I stepped aside, and he came in.
“What were you doing?” he asked staring at the opened notebook and uncapped ball pen on my study desk.
“I’ve got stuck in this statistical problem…trying to solve it for the past half an hour I believe.” Looking at the wall clock, I slid down in my chair.
“Let me have a look, I am pretty good at statistics…”
A subtle waft of his cologne made it hard for me to concentrate on the problem as he stood behind and leaned over me to look down, into my notebook.
“Hey…I think the problem is here…You’ve miscalculated in this step.” He quickly figured out the error.
“Oh…thanks…” A shaky voice escaped my throat as I tried to strike out the wrongly done step and made a correction.
He was still leaning over me. “God…what he is up to? Why is he not standing upright?” It was hard for me to breathe normally as his warm breath was constantly stroking my neck.
Seemingly, he was in no hurry of leaving me. I sat still trying to anticipate what would be his next move.
“I really like you Ruchi.” More to my breathlessness, he came even closer and whispered against my ear as his lips brushed my right earlobe.
A thousands volts of electric current ran through my blood hearing something that I longed for. The husk of his voice brought a surge of adrenaline, and I lost control on my body.
His lips roamed over my cheek planting a kiss there, and I turned my face to look at him.
“Rajeev,” I called his name, but it came out as a slow whisper as I enjoyed every bit of his touch.
His brown eyes looked straight into mine, and I felt like succumbing to his masculine wealth. He came nearer and pressed his lips against mine. Even though it was a lingering kiss, it couldn’t satiate my intense desires to sup more and more of him.
We pulled back after an electrifying smooch. I dropped my eyelids to face my lap. He knelt down and lifted up my chin. His hand slipped to the nape of my neck, and he pulled me close to possess my lips. His tongue explored my mouth, and I threw my arms around him to caress the fades at the back of his neck. Swinging in pool of desires, I couldn’t stop myself kissing him back.
We stood up, kissing each other passionately, and when we pulled back, a brief smile played on our lips. He took my hand and led me to the bed. Our fingers intertwined as we sat at the edge of the bed looking deep into each other’s eyes.
As he caressed my cheeks, tucking back those lose strands of hair behind my ears, panic pooled inside my gut. I realized he wanted more from me. Within a friction of second, something hit me inside, and I withdrew my hands. I stood up at once to reach the window. He came from behind and snaked his arms around my waist, resting his head on my shoulder. As he nestled his face into my hair, trying to pull me back into his arms, I abruptly pushed him away.
Freeing myself from his strong grip, I ran down the living room. I was standing in the center of the room when I felt his touch on my waist. He led me to the couch and entangled his hands in mine. I avoided his stare and preferred to look at my lap.
“What happened Ruchi?” he asked.
“I am sorry Rajeev.”
“Sorry for what? You haven’t done anything wrong baby.”
“I mean I can’t do this.”
He didn’t say anything and just stared at me for a few moments.
“It’s okay baby…You don’t need to push yourself for anything that you don’t want…We can wait until you’re ready. Happy now.” He tried to peek into my eyes.
I knew what I had to say…I pursed my lips as it was hard for me to see Rajeev going out of my life.
“I don’t think I would be ready any time in the near future.”
Confusion crawled over his face as he tried to explore my mental state.
“What’s the problem sweetie…Don’t you like me the way I do.”
“I do like you Rajeev. In fact, you’re the one who I always wanted to be with.”
“Then…what’s stopping you baby?” He looked concerned.
“I know it’s not such a big deal these days to sleep with anybody, but I really can’t do this as I have certain values and principles in my life. I really don’t want to mess with them. I want this to happen only when I feel for it. I want to wait till my wedding night.” I opened my heart in front of him. Though it was hard for me to see him walking out of my life, but I had to express that I still believed in the institution of marriage and that I couldn’t go beyond certain limits of physical intimacy.
To Be Continued…
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