Chapter Fourteen (Part 13)

“No.” I breathed in deeply, trying to calm down the fast beating of my heart. “I know I can’t simply ignore and forget everything that had happened between us. And I know it’s going to take longer than just five minutes to move past it all. But…”

“But?”

I smiled, feeling his hand tense at the side of my face as he hung onto each word I said. “I do want things to be normal between us. I hated it before; the dread I would feel at the idea of seeing you, how awkward things were, I don’t want that at all. I want it to be like before in the sense that I want it to be minus all the negativity. Just normal, and just right between us.”

Jensen grinned. “I’m getting the feeling you misinterpreted my question, Ms. Payes.”

I couldn’t help but grin back at him. His happiness was contagious. “Really, Sterling? How so?”

“I think our definitions of ‘normal’ differed here. I certainly don’t want it to be like before Roxie, not exactly.”

Now, he was truly confusing me. “What do you mean?”

Jensen hesitated slightly before resting his hand under my chin while the other wrapped around my waist and pulled me to him swiftly. My hands automatically came to rest on his chest and my voice died in my throat as I looked between the two of us, the realization of what he was about to do dawning upon me. Amusement spread across his face upon seeing the blush rise on mine.

“J-Jensen?”

“If we started things up again, exactly where we’d left it off years ago…I don’t think it would be classed as ‘normal’ for me to do this.”

Then before I could make any sense of what he’d just said, his lips were on mine.

The End

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