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A/N: Just a quick, short update. Here is the new chapter, and the explanation of what happened with Jenny.


"Won't Jenny mind?" Alexis asked, a little embarrassed when the taxi pulled out in front of his building.

He had completely forgot that she didn't know about Jenny. He hadn't tell anyone at work except Javier, the cut was still too fresh.

"Uh, no." It was all he could come up with. He paid the fare, and guided her silently to the front entrance of the building. But before opening it, he stopped. It wasn't right. He should tell her before she accepted.

"Alexis, I have to tell you something."

"Couldn't we have this conversation inside?" she asked, clutching his trench-coat to her body nervously.

"I think it's better if I say it now."

"Okay, go ahead."

"Jenny's not here. She left me."

"Oh my god, I'm so sorry!" she exclaimed, her face falling apart in genuine empathy. "What happened? When? Are you alright?"

"It's okay, I'm fine. It's been two months. We're getting a divorce."

She gave him a sad smile. "I'm so sorry," she said. "I didn't know. Otherwise I would have never brought it up. I didn't mean to reopen your wounds."

"It's okay," he repeated. "You couldn't have known. The only person at work who knows his Javier."

"Why?" she asked, surprised.

"I guess, I just wasn't ready for everyone to know," he said.

"Well, thank you for telling me."

"It's the least I could do. I didn't want to like, lure you into my apartment under false pretenses. Hey, don't laugh! It's like a crime, or something."

She only laughed harder. "You're like, the nicest man I know," she said, softly. "I trust you completely either way."

He swallowed hard. This sweet, beautiful woman trusted him completely. Instead of feeling happy, he felt guilty and nervous.

"Good. I just—I didn't want you to feel uncomfortable, when you realized—I mean, the social implication are different when you spend the night at a married couple's place than when, you know, you sleep with a single guy. That's not what I meant. Not that I would mind but..."

Did he really just say that?

He needed to stop talking right now. He could have falce-palmed. His word vomit was getting worse and worse.

He risked a glance at her. She was blushing, but didn't avoid his gaze. She looked right at him, her eyes strangely glowing. Whatever he expected to see in her eyes, it wasn't what he found. Instead, her blue eyes were filled with desire, and he could feel his body responding in kind.

"Is that what you want?" she asked.

Her voice was pure sex. He didn't know she had a voice like that. The Alexis he knew was an angel, not a temptress.

His mouth was dry. "We shouldn't," he said.

"That's not what I asked," she answered.

She took a few step closer, and his eyes slid down to her lips. Pink and soft, and oh-so-kissable. He was ready to kiss her here and now, forgetting everything. Forgetting the fact that they were standing in front of his building where anyone could see, forgetting that she was only nineteen, forgetting about his failed marriage and his friendship with her father.

He kissed her. Her lips were warm against his. The kiss was sweet and rough. She tasted like strawberries and smelled of vanilla, and he couldn't get enough of this combination. But she was more than just the sweet little girl she seemed to be. She bit his bottom lip in a way that drove him half-mad and was the first to open up her lips and deepen the kiss.

"Do you want this?" she asked, when she finally broke off the kiss.

"Shouldn't I be the one asking you this? Do you want this?"

"Yes," she said. "And I don't want to take advantage of your emotional state. You've been through a lot recently. So tell me, are you sure?"

"Yes," he said, and he kissed her again. It was such an Alexis thing to do, making sure he was alright before letting him a chance to do the same for her. He was already in way over his head.

"Great," she said, pushing him away gently. "So let's go inside."

Ryan didn't think twice, he kissed her one more time and obeyed.


So yeah...they kissed!

Don't be mad at me for keeping the lemoney stuff for the next chapters, it just worked better this way. Otherwise the chapter was way too long and lacked structure.

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