Thursday, February 24, 2011
Sweetheart Like You
“What are you doing?”
She unbuttoned her blouse and moved closer. Her breasts…not too large as to distract from the rest of her enticing body, not too small as to disappoint the primal male libido…were sheltered in playful black lace; they were certainly still pert enough to command attention. She’d let him touch them once…an awkwardly endearing moment on a cool, moonlit night that he both treasured and regretted…and he wanted to touch them again.
“I know what you want, baby,” she said in that voice…the one that was an absurdly intoxicating blend of coquettish girl and humid woman…that she knew worked on men all too well. “I know what you need.”
His breathing quickened and he felt an urge to press her against the wall…to kiss her mouth ruthlessly…to press his crotch against hers pinning her helplessly…to hold her fast with one hand while allowing the other to take proprietary hold of playful black lace.
But his eyes narrowed instead. “What the hell are you doing?” He took a half step back even though part of him was screaming to take an irrevocable step forward.
She paused, looking both confused and slightly insulted. “I can help you. I know you’ve been sad. I know you’ve been angry. I know what you need…what you’ve always wanted. Let me help you.” She took a half step forward putting her tiny, warm hand on his shirt. She leaned up until her face was almost, but not quite, touching his. “Let me help you, baby boy.”
She smelled like strawberries. Strawberries and cream; strawberries and cream, imported beer and domestic cigarettes…and sex…she smelled like libidinous, raucous, bittersweet sex. Many a time he’d wanted to get lost in her dark eyes…get tangled in the soft expanse of her dark hair…touch the sweet curves of her woman’s body…kiss the rosy pout of her forbidden lips. His breathing got shallow and his unthinking penis rose to expectant attention.
But, gently, his pushed a half step back. “I don’t want to have sex with you.” It was half a lie but he was resolute. His penis pouted and let some blood flow back into regular circulation.
She looked more confused, more insulted, disappointed and relieved. “Yes you do,” she insisted. “I’ve seen the way you look at me sometimes…I’ve heard the jealousy that creeps into your voice when I tell you about my lovers…you’ve always wanted to touch me…to kiss me…to fuck me…”
He wasn’t sure if she was trying to convince him or herself. It didn’t matter. It was true, of course, he had wanted her…sometimes he still wanted her. She was one of those women that men couldn’t help but want…when her inner light was shining she was smart and funny, beautiful and sexy, laughing and approachable, alluring and energetic, strong and vulnerable, slightly mysterious and seemingly waiting to be swept away and ravaged passionately. He’d seen that the moment he met her.
“Yes,” he admitted, “I have wanted to.” He took a deep breath. “But I’m not supposed to.”
She frowned and looked up into his dark eyes. “Why not?”
That was the question, he thought. “It’s not who I’m supposed to be with you.”
They’d known each other for what seemed like all their lives…known each intimately from the very first moment they met. They’d known each other through magical, musical nights…through moments of heart-breakingly intimate vulnerabilities, feints and truths…through doomed unions with other people…through life and death, laughter and tears, sweet dreams and bitter reality. They’d known each other in light and in the persistent darkness that colored their souls in ways most people didn’t care to try to recognize.
“Who are you ‘supposed’ to be then?”
He reached up and touched her face; she nuzzled into his touch, her eyes liquid and hopeful. “I’m your friend, sweetheart,” he said, whispering huskily. “I’m your friend…your brother…your confidant…your baby and your daddy. I have been your platonic husband…filling in the emotional spaces that your real husband couldn’t…or wouldn’t…fill…”
She started to say something…to protest perhaps…but she didn’t.
“I love you, girl,” he said, “and I know you.”
“What do you know?” she said, pouting and just a bit defiant.
“I know that you need me not to be another man looking to feed off your light while ignoring your darkness because he doesn't want to deal with it,” he said. “I know you need me to be a man…to be the one man…who loves you but who isn’t trying to fuck you in one way or another…”
Her lip trembled and her eyes started to tear. She buried her face against his chest and he held her close, stroking her hair and murmuring gentle endearments. “I hate you,” she said into his chest.
He laughed softly and moved her head back from his chest. “No you don’t,” he said bending down to kiss her forehead.
She smiled shyly. “No I don’t,” she said pressing her head back against his chest, listening to his heartbeat while he held her close.