“Tell me something about you, Evie.” Evie’s gaze darted to Luca, then away. She
chewed her bottom lip, seemingly contemplating whether to tell him something or not.
“I like computers.” Luca’s brows shot up. It wasn’t a surprise, he’d suspected as much, but he thought she’d share something trivial, like a favorite color.
“Makes sense. You learned how to use the online system at work pretty quickly.” Evie’s eyes dropped to her feet at the compliment, but Luca saw a hint of a smile on her lips. “What do you spend most of your time doing on computers?”
Evie shrugged, looking uncomfortable for a moment. “Not much. Just some gaming
Lie. Evie had just told Luca a lie. He could tell by her pupils dilating, her gaze darting away. There had also been a slight hitch in her heart rate. Why would she lie about that?
“Ever thought about studying IT?” Luca pushed.
There was another pause before Evie’s gaze dropped, and she continued, “No. I,
uh . . . it hadn’t really crossed my mind.”
Another lie. Interesting.
As Evie took another step, her foot caught on something, and Luca could see she was going to tumble down. Catching her arm with his lightning reflexes, Luca held
her body against his. Her skin was warm to touch where her shirt had risen slightly.
When Evie glanced up. Luca could smell vanilla and strawberries on her. She was all soft and delicate, where he was hard and not delicate. He had to fight the urge to
pull her head up and press his lips to hers.
“Go on a date with me.”
It was a statement, but Luca still needed a yes. Evie looked taken aback. Luca was a bit too. He hadn’t anticipated those words to leave his mouth, but now that they
had, they felt right. Knowing what kind of response he was going to receive
before she spoke the words, Luca patiently waited to rebut.
Wishing she would expand, he was disappointed when only silence followed.
Not willing to give up so easily, Luca lowered his head and placed his lips next to her
ear. “Go on a date with me.”
He felt the shiver run up her spine. Evie’s head turned, and her lips were a mere few
centimeters from his. Her warm breath touched his lips. If he just lowered his head a fraction, they would be touching.
The indecision was clear to see in her eyes, but beneath that, he could see the desire. It was almost a desperate yearning to say yes. Deciding he didn’t want to play fair, Luca pulled Evie closer. She wanted him as much as he wanted her.
“Say yes,” Luca started a gentle stroke on the inside of the wrist as he
whispered the words into her ear. “Please.” Trailing his mouth down her neck, his lips never touched her, but the promise was there.