I’m heading back to Lake Point again. I’m going to return to Eve’s New Year. Since the past two weeks have been drama for Eve and Jake – I wanted to show you the silly side of these life-long friends. They make me happy when they are silly. Hope they do the same for you. 🙂
As always this is un-edited mostly, so forgive any errors. :
Jake let himself into Eve’s apartment without knocking. The pain that streaked his heart at the line of packing boxes against her wall eased when he found her with her head buried deep in a box, her gorgeous ass wiggling with each grunt of displeasure.
She muttered, “Where the hell is it?”
He covered his mouth to keep his laughter silent. It would be far more fun to enjoy the show.
“Damn it. You stupid shoe. Where the hell are you?” One hand grasped the edge of the box, a silver shoe dangling from her finger. “I specifically didn’t pack you, so why can’t I find you?”
Her rant was reaching whine-levels, but Jake still didn’t speak or move. He thought the veins in his forehead might burst from the laughter he was holding in. The shoes in the box rumbled as she shoved them around.
For his part, Jake was content to keep watching her ass. The past few weeks he’d been trying to figure out why he couldn’t keep his eyes off her lately. Since he knew she was leaving soon, he’d decided to just relax and enjoy it rather than worry.
“Son of a—argh.” The silver shoe dropped to the floor and both hands dove into the box, shoving the shoes aside so forcefully several tumbled out onto the floor.
He shook his head and looked toward her bedroom. If history was any indication, the shoe she was looking for would be in the first place she’d looked. He let her keep digging and slipped down the hall.
The room, like the rest of her apartment, was almost empty. Evidence of her packing could be seen in the empty shelves he knew to be decorated with pictures that included himself, and knick-knacks from as far back as kindergarten. Everything that had made the apartment Eve’s was gone.
He sighed and shoved aside the aching hole that had begun to open. Today was supposed to be a good day. There were going to be in a wedding, after all.
Once he’d shaken the melancholy out of his shoulders, he scanned the room. He dropped to his hands and knees. Crawling across the floor he first peeked under the bed and then the dresser. Just before he rose he spotted the toe of a shoe sticking out from behind the planter.
How, in a clean and packed apartment, she’d managed to get a shoe hidden behind a planter was beyond him. He snatched it up and hopped to his feet. On his way back down the hall he brushed at wrinkles he’d caused in his tux.
Eve still had her head stuck in the box, although there were now more shoes on the floor than in the box. Jake leaned on the wall and dangled the shoe from his finger. He cleared his throat loudly. “Ahem. Looking for this?”
With a shriek, she leaped to her feet. “Jacob Anthony Gardner, you sneaky bastard.”
He lost his train of thought at the sight of her. The plum dress hugged her curves just right, the fabric gathered and pinched at her right side. A plunging neckline revealed just enough of her cleavage to leave him salivating.
“Jake. What is your problem? You’ve got no defense?”
He had to physically shake his head to clear it and realize she wore a teasing smirk. She must have been trying to bring him down to size with her words, and by the gleam in her eye he could tell she thought she’d won. He quirked up a corner of his lip. “How in hell can you lose a shoe in an almost bare apartment? The perils of a packrat, maybe?”
“Swine.” She raced toward him. Before he could properly defend himself she was smacking him with both her hand and the heel of her stiletto.
“Ow, ow, damn it.” He laughed and squirmed away. Once he’d ducked under her arm he spun around to catch her around the waist.
She grasped his arms and tried to pull free. The shoes dropped to the carpet as she got a good hold. “Let me go.”
“No, you’ll hit me again.” He tried to capture her hands before she pulled them away. Before he managed she shoved her ass back into him hard. He stumbled backward, but didn’t let her go.
Three steps back and he bumped into something. He tumbled, bringing the shrieking Eve with him. A sharp pain hit him when he landed right inside the box Eve had been digging through. “Oh, damn it. Ow.”
Through her laughter she managed to continue smack his arms. “Let me go, you’re going to ruin my dress.”
He obliged, and she scrambled to her feet. With a groan, he sank back against the side of the box that hadn’t collapsed. “Crap.”
“I landed on a damn stiletto.”
“Serves you right, butthead.”
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