Falling Down(4)

By: Anne Mercier

"Do you think he's on our flight?" I whisper to Sera.

"It looks like it. Holy shit! Jesse Kingston!"

"I think I just fangirled all over the place."

Sera laughs.

"I can't believe this is happening. This has got to be a dream."

Sera pinches me--hard.

"Ow! What the fuck?"

"Not a dream. Just proving it to you."

"You're so violent."

She shrugs and snaps more photos of Jesse. I didn't notice before, but I think she's been snapping away since she first saw him. I need her to send me those photos. Every single one. I don't care if it's of the back of his head.

Oh, here he comes. His gaze zeroes in on mine and I can't help the smile that pulls across my face. Oh, he is seriously beautiful.

"Looks like the flight will be ready in a few minutes," he says as he stands in front of me.

"Can I get a picture with you?"

He smiles. "Of course."

I hand Sera my phone as Jesse leads me over to a less crowded area. He puts his arm around me and, oh my God, does he smell good. Like the ocean and sandalwood and yum. He pulls me closer to him and I wrap my arm around his waist. Oh my, even his side is hard and muscular. Damn. I rests my head against his chest. I'm sure I've got some goofy smile on my face but I honestly don't care.

"All done?" he asks Sera.

No! Keep holding me close.



He turns to face me and there's about an inch of space separating our bodies. Oh this works, though I'm tempted to take that baby step and press myself up against his hard body, maybe even do a little rubbing.

They call for boarding and I can't look away, I'm mesmerized by his gaze, those amazing golden eyes with tiny flecks of green and brown. No! Don't go. Please don't go, or if you do take me with you! He doesn't look away until one of the big guys clears his throat signaling it's time to go.

"Lucy. It was really great to meet you."

I want to shout that he can't leave me, howl at the moon, or flop down at his feet and beg him to never leave me. I can honestly see myself wrapping my arms around his leg and him having to drag me along behind him.

He's holding my hands, both of them, in both of his and I really, really don't want to let go.

"Thank you. And thanks for the autograph and photos."

He brings my hands to his lips and kisses them. My breath stalls in my chest. "Honestly, it was my pleasure."

He tilts his head to the side just a bit as if he's trying to figure something out.

"Have we--" He pauses then shakes his head. Then he smiles that panty-melting smile. He runs his knuckles gently down the side of my face and with that he's gone.

I feel like I'm going to cry. How stupid is that? I mean, he's Jesse Kingston and he was just being sweet to a fan. I get it. I know it, but the sting of tears won't stop.

Sera knows and she pulls me into a hug.

"God, Luce."

I nod and sniffle, blinking back ridiculous tears.

"Girls, we need to board," my mom calls.

"Dude, was that Jesse Kingston?" Joey asks.

I nod.

"I bet Lucy needs a change of panties."

Even though he's totally right, I reach over and punch him in the arm. "Pig."

"Joseph Anthony Russo you will watch your tongue."

Sera hands me the autograph and pen. I look at her.

"Did that really just happen?"

She nods. "And you have proof."

She hands me my phone and there's a picture of me and Jesse. My breath catches. We're staring into one another's eyes as he caresses my face.

"Oh my God, Sera." This time there's no holding back the tears.

"I know," she says and throws an arm over my shoulders as we board the plane, pulling me in for a half-hug. "The electricity was zapping around you two. I thought we were going to be electrocuted."

I sigh.

Sera looks around to see if she can spot Jesse.

"He's likely in first class."

"Yeah, probably," she says, taking her seat.

I sit next to her and look out the window. I can't believe this. In two days I audition for a major starring role in a movie that would make my career if I landed the part, I'm moving to Los Angeles and I met Jesse Kingston, touched him, and he kissed my hand--a hand that's still tingling from his lips.

"We should have let mom upgrade us. Do you think we can sneak up to first class?" Sera asks.

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