Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 10 – Glory’s Birthday

“I’m sorry, babe. I have to work today. Are you okay on your own? I’m off at 4 so we can go to my mom’s.” Glory was still wrapped in Lucas’ arms but her alarm had just gone off.

“That all works. It’ll give me time to get you an amazing birthday present,” Lucas answered, drowsily.

“Better than becoming my boyfriend this weekend? Best birthday present of my life so far,” she answered, still reluctant to leave him alone in bed.

“I guess I might have to go a little ways to top that, but I’ll try,” he said, looking down at her until she turned her face up to him for a kiss.

“Come shower with me,” she whispered against his lips. “Start this birthday off right.” She rolled out of bed trying to pull him out with her.

“I’m coming!” he said, finally, and she let go of his hand and made her way into the bathroom, listening to him grumble behind her about having to get up this early when he didn’t have to work.

But it was all worth it when he stepped into the shower and Glory pressed her wet body against his and kissed him deeply. They explored each other with lips and soapy hands and in the end they held each other tightly, recovering their breath in each other’s arms under the steaming water.

“Good start to your thirtieth birthday?” Lucas said, breathlessly, when he could speak again.

“I told you, best birthday ever, babe,” she said, turning her face up to his for a kiss.

“Are you doing anything for lunch today?” Lucas asked, hopefully.

“I’m going to work through so I can take off a little earlier. Unless you really want to meet me for lunch. I’m only getting off early so I can be with you, so either way works for me,” Glory said, coquettishly.

“Get off early. I don’t know where I’ll be at noon, or if I will have found your birthday present yet,” Lucas said.

Glory gave him an impatient look. “You don’t have to buy me anything, you know. I’m not in this for the goodies.”

“I know…that’s what makes buying you something even more fun. You don’t expect it. Do you know how refreshing that is?” Lucas asked.

“Oh, I have expectations,” Glory said. “but they’re not things.” She reached down to playfully cup his balls.

“You want more? I don’t want to make you late for work,” Lucas whispered against her lips.

“True. Rain check, though. Tonight, after dinner,” she said.

“Deal,” he said, kissing her again. “What do you want for breakfast?”

“I usually just have some Cheerios and a fruit. Wanna join me?” she asked, turning off the shower.

“I’ll grab something later. I’m not hungry yet,” Lucas said, grabbing a towel to hand to Glory before taking one for himself. Glory finished drying off and by the time Lucas had finished drying off and shaving, she was in the kitchen having breakfast and making her lunch. He pulled some clothes out of his suitcase and went into the kitchen to join her.

At the door, they held each other and shared a long, soulful kiss, before Glory finally pulled away and headed for her car.

She spent the rest of the day in a bit of a daze. Most of her co-workers came by to wish her a happy birthday. Her boss had a card for her and chatted with her for a few minutes about her plans for that night. He had met Lucas at the art show the month before and would often come and talk to her about what Lucas was doing in his professional life. Desirée wanted to take her to lunch, but she begged off, saying that she was meeting Lucas after work, so they made plans to go out the next day.

When 4 o’clock came around, Glory was packed up and ready to leave as soon as the clock struck the hour. She was trying not to be too excited about what Lucas might have bought her, but that was a hard sell. She was also excited to introduce him to her mom and sister and the rest of her family as her boyfriend! Again, she couldn’t keep the smile from her face when she thought about it.

Lucas was waiting for her when she got home, and he had a package for her to open before they went to her mom’s.

“I don’t know if you’d want to open this one in front of everyone,” he said, seductively.

She gave him a sideways look and took the box over to the couch to open. What was inside was magenta and satin-y and very skimpy. “Are you sure this is for me and not you?” she asked, looking at him sitting next to her on the couch.

“Well, my birthday is next month…” he said, letting his voice trail off at the end.

Glory stood up and held the nighty up in front of her and looked at the g-string panties. “You’re going to have fun getting this off of me,” she said, leaning down to give him a kiss.

“Yes, I am,” he said, huskily. “Here. Open this one, too. Something you might be able to wear tonight.”

Inside the second package was a purple camisole with a lace edging along the neckline. It had spaghetti straps and fell to her hips. Underneath it were the matching bra and panties.

“Wow…and these all seem to be my size. Should I be concerned at how comfortable you are buying women’s lingerie?” Glory asked with a laugh.

“I’ve never dated anyone who didn’t like receiving lingerie, and, you’re right, it’s partially for me, too.” He smiled at her. “Were you going to change for your mom’s? Wear these.” He held up the box with the camisole in it for her to take into the bedroom.

Glory took a lot of care getting dressed. She had a dress that she wanted to wear that night and the lace on the camisole just peeked out around the neckline and complemented the navy blue dress perfectly. The bra and panties were a perfect fit, which made Glory wonder a little bit about Lucas. She hadn’t asked, but now she wondered how many girls there had been before her. Could she ask now that they were dating?

