The weather had been looking dubious all afternoon, threatening rain, but never coming through with the goods.
It wasn't until I actually left the office, and walked out in the open, far from both the shelter of the buildings and my car, that the skies opened and the backlog of summer rain plummeted to the earth. I ran for the car, but I knew I wasn't going to make it.
By the time I unlocked the door and wrenched it open, I was soaked. My shirt was sticking to my skin, and I had to wipe my glasses to see enough to back my car out of the park, muttering darkly about the unfairness of it all. Perhaps, just perhaps, someone was listening.
I made it two whole blocks before I was out of sync with the traffic flow. Pulling up to the red light, in the lane closest to the kerb, I added some expletives to the earlier list, and then forced myself to relax. Driving on a wet road in a rage isn't very clever.
Looking around, I noticed a woman standing at the lights, a newspaper completely failing to stop her being drenched by the vertical curtain of water. I couldn't really see her too well, but she obviously wasn't very comfortable. Checking the lights first, I wound down the window, and peered out, well aware of the water pouring through the opening and dripping on the seats.
"Hey! Hey, you! Yeah, you. Get in."
"Get in the car. You'll drown out there."
"Do I know you?"
"No. Name's Glenn. Come on."
"Zoe. I can't do that. I'll get your car all wet."
"It already is, and so am I. Get in, Zoe."
"Are you some kind of rapist?"
"Of course, but not in this weather. Come on, the lights will change."
"Alright, alright. God, you rapists are so friendly!"
Hauling the door open, and letting the wall of water splash me in retaliation, she threw the soaked paper to the ground, dragged her backpack off and jumped in, dropping the dripping bag between her legs, collapsing herself on the seat just in time for the lights to turn green.
I gunned the little car as best I could, and managed to hurtle across the intersection without being rear-ended by the rest of the angry assholes behind me. After exiting to a sensible lane, things settled down a little, and I had time to look over at my passenger.
I hadn't realised while she was showering outside, but she was very attractive. A few years younger than me, small, pale skin with short dark hair, currently plastered to her head. "Uh, reach back there, top of my bag. There's a towel. It's clean. And dry," I muttered at her while splitting my attention between the traffic and the rest of her body. It was worthy of some focus. Zoe was wearing a thin cotton button up shirt, almost like a man's business shirt. White, wet, and, all credit to the rain, stuck wonderfully against her skin. It looked great, but I bet it wasn't too comfortable right now. Just for the record, her bra was small, as were her breasts. Pale blue, with a little lace. The bra, not the breasts, of course. Not that I was looking.
My thoughts were interrupted by both the traffic and her voice.
"Oh, I can't use your towel."
"Why not? Rapists are clean."
"No, because you'll need it."
"No. No, I won't. I put it in the car to go to the gym, and I never got there."
"This bag? Glenn, did you say?"
"Yeah, that one. Yep, that's me."
"Nice to meet you, Glenn. Thanks for the lift."
"No sweat. I couldn't leave you in that."
The traffic was moving very slowly in the torrential rain, and I was foolish enough to think that meant I had time to check my passenger out some more. That shirt I talked about was topping a denim mini-skirt. Short, standard denim blue, frayed, and very, very wet. I would have checked out her legs, was it not for the blast of a horn behind me. I caught up with the traffic, and then looked back over at her. The towel was being rubbed vigorously in her short hair, and she was grinning directly at me.
"You better not really be a rapist, Glenn."
"Parks Manager, but please don't tell anyone."
"Oh, you work for the council?"
"Yep. Long term servitude."
"Could be worse."
"Listen Glenn, what part of town are you headed for?"
"I hope you're not planning to swim."
"Not today. So where were you going?"
"Home. I live up by the museum."
"Yeah. Just on the edge. The cheap area."
"Well... cheaper anyway."
"Yeah, that's right. Could I trouble you to go past? It's not too far out of your way, I don't think."
"No trouble, Zoe."
"Yeah, you bet. I'm not in a rush."
"What about the wife and kids?"
"Sorry, none of those."
"Me neither. Oh, God, that was a bit blunt, wasn't it?"
"Saves me asking you."
"Oh, would you have?"
"If I could have worked out a way, yeah."
"Okay. Listen, when we get to my place, Glenn, do you think you could stop the car for a few minutes?"
"Ah... yeah. Why?"
"So I could... This shirt is really, really uncomfortable. I was thinking maybe if you behaved like a gentleman, I could take it off, and wear the towel. But I'd need to rush inside and change so I could give it back. See?"
