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Forever and Always (Forever and Always #2)(11)
E.L. Todd

“I’m making good money from my editing company,” I said. “A woman just paid me two thousand dollars to edit her manuscript.”

Sean nodded. “I’m going to quit my job and start editing too, then.”

“You don’t need to pay for everything, Sean. I have money.”

“I know,” he said. “But you are my girlfriend and I like to treat you. Is it that big of a deal?”

I realized that he didn’t know. After all, if he had, he would have said something already. He probably would have yelled at me for not telling him about it to begin with, and berate me for giving all my money to my brother. “No.”

“Good,” he said. “This feminism movement is annoying. A guy can’t even take out a girl anymore.”

I smiled. “I didn’t mean to offend you, babe.”

Sean wrapped me in his arms and nuzzled my neck. “I like it when you call me that.”

“You do?”


“I like that it isn’t weird that we’re a couple.”

“Me too,” he said. “It makes me wonder why we didn’t do this sooner.”

“That’s because you were busy being oblivious to my charms,” I teased him.

He pulled away from me. “No,” he said. “I know you’ve always been a hot piece of ass.”

I smiled. “And you haven’t always been bad to look at.”

Sean laughed. “I prefer the other compliment.”

“Too bad,” I said. There was a knock on the door and I answered it. I handed the man Sean’s money and brought the pizza into the living room. Sean and I ate it out of the box like always, and we watched television for a while.

“There are no games on.” Sean sighed.

I leaned into him and rested my head on his shoulder, cuddling with him like I’ve wanted to since he arrived. The scent of his body was evident in my nostrils, and he smelled like home. It reminded me of his apartment. Sean turned off the television and lay down beside me on the couch. His fingers ran through my hair and we stared at each other for a while, just treasuring the fact that we were really together.

“I’m sorry about everything, Scarlet,” he whispered. “I hope you believe that.”

“I do.” I smiled. “And I’m sorry, too.”

Sean leaned in and kissed me gently. My senses ignited when we touched. The chemistry between us was powerful and amazing. All the times when Janice accused me of loving Sean, I rejected the idea, refusing to think I could ever love him, but I did, and now it seemed so obvious. If only we hadn’t been established as friends first, perhaps we would have been together. Maybe we’d even be married. I cupped his cheek and pulled his lips closer to mine. I slipped my tongue into his mouth, making his body shake. Sean ran his hands down my body and slid one inside my shirt, feeling the skin of my stomach and ribs. My hands reached under his shirt to caress the muscles of his stomach and chest. Just the touch alone sent me over the edge and I knew I wanted him. Why did we have to wait? I climbed on top of Sean and kissed him with more passion. He responded immediately, and I grabbed his hand and placed it over my breast. Sean squeezed it gently then unclasped my bra, letting it fall loose. Sean rolled on top of me then rubbed his nose against mine, making me weak as he looked at me.

“Are you sure?” he whispered. “I want this to be right.”

“I love you, Sean,” I said. “I want to be with you. And I know that you love me. We are meant for each other.” My hands combed through his hair as his eyes drifted shut.

“I love you, Scar,” he said as he kissed me.

“I love you.”

Sean gathered me in his arms then carried me into my bedroom, laying me gently on the bed. His shirt felt soft in my fingertips as it slid from his body and dropped to the floor. His strong chest made me feel safe and protected, like he could always defend me. That fueled my arousal even more, knowing that he would never hurt me again. With steady hands, I unbuttoned his pants and pulled them down with his undershorts. He was completely naked on top of me. I kissed his body everywhere, praising his beautiful physique with my mouth. Sean moaned as he watched me for a moment then pulled my shirt from my body and dropped it on the bed. He kissed my chest gently then moved to my neck, trailing kisses down to my stomach. His fingers unbuttoned my pants and he pulled them free, leaving me only in my thong. Sean crawled on top of me and pressed his forehead against mine.

“We can stop,” he said.

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