“Kiss me,” she said as soon as the elevator doors closed.
“What?” he said, as though he was uneasy with the request.
“I said, kiss me. This was a really big moment for me, and you’re ruining it by hesitating. I want a kiss. We can deal with the two of us later. Just kiss me,” she demanded again.
His frown eased into a smile as he quickly leaned down to kiss her. With one hand behind her neck, he pulled her mouth to his. Helping the adrenaline slow in her system, Charlie melted at the touch of his soft lips. Fearing what might happen if she allowed herself to lose herself completely, she pulled away and smiled.
“Thank you. Next time, don’t hesitate.”
He let out a laugh as the doors opened.
“It’s been a big weekend for you,” Samuel said as Charlie was lighting her cigarette.
“It has,” she paused, thinking of what the scene upstairs must have looked like to him. “I’m so sorry you had to see that up there. I mean, I don’t think I would have been able to go through with it if it wasn’t for you, but there’s just a lot of history there that might have been difficult for you to understand.”
“Because of me? How did I help you get through it?” he said.
She shrugged. “You helped me in a way I don’t think I can ever put into words. Just by being there, you helped me.”
He nodded, pretending he understood. Then he shook his head quickly. “What are we doing, Charlie? I mean, what is going on? I’m a little confused.”
“Okay, so I haven’t done a ton of thinking about this yet. I was trying to get through one thing at a time, and honestly, the Percocet has been messing with my coherency. But, I know we can figure out something.”
“Do you have any ideas?” she said.
“Well, I had one, very flimsy idea, but I hadn’t decided if I wanted to tell you about it.”
“No?” she said.
She laughed, “Tell me.”
“Well, since I just escaped a very long, very shitty relationship, and you initially wanted to take things slow and are obviously going to need some time to heal…” he stopped, taking a deep breath in and exhaling again, “I thought maybe we could just choose a time frame, say two months, before we do anything physical. You know, like, physical.” The pain of that sentence alone left its remnants on his face.
“Oh,” she whispered.
“Yeah, see? See why I didn’t want to mention it?”