Where did that thought come from? That would surprise Steven, but would it work? Hayley took the next exit from the interstate to see if she could backtrack.
This was curious. Steven's stories were all over the board. What he consistently left out of his stories was romance, which was okay. The point of "adult fiction" isn't to be romantic, and his stories certainly made her juices flow. She had no idea where he got all his story ideas from, but she had to admit, they were consistently a turn- on. He had a way of including personal information so that she could see herself in the stories, with references to her past, her work, her house, and even her friends. But his stories were way over the top. Sex with two men, a gang bang, wife-swapping, forced exhibitionism? No way. And a chiropractor who hypnotized her? Please! There was no way she would do that stuff, or, she knew, that he would ask her to. But they were fun to read.
But aside from the stories, there wasn't much romance in their lives, either. It wasn't like she expected a movie romance. They didn't travel other than for family vacations, so they weren't visiting tropic isles or street cafes in France. He didn't like to dance. Neither of them liked wine with dinner. So if there was a postcard with a picture of "romance" in their lives, there would be little but flowers and perhaps a blanket by the fireplace. But it wasn't a scripted romance she wanted. It was a compliment, a caring touch, an appreciative look in his eyes, and conversation that she wanted. She didn't want kinky, but, yes, this would do quite well for something a little different. She turned the car around and headed home.
Hayley stepped out of the shower, wrapped a towel around her wet hair, and began toweling herself dry with another. As she removed the towel from her head and began blow-drying, she looked at herself in the mirror. Her skin was flushed from the hot shower, and she had a healthy pink glow. Her tan lines were very faint now that it was autumn, but for her, the flushed pinkness of her skin seemed far more sexy than a deep tan. Not bad for 39. Wow. In another year she would be 40. But a good looking 40. Her muscles weren't as toned as they had been, but she wasn't flabby, either. Her breasts weren't firm anymore, and they had settled slightly lower on her chest, not to mention larger than they had been. But they retained their shape, and she knew Steven loved them as they were. Plus, she didn't have to bend as far to lower them to his mouth when she was on top. So there was at least one advantage to getting older. Her nipples weren't dark, but they weren't light either. She remembered how surprised Steven had been after their first child was born. He had had no idea that the color of her nipples wouldn't return to their original light pink. Well, here she was at 39. No, not bad at all, and if he was just somewhat romantic tonight, perhaps he would get a reward.
Steven's parents arrived just after he returned from work. While she was happy to see them, she was also eager to leave them with the kids and enjoy a night out. Steven was dressed in his usual business casual attire, Docker's and a dress shirt. She had debated what to wear to set the tone for the evening, and as "sexy" wasn't part of her wardrobe, she opted for jeans and a light sweater. Not a form fitting sweater, but it was clingy at least. And white sneakers. She preferred comfort over style on almost all occasions. Hopefully, he wouldn't notice the stockings she was wearing; it would ruin the surprise.
"Sexy," in Steven's mind, involved something tight, and she was just too self-conscious when men stared at her breasts. It wasn't that she was afraid of running into someone they knew. Charlotte was a big enough city that the odds were against it.
They said goodbye to his parents, and Steven briefly placed his palm on her back as they moved towards the garage. She didn't have to look at his face to know that he would be disappointed as he felt the bra-strap under her sweater.
Yup. She could count on him to check every single time they went out, and to make a comment every time in a kidding way. There were occasions when she wouldn't wear a bra, but this wasn't one of them, and the sweater was clingy enough that she wanted the support. As they left the house, Steven picked up the section of the newspaper with the movie listings, and she could see that, as far as he was concerned, it was going to be the "usual," dinner out and a movie. Which wasn't bad, nine times out of ten. She was hoping this would be a ten, though.
He was in a good mood, and he talked more than usual about his day at work on the way to the restaurant. They had decided on TGI Friday, and they arrived in time to get one of the last remaining booths.
Hayley recounted her day, which involved cleaning the house, reading a small bit, and a nap. Not much excitement there, but at least the house was clean. That, in itself, was a good reason to have company every now and then. There was a brief silence, then Steven changed subjects.
"Do you remember coming here shortly after we were married?"
"Not really. What about it?"
"We were sitting in a booth, maybe the next one over, looking down at the bar. We were both so thankful that we didn't have to play the dating game, because the people who sat at the bar didn't look particularly happy or hopeful. It was kind of like it is now, with a bunch of guys from all walks of life, and a couple so-so women who smoke."
"I remember we talked about what would happen if you came in alone and sat at the bar. I might already be at the bar, watching. But it wouldn't have been long before someone began hitting on you. It wasn't a serious discussion, it was just fun to think about."
Hayley kind of remembered that, although it was probably 13 years ago, long before Steven began writing his stories, in fact. "So, what then? You're saying I couldn't raise a stir now? Or are you saying I should?"
"Oh, I'm not saying either. I'm sure you would, although spring clothes would probably speed things along a bit."
"What does that mean? I'm frumpy? That almost sounds like a dare."
"No, not at all. Besides, we would be back to the same problem I think we came to then."
"The same problem you probably came across in elementary school when you chased a boy around the playground. What do you do with him after you catch him?"
"Well, you're right, although I was usually being chased by a boy. But what I do with him after I've caught him isn't a problem. I've done that before."
Steven had been stroking her hand across the table, but he seemed to take on a new intensity. His eyes asked the question, but she decided to wait him out. The thought struck her that this would be a really strange conversation if the people in the adjacent booths were listening. But the silence between them made her realize how noisy the restaurant was. She outlasted him.
"Okay, I give. When? Who?"
"I don't remember his name."
"Well, that's a great start! And you never told me about him? I thought you had shared all of your past history."
"I did." She smirked, enjoying his curiosity, knowing that he was thinking through her past lovers to see if any of them fit this fact. And from that little exercise, he would probably get frustrated, a little jealous, and probably turned on.
"I'm sorry, dear. I don't recall that. Why don't you refresh my memory?"
"It's sort of fuzzy. I think it was a dance club with a bar, actually. We danced. He was pretty much all over me, and we were both pretty hot for each other." She looked away from him, as if remembering some special moment.
"Okay, when was this?" He sounded serious.
"After we were married. You should remember. It wasn't that long ago." Steven was hooked, but she could see in his face that he was realizing either that this was a very serious moment in their marriage, or that she had hooked him on a tease and was reeling him in.
"Yeah, sure. Well, why don't you tell me more."
"Well, that's easy. I took him home and..." Hayley looked around for eavesdroppers, and lowered her voice. "...I fucked him in our bed."
Stephen just stared into her eyes. She could feel the heat in his hand on hers, the beginning of perspiration. She could see that he wasn't jealous; he knew that this was a joke. But he was playing the game, too, trying to get her to break the punchline. It was a long silence, made longer by their eyes getting lost in the other's and the sensual petting between their hands. She finally decided to let him win.
"Well, Steven, you should know. You watched! At least, that's the way it happened in your story."
A smile quickly lit his face, and Steven rolled his eyes as only he could. "Why, I oughtta..."
They laughed, just as their dinner arrived. The conversation returned to the ordinary spousal banter, which was fine with Hayley. At least as a couple they could still talk with each other. It bothered them both when they saw other couples dining out who said hardly a word to each other.
"It would have been kind of fun, don't you think?"
Hayley hadn't been paying attention, guilty of thinking about conversation rather than participating in it. Oops. "Sorry!" She smiled. "What was that?"
"It would have been kind of fun, don't you think?"
How long had she drifted? "What?"
"Just to watch you pick up a guy. Not to do anything with him. Just pick him up, then disappear."
"I don't really want to, but I could do it now..."
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