The topic for this week is “In Between” and I immediately thought of Leticia’s Lovers. Leticia had a rocky road to love and her story remains one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy this snippet from Leticia’s Lovers.
Leticia’s Lovers by Shelley Munro
Morning came all too quickly. They shared a quick shower with only mild groping before they both dressed for work.
“Will you come and stay tonight?” Gavin asked.
Charlie tossed his damp towel aside and strode the two steps needed to reach Gavin. “The idea of not being with you hadn’t occurred to me.” He dragged Gavin into his arms and kissed him, not roughly but slow and gentle, pouring every writhing emotion inside into his kiss. When he lifted his head they were both breathing hard.
“Damn, I wish I didn’t need to go to work,” Gavin said with a glance at his wristwatch.
“I know the feeling. Do you have time for a coffee at the café?”
“No, I have a patient arriving in half an hour. I’ll have to prepare the surgery.” Gavin lifted his head, glancing toward the surgery with a frown. His shoulders tensed beneath Charlie’s hands. “Fuck.”
“Yeah.” Gavin didn’t sound very certain.
Charlie heard the tap-tap of shoes and turned to the door.
“Your patients come to your bedroom? Is there another door I should have locked last night?”
“The one to the surgery waiting room,” Gavin muttered. “I forgot to check it. I had other things on my mind.”
“Gavin, I thought I’d—” A decidedly feminine form skidded to a halt in the doorway.
Leticia—the woman from last night. Today she wore tight jeans and a formfitting T-shirt in pale blue. She wore a cap on her head, her blonde hair poking through the back in a long ponytail. What little color she had in her face flooded away when she took in both Gavin and Charlie. They both wore trousers but neither had donned shirts and they stood way too close to try the casual friends ploy. The scent of sex hung on the air and the rumpled bed gave more than a hint of how they’d spent their night.
Leticia’s brown eyes swept over Charlie, coming to rest on the mark. His skin prickled as if she’d physically touched him and he automatically covered the raised site with his fingers.
“You marked him?” The pain in her voice had Charlie wanting to comfort her. He noted it had the same affect on Gavin. Collectively they took a step toward her.
Leticia slapped her hand over her mouth and backed up, her eyes wide with panic and betrayal.
“Leticia, it’s not what it looks like,” Gavin said.
“Oh yeah?” Bitterness filled her words. Her eyes swept over both of them, skimming their bare chests and the obvious marks on their shoulders. “He bit you too. You can’t—I thought we…oh hell.” Leticia turned and fled.
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