She touched up her make-up a little bit and went out to make her entrance. Lucas was still on the couch and stood up when he heard the bedroom door open.

“Wow! You look great!” he said, standing up to come over to her and take her hands.

She lifted her face up to his to accept his kiss. “Can I ask you something?” she said, when they pulled apart.

“Of course,” he said. “Anything.”

“How many girlfriends did you have before me? If we were putting a number on it, what would your number be?” she asked.

He looked at her for a long time before answering. “You may be surprised at how few there have been,” he said, finally.

“How few there have been?” Glory asked.

“I’ve never been a promiscuous guy. Too Catholic, I guess,” he said.

“So, how few have there been?” Glory probed, not letting it go.

“Do we have to do this now? Can’t we talk about it next time?” Lucas said, continuing to put her off.

Glory looked at him concerned. “If you don’t want to tell me, that’s fine. We can talk another time.”

Lucas sighed. “Five girlfriends, ten lovers in total,” he said, quietly.

“Ten’s not so bad,” she said with a smile. “Why would you worry about that?”

“It’s the only five girlfriends I was more worried about,” he said. “You think it’s okay that I’ve had more lovers than girlfriends?”

“Now what do you consider is the difference between a girlfriend and a lover?” she asked him.

“Well, we were lovers before this weekend. No real commitment, we could see other people, just getting together for sex,” Lucas said. “A girlfriend, I consider as someone I’m in an exclusive relationship with. There’s sex, but there’s more.”

Glory smiled and moved away from Lucas a little bit. “Are you counting me as one of the lovers?”

“No, not anymore,” he said with a smile.

“Okay, so the 5 lovers never got to be girlfriends. So there have been 5 lovers and 5 girlfriends before me,” Glory said, nodding her head. “That’s not bad.”

She was moving around the apartment starting to get ready to leave. Lucas cocked one eyebrow at her and said, “What about you?”

“Oh, is this show and tell night?” Glory asked.

“I told you…” he said, firmly.

“Okay…” She paused for a minute to count. “Well, I’ve had 4 boyfriends, but more lovers. I’ve had a few one night stands and some non-committed relationships…maybe 10 in all.”

“So 14 in total…?” Lucas asked.

“That sounds right,” Glory said.

Lucas nodded and then smiled. “No wonder you give such an awesome blow-job!” he said after a minute.

“So, we’re good? I didn’t freak you out or anything?” Glory asked.

“Nope. Not much you could have told me would have freaked me out,” he said. “Just because I’ve been a monk, I don’t expect others to be. Are you ready to go?”

She smiled at him and said, “Yeah, I’m ready.”


Beth met them at the door of her apartment with a big hug and a kiss for Glory. “Happy birthday, darling. I can’t believe that you’re 30!” She kissed Glory on the cheek again and waved her into the house.

“Lucas, it’s great to see you again. So glad you’re here for Glory’s birthday,” Beth said, pulling him in for a quick hug as well.

“Wouldn’t miss it,” Lucas said with a smile.

“Come on in. You’re the first ones here, so we have some time to chat,” Beth said.

Beth offered Lucas a beer and Glory a glass of wine and they sat down in the living room to chat.

“Mom,” Glory said. “Lucas and I have decided to…become exclusive.”

“So, he’s your boyfriend?” Beth asked.

“Yeah, that’s right,” Glory said, giving Lucas an adoring look.

“Well, that’s nice. How’s it going to work with you guys living so far apart?” Beth asked, her brow furrowing in concern.

“We’re not sure yet, Beth,” Lucas answered. “We’ll play it by ear for now and see what happens. Hopefully, at some point, we’ll be able to find a way to live in the same city anyway. For right now, it’ll have to be a long-distance relationship.”

“Congratulations are in order, then. I hope it works out for you guys,” Beth said, lifting her glass of wine up to toast them both. Lucas put his arm around Glory and lifted his beer to toast the two women.

The doorbell rang and Beth went to answer the door and let Claire and Diana and her family in. Holly was right behind them.

There were lots of congratulations for the happy couple and then Beth called them into the dining room for dinner. Steak and potatoes with asparagus was one of Glory’s favourite meals and she ate with gusto. After they were done, Beth brought out a chocolate cake almost completely covered in candles!

“Mom, you didn’t actually have to put 30 candles on the cake. Way to make me feel old!” Glory said, smiling after they had all sang her ‘Happy Birthday’.

Lucas laughed. “My mom always does that to me. But she does get a bigger cake usually,” he said.

“So you’ll have 35 to blow out next month, is that right?” Glory asked.

“Never mind teasing me about my age. You need to save your breath for this,” Lucas said, pointing to the flaming cake.

Glory took a deep breath and started to blow the candles out. She was really pushing it by the time the last candle was extinguished, but she got them all out!

“Yay!” Holly exclaimed. ”What did you wish for, sis? What would you need other than what you already have?”

“I wished for world peace. Thought that would be pretty safe,” Glory said, jokingly.

