(Alright, here's the last chapter. Yep, I've decided to put two chapters up instead of just one.)
Jimmy and I held each other's hands while we walked back to our spot. Sure enough, we noticed Mathew sitting by himself. I put my hand on his shoulder. He looked over when he felt it.
"Hey, set to leave?" I asked.
"Yeah," Mathew simply responded.
The three of us packed up our stuff. When I finished packing my stuff, I put on my clothes over my bathing suit and we started walking home. I thought Jimmy and I might drop off Mathew at his apartment before I go back to Jimmy's place for awhile, then maybe spend the night at Mathew's apartment.
"Rachel," Mathew said to me.
"If it's not too much trouble to ask, you wanna spend the night with me?"
"Well, sure, why not," I responded.
"But just remember what I told you, okay?"
"Don't worry, I still remember," Mathew assured me.
"Okay, just checking," I said.
I offered him my hand since he was the only one who was empty-handed, and his beach towel draped around his shoulders.
"Care to hold my other hand?" I asked.
"I just thought I'd offer since you're the only one who's empty-handed, and just show you how much of a true friend I can be."
"Sure," Mathew said, looking a little nervous.
When he gently grabbed my hand, I gave Jimmy a wink of the eye to let him know that I wasn't doing any lovey-dovey stuff with Mathew. The three of us reached Mathew's apartment and we dropped him off. When we walked away to Jimmy's house, I wanted to spend some more alone time with him, and some with Mathew to still show him how thankful I still was about him finding Jimmy for me.
When we dropped Mathew off at his apartment, I took Rachel back to my place like she wanted. I knew she wanted to love me some more; I didn't mind her wanting to spend the night with Mathew -- after all, she did spend the night with me last night.
"I'm glad you're not going berserk on me wanting to spend the night with Mathew, Jimmy," Rachel told me.
"Hey," I said.
"You spent last night with me, I was kind of hoping that it was going to be tonight as well, but hey, sometimes once is enough."
"Listen, I promise we won't have an affair," Rachel said to me.
"He gave me his word, and I trust him, 140 percent."
"Okay then," I said, keeping a small warning from Rachel.
I did trust Mathew, but some part of myself didn't.
"Did you want to love me some more, Rachel?" I asked.
"Yeah," Rachel simply responded.
We held each other close to our bodies. I gently pressed myself against Rachel's chest.
"Does it hurt?" I softly asked.
"No," Rachel whispered.
"Let me know if it does," I said softly to Rachel.
She nodded her head and continued to focus all her thoughts on me. I missed this, even if it was last night. Rachel and I gazed into each other's eyes. Jimmy closed his window curtains so nobody could see us.
"Mmm," Rachel softly purred as we moved in closer to each other.
We kissed each other on the lips. I really enjoyed Rachel's kisses for sure. I pushed the straps of her tanktop down her shoulders and arms in an attempt to take it off. I looked at her to see if I could take it off. She smiled and nodded her head up and down. I didn't care that Rachel was still wearing her swimsuit underneath -- I wanted to see her body.
"Do you mind if I still have my bathing suit on?" I asked.
Jimmy nodded a "no".
"Keep it on, Rachel," He whispered.
Jimmy and I leaned in and kissed each other's lips again. I could feel Jimmy's fingers pushing the straps of my swimsuit down my shoulders. I stopped him and pulled them back up.
"I thought you wanted me to keep my bathing suit on," I said.
"I did, I just thought I'd test you for a little fun," Jimmy said to me.
"Don't," I softly said, softly chuckling to myself.
I removed Jimmy's shirt and lay my head on his chest. I loved and missed him so much. Mathew really acted like the Jimmy I wanted when he's away from his cases, but he wouldn't take the place of the real Jimmy I knew.
"I love you," I whispered to him.
"I love you too, Rachel," Jimmy whispered back.
He gently rubbed my back, and gently tried to slip his hand underneath my swimsuit. I didn't try to take it out.
"Just don't touch my breasts," I whispered to him.
"Touch or rub me wherever you want, everywhere but my breasts and my middle section."
"You're too beautiful, Rachel," Jimmy said, softly and changing the subject, even if he followed what I told him.
"Thank you," I whispered back.
We leaned in and kissed once again.
"Rachel, there's something I wanna show you," Jimmy said to me.
"What's that?" I asked.
I took Rachel's hand and led her to the backyard. I recently had a pool installed -- it was about the same size as the one we saw at Serena's villa when I was still Conan.
"Jimmy, since when did you have a pool installed?" Rachel asked, looking shocked.
"Just yesterday when Mathew found me," I answered.
"Care to come in?"
She remained silent for a while.
