Hello, fellow romantics!
I am slowly but surely getting back to work after some intense weeks in my personal life. I much appreciate your patience, kind words and support!
Here’s your first teaser of the upcoming episode…
Update: Added a bit more excerpt!
“She loves me,” Raven thought as she looked up in the mirror. “Oh my God, she loves me.”
Raven grinned at her reflection. Her eyes were a little puffy and red from lack of sleep, but she somehow still looked radiant.
“Head over heels,” she thought, shaking her head.
She straightened and pulled her braids back, wrapping the thick elastic band around her hair. Raven pursed her lips and took in a deep breath, holding her gaze in the mirror.
“I should go,” she said out loud.
She had to be at the office in less than half an hour. She’d probably be late, but she figured she could keep Bart waiting after all he had done to her these past few days. It’s not like it mattered if the charade started a little later.
Nathalie had left the hotel very early in the morning to shower and change at home. They’d see each other back at the office later. Things would be different with Bart around, of course.
Raven knew she should be more concerned about the drama she was about to step into, but her time with Nathalie made it easy to forget. There had been so many perfect moments, Raven didn’t know which one she cherished most.
When Nathalie had suddenly said, ‘I love you,’ Raven had pulled her into her arms and kissed her. Raven couldn’t recall ever kissing someone like that before, or being kissed like that.
The mix of open desire and being genuinely in love was as tantalizing as it was addictive. They had kissed more in the jacuzzi. Raven felt her heartbeat pick up just thinking about it.
Feeling Nathalie pressed against her in hot water, her slim shoulders resting against Raven’s chest, had been heavenly. And so sexy. They had quickly switched off the water jets, preferring to massage each other.
After that, they had made love over and over again in the bed. There had been brief naps, but that was all the sleep she had gotten. There had also been no talking except for frantic whispers as they touched each other.
Saying goodbye had been hard. After Nathalie had left, Raven had found herself counting the hours until they could be alone again. They had agreed it was best to meet at Nathalie’s place tonight.
First, Raven would have to come back here to pick up her stuff. She couldn’t bring a full backpack to the office since it would make Bart wonder what she was up to. It was lost time that she resented him for.
Raven sighed and finally stepped out of the bathroom. Her laptop was already in its briefcase. She had just put on her shoes when her phone rang. She frowned as she saw her sister’s name on the screen. It was late in Atlanta. Very late.
“Hey,” Raven said, grabbing her coat. “Is everything okay?”
“Hey, stranger,” Jazmine said a little coolly.
“Stranger? We just spoke!”
“You mean that short call this morning?” her sister replied.
Raven chewed on her lip. “Was it that short?” she asked, even though she already knew the answer. She had tried to end the call with her sister as soon as possible because she didn’t want to share more than she had to.
“Are you finally going to tell me what is going on?” Jazmine asked.
“What?” Raven muttered. “Everything is fine, sis. Why are you up so late anyway?”
“Nope, that won’t work,” Jazmine chuckled. “Don’t you suddenly focus on me. I know something is wrong. You have hardly said anything about these business meetings you’ve been having. That is very unlike you.”
“Look,” Raven said. “There were some unexpected bumps in the road, but it’s all for the better in the end.” She smiled as she thought of how she had brushed Nathalie’s wet hair from her eyes.
“What kind of bumps?” her sister insisted.
“Nothing for you to worry about,” Raven said, groaning softly. She was trying to put on her coat while keeping her phone pressed between her cheek and shoulder and she wasn’t very successful in that.
“You sound awfully cheery,” Jazmine commented. “Are you on drugs?”
“What?!” Raven huffed as she dropped the coat. “Seriously! You know I’m not into that kind of stuff.”
Jazmine laughed. “Don’t get your panties into a twist, sis. I was kidding.”
“Oh,” Raven said, blushing. She sighed and bent down to pick up her coat.
“I don’t know what is going on with you,” Jazmine continued, “But *something* is going on. You do not sound like yourself.”
“Look,” Raven said, “I am having a good time here. That’s all that matters, right?”
“I’m not sure that it is,” her sister replied slowly. “I’m just looking out for you, you know.”
“I know,” Raven said immediately. “But sometimes you gotta give me some more credit. I can take care of myself.”
Jazmine was silent for a moment. Raven wondered if she had been a little too defensive. It was unlike her to talk to her sister this way. Then again, Jazmine could be a bit overbearing and Raven didn’t think there was reason to.
“Okay, fine,” Jazmine relented. “Don’t tell me.”
Raven sighed. She didn’t want to push her sister away. She just knew that Jazmine would give her a hard time if she knew about what Bart had done. The questions about Nathalie would probably be even more grueling.
“I will tell you when I get home,” Raven said and then frowned. She didn’t want to go home any time soon. A pang of anxiety made her chest tighten. Going home meant leaving Nathalie behind. It was something she didn’t want to think about.
“Alright, that’ll be soon enough anyway,” Jazmine said. “When is your flight again? Saturday?”
“No, it changed to Sunday,” Raven said reluctantly.
“Oh,” Jazmine replied, clearly surprised.
“One of the bumps,” Raven tried to explain, feeling guilty about forgetting to let her sister know about the delay.
“That sounds like a pretty big bump,” said Jazmine, sounding worried.
“It’s okay! I don’t mind spending an extra day. I met someone here and she’s…,” Raven said to reassure her sister but then quickly stopped herself. Shit.