“Okay, time for gifts!” Beth said, pulling out a bag and a box for Glory to open.

The box contained a beautiful red and black cardigan. The colour faded from black at the top to red at the bottom. It flared prettily at the bottom and looked great over her navy blue dress. She spun once to show the flare of the sweater.

The other box was a dress with a blazer. “Just in case you have an interview to go to,” Beth hinted, none to subtly.

“Mom thinks I’m underpaid for what I do,” Glory said as an aside to Lucas.

Holly had a tiny box that she had wrapped prettily with ribbons and a bow.

“This is too pretty to open,” Glory said, giving her sister a hug.

“What’s inside is pretty, too,” Holly said, and she was right. The earrings were drops with a shepherd’s hook and 3 stones, going from a pale amethyst to a deep eggplant.

“Oh, Hol…they’re perfect!” Glory pulled off the earrings she was wearing and put on the new earrings before leaning over to give her sister a hug.

Lucas smiled and said, “Those look beautiful on you!”

Claire and Diana had bought Glory a new comforter for her bed. “The last time I was there, the one you have looked a little threadbare,” Diana said.

“Okay, now me,” Lucas said, pulling out a little velvet covered box from his pocket.

Glory gave Lucas a withering look. “You didn’t,” she said, angrily.

“Maybe…” Lucas said. Glory opened the box and found a dainty ring inside. There were 2 stones, one dark blue, the other, light blue.

“It’s just a promise ring. I found one that had stones the colour of my eyes and your eyes,” he said, pointing to the two stones.

Glory tried it on her right hand ring finger and held it up to the light. The smile on her face told Lucas that this had been the exact right gift to give her. She turned to him and wrapped her arms around his neck and said, “Thank you, babe. It’s perfect!”

“You’re welcome, sweetie. It looks really pretty on your hand. I knew I’d have to find something delicate,” he said, turning his head to kiss her neck through her hair.

When he looked up, though, he caught a disapproving look from Beth. I guess I should have known she wouldn’t approve, he thought.

“It’s a little early for a ring, isn’t it?” Beth said, taking Glory’s hand to look at the ring and then up at Lucas.

“It just says that we’ve made a commitment to each other, nothing more. And it’s pretty and delicate so I thought it would look nice on Glory’s hand,” Lucas said, only a little defensively.

Beth kept her eyes downcast, looking at the ring and nodded. “Don’t move too fast, okay? You guys have lots of time,” she said.

“Don’t worry, mom. I’m not ready to walk down the aisle yet,” Glory said, leaning over to hug her mom.

“Neither am I,” Lucas added, with a shy smile.

“Let’s have cake!” Beth said, turning to pick up plates and forks off of the counter behind her.

Once everyone had a piece of cake in front of them, the conversation turned to inconsequential things as they ate. There was much laughter with Lucas there. He had a great sense of humour and lots of great stories from his movie-shoots and hanging out with other Hollywood types. His humour was light and self-deprecating and put everyone at ease.

They moved the party to the living room after the cake was done and spent another couple of hours talking and laughing. Beth watched Glory with Lucas and she could see that there was love there. She was more than a little concerned about the long-distance nature of their relationship, but she hoped they’d find a way to work that out.

It was about 10 pm when Glory called it a night. She still had to work the next day, although she had let them know that she would be in late so she could see Lucas off at the airport. She had a new nighty to try out that night, so she had a great reason to head home a little early.

After they had left, Beth pulled Claire aside.

“I don’t know about this,” Beth said to her sister.

“He seems like a nice guy and Glory adores him. It should be alright,” Claire said. “He’s a lot of fun to be around.”

“I know, but long distance relationships are tough to keep going at the best of times. Maybe I shouldn’t worry; this may just fizzle on its own,” Beth said.

“Let’s hope not,” Claire said. “He seems to really make her happy.”


Lucas and Glory fell giggling into her apartment. She had been teasing him all the way home and now was his turn to get even. He pressed his lips to hers and cupped her breast through the material of her dress, camisole and bra. “You’re wearing too much clothes,” he said, huskily.

Glory reached down and grabbed the bottom of her dress and lifted it over her head. She tossed it over onto the couch and returned to Lucas’ embrace. “Better?” she said.

“Much,” he said and swooped down to scoop her into his arms. “Bedtime, baby.” He carried her into the bedroom and dropped her on the bed and lay over her kissing her face and neck, then moving down lower. Glory closed her eyes as he moved his lips and tongue slowly down her body, teasing and arousing her and bringing her to a shattering orgasm, before moving up to thrust himself deep inside of her to find his own release. Lucas held her gently in his arms as she slowly came back to her senses.

“I love you, Lucas,” she whispered. “Today has been perfect. You’re perfect.”

Lucas laughed. “I am far from perfect, love, but I’m glad it was such a good day for you. Happy birthday again.”

“Thanks, babe.” Glory drifted on the edge of sleep, enjoying the feel of Lucas’ strong arms around her.

