“Hey, I’m going for a run,” Tess yelled to her roommate as she headed out the front door.
“Be safe bitch face! Don’t forget drinks tonight at RJ’s, you promised,” Bev hollered after her.
She stretched outside of the building; passerby’s unphased at the sight of tight t-shirts and short-shorts among the hustle of quitting time. She pulled her blonde tresses into a tight ponytail, slipping in her ear buds as the sultry vocals of Crazy in Love melodically caressed her ears. She knew that she promised drinks tonight but she couldn’t shake the images of HIM.
She saw him from time to time when she left the Arena, a Cross-Fit gym that also partnered with local fitness artists to give patrons a one-stop shop for workout options. She led the cycle class. It was a full class most nights that she taught there. It gave her a reason to sweat without the guilt of pounding footfalls into miles when she didn’t make it to the gym. Lately though, she had missed too many runs and today’s miles were her penance.
Tess took with her the image of HIM, sweaty, shirt off – perspiration dripping off his brow and the connection she felt as she caught his stare after last night’s class. She had been talking to one of the guests who were a regular in her class, discussing an option to perform a class that was strictly themed for “120 BPM, “ with pulsating music in a dimly lit room; life imitating the art of dance but done on cycles.
As she nodded at the idea, she felt the intense sensation of being watched. As she scanned the room, HE was there, watching her without trying to appear to do so. She recognized the three jug heads he was standing with. Jug heads was an unfair statement but the way they dominated the equipment room, circling like vultures around the weights and to her, spending too much time loitering when they should be actually be working out. He didn’t work out with them too often. He kept to himself most times, at least the times she saw him as she was handing in her keys to Bobby at reception.
As she hit the mile and half mark, rounding the water’s edge along the path, Tess dodged out of the way of a wayward pooch who had escaped the grips of a young owner. The leash trailed along the asphalt of the trail as the young girl, clearly winded, called for the chocolate Labrador pup to stop. Seeing the girl’s distress, Tess doubled back and hit a full on sprint, passing the girl in basketball shorts and a baggy shirt.
“I’ll help you.” She shouted over the song in her ear to the girl.
The puppy became distracted with something in grass near the break in the trail, slowing just enough to give Tess an opportunity to grasp the leather leash.
“Hey there fella,” she pet the dog’s head, giving his ears a good rub. He came easy on the leash as she gently tugged him in the opposite direction to his red-faced owner, who was quickly approaching.
“Here ya go love; he has tons of energy huh?” Tess gave her control of the leash once more.
“Thanks,” she squeaked out as she stood, taking in big gulps of air.
“No problem, just hold tight to him okay,” and Tess doubled back for another few miles before she headed home.
Hot from the shower, she told Bev about the hottie from the gym, leaving no detail of his physique out as she toweled off her hair in the living room, standing near the arm of the sofa.
“So really Tess, you never took the opportunity to find out his name? What was this, some sort of sick obsession – I’ll just ogle you and you can ogle me, from afar?” Bev laughed as she leaned against the back of the sofa, her arms crossed.
“I was not ogling him.” Tess flipped her hair, finger combing her blonde waves, “Okay, maybe I was ogling just a little but girl, that sweat on his brow and his perfectly toned abs and oh my God, those arms.” And that’s what she noticed about him from the start – his arms. It’s what she always noticed first, the muscles of the arms. It represented strength – an ability to take control, have possession – hold her down with just enough force that guaranteed he’d take control without saying one word.
It turned her into a pile of mush – a complete sucker to his demands.
“So, no name? No clue on where he works, what he does? Is he a serial killer?” Bev was having too much fun making fun of her with this.
“Shut it up! Don’t make me throw your weaknesses in your face! Go get a damn shower; you’re the one who said we were having drinks tonight – remember!”
“Fine but let me see him and I might just do the roommate take over … you know – TAKE OVER.” Bev grabbed herself, trailing her fingers up her body.
“You are absolutely ridiculous – go shower!”
An hour later, both women were dressed in heels and a variance of the same little black dress. Uber dropped them off at RJ’s, a local hot spot in the city – if you wanted to get laid, you could find a sure thing and if you just wanted to drink and dance, without needing a sure thing – this was also the place.
