So I’ve kind of been MIA as you may have noticed, but I have once again had to battle with my computer so I finally had to buckle down and purchase a new one. So now we should be good to go. And once again I can post more frequently as I have missed it so much! So as promised, let’s get to it as we round out Chapter 10 of Mysterious Attraction.
Thanks for your patience 😉
This is just the story that will never end.
Previously on Mysterious Attraction…
One month later…
Lexie is home recuperating and Carter is waiting on her hand and foot.
Carter: Here babe…(he hands her a glass of water and her prenatal vitamins.)
Lexie: Thank you. (she takes the pills and sips her water)
Carter: Drink the whole glass…water is very important when you’re pregnant.
Lexie: I know that.
Carter: So drink it, come on.
Lexie gulps her glass down.
Carter: Very (he smiles) So how you feeling…(he sits next to her on the couch.)
Carter: Any pain?
Lexie: Just a little. But not unbearable. The doctor did say the wound is healing nicely though.
Carter: And what about this little one? (He puts his hand on her growing baby bump.)
Lexie: Getting stronger every day, (she smiles.)
Carter: I’m so glad you’re both ok, I don’t know what I would have done if…
Lexie: Well lucky for you, you don’t have to find out. Because I will be around for a longggg time, continuing to do all the annoying things that drive you crazy. (she smiles brightly and bats her eyelashes.)
Carter: (laughs) I wouldn’t have it any other way…. I love you, you know that…
Lexie: I do. I love you too. (she strokes his face)
Carter: Do you know how much I love you?
Lexie: Well…I wouldn’t mind hearing it all over again. (she smiles and laughs as he kisses her)
Carter: You know while you were in the hospital the only thing I kept thinking about was the fact that you never got the see this.
He pulls out a small blue velvet ring box and opens it, showing off a sparkly diamond ring.
Lexie gasps and looks up at him.
Lexie: Are you serious?
Carter: Yes. The day that you got taken was the day I went to get this. I went out to pick up dinner just so I could pick this up. The call I got wasn’t about the divorce it was from the jeweler saying this was ready. I just wanted you to be surprised. We’ve been through so much over the past year, that I just really wanted this moment to be perfect for you. I didn’t want you to suspect anything. And then when I can home and I saw you weren’t here I-
Lexie: We don’t have to talk about that.
Carter: I should have been here.
Lexie: Carter, stop it. Do not blame yourself. I won’t have it.
Carter: I just…I want you to know that I can protect you. And I know that you hate when I say that, but the truth is we are a couple, and there are gonna be times when you’re gonna need to let yourself lean on me. Now I realize I haven’t exactly done the best job of protecting you so far, but-
Lexie: Shut up, would you? (she laughs) Skully was a tyrant ok, even my father couldn’t predict what was going to happen, and he’s been dealing with Skully’s mind games for years. I’m ok. The baby is ok. We’re ok. Besides I’ve never felt safer than I do when I’m with you. (Carter smiles at her) So… you were saying…(she gestures to the ring with a big smile.)
Carter: I realize that this isn’t any girl’s ideal proposal, and in my head this planned to be a lot more romantic…
Lexie: So you’ve been planning this for a while?
Carter: You could say that.
Lexie: It’s perfect.
Carter: Not really. I would have preferred to give you a longer recovery time, but if I wait any longer to do this, I think I’m gonna go insane…so…
Lexie: Shut up and ask me already. (she smiles)
Carter smirks and kneels down on one knee.
Carter: Will you marry me?
Lexie: Absolutely. (she smiles as he slides the ring on her finger and kisses her)
Carter: Did you ever think we’d get here?
Lexie: Where…barefoot, pregnant and engaged?
Carter: Well yea…but I mean…happy?
Lexie: So happy. (she smiles and leans up to kiss him)
Carter: So did you think we’d ever get here?
Lexie: That depends. I definitely hoped for it…but given how we started…back then it was difficult to see this actually playing out. But like everything in our relationship, it’s all unconventional.
Carter: Ha, that’s an understatement. Yea we definitely don’t fit the typical restraints of a love story. The way we started…my god…do you remember the night that we met?
Lexie: (laughs) How could I forget it?
*Flashback* (A few years ago)
Carter sits at the bar drinking and brooding over his nearly failed marriage, looking at an old crinkled photo of his wife Kelly on their wedding day, that he keeps in his wallet.
Lexie sits a few people over drinking some red wine with some friends.
Carter’s eyes fall on her and she’s talking to someone; laughing and smiling.
Carter stares and watches.
Everything about her electrified his curiosity. He wanted to be near her. And yet he didn’t even know her.
Playing with his wedding ring Carter takes it off and spins it on the bar top next to the photograph.
Bartender Bill: Can I get you another?
Carter: Yea…keep em comin’.
Lexie calls out…
Lexie: Hey Billy boy, how bout another round….when you get a chance.
Bartender Bill: Right away Ms. Lexie.
Lexie smiles, and looks at Carter. Their glares are shared for a brief second before Carter looks away.
Bartender Bill: Here ya go.
