Ed is insatiable and now I’m regretting that I made him hold out on our hook up. It has been incredible, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before and I’m pretty sure I don’t ever want him to leave. I can’t remember the last guy that was in my bed. To be honest, I think it was probably Lewis and definitely not in the way I’m currently in bed with Ed. I’m sure he drank too much pre-Ava and spent the night. That describes my love life up until this point, sharing a bed with my best friend who passed out and snored next to me all night.
I’m not going back to that now that I’ve had a taste of Ed and all he can offer me. How in the hell is this guy still single is the real question that’s been floating around in my head? He asked me if I would go with him to Aiden and Julia’s tomorrow, but that question has an easy answer: it’s yes. I’m going with him everywhere for the rest of his life because if someone else gets wind of what he’s like in the sack and out, I’m going to lose him.
“Why are you still single?” I blurt out, narrowing my eyes at him and wondering if he has some secret wife and kids that none of us know about.
“You didn’t answer my question, Victoria. I’ll answer yours when you answer mine,” he replies back with his typical casual aloofness.
“What was your question again?” I ask, playing dumb, as I wrinkle up my nose.
“It was the one about you coming with me.”
I laugh a little before I answer him, thinking he missed his own wording. “Of course I’m coming with you. I always want to come with you,” I reply, sliding my hand down his stomach, moving lower and finding him hard again.
“You’re cheeky, but you’re avoiding my question. You’re the queen of avoidance, but I love it,” Ed says. “It led us here, so I wouldn’t change a thing.”
“And yes, Ed, I’ll come with you to Aiden and Julia’s tomorrow, since we’re a thing. I gotta show you off to everyone I know.”
“Like who?” Ed asks, wondering if I have a bunch of friends or family he hasn’t met.
“I guess just Lewis and well, my parents. My mom has been waiting for me to settle down since I was like twenty.”
Since I passed on going to uni, she was devastated, certain I’d never find a husband, like that’s the only place you can find one. Unfortunately, I didn’t really want to find a husband or a boyfriend and just flitted from relationship to relationship, never sticking with anyone long enough to bring them home. Plus, the kind of guys I date aren’t the kind you bring home to meet your parents.
Ed still fits into that category with all his tattoos and the fact that he works at a bar, but I still don’t care. It’s my life and Ed is good to me. Better than any guy I’ve ever been with and that’s all that matters.
“So, now, I’d like you to answer my question. Why are you single?” I smile at him, my hand still gently stroking him under the covers, loving the soft moans he lets out when my fingers circle the tip.
“You’re very distracting, V,” Ed murmurs, slowly moving his hips in time with my hand.
“Now you’re avoiding my question,” I whisper, leaning in so my lips brush against his. I trail them along his cheek, tracing the shell of his ear with the tip of my tongue.
“You wouldn’t believe me if I told you,” he replies on a hushed whisper. His hands trace the curves of my body, his fingertips trails along the intricate details of my tattoos.
He takes in a long slow breath, letting it out with a purse of his lips, the air tousles my hair making me smile. He’s nervous which isn’t like him. He’s always been confident even when I was turning him down. He knew I would give in eventually, playing hard to get to see if he was worth my time.
He is absolutely worth my time.
“I had always hoped you’d come around,” he admits, and even though I don’t intend to, I laugh. Not because of what he said, it’s seriously incredibly sweet, but because we haven’t known each other that long.
“Okay, you’ve been working for Lewis for what, like a year now? How about for the last, I don’t know, fifteen years?”
Now it’s Ed who is laughing, turning he smirks at me. “Maybe I’ve been waiting around hoping I just happen upon the perfect woman.”
“Come on, now you’re just being cheesy.”
Don’t get me wrong, he’s so damn cute with all his cheesy pickup lines and sugary sweet words, but I know there’s something else there. He hasn’t been waiting the last fifteen year to meet me. I’ll give him the last year, but beyond that, he has some explaining to do.
“Honestly?” he says, narrowing his eyes at me in this playful way.
“Yes honestly. I don’t want any secrets or games. I’m over that bullshit. I’ve dealt with it in the past and I’m not interested in playing a solve the mystery with my boyfriends.”
“I was married for a couple years. I didn’t work out. We were young and impulsive. Turns out not all quickie marriages turn out like Lewis and Ava’s,” Ed says, his voice a little softer with his admittance. “Does that bother you?” he now adds, and I can hear the worry in his voice, like him being married previously might be a deal breaker.
“No, not at all. It was before we met and obviously, we both had a life before then,” I reply, hoping to reassure him. I don’t want him thinking that I’m going to be all jealous and weird about it.