They lay still for a long time, each occupied with their own thoughts. Finally, Glory said, “So now we have to talk about getting me to Boston for your birthday,” Glory said.

“Yeah, that’s going to be fun! I can’t wait for everyone to meet you! My mom’s been bugging me, especially since Greg and Kayla have met you,” Lucas said, a slow smile spreading across his face at the thought of his mom. “Can you swing an extra-long weekend? Maybe come up on Friday and fly back on Monday?”

“Maybe. Let me ask at work. I’ve got lots of vacation time left for this year, so I should be able to. If I can work from there, I may be able to come for longer. I’ll check with my boss this week and I can let you know. Will we be staying at your mom’s? You mentioned your condo in Boston once.”

“We’ll probably stay with mom the night of the party, but we’ll be staying at my condo. I can’t wait for you to see it. I’ve got your painting up and it looks great!” Lucas said.

Glory didn’t say anything for a few minutes. Lucas stroked her hair off of her face before asking her, “Everything okay? You got awfully quiet all of a sudden.”

“Yeah,” she said and paused for a few more seconds. “No. All of those people have met your other girlfriends and lovers. I don’t know how I’ll stack up.”

“They all love me. The fact that I love you will be enough for them. I surround myself with some pretty awesome people, so I don’t think you need to worry,” he said, quietly.

“Okay, so when is the party? Your birthday is on Monday, right?” she asked.

“Yeah, but the party will be on Saturday,” he said. “If you can come up on Thursday or Friday and then fly home on Monday or Tuesday, that would be great! Even if you have to work part of that time, that should should be fine. I’ll have to help my mom set up for the party anyway, so I’ll be busy.“

Lucas kissed her forehead. “I am so excited that you’re coming down!” he said.

Glory smiled to herself and snuggled in closer in to his side. “Just don’t abandon me with a bunch of strangers, okay? I had a boyfriend who always used to do that to me and it made me really uncomfortable.” She had closed her eyes and suddenly realizing how tired she was.

“Don’t worry, love. I’ll stay right by your side. But I don’t think these people will be strangers to you for long,” Lucas said, softly. “They are going to love you just as much as I do.”

“Hmmm…I hope so,” she mumbled, sleepily.

“Sleep now, love. I’ll see you in the morning,” Lucas said, stroking her hair off of her face and away from his nose.


Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 9 – Tourists

Glory woke slowly and stretched. Something was different, but she wasn’t sure what it was. She could see light in the room through her closed eyelids so she rolled towards her bedside clock to see the time. 7:30. Wasn’t it the weekend? she thought. Once she was sure that it was, she rolled back over to go back to sleep.

Something was still different and it was tugging at her mind. Someone was cooking bacon; someone in her apartment. She let a smile grow on her face. It must be her boyfriend. She let that thought sink in for a moment before jumping out of bed and finding some clothes to put on to go and find out what Lucas was up to.

“There you are, sleepy head.” Lucas said, turning towards her to give her a kiss before he turned back to flip the bacon again. “I thought I owed you breakfast.”

“It’s so early.” Glory complained, sitting down at the table. “Isn’t it the weekend? And aren’t you on LA time still? It’s only 4:30 AM in LA.”

Lucas put a cup of coffee down in front of her and she took it in both hands and took a sip. She smiled to herself when she realized that he knew how she took her coffee. While she cradled her coffee cup, she said, “I love you.”

“Coffee’ll do that to you.” he said with a smile from in front of the stove. “And I’m on Boston time. I’ve been off the last couple of weeks. Is it too early for you?” he asked with concern.

“Noon is a good time to get up on a Saturday. 7:30 is usually when I get up for a pee so I can go back to sleep.” Glory said, taking another sip of her coffee. “You’ve never been this much of an early bird when you’ve come to visit before.”

Lucas shrugged. “I’m usually not, especially when I have a beautiful woman next to me in bed.” He winked at her. “But I was awake, so I thought I’d get a head start on breakfast.”

“Why didn’t you wake me up? I could have put you back to sleep.” Glory said, seductively.

“We did crash pretty early last night.” Lucas said, defensively. “We can go back to bed, if you want. I just wanted to spend as much time with you as I could. Our relationship up to now has been spent mostly in bed.” He raised an eyebrow at her suggestively. “I thought we could do some stuff together today before dinner.”

“Out and about with Lucas Wolfe.” Glory said, trying that idea out in her mind. “How many times do you think we’ll be accosted by autograph hounds or people wanting their picture taken with you?” Glory had spoken lightly, but Lucas could hear the concern behind her words.

“Toronto’s actually pretty good.” Lucas said. “If people recognize me, many of them will just wave or yell to me; not a lot of people actually stop me.

Glory let this sink in for a few minutes. She was still struggling a little bit with the more public side of being his girlfriend.

“But when we go to New York or LA, people are much bolder. I can sometimes hardly walk down the street, especially if I’m someplace and word gets out on the internet.” He wanted her to be prepared for this stuff; the last thing he wanted to do is to have her be spooked by fans and run. And he was getting the feeling she spooked pretty easily.

