What Are Friends For?(10)

By: Lynn Lafleur

“And so bright.”

Erin pushed aside the netting that surrounded the table and stepped out from under it. She didn’t want anything to hamper her view of the moon. Moonbeams reflected off the water in the pool, turning it and everything in the area silver.

Luke came up beside her, his gaze focused on the white orb in the sky. She looked at his profile bathed in moonlight. Her stomach clenched and her heart sped up its rhythm. The word handsome didn’t begin to do him justice. He’d slipped on a short-sleeved shirt before they ate, but left it unbuttoned. She’d ogled his chest the entire time they’d eaten. She’d imagined nibbling on his strong neck, dropping kisses across his chest, flicking her tongue over his nipples. She’d drop to her knees between his thighs as she moved down his body. Then she’d tug his swimsuit away from his body so she could lick his cock…

“Wanna swim?” Luke asked.

His question dissolved her fantasy like a puff of smoke. Perhaps that was for the best. No matter how much she wanted to be with him, he’d said no. She had to respect his wishes.

She smiled. “Let’s do it.”

Erin drew off the large T-shirt she’d worn over her bikini since they sat down to eat and dove into the water. She’d made it halfway to the deep end when lights in the bottom of the pool came on. They usually swam during the day, so she’d forgotten Luke’s pool was lighted. The dim illumination turned the water crystal clear.

She heard a splash, signaling Luke dove into the water too. Instead of racing him this time, she swam slow and steady, enjoying the feel of the lukewarm water flowing over her skin. Luke swam beside her, using the same slow, steady strokes she did.

She swam three laps of the pool before coming to a stop next to the waterfall. Internal lights in the rocks gave the waterfall an unearthly glow. It shimmered and sparkled in the moonlight, making it even more beautiful than in the daylight. The water bubbled over the rocks on its journey into the pool. The sound soothed her. Holding onto the side of the pool with one hand, she closed her eyes and let her body float in whichever direction the water took her.

“Comfy?” Luke asked.

“Very. I could sleep right here.”

His chuckle sounded deep and husky. “I don’t think that’s a possibility.”

“Too bad. I love it in the water.”

“Then you should be in the water.”

Erin shrieked when Luke grabbed her around the waist and tugged her beneath the water. She came up sputtering, her wet hair covering her face.

“You bully!” She pushed her hair back so she could see him. “Why did you do that?”

He gave her a smug grin. “Because I could.”

“You’re gonna pay!”

Laughing, Luke headed for the other end of the pool. Erin followed, swimming as fast as she could to catch him before he reached the steps. She threw herself at his back, wrapping her arms around his neck, her legs around his waist. They both went underwater.

Prepared to go beneath the water, Erin had held her breath. Luke hadn’t. Now it was his turn to sputter when he surfaced. Knowing she was probably in trouble, she quickly headed for the steps.

“Oh, no, you don’t.”

Luke grabbed the waistband of her swimsuit and pulled. Erin went back under the water, unable to move since he still held onto her thong. She managed to get her head above water, but that’s all she could do. At least they were in the shallow end so her feet touched the bottom.

“No fair! You’re using brute strength.”

“You think it was fair to jump on my back?”

“A gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do.”

“So does a guy.”

He twisted the waistband, causing the thong to tighten across delicate flesh. “Easy, fella. You hurt the good parts, you’ll have to kiss them and make them better.”

“Maybe I’d like that,” he said into her ear.

She knew he teased her. He’d made it clear he didn’t want any more than friendship. Still, she decided to be completely honest with him. “I know I’d like that.”

The hold on her thong eased. Assuming he would release her, she took a step forward. Her progress abruptly stopped when Luke wrapped his arms around her waist and tugged her under the water again.

She rolled through the water with him, their legs bumping as she tried to gain control. He let her come up with him and draw air into her lungs, then she went under with him again. Finally getting on top of his shoulders, she pushed him beneath the water and quickly swam away. She made it to the bottom step when he grabbed her from behind, one arm around her waist, the other over her shoulder to cross her torso. His hand landed right beneath her breast.

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