Track 9 : It’s the small things like trust, honesty…wanting to take care of the cat
An hour later, they sat on Jasmine’s couch, sharing a glass of wine; soft music filled the living room. Jazz had her feet over Danny’s lap and he was stroking them absently as they talked.
“Your father is really a good man. I like how he’s dealt with you guys. Easy-going and encouraging, you don’t find that very much,” Jazz said.
“You never talk about your father,” Danny pointed out gently. “Why?”
“My Dad and I, we have a difficult relationship,” Jazz sighed. “He’s a military man. His ways are set, he likes it when everyone in the family tows the line. I’m the child that doesn’t follow the path he directs.”
“I’m sure if you talked now, you could settle things,” Danny said, studying her. She was keeping her gaze down. It wasn’t hard to see the breach in that relationship hurt her. “He’s your dad.”
“We had a huge fight the week before I moved out of home,” Jazz said. “He told me if I left the house, and failed, I would have no choice but to return home and live as he directed, down to marriage. You know me. I love a challenge. I left. He hasn’t wanted to talk to me since then.”
“Jazz,” Danny brushed a kiss on her cheek. “It will work out. He’ll come around.”
Jasmine feigned a smile with a small scoff.
“You’re being sweet. My father is tough. He’s everything yours is not.”
“Is that why you’re scared to trust me?” Danny asked, holding her gaze.
“Really Danny, you think I have Daddy issues?”
“Well,” Danny laughed.
“No,” Jasmine poked his chest and shook her head. “That’s not why. I’ve just never been able to be easy on trust with men”
“Hmm…,” Danny said.
“I’m not sure whether to be happy or sad about being grouped in with the horde of men you’ve dated.”
“Danny. I didn’t mean it that way,” Jasmine frowned. “Besides, I’m pretty sure we should take this, whatever this is, very slowly.”
“Not jumping into it,” Danny stated, “has led us here. I’m of the opinion we should go all in.”
“Jazz,” Danny cut her off. “I’ve never felt this way about a woman. You’ve always had this strange hold on me. Can’t we just go together without thinking too much?”
Jasmine studied him, her gaze thoughtful, her eyes inky black and full of wary shadows.
“If things go wrong, it will definitely hurt more,” Jasmine stated, her tone low.
“Shhh…” Danny pressed a finger over her lips. “Don’t predict the worst.”
He shifted and pulled her on to his lap.
“Just – enjoy – the – moment,” Danny said, punctuating each word with a kiss. “The rest, we leave for the future.”
“One step at a time,” Jasmine insisted, pressing her forehead to his.
Danny smiled, holding her closer.
“You’ll get used to having me around, Jasmine Lima. I’ll make sure of it.”
Danny woke up early Monday morning and was once again disappointed to find Jasmine awake and about. The woman seemed incapable of lazing around in bed. Pushing a pillow behind his back, he sat up and watched Jasmine pull on a black pencil skirt. She shimmied it up and reached behind her to zip it. The material hugged her hips to perfection, made him want to moan in appreciation. She picked up a lacy blouse, wore it. As she turned to the vanity table, she noticed that he was awake.
A smile graced her lips, and she came over to his side of the bed.
“Morning,” she said, leaning down to kiss him.
He pulled her down to his lap and kissed her thoroughly, making her catch her breath and her arms lock around his neck.
“Morning,” he answered, when she ended the kiss.
“Did I wake you?” she asked, stroking a finger over his dark stubble.
“No.” Danny studied her swollen lips with an answering smile. “I wish you had. I would have loved to wake you up, Jazz.”
“Hmm…” Jasmine smiled. “I bet you would have.”
“Must you leave?” Danny asked, not willing to give her up yet.
“I have to. Work calls,” she said, resting her head on his shoulder. He rubbed her back, holding her tighter. “I would stay otherwise.”
“I want to have breakfast with you one of these days,” Danny complained.
He breathed in her scent, something flowery, it was intoxicating. Jasmine pressed a kiss on his shoulder and pulled back. She stood and returned to the vanity table. Grabbing ab rush, she ran it through her hair, styling it quickly. Danny watched her wear her make up, a swift sweep of a brush on her skin, drawing a steady line for eyeliner, followed by a thin coat of red lipstick. Jasmine picked a pair of hoop earrings from a jewelry box and slipped them on. Danny watched her study her appearance in the mirror. She was beautiful, and it fascinated him to watch her see flaws where he saw none.
Jasmine put everything on the table back in its place. He smiled when she removed the hoops and replaced them with gold teardrop earrings. Satisfied with her look, Jasmine leaned down and reached for a pair of black heels.
“Terry is passing by to pick up Min. She’s going to take her to the vet. Will you be here?”
“Maybe,” Danny said, his tone preoccupied. Jasmine looked like a conservative administrator now. It thrilled him to know that underneath that was a wild temptress. “I could take Min to the vet for you.”
“Why?” Jasmine asked, rummaging through her handbag.
“Because,” Danny said. “Do I need a reason?”
“I’m just wondering why you’d want to run errands for me,” Jasmine said, giving up on her handbag. She went to the closet. “I’m sure Jimmy won’t be happy with me for keeping you away from the garage.”
“Jazz, you’re pissing me off,” Danny said, leaning his head back to stare at the ceiling. “What’s wrong with being nice to you?”
“Because we’re together now?” Jasmine asked, emerging from her closet with a black jacket that she wore in swift jerks. “Because we’re sleeping together, help me understand.”
“You know what,” Danny said, glaring at her. “Go to work.”
“What?” Jasmine asked, a frown dancing on her forehead. “What have I said now?”
“Nothing. Go to work,” Danny said. “I’ll call you later.”
Jasmine studied him for a moment, then picked up her handbag, moved to kiss his jaw before leaving in a cloud of subtle passion fruit perfume.
Danny sighed when he heard the front door slam closed. He slipped out of the bed and headed for the shower.
To be continued….Thanks for reading! ^_^
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