Dan tied the boat up to the dock and helped Zoe out of the boat. He held her hand and brought it up to his lips and kissed it. Zoe blushed and let him take her hand in his as they walked toward the cabin.
"Should we tell them right away or wait awhile?" Zoe asked.
"I'm not telling my dad until tomorrow." Dan said.
"I won't tell the kids until tomorrow then either." Zoe said as they stood outside the front door. They both went inside and found Taylor, Cliff, Hannah and George all playing Monopoly. "So who's winning?" Zoe asked.
"We don't know, but Hannah has the most properties." Taylor announced.
"Way to go Hannah." Zoe said as she made her way toward them to watch them at the kitchen table.
"I think I'm going to quit soon, kids." George said. "It's getting late for an old man."
"Yeah, I'm getting tired from our long day of traveling." Taylor agreed.
"It has been a long day, hasn't it?" Zoe added. "We should all get to bed soon." The thought of sleeping in the same bed as Dan scared yet excited Zoe. "Well, I'm going to go get my pajamas on. When I come back, I want to hear who won, then I want you kids to get ready for bed."
Zoe left for the bedroom and changed into pink plaid silk pajamas bottoms and a pink camisole. When she returned to where everyone was, the kids and George were counting money and Dan was drinking a glass of water. Her heart skipped a beat just seeing him, as it had done for almost a year.
"Hannah won." Taylor announced. "Now I'm going to get ready for bed." She said as she stood up from her chair and headed toward her room.
"Let Hannah and Cliff get their toothbrushes before you go in your room though." Zoe called. "Does anyone mind if I watch a little TV while I wait for everyone to get to bed?"
"That depends upon what you were going to watch." Dan said. "I wanted to watch the news before going to bed."
"That's what I was planning on watching." Zoe said, smiling at him, making Dan's heart flip flop in his chest. They both took a seat on the couch meant for two in front of the TV. Dan, secretly from the others, took Zoe's hand and intertwined their fingers.
Slowly the room emptied as everyone but Dan and Zoe were left. Dan let go of Zoe's hand and put his arm around her and drew her in close to him. Zoe felt a little uncomfortable. She wasn't used to this new relationship with her business partner. Dan sensed her tension and asked, "Does this bother you?"
"No, I'm just not used to it." Zoe said, as she tried to relax a little and enjoy it. She rested her head on Dan's shoulder and sighed. Zoe could smell Dan's intoxicating scent of cologne. She closed her eyes and let her mind wander.
It wasn't long before Dan heard Zoe's heavy breathing and light snoring. Dan smiled a bit and decided it was time for the both of them to go to bed. He shut the TV off with the remote control and then gently lifted Zoe and cradled her in his arms. Zoe made a quiet noise as she was moved. Dan carried her to the bedroom and tenderly laid her beneath the covers. She curled herself into a ball and quietly moaned as she got settled to fall asleep. Dan drew the bed sheets over her before he went to the opposite side of the bed. He kicked off his pants and threw his shirt off leaving him in his boxers and undershirt. He sat on the bed and lifted his legs underneath the blankets and got himself situated to fall asleep. Zoe, half awake now, moved closer to Dan, as he laid down, and rested her head on his chest. She could hear his heartbeat and his steady breathing and it quickly lulled her to sleep.