Chapter 10

"How soon is soon going to be?" Chris asked as he and Stephanie rode the escalator back up to the second level of the mall. He looked her over, wishing that the stupid old man hadn't interrupted them back down in the arcade. They had been so close. He'd touched her, felt a place on her that he hadn't ever imagined that he'd get the opportunity to feel, and now that he'd felt that and felt her response to him, he wanted more...

He wanted to go all the way.

"Soon is going to be as soon as possible," Stephanie replied, looking at him.

"Good, because I can't wait," he replied for what seemed to be the tenth time that day, closing the distance between them so he could speak directly into her ear. He went on in a husky voice. "I've felt you, but it was too brief. I want to feel all of you...inside and out."

"And you will," she said, shivering a little as his lips moved against her ear. "Because that's what I want, too."

"This whole situation kind of reminds me of a Snickers commercial I saw recently," he said, his lips still right near her ear. "Hungry? Why wait?"

"What are you implying?" she asked, knowing full well what he was saying.

"I'm hungry, Steph. I want a taste," he said bluntly. "Are you gonna give me a taste?"

"I'd like to think I gave you a little taste of what was to come down in the arcade, with me sitting on top of you and everything..." She stepped off the escalator as they reached the top and he did the same, putting an arm around her waist as they began to walk.

"A touch, a feel, that's what that was," he said, walking close to her. "I want a taste of you, in the literal sense... Get what I'm saying?"

She stopped walking and looked at him for a second, then grabbed his hand and pulled him into the nearest place. She had no clue what the place was called, but it was dark and it had loud music playing. She could barely see where she was going as she pulled him to the back of the store and into a dark corner. She leaned against the wall and pulled him to her, their bodies pressed close together with no space in between.

"What's this, Steph?" he practically growled, putting his arms around her and gazing into her eyes.

"You wanted a taste... I'll give you a taste." She smiled at him, then kissed him hungrily. He kissed her back, snaking his tongue into her mouth and pressing her even harder against the wall, pressing himself against her more in the process. She pulled back to catch her breath, and to whisper something into his ear as he kissed her neck. "I want you right now, Chris, right here..."

He didn't know what she was thinking or what he was thinking, either. He was married, and they were in a public place. Granted, it was pretty dark in there, but the fact still remained that they were in a public place and there were people around. They were acting like horny little teens, like adolescents with raging hormones...

And yet, he still found himself fumbling with his belt buckle.

She kissed him again, and her hands traveled down to help him with his belt. She honestly didn't know what had come over her. She'd never been one to take these kinds of risks before, especially not with married men, and especially not with her best friend. This was Chris, for God's sake... This was the same Chris who had helped her through her divorce with Hunter, the same Chris that had taken care of her almost every single time she was sick, the same Chris who had fought against men twice as big as him for her honor... This really was her best friend! But that didn't even matter anymore, as they both got his belt loose and she unzipped his pants...

"Are you sure about this?" he asked breathlessly in her ear. "Because once I start, I'm not going to be able to stop."

"I'm more than sure," she answered, moving against him, touching him. She put one hand up to the side of his face, one thumb running lightly over his bottom lip as his hands went to pull up her skirt. "I just... Hurry, Chris..."

And then, as if it just wasn't meant to be, Chris's cell phone started ringing. "Fuck!" he exclaimed, leaning his forehead against the wall and groaning. "Of all the... Whoever this is, is going to get cursed out. I mean it."

Stephanie laughed at his frustration and kissed him on the side of his neck. "Just answer it," she said, sucking lightly on his neck. "It could be someone really important."

"You're right," he agreed, taking a deep breath. He didn't look at the display on his phone, he just brought it up to his ear. "Hello?"

"Chris, where are you?" Jess asked. "Rich said that you and Stephanie were going to talk somewhere, but that seems like it was ages ago... Rich is embarrassing me here, running around with thongs on his head. He's like a two-year-old!"

"Sorry, baby, we ran into some crazy fans and we had to run and hide," Chris lied, biting his lip as Stephanie's hands found their way into the front of his pants.

"I guess that's the price you pay for being a sexy beast," Jessica laughed. She spotted Rich running around with yet another thong on his head and she grimaced a little. "But you have to get up here soon, because Rich is insane. He's never going shopping with us ever, eeeeever again!"

"Stealing my catchphrases?" he asked with a little laugh, but then he had to bite his lip to keep from moaning as Stephanie rubbed herself against him.

"I think I have a right to steal your catchphrases. I'm your wife," she reminded him, still watching Rich run around like a fool. "But seriously, honey, get up here as soon as you possibly can, because you're the only one who can control this guy."

"As soon as we're sure the fans aren't anywhere around, we'll be there," he answered, closing his eyes. "Try to get Rich to stop acting like a fool, ok? I'll talk to you later." He hung up the phone right after that, then stuck it in his back pocket, opened his eyes, and looked at Stephanie. "You torture me, you know that?"

"What are you talking about?" she asked innocently, her hands no longer in his pants. "What did I do wrong?"

"Stephanie, Stephanie, Stephanie..." He brought his lips down on hers again and kissed her forcefully, pressing her against the wall again. "I think I just bought us enough time for a quickie," he murmured suggestively against her lips.

"Then what the hell are we waiting for?" she murmured back, one hand against the back of his head as she kissed him.

"Good question..."

A while later...

