When the doorbell rang a few minutes later she groaned at the interruption. Getting up from the couch, she walked over to the discreet security monitor to check who was there and saw that it was her best friend. Opening the door to her, Tess bounded inside carrying a couple of large paper bags.
“Hey honey, I brought food.”
“So I see,” Maria said laughing. “Were you expecting an army or something ‘cos I don’t think I can eat all of that?”
“Really? When was the last time you ate, huh? I know how you get when you’re working on new songs so I figured I’d better come prepared.”
Maria laughed, taking one of the bags from Tess’s hands and heading towards the kitchen. “So, what did you bring?” Now food had been mentioned, she realised she was starving and couldn’t wait to dig in.
“I brought Chinese but I also made a stop at the supermarket and got some ice cream and chocolate. I figured we could have a blow out seeing that you’re just working in the studio at the moment and I’ve just finished that movie so neither of us have to worry about spots,” the petite blonde joked.
“I like your way of thinking, Ms Harding.” Maria and Tess placed the bags on the kitchen counter and began unloading them. The ice cream was placed in the freezer while they opened up the cartons containing the Chinese food. The smell of the egg fried rice and chicken chow mein was making her mouth water and grabbing the chopsticks, she started to eat.
“I met this guy the other day at my agent’s office,” Tess said after swallowing a bite of her noodles. Getting up from her stool, she walked over to the fridge and grabbled a couple of bottles of water. “He’d be perfect for you, Maria. He’s tall, dark and...”
“Let me guess, handsome?”
“No, smart-ass. I was going to say he has a nice personality, but since you mentioned handsome, yes he was. We got talking and I...”
“Please tell me you didn’t give him my number?”
“Stop interrupting me,” Tess admonished. “No, I didn’t. You know I wouldn’t do that. I told him I’d give you his number and you would call him.”
“No, that isn’t going to happen. I’m sure he’s a great guy but I’m not interested. I’m so busy right now with writing and recording that...”
“Maria, it’s been over six months since that jerk did that and while I totally understand why you feel the way you do, I really think you need to get back out there and start dating again.”
“I appreciate your concern Tess, really I do, but I don’t want to date anyone. Not right now, okay?” Twisting the cap off the bottle, she took a long drink of water.
“Okay, I hear you but you can’t honestly tell me you don’t miss being with a guy, you know, sexually.”
Maria felt her cheeks heat up at her friend’s comment and lowered her eyes. “Tess...”
“Don’t Tess me, sweetie. I know you well enough by now to know that you enjoy sex and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Being single for so long is bound to be making you feel...um...”
“Frustrated? Hell yeah! But it’s fine. I can deal with it, it’s no big deal. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, right?”
“Well, I’m sure I read in The Enquirer once about a woman who died from lack of sex. I don’t want to scare you or anything,” Tess teased.
“Shut up, you little minx.” She laughed along with her. “So who was this guy you wanted to set me up with?”
“Why, you interested?”
“Nope.” She said, shaking her head. “I just want to see if your matchmaking skills have improved yet.”
“Very funny. Well, his name is Josh Bryant and he’s a singer with a new group called Fever. They’re supposed to be the next big thing apparently.”
“You have got to be kidding me? Fever? They’re that new teen boyband I was complaining to you about. They’ve jumped on the Britney bandwagon by having models wearing skimpy school uniforms in the video for their debut single and, anyway, this guy must be at least five years younger than me or something.”
“He’s four years younger than you.”
“Oh well, that’s okay then.” Maria said, the sarcasm dripping off her tongue. “I’m sorry, Tess, but there’s no way in hell I’m dating him or even just using him for sex. I’d rather go for someone my own age who knows what he’s doing.”
Tess laughed out loud. “So you admit you’re willing to find a guy for sex?”
She raised a perfectly shaped eyebrow in response. “I didn’t say that but...”
“But I am willing to admit that I miss sex.” Maria finished off her bottle of water and seeing the sudden sparkle in her friend’s eyes, she frowned. She knew that look only too well and it usually spelt trouble.
“Well then, I know just the guy for you.”
Yep, she was right. Trouble with a capital T.
“Hello,” a deep voice answered finally.
“Hey man, it’s me. I was just wondering if you were free right now and wanted to meet up at Duffy’s.”
“Sure, that sounds good. I’ll meet you there in twenty.”
“Cool. See you then,” Michael replied and then hung up the phone. Grabbing his keys off the side table, he headed out the door and made his way to his favourite pub.
Duffy’s was an Irish pub located just ten minutes away from Michael’s apartment and if you couldn’t find him at home, then that was the next best place to look for him. He wasn’t a big drinker, never had been, but he enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the fact that when he was there, he was able to keep his anonymity.
Lately, he’d found himself spending more time away from his apartment which was starting to cause a problem as his studio was situated there. He was having trouble remembering the last time he’d actually finished a painting because for some reason, every time he put paintbrush to canvas it turned out like crap and it was frustrating the hell out of him.
Walking into Duffy’s and heading straight to the bar, he greeted Don, the landlord, and ordered two beers knowing that his friend would be there soon. It was while chatting with Don that Michael felt the slap on his back indicating that his friend had arrived.
“Hey man, what’s up?” Kyle asked.
“Nothing much, just felt like hanging out here that’s all. Do you want to sit down?”
“Sure. Let me just grab something to eat first. Hey Don, can I have a couple bags of those barbecue flavour potato chips?” The older man nodded before retrieving them and Kyle handed over some money. “Thanks.”
Grabbing their drinks, they walked over to a table and sat down opposite each other. Ripping open the bags of chips, he asked, “How’s the latest painting coming? Will it be finished in time for the show next month?”
“Don’t ask. I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately. This has never happened before...okay, it has but not for this length of time.” Picking up his bottle of beer, he took a drink.
“You need to get laid, Michael. Seriously, when’s the last time you had sex?”
“Why is sex your answer to everything?”
Kyle watched his best friend as he chewed on a mouthful of potato chips. “Because in my experience it usually is,” he said after swallowing. “Look, you haven’t been with anyone since Cou...”
“Don’t say her name,” Michael warned.
“Okay, you haven’t been with anyone since what’s-her-name and that was what? Almost two years ago? Don’t let that bitch wreck your life even more than she already has. You need to get back on the horse, so to speak.” Kyle laughed at his own joke.
“You’ve got such a way with words, don’t you? How you get to sleep with all these women I’ll never know.”
“Well, let’s just say it’s not words they’re after.” Michael shook his head in disbelief.
By day Kyle Valenti worked as a fitness trainer in a local gym, but by night he was Rock Hardman, a much sought after male escort providing a very discreet service to a selective number of ridiculously rich, and sometimes famous, women. Discretion was his middle name and all new clients were referred to him by his existing ones. Kyle loved sex and he knew he was good at it so he figured he might as well put his talent to good use and make some money out of it. Working in a gym didn’t pay particularly well and some of his regulars showered him not only with money but incredibly expensive gifts and he had quickly become addicted to these added perks.
“So, how come you’re not working tonight?” Michael asked, picking at the label on his beer bottle.
“My seven-thirty cancelled. Her husband suddenly arrived home and she didn’t think he’d take too well to me coming over to fuck her.”
“Nah, really? You do surprise me.” Michael smirked. “Doesn’t it bother you that some of these women are married?”
Kyle thought about it for a moment before answering. “It used to, at first I mean. But then I figured if their husbands were doing their [i]job[/i] properly, then they wouldn’t be looking elsewhere. I’m just providing a service to them. They obviously love their husbands so...”
“Love their money more like,” he interrupted.
“Okay, that’s probably true of some of them but for the others, they really do love their husbands and don’t want to leave them but they need sex. That’s where I come in. I give them what they’re missing.”
Michael laughed and then downed thre rest of his beer. “You want another one?”
“Yeah. I’ll get these.” Kyle caught Don’s eye and indicated with his fingers that he wanted two more beers. A couple of minutes later he brought them over to the guys.
“I still think you could do with getting laid.”
“Are we still on that?” Michael asked.
“I’m serious, man. I really think it could, uh, get those creative juices of yours flowing. There was this gorgeous brunette at the gym the other day who would have been perfect for you; big breasts, legs up to her armpits and a killer smile.”
“Give it up, Kyle. I’m not interested in just having a one night stand with some nameless woman. While I’m not interested in getting involved in another serious relationship, I admit I do miss having a girlfriend. You know, someone to come home to and cuddle up with.”
Kyle stared at his best friend open-mouthed. “You make having a girlfriend sound like having a cat or something. It looks like the bitch took your balls with her when she left...”
“Ha ha, very funny. Besides, she didn’t leave, I kicked her out.”
“Yeah, eventually. Look, you can’t seriously tell me you don’t miss sex.”
Michael opened his mouth to speak but then quickly closed it. He wasn’t fooling himself let alone Kyle. “Okay, fine, I admit it. I do miss sex but I’m not just going to go out there and screw the first girl I meet. I’m not like you.”
