Jonquil stared at the door for a few seconds before knocking softly. She walked in after Yvonne said that it was unlocked. “Hi.” She closed the door behind her.
“Hi dear,” Yvonne said. “What happened to your keys?”
“Nothing, they’re upstairs. I just didn’t want to walk in on him.”
“You wouldn’t have.” Yvonne shook her head. “‘Him’ hasn’t come out of his room since you two argued. Oh don’t get so pale,” Yvonne went on, “My Cedrus is just a little upset. You coming to see him will make everything better.”
“I don’t know. I was so mean to him.”
“You thought you had reasons,” Yvonne said. “I know you would never hurt my boy on purpose. Now go talk to him. And see if you can get him to eat something. He didn’t touch his breakfast or his lunch. I even made pineapple upside-down cake to lure him out of his cave, but it didn’t work. If you need me give me a ring. I’m off to visit with your sister.”
Jonquil didn’t say anything as she watched Yvonne walk out of the apartment. The huge knot in her throat held her words stillborn.
She grabbed a slice of cake, and forced herself to walk to Ced’s room. After she got to the door, panic smacked her in the face. She had practiced what to say to the man she loved, but her mind had gone completely blank. I should come back after he’s less pissed off, she thought.
Ced must’ve heard the shuffling outside his door, because he said, “I’m not hungry, Mom. I just want to be alone, if you don’t mind.”
Jonquil decided to walk away. But before she could turn around, Ced swung the door open and wrapped his arms around her, squeezing the pineapple upside-down cake between their bodies.
Without letting Jonquil go, Ced looked down at the mess. She knew how much her mistrust had hurt him, so she thanked the universe when she watched the pain flee the pale blue of his eyes.
“Hey,” he said.
“I have cake,” she said.
He moved back a little, and reached for the plate. A chunk of cake fell on his feet, but most of it stayed stuck to Jonquil’s midriff. “And you wear it well,” he said.
He stole the rest of her sentence with his lips.
She kissed him back, but continued trying to speak. “I’m—”
“You don’t have to say anything.” He continued kissing her. “That doesn’t matter anymore. But I haven’t touched you in two days.”
Jonquil pushed the apology to the back of her mind when Ced pulled her tube top and shorts down her hips, and picked her up. He laid her down on the bed they’ve shared so many times. She couldn’t stay quiet. “I’m sorry I told you to leave. I didn’t mean any of it. I know you’d never lie to me or cheat. I don’t know what got into me.”
“It’s okay, love.” Ced exhaled audibly. “If some guy I didn’t know left you a message on my phone, saying that he missed you and couldn’t wait to have you again, I would probably smash a few tea mugs against the wall. And the teapot too for good measure.” He shook his head from side to side when she tried to say something else. “Please, Jonquil, I’ve missed you.” Ced kissed her mouth, her neck, her shoulders, her breasts, and licked pineapple sauce off her skin.
Jonquil closed her eyes. “I’ve missed you, too.”
Ced returned to her lips. Jonquil tasted pineapple in his kisses. He reached for a condom, and took care of that business with one hand. His other hand cradled the back of Jonquil’s neck. She had been ready for him. When he trembled inside her, Jonquil knew that the same had been true for him.
Wrapping her legs around Ced’s waist, Jonquil pumped her hips to match his thrusts. The scream of her climax came fast. She wasn’t surprised. Her mind found satisfaction in his forgiveness, but her body had been craving physical absolution.
She watched his pupils dilate as her orgasm rode them both.
“Mine,” he said.
Jonquil welcomed the possessiveness and the wildness in his eyes. She wanted him to know that she was his as he was hers. She needed him to understand that she, too, was left feeling incomplete and dangerous when he wasn’t around. When the unspoken words brighten his face, she let her body go limp. He turned her over onto her stomach, seized her wrists with one hand, and loved her from behind.
Ced pulled Jonquil’s back closer to his chest. She whimpered when he pressed his face to her cheek, nibbled her earlobe, and inhaled her deeply. Jonquil turned her face towards her man, panting, “I love you,” into his mouth. His body tensed, right before he howled his pleasure into the back of his woman’s neck.
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