"Sure," Rachel finally said.
She quickly took off her shorts and then, the two of us walked to the pool's edge, holding each other's hands again.
"Ready?" I asked.
"Yeah," Rachel answered.
Holding hands, we both jumped into the water. We splashed each other playfully again and again. Rachel and I even hugged and kissed each other several times. I really wanted to see her wet one more time before she left to spend the night at Mathew's place.
"Jimmy," Rachel said.
"I'm glad you're looking inside of your heart and letting me spend the night with Mathew and not giving me a hard time about this."
"Hey, since you spent the night at my place yesterday, it's okay if you don't this time," I said.
"If you want to be happy and hang out with him, go ahead, I'm not gonna stop you -- especially after the conditions you gave him."
"Did you overhear me telling them?" Rachel asked.
"No," I answered.
"I figured out what you told him from memory."
Rachel believed what I told her; after all, I was serious -- I didn't overhear her telling Mathew about the conditions she was strict about if he offered her to spend a night or two with him each month, which is what they agreed on.
"You won't barge in on us, will you?" Rachel asked.
"No, if you trust him, I trust him," I assured her.
It put a smile in my heart to hear him say that. Normally, he'd tell me something about Holmes or Conan Doyle like usual, but after what we both went through, he had been talking about both of them less and less. For some reason, I kind of missed it, but not really. I would take the new Jimmy anyday.
"Did you tell him when you'd be at his apartment, Rachel?" Jimmy asked me.
"No," I said.
"But I'm gonna be there at about 5 p.m."
I looked at my watch and it was only 3:30 p.m. I had an hour and a half before I was supposed to be down there. I remained at Jimmy's house 35 minutes later, then grabbed my stuff, and left for Mathew's apartment.
"Thanks, Jimmy," I said before I left.
"For all this affection you're showing me, plus all this fun I've been having with you and Mathew."
I still loved him, especially for not giving me a hard time when I decided to spend time with another friend. Then, I gave him a kiss good-bye and walked to Mathew's apartment. I arrived there 35 minutes later and knocked on his door.
"Hey, Rachel -- you're early," Mathew said when he answered it.
"Yeah, thought I'd get here a little early," I replied.
"Thanks for coming to spend the night with me," Mathew said to me.
"You're welcome," I said, smiling at him.
"As long as you remember the conditions I told you."
"Don't worry, I won't even touch your clothes," Mathew assured me.
We spent most of the evening chatting with each other; I even cooked some stuff for him so he could sample some of my cooking to see what he thought -- and he liked it. For most of the evening, we had our arms wrapped around each other's shoulders; occasionally, we hugged each other, and we kissed each other on the cheek about once or twice. We didn't even want to shower together, but I did accept his offer for a massage on my shoulders after we both finished our showers. Normally, I would've remained in my sleepclothes, but since I still had my bathing suit with me, I decided to change into it. The reason why was because Mathew had cranked the heater up a tiny bit, but he told me he'd set it back to normal before we went to bed.
"Rachel, you look good," Mathew said to me.
"Thank you," I said.
"You ready?" Mathew asked me.
"Mm-hmm," I simply responded.
(end Rachel's P.O.V.)
I placed my hands on Rachel's shoulders and gently squeezed them with my hands. I didn't care if she was in a swimsuit, especially since she normally wears it to swim, but I most likely thought it was because I cranked the heater up a tiny bit.
"Oooohhh," Rachel purred after a few minutes had passed.
"This feels nice, but not as nice as the time I was at the hot springs."
"Hot springs?" I asked.
"Mm-hmm," Rachel answered.
"For my dad's college class reunion; I should take you there someday."
"I'd be honored to go," I said.
"Just let me know when you will go."
"Deal," Rachel said to me.
I continued Rachel's massage. 20 minutes later, she told me to stop. Right after she changed out of her bathing suit, I heard her ask me something.
"By the way, did you turn up the heater just so I'd wear my swimsuit?" Rachel asked me.
"No, I was just feeling a little cold," I responded.
Rachel gave me a warm embrace and I returned the favor.
"Do you mind if I sleep with you in your bed?" She asked me.
"But, wouldn't that qualify as sleeping with each other?" I asked.
"No, if we had our clothes off, then we'd be sleeping with each other," Rachel assured me.
I let her climb in and we went off to sleep. I slept on the right side, while Rachel slept on the left. The bed was just enough room for holding one last person.
"Night, Rachel," I said.
"Night, Mathew," Rachel said to me.
"And thanks for being such a great friend to me."
She kissed me on the cheek and I repaid the favor to her. Right after that, we dozed off to sleep.
(All right, it's over. Hope you enjoyed this.)