Disclaimer: I own nothing except for my laptop, my imagination and my crazy poodle. Steph, Ranger and Morelli belong to Janet Evanovich. Inside the Actor's Studio and the questions belong to someone else also. The plot for this however is all mine!!
Chapter 5: His Favorite Thing.
Stephanie laid on the bed in amazement. She knew that he'd told her recently that he wanted to try a relationship with her, but she'd been scared. Scared of the 'what if's' that were hanging out there. Now there weren't any more 'what if's' for her to worry about. She knew what she wanted and now she knew what he wanted.
Slowly and nervously she got off the bed and went out into the living room. Ranger was in the same spot on the couch, but his head was back and his eyes were closed.
"Ranger?" She called softly and he didn't respond. "Carlos?"
His head jerked up. "What did you call me?"
"Carlos. Is that okay?" She asked shyly. He rose from the couch and walked towards her. Okay, so it was more like an animal stalking its prey, but either way he went towards her.
"I like hearing you say my name." He pulled her into his arms and nuzzled her neck. "I bet it would sound even better if you moaned it or screamed it."
Her only response was to moan and tilt her head to give him better access.
"Did you like my answers Babe?" He murmured into her ear before he nipped at her earlobe.
"Huh?" Was all she was able to get out and he chuckled. Then he lifted his head to look at her.
"I asked if you liked my answers."
"Very much." She nodded. Stephanie looked at him closely, her expression curious.
"I meant them." He told her when he saw her curious expression.
"I know, but… are you tired? I don't think I've ever seen you tired before." She cocked her head to the side and studied him. "You were sleeping when I came out here weren't you."
He looked a little sheepish. "Yeah, I was sleeping. I didn't mean to, I haven't got much sleep the last couple of days and I had a rough day. I was still for too long while you were in the bedroom. I thought about waiting until tomorrow to come see you, but I couldn't wait."
"Why don't you come in the bedroom and you can sleep here." She offered and blushed.
"Are you sure?"
"Of course, but only sleeping."
"Babe." It came out as almost a whine.
"Only sleeping… tonight anyway." She smiled at him and led him by the hand to her bedroom. She pulled the covers down while he began to strip down. His hands stopped at the button of his cargos.
"I don't have any boxers here do I?" He asked and she gestured toward the dresser.
"I think there is a pair in the second drawer. I might have taken a pair when I was staying at your apartment." Sure enough, there was a pair. He quickly stripped off his cargo pants and donned the boxers.
Stephanie had changed into her pajamas earlier in the evening… boxers and a tee shirt. Ranger grinned when he saw that it was one of his tee shirts.
"Nice pj's Babe." He commented as he slid into her bed.
"Thanks… I only mooch the best." She grinned back and slid into the bed also.
He immediately pulled her close to him and rolled so they faced each other. He stroked her hair back from her face and kissed her gently on the lips.
"I love you Babe."
"I love you Carlos."
"So does that mean you'll try a relationship with me?" He asked seriously as he stared into her eyes.
"Yes." Instantly, he tried to roll her beneath him, but she prevented him.
"You're tired." She insisted.
"I'm waking up." He emphasized his words by thrusting his hips towards hers. She felt the thickening of his lower body and pulled back.
"Babe." Again, he almost sounded whiney and she couldn't help but giggle.
"You're tired and tonight you'll just have to settle for your favorite thing about me. In the morning we can try one of #18." Stephanie said suggestively.
Ranger's tired brain caught on; #18 was the question about his favorite sexual fantasy. He gave her a wolf grin. "Sounds like an excellent idea Babe. Tomorrow night we could try out #6 and another #18."
Stephanie thought quickly… #6? A date?
"A date?" She asked hesitantly.
"Yes Babe… a date. And then…." He began, but she silenced him with a kiss.
"Just sleep Carlos. I'll be here when you wake up and we can talk then." She snuggled into him and they both sighed in contentment."
"I want to hold you like this every night." He murmured drowsily.
"I'll let you." She whispered back and then they were both asleep.
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