“So what would you like to see, love?” she said, looking at him over the rim of her coffee cup.

“I don’t know. Is there a lot to see hanging around in downtown Toronto?” he asked. “Do you want eggs, too, or just bacon and tomato?” he added.

“Bacon and tomato is fine, and, yes, there’s lots to see in downtown Toronto. We could wander up Yonge Street and do some shopping, then we can check out Queen West…it’s not as trendy and hipster as it used to be, but it’s still pretty cool. We can go to Kensington Market and Chinatown and then grab the streetcar down to the CN Tower and Skydome.” Once Glory got started, she realized that there were lots of places she wanted to show him!

Lucas was watching her get excited about showing him her city and he smiled. “Sounds like getting up early was a good idea after all.” he said.

Glory smiled back. “Don’t think I’ve forgiven you yet, movie-boy! I value my sleep time on the weekends!” she teased him.

Lucas laughed. “So I’ve been downgraded again, have I?” He turned around to butter the toast that had popped up and was busy for the next couple of minutes assembling Glory’s bacon and tomato sandwich. “Mayo?” he asked, and looked back to see Glory nod.

With Glory served, he turned back to butter his own toast as they popped out of the toaster.

“So we’re being tourists today, eh? Did you get reservations at the 360 Restaurant?” Glory asked, wiping her mouth with her napkin.

“Yes.” he answered. “I sent a text to my assistant last night and she got back to me this morning with a 7 pm reservation. Is that okay?” He sat down at the table across from her with his sandwich, then got up to refresh both of their coffees before settling down to eat.

“The time? Yeah, that works. Might even give us time to come back here and change before dinner. Depending on how much fun we’re having being tourist-y.” she said.

Lucas just nodded because he had a mouthful of sandwich. They sat and finished their breakfast, talking about inconsequential things. After a quick shower and clothes and they were out the door.


It was an absolutely beautiful day. Glory wore sandals and a flirty little dress, in case they didn’t get to go home and change, and Lucas was casual, but not in jeans. He wore a pair of khakis and a polo shirt over his signature sneakers.

They went everywhere that Glory had mentioned and were only approached once by someone wanting an autograph and picture…and it was a kid.

She came up to Lucas shyly, wearing her distressed Special Branch t-shirt and said, “Are you Lucas Wolfe?”

Lucas hunkered down to her level and said, “Why, yes I am? And who are you?”

“Emilia.” she answered looking everywhere but into his eyes.

“Well, Emilia, I like your shirt. I have one just like it.” he said, pointing at, but not touching her shirt. “How old are you, Emilia?”

“I’m 8.” she said, holding up 4 fingers on each hand, “and I love Matt Hunter.” She was starting to lose her shyness in the face of Lucas’ friendliness. “He’s my favourite Brancher. Is he going to be Marta’s boyfriend? I think he should. What’s going to happen to Ian?”  Marta was another Special Brancher. The last movie had started to bring them into a romantic relationship. Ian was Matt’s best friend from his hometown.

Lucas was smiling at her precociousness, and now that her shyness was gone she was not to be stopped. “Are you really mad at Brock? I like Brock…he’s really cute and funny.” Brock was the commander of Special Branch with whom Mat had a love/hate relationship. Emilia turned to her mom. “Mom, do you have my colouring book so I can show him my picture?”

Emilia’s mom seemed very apologetic. “Sorry, Mr. Wolfe. When she gets going, it’s hard to get her to stop.” She handed Emilia her colouring book so she could turn to the picture she wanted to show Lucas.

“It’s no problem at all.” he said as Emilia opened the book to her picture.

“See? It’s you and Brock and Ian fighting. I don’t like it when you fight. Will you ever be friends again?” Her eyes were pleading as he looked up at him.

“We’re still friends.” Lucas assured her. “Matt wrote Brock an email Continue reading “Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 9 – Tourists”

Dragons in the Dark – Chapter 8 – Boyfriend

Traffic was stupid and Glory was getting very frustrated as she tried to make decent time getting home from work. Lucas had flown in that day and used the key that she’d given him last time he’d been in Toronto to let himself in and start dinner.

But there seemed to be something keeping traffic from moving, and no matter what route she took, she came up against a brick wall. So she cranked up her stereo and danced and sang her way through the traffic.

She’d told Lucas she’d be home by 5:30 and at 5:45, her phone rang.

“What’s going on?” he asked.

“Traffic. Sorry. It’s usually not this bad. Figures, eh? I have a hot man waiting at home for me and I can’t get there,” Glory said.

“I’ll keep. Just wanted to make sure you were okay,” he said.

“If there’s an accident, I’m behind it, not in it,” Glory said craning her neck to see if she could see what was holding them up.

“So, how long do you anticipate?” he asked. “I don’t want to start getting things ready until I know you’re almost here.”