Lexie: Thanks baby.
She hands the drinks to her friends.
Bartender Bill notices Carter’s eyes on Lexie.
Bartender Bill: Intoxicating huh?
Bartender Bill: Lexie…she’s intoxicating.
Carter: I wouldn’t know. I’m a married man. (he puts his ring back on)
Bartender Bill: Oh. It’s just the way you were looking at her, I thought maybe-…my mistake.
Carter: Nah that’s ok. (he shrugs and shakes his head) Why… what’s her story?
He tries to sound disinterested when he actually is more than interested.
Bartender Bill: Let’s just say you don’t wanna get on her bad side, she comes from a pretty well known family, her Dad isn’t exactly on the right side of the law. And she’s a pretty tough chick to try and get one over on, but that hasn’t stopped many a men from trying.
Carter glances over at Lexie again, she notices and smiles, biting her fire cracker red glossy bottom lip.
Oh dear god. Carter thinks.
Carter looks away again.
Bartender Bill: I’ll tell ya something though; those red lips, high heels and skin tight dresses are only the surface….she’ll ruin a nice guy like you for sure. Just saying word of advice, keep your distance… married or not, you’ve been warned. (he laughs)
He turns and takes the next person’s order.
An hour or so goes by and the bar begins to empty. Lexie looks over at Carter and he’s staring at her again.
She smiles and stares back.
Lexie: Hasn’t your mother ever told you…it’s not polite to stare?
Carter: Girl like you makes it pretty hard not to. (Carter surprises himself by how forward he is)
Must be the liquid courage he thinks.
Lexie gets up and starts to walk over toward him.
Lexie: Oh hunny, I’m not a girl…I’m a woman. And there’s a big difference. (she purs through red lips and white perfect teeth.)
Carter: Is there now? (he turns in his chair to face her)
What are you doing, don’t engage. Carter thinks.
Lexie: Absolutely. What’s your name? (she sips her red wine)
Lexie: Sexy. (she smiles) Well Carter, I’m Lexie, but something tells me you already knew that. (she leans closer to him, strokes his chest and stares him in the eyes)
I’m going to hell. Carter thinks.
Lexie: Carter you seem like a sweet guy, so I’m gonna let you in on a little secret the male society has yet to learn.
Carter: What’s that? (he says unable to stop from playing along)
I’m a moth, she’s the flame. This is not going to end well. He thinks.
Lexie: See, girls wait for the guy to come to them. Women go in for the kill.
She pulls him in and kisses him.
Lexie: We take what we want. No questions asked.
Carter and Lexie kissing in the back of the bar…
Carter: I shouldn’t be doing this. I’m married.
Shut up you idiot. Carter thinks.
Lexie looks at him.
Lexie: You wouldn’t have been staring at me…(as his eyes wander over her)… like that… for the past 3 hours if you didn’t want this to happen.
I’m speechless. I literally have lost my ability to speak words. Who is this woman? Carter thinks.
Lexie: Now something tells me you married a girl and you’re in the market for a woman… but if that’s not the case then speak now, because I don’t like wasting my time. Nor will you deserve to experience what’s about to happen. And it will be amazing, I can promise you that. (She smirks)
Holy shit. Where did she come from? Carter thinks.
Lexie: Your call.
Fuck it. Carter thinks.
Carter cups her face and kisses her.
Lexie: There may be some hope for you yet, (she smirks seductively and kisses him back.)
*End of flashback*
Lexie: Whoa whoa, was I really that forward?
Carter: Oh Yea…and it was hot as hell. (he kisses her)
Lexie: You do realize you started it all though right? I mean I realize I was a bit more forthcoming in the physical aspect when we first met but…I just got the ball rolling when you were too scared too. But you stared me down first…the entire time.
Carter: Yea but alls I did was stare. I never touched… until you did.
Lexie: Staring is almost more of a tease.
Carter: What? How do you figure?
Lexie: Because that’s the mystery. The mystery of what that person smells like, feels like…
Carter: kisses like, (he says smiling and kissing her)
Lexie: Exactly. That’s the definition of mysterious attraction. A look reveals everything and nothing at the same time. A look sets the stage…it shows that the want is there and that lets your mind wonder to all kinds of crazy places. But when you look away, it takes it all back, revealing nothing.
Carter: Funny that’s exactly what I was going for. (he laughs)
Lexie: Oh please, you had no idea, I was about to wreck you for all future women.
Carter: Yea you’re right. I had absolutely no clue. But one look and I was pretty much a goner, so I can’t really blame you for playing the part.
Lexie: I’m sorry I played it for so long.
Carter: Don’t be, we both messed with each other, we were just scared to let each other in. Our track records haven’t exactly left us unscathed from love’s brutal wrath. But we were put through the ringer and we made it. And now, we don’t have to worry about anything…besides I knew you secretly loved me.
Lexie: Oh did you now?
Carter: Yea… (he cups her face and kisses her) it was all in this- (he gestures as he kisses her again.)
Lexie smiles and kisses him back.
Chapter 11 is next!
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