“Hey! I object to that. Listen, I’m booked solid for a couple of weeks but how about after that we go out one night and I don’t mean come here. I mean, we got out to a club and see what cuties are out there. It’s not healthy to stay cooped up in your apartment all the time, only venturing out to come to a pub where mainly guys hang out.”
Michael thought about it for a moment before nodding his agreement. “Okay, but I’m not promising anything. I’ll just take it slow and see what happens.”
“That’s all I’m asking,” Kyle said with a wink.
Maria shook her head. “Hmm, I’m not sure. I think it’s too dark and could maybe leave you looking a little washed out. I think the jade one would be better.”
“Yeah, I agree.” The blonde replied, replacing the red garment and picking up the jade one before heading towards the changing rooms. Seeing that her friend wasn’t following, she turned and said, “Maria, you have to come with me and tell me what it looks like.”
“I can’t believe I’m helping you pick out sex clothes,” she complained before following Tess to the rear of the store.
“Come on, it’s the last time I’m going to be seeing him for a while so I want to look my best. He’s always so...um...appreciative shall we say.”
For the past eight months Tess had been using Rock Hardman’s services after an actress she had worked with on a previous movie had raved about his attributes when one night over drinks she had complained about not having had sex for quite some time. The older woman had insisted she try Rock just once and see for herself and so, without letting herself think about it too much, Tess had agreed and the woman had set up a meeting. That one night had blown her mind and the rest, as they say, was history.
Maria shook her head but chuckled at her friend’s words. “Is he really that good?” she whispered.
“Oh yeahhh,” she drawled. “You’ll be experiencing it for yourself soon enough. I’ll make an appointment for you when I see him this evening.” Going into one of the cubicles, Tess got undressed and then slipped on the scrap of jade coloured silk before calling Maria in. “What do you think?” she asked, twirling in front of her.
Smiling at her, Maria nodded. The cut of the fabric highlighted her long legs and tiny waist and the colour complimented her skin. “You look beautiful, sweetie, and you’ll totally knock his socks off.”
“Well hopefully I’ll be knocking more than his socks off.” Tess giggled. She couldn’t wait to see Rock tonight and have him rip her clothes off, revealing the silky underwear beneath. Having had her fair share of lovers, she could say, hand on heart, that he was the best she’d ever been with. Only he had the power of deciding if you became one of his regular clients and the fact that he’d chosen her sent a thrill through her body.
“Tess? Are you listening to me?”
“Huh? Oh, sorry. What were you saying?”
“I was just saying that maybe you should get changed now so that we’re not late for your appointment at the salon.”
“Right, just give me a few minutes and we can get going. How about we grab some lunch after we’ve been to Lucia’s, my treat?”
“Sure, that sounds great.” Maria said and stepped out of the cubicle to let Tess get changed. She couldn’t believe that she’d let herself be talked into having sex with a stranger. Surely, he couldn’t be as good as Tess had told her he was. Oh well, there was only one way to find out.
“Oh god! Please...please...”
Raising his head up for a moment, he smirked at her. “Please what?”
“Let me cum...please let me cum.”
“I’ll think about it,” he told her before diving back in but this time he directed his ministrations on her clit and a second later he was rewarded with a loud scream as she came.
Floating back down to earth, Tess sighed happily. “You’re the best, the absolute best.” She told him honestly, one hand smoothing over the back of his neck.
Slowly crawling up her body, his face now above hers, he leaned down and kissed her, sharing her taste. “Thanks babe. So is this new?” He asked, fingering the edge of the silk as it strained across her plump breasts which were heaving with every breath she took.
“Yeah,” she breathed. “I bought it today...especially for you.”
“It looks great,” he told her before suddenly ripping it from her body and throwing it to the side.
Tess gasped but wasn’t shocked in the slightest. He was only doing what he knew she loved. The sound of the fabric ripping as he pulled it from her body sent delicious tingles from her head to the tip of her toes. She’d once confessed to him that her favourite fantasy was to have her clothes torn off before having wild, passionate sex and Rock was only too willing to comply. Watching him roll on a condom, she quickly turned so she was on her hands and knees in front of him and a second later she cried out in total abandonment as she felt him push deep inside her. She felt his arms slide around her front and he tugged and pinched on her nipples and, as he did so, she reared up on her knees covering his hands with her own to silently urge him to do it harder.
Rock slowed his movements to prevent himself from cumming too soon but Tess wasn’t having it and ordered him to keep doing it faster and harder. He complied with her request and with just a few more thrusts he climaxed which triggered her second orgasm. This one being even more powerful than the first if that was at all possible.
Tess’s head fell back to rest on his shoulder and his hand dropped from one of her breasts to stroke the soft skin of her stomach. He gently lowered her to the bed and she rolled to one side, pulling him down next to her. “Do you have to leave now or can you stay a while?”
“I can stay,” he replied before adding, “I know you’re out of town for the next few months so I took the liberty of keeping the rest of the night free. I hope that’s okay.”
“It’s more than okay,” she told him pulling him on top of her.
Some time later, Tess and Rock were lying in bed, propped up against the pillows and drinking champagne. They had been having sex for most of the night and Tess had lost count of the number of amazing orgasms he’d given her. She was really going to miss this while she was out of town filming her next movie. He brought her out of her reverie by holding a champagne soaked strawberry up to her lips and she smiled saucily before biting into the soft fruit.
“Mmmm, that tastes good.”
“It doesn’t taste half as good as you.”
“I’ll bet you say that to all your girls,” she teased.
“Maybe I do and maybe I don’t,” he teased back before leaning in and covering her lips with his own, tasting the mix of strawberry juice and champagne that lingered there.
“Speaking of other girls, I’d like to recommend a friend of mine to you.”
“Okay. You’ve told her my fee?”
“Yes and she accepts. Don’t worry, she can afford you.” She giggled.
“I’m just making sure. What’s your friend’s name?”
“Maria. Maria Deluca.”
“The singer? You’re kidding me.”
Tess shook her head. “Nope. She hasn’t had much luck with guys lately but she’s wound tighter than a knot right now so I finally convinced her to let me make an appointment for her with you.”
“When does she want me to meet her?” He asked, trailing a finger over her cleavage before pulling the sheet that covered her away and exposing her breasts to his gaze.
She was just about to answer him when he suddenly bent his head and sucked one of her nipples into his mouth. “Oh...uh...you really expect me...uh...to talk now?”
Releasing her nipple with a pop, he looked into her eyes and smirked. “No. We’ll talk about it later. Much later.”
“Hi Maria, it’s me. I didn’t wake you up, did I?”
“Yes, you did. What time is it?” She tried to look at the numbers on her clock but was having trouble focusing.
“It’s six-thirty. I’m just about to leave for the gym but I thought I’d call first and let you know that you have an appointment tonight with a certain someone.”
Hearing that had Maria suddenly sitting up in bed. “Tonight? I...er...didn’t think it would be so soon.”
On the other end of the phone Tess smiled to herself. She’d deliberately asked for the appointment to be sooner rather than later because she had a feeling that her best friend would chicken out otherwise. “Me either,” she lied. “Anyway, it’s better to strike while the iron’s hot, right? I know what you’re like when you think about things too much.”
“Uh huh. So...um...what time tonight?”
“Seven-thirty. I’ve given him your address and he’s always on time so be ready.”
“He’s...he’s coming here? I thought it happened in a hotel or at his place or something.”
“I figured you’d be more comfortable in your own environment, that it wouldn’t feel so forced otherwise. And it never happens at his place. It’s always at the woman’s home or in a hotel. I get the impression he likes to keep it separate from his personal life, you know.” Tess told her. “Listen, do you want me to come over and be there when he arrives? I don’t mind.”
“No, no, that’s fine. I can do this on my own. Thanks...um...for arranging it for me, I guess.”
“Honey, believe me, after tonight you’ll be thanking me for more than arranging it.” Tess laughed. “You’ll be thanking me for eternity.”
“We’ll see about that,” Maria said laughing along with her. “I suppose that now I’m wide awake I might as well get up so I’ll talk to you later okay.”
“Okay. Have a great time tonight and you’d better call me afterwards with all the details.”
“You know I will. Bye Tessie.”
Maria replaced the receiver back in it’s cradle and sat in bed for a while as the butterflies in her stomach fluttered causing her to feel almost nauseous. Oh god, what had she let herself in for?
As his alter-ego Rock Hardman, Kyle had a strict set of rules that he expected compliance with. One was that the women he met with had money in their own right because the last thing he wanted or needed was suspicious husbands wondering why their wives were writing such large checks to a man. Another stipulation was that if he was seen out and about with a woman by one of his clients, they were not allowed to approach him no matter what the reason. He could do without any ugly confrontations thank you very much. Luckily for him, his clients didn’t seem to want to upset him in case that resulted in their liaisons with him coming to an end.