“What have you got planned over there, movie-boy?” she asked with a smile in her voice. “You might want to hold off on dinner until after sex.”

“Don’t worry…I’ve got sex worked into the equation,” he said in a husky voice. “Half an hour long enough to get you home?”

“I’ll probably be there shortly after 6, but, yeah, give me half an hour. If that changes, I’ll call you,” she said, not at all certain that, at her current speed, she couldn’t walk home faster!

“Okay, I’ll plan for half an hour, then. Can’t wait to see you,” Lucas said.

“Me, too,” Glory answered in a throaty whisper and then signed off.

It was almost half an hour to the minute when she walked through the door. The traffic had cleared enough to let her get onto one of her side road shortcuts and avoid at least some of the traffic.

Lucas greeted her at the door with a long hug and an even longer kiss. He still had an oven mitt on one hand and he turned from her to go back into the kitchen while she put her lunch bag down and kicked her shoes off.

Lucas was putting a pan of pull-apart bread on the table with melted butter, salsa and hummus to dip. “Appetizer…and we can move on to the main course from there, or use this to sustain us through some extended lovemaking,” he said with a little bow. He pulled her chair out from the table for her to sit.

It had been just over a month since his last visit, but Glory had been hungering for him. When he had called earlier this week to say he’d be in town, that hunger had intensified. She wasn’t sure if she could sit calmly across the table from him eating dinner until she had made love to him, but she would give it a try! The anticipation was delicious!

And so was the pull-apart bread! The surface was brushed with butter and covered in spices.

They chatted about everything and nothing, and although she still yearned to have her hands and mouth on him, Glory found that she was really enjoying talking to him, too. He was so funny and so engaging, their time together seemed to fly by. He brought out the meal when he didn’t see any indication that they were ready to move things to the bedroom: baked chicken with potatoes and salad.

Lucas had been to Christopher’s Haven the week before and he told her all about the kids that he had met there this time. It was a home near the Massachusetts General Hospital for kids battling cancer. He made a point to go there at least a couple of times a year and he always came away so inspired by the courageous battles these kids fought.

Glory had been to a weekend art retreat since they’d seen each other and she had gotten some fresh ideas and was utilizing what she’d learned in her painting. She couldn’t wait to show him her latest pieces. But over dinner, they discussed the use of different brush techniques to convey different emotions and even movement on a canvas. They talked about the Group of Seven and how some of the techniques they’d used had been taught at this workshop and how Glory was incorporating them into her work.

“I can’t wait to see the paintings,” Lucas said. “and the new techniques. I’ve got to make time for some classes or workshops. I feel like I need some extra schooling in this.”

“You should, babe! Then we could get together and I can show you my new stuff while you show me yours,” Glory said.

The suggestiveness of her comment came clear to her when she looked up and saw the heat in his eyes. “Have we had enough anticipation yet?” he asked.

“Long time ago…I was just waiting on you, movie-boy,” Glory said, getting up and preparing to run if he took offense to her continued use of that nickname.

“Movie-boy…I’m not sure that I like that,” he said. “Maybe movie-man…?” He had gotten up, too and now he took her hand to lead her towards the bedroom. The dishes would definitely have to wait.

“Well, you’ll have to earn it…” She let her voice trail off as she pulled him in for a kiss and started pulling at her clothes to get them off. She had definitely had enough anticipation!

They fell into the bed half undressed, kissing and caressing and pulling off any clothes that was still in their way. Their dinnertime anticipation left no room for foreplay, so in very short order, Lucas reached over for a condom and they came crashing together in a shattering orgasm.

They held each other with their breath coming in ragged gasps until they were able to come back to their senses.

“Okay,” Glory said, breathlessly. “Movie-man.”

Lucas laughed so hard, he almost fell off the bed. “Is that all I had to do to be upgraded?” he said, finally.

“Careful…you may get downgraded again,” Glory said sternly, before breaking out into a big grin. “God, I love to make you laugh like that!”

Lucas gathered her into his arms again and they lay together for a long time, each alone with their own thoughts.

“So what brings to you to Toronto this time?” Glory asked, eventually, interrupting the silence.

Lucas was quiet for a long time. He had just wanted to see her; to hold her in his arms, make love to her, kiss her, hear her laugh at his jokes; but he didn’t know if she was ready to hear that yet. But, try as he might, he couldn’t think of a good story to tell her this time.

“You,” he said, finally.

She propped herself up on her elbow to look at him. “But that’s not the way this works, is it? I thought I was a nice diversion when you had to be in town, not the reason you came to town,” she said, holding his eye.

He shrugged. “I really wanted to see you and I saw on Facebook that it’s your birthday this week, so I came up just for you,” he said.

She settled back down with her head on his shoulder and didn’t say anything for a few minutes. “And the other times?” she asked.

Lucas sighed. “Those locations did have to be scouted, but I didn’t have to do it personally, and I could have flown through New York to Berlin with no layover…” He let his voice trail off hoping he had not screwed things up here completely.

