Fuck, that hurt. She bit her lip and tried very hard not to burst into tears. “I’m just…not used to this, that’s all,” she finally managed to say.
“Used to this? What does that mean?”
“You know, sex without emotions. I don’t think I’ll be any good at it so why don’t you—”
“You were great, babe. Don’t worry about that.”
Damn man was being deliberately obtuse. It’d taken him ages to come and she knew it’d been because she’d been bad at it. He’d been so aroused it shouldn’t have taken more than a couple minutes. She knew it, he knew it and yet, he was still lying to her!
“Do you want me to take the wheel?”
Her head hung down. It was a losing battle, wasn’t it? “Sure, if you want.” She checked the mirror and opened the door, sliding out of the car one more time. There was no point in discussing it when he was behaving like this. He was too good at ignoring things he didn’t want to acknowledge.
Chapter Two: The Next Level
“Can you come back tonight?”
Chloe froze in the doorway. Clutching her handbag, she turned her head and said, “What?”
“I’m feeling a lot more mellow right now but I’m pretty sure it’s gonna hit again during the night. So I thought you could, ya know, sleep here or something.”
She blinked. “You want me to move in?”
“Yeah. Is that okay?”
No! “I…I don’t know. I mean, what if you go out and find someone else? You won’t need me then.”
“C, we’ve discussed this.” Had they? “I think it’ll be easier if you stay here. That way, if I need you, you’ll be—”
“Yeah. What do you say?”
I say, you’re crazy. Except she couldn’t say that out loud. “I don’t know.”
“You don’t have anyone waiting for you at home, C. I’ve seen your apartment, remember?”
Her apartment was really one room. It was tiny and stuffy but it was hers. And she enjoyed being on her own, forgetting about James and his busy life. “Maybe but—”
She sighed. “Stop it, J.”
He grinned back at her, obviously knowing he’d won. “Just grab your stuff and come back here. Why don’t we order pizzas and watch a movie? Would you like that?”
He looked so eager she couldn’t help but smile. That sounded nice actually. Normal. “Okay. That sounds good.”
“Great. Then I’ll make sure you’re all relaxed before we move on to the next level.”
She blinked. Say what?
* * * *
She’d seriously considered staying home and texting him to say she’d changed her mind. But she was weak, had always been when he was concerned. That’s probably why she was still his PA after all these years. Oh, he was a nice boss. He gave her regular bonuses, he never had any extravagant demands or at least, not that often. He wasn’t mean.
He was James.
The man she’d been in love with, ever since she’d met him at his mom’s. That had been nearly ten years ago and she could remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday. She’d been chatting with Diana in her kitchen, grateful to the older woman for her job offer. But she’d never expected her famous rocker son to drop by during a break in his tour to surprise his mother.