In one swift move, Austin pulled Jane’s shirt down and threw a blanket over her as Sara opened the front door.
Her eyes narrowed when she looked at Austin. “What are you doing here?”
“What are you doing home?” Jane countered, zipping up her jeans.
“My sister and her husband had a fight so they came home early. I didn’t feel like staying there while they were arguing, so I said goodnight to the kids and left.” She looked at Austin and snarled. “If I’d known you’d be here, I would’ve stayed far away.”
Austin took a step back, pulling Jane close as if he needed protection. Or was he trying to protect her?
“Austin, this is my roommate, Sara.” Jane did her best to maintain some civility, but the other girl wasn’t cooperating. “Sara, this is…. Apparently, you know who Austin is.”
“What did I do to deserve this?” Austin frowned. “Have we met?”
“Seriously?” Sara gasped, then turned on Jane. “I told you going out with him again was a bad idea.”
“But I like bad ideas.”
Jane sighed, and Austin laughed.
“I’m glad you think this is funny,” Sara shot at him. “I’ll be the one picking up the pieces when you’re gone.”
“Who says I’m gonna leave her?”
“Back off, Sara.” Jane stepped between them. “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you Austin was coming over tonight, but he’s here now, so let’s just try to be nice to each other.”
“He doesn’t deserve it.”
“Wow.” Austin took a step toward the door. “I know when I’m not welcome.” He reached for Jane and took her hands. “I’d better say goodnight.”
“No.” Her body still throbbed. He had to be feeling it too.
“I’ll see you tomorrow. We’ll make other plans.” He held her face in his hands and kissed her. “Thank you for dinner. It was delicious.” He pulled her close and pressed his lips to her ear. “And so was dessert.”
She answered him with a smile.
“Sara, I’d like to say it was nice meeting you, but….” Austin winced.
Jane followed him to the door, whispered “Sweet dreams,” and closed it behind him.
“Good night and good riddance,” Sara growled. “I hope you’re not planning on—”
“Don’t you ever treat one of my friends that way again!” Jane advanced on Sara, her voice low. “Do you understand me?”
“So he’s a friend now?”
“He’s a better one than you are tonight.”
“I’m trying to protect you.”
“From what? From having a good time? From laughing, from kissing, from possibly having the best sex of my life?”
“From getting your heart broken.”
“Okay. I get that. If I’m making a mistake, if I end up getting hurt, so be it. I can take care of myself.”
“But you’re not thinking straight. You’re not thinking about the future. There is no future with him.”
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