Picking out his favourite black suit, he selected a crisp white shirt and then hung the garments up on the back of his wardrobe before he finished towelling himself off. After applying some cologne and combing his hair, he got dressed and then pulled on his shoes. Walking out of his bedroom, he headed to his den so he could make sure he had Maria’s details to hand before he left to meet her.
Kyle’s eyes did a double-take when he read his diary. No! No, this couldn’t be happening. Somehow he had forgotten to enter his appointment with Maria into the book and had merely placed the piece of paper that Tess had given him inside it. He had then taken a booking from one of his regular clients for exactly the same date and time. Crap! This had never happened before in all of the time that he’d been doing this.
Sitting down in his desk chair, he slumped forward and rubbed his eyes with his thumbs. Looking down again into the diary he frowned. He had hoped that his eyes had been playing a cruel trick on him before but no, he wasn’t that lucky. What was he going to do? Maybe he could call Maria and reschedule her meeting for another night. The problem was that he didn’t like doing that with new clients unless he had absolutely no choice. It didn’t make him look good and reflected badly on the person who had recommended him to them. The only time he could remember rescheduling was when he’d been struck down with food poisoning by his father who he had been visiting and who had been experimenting in the kitchen in order to impress his girlfriend at the time.
Kyle checked his watch and saw that he had a little over an hour before he needed to be with one of his clients. Cancelling his regular was not an option, especially considering who she was married to. A quiet word in her husband’s ear about his activities would have him up before a judge before you could say ‘setup’.
Just as his hand touched the handset of his phone it started ringing and he mentally crossed his fingers that it was Tess telling him that Maria had changed her mind about tonight. Picking it up he frowned at hearing his best friend’s voice until a sudden idea popped into his head and he grinned.
“Hey Kyle, I just wanted to let you know I got those tickets to the game Saturday night.”
“Thanks man. Listen, I’m glad you called. I need to ask you a really big favour.”
On the other end, Michael raised an eyebrow. He knew that tone of voice well enough by now and he replied, “And just what might that be?” Unconsciously, he held his breath as he waited for Kyle to drop the bombshell.
Kyle cringed knowing it wasn’t going to be easy getting his friend to agree to what he was about to ask. “I...um...I’ve double-booked myself tonight and I...er...needyoutoseeoneofmyclients,” he said quickly.
Having been his friend for long enough, he had learned long ago how to decipher Kyle’s sudden sentences. “You what!? No way! I’m not doing that for you. And besides, we look nothing alike so I think she’ll know pretty quick that I’m not you.”
Running a hand through his hair, Kyle groaned. Dammit!! “She’s a new client and tonight’s the first time I’d be meeting her. I can’t cancel her and I sure as hell can’t cancel my regular. She’s the Chief of Police’s wife for Christ’s sake.”
“No Kyle. I’m sorry but I’m not doing it. You got yourself into this mess so you can get yourself out of it.”
“C’mon Michael, please? Look, if you think about it, you’d be killing two birds with one stone.”
Michael shook his head. “What the hell are you talking about?”
Kyle took a deep breath before continuing. “Well, one, you’ll be saving my butt and two, remember what we were talking about the other night? You know, about you needing to get laid? Well, here’s the perfect opportunity ‘cos you get to pretend to be someone else for a couple of hours and get rid of all your frustrations. I really think once you’ve done that you’ll find it easier to move on.”
There was silence on the other end as Michael seriously considered what his friend was saying. This was a really bizarre situation but maybe it was just what he needed. The woman he’d be seeing was wanting sex so he’d be catering to her needs as well as his own.
“Michael? You still there?”
“So, what do you say? Will you help me out?”
Michael’s mouth opened and closed a couple of times before he said, “Yes. I’ll do it but just this once okay. This isn’t going to turn into some kind of regular solution each time you double-book yourself.”
“Got it. I’ll be extra careful from now on, I promise. You’ve got about forty-five minutes before you need to be at her place. Have you got a pen? Right, she lives at 285 Atherton Way. Dress smartly, your black suit if it’s clean. Oh and don’t let things get personal...”
“Personal? I’m going to be having sex with her which, in my opinion, is pretty personal.”
“I just meant don’t start telling her your real name and all about yourself. If she wants to talk about herself that’s fine but you, you keep quiet.” He told him before adding, “And don’t go kissing her.”
“What? Why not?”
“Because it makes the whole situation more complicated.”
“So you’re telling me you don’t kiss your clients? I don’t believe that for a second.”
“Of course I kiss them, but I’ve been doing this long enough by now to know how to stop it from becoming too complicated. This is your first time and since you haven’t been with a woman in months I don’t think you should risk it, that’s all. I’m just looking out for you.”
Michael knew what Kyle was saying made a strange sort of sense. “Okay, fine. So what’s my name for this adventure?” He asked, silently praying that it was a nice, normal name.
“You’ll be using my alias which is the person she’s expecting?”
“Okay, and what’s that?”
“Excuse me?” Michael burst into laughter until he realised that that was his name for tonight. “Please tell me you’re kidding. I have to knock on her door and tell her that I’m ‘Rock Hardman’? Jesus Kyle, couldn’t you have come up with something better than that?”
“What? What’s wrong with it? You know I’m a big fan of The Rock and my body’s pretty hard from all the working out I do at the gym,” he replied.
“Okay, but there’s a serious double-meaning with that name, Kyle, and I don’t believe for a second that you haven’t realised it before now.”
Kyle laughed loudly on the other end. “Of course I realised it. I think it’s fun and my ladies seem to love it. Oh and listen, before I forget, there’s no need to go mentioning to her how much she needs to pay. Her friend will have told her my fee but you’ll have to ask her for the check before you leave. Just be discreet though.
Michael couldn’t help grimacing slightly at the thought of having to ask a stranger for money after he’d had sex with her. He really didn’t know how Kyle did it. “Look, if I’m going to do this I’d better go and get ready. By the way, what’s this woman’s name?” He wondered if it would be anyone famous that he’d heard of.
“The Maria Deluca?” Michael’s mouth dropped open. He wasn’t what you’d call a fan of her music but he’d seen her on TV a couple of times and he had to admit she was gorgeous.
“Yep, the one and only. Apparently, she hasn’t had much luck with the guys she’s dated and according to her friend who recommended me, she’s as frustrated as hell. Anyway, call me tomorrow, Michael, and let me know how it went.”
“Uh...yeah, I will. See you.”
“Oh and Michael? Enjoy yourself man. I think you just might be in in for a great night.” Kyle said, trying to suppress his laughter.
Michael hung up the phone without responding. Banging his head back against the wall he was leaning on, he realised what he’d just agreed to and couldn’t help smiling. Pushing himself off the wall, he walked towards his bathroom to quickly get ready for the night ahead.
She had spent the best part of the afternoon getting herself ready in preparation for what was to come and she was now wearing a lilac knee length, halter-neck summer dress with a pair of lilac strappy sandals. Her hair was pinned up in an elegant twist, her make up was light and fresh and her fingernails and toes were painted a shade of lilac that matched her dress.
The sudden sound of the doorbell chiming froze her mid-step but after a few seconds of standing still, she quickly went over and checked her security monitor seeing a tall, smartly dressed man standing on her porch. Hmm, from what Tess had said, Maria had pictured a shorter, bulkier person not this long, tall piece of eye candy. She calmly walked over to her front door and opened it, the chain still on preventing her from opening it too wide.
“Hello, may I help you?” She gasped when their eyes met and she found herself blushing.
Michael knew he was staring but he couldn’t help it. The clothes she was wearing were simple but they made her look elegant. His eyes dropped to her full lips and he couldn’t wait to kiss them. Her gentle voice brought him out of his thoughts and he replied, “Uh, hi. I’m Rock Hardman,” he inwardly cringed at the name and once again cursed Kyle before adding, “I have a meeting with you tonight.”
On hearing the name fall from his lips, Maria bit her lip to stop herself from bursting out with laughter. “Right, just a second please.” She closed the door, removed the chain and then opened the door wider, inviting him inside. “Please come in.”
Smiling back at her, Michael entered the hallway and found himself looking around. It was spotless and nicely furnished. You wouldn’t think from the decor that she was a celebrity. It wasn’t ostentatious in the slightest. “Thanks. So, uh...” He had no clue what to say or do now he was actually here inside her home.
Maria too was at a loss as to what to do next. “Why don’t we go into the living room and I’ll pour us something to drink?” she offered politely and he nodded in response.
“Sure, that sounds good.” He said following behind her. Taking a seat on the couch, he watched as she walked over to the bar.
“What would you like to drink?”
“Whatever you’re having is fine with me,” he answered and hoped that it wouldn’t be some really girlie drink.
“Well I hope you don’t think less of me but I really feel like having a beer. Is that okay with you?”
Michael breathed a sigh of relief and then chuckled. “That would be great and I don’t think less of you for wanting a beer. Why would I?”
She shook her head and laughed with him. “It’s just that some people expect famous people to drink nothing but champagne and to be honest I really hate the stuff. People have been known to frown when I’ve ordered a beer so now I don’t. I just drink the stuff at home or if I’m out with my friends.”
