My First - Jason & Katie(9)

By: Melanie Shawn

She needed to push him away and get some distance is what she needed to do. Her knees began to buckle. Any time now, a little voice in the back of her head whispered. Any time you want to get a jump on creating that distance would be perfect.

That was, however, not what Katie did. No matter how hard her lizard brain screamed at her to push him away…step away…jump away…DANCE away, even…all Katie found herself doing was looking up into his chocolate brown eyes as she melted into his embrace.

Katie heard a low moan escape from Jason’s throat and was suddenly hyper-aware of how close their lips were to each other. A shiver ran through her as she contemplated the nearness of those delicious, sexy lips.

Katie’s breathing became more labored, but not in an out-of-control, panic-attacky kind of way. No, it was more of a body-coming-alive-for-the-first-time-in-years kind of way.

She vaguely wondered what was going to happen next, but couldn’t make herself focus too much on the future. Not when the present was this flipping interesting!

Her brain might be telling her to get out of this situation, to think about the consequences – but her body was perfectly content to ride this little scene out and see where it went thankyouverymuch.

Why did it seem that she was utterly incapable of listening to her brain in any situation where Jason Sloan was involved?

Chapter Two

“Katie you’re here!”

The familiar loud female voice shook Katie (mostly) out of the spell that Jason had somehow managed to cast on her, leaving her feeling woozy and a little discombobulated.

All of a sudden, she felt herself being bodily yanked away from Jason by the strong, sure arms of her Aunt Wendy.

As soon as she managed to wrap her head around what was happening, her heart filled with joy upon seeing her aunt.

“Aunt Wendy, it’s so good to see you!” Katie exclaimed, her voice coming out slightly muffled as she was crushed against her aunt’s broad, sturdy shoulders.

Standing five foot nine totally barefoot, no one was ever going to miss her aunt in a crowd. But Aunt Wendy was not the kind of person who hunched her shoulders and attempted to mask her height, wanting nothing more than to fit in. Quite the opposite, as a matter of fact. Wendy wore her physical distinction as a badge of pride.

In addition to her height, there was also the fact that Wendy had always loved bright colors, and that passion had bled into her clothing and hair choices.

And her personality? Katie smiled as she thought about it. Wendy’s personality was as big as her frame, as loud as her voice, and as bright as her clothing.

As Katie was released from the all-encompassing bear hug, she took in her aunt’s appearance. Every day was a spin of the roulette wheel as to what Wendy’s wardrobe might consist of. It was anybody’s guess. Trying to predict her aunt’s wardrobe had been a game that Katie had loved to play when she was little, and she hadn’t gotten the chance to do it for a long time. She relished the opportunity as she assessed Wendy from head to toe, smiling at what she saw.

Today Wendy’s short bob cut was colored bright red, and she wore a sunshine yellow blazer paired with a white shirt. This topped black slacks and pair of bright red heels.

Katie felt warm from the inside out. Her Aunt Wendy was a one-of-a-kind and she had really missed her!

“What are you doing here? I thought you would be at work!” Katie asked. A broad smile spread across her face as she said the words, but she was surprised to find that inside, joy fought with disappointment at the new arrival of this chaperone.

“Well, honey, I am at work!” Wendy exclaimed, “And I can’t believe my peepers; bless your heart! You’ve made it back to Harper’s Crossing! You finally came home! All it took was a couple of kids getting’ hitched.”

Wendy beamed at her niece, and Katie felt the glow of her affection and pride warming her like sunbeams. Then Wendy abruptly turned her attention to Jason, saying, “Come here and get in on the action, Romeo!”

And with that, Aunt Wendy pulled Jason into the embrace, creating a three-way bear hug that was a LITTLE too close for Katie’s comfort.

– ~ –

As soon as Katie was ripped from his arms Jason felt the emptiness like a physical blow. He immediately missed the weight of her against his body, the warmth of her against his skin. What the hell had just happened here?

He seriously needed to get a grip. He could not believe what he had just allowed to transpire.

Damn. If Wendy hadn’t interrupted them, Jason very well might have stripped Katie down, picked her up, wrapped her legs around him, and taken her – right there, against her rental car – in front of God and everyone.

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