I blinked it away, taking a deep breath.
Aidan laughed, the sound dying when we stepped out into the corridor to find Jan waiting for us. At her look of displeasure, we both fell silent, like naughty schoolchildren caught doing something very wrong.Never again. She wagged her finger at us.
Never, we promised in unison, and meant it. What we’d done had been totally inappropriate and my only excuse was that this man had the ability to obliterate all thoughts of anything else in the world but him.Suffice it to say, I found it extremely difficult to concentrate with the kids. It was like trying to run through knee-deep water. But try I did because my time with them was as important as the time I’d now promised to Aidan.This was the night everything would irrevocably change between us. I stood by the canal where a narrowboat and a barge were anchored. It was a chilly evening, announcing summer’s gradual end, and I wore a cardigan over my dress. I didn’t have anything fancy to wear, but since Aidan was attracted to me even when I was wearing a Peter Pan costume, I didn’t think it would really matter to him what I wore.
The dress was red with subtle white polka dots. It had a scalloped V-neck that hinted at cleavage, short sleeves, buttons down the front, and a baby-doll silhouette. I wore low-heeled brown leather ankle boots that had seen better days but were my favorite shoes. It was casual. Cute. Not seductive. Tonight was going to be nerve-wracking enough. I wanted to be comfortable.Plus, I’d calculated how to get to the sexy times with Aidan as fast as possible and this dress was easily whipped off over my head.
It was around seven-thirty so the sun was still in the sky, bathing the apartments around the canal in warm orange and pink. Aidan’s building was situated near Fountainbridge Square where the two boats were moored. There was a bar there and a restaurant and shops, so it wasn’t like there weren’t people milling around. However, there was a stillness about the evening, as if everyone and everything knew something special was about to happen for me. Such whimsical thinking wasn’t like me of late, but with my heart banging away in my chest as I approached the front door to Aidan’s building, I couldn’t help feeling as if this night was just for us.
Something good and thrilling on the horizon of a bleak past we were hopefully moving away from.These were all qualities to be admired, and it was about time I started to believe in myself a little more.
I only hoped my self-administered pep talk stuck to me like glue while I was in Aidan’s world.Hey, I answered, putting a finger in my other ear to block out the traffic on the road next to me.
Just wanted to check in, make sure you’re okay.I am, I reassured him. I’m good. You? What I really wanted to ask was how long Laine hung around after I was gone, but I kept my jealousy to myself.