Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sleep On It

“Jonah, we need to talk.”

Jonah just barely finished saying hello before I cut him off. He was still in the doorway entering our apartment when he paused to scrunch his lips at my request. It was later than usual, but I could tell he was coming straight from work because he was still wearing his Ray-Ban eye glasses, which he only did when he spent hours in front of a screen writing.

“Okay...” His voice drifted as he shut the door behind him. I waited for him to walk over to the empty dinner table. He pulled out a chair and gestured for me to sit and then did the same. Jonah's elbows perched up on the table as he folded his arm, one over the other. “...Shoot.”

I inhaled a long breath and slowly blinked my eyes for emphasis. “You're mom called...”

I wasn't even finished with my sentence before his ears perked up and he immediately jumped to conclusions. “Is she okay? What happened?”

I held up my hand and smirked. “She's fine” He sunk back into his chair waiting for me to continue. “She...I don't know how to say this.” I bit my lip as I tried to figure out the right words to say. Jonah's chin jolted forward in anticipation. I sighed and just blurted it out any which way it came. “She wants me to convert, like, before the baby and the wedding.”

“She said that?” Jonah looked at me confused.

“She suggested I take a more serious,” I air quoted the word “look into considering it because I'm not the only one it'll be affecting.”

Jonah sighed and rubbed his forehead before he took off his glasses and began rubbing his eyes. The mumbles under his breath were barely audible.

I waited a few seconds for him to wrap his head around it, but he still hadn't said anything.

“So...” I tapped my fingers on the table. “Crazy right?”

“I don't know” He declared. “I don't know” he repeated. And then again a couple more times. The palm of his hands laid on the table has he pushed himself up off the chair.

“Where are you going?” I asked, confused. “We're not done talking.”

Jonah was already half way to our bedroom. He turned around. “Anything other than conversion talk?”

I thought about it for a second, “no”

“Okay” He took his shirt off as he continued on his way to the bedroom. “I have to take a shower. We'll talk about this later.”

All I wanted was a little bit of thought from Jonah's end to help me figure out where I should even start with my decision. Looks like I wasn't going to get what I was searching for. I dropped my head onto my folded arms as I groaned.

The next morning I tried to get a hold of Jaime. He didn't answer my call and I knew he wasn't working. I hadn't seen him since the incident at his parents place the week before. I wanted to make sure everything was okay and maybe, if the moment was right, tell him about my run in with Henry.

I grabbed a box of doughnuts and a couple of coffees before I headed up to his apartment where I waited for him to answer his door.

I knocked again. Silence.

I was starting to get worried when I remembered Jaime kept a spare key hidden on top of his door frame. I put my things down and jumped up to grab it. Although my pregnancy weight still wasn't visible, it was the first time I definitely felt it.

I unlocked the door and opened it slowly hoping to see Jaime, but he wasn't there. The place looked like someone was living there, so it's not like he ran off without me knowing. I sighed as I left the box of doughnuts and his coffee on his kitchen counter and walked away.

That's when I heard a noise. I turned towards Jaime's bedroom and began walking in its direction. “Jaime?” I called out and I heard a noise again. I felt like I was maybe two and a half seconds away from panicking. For all I knew someone could have beaten Jaime up and left him tied up in his bedroom. “Jaime!” I called out louder this time.

His bedroom door was slightly open, so I very cautiously pushed the door and stood back in anticipation of fighting off some sick freaky serial rapist who was torturing my best friend.

“Oh my God!” I yelled as I covered my face with my hands. The last thing I was expecting, and yet the most logical, was seeing Jaime in bed with Henry. Thankfully nothing was going on, but just the thought that I invaded their privacy took me back.

“Lynn?” Jaime called out as he jumped out of bed and threw a t-shirt on.

“Oh my God” I repeated. “This is deja vu! I'm so sorry, J! I'm leaving, I'm leaving!” My face was still covered as I backed away to the front door.

I heard Jaime's voice laugh as his hand grabbed my arm and pulled it away from my face. “It's okay.” He reassured me. “We were just sleeping...see.” I looked over his shoulder to see Henry still in bed, silent, as his chest rose and fell with each breath. He was sound asleep.


“What's going on?” He asked when he finally realized I was in his apartment.

“I tried calling you” He obviously hadn't seen his phone yet by the way he furrowed his brow. “I knocked too and I got worried when you didn't answer. I thought maybe someone hurt you, or I don't know, maybe you hurt yourself.”

