Rollie picked up on Jast's singular gait before he rounded the corner.
Damn his hide! he thought fondly. Urging Jast out of a boob-stocked Gallery was like asking a kid to forego a candy shop.
"Go look at that—" Rollie gave him a shove in the direction of the boob mountain. Every rise was topped with a nipple, and he was certain the crevices were more explicit than those usually seen on mountain sides. It was just the kind of art form to appeal to Jast, though. Rollie needed a few moments alone with La Phénomène.
And he didn't want Jast to steal a march on him.
Competitive spirit be damned.
A swish of silk and she was there—ever so much more subtle than Jast. Except for her scent, of course. It wasn't the headachy kind—strong or overpowering—but it was rich, evocative.
It evoked a few memories from him. His brow furrowed as he replayed a sexual fantasy he must have had in his delirium.
Dear God! Rollie cleared his throat. Hard to dispel sexual fantasies when surrounded by them. He suddenly wished he hadn't sent Jast back to the boob area. It would have been easier to downplay Jast's overt interest in anything female, rather than betray any interest of his own.
Intriguing, this. Rollie never had problems talking to women, unless it was his Aunt Denise, and she didn't count.
And Pen wasn't anything like her. Pen's lush lips—oh, yes, he was remembering that, too—betrayed a bit of tension, and there was the barest sheen of perspiration on her brow.
Ah-hah! So, lady wasn't totally unaffected by his presence. Her breasts—
Rollie stopped himself. He was exhibiting an embarrassing lack of control, and God help him if he didn't have a stiffie pressing against his pants. No way to hide it, either. The damned brochure just wasn't large enough. He could hardly dangle it down like some modern day loincloth.
Rollie opted to ignore it, instead. What wasn't commented upon didn't exist in polite society.
She commented. "I always thought that was an urban myth." There was tension in her voice, all right, but something else—humor. "You are glad to see me."