"Cigarette?" he asked, and without really waiting for an answer, he pulled the cigarette out of his mouth and slipped it into mine.
"I've quit, you know." I mumbled, wondering if the warm moistness of the cigarette was somehow foreshadowing (it was).
He raised an eyebrow as I inhaled, slowly leaning back to his seat, "I'm a bad influence, then."
"The worst." I smiled, blowing smoke towards him.
I hadn't really planned this; being here. It all sort of fell into place, like some grand cosmic plan. A little push (or pull) that sent me tumbling towards him. I had stopped at the bakery before going home, and lo and behold! The man himself, bent over and examining a loaf of bread. For a moment I had to halt and reconsider, but when he looked over and gave me one of his smiles, I found myself standing right before him; not quite sure what to say.
But he knew exactly what to say. Leaning in and whispering softly in my ear, "How can I be of service, miss?"
To which I said, "Take me home."
Which brings us to our current predicament. This old fucking place, it looked exactly the same. The moment I stepped through his door, I suddenly felt the weight of the years slump on my shoulders, and when I looked at him, I saw both my best and worst mistake. It was such a dense atmosphere: me; smoking, him; watching over in silence, while the leather of his chair squealed with his every movement, every touch. Never in my life have I identified so fucking strongly with a piece of furniture.
"It's missus, by the way." I smiled, charging my gaze against his. I couldn't help but fondly look back at a time when he threw me completely off-balance, especially at the beginning of our relationship. I often found him overwhelming; he was so raw, so frank in his desires, and once it was all over, he was all soft-spoken charm, and I was never quite sure which side of him I preferred.
"Oh?" he raised an eyebrow, his smirk full of intrigue, "Interesting that you find it necessary to say that."
"Well, I wouldn't want you to get any ideas."
He snorted, leaning further back into his seat until our knees were almost touching, "Oh, I would never."
I felt so exposed, so defenseless, that I just had to cross my legs, and his gaze immediately fell to my lap, my knees, my ankles, and then he shot up to my eyes and smiled. There
was an uncertainty to his gaze, despite its apparent boldness; desire
immersed in fear of rejection—no, fear of consent. The notion of us
together again was both a dream and a nightmare. The distinction being its ascension from fantasy to reality. If we were to materialize, to
exist, once again, we would bring about long-forgotten (or ignored)
truths, unraveling like a ball of yarn—one that neither of us truly
wished to acknowledge.
"Did you ever get married, by the way?"
He nodded, "I've always been married, actually."
"Yes, ma'am." he laughed, bringing his hands to his lap and tapping his fingers against his thigh, "Well, separated now."
"Why didn't you ever tell me?"
"You never asked." he raised his brow, a smirk lurking somewhere behind his lips. You never cared, was what he truly meant to say. I almost felt the urge to explain, to air out my guilt and apologize, but I couldn't possibly do that, could I? It's completely true, I didn't care at all, and why should I? No courtesies, no obligations; I did what I was told, kept on track, stuck to the rules.
"So back then, you were.." I trialed off, knowing he'd eagerly pick up where I left off.
"Cheating on my wife."
He smiled, the smog in eyes turning into the palest of greys, "With you."
I don't know if it was on purpose; allowing his eyes to portray such clarity of emotions, or it was beyond his control, but I found myself repeatedly swallowing my nerves, and his gaze immediately shot to my throat; eager to incriminate, "Would it have changed anything?"
I sighed, "I guess not."
"Good to know." He sat his drink aside and leaned in, fingertips stroking the inner side of my knee with such hesitance and self-awareness, that I couldn't possibly protest his touch. His fingers were so cold that at first I didn't even feel them, until he began to travel along my thigh, rubbing them so feverishly against my skin, I was sure I'd soon run out of breath. His eyes fell so softly, so delicately on my lips and I knew, in the pit of my stomach, what he was about to do.
And I decided that I hadn't the will or strength (or desire) to stop him.