Jaime smiled again. “Why would I hurt myself?”

I widened my eyes and looked around. Did he really already forget? “Uh, Jaime, your dad wasn't exactly welcoming you with open arms.”

“Oh” he rubbed the back of his head and sighed. “That”

Jaime went back over to close his bedroom door so Henry wouldn't wake up and the two of us sat in his living room talking about what had happened.

Jaime went on to tell me how he and his mom went back inside to try opening up a little more to his dad, which he did eventually come around, but he still wasn't as accepting of his son as he needed to be.

“I'm sorry” I shrugged my shoulders not knowing what else to say to make him feel better. “So, what's happening here?” I pointed towards his bedroom where Henry was still sleeping.

Jaime rolled his eyes. “Don't ask”

“You know I saw him the other day. He's still with Jebrone.”

“I know...”

“Wasn't the whole point of this...”

Jaime cut me off, “It's complicated. Let's just leave it at that. Speaking of complicated how are things with Mr. Show Biz?”

It was my turn to roll my eyes. “We told his family about the baby this weekend. His mom ended up calling me yesterday and told me I should start thinking more seriously about converting.”

“Wow” Jaime lifted his brows. “That's heavy stuff...I mean, if it even matters to you.” I gave him a look and he went on to explain. “If you're not a religious person than why not? Maybe it'll open your eyes to something new. Or at least you can be supportive of your kid. I mean she'd kinda right, it's gonna have an affect. The moment you become pregnant it's no longer about you.”

We sat and talked through all the possibilities and different scenarios of things that could turn from either decision I made.

Before I left Jaime's place that morning I'd gotten a text from Jonah asking if I wanted to go to dinner. So, that night I met him at our favorite Italian restaurant in the Meat Packing District.

We had already placed out orders when Jonah suddenly cleared his throat and leaned forward.

“I'm sorry we couldn't talk about this last night..” He reached over and grabbed my hand. He looked down at it as he played with my fingers. “I just really needed to sleep on it and figure out how I really felt.”

“I'm not asking you to make the decision for me, Jonah.” I placed my hand over his. “I just want to know how you feel.”

He sighed. “I feel like it's asking a lot.”

“But?” I knew by the expression on his face that there was so much more he wanted to say.

“I'd like if you considered it. I thought about it a lot and I want my son, or daughter, to grow up with the same culture, traditions, experiences as I did, you know what I mean?”

I couldn't blame Jonah, his life involved way more religious events than mine ever could. It just wasn't something my parents where big about. There was the occasional church visit, but that's as far as it went.

Jonah looked up at me with longing eyes. “It would mean the world to me if we were all able to share them together.”

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Leap of Faith

“So, what happened?”

It was Monday morning and I decided to spend the day at Kadie's office. I lounged on the couch across from her desk as she went over some paper work.

She was only half listening to me, so I decided to pull her chain.

“Jonah proposed, again.” I said casually as I flipped through a magazine.

“Oh yeah? Did he give you another ring? Because if he did, I call dibs on the sapphire one.” Kadie joked.

I tossed the magazine back onto the side table. “No, still the same.” I held my hand up and wiggled the ring around. “But, we got to talking and we decided we wanted a wedding with no hassle...” I looked over at Kadie who was still busy going over her work.

She eventually noticed the silence and gently put the papers in her hands down. “Lynn...” She slowly spoke. “Please don't tell me you did what I think you did...”

“One thing led to the next and we ended up going to Atlantic City.”

Kadie jumped out of her chair. “Lynn Lee Barnes...Please tell me you're fuc-”

I erupted into laughter.

“Did you or didn't you?!” Kadie asked as she walked over and stood in front of me.

“We didn't!” I finally confessed between laughs.

Kadie grabbed a pillow from the couch and threw it at me. “Why the hell would you scare me like that!”

“We were debating on it. But, it was late at night on a Sunday and Jonah had to be back in the City bright and early today. Besides it didn't feel right without you there.”

Kadie released a tense breath. “Thank God!” She stood up and went back to her desk to work. “While we're talking about it, what's going on? Should I go ahead with the engagement party? Skip to the bridal shower? I mean at this rate it seems like your gonna have your baby shower before any of the wedding events.”

“Stop it” I rolled my eyes. “We'll figure everything out eventually.”

