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"Come on, Baby Girl. I want you in my bed … now!"
As soon as they took the first step, however, he felt her legs buckle and she gasped in surprise. He laughed a delighted, satisfied laugh and bending down, swung her into his arms and carried her to his bedroom. Derek knew what it meant that Penelope merely cuddled into his arms and pressed her lips to the side of his face, making no comment about being too heavy. He promised himself silently that he would do everything to keep showing her how needless her insecurities truly were.
Reaching his bed, he laid her tenderly in the center of it, kissing her forehead as he did. She lay back languidly, still sated, as she watched him remove his clothes. As his magnificent body came into view, Penelope trailed her eyes greedily over him. She'd wanted this forever, it seemed. Ever since the first time she'd ever seen him, she'd wanted to know what her statuesque god of sculpted chocolate thunder really looked like under those clothes.
She made a grumpy sound of protest when he lay down next to her without removing the black boxers he wore. Derek chuckled. Quickly kissing the pout of her lips, he said, "All in good time sweetheart. You're still wearing too many clothes." He reached for the buttons on the side of her dress and slipped them open. Pushing the sides of the dress away from her, he helped her sit up to remove it. Tossing it behind him, he gazed at her bountiful breasts in the pink flowered bra.
Watching him devour her with his eyes, Penelope blushed deeply and was rewarded with a low, delighted laugh from Derek. "I just knew you would blush all over!" He reached over and simply flicked the front clasp of the bra, popping it open.
Penelope gasped, and then giggled. "I should have known you'd be good at that." After what he'd done to her - done for her - suddenly all his past experience was just that … past. She could forget that he'd ever wanted anyone else. Derek saw the look on her face and instantly understood.
"Thank you for believing me, Baby Girl, and for trusting me with your body."
As he reached toward her, she stilled his hands with one of hers and smiled at him, "I trust you with my life and my heart, Sweet Cheeks. My body, well that was just a matter of time, no?" Looking at Derek with a direct, unguarded gaze, Penelope slid the cups of her bra away from her body, shrugged the garment off her shoulders, and bared her breasts to him.
She was rewarded with a swiftly indrawn breath from him and when she reached for his hands and drew them to her, placing one on her breast and the other on her belly, directly over her scar, the breath whooshed out in a huge gasp.
Penelope felt him harden even more against her leg, but just as she was reaching down to touch him, Derek pulled her into his arms and crushed her to him, as if he couldn't bear to let her go.
"Hot Stuff, is something wrong?" Penelope was confused.
"Shh, it's okay princess. Nothing's wrong." Derek raised one had to caress her cheek gently. The trust she had just shown to him threatened to unman him completely."I'm just cherishing the gift you gave to me."
As he looked into her eyes, Penelope blushed again. She understood. He knew what it meant for her to take his hands and place them on her body. Still, eagerness and impatience made her move restlessly against him.
He let out a small laugh and said teasingly. "Let me enjoy my moment, sweetness, hmm?"
"But what about you?" Penelope asked the question again, looking into his eyes.
"I'll see and do everything I want to, and you'll have your chance as well, Baby Girl. As I said before, tonight is about you. It's okay. We have all the time in the world, baby."
"We … do?" It came out somewhere between a squeak and a gasp.
Derek frowned slightly. Then his expression cleared, and he cradled her face in his hands, brought his lips to hers and kissed her gently, but thoroughly.
"Penelope, I don't just want you in my bed tonight. I thought you understood that. I want you in my life, for the rest of my life."
"Oh, Hot Stuff." Penelope whispered, her eyes shining with sudden unshed tears.
"I love you Penelope." Derek said as he traced her lips with one finger. "Whenever you smile that full sweet smile just for me, all the times you've held me when I was hurting, and all the times you've let me hold you through your pain. In all of them, I've loved you Baby Girl."
The tears spilled down her cheeks. He wiped them away from her face gently and kissed her again.
"Derek. My love. My only love." Penelope murmured against his mouth. "I love you too, so very, very much. I've always been in love with you."
They held each other tightly, relishing the wonder of the feelings they had finally revealed. There would be time to discuss the past, and the mistakes they had both made, to ensure that they never went there again.
There would be time, but it was not now, not this moment. With one accord, the mood between them changed and in an instant, Derek and Penelope were clutching at each other, stripping off the last piece of clothing in their way, and exchanging greedy, hungry kisses as the passion built.
Penelope ran her hands frantically over his body, trying to touch him everywhere she craved. For his part, Derek pulled her body under his and rested his own in the soft cradle of her thighs, where he had so longed to be. He looked down into the trusting eyes of the amazing woman lying under him, and thanked God and everything good that she was finally looking at him that way … seeing him the way he had longed for her to do.
He bent his head and kissed her lovingly.
Then he began to make good on all his promises.
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