Michael was starting to feel a little more comfortable and when Maria came over to hand him his beer, she took a seat beside him on the couch. As they sipped their drinks, they found themselves smiling at each other and both of them had the same thought; that maybe tonight wouldn’t be as awkward as they’d anticipated.
Taking a deep breath, Maria finally plucked up her courage and said, “So, I guess we should, uh, get things moving, huh?”
“Yeah, I guess we should.”
Getting up from her place on the couch, she went and stood in front of him and held out a hand. He took her offered hand and stood up, not dropping it once he was on his feet. Climbing the stairs first, she could almost feel the heat of his body behind her and she shivered in anticipation of what it would feel like when they were both naked.
Upon walking into her bedroom, Michael took in the surroundings and smiled. The room was beautifully decorated in white and lavender with a king size bed dominating the center of it. He was standing close behind her and without thinking, his fingers squeezed her hand which he was still holding. She turned around to face him and gave him a nervous look.
“I...I’ve never done this before,” Maria told him. For some reason she felt compelled to tell him that.
He had to bite his lip to stop himself from saying the same thing and so instead he just nodded. “It’s okay, we’ll just take things slow. If you feel uncomfortable at any time, just tell me and I’ll stop.” As he looked at her, his eyes dropped to her lips which had that beautiful bee-stung look to them and he had an irresistible urge to kiss her, despite having agreed to Kyle’s earlier request that he wouldn’t.
She released a shaky breath as his words calmed her slightly but her breathing hitched a moment later when she noticed his face moving closer to hers. Her eyes automatically closed as his face neared hers and she sighed at the first touch of his lips on her own. Bringing a hand up to his face, she trailed a finger along his firm jaw and then cupped his cheek in her palm.
Michael lost himself in the kiss and his arms wrapped themselves around her waist. It had been so long since he’d indulged in the act of kissing and he was determined to make the most of tonight. His best friend be damned. Maria had the most perfect pair of lips he’d ever kissed and he already couldn’t get enough. He was just about to slip his tongue into her mouth when hers beat him to it and he opened his mouth a little wider to give her better access as she thoroughly explored him. He groaned when she sucked first his top and then his bottom lip into her mouth and nibbled on it. His cock was rock hard already and he had to suppress a laugh at the thought that his alias was very appropriate right now.
Feeling his arousal pressing into her, Maria ground her hips into his as her hands wandered up and down his back. She made light work of slipping his jacket off his shoulders and dropping it to the floor and her hands started to unbutton his shirt. An electrical charge seemed to run from her fingertips all the way up her arm at the first touch of her hand on his bare chest and she moaned into his mouth. She pulled the shirt out of the waistband of his pants and quickly removed the garment from him so he was standing before her, his bare chest on display. The whole time they hadn’t broken away from their kissing.
Wanting to see what his body looked like, she finally broke the kiss and took a step back from him. ‘Oh boy,’ she thought to herself. He was absolutely gorgeous and the fact that he seemed nervous himself only made him more appealing to her. She hated guys who were overly cocky about their looks and she could tell already that Rock wasn’t like that. As her eyes raked over his upper body, she reached her hands up behind her neck to release the ties of the halter top of her dress.
“Wait!” He suddenly exclaimed. Seeing the nervous look back on her face, he quickly added, “Let me do it.” When she nodded her consent, he closed the gap between them and brought his hands to the back of her neck and made quick work of unfastening the clasp. Peeling the top half of the dress away, it was his turn to gasp at the sight before him. Maria was wearing a white strapless bra which concealed her plump, firm breasts from his gaze. A shot of pure lust tore through his body and he couldn’t stop himself from kissing her again. As his tongue plunged into her mouth, devouring her, he cupped her lace covered breasts in his hands, flicking his thumbs over the prominent nipples. Hearing her gentle moans, he smiled against her lips.
Maria couldn’t believe how turned on she was just from kissing him and she became impatient, wanting desperately to feel skin against skin. Taking his hands in hers, she placed them on the zipper of her dress and smiled against his mouth when he did what she wanted and lowered it. Using his hands, he slid the fabric down her thighs and when it pooled around her ankles, she kicked it aside. She stood before him now in just the bra and the matching thong and the feel of his slightly rough, calloused hands caressing her ass was amazing. Her hands, which were wrapped around his waist, stroking up and down the strong muscles of his back, moved between them and she soon had his pants open and a moment later, he had toed off his shoes and the pants had been kicked aside.
When Maria’s hand touched his cock for the first time through the black silk of his boxers, he practically growled. Her touch was soft and delicate and if it was at all possible, he seemed to harden even more. He thought it couldn’t get any better until she slipped her hand inside his boxers and he felt her skin on his own. Not being able to take it a second longer, he quickly removed her hand from him and picked her up, her legs wrapping instinctively around his waist. As he walked the few steps to her bed, her position meant that his silk covered cock was pressing into her mound and she was grinding down on it, creating a delicious friction.
“Oh god, Maria...” he mumbled just before her lips came crashing down on his. Reaching the bed, he carefully leaned forward and lowered her down onto it. Her legs stayed wrapped around his waist and she continued her grinding. He knew that if she kept that up it would be all over for a while.
Maria could feel her body breaking out in a sweat as the anticipation of what he would feel like inside her built. Even without seeing him, she knew he was big, bigger than any of her previous lovers. Tess had occasionally commented on how big Rock was but she couldn't remember her having said he was this big. Not wanting to wait a second longer to feel him buried deep inside her, she begged, “Please...please Rock...”
He hated that damn name and if this moment wasn’t so perfect, he’d remember to curse Kyle again. Reluctantly breaking the kiss, he asked, “Please what?”
All of a sudden she felt shy and didn’t know how to verbalise what she wanted so instead she leaned up on one elbow, reached out with her other hand and placed it on his crotch. “I, uh, I want to feel you...um...inside me,” she whispered the last part and could feel her cheeks flushing with a mixture of embarrassment and arousal.
Michael gulped at the visual her words created and he slowly nodded. He stood up straight in front of her as she laid propped up on her elbows and watched him intently. Removing his boxers, he suddenly remembered the condoms he’d placed in his jacket pocket and quickly went to retrieve them.
Watching him bend over had Maria staring at him open-mouthed. She hadn’t been expecting that and a giggle escaped from her mouth. He turned sharply at the noise and realised what she’d laughed at and he joined in with her. It was actually a nice way of relieving the tension in the room.
“Something funny about my ass, Ms Deluca?” He asked with a smirk as he approached the bed.
“Nope, not that I can see but I may need to explore it to be sure.”
“I have no objections to that,” he replied. Dropping the condoms onto the bed beside her, he once again leaned forward and kissed her. Her arms came up and wrapped around his neck as their lips devoured each other. They kissed for several long moments before Michael began moving down her throat and then latched onto her neck, sucking the delicate flesh into his mouth but being careful not to mark it even though he really wanted to.
Maria’s hands were gripping and kneading his ass which effectively pressed his cock further against her and those tingles were once again pulsing throughout her body.
“You’re so beautiful...and you feel so good,” he told her as he lavished her neck and shoulders with his undivided attention. Upon arriving at her breasts, he slid a hand between them and didn’t wait for permission before unfastening the front clasp of her bra. He slipped the fabric off her body and watched as her breasts moved up and down with each breath she took. Her skin was flushed and her nipples were hard little points and giving her a long, lingering look he bowed his head and sucked one of them into his mouth.
She almost screamed at the sensation of his hot mouth sucking on her sensitive flesh and her nails dug into his shoulders as she held him firmly against her. Her legs which were hanging off the edge of the bed came up and hooked around his thighs, her feet caressing the inside of them. She tried pulling him on top of her but he wasn’t budging and she looked down at him wondering why he wasn’t moving.
Michael had switched to Maria’s other breast and he happened to glance up at her and saw the confused look on her face. Releasing her nipple from his mouth with a little popping sound, he asked, “What’s the matter? Do you want me to stop?”
Quickly shaking her head, she said, “No, no, don’t stop. I’m just wondering why you’re...uh...still standing...”
“Oh. Well I can move on top of you if that’s what you want but I just wanted to try something, that’s all. We don’t have to if y...”
“Try what?” She asked feeling intrigued all of a sudden.
He didn’t answer her but instead gave her another kiss before standing up completely and hooking his thumbs into the sides of her thong. Gently, he pulled the scrap of white lace down and off her long legs. Maria felt exposed now she was completely naked in front of him but the strange thing was she didn’t feel uncomfortable at all.
Picking up her legs which were hanging off the bed, Michael ran his hands up and down the soft skin. As soon as he saw her close her eyes, he ran each hand down to her ankles and suddenly pulled her by them so her lower body was right on the edge of the bed.
Maria’s eyes flew open at the sudden move and she watched him release one of her ankles and pick up one of the condoms. She licked her lips as she watched him roll the latex onto his erection and a second later his gaze locked onto hers.
