What’s Next?

I leaned against the door and closed my eyes as I thought about Andreas and what happened between us several minutes ago. My lips still tingled from the passionate kisses we had exchanged. I had clung to him as we kissed for what seemed like a very long time.

It was truly a beautiful night. I didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did. Not only did I learn that the woman I was his date was engaged to another man but that he was attracted to me, not her. He had even told her about me which had surprised me.

We had spent the rest of the evening out on the patio and then, he brought me home. Instead of coming to my flat, we went up on the roof. It was all so surprising and romantic. I didn’t want the night to end. And it was one I will never forget and will play over and over in my mind. It had been very thoughtful of him to put his jacket about my shoulders. Then, we stared at each before we kissed. I thought I was having one of my dreams but it was real.

I don’t know how long we were kissing but he raised his head to gaze down into my face. His eyes were stormy as they met mine. We were both breathing heavily. “It’s late,” he murmured. “I’ll see you to your door.”

Disappointed, I turned and led the way back into the building. We didn’t say anything on the elevator ride down to my flat. When we were standing in front of my door after I had unlocked it, I again thanked him for a pleasant evening. “Good night, Andreas.”

“Good night, Pauline.”

I watched him walk away and then, I went into my flat, closed the door and leaned against it. And, here I am now, in my bare feet, eyes closed, reliving every moment I had spent with him. My body was on fire. I wanted him to stay but he had bid me goodnight. Perhaps, he thought it best not to stay because of what might happen.

As far as I knew there wasn’t any policy against employees dating each other but the company might not approve of relationships between employers and employees. How would what transpired between us affect our current relationship? I guess I would have to wait until I saw him again to find out.

I moved away from the door and grabbing my shoes, I padded off to my bedroom. It will take a while for me to fall asleep. I will lay there on my back, staring up at the ceiling, thinking about him and longing for him.

Sunlight streamed through the bedroom windows as Andreas lay on his stomach. He was stark naked under the sheets. It took a very long time for him to fall asleep. He had lain awake, staring up at the ceiling and thinking about Pauline, fully aroused. He kept playing the kiss over and over in his mind. If she had invited him in, he would have readily accepted and they would probably have ended up making love in her bed.

Heat burned in his loins at the thought. He wanted her. From the moment they met, he had been attracted to her but managed to keep their relationship both professional and platonic.

He had wanted to ask her to go with him to the party but had decided not to. He had been very relieved that she hadn’t shown up with a date. When she thought that Kamila and he were dating, he was eager to clear up that misunderstanding. As stunning as Kamila was, he wasn’t attracted to her or interested in being more than friends. No, he was attracted to Pauline and now she knew. It pleased him that she was attracted to him too. And, he could suggest that they become romantically involved and just make sure that it didn’t affect their working relationship. He hoped that she would be up for that.

It was almost two in the morning when he finally drifted off to sleep. It was the bright sunshine which woke him. He had rolled onto his stomach with his head resting on his left arm. And here, he was now, his eyes open. The sunlight bathed his naked back. He felt very tired but he couldn’t stay in bed any longer. He had cleaning, laundry and ironing to do as well as errands to run.

He had no idea what time it was. Raising his head, he turned it to see the clock on beside table. It was nine o’clock. Groaning, he rested his head on the pillow again. He wished he could stay in bed but he had a busy day ahead of him. Reluctantly, he rolled on to his side, threw aside the covers and sat up.