She let out her breath in a long stream. Why did it feel like he could see right inside of her? Like he had ripped off her protective shell and was calmly surveying the grubby worm that squirmed in front of him.
But his eyes were compassionate. Like he really cared about her. Like he saw potential in her that no one else had ever seen.
“How do you know?” she managed to get out.
“Because I’ve been there. You have to strip everything bare to be a real artist. And it’s not easy. But easy isn’t always the best.”
Things felt so different now for her. In only a few blocks, she felt the light romance of their date slip away and turn into something much deeper. A true intimacy. He saw her. And he liked her.
Something eased inside of her, letting go. She didn’t have to guard herself with him. She didn’t have to pretend.
She wasn’t sure it was real, but it felt glorious. He stayed silent, letting her absorb it, reassuring her by walking with his arm around her. Her throat was so tight she couldn’t have spoken at that moment.
They crossed over the walkway to the edge of the island, and it was like they stepped into another world with the lights reflecting off the river. The open air and the sound of the lapping water, the moonlight and tiny streamers of glowing clouds far above were the opposite of the closed-in city streets. The muted sound of traffic was behind them, and in front nothing but the black river that sparkled on the surface with a million lights.
They boarded a little yellow ferry taxi. They were among a couple of dozen people taking the ferry back to Brooklyn.
As the lines were cast, and the boat smoothly turned into the river, Kai asked, “Are you cold?”
As the wind picked up, Erin shivered. “A little.”
“We can go inside.”
“No, I like it out here. Let’s go to the back.”
She went to the corner of the railing in the stern closest to Manhattan. Behind them was the dark outline of much lower buildings in Queens and Brooklyn. In front, Manhattan spread out with its crowded skyscrapers. Lit windows made a checkerboard pattern everywhere she looked.
Kai put his arms around her, surrounding her with his warmth. She leaned back into him, feeling how solid he was. Her head rested in the curve of his chest next to his breastbone, and he nuzzled her hair with his face. Finally!
The way he held her, and breathed deep of her, made her close her eyes and sigh in pleasure. It felt so good!
She didn’t dare speak, her heart was too full. She turned her face up to him, to his questing lips. Then they were kissing, and she was twisting in his arms, reaching up to touch his face with her fingertips.
She had never touched him before. He had always touched her, holding her arms or her hair.
For the first time, they kissed like lovers.
His lips were soft and eager on her mouth, as he pulled her close by the waist. She stroked his face as he kissed her, loving the roughness of stubble on his cheek. Then his hair, so silky that her eyes opened in surprise as she caressed the back of his neck.
It was heaven! Everything she had dreamed of. His own passion drove her higher and higher—
Kai suddenly broke off, glaring over her shoulder at a guy who was leaning against the rail, edging too close to them. She could feel his body changing to defensive in an instant, as he shifted to stand between her and the stranger, curling his arm around her protectively.
But the guy didn’t take a hint and move away. She could feel Kai getting tenser, like pressure was building inside of him.
“Come on,” Kai murmured to her.
He took her hand and led her inside the ferry. But the bright lights made them both wince, and when he opened a door, she followed him instantly without realizing where they were going.
It was a tiny bathroom, not much larger than the one on an airplane. There was barely enough room for both of them to stand in front of the toilet, with a sink on one wall. There was a hatch overhead that was lifted up, letting in a fresh stream of air. It was not as bright in the bathroom with only one dim light bulb.
He cupped her face and kissed her again. Suddenly she didn’t care that she was in a bathroom. She didn’t think about anything. She had to touch him, any way she could.
Kissing him was like waltzing to music only they could hear. By turns tender and fiercely eager, he kept pausing as if to try to cool them both down, as they stood there breathing each other in, their foreheads pressed together and his hands gently touching her face.
His eyes searched her, wondering and amazed, as if he was surprised to be so overwhelmed. She felt the same way. It was sudden, almost shocking how quickly she wanted to dive into this man.
Kai saw it, like he saw everything with his piercing eyes. He reached down to her dress, pulling it up, letting his palm trail over her naked thigh. His teeth caught his lip, and she drew in her breath in a long release, lifting her face for him to kiss again.
“Please, Erin,” he murmured in longing. “I must have you.”
He ran his hands over her butt cheeks, squeezing and lifting up her skirt.
It felt so good. “Yes,” she breathed.
“Are you sure?”
Suddenly it was all movement, like they couldn’t do it fast enough. He helped her pull down her panties and they ended up somewhere, she had no idea where and she didn’t in the least bit care. All she wanted was his skin on hers, his hot, musky smell, the way his cheek scraped against hers as he pulled her against him, lifting her leg high. She braced her foot against the wall behind him, shamelessly opening her legs for him as he pulled out a condom and tore it open. He smoothed it down his dick, letting her see it for the first time. She gave his erection a stroke through the condom as he slid it all the way on. A cock so long, and fat enough she couldn’t touch her finger and thumb around it. So fine…
He drew in his breath with a hiss. So she stroked him again, feeling his cock jump in her hand.
Kai pushed her hands away, grabbing her thigh and pulling her against him again. “I must have you,” he demanded, as if he couldn’t stand it another moment, not being inside of her.
She arched her back and lifted herself for him, letting his cock press just a bit inside her pussy. She was so wet and ready! But he was so big that he had to ease inside her with gentle pressure.
She grabbed his shoulders to brace herself, her butt resting on the edge of the sink and one leg against the wall. He slowly sank his cock all the way inside of her, drawing a deep moan from her. They were locked together, his arm around her waist and holding up her leg, his fingers digging into her thigh. She could hardly move, she was pinned against the walls of the tiny space, as he began to plunge into her again and again.
He moaned out loud, throwing his head back. She held onto his neck as she panted faster, tension building inside of her, muscles straining to hold on, ready to burst. Never had it happened so fast! So hard, so fast…
Then he was staring into her eyes again, piercing her inside and out, demanding she surrender to him. “Yes, Erin,” he growled. “Give it to me!”
Unable to look away, mesmerized by his eyes, her climax ripped through her. She cried out, on and on, as she came. Until she couldn’t see him anymore. Until the bursting lights tore her away from herself.
He made a strangled sound. “Erin!” he cried out.
It almost made her come again, pleasure washing through her. She wasn’t sure how long it went on. “Erin,” he kept murmuring into her hair.
They clung together, supporting each other, breathing heavily. She was flushed and moist now, and his neck was sweaty. She gave his skin a lick, loving the fresh saltiness. She wanted to kiss him all over, like he had done with her the other night.
His cock was still deep inside of her. Impaling her like she would never be able to break free.
All of a sudden she remembered where they were. There were people sitting on the seats just on the other side of the door; a barely adequate door with a large crack along the bottom.
Embarrassment shot through her. “Oh, no!”
“Oh, yes!” He laughed out loud at the shock on her face.