"I can pretend to be a gentleman."
"Yeah. Isn't there a saying about that? A gentleman is a lecher with patience?"
"Oh. You're a lecher?"
"Could be. You'll never know, unless you take your shirt off."
"With both eyes."
"Got it." I did. Really I did. I concentrated on the traffic, the lights, the weather. Park maintenance schedule. Prime numbers. And I didn't look. Somehow.
"Okay, all set."
"Am I allowed to look?"
"Oh yeah, I guess."
I turned my head, and she was grinning at me again. Her shirt, and her bra were sitting on her lap. "You're obviously not really scared I'm a rapist."
"Just didn't want you to tear my bra."
"You mean physically, or socially?"
"I think so. You better turn out to be as nice as you seem, mister. I don't take disappointment well."
"You get violent? And it's Smith."
"No, I get even. And how did you know, Glenn?"
"You told me, Zoe."
"No, no, my last name."
"How did you know I was a Smith?"
"No, no. I'm a Smith."
"Yes. Glenn Smith."
"Yeah, why? What's so weird about that?"
"Because, Mr Smith, that's my name."
"Shit. How about that."
"You better not start thinking that means I'll give you any leeway if you disappoint me."
"I wasn't planning to, Miss Smith, though I admit you confuse me a little. Up this way?"
"Yeah, and left at the roundabout. Hmm... Nah, I won't ask."
"Ask what, Zoe?"
"Nah. I'll just... Look at the road, nosy."
"That's better. Oh, and so is that. God, that was awful. Sorry about your car."
"What are you... Oh. Forget the car." While I was again paying attention to the traffic, she'd managed to wiggle her skirt down and it was sitting on the floor of the car, around her sandaled feet. As I watched, she flicked it off her feet, and it slumped wetly on the backpack. Zoe had her shirt and bra covering the most vital parts, and I just kinda wondered...
"Yes, Glenn. I do have panties on."
"I never said a word!"
"Your eyes were asking."
"They... well, maybe. Sorry."
"I don't get pretty girls in my car all that often, and they never take their clothes off."
"That's because you're a rapist."
"They can tell?"
"Oh, of course. We're girls."
"I'm not at all sure you're joking."
"Of course you're not. You're a boy! Up here to the right."
"See that driveway, past the red car? No, the other one. Yeah. In there, under the carport, if you... ah, shit, no, someone's in there. It'll have to be the street. Pull up here. Thanks."
"No problem. You're in that one?"
"Yeah. Gloomy, isn't it?"
"I think everything looks gloomy in this weather."
"Yeah, could be. Look, I'll just be a minute, okay?"
"Yeah, yeah. No rush."
"Thanks." She bundled her things together, still holding the towel around her torso, and her shirt in front of her thighs. She kissed me suddenly, a peck on the cheek, and then leapt from the car, giggling.
I have to assume she didn't realise, or didn't care that her black pantied ass was in plain sight. Okay, so I stared as she hooked the towel around herself properly, under her arms, and ran with little coordination down the path, avoiding the worst of the puddles, her butt wiggling as she retreated.
I watched until she reached the house, and then, just as I was sitting back to wait, she turned around to face me. She stood still for a moment, as though she was making a decision, and then waved at me, both hands well away from her body, tempting the towel to fall, and ran, bouncing around the puddles again, all the way back to the car. I hit the button to lower her window as she approached, wondering what she could have forgotten. She stood there, soaking wet again, and stuck her head through the gap.
"You better come inside."
"Yes. I need to pay you back for the loan of the towel. Can't do that out here."
"No need at all."
"You'd rather not come in, Glenn?"
"I sure didn't say that."
"Good. Come on then."
"I'm drowning! How much assurance do you want?"
"Okay, okay. Go. I'll catch up."
"Not much point now. I can't get much wetter. And it's not cold."
"Okay, get your head out of the window then."
"Because everyone is staring at your ass."
"They are not!"
"I would be."
"I figured as much."
"Yeah, yeah." She moved it though, still grinning. She looked delightful standing there, in a towel and panties. Both hands were full. One had the rest of her clothes, the other her backpack.
As I climbed out of the car, back into the rain, I realised I hadn't dried out much anyway, and stopped worrying about how much wetter I'd get between here and the house. After all, look at the company, I thought.
Stepping around the car, I snagged the backpack from her hand, and walked beside her back to the house, locking the car with the remote on the way.
