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One Night with her Roommate by Noelle Adams

One Night with her Roommate by Noelle Adams

Author:Noelle Adams [Adams, Noelle]
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Published: 2015-01-16T23:00:00+00:00


Five

Except, of course, he wasn’t hers.

The realization hit her as she was starting to wake up. She had no idea what time it was, but it was light outside, and East was sound asleep beside her.

His body was warm and relaxed, and his breathing was slow and even. One of his arms was holding her body against his, even in his sleep.

And she wanted nothing more than to snuggle up against him and ease back into sleep, feeling safe, protected, treasured, known.

Loved.

But her brain had caught up to her heart and body at last, and it was screaming at her about how wrong this whole thing was.

He’d said he didn’t have a girlfriend, and she desperately wanted to believe it was true. But he’d acted like he’d had one for the last few months—which meant he’d either lied last night or he’d let her believe a lie for a really long time.

Neither of those options were good. And it reminded her of something she knew very well. Despite all of his good qualities—and he had more than most—he would never take things seriously, commit to real responsibilities. When she’d hoped something would happen between them before, she’d been nothing but disappointed.

He was who he was. He’d made certain choices against responsibility, commitment, binds that would hold him down. She might understand now why he had made those choices, but knowing it didn’t change anything.

He liked her, wanted her, maybe even needed her in certain ways. But love always involved choices, and he wasn’t going to choose to be with her in the way she needed.

The way he’d lived his life for the last ten years only proved it.

So all of the sweet and hot memories from the night came crashing down to smother her. She almost choked on them, pulling away from East’s body as quickly and carefully as she could.

She didn’t want to wake him up. She didn’t want to talk to him. But she needed to get away. Right now.

She made it out of the bed, causing East to grumble in his sleep and roll over. When it was clear he wasn’t waking up, she grabbed her clothes from the floor and ran into her bedroom.

She closed the door, locked it, then checked to make sure it was locked.

Then she stood staring around at her little room—twin bed, old dresser, card table for a nightstand, overflowing closet, overflowing bookcase.

She’d only lived here for less than seven months, but it felt like home. She’d been happy here—with East, despite his aggravating qualities. And now she was going to have to move.

She couldn’t keep living here with him—not after what had just happened. She’d never be able to move on. She’d always be reliving what she could have had with him, if everything had been different.

The thought strangled in her throat, but she fought against tears. She’d given into her feelings too much already, and it had only served to ruin everything.

Trembling with the attempt to suppress sobs, she grabbed some clothes and went into the bathroom.



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