Bella’s eyes opened with a start.
“Cooper! What are you doing here? I didn’t hear anyone come in.” She glanced at the gate as though to confirm it was shut. It had creaked and clanged the entrance and exit of every pool-goer all afternoon and now, when she was sure she was alone, it had let in an interloper without a sound of warning.
He laughed. “Promise I wasn’t sneaking.”
She smiled at the mischievous twinkle in his deep blue eyes, admired the well toned muscles, the stubble on his chin. He’d grown up, and it had only improved his looks. She wondered how the rest of him had matured.
“It’s been a long time,” she said.
“It has.” A pause. “You here with anyone?”
Bella shook her head. She knew what he was asking, and it wasn’t about the group of girlfriends sleeping off the heat in their air-conditioned room.
“A few mates,” he said. “Bachelor party.”
“Who’s the lucky fella?”
“Not me.” He laughed again, a deep chuckle, and Bella realised how much she’d missed the sound. His face turned serious. “I think I missed that opportunity a long time ago.”
“Join me in the pool?” Bella didn’t want to think of times past or lost chances. She was grateful for the lessons they provided, but now she preferred to seize new opportunities as they arose.
“Thought you’d never ask.”
Bella dived in first, gliding some distance under the water before surfacing to take a breath. The day had been hot with record-breaking temperatures, and the night still retained the day’s warmth, but that wasn’t what set Bella’s heart soaring now.
“So…” Bella wondered if he’d make a move.
The silence lingered, broken by nervous laughter.
“It’s good seeing you again,” she said, treading water.
Bella couldn’t hold back any longer and swam forward, wrapping her arms around Cooper’s neck. He feigned weakness, disappearing under the water, pulling her down with him.
“Hey!” Bella slapped his shoulder when they resurfaced.
“Hey yourself,” he said. “Trying to drown a man like that… should be a law against it.”
They both laughed, but when their eyes met again Cooper’s mouth crushed hers.
“We were good together, weren’t we?” he said as he released her lips.
“Oh, we were.” Bella brought her body close to his, felt those muscles, firm against her breasts, his erection through his shorts. She rocked her hips, rubbing herself against his length, grinning as his eyes widened.
“You’re keen, then?”
She almost laughed that it had to be a question, but then he always was the gentleman. It was one of the things she’d loved about him.
“We’ll have to go to your room, mine’s full of drunk men, one of whom has probably been sick by now.”
Bella thought of the girls, crowded in their shared room, and shook her head.
“How about right here?”
“In the pool?”
She nodded. “It’s late, no one’s around.”
He shook his head, amazement in his eyes.
“You always did surprise me,” he said, pulling her close. She released her bikini top and he moved to gently suck one nipple. She ran her fingers through his hair, bringing his head back up to meet her lips, and moved her hand to release his throbbing cock. It didn’t take him long to pull at the tie on the side of her bikini, his fingers brushing her clit, and she wrapped her legs around him, gasping as his length entered her.
“That okay?” he asked.
She nodded. “Perfect.”
Cooper leant back, moving to a shallower spot with a couple of strong kicks. He stood, the water still up to their shoulders, and resumed playing with her clit as she thrust against him.
“Fuck that feels good,” he groaned and she could only nod, caught as she was in the sensations overtaking her body.
She came with a shudder, and he soon after, and they clung to each other as they struggled to catch their breaths.
“I forgot how good that was,” he said, half to himself.
“No,” she said. “I think it’s even better.”
He kissed her again, his lips lingering on hers. “We should try again,” he said. “I’ve moved back now. Got a good job, a permanent job…”
Bella shook her head.
“I can’t.” She felt a pang of regret at the disappointment in his eyes, but pushed it away. “I fly out to Scotland tomorrow. Escaping the heat.” She gave a laugh.
“Scotland? For real?”
She nodded. “Yep. I’m replacing sunshine with snow.”
“You wouldn’t consider staying? For me? For us?”
Bella shook her head. She’d learnt that lesson last time too.
“I’ve got a job at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel. Google it. You want me, you’ll find me there.”