Zoe had some trouble when we got to the door. She needed to extract her keys from the backpack, but her towel was threatening to fall to the ground. I decided, despite the temptation, to be a gentleman again, and asked her which pocket the keys were in. I got them out, and handed them to her. It worked out in my favour, I think. I got to stare at her ass as she fiddled with the sticky lock. Sometimes politeness pays off.
Zoe held the door open and beckoned for me to go through first. I hoisted the pack again, and wandered through, resisting the urge to slap her ass on the way past, though I was pretty sure she'd just laugh.
The hallway inside the door was polished wood, old, and rich, and swiftly becoming very, very wet, as we both dripped all over it.
"Welcome, Mr Smith."
"Thanks Zoe. Nice place."
"I can take no credit. One of my flatmates owns the place."
"So you just take advantage?"
"Exactly. And to tell the truth I kinda like that it looks gloomy from the outside. Less problems with break-ins."
"Makes sense. So listen, should I stand here and drip, or is there somewhere else I should stand? Maybe you have plants that require irrigation?"
"I have to ask you a question first."
"Yeah. That's why I hesitated before going back to the car."
"Okay. Spit it out."
"It's a choice, really. Would you like a beer, a hot drink, or a shower?"
"I'm not sure where I stand here, despite dripping all over your floor."
"Yeah. Glenn, we only have one shower in the place, and I'm not at all sure there would be enough water for consecutive use..."
"Yeah... Oh, God, sorry. Forget I said it."
"No, no. I'm just... you are offering to share the shower, right?"
"But Zoe, you don't even know me."
"Yeah. And I don't do that. Nonetheless, the offer is open."
"I... ummm... you do realise..."
"... that my promises about not being a rapist in this weather..."
"Are... invalid, basically, if I climb into a shower with you."
"So... you want a green towel, or a blue one?"
"A dry one!"
"Got it. You comfortable with taking those things off just here?"
"I guess. Why?"
"I can put them in the dryer. Can they cope with that?"
"I'm sure they can."
"You have to turn around."
"You're going to go shy? Now?"
"Well, you did!"
"Oh, Lord! Okay, hold on." As she spoke she reached up and pulled the towel from her chest and threw it to the floor, and climbed out of her panties. "How's that for shy?"
"I thought it might be. Now get 'em off!"
It didn't take long, and we were both stark naked, still damp but dripping a lot less on the floor. Zoe disappeared and came back with a laundry basket, and we piled our clothing into it. She did her best to clean up the floor, swishing the towel around with her feet, before tossing it in with the clothes, and leaving the backpack to drip a little longer. She picked up the basket and hooked it under one arm. I looked up in the direction she was facing, and she slapped me on the ass!
"Hey, what was that for?"
"Evasion," she said as we walked toward the laundry.
"You didn't tell me you had a physique."
"I didn't know."
"No, really. I'm alright. I spend time at the gym. That's all."
"I like the tan, too."
"And that little bit of hair on your chest."
"You like that?"
"I was thinking of having it waxed, or something."
"Oh, don't do that!"
"Here, open that. Hee hee."
"What's so funny?"
"I've never had a naked man to help me with the laundry. It sure makes it more fun."
"You, Miss Smith, are weird."
"That's good, right?"
"That's so good."
"That, also, is good."
We walked in silence down the hallway to the bathroom. The whole thing was incredibly surreal. I must have suspended disbelief big time. I just went along with it, enjoying the banter, and the view.
"To the right, just there, rapist."
"No bloody way. You already stared at my ass. My turn."
"As you wish."
"Oh, I do."
"So it seems. Oh! Nice bathroom."
"Yeah. Jenny's a bit of a water freak, I think. No complaints. Flick the shower on, would you?"
"Yeah. Ummm... couple of things."
"Oh, yeah?" She moved closer in front of me then, and turned the shower on, herself. "What are they?"
"Well, ah, I gotta pee."
"Oh. You need some privacy for that?"
"Well, probably not, normally, but you've got me all flustered."
"Ah. Right. I gotta get some more shampoo. You go for it. Be right back."
I managed to do what I needed to, and was washing my hands in the basin when she waltzed back through the door.
"I walk in the door, and all I can see is your ass."
"Don't be. It's going to feature in my dreams."
"You really are a darling," I said as I turned from the basin "You know that?"
"I turn into an evil bitch-woman after orgasm."
"Oh. Hmm... On that subject..."
