What really just happened? What transpired between them just now was much more than a stopped fall.
Breathing heavily he set her on her feet, hoping his heart wasn’t screaming as loud as his rattled feelings.
It was quite obvious she felt it too. The chemistry between them was undeniable, tangible even; he really didn’t know what to make of it. He’d never felt like this over a girl before, a girl he’d only known for less than an hour at that. For a moment they just stood there staring at each other.
“Thanks for stopping my fall”, she whispered; her tiny voice barely audible over the erratic beating of his heart.
He stared down into her dark chocolate eyes. A moment later her eyes clouded, a clear attempt at hiding her feeling. He couldn’t read a thing. He was confused as to whether he really saw anything there in the first place. The attraction was undeniable. Yet wasn’t sure what to make of it or how to react. He shook his head, pushing his conflicted feelings to the side.
“Are you sure you’re ok?”
She nodded. He knew she wasn’t. But he’d just have to take her word for it.
“Would you like me to mix you another drink?”
“Yes please, lord knows I might need more than one”, she giggled rather nervously.
“Ok mademoiselle Janey, two Long Islands coming right up.” He gave a slight bow before moving back behind the bar. She couldn’t help but smile, he was just too charming.
In no time he came back around with two long Islands, he handed one to her then started sipping, peering at her over his glass contemplatively.
“Now it’s my turn to ask if you’re ok” she whispered.
He took another sip of his drink before answering, he didn’t meet her eye. “I mean this is just weird, you know? I barely know you, but the things I’m feeling for you are so strong. I don’t know what to make of them, besides…. I…”
She peered at him questioningly, “besides what?”
He shook his head again before answering, “nothing let’s just enjoy the moment and our drinks.”
Smiling at her, he grabbed her hand, pulling her off the stool and led her to the dance floor.
“Let’s cut-a-rug” m’lady”, she giggled and started dancing like she had no care in the world, her hips gyrating in reckless abandonment. He kept pace with her, they moved as one.
He was barely aware of how quickly time passed, their pace slowed. He stared down into her captivating brown eyes hoping to see the answer to his conflicted feeling that he so hopelessly desired.
Without thinking he swooped down, claiming her lips hungrily, slowly the kiss escalated to something much more sensual. He almost lost his head. He had to stop this. Abruptly he pushed her away from him. In her daze she gazed at him stunned, shaken and wanting more. He could tell.
“Look Jane, I’m sorry but this was a mistake, and….”, before he could finish, he felt strong muscular arms circle his waist, as the person behind him let out a cheery “Hey babe, been looking for ya”.
He didn’t have to look at her to see the shock written across her face. He couldn’t even look her in the eyes, he’d led her on. He turned to his partner greeting him with a quick peck on the cheek.
He turned back not expecting to find her but badly wanting her to be there so he could explain to her that what happened between her and him was genuine, and very much new to him. He searched the crowd for her, but was only able to catch a glimpse of her as she ran out the front door teary eye.
He started to go after her, but stopped in his tracks. He could never give her with the Cinderella story ending. He’d just have to leave it at this.
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