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One Perfect Night

Written by Teresa Southwick

Chapter Nine

Julie faced the cherrywood beveled mirror above the matching dresser as Ben came to stand behind her. The heat in his eyes blistered every nerve ending and set her body on fire.

His warm fingers skimmed her bare skin as he pulled up the zipper, stealing the breath from her lungs. Slowly, he secured the hook and eye.

He looked up and their gazes locked in the mirror's reflection for several long moments. He lowered his head slightly, moving his mouth toward her neck. But then he backed away.

"Mission accomplished." His voice seemed deeper, a little hoarse. Or was that wishful thinking? "I'll wait for you in the other room."

When he left she finally took a breath. That had been really…something…but right now she didn't have time to figure out exactly what.

She put on her faux-diamond chandelier earrings, grabbed her silver clutch purse and slid her feet into the matching strappy high-heeled sandals. After grabbing the silver-threaded shawl from the bed, she walked out where Ben's broad back was to her.

"I'm all set."

He turned and took in the sight of her, letting his gaze caress her from head to toe. "I'm sorry. I think I just swallowed my tongue."

She grinned. "Now you're talking. Much better than 'fetching.'"

"I liked the robe, but—" He shook his head, at a loss for words. "You look amazing."

"Thank you." Now the mission was accomplished. "Can I get a do-over?"

"For what?"

"I was wrong. You don't look nice. You look pretty darn amazing, too."

The corners of his mouth curved up as he held out a single white rosebud. "Your corsage."

"It's beautiful." All the thorns had been removed from the long stem. It was the same kind of flower he'd brought last time, her favorite, and that was… "Perfect."

"Shall we go?" He held out his arm and she put her hand in the crook of his elbow.

"I feel like Cinderella going to the ball."

"Then that would make me Prince Charming. Your pumpkin is waiting at the curb. Just hang on to your shoes until midnight because I don't think my Mercedes would look quite as impressive in orange."

"I'll do my best. Sitting on slimy pulp and seeds would not be good for this dress."

"Then may the only spell tonight be the one you put on me."

He wasn't the only one under a spell. Tonight, everything felt like magic. She couldn't wait to see what else the night would bring.

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