are tied with a green ribbon. I recognize what they are as I come up behind her. “Are those for me?” “Yes. I don’t know if you remember-“ “I do. I remember the drawings you used to give me. The first draft of your design ideas for the interiors of whatever buildings I was drawing.” “These are the first drafts of the Seattle building. I wanted to give them to you. If-if you want them.” “I want them, Chlo.” I reach around her and notice the piece of paper attached to them. I pick the roll of papers up to look at it. Reason #2 that I LOVE YOU: You have always believed in me. “I do believe in you, Chloe. I believe in us. This building is going to be amazing.” “Us for work or us like this?” She waves her hand between us. “Both,” I tell her honestly. Work is awesome, and I do believe that things will work out for us this second time around. “I really love that you’re giving me your drafts again.” “I wasn’t sure you remembered,” she says nervously. “Your drawings have always meant a lot to me, Chlo.” She’ll see that when we go to my place tomorrow. I have to ask her the question, though. “Did you give them to Adam when we were apart?” “No. Never. I have only ever given my drafts to you.” “That makes me even happier. Now, you’re still conscious which means I haven’t made you come enough tonight. I need to take you upstairs and remedy that.” I reach for her and once again carry her up to her bed. We try several different positions, and although I’m not sure about the losing consciousness thing, we both pass out as the sun is coming up. I love having Chloe curled up in my arms as I fall asleep. I need to keep her this time or I may not recover from the loss of her again.
Chapter 10 Chloe I wake up alone in my bed. I sit straight up and start to panic, thinking Ryan’s changed his mind and left me, but then he comes out of the bathroom, smiling at me. “Hey, sweetheart. Did I wake you up?” “No. I woke up on my own.” I must sound a little off. “What’s wrong, Chlo?” “Nothing. I’m good.” “You’re actually better than good, but you looked a little freaked out when I came back in here.” He sits down next to me looking worried. “It’s stupid and besides it doesn’t matter anymore.” “Anymore?” Then he gets it. “You thought I left, didn’t you?” “Yes,” I admit as I look down. “I wouldn’t blame you.” He tilts my chin back up and looks into my eyes. “Last night was the best night of my life, Chloe. But I’m pretty sure that tonight is going to top it and every night I spend with you from now on is going to keep getting better and better. I don’t want to leave you. And I don’t want you to leave. So please don’t. I couldn’t take it again.” “I meant it when I said I was never going to let you go again. I’m yours for as long as you want me.” “Well, I want you forever,” he tells me as he leans over to place kisses down my neck. “How many times did I make you come last night?” “I kind of lost count, but I think that it was around 18.” I tell him and then moan as he takes my left nipple into his mouth. “Are you too sore for me to try to beat my high score?” “High score? You sound like Scott,” I tell him, laughing. “But honestly, I am a little sore.” “I can work with that. My mouth will just have to do most of the work today.” He starts to move under the covers. It’s late afternoon before we leave the bed to get dressed. We’ve had a couple of bathroom breaks and gone downstairs for snacks, but we didn’t leave my bed for too long. Ryan is coming close to his high score, and while my score is considerably lower, he’s not complaining. We’re both feeling happy and sated. Ryan really wants me to see his place so we make ourselves get up. I walk into the bathroom to get cleaned up and find a note attached to the mirror. Reason #2 that you are AWESOME and I