Bev signaled the hard-bodied bartender. He came over to her – his body barely hidden behind his tight tee and tight jeans that emphasized exactly what he was packing behind that bar.
“What’ll it be doll face?”
“Hiya! Two white Russians please.”
He nodded and went to work on filling tumblers with Vodka and Kahlua, adding a splash of cream over ice. Within minutes, he set the two tumblers on the counter.
“Keep the change,” Bev winked and grabbed the drinks, handing one to Tess.
“You are not ….” Tess trailed off as Bev just smiled that knowing glance toward the hottie who she just slipped a large tip.
“Go big or go home right?”
The two crossed the room, finding an open set of club chairs with a table in the back of the room. As Tess sipped, she surveyed the room and froze. As soon as HE turned around – his eyes caught hers. Her insides melted and she silently swore, keeping a straight face as she broke the connection, returning her attention to Bev who was rambling on about how good tonight may just turn out to be after all. She had no idea.
Tess contemplated finishing her drink and dragging her bestie to the dance floor, eager to escape the intense sensation of being surveilled. Continuing to linger with her drink in hand, she ignored the prickling of her skin, shifting her body; putting an imaginary barrier up. She hoped if she gave herself the appearance of disinterest that He’d ignore her altogether. It was pretty pathetic, giggling to herself quietly.
“What’s so funny?” Bev interrupted her inner thoughts.
“Oh nothing in particular, just people watching.” She lied
“This place is not lacking in that department.” Bev swallowed the last of her drink, “Finish up so we can go hit the dance floor.”
Tess thanked the universe that her intervention. She tipped the last of her drink to her lips and handed her glass to the cute little waitress that sauntered by, wearing a similar uniform to the bartender that Bev had been eyeing up. She pushed up from the seat and trailed close behind Bev as they lost themselves into the sea of the sweaty bodies crowding the over-sized dance floor. Her body swayed to the music, losing her cares in the melodies of top tunes trending on the radio that the DJ spun and mixed.
“If I didn’t know better, I’d say you were avoiding me,” he whispered into her ear as his hands gently gripped her hips.
Tess didn’t turn around. In fact, she didn’t even flinch. She knew it was HIM before the first word fell out of his mouth. She felt a shift in the energy, as the crowd gave way momentarily, making space and through closed eyes, she felt him right before he spoke.
His rhythm matched hers, daringly; he pulled her back toward him, just a few inches – keeping a barely breathable space between them.
She opened her eyes, meeting Bev’s.
Bev tilted her head, raised her chin slightly and with a squinted eye, asked her a question but never uttered a word. Tess nodded, answering her silent question. She stayed near her friend; the safety in numbers routine but Bev gave her a wider berth to allow her male guest some dance space. She smiled in Tess’s direction and turned her attention toward a strapping young suitor who had also used the gap to get closer.
The sound changed to a sultrier, seductive mix of tracks. “You can turn to face me, I won’t bite you.” The sound of his voice became an inviting trance. His grasp on her hips tightened as he slowly turned her body in time with the music pulsing over the speakers, a light force with intentional control.
Heat spiked where her legs met her pelvis, a wash of nervous sexual tension rose through her stomach, flushing her body. He guided her to a complete halt when they faced each other; a suave widening grin greeted her.
“Hello, gorgeous.” The lilt of his voice, his breath close to her face, a mixture of whiskey and his cologne surrounded her, overwhelming her senses. The way he lingered on the emphasis of gor-geous; unhinging. Something bout you makes me feel like a dangerous woman echoed in her ear, lyrics from the mix playing around them.
He stepped in closer, sliding his thigh in between hers, his grip loosening on one hip as he encircled her waist, skimming across the fabric of her dress. His confidence impressed her while scaring every ounce of her – he held her before his hips ground against her, his eyes never leaving hers as he moved her body in a match of erotic dance.
Their chemistry, a hurricane of tension, bubbled up as the music shifted to a popular Imagine Dragons song, dragging their bodies closer in step. Tess knew she should regain the upper hand, for lack of better phrasing but her brain disconnected. She existed in this moment with a complete stranger – not complete, she’d seen him many times over the past few months. Her body betrayed her, the heat, her desire, even sound escaped her. She should ask him his name – she had hesitantly smiled in response when he called her gorgeous. He must think she was mute all of the sudden – in essence, it would be true.
