Sunlight broke through the spaces in the blinds. The white washed bedroom reflected it and disturbed Dominic’s sleep. He wiped the sleep from his eyes and laid still, admiring the woman next to him. He swept the lock of hair from her cheek. She stirred with a whispering purr.
“Good morning,” she said with the same whisper.
Dominic slid his hand beneath her waist and gently pulled her on top of him.
“Just what do you think you are doing?”
Dominic smiled at her, gazing into her eyes. She gave him a warm, pillowy kiss. “Wasn’t last night enough?”
“I need desert,” he said in a low voice.
“What are your plans for today?”
“For later, I’m not sure. More immediately, I want to make you feel …” They both gasped deeply, “like a woman.”
Dominic wrapped his arms around Tamera’s narrow waist, Tamera melted into his passion for who cares how long.
They slipped into bathrobes and went to the breakfast nook. Anna had an array of food displayed on the table. After pouring coffee, Tamera asked again, “What’s on the agenda for you today?”
Dominic glanced around and a smile came to his face. “Oh, I have got to get Spenser’s blueprint done. He’s been wanting to see it since he ordered it.” She thought that couldn’t be the reason for the smile. She decided to let it go.
“Well, I’m beginning to run late and I’m in the middle of a project I want to get finished.”
“You’re the owner. Be late. Who’s going to say anything?”
They returned to the bedroom for a change. Dominic dropped his robe on the floor and graced the couch opposite the bed with his meaty body with rippling muscles.
“Don’t flatter yourself to think you are making things difficult for me.”
“Me? Wouldn’t dream of it. I just want to watch as you dress.” She shot a look at him that said she doubted it.
Tamera entered the building and stopped at the receptionist desk. “Any messages?”
“No, ma’am.” She breezed into her office and resumed from where she left off last night before quitting time.
The intercom buzzed. “You have a present down here,” Carole said.
“What is it?”
“You better come down and see for yourself.”
Tamera’s breath was taken away when she saw the two dozen roses on the desk.
“What’s the card say?”
“Brace yourself,” Tamera said curiously. She brought the roses to her office and admired them for a moment. An hour later, the intercom buzzed again.
“What is it this time?”
“You have another package? It says for Tamera’s eyes only.” A smile came to her face and she rushed to the desk.
Her eyes opened wide and opened the package from the receptionist’s side of the desk. A red, low cut chiffon dress flowed from the box.
“Look at what else,” Carole said excitedly.
Tamera found matching stilettos and a card. “Brace yourself. We aren’t done yet.” Tamera checked her watch. It was only 11:30. She went to lunch and tried on the dress. A perfect fit. She stuffed it back into the box.
By two o’clock, nothing else came up and it left her mind. At 3:30 the buzzer jerked her out of her chair. “I’ll be right there.”
There sat a small box.
“Open it before I die,” screeched Carole. Tamera opened it coolly even though her heart was pounding. She opened it slowly, anticipating the moment.
“Oh. My. God.,” Carole cried out. It was a diamond necklace with matching ear rings and bracelet. Tamera sat in the chair next to Carole. Eyes dazzled and breathless.
“This is too much,” Tamera said as a tear rolled down her cheek. Carole handed her the card.
“Look for me after work.” Tamera was shaking and choked with emotion. She blew off the rest of the work day. She dressed up and decked out. Stepped out the door and looked around the front of the building. There was what she was looking for but, didn’t know it was a stretch limo she was looking for. Dominic stood next to the back door, the driver next to him. She was frozen to the top step of the sweeping stairs.
Dominic was wearing jeans with a polo shirt and a corduroy jacket. Tamera was curious. “Why are you dressed like that?”
“We are going to the airport. Why so dressed up?”
She tilted her head. “What’s at the airport?”
“Oh, I don’t know. Hotels, motels, restaurants, stores…” he stopped and looked around, “Oh, and planes.” He reached into his inside pocket and pulled out a paper sleeve. “I thought I’d kidnap you for the weekend. How does St. Maarten sound?”
Tamera’s chin hit her chest. She ran to Dominic, arms wide open. She leaped into his arms wrapping her thighs around his waist. “You have no idea how much I love you,” she said through her tears.
“You can not fathom how much I deeply adore you.”