TITLE: Dear Katherine
GENRE: Speculative Fiction
Katherine (narrator), Derek and Rick are sharing a house on a beach colony. The tattoo on her back has drawn Derek to her. Katherine thinks he and Rick are a couple.
We watched the sky change color when the sun set and by the time we returned to the house, the streets were lit by moonlight.
I headed straight for the stairs.
“Rick, do you mind taking care of the basket?” Derek asked. “I need a shower. I’m beyond itchy.”
“Not at all. I’ll be upstairs in a few minutes.”
I was almost at the top of the stairs and Derek took the steps two at a time to reach me. I was about to say something, but he held his forefinger to his lips. I raised my eyebrows but didn’t speak. Derek took my hand and pulled me towards the darkened hallway.
“The tattoo is supposed to glow,” he whispered in my ear.
He was beyond close and I wanted to kiss him. I was certain neither was appropriate--let alone what else was going through my mind--but propriety jumped out the window beside me. My hands reached up and untied the knot. The sarong fell to the floor.
I turned my back to him and stepped away. “Does it?”
I heard him inhale deep and loud. “It does.”
Derek stepped closer and I could feel his hand even before I felt his touch. My heart rate accelerated. I couldn’t breathe.
“Here.” His finger traced one of the coils and I felt a shiver spread from the spot his skin met mine. I bit my lower lip to suppress a moan.
Before I could doubt my sanity, I spun around and pressed my lips to his. My arms wrapped around his neck as fast as his enveloped my waist.
“I thought you said you needed a shower dear Derek.” Rick’s voice was ice-cold and it should have chilled me to the bone.