Kadie's phone vibrated causing both of us to lose our concentration. She picked it up and read the text out loud. “It's Sarah. She said, “What are your plans for lunch? Henry and I are starving! We're at Central Park West, want to meet?”

Kadie and I never turn down an invitation to eat.

We met up Henry and Sarah at a small little bistro just off of the Park.

It was my first time seeing Henry since I learned about his history with Jaime. Which reminded me, I needed to catch up with him to make sure everything with his parents turned out okay. But, in the mean time, I had to let Henry know what a big deal this whole thing was.

I patiently waited for a moment where I could steal him away, but at the rate Kadie and Sarah were talking it almost seemed impossible.

It wasn't until we were done with lunch and walking out of the bistro when I was finally about to pull him aside.

“Henry” I whispered, making sure Sarah and Kadie couldn't hear us.

He didn't get the clue. Instead, Henry responded back in his normal volume. “What is it? Why are you being so weird?”

I shushed him and held onto his arm, letting Sarah and Kadie walk a few paces further in front of us.

“Jaime told me what's been going on between you two.”

Henry had a brief expression of shock before he wiped his hand over his face. “Oh, God.”

“What do you mean, “oh God”? He had to face the scrutiny of his parents just to prove to you that he's serious.”

“I know, I know, okay?” He aggressively whispered back. “I didn't think he would suddenly become so serious about it.”

“You're the one that gave him an ultimatum!” I reciprocated his energy.

Henry shook his head as he shut his eyes. “I just have to end things officially with Jebrone before anything else can happen.”

I placed my hand on his shoulder and shook him. “Henry, he took a huge leap for you. You can't leave him hanging like that.”

“What am I suppose to do about Jebrone? Tell him he was just my sideline choice and that I've been secretly having an affair with Jaime? You know he already hates him as it is.”

“You know, I'm not really sure why Jaime likes you this much, but I'm gonna give you the benefit of the doubt and assume there's something good about you. And if you do anything to hurt my friend I swear on all that is holy you'll have me to deal with and it's not going to be pretty.”

Henry and I locked eyes for a minute before I huffed and walked away.

“Are you okay?” Kadie asked as we climbed into the cab she hailed for us.

“Henry's just being annoying.”

"What's new?" She joked along.

As we were walking back into Kadie's office my phone began to ring.

I furrowed my brows in surprise when I saw that it was Anna.

“Hello?” I answered.

“Hey honey, how's it going?” She spoke in a sweet serene tone.

“It's great. What's going on?” I was eager to figure out why she called me a day after we'd just seen her.

“We...” She paused for a brief second. “We need to talk...”

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Shot Gun

Jonah and I laid on the bed in his childhood bedroom as we stared up at the ceiling.

It was Sunday morning, and after a long weekend of wedding events for Casey, we were exhausted. We still had one last family brunch to attend before it was all officially over, but just the thought of it was making us weak.

“I love Casey, but is it really necessary for me to be at this brunch?” Jonah groaned as his hands smothered his face.

I yawned.

“I can't, I can't do another one of Aunt Marsha's stories.” His voice mumbled through his fingers as he shook his head. “We're gonna have to do this all over again when we get married.”

I furrowed my brows and turned my head towards Jonah. “What do you mean when we get married?”

Jonah's eyes peeked out from between his fingers as he looked over at me. He finally uncovered his face with an uneasy laugh. “You're kidding, right?”

I pursed my lips and looked at my empty hand. “I don't see a ring on my finger.” Of course, I only gave him back the engagement ring in the heat of an argument, but I couldn't help and tease him about a do-over.

“And why is that?” Jonah leaned over on his elbow. “Because I remember giving it to you.”

I sat up and mimicked his tone, “Well, I gave it back, now you need to give it to me again.”

“Oh God” He sighed as he dropped his hand back onto his pillow and once again covered his face. “Eight more months of this...”

“What was that?” I pulled his hands away from his face and he smiled with a tight lip refusing to respond.

I took my pillow and tossed it at him before I left to get ready for brunch.

Once we got to the restaurant, I spotted Casey from a distance and went over to say hello. She wore a simple dress, with minimal makeup, but it didn't even matter because the glow radiating on her face was so pure it was hard to notice anything else.

We leaned in for a hug and kiss on the cheek when she stopped me from pulling away. “I heard the news, congratulations!” She whispered in my ear.

