Friday, June 15, 2012
Friday Flirts – Excerpt Day
“Hi.” James popped up on my other side. I dropped a towel and scowled at him. “Hi, yourself.” He wasn’t usually out on the floor and my little sanctuary was no longer my own. I focused on the towel. It was very important and needed my full attention. “Teagan?” he asked softly.
I glanced up and his nearness caused my skin to tingle and my breath to catch in my throat. Swallowing hard, I forced my lungs to behave normally and reminded myself I was not a goddamned groupie. Why had I never noticed how thick his eye lashes were? Or that a little dimple in his left cheek showed only when his lips were pursed? “I just wanted to apologize for the way I acted last week. I kind of came out of left field, huh? And I guess I was just surprised you shot me down.” I flitted a glance from his eyes, to his full mouth, to his shaggy hair, and back again. I clutched the towel to my chest, a protective barrier between me and something good. “I wasn’t shooting you down.” Horrified by what I had done to the innocent towel, I smoothed it out on my stomach while James stood in front of me. He was so close his breath blew a wisp of hair away from my face. I was overwhelmed by the unexpected current flowing through me. Was it possible to be more aware of James than I already was? I blinked, thoroughly dazed. “It’s just…I’m not very comfortable going to a bar alone.” Traitorous tears filled my eyes at the same time I was intrigued by his subtle cologne. The scent was familiar, spicy, something I may have sampled at Macy’s the last time I shopped for a present for Anthony. But the scent was something my ex would’ve never worn and now I was thankful. “That’s understandable and I’m glad you told me. I guess I should have thought of that beforehand,” he said tenderly. “Why did you ask me?” I blinked fast to keep the tears from falling. They would only be one more embarrassment to overcome. And my days of shedding tears for a man were behind me. He shrugged and a tress of his hair fell over his eye. “You just seemed so…” Oh, Lord. Don’t you dare say alone!