"It was a raw deal," his friend Manuel tried to console him. "But you shouldn't become a hermit. Then she wins! You need to live it up! Have some fun!"
Ray glanced up from his reading. "You know... you might have a point!" It was time to quit sulking & start living like he had before that traitorous skank had come into his life. "Make the calls," Ray told his friend. "I'll go get ready."
Ray's eyes shot up when he saw Erin walk through the door. Who'd invited her. "Erin!" he said, greeting her with a hug. "I'm glad you came!"
Erin looked around. "Umm... we had a meeting scheduled. But, we can reschedule if you like."
"No, no, no, no, no, no, no! You have to stay! Stay! Okay?" Ray rambled. "Let's go. Let's meet!"
"Umm... if you're sure...." she said as she trailed behind him up the stairs.
Concerned, Erin hopped up to look over the paperwork. Had she messed the numbers up? She put her hands on the desk and leaned over his shoulder.
"I just can't believe she did that to me!" he whispered, capturing her hand with his. "You were friendly with her. Did you know?"
Erin's heart skipped a beat when he looked into her eyes. "No.." she stuttered, completely aware of the fact that he was still holding her hand. "I had no clue! I was surprised when I heard... I just can't believe she could hurt you like that!"
Kissing her cheek, he said, "You're a good friend. Feel free to stay for the party." Erin lifted her hand to her cheek after he walked out of the room. He'd kissed her!
Hearing Rayne cry, she walked into the nursery and lifted the little baby. "Such a cutie patootie," Sophia cooed to her. She couldn't believe Lizzie would've willingly given up a man like Ray and this precious baby for a roll in the sack. It was unfathomable!
Erin glanced up. "Oh! I'm sorry. I didn't see anyone and she was crying... I've fed her before, haven't I sweet pea?" Erin nuzzled Rayne's nose.
Erin's heart raced when he looked at her like that.
It was so cruel that she'd loved him all these years and he'd never noticed her. She never would've broken his heart like Lizzie did!
"Thanks Erin," he said as he cradled his daughter in his arms. Reaching out he stopped her as she started towards the door. "I mean it. Thanks."
Erin just nodded her head as she hurried to leave.
Wanting to fluster her, he sat down next to her. Teasing her, he reached out and lightly caressed her hand. "Careful with those eyes, a man might think you've got a thing for him."
Now it was Ray's turn to be flustered. He found it difficult to swallow over the lump in his throat. Erin was clearly offering... and to be honest... this was this first time since Lizzie left that he'd even been interested in anything more... carnal...
"He might not have noticed before, but he's noticing now," Ray said. "So, what do we do about it?"
As she stood up and walked towards the stairs, looking back at Ray who sat pole-axed, Erin had never felt more bold in her life. She'd dreamed of an oppurtunity like this for years!
Erin nodded eagerly. "I'm sure."
"And you don't have to be nervous. It's just me..." he said.
"I'm not nervous," she said shaking her head. "I've wanted this for years..."
Ray smoothed back his hair. "Well, I guess I'm the only one that's nervous," he said with a shaky voice.
Erin stroked his cheek, "You don't have to be nervous..."
Erin smiled shyly. "I wasn't sure when I woke up..."
"Aw, Christ, Erin, I'm sorry. I didn't think about how'd it feel to wake up alone! I should've been there."
Erin nudged his shoulder. "Don't be silly! You have a million other things to do!"
Erin couldn't wait!
"How was work?" she asked as she scooted over to cuddle against him.
"It was work." He replied, distracted by her outfit. "What I'd really like to discuss is getting that off of you!"