I felt my cheeks burn as I blushed. “Oh” I stuttered. Even though I knew it was hard for Anna, Mandy and Casey to keep secrets between each other I was still taken back when I realized one of them had slipped. “Thank you!” I smiled. “I didn't want to spoil your weekend.”

Casey pulled away and looked at me as if I were crazy. “Are you kidding?” She laughed. “Even if you told me before I said, 'I do,' I would've still been excited that my baby brother is having a baby!”

I froze as Casey's jaw dropped. We were both in shock when she said the words out loud...for everyone to hear.

“What?” Jonah's Aunt's voice carried from across the table. “Jonah's having a baby?”

Everyone became quiet as they stared at me and Casey. Our hands were still on each others shoulders. Casey's eyes were wide and without moving her lips she whispered, “I'm so sorry!”

Jonah walked towards the table unaware of what had just happened. “Hey, Lynn, you'll never believe what the valet guy-” He stopped talking when he noticed Casey and I standing like statues in front of a table filled with stone faces.

“What's going...” His voice grew quieter, “Should I even ask?”

Mandy jumped to her feet and raised up her glass of water. “Here's to my beautiful sister and her sweet new husband on their marriage and to Lynn and my annoying brother, who I adore, on the news of their little love bug!”

Everyone became distracted as they clinked their glasses and celebrated the news.

Jonah smiled at everyone and leaned into my ear. “They know?”

Casey shook her head. “Jonah I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to say it out loud!”

“It's okay!” I reassured her as I hugged her again. “You seriously just saved me from some major nerves.”

“They know!” Jonah embraced me into a tight hug as we celebrated along with everyone. “We can finally be open about it!”

Casey reached over and punched Jonah's arm. “I can't believe you didn't tell me first! I thought I was your favorite?”

“Ow!” Jonah rubbed his arm. “You are!”

“Hey!” Mandy shouted from across the table.

After everyone settled down we were finally able to start our meal. Casey shared some funny stories of things that had gone wrong before the wedding, while Mandy told us all about how crazy Casey was going, and everyone else talked about how beautiful the event was.

For the most part everyone was excited about the baby news. Jonah's aunts and uncles came up to us separately to give us some tips and tricks for when we welcomed the “Cohen baby”(as everyone nicknamed it) They even started taking bets on whether it would be a boy or girl. I couldn't believe I was freaking out this whole time and yet everyone had taken the news with light hearts.

Jonah had work the next morning after a week long vacation, so that night we headed back to the city from Long Island. Only as we were driving the scenery looked a little different. We always took the same route to and fro and this time nothing was really looking familiar.

“Are you sure we're going the right way?” I asked as I stared out the window.

“Hm?” Jonah mumbled. “Yeah”

I grew more concerned. “Jonah, where are we going?”

“It's a surprise” He smiled as he stayed focus on the road.

As he turned the corner we were parked in front of an amusement park. I was confused as to what was going on, but I slowly started piecing the puzzle together. “Is this the park you took me to on our first date?”

Jonah's smile grew as I finally caught on. “This is it.”

“What are we doing here?” I asked as he parked the car in an empty parking lot.

“I don't know” He shrugged. “I thought we could take a little walk.”

“It's ten o'clock at night, Jonah, you have to be up early tomorrow.”

“So?” He smiled as he stepped out of the car. Jonah walked over to my side and opened my door. He took my hand and we walked down to the beach.

I laughed as we sat in the sand.

“What's so funny?” Jonah asked.

“Just a couple of years ago we were two strangers sitting on this same beach around the same time of day.” I laughed again.

“And now we're in love with a baby on the way.” Jonah finished my thought.

We sat quietly and listened to the waves crash against the shore. Maybe we were just tired, or maybe it was because of how hectic our lives had become, but the sound of the water was so peacefully soothing.

I was drifting into my thoughts when suddenly Jonah's voice brought me back.

“The reason I brought you here on our first date was because I wanted to make you a part of my life.” Jonah's hand slipped around my shoulders as he pulled me in closer to his body. “No matter how much distance was put between us, no matter how many disagreements we got into, I've only grown to love you more everyday since then.”

I crinkled my nose as I smiled.

“You mean the world to me, and if I have to re-propose every time to prove it, then I'm up for the challenge.” Jonah laughed as he spoke. He reached into his pocket and pulled out the ring.

Even though I was laughing along with Jonah I felt a tear roll down my cheek. “God, I love you so much.”