“Are you ready?” He whispered as he moved closer, bending the leg he was still holding back so it was almost level with her chest.
“Yes,” she whispered back. The anticipation was killing her and she reached out a hand and stroked his lower stomach before moving lower and touching his cock.
“Okay then,” he said before entering her in one long, hard thrust which had her screaming in bliss and him moaning in joy as her tight, wet heat engulfed him.
He couldn’t stop looking at her face as he plunged inside her over and over again and he sucked her plump bottom lip into his mouth. Using his teeth, he nipped it before soothing it with his tongue. Maria’s tongue slipped out of her mouth to lick her lips and she could taste him on them. Placing a hand behind his neck, she pulled him closer to her and kissed him like there was no tomorrow.
They panted against each other’s necks when they broke the kiss, breathing in much needed air. When he shifted his position slightly, Maria screamed again as his pubic bone pressed against her clit and she circled her hips so that she could enjoy the benefit of the new position to its fullest.
Michael cupped and kneaded her breasts as he began pounding into her. He could tell she was close to falling over the edge and he wanted to be there when it happened. He increased his pace even more and a minute or so later she screamed at the top of her lungs when her orgasm hit, seeing fireworks explode behind her eyelids. He climaxed the instant she did and he sensed that watching her cum was the final straw. If it was possible she was even more beautiful in the throes of passion.
Maria slowly came down from her Rock-induced high and opening her eyes, she saw him watching her intently. Grinning at him, she merely said, “Wow!”
He grinned back at her and said, “Yeah, ‘wow’ pretty much covers it for me too.”
She laughed and he joined her. When she wiggled her lower body, he could feel himself harden again and he slowly slid out of her, enjoying her groan of disappointment as he did so.
“Rock?” she asked feeling nervous and shy all over again.
“It’s okay. I’m just going to get rid of...” He motioned to the condom. “Where’s the bathroom?”
“Through that door,” she told him pointing at a door on the other side of the room.
Giving her another smile, he quickly went into the bathroom and did what he had to do in there. When he returned to the bedroom, he smirked when he saw that she’d climbed further up the bed so that she was sitting propped up against the headboard, resting comfortably among her pillows. Walking towards her, he climbed onto the bed and then onto her, pinning her body down with his weight. “Miss me?” He teased.
“Maybe,” she replied kissing the corner of his mouth before rolling them over so she was now on top.
“Mmm, I’m liking this view.” He winked.
Taking his hands in hers, she placed them on her breasts and urged him to touch her. He quickly complied and she threw her head back as she lost herself in his touch. Reaching a hand behind her, she fondled his balls before stroking his erection up and down, marveling at its length and thickness.
“Uh, that feels so...” he trailed off.
“What?” she asked as her movements stilled.
“Oh god, please don’t stop. It feels so fucking awesome,” he told her and was rewarded with a deep passionate kiss.
For some strange reason, Maria didn’t care that he was someone who did this with different women on a regular basis. It just felt...right for want of a better word. Maybe she’d feel differently in the morning but somehow she didn’t think so. Putting those thoughts to the back of her mind, she concentrated on the feel of his lips and his tongue.
Michael broke the kiss and knew Kyle would kill him for what he was about to do. “Can you do me a favour?”
Tilting her head to one side, she looked at him wondering what he could be about to ask. “Sure, I guess I do owe you for that mind melting orgasm you just gave me.”
He tickled her waist and placed an open-mouthed kiss on her throat. “Yeah, you most definitely do. I was just wondering if you could call me Michael, you know, instead of Rock.”
“So Rock isn’t your real name? You do surprise me.”
“Rock’s just a fun, jokey name I came up with,” he said not wanting her to start asking any awkward questions
Cupping his face in her hands, she kissed his lips softly. “Well, I think Michael suits you much better.”
“Thanks. So, uh, what do you want to do now?” He asked, giving her a playful smirk.
Grabbing another condom, she gave him a naughty smile. “Oh, I think you know that already.”
Carefully disentangling himself from her, he slowly got up from the bed doing his best not to make too much noise or movement. Part of him would have loved to have woken her up and continued where they’d left off last night but the rational part of him knew things would probably be awkward if he was there when she woke up. Once he was out of the bed, he gathered up his clothes from the floor before going into the bathroom and closing the door behind him. Quickly using the facilities, he decided he’d just wash his face and would have a shower when he got back home.
As Michael buttoned up his shirt after he’d already pulled on his pants, he looked at himself in the mirror and couldn’t help the smile that crept onto his face when he saw the marks Maria had left on his neck. It looked like he’d been attacked by a vampire but he didn’t mind in the slightest. The marks would serve as a reminder of what had happened between them and although they would soon fade, he knew without a doubt that he would always remember it.
Being with her had felt so right even if the entire situation was skewed. He knew it was wrong to have told her his real first name and probably even more wrong to have kissed her but he couldn’t help it. Having her call him ‘Rock’ in the heat of the moment during that first orgasm had felt strange to say the least, but the others he’d given her had more than made up for it, he thought to himself with a smirk playing on his lips. Having her breathe and moan his name in her sultry voice would be something he’d never forget for as long as he lived. In his opinion, Maria was passion personified and he would be eternally grateful that he had been the one to witness it first hand. The thought that this could easily have been Kyle in his place left a sour taste in his mouth.
When he had finished dressing, Michael quietly opened the bathroom door and crept out. Walking closer to the bed, he could see that Maria was still fast asleep, one hand was touching the space he had not long ago vacated and he wondered if she could tell that he wasn’t there beside her. He watched her for a couple more minutes and the desperate need to kiss her one last time was killing him. What he wouldn’t give to feel her lips against his again.
With one last lingering look, he walked out of her bedroom but a second later he was back in there. He couldn’t just leave without leaving her a note, no matter how wrong it might be or what problems could arise. Seeing a notepad and pen beside her telephone on the nightstand, he quickly scribbled her a note and propped it up against the phone so she would see it. This time when he left he didn’t go back.
Michael decided to walk back to his apartment, even though it wasn’t exactly close by but he needed to think and thought that maybe the fresh air would help. Last night had made it clear to him that he wanted a relationship and not just meaningless sex, not that he considered what happened with Maria to be meaningless. Being with her had opened his eyes, making him realise that he missed having a girlfriend and if he was being totally honest with himself, there were a couple of times last night when they were verbally teasing each other that he could have almost believed they were a couple. They just seemed to click.
Finally arriving back at his apartment, he collapsed onto his couch and ran his hands through his messy hair. What was he doing? He needed to remember that Maria had booked Kyle’s services for sex and probably wasn’t looking for a relationship. Hadn’t Kyle said something about her not having had much luck with boyfriends or something? If that was the case, then landing a boyfriend probably wasn’t high on her list of priorities. Releasing a loud sigh, he got up from the couch and headed for his bathroom to have a long hot shower. All that sex last night had tired him out, not that he was complaining. The aching muscles were a small price to pay for one of the greatest nights of his life.
I couldn’t leave without saying something. Last night was amazing and I hope you had as good a time as I did.
You looked so peaceful fast asleep that I didn’t want to wake you up and, if I’m being honest, I didn’t want either of us to feel awkward. I hope you understand.
His note was just what she needed to make her feel better and still smiling, she picked up her phone and called Tess. Her friend picked up on the second ring and sounded very chirpy considering it was still pretty early. Not wanting to discuss the events of last night over the phone, she invited her over for breakfast. After she’d ended the call, she headed for the bathroom and had a quick shower. While brushing her teeth, she glanced into the mirror and saw the dark purple mark on one side of her neck and she paused in her actions to trace over it with her forefinger. Remembering what his mouth had felt like on her skin had her body heating up and she seriously considered jumping back into the shower to have a cold one.
Giving herself a mental shake, she finished getting ready and tidied up her bedroom. She was already downstairs when the doorbell sounded and checking her security monitor and seeing that it was Tess, she opened the door to her.
“Hey babe,” the curly haired blonde said as she walked into the house. “So, how was it? Was he as good as I told you he would be?”
“Good morning to you too. Can I at least make some coffee before I’m bombarded with all your questions?” she asked with a giggle.
“That takes too long so I hit Starbucks and got our favourites and I bought some pastries for us both.”
Maria shook her head in disbelief. She should have known. “Okay, let’s go into the kitchen and eat then. I’m starving.”
“Mmm, I bet you are. My appetite always increases the morning after a night with Rock.” Tess missed the strange look on her friend’s face as she placed the paper bag containing their breakfast on the counter.
Maria felt something she could only describe as jealousy at Tess’s comment and realised that last night had meant more to her than just a one night stand. Just the thought of Michael and Tess in bed together left her feeling sick and she suddenly didn’t feel hungry.
“Sweetie? Are you okay?”
“Huh? Oh yeah, I’m fine. Sorry, did you say something?”
“I was asking if you wanted the blueberry muffin or the cherry Danish?”
“I don’t mind, either is fine by me. So, how’s everything with you?”
