‘I love your curls’ he said, facing her, and playing with the locks that spilled into his palm.
‘Tell me something new’ she replied, running her finger along his muscled arm.
‘Oh, I could write a book about things that I love about you’ he said, smiling his heart-stopping smile, and she wondered how mere words could cause her heart to race like this. ‘Stop behaving like a school kid’ she chided herself, unable to control the blush that was spreading to her neck now.
He laughed aloud watching her now pink face, the laugh making her blush deeper. ‘Oh, stop’ she murmured, and let him pull her into his arms, and sighed contentedly.
She turned, cuddling into him, and wondered if it was okay to say it then. She had been wanting to say it for the past three months- ever since he bailed her out of her abusive relationship with her boyfriend, ever since he helped her find a place for herself, ever since he gave her that much needed promotion, ever since he touched her in ways she never knew were possible..
‘Baby?’ she moved her lips against his chest, hoping he might not have heard her, then she could put off telling him.
‘Umn?’ He had heard.
‘You know, I had been meaning to tell you something..’ she faltered
‘Yeah? What is it?’ Pointblank. He was already inching away, to look into her face, when his cellphone started buzzing, distracting him.
‘I love you..I think I am in love with you’ she blurted, desperate to hold on to the moment.
He ignored the call, and stared at her, the kind chocolate shade of his eyes turning a cold, aloof brown.
‘Haven’t I told you..’ He started, immediately pulling himself up and looking for his clothes.
‘I know, I know..I just..felt like saying it!’ she tried to explain, but through the film of tears, she could only see a blurred image of him acting like he heard nothing.
‘I got to leave, I’ll see you tomorrow’ he replied curtly, and left shutting the door behind him.
He turned the ignition in the car and punched a few keys into his blackberry, returning the call that he had missed.
‘Yeah, I am just starting, we had a client call’ he said, checking his face in the rear view mirror, setting his hair into a more client-call-story-believable style.
‘Have you had anything to eat yet?’ the concerned voice asked him.
‘No, heat something..I will have dinner at home tonight’ he sighed.
‘Okay, drive safe. I love you’ the voice said.
There was a moment of silence. ‘Umm’ he replied, cutting the call.
‘Three simple words’, he thought wistfully. ‘And I can’t bring myself to say them. To anybody.’
He stared at the visage looking at him from the mirror.
‘Pathetic’ it said to him.