Before you read this have you read ‘Mr. Young’s‘ ?
Paula didn’t do relationships, and she certainly didn’t do romance. But, there she was, standing in front of the mirror adjusting her blouse as she looked at her reflection.
“Hot date?” Said a voice from behind her.
Turning around Paula spotted her father leaning against the door of the bedroom.
Paula frowned, her father usually kept to the outskirts of the city, preferring to bounce back and forth between his many bayside hideouts.
“What are you doing here? Where’s uncle Vinny? Is he okay?” She said beginning to panic.
Pauly laughed as he stepped into the room.
“All is well honey. Can’t a man just come to see his little girl?” He asked taking Paula’s face in his hands.
“Jesus dad! You scared me!” She said closing her eyes.
Pauly leaned in and pressed a kiss to his daughter’s forehead.
“I’m sorry love.” He said before stepping back and looking at his daughter.
She wore a black blouse, with a few buttons undone, and a pair of matching slacks.
“Looking good. Hot date?” He asked arching a brow.
Paula couldn’t help the smile that came to her lips as she thought of Dani.
“Yeah.” She said simply.
Pauly smiled wide. In their line of work, dating was quite the challenge and he knew that firsthand. For years he worried himself sick, wondering if he’d ruined his daughter’s life by involving her in the family business but she’s always been his best friend. She was the one with whom he shared every part of himself and as she got older and began to understand the world around her more and more, keeping her out of his work became harder and harder. Eventually, he gave in, on her eighteenth birthday, he gave her the choice. Looking back Pauly felt guilty, she was still to young to understand the cost of living this lifestyle, but the alternative was losing his little girl and Pauly couldn’t bear such a thing.
“My my, my little girl’s all grown up.” Pauly said, stepping back to look at his daughter.
Paula rolled her eyes.
“Come on dad. Don’t do this, I just did my makeup.” She said rolling her eyes.
Pauly held his hands up in surrender.
“Alright, alright. I’ll leave before I start crying.” He said.
After another kiss on her forehead, Pauly headed out the door, leaving his daughter to finish getting ready.
As Paula finished getting ready, her phone dinged with a message, it was Dani.
Throwing her phone and wallet into her clutch Paula made her way out the door.
“Hey lady.” Dani said as Paula entered the car.
Paula leaned over the center console to kiss Dani on her cheek but Dani turned at the last second.
The women kissed one another slowly like they had all the time in the world. Then, pulling apart they both laughed before Dani turned her attention to the road.
“So where are we going?” Paula asked as Dani turned onto the main road.
“I don’t know.” Dani said with a shrug.
Paula frowned, looking at the other woman like she’d grown a second head.
“What do you mean you don’t know?” Paula asked, arching a brow.
Dani shrugged yet again.
“You’ve never just hopped in the car and allowed the road to guide you?” The other woman asked looking over at Paula for a brief moment.
“No, that’s a complete waste of gas!” Paula said.
Dani waved a dismissive hand.
“Screw the gas.” She said.
Paula laughed again.
“Okay rich girl.” Said Paula.
The women shared a laugh as Dani made her way uptown. Arriving at a park, Dani snagged a parking spot.
“You lair!” Paula teased as Dani opened the trunk and pulled out a picnic basket and a blanket.
Dani laughed as she draped the blanket over her right arm and closed the trunk.
“I like to be prepared for anything.” Dani said with a shrug.
Lacing her fingers in with Paula’s, the women stepped onto the grass and looked for a place to sit.
Finding a spot beneath a tall tree, Dani set the blanket down and the women sat down. After unpacking the picnic basket, Dani and Paula laid down on the blanket and began talking.
They talked about the clouds in the sky, their childhoods, and their love for their fathers. Obviously, Paula didn’t go too in-depth about her relationship with her dad, but still, she shared more with Dani than she’d ever shared with any of her past dates.
They talked and talked until the sun began to make its way down from its place in the sky.
“Aw, it’s getting late.” Dani said, beginning to sit up.
“No, let’s just stay here.” Paula protested, grabbing the other woman’s arm and pulling her back down.
“We have to go.” Dani said looking at the other woman.
She was right, Paula had to be up early tomorrow to go somewhere with her father, but that didn’t mean Paula wanted to.
“You’re right.” She said, brushing her nose against Dani’s.
The other woman seemed to be hypnotized and Paula would be lying if she said she was immuned to the way Dani looked back at her.
Leaning forward Dani pressed her lips to Paula’s and for a moment everything stopped. Paula’s ears grew hot as Dani’s tongue slipped past her lips. The sounds of the rushing water and fireflies buzzing around them faded as their tongues collided.
“We really should go.” Dani whispered between kisses.
Paula nodded in agreement. She needed to get Dani home, now.
Collecting their items, the pair laced their fingers together and made their way back to Dani’s car.
“Don’t look at me like that.” Dani warned as they settled in the seats.
Paula laughed as she pulled on her seatbelt.
Making their way through the streets, Dani gripped the steering wheel as Paula leaned against the center console and traced patterns into Dani’s arm as she drove.
“Behave woman.” Dani said, looking over at the other woman as she came to a stop at a red light.
Paula leaned in and kissed Dani deep and hard, causing the other woman to groan.
Behind them, a horn sounded and Dani grumbled causing Paula to laugh.
“You sure you can’t come up?” Paula asked batting her eyelashes as Dani pulled up to her building.
Dani closed her eyes as she let out a deep sigh.
“I really can’t.” She said, sorrow etched into her features.
Paula gave a little pout before leaning over the center console and pecking Dani’s lips.
“Call me when you get home?” Paula asked.
Dani kissed her back one more time before nodding.
“Of course.” She said.
After one last kiss, Paula exited the car and made her way inside.
Uh-oh, looks like Dani’s in a whole lot of trouble. Do you think she’ll be able to keep it her head on straight? I hope you have been enjoying this series. I know I had a lot of fun writing this! Don’t forget to hit that star if you did enjoy this.
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