What Are Friends For?(9)

By: Lynn Lafleur


She took a deep breath, pushed aside all the bad feelings and self-pity eating at her. She wouldn’t let anything spoil her time with Luke. Her idea to seduce him didn’t work. That didn’t mean she couldn’t enjoy being with him, the way she always did.

He wouldn’t be her lover, but he’d always be her best friend.





Chapter Four





Erin laughed so hard, her stomach ached. She knew better than to get Luke started on stories of his family. With two brothers and two sisters, he had plenty of tales to tell.

He grinned as he took another sip of wine. “I swear it’s the truth.”

“You caught Eve and her boyfriend having sex in his car?”

“Yep.”

“How old was she?”

“Seventeen.”

“Did she know you caught her?”

“Not until the next day. I told her I’d tell Mom and Dad what she’d done if she didn’t do my household chores for a month.”

“You blackmailed her?”

“Yep.”

Erin shook her head in disbelief. “You were…what, fourteen? Did you even know what sex was?”

“I had a vague idea. I did know I shouldn’t have seen her boyfriend’s naked ass pumping away on top of her.”

The mental picture he’d put into her mind made Erin laugh again.

“Want another sexy story?”

Erin placed one hand over her sore stomach. “I don’t know if I can laugh anymore without hurting myself.”

“Even if it involves my parents?”

No. Luke couldn’t possibly have seen his parents having sex. “You peeked in their bedroom?”

“Didn’t have to. I caught them on the kitchen table.”

Erin almost choked on her sip of wine. “What?”

“Mom called and said she had a blackberry cobbler for me and to drop by after work to pick it up. I was within five miles of their house on a job that morning, so decided to pick it up then and save myself a trip later. I walked in the back door and there they were, Mom on the table, Dad with his pants and shorts around his ankles.”

She couldn’t imagine anything more embarrassing than catching her parents in such an intimate situation. “You saw your mother naked?”

“No, thank God. Dad’s back was to me, so all I saw was Mom’s legs. But there was no doubt what was happening.” He swirled the wine in his glass. “For Dad to be so tan, he has a really white ass.”

She did her best not to laugh. “What did you do?”

“I slammed my eyes shut and backed out of the door. They were too busy to know I was there. I went back after work, like I was supposed to, and picked up the cobbler. It was really hard to look at that table and pretend I didn’t know what happened a few hours earlier.”

She’d been in Luke’s parents’ house many times and knew the layout as well as her own house. She could imagine how difficult it would be for Luke not to laugh when he looked at the kitchen table. “When did this happen?”

“Last month.”

“Last month?”

Luke grinned again. “I guess those date nights help keep the passion alive. Although this happened on a Tuesday morning right before lunch. Dad must have gone home for a nooner.”

Warmth crept into her cheeks, even while she couldn’t hold back her laughter any longer. “Did you tell them you caught them?”

He shook his head. “Nope. Didn’t tell anyone until now. I didn’t want to embarrass them.”

“Oh, but it’s okay to tell me about it and embarrass me.”

“I like to embarrass you. You’re cute when you blush.”

The sun had set half an hour ago. Though the sky was still dusky, she doubted if he saw her face clearly enough to know her face was probably pink. “It’s too dark for you to see me blush.”

“I have a good imagination.”

So did she. She imagined many more nights just like this, with the two of them enjoying the summer breeze while night fell around them. They’d normally have gone in the house by now to watch TV or a movie, but had elected to stay outside tonight. Luke had lowered netting around the table so they could enjoy their meal and the approaching night without being eaten by bugs. Although she could see through the netting, it gave a sense of intimacy to be enclosed with him.

A lot of good that sense of intimacy did when Luke didn’t want to take their relationship beyond platonic friends.

Sighing to herself, Erin looked away from him. The sight of the full moon peeking through the leaves of an oak tree stole her breath. “Luke, look.”

He followed the direction of her pointing finger. “Wow, it’s huge tonight.”

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