Stephanie stepped out of the bathroom and walked over to where Chris was leaning against a wall, arms folded across his chest, shades on. After their little...adventure...in the back of the store, they had gone back down to the lower level of the mall to find a bathroom so they wouldn't be spotted by Jess or Rich. Stephanie stood in front of Chris and looked at him for a minute, but he didn't seem to notice her. She poked him in the chest, then stepped closer and kissed him on the nose.

Chris smiled at her then. "All cleaned up?" he asked, standing up straight.

"Yeah, I'm good, and you?" she answered, looking him over.

"I'm better than good, after what we just did," he said, grinning at her. "You're a wild one, Steph... How come I didn't ever know about that other side of you?"

"Let's see... I was married to Hunter, you were...and still are...married to Jess, and you were, and still are, my best friend," she replied, biting her lip a little. "Maybe that's why you never knew about my other side."

"Yeah, well..." He didn't really have anything else to say about that, so he smirked a little at her and linked his arm through hers. "We've left Jess and Rich up there in Victoria's Secret for quite a bit of time. He's probably destroyed the entire place by now."

They started walking over to the escalator, and she smiled a little. "Didn't she say that he was running around the place with thongs on his head?"

"Yeah, I think," he replied as they stepped onto the escalator. "Although I can't be sure, because someone, and I won't say her name...but someone had her hands in my pants, and I was really distracted."

"I wonder who that was," she said thoughtfully.

"I think you know who it was," he commented, smirking at her. "And I think I know who it was, too..."

They arrived back at Victoria's Secret a few seconds later, and they walked inside. They immediately spotted Rich sitting on the floor near the dressing rooms, playing with his fingers. He looked extremely bored. Jess was a few feet away, looking at some thongs...

"Why's he sitting down there?" Chris asked, walking over to his wife and looking back at Rich.

"Thank God you're back!" Jess exclaimed, dropping the thong she had been holding and engulfing him in a huge hug. "Rich was acting like such a child... I don't see how you put up with him in public. He was never like this before!"

"Yeah, Rich can be pretty crazy sometimes," Chris agreed, looking curiously over at Stephanie, who was, strangely, sitting next to Rich on the floor now. "Maybe he's acting like that because he's not home with Julie..."

"Yeah, maybe that's it, but I'm not too crazy about this side of him," Jess said, shaking her head. "So don't ever leave me alone with him in public again..."

"I'm sorry," he said, still looking at Stephanie. "It's just that the fans were-"

"Next time the fans jump on you, just put them in the Walls of Jericho," she interrupted. "You're a pro at the Walls, right, baby?"

He wasn't listening anymore. Her innocent mention of his submission move had him thinking of another wall... A wall he'd just had his best friend up against not too long ago, doing things to her that he'd never even thought about doing to her... He was getting excited all over again just thinking about it, and he glanced over at her with a heated look in his eyes... But then he saw how close to Rich she was sitting, and he got...jealous?

"Chris? You ok?" Jess asked after a minute. "You're awfully quiet."

"Sorry, sorry," he said, still looking at Stephanie and Rich. "I just think those two are sitting too close together on the floor."

"They're just talking," she replied, waving her hand a little. "Don't read too much into it..."

"Yeah, whatever you say," he answered.

"So, Jess says that you were running around with thongs on your head," Stephanie said, looking at Rich, who she was now sitting next to. "What's that all about?"

"I was bored," Rich answered with a shrug. "I needed something interesting to do, and what better to do than run around with a thong on my head?"

"You like to make a complete ass of yourself, don't you?" she asked with a laugh.

"I didn't make an ass out of myself last night, did I?" he countered in a quiet voice. "If I recall correctly, you liked my ass a lot last night..."

"Could you not mention that? I hate the fact that I let myself get so carried away with you last night," she said, groaning as she leaned the back of her head against the wall. "I'd like to plead temporary insanity..."

"I'm not apologizing for it, and I'm definitely not pleading temporary insanity," he said. "I was perfectly sane, like I am now. It was fun, wasn't it?"

"Shut up already," she mumbled, getting to her feet and walking over near Jess and Chris. They both gave her concerned looks, and she smiled a little at them. "Don't worry about me, I'm fine. I'm just greatly annoyed by the Duke over there."

"You and me both," Jess agreed, looking over at Rich, then back at Stephanie. "Oh, and there was something I wanted you to see. Come on, it's over here..."

Chris watched Stephanie and Jess walk over to the other side of the store, picking up different types of underwear and discussing them. He leaned against a wall and kept his eyes focused completely on Stephanie, like maybe if he stared hard enough, he'd be able to melt her clothes away with his eyes.

"It's not going to work. I've tried," Rich said, suddenly appearing next to Chris.

"What are you talking about?" Chris asked nonchalantly.

"You're not suddenly going to develop X-ray vision, dude," Rich said, shaking his head at his friend.

"A guy can dream, right?" Chris asked with a soft laugh, eyes resting on Stephanie yet again, who was now talking animatedly to Jess about something. Her eyes seemed to be glowing... In fact, she seemed to be glowing, and Chris couldn't tear his eyes away from the sight of her.

"Yeah," Rich agreed wistfully, looking over at Stephanie as well. "Sometimes all a guy can do is dream..."

A/N: I had the first part of this chapter written. I hadn't originally planned for them to hook up so fast, but it happened and I can't change it... I have no good excuse for the second half of this chapter, other than the fact that I was so stuck! I didn't know what to write! But here's another chapter...so leave me a review while I work on making Chapter 11 better!