I have always had a thing for men with scars. I find them alluring and a testament to their survival and grit. I toyed with a story about a boy coming to a new high school and suffering the humiliation of ignorant bullying. Along comes a girl who sees him for who he is and love unfolds between them...
Excerpt from the In 9 Days:
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Tessa ran to the door and then took a couple of calming breaths before she opened it. He stood in front of her with a bouquet of multicolored carnations in cheap cellophane. “Eighteen flowers for the eighteen year old.”
She smiled and took them from him. Her first bouquet ever! She smelled them and was disappointed that they didn’t have much of a scent. Well, at least they looked pretty. “Thanks, Kevin. I’ve never gotten flowers before.”
He stared at her and then stated, “You look different.”
Tessa blushed. His comment wasn’t exactly a compliment. “Yes, it’s my princess Tesse look. Do you like?” She turned around for him, causing her skirt to bounce for a little added effect.
He continued staring at her without speaking. Tess blushed a deeper shade of red. It was not the reaction she expected. Kevin cleared his throat finally and asked, “Can I come in?”
Tess took that as a positive sign and pulled him inside. “I’ve been looking forward to this all morning.” She noticed that Kevin’s eyes were glued to her chest. That was something she hadn’t experienced before. She glanced down and saw that her nipples were quite visible under the thin material.
“You’re beautiful,” he said hoarsely.
His praise made her feel beautiful, but it also felt funny. To hide her awkwardness, Tess leaned up and kissed him. “Thank you.” His hands went up to grab her face, but his left hand accidently brushed against her nipple. It sent a shockwave through her. “Oh!”
Kevin backed away, apologizing.
“No, I liked it.” She moved to him and shamelessly placed his hand back on her breast.
Kevin cupped it and then began kneading her nipple between his fingers. Tessa’s breath came out in short gasps. She closed her eyes when his right hand found her other breast. It was harder for him to manipulate and Kevin soon gave up, but Tessa wouldn’t let him. She took his scarred hand and moved it under her shirt. He groaned when he felt her naked breast. “What are you doing to me?” he muttered.
Both hands soon found their way under her shirt. The feelings were so new that she analyzed everything. It was strange to have Kevin touching a part of her body that no one else had ever touched, but it was also exiting. Tess was surprised that her body seemed to know what was going on and was responding to him so readily.
Tessa opened her eyes when Kevin lifted her shirt and bent down. She moaned softly when his lips landed on her nipple, her knees buckling as his tongue started flicking against it. Luckily, he caught her. “Are you okay?” he asked in concern.
“You… it felt… good. I think I need to sit down for a second.” Tessa headed to the couch in a daze. A light switch had turned on inside and everything felt different.
“Tesse, what are we doing here? I mean, as much as I want to touch you, it is only going to lead to trouble if we aren’t careful.”
Tessa patted the area next to her. “Please sit.” Kevin did, but cautiously as if he was afraid of her. “I only have one thing I want for my birthday, Kevin.”
“I’m afraid to ask what that is.”
She frowned, hoping her pouty lip looked adorable. “Why? Don’t you want me?”
Kevin stood back up. “You’re barely legal, Tesse.”
“But I am legal.” She looked into his blue eyes. “Yesterday you said you loved me. Today I want you to show me.” Tess was surprised he looked so nervous. She had expected Kevin would want to take a virgin. Maybe he didn’t realize she was one. “I want you to be my first.”
“Tesse, you don’t want someone like me to be your first.”
She looked at him in confusion. “You are the only one I want.”
He sat down next to her and put his hand on her cheek. “You deserve someone whole and fit. Not me.”
“Yes, you.” She placed her hand on his. “I love you, Kevin. I want to make love with you.”
“Are you absolutely sure?”
He lifted her chin. “If you change your mind at any point, tell me. I’ll stop.”
She smiled, kissing him on the nose. “I love how sweet you are. But I want this; I want it more than anything else in the world. You’re like air to me, Kevin.”
He followed Tessa to her room. Kevin whistled on the way up the stairs. She grinned, knowing that her little skirt was giving him quite a show. Tessa giggled nervously when they finally reached her room. She did not turn on the lights in order to hide the posters of cats, horses, and dogs lining her walls. “Tah duh!”
“Cute,” he said, looking around in the candlelight.
“My mom still thinks I’m ten,” she said apologetically. Tessa took his hand and led him to her bed. Her heart was racing a mile a minute. As much as she wanted this, she felt scared when she joined Kevin on the bed.
He could read it on her face. “We can wait.”
“No! Just kiss me and everything will be fine.” She scooted closer to him and sighed happily when he leaned down to kiss her. Kevin was tender at first but then he started kissing her with real passion, exploring her mouth with his tongue. Tess moaned when Kevin’s hand snuck under her shirt and he caressed her breast again.
“I do love you, Tesse.”
She smiled up at him. “I love you, too.”
He pushed away the material of her shirt and moved to kiss her nipple. Tess held her breath. She whimpered softly when his tongue started flicking the hard bud.
“Feels good?” he murmured.
He moved to the other nipple and did the same. She squirmed in pleasure, but then became completely still when his hand touched her thigh. Even though his tongue continued its dance on her nipple, all her attention was riveted on his fingers as they trailed up her inner thigh, getting ever closer. Tessa looked up at the ceiling, reminding herself to breathe. She bit her lip when his fingers touched her wet panties.