hard up against it as his lips devoured hers.

The fingernails of one of her hands raked across his scalp while her other hand gripped his shoulder. She could feel his arousal pressing into her and she yearned for it to be deep inside her.

Michael broke the kiss and breathed in some much needed air before starting to suck on her throat and then her neck.

“Oh god, that feels...you feel so good.” His body had her pinned tightly to the wall so both their hands were free and they quickly started pulling each other’s clothes off. As soon as they were naked, Michael thrust deep inside her making her moan loudly at the welcome intrusion. Her vaginal muscles gripped his cock which made him growl in response and she couldn’t help smiling at the intense look on his face.

“You feel good too,” he told her as he thrust inside her over and over again. Even though this was the second time they’d made love today, he knew it wouldn’t be long before he came and he wanted to make sure she was there with him when it happened. Shifting his position slightly, each stroke meant that his pubic bone now ground against her clit and the sudden change in position had her screaming at the added sensation.

“Ohmigod! Yes, Michael...yesss...Oh god, I’m gonna...” Screaming out her orgasm a few moments later had Michael quickly covering her mouth with his to muffle the noise. The last thing he wanted was a nosy neighbour calling round to see if anything was wrong.

Maria’s orgasm triggered his own and he groaned as he shot his seed deep inside her. It was a relief knowing she was now on the pill because this wasn’t the first time they’d gotten carried away and forgotten all about condoms.

They held each other tightly for a few minutes, sharing tender kisses, until Michael slowly pulled out of her. He gently placed her feet back on the ground but just for a second as a moment later he was carrying her into the bathroom. Setting her down on the counter, he quickly started filling the large bath with hot water, adding some bath oil to it. After testing to make sure the water wasn’t too hot, he picked her up again and placed her inside before climbing in himself and sitting behind her.

“So I guess I’m taking a bath now, huh?” She said teasingly, turning to look at him.

“I’m sorry, I should have asked first and...”

“No!” She maneuvered herself in the bath so that she was straddling him and could look into his eyes. “I was only kidding. I love that you know just what I need without me having to say it. I love you so much, Michael.”

Wrapping his hands around her small waist, he pulled her in tighter to his body and rested his forehead against hers. “I love you too, Maria. I’ve never felt like this about anyone before.”

Pressing her lips against his, she kissed him. “Me either. The other relationships I’ve had pale in comparison to this. You’re the only one for me, Mr Guerin.”

“Good and ditto.”

Maria moved her legs so that she was now lying chest to chest with him and they silently held each other as each came to terms with what they had just admitted.


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Two weeks later...

The bedroom was finally finished and Maria stood in the middle of the room surveying it. They had chosen to make the room light and airy and so had gone with white walls and a thick, rich caramel coloured carpet. The drapes were also caramel but were a lighter shade than the carpet. The brand new, king size bed was placed in the center of the room against the back wall and situated either side of the bed was a nightstand.

Michael walked up behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist. “What are you thinking?”

“I’m just wondering if you like it,” she confessed. “Maybe it’s a little too plain.”

“Are you kidding? I think it looks great; all clean and fresh but if you don’t like it...”

“No, I do. I especially like our new bed.”

“Yeah, I’d say that’s my favourite too.” He turned her in his arms and bent down to kiss her lips. “Wanna try it out?” He asked, wiggling his eyebrows and making her giggle.

“Oh yeahhh,” she drawled and a moment later she squealed in surprise as he suddenly picked her up and threw her on the bed before pouncing on top of her.

He loved hearing her laughter and sometimes when he did, it was almost as if he could hear his future children’s laughter, and he knew it wouldn’t be long before he proposed to her. What had started off as a professional relationship was now just a relationship and he couldn’t be happier.

The End

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