I really don’t care that he was married. I dated a lot of guys before Ed, too many to even remember and all of them were rubbish in comparison. It feels like I should mention that, but I also don’t want him to think I’m all-in when just a few days ago I was keeping him at arm’s length.
“What if I said I was jealous of all the guys who came before me?” Ed now says, this cheeky smile on his face. “Jealous that they got to see you naked before I did and got to taste your sweet pussy.”
“Jesus fuck,” I mutter, his words turning me on like they did before and judging by how hard he is in my hand, he’d be down for another round. “Shockingly, you are on the list of only a couple of guys I’ve let go down on me.”
“Really? Didn’t date a lot of guys who were willing to show their skills?” Ed asks, and I love his over-confident demeanor. He’s proud to be on the list with only a select few and he should be, because his skills are far better than anyone else.
“I have to admit, I’m not usually open to letting a guy go down on me right away. I tend to make them wait because they aren’t as skilled as you are.”
“But you didn’t know I would be good at it,” Ed says, and I laugh. He’s right, I had no idea he would be good at it, but something told me he would be.
“I think I could just tell by looking at you,” I say, smiling as he pulls the sheets over his head, finding his way down my body once again.
We wake up the next morning, my body wrapped around Ed’s and enjoying the feeling of having him spend the night. I slept better than I have in a long time, and while it could be from all the cardio that happened here in my bed, it could also be that I feel incredibly safe with him.
I want to be impulsive and ask him to move in with me, but after he shared that he was married previously, and a quickie marriage at that, I don’t think he’d be up for moving in so soon.
“You ready to head over to Aiden and Julia’s today?” Ed asks, his voice still hoarse with sleep. It’s deep and throaty and I kind of want to tell him we should stay in bed all day today.
“What if we just stay here?” I suggest, cuddling into the side of his body, nuzzling my nose into the crook of his neck.
“While that sounds amazing, V, I do need to get these shots over to Aiden and help him decide on locations,” Ed replies, but instantly adds, “But don’t get me wrong, as soon as we’re done there, we are coming back here.”
“Do we have time to get in a quick one in the shower?” I ask, rolling over and pushing my ass against him. His fingers trail over my skin, grabbing hold of my hip, he growls possessively into my ear, which only makes me want him even more.
I quickly throw the sheet off, scampering from the bed, I tell him to meet me in the shower and if I know Ed, he’s not going to turn me down.
We’re running a few minutes late when we pull up outside Aiden and Julia’s gorgeous house, all gated and private but not over the top like you would expect from a producer and actress. It’s set back far enough from the road that it’s not noticeable to anyone walking by, but it still has this mystery about it with the beautiful iron gate and lush landscaping.
Ed rolls down the window and pushes the call button on the gate, waiting while someone answers. A moment later, we hear Julia’s voice telling us to drive through the gate and park around back. It still surprises me every time she answers the gate and lets me in.
She’s this huge superstar actress who could pay someone to do things like answer the door or greet people when they enter her house, but she doesn’t. She’s always been so down to Earth. I’m sure that’s what drew Aiden to her in the first place given he’s so low-key and prefers to be in the background.
Ed follows Julia’s directions and pulls around back, parking the car, just as Lewis and Ava’s dog, Daisy comes running. I should have known Ava and Lewis would be here too. Ava has been helping Julia with a few things lately with Julia deciding to take on a few new movie roles. They’re small parts, but Ava has always been incredibly organized and Julia needs that.
“You ready?” Ed asks, turning to look at me. He leans over, kissing me softly, before sliding his hand over my thigh and giving it a squeeze.
“Are you ready?” I ask him, smirking. “Lewis is going to drill you, you know that, right?”
“I can handle Lewis. He’s the one who kept telling me ask you out and to not take no for an answer.”
“Really? That shithead. Trying to make sure I’m happy now that he’s all obsessed with Ava and the baby.”
“He just wants to make sure you are happy. He’s a good friend, V.”
“And he was right. You’re pretty good catch too, Ed.”
We exit the car and walk up to the side door of the house. It’s where I’ve always gone in when I’ve come to do Julia’s makeup. Ed taps on the glass with his knuckles and waits for Aiden or Julia to come to the door.
We hear Aiden’s deep voice yell that the door is open, so we walk in. The house still takes my breath away no matter how many times I’ve been here and today is no exception. As I’m taking in the stunning woodwork and the vaulted ceiling, we’re greeted by both Aiden and Julia with Lewis and Ava trailing closely behind, the baby in Ava’s arms.
“So are you two a couple now?” Julia asks, smiling like a fool.
Ed looks over at me, a smile painted on his beautiful face and there’s no way I can answer this question without sounding like I’m a little too excited.
“What do you think, V?” Ed now says, giving me the opportunity to answer.