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Chapter 4

Trimm lay in his bed for a day and a half wondering if he and Jackeline had entered a new realm. Housebound and bedridden, he had plenty of time to think about how he felt about her and if their friendship had a chance to become a relationship. He was scared and intrigued at the same time.

It was pouring outside on this Friday morning. Maybe Jackeline wouldn't come over because of the weather. Or maybe she freaked out about what she said and did on Wednesday and didn't have the courage to face him.

Of course, the most important question was did he have the guts to face her!?

He heard the front door open and a voice call out.

"Trimm?"

He let out a breath of relief. "Still here," he called out.

A moment later, Jackeline appeared in his bedroom doorway.

She took off a goofy looking yellow rain hat and let her red rain jacket fall to the floor. She was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and she shook out her long blonde hair now that the hat was off. She was holding a yellow plastic bag with the 'Tim's Tee Shirts' logo on the side.

She was noticeably tanned from her day at the beach with the girls. She kicked off a pair of rubber shoes.

"You okay?" She asked awkwardly.

"I'm glad you're here," he said warmly.

Jackeline's face brightened with relief and contentment. "It's horrible outside."

"How was the beach?"

"Fine, fun, relaxing," She smiled. "See my tan?"

"Hard to miss."

"The girls say hi and get better soon," she said as she stepped into the room.

"How many guys did you attract with your risqué bikinis?" He asked.

"I decided not to wear mine," Jackeline said. "I wore a modest one piece."

"Oh," Trimm said, trying not to sound pleased.

"Kristen lost her bottoms in the surf," Jackeline laughed. "It was pretty funny. Some twelve year old kid got them back for her!"

"This will be the summer of his life," Trimm grinned.

"Is everything okay?" She asked.

"I have Mono," he told her.

"That's not what I meant."

"I know what you meant," Trimm said. "Yes, everything's okay."

"Good," she said. "Here, I brought you a present."

She handed him the Tim's Tee Shirts bag and Trimm pulled a blue tee shirt out of the bag and held it up. It read: The Universe is Comprised of Protons, Neutrons, Electrons, and Morons.

He smiled. "Thanks."

Jackeline looked at him for a long moment. "Have you bathed these past few days?"

"No," Trimm admitted, slightly embarrassed. "Why, do I stink?"

"Do you want to take a bath?" She asked. "It's cool and raw out. Nice day for a warm relaxing bath."

He stared into her eyes. "Will you help me?"

"Of course," she said.

He nodded and she watched as he gathered his strength and slowly moved his legs over the side of the mattress. He was wearing brown gym shorts and a white long sleeve tee-shirt.

"You'll have to help me get up," he said.

Jackeline stepped closer to him and she reached her arm out.

"Under my pit," he said and she did as he asked, helping boost him to his feet.

He was noticeably thinner than she had ever seen him before. There was a musky body order, not necessarily unpleasant but stale and strong. He slowly moved his feet and she spotted him as they slowly walked to the bathroom across the hall.

"Sit," she said. "I'll run the bath."

Trimm carefully dropped himself onto the closed commode and he watched as Jackeline ran the bath, the steam running from the tub.

"I like it hot," she said. "Hot baths help me relax."

"Do you want to take a bath too?" He dumbly asked.

She gazed at him and she couldn't help but laugh. "Yes, Trimm, I want to take a bath too."

Timm smirked seductively. "You mean, together?" He asked for clarification.

"Yes," she laughed. "I want to take a bath too, together with you."

"I wouldn't miss it for the world," Trimm decided.

When the tub was full, Jackeline turned off the water and she looked at him expectedly.

"You'll have to help me," Trimm said.

She stepped closer, leaned over, and pulled his shorts down his legs to reveal what she had never seen of his before. She pulled the tee shirt off over his head and now he was naked on the commode.

Jackeline peeled off her sweatshirt, discarded her bra, pulled off her jeans and panties and she was standing next to him, naked

"Some tan," Trimm remarked, noticing how white her previously hidden skin was against her tanned parts.

"Thanks," She grinned.

"I have more pubic hair than you," he observed.

"Yes," she said, reaching out to help him to his feet.

She assisted him to the tub and he carefully stepped into the basin and he slowly sunk into the water.

Jackeline stepped into the tub and Trimm put his hands on her hips and helped her sit between his legs, her back resting against his chest.

Trimm wrapped his arm around her waist and rested his hand on her stomach. Jackeline laid her head on his shoulder and she put her hand on top of his on her stomach, their fingers twined together.

"This is nice," Jackeline said.

"Yes," Trimm agreed.

He saw that she had closed her eyes and after a while he wondered if she had fallen asleep against him.

It was only when the water had cooled some and Jackeline sat up to refresh it that Trimm realized she was awake.

He leaned in and tenderly kissed the back of her shoulders. She sat back and contently sighed.

"Oh," she said with surprise, giggling when she felt something hard poke her from behind. "Even in the water?"

"But I'm too fatigued to do anything about it," Trimm admitted.

"That's okay," she contently smiled. "I just wasn't expecting that."

"I wasn't either," Trimm admitted. "But I've always been attracted to you," he confessed.

She spun herself around so she was facing him, kneeling between his legs and falling into him so her breasts rubbed against his chest. She smiled seductively before moving her lips to his and administering a long slow kiss.

"I could be contagious," he warned.

"Don't care," she responded, kissing him some more. "I'll take The Kissing Disease if it's from you."

She broke the kiss, spun back around and fell against him, his stiffness poking her backside as she maneuvered herself into his lap. She lay against him and he wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed the top of her head.

They stayed like that until the water cooled off and Jackeline finally pulled the plug, allowing the water to drain away until they lay together naked in the empty tub.

"I'm forever bound to you now that you've seen me naked," Jackeline announced.

Trimm smiled. "I hope seeing you naked becomes contagious."

"Aren't you precious?" She laughed, finally standing and taking a towel from the rack.

"I'm exhausted," Trimm revealed. "This has wiped me out."

"Let's go take a nap naked," Jackeline suggested.

"You'll have to help me," Trimm said, reaching his arm out.

"Always," Jackeline replied as she leaned over to take his hand.