TITLE: Smoke and Wait
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
Alex MacPherson and her best friend Will Kamaka are special agents with the ATF investigating weapons trafficking in the Poconos, land of heart-shaped hot tubs and outlet malls.
"Danny's right about the bruising. It'll be spectacular in a day or so." He started to rub my lower back gently with both hands. They were rough and calloused and warm and, good lord, it felt good. After five minutes or so, he stopped and I felt his hand brush against my hair.
I rolled over. Will looked sad.
"You okay?" I asked.
"Don't like to see you hurt."
I smiled. "I'm tough."
"I know." He opened his mouth, then closed it, either thinking twice or unsure about what he wanted to say. He leaned down and kissed me. That was unexpected. The contact was brief, his lips barely brushing over mine. I felt the warmth of his breath wash over my face. He pulled back and looked at me. I didn't know if he wanted permission or forgiveness.