Blissfully Undone(4)By: Red Phoenix
“Yep, can’t wait.” Dan put his hands next to the fire, rubbing them together vigorously.
As she stared into the flames, she started thinking about Ryan and fear gripped her heart. “You don’t think they are stuck out there, do you?” Tears threatened to run down her cheeks when she thought of Ryan freezing in his car.
Dan walked over and put his arm around her. “No. I’m confident both are fine. Thankfully, we have enough supplies to wait out the storm. There’s no need to worry, Jenny. Trust me.”
She hesitantly pressed her head on his chest. For just a moment, she allowed herself to receive comfort in Dan’s embrace. Then Jenny grabbed a hot pad and poured the boiling water into two cups, stirring in the instant coffee. “Here you go, made fresh by me.”
“Nice.” He cupped the mug in his hands. “Nothing like a cup of hot coffee.”
“Agreed.” Jenny took a sip and cried out. “Hot! Too hot!”
Dan got up and opened the door. He came back with a handful of snow. He broke it in half, plopping one in her cup and handing her the other. “For your tongue.”
Jenny took it gratefully, stuffing the icy snow into her burning mouth. “Aww… bewwer,” she mumbled.
They spent the afternoon chatting about random stuff, trying to pass the time. After a few games of poker using pretzel sticks as money, Jenny started a more personal conversation. “So, when are you and Kelly planning on tying the knot?”
“Not sure it’ll ever happen.”
“Why not?” she asked, taken aback by his answer. She had naturally assumed the two of them would get married.
“I talked about marriage once but Kelly told me it wasn’t her thing. She doesn’t want to ruin what we have going. I’ve decided it’s for the best.”
“Oh! Well, I guess I can understand that. Her parents’ divorce did a number on Kelly. I suppose it is not too surprising she’s scared to give it a try.”
“What about you guys?”
“Ryan wants to wait until he makes junior partner. You know him, gotta have all his ducks in a row before we can officially announce an engagement.”
Dan nodded his head knowingly. “That sounds about right. He does like everything planned out.”
“Yep, that’s my Ryan!” Jenny got up and brought back a bottle of wine. “I think we deserve to drink after such hard work this morning.”
“Sure, pour me a glass while I throw another log on the fire.” When Dan came back, Jenny had taken over the couch. She lifted her legs to make room for him. When he sat down, she put her feet in his lap. “What’s this, couch hog?” he asked with amusement.
“Just wanted to put my feet up. Got a problem with that?” She lifted her glass and took a sip of merlot.
“You sounded suspiciously like Kelly just now.”
Jenny choked on her wine and sputtered. “After years of being friends, I guess she’s bound to rub off on me.”
Dan asked casually, “You ever wonder what would have happened if you and I had met when we were single?”
“Um… no.” Jenny quickly took her feet off Dan’s lap and sat up. “Why?”
“You aren’t getting off that easy. You brought it up, so speak.”
Dan gazed at her with his dark brown eyes shining in the firelight. “I don’t know. We seem to click, don’t you think? I’ve always thought we’d make a good couple.”
“Where’s this coming from, Dan? We’re both taken.”
“Yeah, I know. Still, I’m attracted to you.”
“Are you making a pass at me?” she asked incredulously.
“No, just stating a fact. It’s obvious the attraction is one-sided. Don’t give it another thought.”
After that revelation, what else could she think about? Jenny jumped off the couch and stood next to the fireplace. Her face was flushed and she didn’t want Dan to see it. Of course she thought he was attractive. Who wouldn’t? Kelly had great taste in men and Dan was her crowning glory.
At six feet five, Dan was a striking hunk of manhood. Although he didn’t have a muscular frame, he was definitely fit. Jenny liked the adorable way his blond hair fell in his eyes when he got excited and the cute way he brushed it back with his fingers. Up to this point, she really hadn’t thought about him romantically. Well, that wasn’t quite true. She had fantasized about Dan a couple of times, but nothing serious. He was Kelly’s guy.