Chapter 32. Jaw Drop
‟What do you mean it won’t be accepted?” Kaylee’s eyes widened..
‟Clerk of the court is exacting and by law can not help or give advice. It is outside their scope.” Tom smiled while he pulled at his ear while looking where she had initialed and signed. “I have had experience with court papers in the past.”
‟So… We have to fill another set of papers out.”
‟Well, yes.” Tom stopped smiling. ‟If you are still wanting the annulment, we can go there tonight and be there when the court opens in the morning.”
‟Can you fly?” Panic grew in her soul like a fire. “It’s not so much wanting it. I don’t want to divorce you.”
‟I can be flown. I have healed pretty well, we are changing the dressings regularly and I have no infection showing. So. Yes. I can go.”
A wink meant to put her at ease just made Kaylee think he was hiding something.
Kaylee turned to the steaming pot of her own recipe of dark chocolate and fresh pomegranate juice she had crushed with a spoon, dribbling the liquid into her creation.
“I think you might have done this on purpose.” Tom pondered as he looked over the papers that his wife signed. “You are sure you signed these carefully?”
Shaking her head, her hair swayed in the soft light of the galley while she moved around the steaming pot.
A makeshift double boiler, chocolate, essence of pomegranate infused into the molten mass, a pinch of powdered chili pepper that she found in his pantry of the large jet.
*Flying boat.* She reminded herself for the umpteenth time, while she moved about the galley wearing his pajamas and t-shirt, yipping slightly when she stirred the wine into the sauce to energetically and splashed a drop on to her bare skin to Tom’s amusement while he sat in the dining area. .
*The reason people do not cook while half asleep.* She thought to herself.
“And I did not make an error on purpose.” She said, taking a dab of melted chocolate out of the pot and rubbing it on his nose, licking it off. “Mm, good.” And turned back to her “Operation-Starved-Lover” at hand.
Tom moved so he could watch her from his perch on the edge of the table. He didn’t want to sit down again, he missed some moves and bends she made.
For Kaylee , the shock of the news that she signed and initialed the wrong places had thrown her off her mood. She wanted to do something constructive that she had skills in, cooking up sweet and savory things was a knack for her. Sometimes she used a little weed in her mixes to enhance things.
A slightly spiced dark chocolate-pomegranate sauce with a pinch of Australian pink river salt.
“No, I need to go home, anyway. My pops would not take kindly to us getting married the way we did.” She spoke softly as she leaned over and kissed him again with chocolate on her lips. After she pondered for several minutes, looking in his eyes and seeing a sadness creep in to his eyes, she went back to work on her creation.
He struggled to keep her from seeing the hurt, but Kaylee was a student of observation and art. It did not get past her.
Slicing up bananas into a bowl, she dribbled her dark-chocolate wine sauce over the coin-sized medallions of the fruit.
‟There.” She smiled. ‟Only 15 minutes and I am just now getting some feeling in my legs.”
‟You have moved okay from my point of view.” He said, smiling at the way she moved around the chair to him. “You are enjoying yourself making that so much, I bet that must be a practiced snack.”
Sitting on his lap, Kaylee scooped up a banana slice with a spoon and gave him first bite of her impromptu morning meal.
‟That is good.” He smiled. ‟Salty, sweet, peppery.”
‟You. You are just a pepper.” He kissed her chocolate flavored lips. “A beautiful one.”
‟What do you mean?” She sat back, giving him a quizzical look.
Tom kissed her, causing Kaylee gasp playfully.
‟You are hot.” Tom smiled. Tracing the tip of his tongue over her sensitive vermillion zone of her labial oris.
‟You are going to make me spill this.” She whispered with her eyes closed.
‟Just wait. You might want to put the bowl down for this.” He winked with a glint of humor in his eye.
Stealing a slice of a banana dipped in the chocolate Tom then put both in his mouth and kissed her deeply, enjoying the blend of flavors.
Kaylee returned the kiss with eyes closed, dreams tickled her soul. Passion filled her heart. Images of brilliant color danced with the muse of her mind.
‟Ouch…” She rubbed her lip.
‟No, please. It hurt, but in a good way.” She whispered in his ear. “Don’t you dare stop.”
She shifted her position so she was astride him, Kaylee fed him more of her chocolate-flavored creation from the shared spoon.
Taking a smear of breakfast on her finger, she traced the chocolate covered digit over Tom’s lips, kissing him as his good hand caressed her body as if for the first time. Her body was a playground for his muse.
When the kiss broke, Kaylee leaned back slightly, putting a spoonful of the fruit and chocolate into her mouth with a smile while Tom kissed the void just above her collarbone, his hand supported the small of her back.
‟Mm… I like that.” She whispered as he small dribbles of chocolate that flavored her skin, then blew gently to give her a thrilling chill.
“Oh… I like that. A. Lot.” She bit her bottom lip, she held the bowl in one hand and ran her fingers through his hair with the other.
Balancing the bowl in her hands, she leaned forward and wrapped her arms around him holding him, his breath, tears from his eyes both alarmed her and made her smile at the same time.
A moment passed as she kissed his neck and earlobe.
‟You should have stopped when I told you to.” Tom said when he could talk again.
‟Take a bite.” She said offering him another spoonful. ‟Why should I deny myself the fun of making you squirm? I like watching you struggle for control.”
‟Because I was admitting to something.” When he could talk after swallowing the offered morsel.
‟Mm…what?” She still had not realized what he was saying.
‟You.” He whispered. “You… are the sole reason I smile.”
His words finally making sense, her eyes got big for a moment and put the bowl down on the table.
‟Oh, uh oh! Don’t you dare say that.” Kaylee tried to stand but her legs were refusing to flex properly and she had to help herself with her arms from the chair. ‟Tom, I didn’t want to have this.”
Tom thought about that for a moment, then he nodded.
“Nothing like complicating matters.” Tom chuckled.
“Don’t make me love you back.” She said, a tear filled her eye with a sad laugh.