Again, there was silence from Glory. Finally, Lucas stroked her hair back from her face and said, “Glory, are you still with me?”

“I…” she stopped for a moment. “I thought I was your Toronto girl.”

“What do you mean, ‘my Toronto girl’?” he asked.

“I mean, someone to hook up with when you had to be in town…like your Boston girl or your LA girl or your Chicago girl…” she blurted out.

Lucas laughed, quietly. “Well, that’s a real compliment to my virility, babe, but no, I don’t have a girl in every port. There’s just you.” he said, pulling her in a little closer.

Glory needed a minute to take this in. The relationship she’d thought she had with him wasn’t what it seemed at all. His only girl…despite her doubts, this thought made her feel warm inside.

“I…the only real reason I’ve been keeping this as casual as it’s been is because of what you said that first weekend we were together,” Lucas said.

Glory tried to think back to what she might have said, but she had been overtired and pretty drunk by the time she had laid her head down on his bed, and nothing was coming to her, so she asked.

“You said that you couldn’t see yourself in a relationship with a celebrity because you’re a private person and you didn’t think you could stand the media’s intrusiveness,” he answered her.

“I said that?” Glory asked, still snuggled into his shoulder.

“You most certainly did,” Lucas said, “and I can completely understand the sentiment, so I didn’t push it.”

Glory laughed. “Well, if I said that, I said it to let you know that I didn’t expect anything from you…that I wouldn’t be calling and hanging onto you if you just wanted a quick night with a gentle good-bye.”

Lucas laughed. “So, you’re okay to take this further? I know we talked about it a little bit last time and you’re right that living this far apart makes things difficult, but are you willing to try?” he asked, hopefully.

Glory didn’t answer for a moment. “Willing to try what, exactly?” she asked, trying to make sure she knew what she was getting herself into.

Lucas sighed, then shook his head. He pushed her up so that he could see her face. “I…” he shook his head again, hoping he wasn’t jumping the gun here. “I love you, Glory. I have for a while now. You can call our relationship what you want, but to me, you’re my girlfriend, my only girlfriend.”

She looked at him with disbelief! Lucas Wolfe loved her! What was she supposed to do with that? But she didn’t look away. She could see the longing in his eyes; a longing to hear her say those words to him. Did she love him?  She ran her finger down his cheek and then down over his beard. She moved it to his moustache and then pressed her lips to his in a sweet kiss that went on for a long time.

She was smiling when she pulled back. “You are too much sometimes, you know that?” she said.

“I know…my mom tells me that all the time,” he said, stroking her cheek with his finger. “You don’t have to say it if you don’t feel it. I can wait. Don’t leave, though. I don’t think I could handle that.”

She sniffed and realized that she was crying…why, she didn’t know. Lucas reached up and grabbed her a tissue from the bedside table to blow her nose. “I’m not going anywhere. Of course I love you! I didn’t think we were going there. At least not yet.”

He laughed with relief and then grabbed a tissue for himself. “You scared me there. I thought you were going to leave me hanging!”

She held his eyes for what seemed like forever before saying, “Never,” and laying her head back down on his shoulder.

There was a smile on Lucas’ face that wouldn’t go away. She loved him! If he ever needed a good reason to live in the present moment, he was holding it in his arms, and right at that moment, he was the happiest he could ever remember being.

“So what do you want to do for your birthday, beautiful?” he asked.

“Mom’s having everyone over on Monday, which is the actual day…when are you flying out? Would you be able to stay?” Glory asked.

“My flight is on Tuesday…are you okay with me coming?” he asked.

“Now that you’re my boyfriend,” Glory paused to savour the sound of that word, “it should be fine. If mom doesn’t like it, that’s too bad. Hopefully, she’ll wait until you’re gone before she lectures me.”

“Okay, but I’d like to take you someplace just the two of us, if that’s okay,” Lucas said.

“Sure, what did you have in mind?” Glory asked, propping herself up to look into his beautiful, blue eyes.

“Oh, I don’t know. Where’s a nice romantic place to have our first date?” he asked.

“Right, it is our first date, isn’t it? It feels like we’ve known each other for so long.” Glory said.

“But I never took you out so we didn’t have to deal with the reporters or autograph hounds…maybe you want to keep it that way…?” Lucas offered.

“No, we can go out. There’s  lots of nice places to go…from the CN Tower to some of the more exclusive steak houses in Toronto; there are a few place out in the suburbs, too, that are really good. Do you like Greek food? I know a few really nice places in Greektown,” Glory said, offering some suggestions.

“I’ve never been up the CN Tower, so why don’t I see if I can get reservations there for tomorrow night?” Lucas asked. “We can go and see the tower and be tourists and then go up for dinner.”

“Sounds perfect,” Glory said, snuggling back down onto his shoulder.

They were quiet for a few moments, each alone with their own thoughts, until Lucas broke the silence.

“You know, I don’t even know how old you are,” he said.

