Empty Spaces

Chapter Six

Kylie sighed and tried to hide the worry she was feeling as she danced to the fast music later that night. It was now an hour into the party, and she hadn't managed to make AJ notice her yet. She had actually caught Nick's eye, and he had given her a friendly smile, but he hadn't looked very interested. That didn't even matter, though, because she had seen him leave the club just a minute ago.

Kylie spotted AJ in the middle of the dance floor. He was talking to Kevin and his girlfriend. Kylie bit her lip in thought. What could she do to catch AJ's attention?

Just then, someone bumped into her from behind. Kylie turned and found a slightly younger and fairly good-looking guy staring at her.

"'Scuse me," the guy said with a smirk, looking her up and down.

Pretending to be pissed off, Kylie rolled her eyes. "That's okay," she said coolly, turning back around. But when the man couldn't see her anymore, she smiled slowly. She had just gotten an idea.

* * *

"So, Kev, have you seen any hot girls so far?" AJ asked his friend. He had to yell to be heard over the din of the music.

"Uh...Bone..." Kevin pointed to his girlfriend.

"Yeah, I know Sarah's hot, but she's taken!" AJ replied. "How about you. Have you seen any?" he asked Sarah, grinning.

She grinned back and shrugged.

"Fine, I guess I'm on my own," AJ said.

"Yep, goodbye!" Sarah replied, waving and making Kevin laugh.

AJ pouted. "I guess I'm not wanted here," he realized sadly.

"Aw, I'm just kidding," Sarah said when he began to walk away.

"But I see a cute blonde over there. Later," AJ said with a smile and a little wave.

He was making his way through the crowd when suddenly he bumped into someone. AJ took a step back and found himself looking—no, actually, he found himself staring—at a beautiful brunette in a black dress that showed off a killer body.

"Excuse me," AJ said with a flirtatious smile, removing his sunglasses. She had gorgeous eyes. Green. He loved green eyes.

The girl gave him a slow smile that told him he was forgiven. AJ expected her to introduce herself, like all women always did when they met him, but instead, she turned and walked away.

AJ's jaw dropped. Somehow, having her walk away from him was just making him want her more. He swallowed hard and immediately followed after her. Slipping his sunglasses into his pocket, he smiled his own slow smile. He wasn't about to let her get away from him.

* * *

Kylie sat down at the bar and ordered a drink—virgin, but only because she didn't want her senses to get altered. That idea of bumping into him had been a stroke of genius. He had all but fallen at her feet when he'd seen her. And if she'd calculated it correctly, he would be trailing after her right about now.

Sure enough, after a few seconds, he sat down on the stool right next to her. Deciding to be a tease, she didn't even acknowledge his presence as she stirred and sipped at her drink. But she could see him out of the corner of her eye.

He gave her a nod. "What's your name, sweetheart?" he asked with a winning smile.

She slowly turned her head as if she was deigning to look into his eyes. Then she gave him her sexiest smile. "That's none of your business," she informed him, reaching down to her purse to pay for the drink.

AJ leaned forward and grabbed her wrist. He smelled nice. "Let me get that," he offered, his eyes locking with hers. His eyes were nice too. They reminded her of Dylan's.

Kylie used her other hand to gently push his away. "I've got it," she said, leaning down and getting out some money.

She could tell AJ had been staring down her dress; his eyes were still fixed on her chest when she sat back up. She cleared her throat, and his gaze snapped up to her face again. He gave her a smirk and began to say something, but before he could get out one word, she was walking away again. She knew he would follow her. At this point, he may as well have been on a leash.

The way he followed her surprised her a little, though. When they got out onto the dance floor again, he put both of his hands on her hips and pulled her back against him. "Tell me your name," he said softly into her ear. He had an amazingly sexy voice. It made her stomach feel it was on a roller coaster.

She put her hands on top of his and removed them from her hips. "I'm not supposed to talk to strangers," she said.

AJ took her arm and turned her around so that she was facing him. "We won't talk then," he decided. He wrapped his arms loosely around her waist and raised his eyebrows inquisitively. She finally indulged him and put hers around his neck, and they started to dance.

He was a very good dancer. The air separating their bodies seemed to grow warmer and warmer until he finally pulled her up against him, and their hips pressed together. Kylie closed her eyes briefly. Dylan never danced with her like this.

Her eyes shot open when she felt a soft pair of lips on her skin. AJ's grip on her hips tightened as he planted kisses all over the base of her neck. Maybe she should have stopped him, but it felt too good. One of her hands slid through his dark red hair, and she let out a little moan.

His lips began to travel up her neck, and by the time he reached her face, she was more than ready. He tried to kiss her cheek and jaw to tease her, but she turned her head and pressed her lips against his. Again, her fingers raked through his hair, and he let go of her hips so that his arms could wrap tightly around her waist and pull her up against him even more.

The kiss was long, and when it was over, it took Kylie a second or two to recover and open her eyes. When she did, she found him grinning at her.

"Now will you tell me your name?" he asked playfully, wrapping a loose strand of her hair around his finger.

She decided it was the right time to let him take control. He was already headed in the right direction; it shouldn't be hard to get what she wanted from here. "Kylie," she finally told him, smiling coyly.

"Kylie," AJ repeated. He smiled back. "I'm AJ."

They kissed again. And they kept kissing more and more deeply until one time when they broke for air, he whispered into her ear, "Wanna get out of here?"

She looked into his eyes and smiled as she nodded slowly.

"Come on." They let go of each other. AJ slipped his hand into hers, and they left.

A limo took them back to his hotel, but Kylie didn't see a single glimpse of the city because AJ had her pinned against the seat the entire time, his hands going everywhere as he kissed her hungrily. Somehow they managed to get up to his room on the sixteenth floor.

He waited until the very last minute when he was leaning her back onto the pillow to pull down her hair. "Mm...smells like apples," he told her running his fingers through it. Kylie smiled and let the distance between their bodies melt away as she wrapped her arms around him and pulled him down to her.

She didn't say Dylan's name.


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