“I’m Tess,” she leaned in closer to avoid yelling over the decibels pouring from overhead.
“Cooper,” he replied, kissing her ear as he backed away. They said nothing else, close proximity and fluid movements their only conversation. Bev tapped her on the shoulder, giving pause to connection. He let her go without being asked, respectable she noted to herself silently.
“Bathroom break” Bev inquired?
“Actually, yes.” Tess responded. She returned her attention to Cooper, “I’ll be back.”
He nodded and grabbed her hand as she turned to follow Bev, “Meet me by the bar when you two are done. Take your time, I’m not going anywhere.”
“What is that about?” Bev pressed as they stood in line waiting for bathroom.
Tess shrugged, honestly lost for words, “That is the guy I was telling you about earlier – the HIM.”
Bev nodded, snickering and leaned against the wall, “So that is HIM? Well, you certainly didn’t do him justice by your description. You could have said he was sculpted by the Gods’ from the finest marble the earth had to offer; because damn girl, that guy is fine!”
“Imagine my surprise when I saw him. I tried to become invisible when we were drinking in the chairs before we hit the dance floor. He totally took me off guard.”
“I can see why.” Bev teased.
They found Cooper waiting exactly where he said he would be, at the bar with a drink in hand and two on the bar. As they approached, he handed them each a white Russian.
“I saw you walk away from the bar earlier and since the bartender is a friend, I asked him what you ordered,” he smirked.
Tess nodded, sucking in air as her tongue skimmed over her teeth, a small sound escaping, “You like to do your homework?”
“Is that a bad thing?” he quizzed her.
Bev held her drink to her lips and interrupted their banter, “Hey, so you know that guy right there, with the sandy colored hair and stacked body?”
Cooper and Tess simultaneous turned their heads toward Bev.
“What, he’s hot? Besides, is he your friend or NOT?” She sipped her drink
Tess elbowed her, “You’re killing me.”
“His name is Tommy. He is currently single and yes, I definitely know him.” Cooper rotated his body toward the bar and raised two fingers toward Tommy, catching his attention. Tommy nodded an acknowledgement, finishing up at the other end of the bar with a very drunk buxom brunette.
He leaned across the bar moments later, “Hey Coop, what can I do for ya?”
“Tommy, these are my two white Russians right?” he signaled between Tess and Bev.
“Yep, that would be them.” His laughter mixed with amusement as his gaze skimmed over both girls.
“Good, then Tommy, this is …,” he looked at Bev and paused.
Bev, forgetting they hadn’t been introduced and curious about the direction of this interaction, leaned in and extended her hand toward the hunky bartender. “I’m Bev.”
“Nice to meet you,” his voice louder as the song shifted to a new beat.
“When do you get off?” Cooper asked as the handshake lingered between Tommy and Bev.
“About an hour,” Tommy responded, letting go of Bev’s hand.
“Nice, alright, are you interested in a late dinner with these two?” Bev and Tess stepped out of the way to allow two more patrons to place their order.
“Yeah man, sure.”
Cooper picked his drink up from the bar counter and joined the ladies who had maneuvered themselves to an upright table tucked off in corner within view of the dance floor. The bodies were a sea of sway and grinding to a continuous beat that kept the crowd moving.
“I hope you don’t mind but I made late night dinner plans for you with Tommy and myself.” He eyed Bev quickly, and then directed his gaze to Tess.
Tess, uncertain how to interpret this course, simply nodded. She knew good and well that Tommy was in Bev’s cross hairs and being a good roommate, she’d not cock block her on that. That then left her with another dilemma; he was built, confident, oozed sexuality and went by the name of Cooper.
Fuck was she in for it.
Laughter came easily as they sat in the too bright room of a local 24 hour diner. Bev was regaling the group with another adventure of comedic misfortune that she crossed path with this week. Tess leaned casually against the back of the tattered cushioned booth as Cooper draped his arm across the back of the bench, playing with strands of her hair as they lay across her bare shoulders. Tommy propped his foot across the booth, taking up small portion of the opposite seat, his body positioned to face Bev. To a passerby, they looked like two couples who knew each other well – quite the contrary.
