Working in a surf coast hotel seems like the remedy for his previous unhappiness, but as Valentine’s Day approaches, Tom realizes he’s lonely, and looks around for someone to love.
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She whispered. “I have to work. Do you?”
He kissed her softly. “Yes, and I think it might be getting late. I want to see you again soon, will you come into the hotel tonight after you finish work. About seven, I’ll have a half-hour break. I work in one of the back bars today so it’s very civilized. Will you?”
Tom felt good. The best he’d felt in a long time. It wasn’t in his nature to fuck and run. He liked Serena a lot. He thought she was holding something back, but it wasn’t something sexual. She was gorgeous, sexy, soft, kissable, and he wanted to know her. He waited for her to answer before he moved.
“I don’t finish work until nine tonight. Do you have a later break?”
“We’re looked after well at the hotel. I get another half-hour at ten-thirty because we open until one. Music night,” he explained, and smiled as he lifted a handful of her hair to let it slip between his fingers.
Serena reached up to trace her fingers down his cheek. “I can make ten-thirty. Now I have to shower and change. There’s another bathroom along the landing, if you want to shower before you leave. I’m sorry to rush.”
Tom nodded. “I get it. I have to rush too.” He kissed her lips again, lingering on her delicious mouth, not wanting their closeness to end.
They parted and got out of bed, one on each side of it. Serena went through to her bathroom. Tom, remembering his clothes were downstairs, ran down, and picked them up before dashing along the landing to the bathroom.
They met again in the kitchen where Tom sat on a chair to put his boots on.
Serena made instant coffee and they sipped a few mouthfuls before Tom left.
She kissed him at the front door.
He smiled as he ran down the steps to his car.
Copyright Elodie Parkes 2014, to be released FEB 14 by Hot Ink Press