I slapped blindly at the blue button two more times before I could make myself sit up, transfixed by the sliver of sunshine slicing across the floor. I’d actually slept, I realized. I hadn’t expected to, sure that I would be replaying every word, every touch on an endless reel in the hours until I saw him again.
His hand on the small of my back.
His eyes. Always the blue, blue, blue of his eyes.
Instead, I’d slept like the dead.
Caroline popped up from the top bunk as I stepped gingerly out of bed. “It’s about time you got up. How was it?” she whispered loudly, glancing over at Amy sleeping peacefully, her requisite eyemask and earplugs firmly in place.
“It was amazing,” I said, truthfully.
She smiled broadly, clapping her hands together. “When did you get home? We went to bed around two and there was definitely no sign of you.”
“I was late, although don’t get too excited. That wasn’t why,” I warned. “Speaking of, I’m going to kill you.”
“Why? What did I do?” Caroline asked, her eyes widening.
“I’ll tell you the whole mortifying story later, but I just happened to pull out your condoms with my wallet at the restaurant. I thought I would die,” I said accusingly. My face flushed, remembering the horror I felt as the bright blue packet hit the stark white tablecloth.
Caroline’s hand flew over her tiny mouth to stifle a giggle. “Oh shit. I’m sure you were appalled. What did he say?”
“He was cool about it,” I said with a tired smile. “He didn’t think I should kill you.”
“You shouldn’t. You’ll both thank me later. So, when do we get all of the juicy details?” Caroline asked eagerly.
“Later. Much later. I’m going to class and then taking a nap,” I said, heading for the bathroom.
I shut the door without waiting for Caroline’s reply, looking in the mirror as I turned on the shower. My eyes were bright, a combination of exhilaration remembering last night and the anticipation of seeing Dylan again this morning. Thinking about seeing him, my stomach contracted and I purposely ignored the unfamiliar desire I felt swelling in me. I had never had such a physical reaction to someone before, which both thrilled and terrified me. My God, I was insane. He hadn’t even kissed me.
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