“You know what would be great?” He asked. “If we could just get married without all the hassle.”

“That would be nice.” I smiled as I stared at the ring on my finger. I missed it being on my hand. “We should just go and do it right now.” I joked.

Jonah laughed along. “Right now?”

Our smiles slowly faded as we gave the thought consideration.

I nodded my head.“....Right now.”

Thursday, June 4, 2015


“I can't believe this” Jaime gritted his teeth as he furiously pulled out his cell phone from his pocket. “I can't fucking believe this!” he yelled.

We were standing at the corner of his street, in the dead of night, waiting for a cab to take us back to the train station.

“Jaime” I softly spoke hoping to calm him down.

“I've been nothing but a good fucking son to that man!” His arm spun around as he spoke pointing back towards his house.

I walked up behind him and rubbed my hand down his back, comforting him, as his breathing became slower from realization.

“There's a ton of people in your life that love you, and accept you, including me.” Jaime turned around to look at me. His face was so stricken with sadness, I almost wished I hadn't seen it.

“Jaime!” We turned our heads when we heard a voice in the distance. “Honey” Jaime's mom came walking after us, waving her hands to get our attention.

I couldn't blame Jaime for the reaction he had when he saw her. His cheeks puffed as he rolled his eyes. Earlier during dinner his mom made it clear who's side of the table she was on.

“I'm leaving, okay? No need to worry about me.” He barked under his breath. “Not that you were anyway.” His arms folded across his chest as he turned away.

“Sweetie” Jaime's mom pulled at his shoulder until he turned around and grabbed his face in both her hands. “I love you.” his lashes fluttered in surprise. “I will always love you, no matter what.”

“Shit” I whispered under my breath as I felt my eyes welling up. I took a few steps back and let them have a mother-son moment.

“Mom” Jaime could barely say the word before he exploded into tears.

“It's okay” She leaned his head onto her shoulder and wrapped her arms around him. “You don't have to explain anything. A mother always knows.”

“Really?” Jaime finally managed to speak.

Jaime's mom went on to explain how she'd gotten subtle hints here and there that he may have been a little different. At first she thought it was a phase, but after tonight realized it wasn't. Her lack of speech during dinner stemmed from shock. She figured, knowing how traditional Jaime's dad is, that Jaime would have came to her first and they both would have eased his dad into it.

She comforted Jaime for a few minutes longer before she asked him to come back inside where she promised she'd stand by him as they both talked things out with Jaime's dad.

Before we made it inside our cab that we called half an hour ago finally arrived at the neighborhood's gate. Jaime asked me to stay, but I knew whatever was going to happen beyond this point was a family matter.

He kissed me on the cheek and thanked me for being there. I hopped into the car and watched the two of them walk into the house as I drove away.

The week had flown by and before I knew it Jonah and I were already headed to Long Island for Casey's wedding weekend.

It was Friday late in the afternoon when we finally arrived.

Anna, like always, was waiting for us at the front door. She greeted us as she took our bags inside. Jonah and I looked around confused that no one was in sight.

“Where is everyone?” Jonah asked as we settled into the living room.

“Casey and her girlfriends are at her place getting ready for tonight.” Anna looked over her shoulder at the clock. “And Mandy should be coming into town any minute now.”

“Great” Jonah smiled and looked at me.”Now's a better time than any.”

“Wait, no!” I jumped forward in my seat. Jonah and I had talked about sharing our pregnancy with his family this weekend, but I wasn't expecting him to say anything until after the chaos of Casey's wedding was over.

“Why not?” Jonah was leaning forward in his seat and looking back at me over his shoulder.

I leaned in closer to whisper, “We can't spill the news before Casey's wedding, Jonah. That's not fair to her.”

“You're pregnant!” Like a contestant in the bonus round of Wheel of Fortune, Anna confidently shouted.

Both our jaws dropped as we turned over to look at her. “Ma, what the hell? How do you keep guessing these things?”

“Oh my God, it's true?” She covered her mouth and widened her eyes.

Jonah sighed and shook his head in defeat. He was much too familiar with her antics.

“Oh my God!” She spoke louder this time. “It's true!” She lunged out of her seat and engulfed Jonah in a hug.”I'm going to be a grandma?” She reached over to give me a hug, but much gentler than she was with Jonah. Her face scrunched as she thought about what she said, “That makes me sound old. We have to think of another name.” Without breathing between her thoughts she stood back and continued. “How far along are you? What does that mean about the wedding? You'll have to push it up. Have you thought about how your going to raise your child? Oh dear, you still have some time in school don't you? How is that going to work? Who's going to stay home with the baby?