"Yeah. Listen. No, stop that. Just for a second. No, no. It's nice. I just... please stop."
"Oh, Glenn, what's the matter?"
"I... it's been a while."
"Oh, God, me too. Weeks. Otherwise I'd have left you to rape and pillage without me."
"No no. It's... it's longer than that. A lot. I... God! Mostly, Zoe, I just can't..."
"Ah, you mean — get it up?"
"Yeah. Sorry Zoe. I think I've misled you."
"Oh, no, no. Glenn, it's not like that. I didn't get you to fill in an application form, you know. You haven't lied under oath."
"No, no. Get that look of your face, and listen. I'm not shy. You can see that, right? I'm comfortable with myself. I'm horny, and I like you. I don't care if you get it up or not. If the evening goes by without you raping me, I'll take care of it myself. You understand?"
"Good. I didn't invite you in here for your penis in any case."
"Nope. Your sparkling wit. So cheer up, and get that ass into the shower."
"And shove over, you big lummox. How can I scrub your back like that?"
The shower proceeded without further complications. Zoe was more like a cheeky girl than a horny grown woman, and we chased each other around the shower cubicle like we would have if we were both ten. Don't get me wrong. I noticed, and took note of the fact that she was, in fact, a beautiful woman, but it was the togetherness, and the fun, and the innocent naughtiness that was uppermost in my, and I hope, her mind.
After a while, Zoe reminded me that the water wouldn't last forever, and asked me if I'd like to wash her hair. Standing behind her under the streaming water, my fingers digging into her scalp as she sighed beneath the pressure, the stress seemed to disappear. It didn't matter what did, or did not happen. We were here, having fun, and she felt very, very nice pressed up against me, her body sliding around with the movement of my hands.
As the last of the shampoo was rinsed off her head and down her body, she turned her head to me under the water, and pulled me down a little, so she could whisper in my ear.
"Glenn, you big strong boy?"
"What is that thing?"
"The one prodding me, stud."
The moment I realised what she was talking about, something happened, and my erection faded away. I stood there silently, not knowing quite what to do next. Zoe came to the rescue, again.
"So, stage fright, huh?"
"I don't know what it is."
"Yeah. It's nothing... physical, it seems."
"Oh? How do you know that?"
"It works, generally, when there's no audience."
"Oh, Glenn likes solo?"
"Well, sometimes you just have to..."
"Hey, no need to explain to me. I know my privates like the back of my hand."
She turned to face me then, pressed her face up hard against my chest, and looked up. "Listen, I meant what I said. Doesn't matter."
"Oh, it does!"
"Not to me. Can I ask you something?"
"Yeah, sure, Zoe."
"Well, two things, actually. I'm a quick study, as people go. First one." She pulled my face down to hers then, and kissed me, before continuing. "Do you think this relationship could stretch beyond this shower, perhaps making a long term commitment?"
"What? But Zoe, you don't know me at all, and it's readily apparent that I'm not much use!"
"Oh, quit the sob story, Glenn. Well?"
"What exactly are you talking about?"
Her hands had grabbed mine, and pulled them around to her back. As she proceeded to hold me in the same way, she continued. "Dinner. You know. We sit down at a table... Oh, rub my ribs harder. I love that. Oooh. Yeah, and then, well we eat together. Oooh. Well?"
"That's the long term commitment?"
"Hell no. Harder. No, I'm talking about a movie."
"Have you lived under a rock for a while? You don't know what a movie is? Kiss, please."
I kissed her, sweetly aggravating though she was, and our bodies melted together. It was a while before I spoke again, my lips against her ear, my voice quiet, but very close. "Zoe, what about the movie? Is that the commitment?"
"Of course, gorgeous. A movie. Nothing more. Well, actually, maybe one more thing. Depends."
"I'd love to take you to a movie, Zoe."
"Good. Can we sit in the back row?"
"I guess. Why?"
"Because I want you to kiss me some more. Like this."
"I love. Glenn, about the other thing... Oh, shit! Quick, quick!"
The water had suddenly gone cold, and I slammed the lever down, stopping the water before we were completely cold. We both stood there for a moment, and started to laugh. Zoe opened the door and we climbed out into the large bathroom. Steam billowed around us, and the room suddenly became misty, and maybe a little dreamlike. Zoe flicked the switch for the fan, and as the air cleared, we both dried ourselves, comfortable now with nakedness, relaxed and feeling good. It took me a while to realise...
"Hey, hold on Zoe."