Glory smiled. They HAD been keeping things casual, hadn’t they? “I’m thirty on Monday, so a bit of a big deal,” she said.

“Yeah, I’d say!” he said. “My mom’s throwing a party for my 35th next month…maybe that could be your trip to Boston that we talked about…?”

“To come to your birthday party and meet all of your friends and family in one place? Didn’t I do that to you last time you were here?” Glory said with a little laugh.

“As a matter of fact, you did. The difference will be that everyone there already knows about you and I’ll be introducing you as my girlfriend. Might be a little easier…” he said.

“Touché,” Glory said, quietly. “Sorry about that. I hadn’t ever expected to have to introduce you to everyone like that. I’m just glad it went so well. You did make a good impression on my mom, though…she keeps asking when you’ll be coming back for another visit.”

“Parents and babies I don’t have a problem interacting with. I’m sure if Kelsey could talk, she’d be asking the same thing,” Lucas said with a laugh.

Lucas felt Glory stiffen at the mention of Kelsey. “We don’t have to talk about the baby thing, yet, do we?” Glory asked.

“We definitely do not have to talk about the baby thing yet. You know how I feel and I know how you feel. It’ll be years before it’ll really be an issue and who knows where we’ll be by then,” he said, and he felt her relax again against him.

“Good…don’t want to ruin tonight with a disagreement,” she said.

“I don’t think anything could ruin tonight,” Lucas said, stroking her hair back from her face. “You’ve made me a very happy man tonight.”

“I seem to make a habit of doing that. You said the same thing that first time we slept together…or I guess the first time we made love,” Glory corrected herself.

“I did, didn’t I? I couldn’t believe that you actually came up to play cards. I know I probably shouldn’t have kissed you or sent you to sleep in my bed, but I was drunk and thought I’d push my luck, and I’m glad I did!” Lucas said. “Just the way you stood next to me watching your sister and your cousin going all fangirl on Greg without losing your cool with me…it was nice. It made me think you were a little different.”

“You don’t know how hard that was,” Glory said. “When I realized who you were…that’s why I couldn’t look at you. I vowed that I wasn’t going to embarrass myself in front of you. I figured that too many women have gone all gaga on you and you didn’t need another one doing it when all you wanted was a couple of slices to end your night.”

“But sometimes, I’ll look across the room and catch sight of you and part of me still goes…OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD! IT’S LUCAS WOLFE!!” she finished.

Lucas laughed and said, “Well, I’m glad you hold that in. You’re right that I have enough women doing that to me right now.”

“Oh, don’t lie. You love it. You’re just waiting for that Sexiest Man Alive title to come your way. I don’t know why it hasn’t yet. You should have gotten it after ‘Return of the Soldier’, with that amazing shirtless scene. What did your costar call it? Rippling deliciousness?”

Lucas laughed until he had tears in his eyes. “Oh, she is a pip! She wanted to see me blush in public, and it worked! She still teases me about that,” he said, when he could finally talk again.

Glory was laughing, too; his laugh was so infectious! They lay quietly for a few minutes, and it was Glory who broke the silence. “I love you, Lucas,” she said, softly.

Lucas smiled and pulled her in closer. “I love you, too, babe. It’s early; I’d love to spend the evening here in bed with you, but if you want to get up…”

“Nope…I’m exactly where I want to be; right here in your arms,” she said, tightening her grip on him, too.

“You don’t know how good it feels to hear you say that,” he said, closing his eyes. He shouldn’t be tired, but he found himself drifting on the edge of sleep. Suddenly, he felt Glory tense up and shake for a second.

“What was that?” he asked, not opening his eyes.

“Sorry, I thought you were asleep,” Glory said. “That was a fangirl moment…just a thrill going through me. You may have to pinch me.”

Lucas pinched her lightly on the arm and she giggled. Then he pinched her side and she squirmed to get away from his pinching fingers. He continued to pinch and tickle her while she screamed and squirmed to get away. But when he grabbed both of her hands to keep her from pushing him away, she tensed and the look of fear on her face stopped Lucas in his tracks. He dropped her hands, saying, “Are you okay?”

She blew her breath out through pursed lips before saying, “I’m good, I just have a bit of a phobia about being trapped like that. You did it the last time you were here, too, and I had a hard time with it,” she said, quietly.

“You need to let me know stuff like that,” Lucas said. “I don’t want to make you uncomfortable, ever!”

Glory shrugged. “It’s okay. I dealt with it, but now that you’re my boyfriend…” She paused again to savour the idea.

“How long are you going to go off into lalaland every time you say ’boyfriend’?” Lucas teased her.

“Until it gets old, I guess. Right now, it’s such a novelty,” Lucas laughed, quietly, and pulled her back in beside him. She snuggled in a little closer and settled to sleep.

I am Lucas Wolfe’s girlfriend, she thought as she closed her eyes. She smiled and pressed her lips against his shoulder and closed her eyes, still smiling.