Book Two and Book Three of PRECIOUS GEMS Series
(Anthology, PRECIOUS GEMS, in print soon at Ellora's Cave!)
EXCERPT:"Would you like to talk about last night?"
Melanie's shoulders jerked. She finally looked up and tried to read Corrie's expression, but nothing in the way her friend calmly stared back or the stance of her body relaxing in the chair gave away her true emotions.
"Yeah, I would." Melanie played with the fringed sleeve of her terry robe before looking up once more. "I'm sorry, Corrie. I didn't mean to spy on you and Mike. I was coming over to get the lotion back that you had borrowed. I guess I was so stunned when I saw the two of you, that I just stood there." Her statement was a bit of a twist of truth but she didn't know how else to apologize. "Can you forgive me?"
Corrie smiled with a shake of her head. "Forgive you? Oh, no, Melanie. Have you been worrying about me being angry with you?"
"Yes. Most—most of the night."
Corrie's head fell back as she cackled out loud. "You are a hoot, Mel. Why on earth would I be pissed? I've been bouncing around in the nude, or almost nude, since my feet first touched the sand. Plus, you aren't the first to watch Mike and me going at it."
Melanie never moved a muscle. She just sat, totally confused until Corrie reached out a hand and squeezed her fingers.
"Melanie? Hello? Are you in there somewhere?"
Melanie shook her head. Her mouth curved upward with a cautious smile. "I'm here. I just can't understand why you're not pissed."
"Honey, I could never be angry with you. It would take a helluva lot more than catching me with Mike to piss me off." She scooted to the edge of her chair and tipped her head as her smiled wilted away. "You're my best friend, Melanie. My buddy...my ally against the world. You've stood by my side since grade school. I don't think there's another woman on this planet who can claim that little bit of fame. We're a perfect pair, you and me. You keep me grounded when I get a little nutsy and I help you shed that damn Midwestern consciousness that holds you back at times. So, do you feel better?"
"Oh, Corrie." Melanie leaned forward and hugged her. "I'm so glad we're okay."
Corrie returned her squeeze. "Of course we are." Sitting back, she watched Melanie blink at the tears in her eyes. "And because we're okay, there's something I want to talk to you about." Her blue gaze stared out across the ocean to where water met the turquoise sky. "This has been the best vacation I've ever been on." She rolled her eyes as her lips formed a pout. "Well, okay. I admit it's the only vacation we've ever taken that wasn't more than four hours from home, but I'm glad we came here together."
"I know. I feel the same. I just feel like we've become closer." Melanie's dark eyes flowed about the lush fauna placed in pots on the balcony. The sun warmed her shoulders as she glanced out at the sparkling blue water. "I wasn't so sure at first that I would enjoy a place like Sapphires." Her gaze moved back to her friend's. "But I'm so comfortable with you and Mike. What did you want to speak to me about?"
Corrie stared for a moment longer, ran her fingers through her short, spiked hair, then took a deep breath. "Last night when I looked up and saw you standing there, it did something to me. It's hard to explain, but I enjoyed the fact that you were watching us. Not like the strangers on the beach who I know are taking a quick gander at me or Mike when we're sunbathing in the nude. This was different."
A flash of Mike pounding into Corrie's body ran through Melanie's head. Should she be honest? Of course she should. "I understand the difference. I knew I should have simply turned around and left, but I heard you moaning and I couldn't help myself. I had to see what was going on. I remember thinking at the time how different your face looked. It was as if I experienced the same joy."
"How long were you standing there?"
Melanie flushed a bit. "Longer than you think. I saw you sitting on the bar and Mike...Mike with his head between your legs."
"Did it excite you sexually?"
Melanie tossed her head. "Honestly?"
"Of course it did. I raced back to my room so totally embarrassed, yet hot to have Dan make love to me."
"Did you get what you wanted?"
Melanie flashed a smile. "Oh, yeah. That and more."
"You know, I talked to Mike about it last night."
Melanie winced and cupped her heated cheeks. "Oh god, I was afraid of that. I'm so embarrassed."
"Don't be," Corrie grinned. "He was wondering why I was so hot to fuck, so ready to keep going. I told him I'd seen you at the window watching us and the thought excited the hell out of me. He said he just wish he'd known because he would have given you a great show."
Melanie burst out laughing, finally feeling like she and Corrie were back to the way they'd always been with one another.
Corrie joined her. "I know, he's such a lovable idiot at times, isn't he?" She sobered a moment later. "Melanie? We also discussed the possibility of doing it again."
"What?" Mel asked with a snort. "Have a rollicking good time on the bar?" She sipped her coffee and waited for an answer.
"Well, yeah, but with both you and Dan watching us."
"What?" Melanie choked out.
"Hey, I was turned on like crazy. Apparently you were, too. So, we decided that we'd ask you and Dan to come to our room tonight and watch us have sex. Maybe even join in."
"I—" Mel cleared her throat. "I don't know what to say."
"Just say you'll give it some thought. Talk to Dan—that is if Mike hasn't already. He told me that if the opportunity came up, he was going to. It's kinky and sexy and something we'd never ask if we weren't here at the place. It's like Sapphires is seducing us, daring us to live a fantasy for another day. We're leaving tomorrow. Tonight will be the only chance." She waited, shuttered hope resting in her blue eyes.
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