“Oh my God” Jonah turned towards me, “Why did I not listen to you? She's insane!”

“What?” Mandy stood at the front door. She dropped her bags on the floor and stood like a deer in headlights.

The four of us stayed silent as we exchanged glances.

“Surprise?” Jonah smiled.

It took Mandy a few minutes to process the information. We explained to both her and Anna that we hadn't really figured things out yet, but eventually we would.

Within the hour Jonah's family began filling up the house. We made Mandy and Anna promise that they wouldn't spill the news until after the wedding, like I had originally planned.

That night was Casey's rehearsal dinner. Jonah and I were in his room getting ready when he froze, mid-shirt buttoning, and sat on the edge of the bed. I was in his bathroom putting on my makeup when I noticed him. I peeked out of the doorway and watched as he stared at the ground deep in thought.

“You okay, honey?” I asked.

He shook back to reality and looked up at me. “Yeah. Yeah, I'm fine.” He said only to slip back into thought a few seconds later.

I put my blush palette down on the counter and walked over to Jonah. I sat next to him as I took his hand in mine. “What's on your mind?”

Without speaking he slowly shook his head. He finally sighed. “It's just scary to imagine how our lives are about to change.”

I grabbed Jonah's chin and turned his face towards me. I knew the feeling he was feeling. It was the same way I felt when I first found out about the pregnancy. I guess he was just having a late reaction to it. But, the only thing that got me through my nerves was the fact that Jonah was so calm and collective. And now, it was my turn to return the favor. “Hey, as long as you have me and I have you, nothings going to be scary.” I smiled.

Jonah only gave me half a smile back. “I mean the way my mom was asking all those questions. Lynn, we literally have none of that figured out.”

“This is a big deal, Jon. We can't just automatically know what to do. It's going to take time, day by day.”

Jonah smiled, remembering how he one day spoke the same words to me. “Who told you that?”

I scrunched my mouth as I pretended to think hard. “Some wise guy...”

“You think I'm a wise guy?” His smile grew.

“I meant wise guy as in asshole.”

Jonah laughed. “You're so sweet.”

“It's the hormones.” I smiled back.

The next morning was Casey's wedding. Jonah and I parted ways earlier in the day. I headed on my way to be with Casey while Jonah took care of the rest of the family at his house.

I never realized how much of a perfectionist Casey was until now. She barked orders left and right at the decorators while still giving the rest of us her charming smile.

The wedding took place at a resort hotel that was just too beautiful for words. The place was dripping with fresh flowers and live string music.

There wasn't a dry eye in sight as Jonah walked his sister down the aisle. I could tell that even he was emotional to give Casey away to her groom, knowing that it was suppose to be his father and not him.

After the ceremony the party moved outdoors to a pool side reception.

I couldn't help but notice how in love Casey looked as she glided through the room with her new husband. It made me think about Jonah and I and how soon we'd be the same way. Only not really because I gave him my ring back. Yes, it was out of spite, but with every bump in our road we only fell more in love with each other. Which is why I was beginning to become worried that he still hadn't given it back.

I wanted to talk to Jonah about it, but between all the cousins, aunts, uncles, second cousins, college buds, and childhood friends we couldn't get a moment to ourselves

By the end of the night I was completely exhausted. If I had to meet another guy name Sal I was going to lose it. So, instead, I parked myself at the open bar.

“Water, please.” I asked the bartender.

“That bad of a night?” He jokingly responded.

I rolled my eyes and took a giant sip through the tiny straw.

Someone came and sat next to me. I was too tired to turn even half an inch to check.

“You come here often?” I heard Jonah's voice and smiled.

“Just when my man leaves me alone for the night.”

Jonah's face filled with surprise. “So that means you're free from the prick tonight?”

“What'd you have in mind?” I raised an eyebrow intrigued by this game of stranger we were playing.

He leaned his body against mine as he whispered in my ear. “I was thinking about how great this-” he pulled at the strap of my dress. “-would look on the floor of my hotel.”

I turned my head so our mouths were inches apart. “How quick can we get to your hotel?”

“If you hurry we can make it there before your man sees.”

I leaned forward and kissed Jonah. He grabbed my bag and the two of us dashed out of the party.