Switch

By: Megan Hart



"Absolutely, ma'am."

"Right away," I said.

"Yes. I'll do it myself." He looked to the girl beside him, who shrugged, not at all taken in by any of this.

He didn't peek as he walked away, and no matter what he might have done the moment the elevator closed behind him, I would never know.

It was done.





Austin opened the door after I'd knocked three times. He looked me up and down, his mouth slowly curving. He opened the door, wide, and stepped back to let me through. I didn't miss the way he leaned toward me as I passed him, or the way he breathed me in.

I stopped in his living room and pivoted to face him. "Austin."

"Paige," he said patiently.

I took a breath so deep it lifted my shoulders, and I dropped my purse. It hit the floor and bounced, but neither of us looked at it. When I opened my arms he came into them, and when I kissed him, he kissed me back.

"I want you," I said.

I showed him how much with my hands and mouth.

"I'm sorry," I told him.

Austin kissed me harder.

"I love you," I told him.

It was not the first time, but I didn't want it to be the last.

Austin gathered me close and breathed into my hair, his big hands hot and restless on my back. "I love you, too."

Sometimes, you turn back.

Sometimes, you walk away.

And sometimes, you find the place you're meant to be, and you stay there. You find a way to make it work.

Whatever it takes.



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