“It’s been a few months since I’ve chased the sunlight,” Tess yawned, stretching. Cooper moved his arm, pulling her against his chest.
“Well then I guess I better get you home before you vaporize as the sun crests the skyline.” He taunted as he lightly kissed the top of her head.
“That’s my cue then guys,” Tommy untangled himself from the booth and stood. He was pretty impressive in the light. His tall frame towered above Bev as he held his hand out to assist her off the seat beside him. He didn’t release her hand after she was standing beside him.
He turned to Bev, staring down, as he was nearly a foot taller than her, “Wanna ride home?”
Looking down at their entwined fingers, Bev set her gaze on Tess, “You good here girl?” She winked and playfully hip checked Tommy, although it was more like a lower thigh check.
Tess winked at her crazy roommate, “As long as Cooper doesn’t mind seeing me home, you are free to go as you please lovely.”
Cooper patiently waited as Tess stood. He reached into his pocket and dropped a hundred dollar bill on the table. The group eyed him suspiciously.
“I think it’s a fair tip, we’ve been here for a few hours. Let’s just say we rented this table.”
“Whatever you say, big spender.” Tess razzed him.
“I’ll show you big spender,” his brought his hand to the small of her back as they followed behind her roommate and her bartender. She relished the comfort and ease that accompanied his close proximity. She wondered why she had waited so long to meet him – what was she afraid of?
“Okay you two, be careful – Tommy, I want her home in the same condition I gave her to you.” Tess shook her head as they parted ways to opposite cars.
Inside Cooper’s sleek BMW, she inhaled the scent of the leather – enticing.
“Do you want to come back to my place?” his question lingered as he stared ahead, the car warming up.
“If I come back to your place, you know what can happen.” She stared out of the tinted passenger window. The flicker of the light on the diner sign went out, indicating that the sunrise was right around the corner.
“What’s not to say that the same thing wouldn’t happen if I walked you to your front door,” he took her hand into his and brought it to her lips.
His feather-light kiss raised the little hairs all over her body. Her gaze left the window as she hesitantly rotated her body in the bucket seat, shifting to capture the expression of his face.
“Tess, we can just sleep. I don’t need to fuck you right now. I mean, I want to. I’ve wanted to for weeks. I’ve watched in the gym in those tight leggings, your ass outlined and beckoning me to grip it. I had quite a few moments of pause when I was lifting – and by pause, I mean I had to adjust my arousal whenever I caught glimpses of you. You have no idea girl.” His confession was suspended on the air between them, raw and heavy.
She swallowed, squeezed his hand and responded, “Yes.”
Standing in the foyer of his house, she reached down and pulled off her black heels as he did the same with his shoes. Sun breached the break in the heavy drapes as she stepped off of the tile and onto the plush carpet.
“Let me show you to the living room and I’ll go grab you something you can sleep in.” He led her down a short corridor that opened into a wide living space with floor to ceiling windows. A wide leather sofa occupied most of the space while a large flat screen hung from the wall above a river rock fireplace.
“Nice.” She nodded as she sat on the edge of the sofa as he disappeared around a hall corner. Cooper returned a few minutes later carrying clothing options in his hand.
“I hope these are suitable enough for you to sleep in.” He handed over a tee shirt and a pair of sweatpants with a string in the waist. “The pants may be a bit big and that is of course unless you want to sleep in whatever you are wearing under that dress.”
Tess thought about it for a few heartbeats, “I suppose that depends on where I’m sleeping and what you have in mind?” She pulled her bottom lip into her mouth, biting gently.” It was brazen of her; she knew this. She was tired of holding back on what she wanted and right now, as tired as she was; her body craved his unfamiliar touch. If the way he moved on the dance floor was any indication of his talent in the bedroom then she wanted more of him.
“Sweetheart, don’t ask for something that you are unwilling to actually receive.” He took a step closer.
“I wouldn’t say unwilling.”
She could feel him inhale more deeply before he moved to her and swept her into his arms. He took the clothing from her grip and discarded them on the floor before turning and heading down the hall. His hold on her steady, and before he crossed the threshold of his bedroom, he set her feet onto the floor, pinning her to the wall with his hips.
