A pile on the table caught her attention. "What is that?" she wondered, stepping closer. "Clothes?"
She snatched the note laying beside the clothes and quickly read it. It was from Breandan! "Some extra clothes," he'd written.
"Of course we are," she assured him.
"Perhaps it's none of my business," he began cautiously. "But Captain O'Shea is not a man of affection. I fear that your attraction may only be one-sided."
Mackenzie frowned at him, surprised to hear him speak so candidly. It's just his jealousy talking, she tried to assure herself. Breandan made it his habit to walk her home, he called to check on her, thought of her needs like food and clothing. If that wasn't a sign of affection, she didn't know what was! She turned her back on him. "Like you said, it's none of your business," she said dismissively.
Mason sighed heavily as he walked away. Mackenzie was so full of life and spark while Captain O'Shea was so staid and dull. They seemed to be at opposite extremes. He truly worried that the Captain would break her heart, although unintentionally.
But maybe Mason was right. In all the time she'd known him, Breandan hadn't once made any advances. He didn't seem to be jealous when Mason fawned over her. Maybe he just viewed her as a charity case.
She scowled. She wasn't ever going to be a charity case again, she thought angrily. If that was what...
"Mackenzie! You look beautiful in that dress," Breandan said when he regained the ability to speak.
Mackenzie turned her head and met his gaze, her mental tirade forgotten.
Breandan glanced down at the hands she still held. "You're welcome. I'm glad you could use them."
"Can we talk?" she said, her heart beating against her chest.
Breandan glanced around. "Is that not what we're doing right now?"
She let out an exasperated breath. "Somewhere private? I wanted to talk to you. Maybe you could come over to my house?"
"Oh! Of course," Breandan agreed.
Breandan raised an eyebrow. Mackenzie was never without words. In fact, she typically said whatever she felt without any hesitation whatsoever.
"Well, maybe it would be best if you..." Breandan began to suggest.
"I can't stop thinking about you!" Mackenzie admitted in a rush. "I keep thinking about what it would be like to flirt with you, hold your hands and kiss you..." she trailed off, looking at his lips.
Her prayers were answered when he reached around her to pull her more firmly against him, kissing her every bit as wildly as she was kissing him.
She loosely wrapped her arms around his waist and rested her head against his shoulder, so pleased with how her night had turned out. Her eyes started drifting shut as she cuddled against him.
"Come on, let's go lay down," Breandan suggested, kissing her forehead.
But she was so tired!
She attempted to stifle a yawn and rubbed her hand over her eyes.
Breandan scooted over on the bed and patted the bed. "Come lay down. We'll cuddle," he told her.
Breandan wrapped his arm around her and tucked her against his side. "I'll stay until you're asleep." he promised.
Minutes later, she was sound asleep.
Breandan smiled as he smoothed her hair away from her face. She was so beautiful. And she wanted him!
Wants Completed- Invite Breandan Over, Have 1st Romance (flirt, hold hands & first kiss)
Wants Pending - Get married, Jog, Gain Logic Skill
*AN - May I just say "YAY!" I was so excited that she rolled the want for having her first romance right after she invited him over! She threw herself at him and they spent the rest of the night fawning over each other! I kept hoping she'd roll a wish to woo hoo, but no such luck! She conked out at 9:30 pm and he laid in bed next to her until 3:30 am. Aw, he's so romantical! (Apparently the bed is more comfortable than the two dining chairs, so that's why he keeps going in there to relax - not because he's trying to compromise her! LOL!)