Tess took a seat at the counter and shook her head. “Oh no you don’t, young lady. I’m not letting you change the subject this morning. Have a seat, take a nice long drink of your latte and start dishing the dirt on last night.”
Inwardly groaning, she did as asked but found the words stuck in her throat. Knowing she had to say something though, she just said, “It was good...really good.”
“Good? Are you kidding me? The man is a god. You can’t seriously be telling me it was anything short of amazing.” Tess watched her best friend closely, trying to read her but for the first time in a long time she was coming up blank. Maria was sitting before her in a pair of faded blue jeans and a black sleeveless turtleneck T-shirt, with her hair up in a messy ponytail. She looked her normal self but there was something not quite right with the picture and she couldn’t put her finger on it.
“Did something...bad happen?”
“What? Oh no, not at all. Like I said, it was really good. Mi...Rock’s a great guy.” She quickly caught herself from revealing his real name, but then she realised that maybe Tess already knew it. Deciding to test the waters, she casually asked, “Do you think Rock is his real name? It just seems a bit too strange to be true.”
“Hmm, I’m not sure. I don’t think it’s real but I wouldn’t have a clue what his real name is. Why do you ask?”
“Hearing myself calling out Rock when I came just sounded so weird,” she confessed.
“Aah, at last we’re getting somewhere,” she said followed by a laugh. “So, he made you cum, huh? How many times?”
“Don’t ‘Tess’ me. C’mon, I always tell you stuff...”
“Yeah, even when I really don’t want to know,” Maria teased.
“Just admit it, you love hearing all about my wild antics,” Tess said laughing. This felt more like old times and she let herself relax.
Maria took a long sip of her coffee and wondered whether she should tell her friend some of what happened last night. It was true, they always told each other things and it felt sort of strange not to. It was stupid to feel jealous after just one night.
“So?” Tess prompted.
“Okay, okay. Five,” she revealed and she could feel her cheeks infusing with colour.
“Are you serious? You had five orgasms in one night?”
“Uh, yeah. Why, how many do you normally have with him?”
“Three. How long was he here for then? You can’t tell me you came that many times in just a couple of hours?”
Maria looked at her friend feeling a little confused. “No, he stayed all night. He arrived here on time and we finally fell asleep some time after one this morning. I woke up just after seven and he’d already gone.”
“He stayed all night? But I only booked him for a couple of hours. Man, he must have really got carried away but I guess knowing you have the money to pay him sweetened the deal.” Seeing the frown marring her friend’s face, she asked, “What’s wrong?”
“I forgot to pay him. He didn’t ask for the money before we, uh, you know and then afterwards we were both so exhausted...”
“That’s not like him at all,” Tess told her. “He doesn’t make a secret of the fact that he does this for money and he never forgets to collect payment.”
“What do I do then? About the money?”
Thinking for a moment, she smiled. “Don’t worry. I’ve actually got another session booked with him for later this week so I’ll give it to him for you.”
“But I thought you were leaving to shoot that new movie in a few days?”
“Yeah, I was but apparently there are a few pre-production problems so they’ve put things back for a couple of weeks. I figured I might as well pay Rock another visit before I really leave.”
Maria couldn’t help it when the sour taste returned at the thought of the two of them meeting up again and she quickly finished off her drink and picked at her blueberry muffin. “Right, well remind me before you leave to give you the check to pass on to him.”
“Sure. So, do you think you’ll be wanting another appointment scheduled?”
The thought of seeing him again, let alone having sex with him, made her feel pretty confused. Part of her desperately wanted to be with him again but the other part didn’t, not after knowing he’d been with his other women. “I...I don’t think so. Being with him made me realise I want to be in a relationship. I couldn’t do what you do, no offense.”
“None taken, Maria. I guess I knew you’d say something like that. I really like being with him but there are times I seriously miss having someone to just snuggle up with on the couch when I’m watching TV, you know.”
Getting up from her seat at the counter, Maria walked over to her best friend and hugged her tightly. “Yeah, I know.”
The ringing of the phone broke him out of his thoughts and he contemplated letting the machine pick up. Knowing exactly who would be on the other line had him answering the phone, the last thing he wanted was visitors and he knew the caller would be banging on his door if he didn’t take the call.
“Hey Kyle, what’s up?”
“How’dya know it was me?”
“Just a hunch. So, why are you calling?” Michael smirked knowing exactly why his best friend was calling.
“I think you know why. How did it go last night?”
“It...er...it was good. Really good. How was your night?” He asked trying to change the subject.
“Terrific as always. She sure loves using handcuffs on me, I guess it’s not that surprising when you know who her husband is.” Kyle said chuckling.
The image of a shackled Kyle had Michael groaning in distaste. “Thanks for the mental image, man. Listen, I have to go. I’m sorting stuff out for the exhibition.”
“Don’t you dare hang up on me. Telling me last night was just ‘good’ isn’t gonna cut it. What was Maria Deluca like?”
The nasty image of Kyle was replaced by the one of Maria fast asleep that morning and he couldn’t help smiling. “She was...great. She was pretty nervous at first but she, uh, overcame that.”
“Oh really? Come on then, what happened?”
“What do you think happened? Look, I played my part but I’m not going to be spilling my guts about what went on. We’re not chicks.”
“Someone’s a little touchy this morning. It wouldn’t be because you let feelings become involved?” The silence on the other end of the line made Kyle sigh loudly. “You let it get personal, didn’t you? Let me guess, you kissed her?”
“Don’t ‘Kyle’ me, okay. What did I say to you last night? Don’t tell her your name or anything about yourself and most importantly do not kiss her. This is just great. Am I going to be getting Maria’s complaints from her friend now?” He started ranting to himself as much as to his friend and Michael held the phone away from his ear.
Not being able to listen to any more, Michael finally interrupted. “No, dammit! You won’t be getting any complaints. You’re right, it was way more than good and I did let it get personal. I’m not sorry though. Maria is...she’s the most amazing person I’ve ever met. There, are you happy now?”
On the other end of the line, Kyle stood there open-mouthed at hearing his friend’s outburst. As he tried to think of something to say, his mouth opened and closed like a fish and unfortunately the only words to come out of his mouth were, “Did you remember to ask her for the money?”
Running a hand over his face, Michael silently cursed his best friend for the umpteenth time in the past twenty-four hours or so. He’d forgotten all about the money but instead of telling Kyle that, he just said, “Yeah, of course I did. It’s, uh, in an envelope but I haven’t counted it. How much should be in there?”
“Let’s see, you were there for two hours so there should be five hundred dollars in it.” Hearing silence once again, he asked, “What? You were there for just two hours, right?”
“Uh, yeah I was. I’ll come by later and drop off the money for you. I’ve got to go so I’ll be seeing you.” Michael quickly hung up the phone and for the second time that day, he collapsed onto his couch and sighed. He needed to make a stop at his bank on the way to Kyle’s.
Her best friend refused to give it to her at first, thinking it wasn’t really what Maria wanted but when she told her it was just to let him know she’d found one of his cufflinks which he must have dropped, Tess had given in despite not being completely sure whether or not Maria was telling the truth.
Maria picked up the phone several times, each time replacing it in it’s cradle without making the call. Her palms were sweating and she wiped them on her pants. Taking a long swig of beer, she plucked up her courage and dialled the number. Hearing the answerphone’s automated voice telling her to leave a message had her breathing a sigh of relief. Somehow it felt easier just leaving a message rather than talking to him directly.
“Uh, hi, it’s Maria Deluca. I was, um, wondering if I could arrange an appointment for you to come and visit me again. My number is 555-3275 and I’m available whenever it’s convenient for you.” She paused for a moment before adding quietly, “I can’t wait to see you again.”
Hanging up the receiver, she released a shaky breath and wondered how long she’d have to wait until she saw him again.
“I’m here, Kyle. What was that?”
“Well, if you’re there why didn’t you pick up?”
“I was in the bathroom,” he lied. “Are you serious about what you were saying?”
“Yeah. She just called and wants to see Rock again. Seeing as I can’t exactly go to her without telling her what happened, it’ll have to be you. Now, I know what you’re going to say but...”
“I’ll do it,” Michael said quickly interrupting before Kyle went on and on.
“Huh? What did you just say?”
“I said I’ll do it. Did she say when she wants to see me...uh...I mean, Rock?”
“Michael, I don’t know if this is such a good idea. It sounds like you’ve already got hung up on her and you need to remember that this is just sex to her.”
“I’m not hung up on her,” he said, his fingers crossed in a childish gesture. “If you think this is such a bad idea, why did you call me?” Kyle’s silence gave him his answer.
“Okay fine. Maria just said for Rock to call her, that she’s available whenever he’s free.”
“Kyle, you do realise that you’re Rock ‘cos you’re starting to talk about yourself in the third person.”
“Whatever. Have you got a pen? Okay, here’s her number: 555-3275.”
“Uh, did she say anything else apart from having Rock call her back?” He couldn’t help wondering if she’d asked for Rock or for Michael. He didn’t think it was the latter as he was pretty sure Kyle would have been ranting about giving out his real name, but he wanted to make sure.