“I already told you that I do not need to fuck you. You know how I feel already; I’m willing to wait until we know each other better. But be warned, if I take you beyond this door – any control that I have left will be lost and I will bury myself deep inside of you. Make no mistake of my intention to possess your body right now.” His mouth, inches from hers; his gaze held barely contained lust.
Words weren’t necessary for what was next; she pulled his face to hers and pressed her lips to his. Without hesitation, he kissed her back, his tongue seeking hers as he gripped her once more, pulling her up into his arms and depositing her onto the bed without breaking their connection.
The lust that bound them in this moment, Tess lost in his kiss as his hands pressed her further against the bed, a pain mixed with pleasure. Her body was unable to move against the weight of him locked half on top of her. Tess encircled her hands around his back, urging him closer. With the slightest motion, she shifted her hip, offering herself for his taking.
He didn’t miss her motion, the grip on her loosened and his hand eased under the flimsy fabric of her black dress. Her t-back thongs soaked with her desire.
“You are so wet. That is so hot.” He slipped a finger under the fabric and brushed across her bud, before sinking into the wetness.
Tess drew in a hissed breath, closing her eyes; seizing the arousal from his intrusion. His body lay alongside her, half across her as he kissed her neck and fed another digit inside. It was all she could do to keep it together – the intensity searing.
“Is this what you want Tess? My fingers inside of you; my thumb pressing on your clit as you pulse around me, squeezing. I can feel your climax rising and when you finally crest over, I am going to bury my fucking cock deep inside of you, and fuck you hard.” His words were barely a whisper in her ear.
It was enough though, enough to send her racing toward a climax – the room spinning as she clamped around him. She barely heard the crinkle of his condom, barely felt him move to unzip his pants. Her climax rolled and he wasted little time before positioning himself above her and thrusting inside without mercy.
She cried out, incoherent. His pace was unforgiving, needing. With each penetration, he sank into her and then pulled almost completely out before repeating the rhythm. His body tipped over her; he found her mouth and sealed it with his. It was probably for good measure because he fucked her harder; harder than he had since he claimed her initial orgasm.
Her nails dug into his back, repaying him in kind. The world melted around her with nothing but the two of them in existence. He raised her leg higher, altering the angle of his sensual assault. He fell deeper into her but the friction of his skin against her, rubbing her clit, caught her inside another vortex of a rising orgasm.
“I’m going to come.” She tore free from his kiss and rested her head against his chest. The buildup escalating as he slid into her with each stroke. He advanced quicker, sinking deeper; her wetness allowing his engorged cock to advance with ease as the flesh of his skin brushed her clit, swollen and tingling.
“I want to feel it baby.” He angled his body, skin closer to her, grinding.
A guttural sound escaped her mouth as her orgasm washed over her. Shivers of sensitive sparks coursed over her body, she didn’t recognize the sound she tried to cover as she bit into his shoulder. She shook over the entire length of her body.
“I’m there with you baby.” His pace quickened even deeper than before until he too lost himself. He slowed, matching her soft moans with gentle strokes inside of her, prolonging their releases before he settled, motionless, between her legs. He was still nestled in her warm to the base of his cock. “Hey there rock star, do you think you could take your teeth out of my shoulder?” He smiled down at her with a sated grin.
“Oops, sorry.” She kissed the small indentations her teeth left behind on his shoulder before finding his mouth.
“I’m glad you said yes,” he bit her lip playfully and ground against her sensitive flesh.
She pulled away from him, “Stop that.”
“Stop what,” Cooper teased his flesh across her still swollen clit again, his hand wandered slowly to her warm folds, taunting the tendered flesh, “Stop this?”
She was tired and sore but the touch of his hands, against her again, placing pressure on her clit and then releasing – need and want intertwined. “Yes but No … but oh, yes please.” Her voice cooed.
“Such a needy little thing aren’t you?” He teased and withdrew from her.
She instantly missed him filling her.
He reached over her and deposited the condom into the trash. He drew her closer to his chest as he settled against the pillows, pulling the covers over the two of them.
“We both need sleep but just so you know, round two awaits and I’m going to suck that fucking orgasm from you and then fuck you all over again.” Cooper lifted her face to his with his free hand and kissed her slowly, “Now go to sleep.”