Chapter 3

I was shaken awake in the early morning. I opened my eyes in confusion but it all came racing back when I saw Kaia leaning over me, one of her naked breasts practically hitting me in the face. Her hair had also come undone and had fallen around her face.

"Did we….?" She asked.

"No, of course not," I assured her. "You were drunk."

'Then why am I topless?"

"Your choice," I let her know.

"Oh God," she moaned, falling back on the mattress and folding her arm across her forehead. "My head is pounding." She made no effort to cover her bare flattened breasts as she lay next to me.

I turned my head and studied her. "I brought you in here," I let her know. "You passed out as soon as you hit the bed."

"In my panties?" She asked, peeking under the sheet to see that was all she was wearing.

"Your choice," I said again.

"Where's my dress?" She frowned.

"You hung it off the curtain rod in the bathroom when you were peeing a river," I let her know.

"I think I remember now," she said with a sigh. She turned her head and looked at me. "Thanks for not taking advantage of me in my vulnerability."

"You're welcome," I replied.

There was a long stretch of silence.

"Happy New Year," Kaia finally said.

"Yeah," I said. "One for the history books."

She sat up and looked at me. "Are you mad at me?" She worried.

"No," I answered.

Hurt and frustrated, maybe, but not mad. It was like the night of Spin The Bottle all over again. Stranded before the bottle pointed at her.

Here I was lying in bed with my dream girl topless beside me, when I knew it was all about to end. She was sober and hungover and mostly likely wanted to go home as soon as possible. New Year, same old story.

Kaia slipped out of bed and disappeared into the bathroom and I debated on whether or not I should get up and get dressed so I'd be ready to take her home at her request as soon as she came out of the bathroom wearing her dress. Meanwhile, Barb and Doug were probably already half way to the Bahamas.

I heard the toilet flush and a moment later the shower started so I climbed out of bed, put my robe on, and went into the kitchen to start the pre-set instant coffee machine. Kaia would probably need a cup when she was done with her shower.

I went into the living room and picked up Kaia's coat from the floor and slung it over the back of one of the chairs. I glanced out the window to see what the weather was doing on this New Year's Day. The sun was coming out but I could see the guy's breath as he walked his dog past the apartment complex. I let out a sigh and returned to the kitchen to check on the coffee.

The shower went off and I imagined Kaia drying off and slipping back into that wonderful dress of hers. I took two cups out of the cupboard and patiently waited for Kaia to emerge from the bathroom. The door opened a few minutes later and I was surprised when she came out wearing nothing but a towel.

"Ah, coffee," she said with approval when she saw me in the kitchen.

I handed her a cup as she approached, slightly confused that she was not in her dress ready to go.

"What time are we supposed to meet The Now Gang Of Six?" Kaia asked with interest.

"Noon, at the Greenville Inn and Tavern," I reported. "Claire made reservations."

"So, we have like five hours to kill," Kaia replied.

"What are you doing?" I asked.

"Drinking coffee," she replied, turning and heading for the bedroom.

I honestly had no idea what was going on.

"You were always my favorite," Kaia said when I entered the bedroom to find her sitting on the edge of the unmade bed drinking her coffee, her legs crossed, her hair still wet. "You were always dependable. I knew you liked me more than the others."

I sat next to her on the bed and twirled a few strands of her wet hair in my fingers. "My secret's out," I said.

"I've missed you," she informed me as she set her coffee mug on the floor and leaned in to hug me, pulling me close and I felt her coffee tasting lips on mine.

I responded with a long kiss and I dared to place my hands on her leg as we continued to kiss. It was an incredible feeling to bring my hand up her thigh and toy with the edge of the towel.

Kaia reached up and unloosened the towel tied at the top, opened it and tossed it aside. She was naked in front of me and she pushed me back onto the bed, rolling on top of me. Our kisses intensified and I let my hand travel down to her spine until I felt the soft flab of her backside. Kaia opened her mouth and stuck her tongue into mine as I rubbed her ass.

Kaia rolled off of me onto her back. "Get rid of the robe and such," she pleaded.

I stood up, tossed aside the robe and stripped out of my tee shirt and underpants, not quite believing I was naked in front of her. She stared at me with approval before I fell on top of her.

Later, as we lay in bed together, I tried to comprehend what had taken place between us. I don't remember the last time I felt so relaxed, peaceful and content.

"Happy New Year," Kaia whispered into my ear, her head on my pillow inches from me.

"You're incredible," I let her know.

"Thank you," she said happily. "My New Year's resolution is to find a job and move in with you by next New Year's Eve!"

"Sounds like a plan," I said as I snuggled my face into her breasts, surprised that I was not freaked out by her suggestion.

"Happy New Year, Colton," she smiled.

"Happy New Year, Kaia," I replied, wrapping her into a hug.

"We don't want to be late," Kaia said, pushing me away and hopping out of the bed naked. "I'll go put my dress on."

"The Gang of Four will know you didn't go home last night if you show up wearing that," I warned.

"Good," she giggled as she pranced for the door.