“Nothing.” Quickly writing the number down before he forgot it, he asked, “So, uh, what should I tell her? I mean, if she starts asking about prices and stuff?”
“Keep it simple, it’s five hundred for two hours and a thousand for the whole night. She probably won’t ask since I think Tess gave her all the info about my costs.”
“Right. Well, I’d better give her a call so I’ll talk to you later.”
“Sure. Just be careful, okay. I don’t want this getting messy...for any of us.”
“Don’t worry, I won’t let it. Bye.”
Looking over at the painting he’d been working on for the past few days, a pair of emerald eyes looked back at him and he sucked in a deep breath before dialling the number he had just been given.
“Hi, is Maria there please?”
Maria held her breath at hearing his voice again and a slow smile graced her features. “Hi Michael, it’s me. I take it you got my message?”
“Yeah,” he said before quietly clearing his throat of it’s sudden huskiness. “I was just wondering when you were free to meet up.”
“Um, is this evening okay for you? Say around seven-thirty again?”
“That’s fine. I’ll, uh, see you then.”
Hanging up the phone, Michael decided to get a little more painting done before he took a shower and got ready.
Maria couldn’t stop smiling as she hung up her phone. A thought suddenly occurred to her and she again picked up the receiver and called Tess. As soon as the other woman answered, she said, “I need your help.”
“I can’t believe you had me helping you pick out sex clothes when just a week or so ago you were complaining when I had you doing the same,” Tess teased.
“Okay, I apologise for my earlier behaviour. I don’t know what’s wrong with me though, Tessie. After the other night I just can’t stop thinking about him and I know this is madness, but...”
“I ain’t saying a word,” she said with a smile before turning serious. “Look, you’re not hurting anyone but you need to be careful. You have such a good heart and it would be so easy for you to get over-involved. He’s a nice guy but this is a job to him. You just need to keep that in mind.”
Maria smiled at her life long friend. “I know and I will. Maybe after tonight it will be out of my system.”
“Honey, I’ve been telling myself that from the very beginning and look at me now. Enjoy tonight but then it might be an idea to call it quits. Just something to think about, that’s all.”
“Yeah,” she replied with a soft smile. “I’d better get home and start getting ready. You don’t think that lingerie is a bit too...?”
“For the billionth time, no. It looks amazing on you and don’t be surprised if he just rips it right off.”
Maria could feel the goosebumps breaking out on her skin at her friend’s words. “I’ll see you soon, sweetie. And thanks for your help today, I really appreciate it.” Standing up, she leaned forward and gave Tess a hug.
“Have fun and remember, I’ll be wanting all the juicy details.” She wiggled her eyebrows which made Maria laugh. The two friends said their goodbyes and went their separate ways.
Once Maria was back home, she took a bubble bath and then massaged in her favourite white musk body lotion before slipping on her new lingerie. It consisted of a deep crimson silk and lace balconette bra with a matching high cut thong which emphasised her long legs. As soon as she had them on, she felt very sexy and the butterflies in her tummy seemed to dissolve, well most of them anyway. She felt even sexier after she had slipped on her black sheer, hold-up stockings. Going over to her large closet, she pulled out her favourite Donna Karan black dress which hit her just above the knees and which had a plunging neckline. The final touch was her four inch high heels and twirling in front of her mirror, she couldn’t wait for Michael to arrive.
Her make up was already applied and she’d kept things natural which was in contrast to her overtly sexual outfit. She had debated about what to do with her hair, put it up or leave it down and in the end she had decided to put it up in a neat twist, wanting him to see the fading scars on her neck and hoping he’d be creating some new ones tonight.
Before leaving her bedroom, Maria made sure everything was perfect before dimming the lights. She was halfway down the stairs when the doorbell chimed and this time she didn’t even bother to check her security monitor. Opening the door, she smiled broadly when she saw him standing there looking even more sexy than she remembered dressed in his black suit.
“Hi.” Michael said, looking her up and down as he walked towards her and stepped into the hallway.
“Hi,” she replied as he walked past her and she breathed in his cologne. It had a spiciness to it that suited him perfectly.
As soon as she had closed the door and turned around to face him, he had her pinned up against it and was kissing the life out of her. Her arms wrapped around his neck, her fingers playing with the hair at the nape, as his hands grabbed her ass, hoisting her up and automatically her legs hooked around his waist.
“Here or upstairs?” He asked against her lips before attacking them again.
“Uh...anywhere,” she told him. “I can’t wait.”
“Me either.” Michael began carrying her up the stairs but then stopped and laid her down on the stairs. “How ‘bout here?”
“Perfect.” Her hands went to his belt and she had it unbuckled and his pants unfastened in seconds. She gasped when her hand came into contact with his naked flesh and her temperature spiked up a notch. “No underwear, huh?” She teased.
“I figured it’d save time.” Covering her lips with his own, he savoured the feel of her delicate little hand touching his scorching hot flesh. He found himself gently thrusting his cock into her hand, trying to get her to speed up his movements. “Faster, baby.”
Maria smiled against his lips and complied with his request. He felt like velvet over steel and she could feel him throbbing in her hand. Gathering the precum she could feel oozing out of the tip, she smeared it all over his erection and the slickness made her hand move that little bit faster.
“Oh...oh Maria...Maria...” he panted against her neck as the sensations increased in their intensity.
Realising they were still on the stairs fully dressed, Maria stopped her movements so she could turn him onto his back.
“What are you doing?” He asked through heavy lidded eyes.
She smiled at him before she answered. “Well, this is my favourite dress and the last thing I want is for you to cum all over it. As I’m sure Monica Lewinsky would agree, those stains are a bastard to get out.”
Michael burst out laughing and leaned up to kiss her again. When they broke apart, he watched as she reached behind her and unzipped the dress before standing up and letting it pool around her feet. The sight of her in skimpy lingerie and black stockings had him licking his lips in anticipation.
Picking the dress up, she draped it over the bannister and then looked back at him. His intense gaze was turning her on even more than she was already and she practically threw herself at him. His arms wrapped around her waist and stroked up and down her back, playing with her bra strap.
Breaking their kiss, Maria looked at him and said, “You can rip it off if you want to.”
Looking at her curiously, he asked, “Why would I want to do that? It looks beautiful on you.”
She blushed at his words. “I, uh, I bought it especially for tonight.”
Placing a hand at the back of her neck, he pressed down bringing her even closer to him and he whispered, “Thank you,” against her lips before kissing her passionately.
As they kissed, Maria’s hand once again wrapped around his throbbing erection and she pumped him hard and fast. He felt so good and watching the mesmerising look on his face, it was so arousing knowing she was making him feel this way. She was focusing so intently on his face that she didn’t see one of his hands moving towards her but as soon as she felt it she let out a throaty moan.
Michael’s fingers were gently stroking her through the silk and lace of her panties and the feel of the fabric rubbing against her sensitive tissue was blissful. Her hand didn’t pause in its movements on his cock and as she tried to concentrate on the feel of him in her hand, she found herself moving her hips in time to his fingers.
He was so close and he could tell she was too by the way her hips were gyrating even faster as he stroked her. Desperate to feel her, he quickly pulled the thong to one side before plunging his fingers deep inside her wet heat. The scream she released went straight to his cock and he found himself thrusting even further into her hand, encouraging her to speed things up even more.
“Yesss...Michael...oh...oh god...” Maria couldn’t believe how amazing she was feeling and she knew every time she entered her house from now on and saw those stairs, she’d always think of this moment. The second his thumb flicked over her clit she shattered into a million tiny pieces and reaching out with her free hand, she gripped his shoulder tightly as she rode out her orgasm. The movement of her hand on his cock increased even more and just a couple more strokes had him exploding all over her hand. Looking into his eyes, their gazes locked and she slowly brought her hand up to her mouth and licked his cum off her fingers.
“God Maria...you’re so fucking hot,” he said before pulling her forward and crushing his mouth on hers. His hand went to her back and he made short work of unclasping her bra and he slipped the straps off her shoulders and down her arms. Drawing back slightly so he could remove the garment completely, he took the opportunity of looking at her and he smiled. Her bee-stung lips looked even more swollen as a result of their fervent kisses and her eyes seemed to shine even more brightly than before.
Tilting her head to one side, she smiled back at him, asking, “What?”
His smile turned into a smirk. “Nothing. What do you say we go upstairs and put that comfy bed of yours to good use?”
“Sounds good,” she replied before shrieking in surprise when he suddenly got to his feet and picked her up, carrying her over his shoulder. Maria silently thanked god that her stairs were wide enough that he didn’t lose his footing or his balance.
A few seconds later they were in her bedroom and Michael had unceremoniously dumped her in the center of the bed. He began stripping of his clothes but Maria’s voice stopped him.
