Evan glanced down at Gabby as they relaxed after a tough day. Evan had pulled her away to take time away from the hustle for a evening together.
“I still can’t believe I managed to talk you into dating me,” Gabby smiled as she leaned against him while they watched the sunset.
“That is super cheesy,” Evan put his arm around her.
“I know but after everything it’s been the best months of my life. I don’t think I would have made it through the week of finals without you. You were my rock.”
“It’s what I’m here for. I wish I had had you when I was finishing up it would have made it a lot easier.”
They kissed and watched as the sun disappeared behind the lake. Evan made a low hissing sound.
“You know it doesn’t really hit the water right?” Gabby giggled as they stood.
“Of course. I think it is a cute little lie that I like to live,” Evan brushed himself off.
“It is adorable.”
They headed back to her apartment. Evan made Gabby dinner and they ate quietly enjoying their time together. He kissed her good night at the door and they made plans for the following day to go to the movies. Gabby smiled the entire night as she cleaned up her apartment and showered.
Evan had been at the top his class when he had graduated two years before her. He had gone back to school and was now only a semester away from his doctorate. Evan was one of the hottest young journalist around. He had his name on at least four different by lines a week. Evan did stories for the local news paper, national magazines gave him assignments, several self interest articles for the city run magazine and his blog was always in the news somewhere. Evan had made a name for himself and everyone expected a book deal in the near future.
Gabby had one year left before she achieved her masters in psychology. She had been introduced to Evan via her professor when Evan had covered a study on what multiple personality or dissociative disorder for Psychology Affair magazine. It had been her assignment as an intern to assist the doctors. They had hit it off and had become quick friends. Then the night of Evan’s articles were published they had gone to celebrate and Gabby had almost slept with him. Evan, forever the gentleman, had turned her down but they had started a relationship.
Gabby arrived at Evan’s house. She knocked and waited for him to answer. She knocked again and she heard some movement inside. The door opened and a very scruffy, disarrayed and sleepy Jacob stood in the doorway. Jacob grumbled and left the door open as he turned back into the house.
“Hello to you too,” Gabby entered and shut the door behind her.
“New idea a few days ago,” Jacob mumbled.
“Ah 48 hours.”
“More like 72.”
“Damn Jake go to bed.”
Gabby whistled and went to the kitchen. She made herself food while she waited for Evan. After she ate she checked her watch and sighed. Evan was late again. It was summer so she knew that he wasn’t in class. She figured he might be on assignment but he would have called. Gabby got comfortable on the couch and flipped through the channels.
Gabby had not realized that she had fallen asleep until the strong hand shook her. Her eyes fluttered open and she smiled up at Evan. His hair hung damp from a shower she assumed. She leaned forward and kissed him.
“You are so adorable,” Gabby whispered against his lips.
“I missed you. You told me to meet you here at two and I was here and had to deal with a grumpy Jacob,” Gabby pouted.
“I know. Sorry about that. I got stuck with a newbie at the office. I went by and got tickets for the seven show which gives us time for dinner before,” Evan smiled.
“That sounds good.”
“Perfect,” Evan kissed her one more time, “I’m going to get fully dressed and then we can go.”
Gabby noticed then that he had come down to wake her in only his shorts. She moaned and noticed his blush as he disappeared up the stairs. She stretched and made sure she was fully awake before he came back down. Evan was just as attractive when he came back down fully clothed. His light auburn hair was long in the front to his ears and the back was short. The Zack Morris hair cut as she liked to refer to it. His skin was smooth and half a shade darker than her ivory complexion. He wore form fitting distressed jeans and a grey clingy tee shirt.
“Are we going to dinner or are you going to just ogle me?”
“Oops sorry. You are just too hot for words sometimes.”
Evan opened every door for her and allowed her to order first. They talked about their coming classes. Gabby loved to hear him talk about his classes. He was such a child prodigy that he was years ahead of others he had grown up with. He had graduated high school early which put him through college early. His parents had allowed him to stay at home so he took full course loads every year from dawn until night so he could achieve his goals as quick as possible. He was the only other person she knew that was just as passionate about education as she was. She talked about the internship she had coming up and going back to Washington to see her family before classes began.
As they left the movie theatre Evan spotted someone who he didn’t want to cross. He kept his head down and ushered Gabby to the car. As she got in the car the man he had been trying to avoid spotted him. He ran up to his side.
“Hey…uh…ya know can you give Elani a message for me?”
“Sure,” Evan tried to not sound annoyed.
“Tell her ya know just give me a call.”
“I can’t promise she will but I will relay the message.”
“Thanks man,” he turned and went back across the street.
“Who was that?” Gabby asked he got in the car.
“An old friend of mine,” he started the car and pulled into the traffic.
“What did he want?”
“I hooked him up with another friend of mine and it didn’t work. She wasn’t interested.”
“Oh poor guy. He seemed to really feel something for her.”
“Yea I told her to end it after the first date but she didn’t for like a month.”
They made it back to his place and he opened a bottle of wine. He turned on his favorite jazz station low in the background and handed her a glass.
“Good day folks,” Jacob said as he entered from his room.
“Car, truck, RV or motorcycle?” Evan asked as he smiled at his friend.
“Lips are sealed,” Jacob said as he went to the kitchen.
“Ooh must be something big if Mr. Vehicle designer extraordinaire is keeping his lips sealed.”
“Yea it’s amazing that he can keep a secret. I remember when he did that jeep he wouldn’t shut up for a minute,” Gabby said with a smile.
“That was different. This is something unique,” he said as he made himself dinner.
“Well you know we’re here when you’re ready to spill.”
“Coolbeans. Are you guys going to be making out? I just need to know because I’ll go to my room.”
“We’ll head to my room then.”
Evan and Gabby went up the stairs to his room. She settled on his bed. Evan began to light a few candles and turned on his cd player. Gabby untied her shoes and placed them on the floor at the edge of the bed. Something under the bed caught her eye. She inhaled sharply as she pulled out the lacy fabric with her forefinger and thumb.
“Evan,” she threw the bra at him.
“What?” he caught the fabric and gulped he had thought he had gotten it all.
“Whose is that?”
“Oh….uh,” his face turned red, “see it’s a bra.”
“I can see that. I asked who does it belong to?”
“Someone else,” he tossed the bra aside.
“Obviously because I am not that busty or broad through the shoulders.”
“It was before,” he thought fast, “it was before we committed to a monogamous relationship. I haven’t really cleaned under my bed.”
“Ok,” she took a deep breath and sat back on the bed, “it’s only been like a month right? Yea something like that. I just honestly didn’t think that you had seen anyone else with all the time you worked and spent with me.”
Evan sighed and went to Gabby on the bed. He leaned her back and kissed her softly on the lips. He wouldn’t allow her to get too involved because he wasn’t ready to go further that night. He had tried to limit their sexual activity so they could build a strong emotional and mental relationship as well. He ended up holding her while they talked.
“I’ll see you this weekend. I’ve got girl friend things to do over the next few days.”
“Ok. Get home safely. Don’t forget to text me when you get home.”
Gabby kissed him and went to her car. Evan waved then went back into the house. He sat down and joined Jacob on the Xbox.