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Forever and Always (Forever and Always #2)(5)
E.L. Todd

“Was he actually expecting to sleep with me?” I asked. “That’s disturbing.”

“No. He just likes to be around pretty women. It makes him look better—more powerful.”

“Men,” I said in a disgusted voice. “And I can’t believe you tried to set me up with one.”

“Brian isn’t like that,” he said. “He just acts weird around you.”

“Are you going to tell him that I’m your girlfriend?”

He nodded. “I’m going to tell anyone who will listen—twice.”

I laughed and almost spilled my wine. “You’re sweet.”

“Only for you,” he said.

The memory of him sleeping with Janice came back to my mind, along with the hurt and the betrayal. I wondered if he continued to sleep with her after I left, but I decided not to ask.

“Have you talked to Janice?” I asked.

Sean looked uncomfortable at the mention of her. “Yes,” he said. “She’s really worried about you. She wanted me to tell you that she’s sorry and that she loves you. You are still her best friend.”

I nodded. “Maybe I should call her.”

“You should,” Sean said. “I know you’re mad at her, but she feels horrible about what happened. In her defense, you lied to her about your feelings for me. I think you should give her a chance.”

I sighed. “I think you’re right.”

“Thank you,” he said. “And Scarlet, I want you to know that I didn’t sleep with anyone when we were apart—that includes Janice.”

The news made me happy, but I tried to hide my glee. It was obvious how much he loved me by staying faithful to me even though we weren’t together. Guilt flooded my mind when I thought about Cortland. I didn’t know if I should tell him. I didn’t respond to his words and Sean didn’t ask me if I had slept with anyone, thankfully. I wasn’t sure what my answer would have been.

“Are you ready to go?” he asked. “It’s almost midnight—three in New York.”

“Sure,” I said. “You must be tired.”

Sean dropped the money on the table and we left, taking a taxi back to the apartment. Sean wrapped his arm around my shoulder and I placed my hand on his thigh. We were really a couple and it felt right—perfect.

When we got back to the apartment, Ryan was already in his room sleeping. I walked towards my bedroom, but Sean moved into the living room.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Getting ready for bed,” he said.

“You’re coming into my room with me,” I said. “You aren’t sleeping on the couch.”

“I don’t mind,” he said.

I walked over to him and grabbed his hand. “Don’t be annoying, Sean. Come to bed with me.”

Sean didn’t move. “Scarlet, I don’t think I should.” I sat down beside him and rested my hand on top of his.

“Why not?” I asked.

Sean sighed. “I know if I sleep next to you, I’m going to make a move.”

“I want you to.” I smiled.

“I want to take this slow,” he said. “I don’t want to mess this up again. Besides, your brother is in the next room.”

I rolled my eyes. “He’s had girls over before. And we’ve already slept together, Sean. I really want to do it again.” I ran my hand up his thigh and he closed his eyes.

Sean stopped my hand. “I love you, Scarlet, and I respect you. I’m willing to wait until you’re ready.”

“I am ready, Sean.”

“Let’s give it some time.”

“Are you afraid to be with me?” I asked sadly.

He shook his head. “Absolutely not,” he said quickly. “Believe me, I want you, Scarlet. Seeing you wearing that dress tonight made me want to take you in the middle of that bar, but I can’t rush this because I love you. I don’t want to jump into something you aren’t ready for, even if you say you are. I know how much I hurt you, and I want make sure that you trust me before we begin a physical relationship.”

“I do trust you, Sean. Stop being a prude.”

Sean laughed. “You have no idea how much I don’t want to be,” he said. “I’ve thought about making love to you since the first time I had you. You never told me you were amazing in bed.”

“Well, it never came up.” I smiled.

Sean kissed my forehead. “Don’t doubt my desire for you. I just want to treat you right.”

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