Fortuitous Bumps 2
The cold, January night made it difficult to catch her breath. As Melody scrambled away from the frat house towards her dorm room, she wrestled into her coat and buttoned it up, snuggling in its warmth. Maybe attending college in frigid, upstate New York wasn’t the smartest move, she thought as a bout of shivers wracked her body. Snuggling in deeper, she tucked her head down and began barreling against the cold until she slammed into someone.
Books and bodies flew to the ground.
“I’m so sorry,” Melody stammered trying to regain her footing while gathering two books. She looked at the face that stared back amused. Steel blue eyes sparkled from beneath a crop of spiky, blond hair. Large, firm hands brushed over hers as they collected the textbooks.
Full, rosy lips let out a sonorous voice that vibrated under her coat. “Not a problem, I wasn’t quite paying attention to where I was going either.” The good-looking guy easily helped her up with one arm while cradling his books in the other. “Are you okay?”
Embarrassed but fine, she managed to nod. He stood about six feet tall and his jacket clung to the muscular body beneath. Her mouth went dry and her breathing slowed as his beautiful, blue eyes captivated her.
“Haven’t I seen you in Calculus class?” he asked. “What’s your name?”
“Um…” She licked her lips and swallowed hard, trying to generate any modicum of saliva in her parched mouth. “I think I’ve seen you around. I, uh, took Calc, um, last semester.” His insistent, teasing stare made her hot and nervous. She fidgeted. “My name is, uh…Melody, yeah Melody.” She dropped her head knowing he could see her red-hot cheeks ablaze.
Adjusting the books, he reached out to shake hands. “Well, Melody, nice to run into you, literally! I’m Kevin. Where were you headed?”
His hand calmed her down and she looked up without dropping her head in shyness. “I just came from a party and wanted to get out of these shoes,” she said gesturing down. “My feet are killing me.”
“Well, in that case,” he replied, floating a heart-stopping grin her direction, “we’d better get you someplace where you can kick those puppies off, huh?”
Melody smiled and followed beside Kevin after he motioned towards the nearby Student Union. Once they entered the building he declined to go downstairs by the food court where the majority of students would congregate on a Friday night. Instead Kevin ventured upstairs to the more intimate conversational areas on the top floor.
He pulled out one of the four overstuffed chairs surrounding a small table for her, deposited his books in another, and sat in the chair opposite hers.
Melody glanced across the small table. What in the world was she doing? Why had she followed Kevin here instead of excusing herself after he recovered all his books? Normally she believed in good, old-fashioned chivalry, waited for the guy to pursue her. Although…she smiled, the amaretto sour, in combination with her desire to prove Imani’s pessimistic outlooks on love wrong, drove her to abandon, or at least loosen, her normal inhibitions enough that she asked a guy to dance earlier!
“Would you like a mint?” Kevin asked offering her a peppermint candy.
“Sure,” she replied accepting the cellophane-covered treat.
“You feeling better?”
“Your feet?” Kevin laughed. “Are they feeling better now?”
Embarrassed again, but feeling more comfortable, she giggled. “Yes, they feel much better. In fact…” Melody kicked off both her heels and wiggled her toes.
“I’d offer to massage them, but I think I better get to know you first,” teased Kevin.
“Yeah, I think, that would be best,” she replied with a hint of flirtation. Wow, she couldn’t believe her adventurous, less than lady-like behavior, but this felt exhilarating.
True friendship endures all obstacles…right?
Three college friends search for true love, NFL fame, and a successful engineering career. Will one friend’s quest for happiness endanger all three of their lives?
Naïve, romantic Melody Wilkins aims to find true love at college just like her parents. But will she sacrifice her soul to obtain it?
No-nonsense Imani Jordan strives for good grades and a chemical engineering degree. When a friendship offers more, will she follow her head or her heart?
Lance Dunn is only serious about two things: football and protecting his girls, Melody and Imani. When a threat enters their lives and tests their friendship, can he stop it before it kills them?
After the torrents of jealousy, sex, and abuse subside, will their friendship survive…The Colors of Friendship?
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Genre – New Adult, Contemporary
Rating – R
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