“Let me do it,” she whispered seductively as she crawled forward on the bed to where he was standing in front of her. It somehow felt naughty that he was still fully clothed while she was almost naked. He nodded his consent and watched as her small hands pulled his jacket off before her slim fingers began undoing each button on his shirt excruciatingly slowly. Closing his eyes, he savoured the feel of her touching him as his skin became exposed to her gaze and he sighed when he felt her lips lightly kiss the places she had just touched.
As soon as he was completely naked, he gently laid her back on the bed and like their last liaison a few nights ago, his hands caressed up and down her long legs. This time they were covered with the stockings and her feet were still clad in her heels and the sight made him almost cum on the spot. The only other thing she wore was the tiny thong and releasing his hands from her legs, he hooked his fingers into the sides of it and peeled it from her body.
“Will you do me a favour?” Michael asked as he crawled over her body until his face was above hers.
“Anything,” she replied breathlessly.
“Keep the stockings and the heels on?”
Her breath caught in her throat at his request and she replied, “Okay.” Wrapping her arms around his neck, Maria pulled him down on top of her and began kissing him hotly. Their bodies rubbed together and she could feel another orgasm building in the pit of her stomach. Tilting her pelvis up, she felt him slide inside and they both groaned at the sensation. He was deep inside her when she felt his body tense up and she too suddenly realised what had happened.
“We forgot the condom.”
“Uh yeah, I just realised. I’m on the pill though,” she told him before quickly adding, “For my cycle.” Something inside her felt the need to tell him that. “Are you...um...clean?” She lowered her head after asking that question, hating that she had to ask but knowing this was a regular thing for him, she needed to know the answer for her own peace of mind.
“Yeah, I am.” Placing a finger under her chin, he raised her face so he could look into it and he smiled, trying to reassure her. He wished he could tell her that she had no reason to worry but he couldn’t do that without blowing Kyle’s cover. “Do you want me to pull out and get one?”
Maria didn’t hesitate in giving him her answer. “No, it’s okay.” Pushing herself up slightly, she captured his lips with hers, tightened her arms around his neck and wrapped her legs around his hips, effectively pushing him deeper inside her.
The feel of him sliding in and out of her without anything between them had their hearts racing even faster than before and despite both of them already having cum once that evening, the speed and strength of their orgasms actually surprised the pair. Neither could remember ever having felt anything that intense.
Michael moved off of her but remained inside her as he shifted their positions so that they could relax and catch their breaths for a little while. He trailed a finger down her body and fingered the lace at the top of one of her stockings. “These look great on you.”
Pressing a soft kiss to his jaw, she said, “Thanks, I’m glad you like them. I wore them just for you.”
“Well it’s very appreciated,” he told her with a wink which made her laugh. “You have a beautiful laugh, Maria.”
She blushed at his compliment but smiled. “So, uh, how long can you...um...stay for?”
Pushing any thoughts of Kyle’s earlier words out of his mind, he replied, “I can stay for as long as you want.”
“Uh okay. Are you hungry then? If you are I can order in some food.”
“You know what, that sounds good. How about we order a pizza? I know this great little pizzeria not far from here that delivers really fast.”
“Sure, I could eat some pizza.” Reaching over to her nightstand, she grabbed the phone and handed it to him. As she watched him make the call, she couldn’t help feeling like this was something more than just a sexual encounter even though she knew she shouldn’t be thinking like that. If only she’d met him under different circumstances...
Feeling his hand on her ass as he led her towards the entrance, Tess bit her lip to stop herself from saying something she would regret. As they passed the elevator bank, she just happened to glance over at the couple waiting there and she stopped dead in her tracks. What the hell was he doing here? And with another woman? She ignored the sudden pang of jealousy that shot through her and instead focused on why he wasn’t with Maria who he was supposed to be with at that very moment.
“Tess? Is everything okay, honey?” Dan asked as he stepped in front of her. Seeing where her eyes were focused on, he turned and saw a man and a woman enter the elevator car. “Do you know them?”
Coming back to the present, the blonde shook her head which caused her curls to bounce with the movement. “Huh? Oh no, I thought it was someone I knew but...um...I was mistaken. Come on, we’d better get going if we don’t want to be late for our reservations.” Slipping her arm through his, they started walking but Tess couldn’t resist one look back at where Rock had been standing.
“Have you had any exhibitions yet?” She asked before taking a swig of her diet soda.
“A few. I’m always surprised when people want to buy anything I’ve painted. I’ve, uh, actually got another show coming up in a couple of weeks.”
“That’s great. I’d love to see your work some time.” Realising what she had just said, she quickly tried to hide it off and added, “Uh, do you want that last slice?”
Michael had heard what she had said and he was tempted to invite her to the show but he knew it probably wasn’t a good idea. Kyle would be there and if Maria brought her friend along with her, then the shit would really hit the fan. “Let’s share it,” he suggested.
“Okay. You were right about that pizza place, this is so delicious. How did you discover it?”
“I used to work there. It might surprise you but being an artist doesn’t exactly leave you filthy rich overnight...”
“Really? You do surprise me,” she teased.
Poking his tongue out at her in a childish gesture, he continued, “I used to deliver pizzas on my bike. It wasn’t a bad gig ‘cos I could paint during the day and then work there at night.”
“I used to work in a diner back home in Roswell. It was this alien themed place that my best friend’s parents ran. God, you should have seen the uniform we had to wear.”
Giving her a smirk, he asked, “Did it have a short skirt?”
“No.” He pouted at her answer until she added, “It had a short dress.”
“You got any pictures of you wearing it?”
“Maybe but if you saw them I’d have to kill you. I couldn’t risk the media getting hold of them.” Maria burst out laughing and he joined in with her. She couldn’t believe how natural this felt and she wished it was real.
When Michael had finished eating, he got up from his stool and stood in front of her. She looked up at him curiously and yelped when he wrapped his arms around her waist and picked her up, placing her on the counter.
“Michael?” She watched him as he undid the buttons on his shirt which she had put on when they had come downstairs.
“You look so good in my shirt...” Inching closer to her, he began kissing and sucking on her neck as he slid the now unbuttoned shirt off her shoulders. His hands cupped her breasts before pinching her nipples and moving even closer, he buried his face against her neck and sucked on the pulse point.
Maria lost track of his hands as they travelled all over her body, not staying in one place for too long, and she closed her eyes and let her head fall back. Michael was planting hot, wet kisses all over her neck and shoulders and the moment she felt his mouth covering one of her nipples, she released a guttural moan. One of her hands buried itself in his shaggy hair while the other roamed all over his back and shoulders, holding him tightly to her.
Squeezing her breasts together, he lavished both of them with licks and kisses at the same time and he knew she was enjoying it by the way her fingernails dug into his back. He moved further down her body, twirling his tongue in and around her belly button and he tugged on the delicate piercing she had there. The other night he hadn’t really paid much attention to it but the way she shivered at that little movement, he made a mental note to explore it more thoroughly. Moving lower still, he flicked his tongue over her clit and was rewarded with another appreciative moan and so he repeated the action a few more times.
Releasing her hand from his hair, Maria placed a hand behind her for support and leaned back a little giving Michael more access. It had been so long since someone had gone down on her so she was determined to enjoy every single second of his attention. God he was good...really, really good, she thought to herself as she opened her legs wider, sighing deeply when he started licking the crease of her inner thigh. Shifting her position to try and entice him to where she needed him most, he just chuckled against her and kept on licking each thigh in turn which resulted in her mumbling in frustration.
“Patience,” he whispered against her lower lips. The deep rumble of his voice made her even wetter than she was already. Sucking her clit into his mouth, he ran his tongue over the little nub before releasing it and then sucked her lower lips into his mouth in turn.
“Oh...fuck!” The hand she was using to rub over his back was now holding his head, keeping him in position because the last thing she wanted was for him to stop. It felt too good to let that happen.
Michael was devouring her like a starving man and he couldn’t get enough of her unique flavour. His tongue pistoned in and out of her as his hands wandered all over her naked thighs, the stockings and heels having long been discarded upstairs.
Maria was practically sobbing as she felt her climax just out of her reach but as soon as his thumb began rubbing circles over it as his tongue continued fucking her, she came all over his mouth with a loud cry. He licked her through her orgasm which resulting in her climaxing twice more and in the end she had to stop him as she was beginning to feel sore.
As she slowly returned to normal, she looked down at him as he kissed his way up her body until his lips were millimetres from hers. Placing her hands either side of his head, she held him still as she kissed the crap out of him, her tongue plunging into his mouth. The taste of herself on his lips seemed to excite her even more and she sucked his tongue into her mouth to make sure she got all of the flavour.
“Maria...Maria...” He chanted after they’d broken apart. “This feels so...”
“Amazing,” he told her looking deep into her eyes.
“Yeah, it does.” She whispered. “So what do you want to do now?”
“Well, I guess we could go to sleep. It is getting late.” Michael teased, a smirk once again playing on his lips to lighten the situation. He was getting in so deep it wasn’t funny.
They looked at each other for a moment before they both said, “Nah!”