That’s for sure. Caleb had almost lost Angie because of his stupid idea about what he deserved. I patted him on the back. “Always, man.”
My attention turned back to the group around Angie. “Who’s the brunette standing next to Em?” I asked.
Caleb followed my line of sight before saying, “That’s Lauren, a friend of Angie’s.”
“I think I may need to go introduce myself—”
Caleb stopped me. “She’s a friend of Angie’s, please don’t screw around with her. Remember, we all have to live together.”
Damn it. All I wanted was to bury myself inside this girl and forget the real world for a little while. Maybe I should just ask her to dance and see where it leads, I thought to myself. “All right, I’ll behave myself. But I’m still asking her to dance.”
Caleb walked over to the DJ and I took the opportunity to go and introduce myself to Lauren. I noticed her watching me. She tried to look away and pretend to be absorbed in the conversation, but I wasn’t fooled. Maybe I was going to get lucky tonight after all.
I decided to let Emily make the introductions and then ask her to dance, where I’d hit her with the full force of my charm. I walked up and stood next to Emily. “Hey, Em, having fun?”
She looked over at me with a huge smile on her face. “Absolutely! This night couldn’t have turned out any better.”
She had no idea how wrong she was. Giving her a pointed look, I turned to glance at Lauren and back to her.
She seemed flustered but I had a feeling she was doing it on purpose. “Oh, sorry. Josh, this is Lauren Pierce. Lauren, this Josh Walker, Caleb’s roommate and best friend,” Emily said pointing at each of us in turn.
I gave her my most charming smile before reaching out my hand. “Nice to meet you, Lauren.”
It took her a few seconds to respond, but when she did her smile lit up her face and my dick stood to attention. “Likewise, Josh.”
I listened to their conversation continue for a few minutes. They were talking about the class they shared. Apparently, Lauren was taking a history class with Emily and Angie. I knew they were both history majors, but I wasn’t sure about Lauren. If wanted to know more about her, I’d have to get her away from the group. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Caleb lead Angie to the dance floor.
I turned to Lauren. “Would you like to dance?”
“Sure,” she answered with a smile.
I took her hand and led her out to the dance floor, wanting to be as close to her as possible, but also to be there first hand when Caleb grew a set of balls and asked Angie to marry him. When we reached the dance floor I pulled Lauren into me where she immediately wrapped her arms around my neck and began to move to the music. I was surprised at how well we moved. It was as if we’d been dancing together forever.
She smelled incredible and I just wanted to be closer to her. When the song finished I kept my arms wrapped around her, moving us into the next song. When I realized it was “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias I knew that the time had come for Caleb to put his plan into action. Luckily, Lauren didn’t seem like she wanted to move from my arms and we continued to sway to the music. I leaned down to whisper in her ear, “You smell amazing.”
I heard her gasp and she pulled back to look me in the eyes. I could see the desire in them. God, how I just wanted to take this girl out of here and back to my empty apartment.
I caught Caleb dancing with Angie and looked over in his direction. What the fuck was he waiting for, an engraved invitation? I gave him a discreet thumbs up behind Lauren’s back. He took a deep breath and nodded at me. He reached into his pocket. Stepping away from Angie, he dropped to one knee.