I’m currently in Einstein Bros. at my university library. The smoke is making me really clammy but being in here is a lot more interesting than being in one of those creepy quiet rooms in the library. I’ve been listening to the same five songs for like two days. Finally gave myself a break. Haha. Here’s my flash fiction. Whoo!!
Prompt: But Remember, Just for Tonight
Janie was stupid. Okay. I lied. She wasn’t stupid. She was academically challenged. Yeah. That’s better. What made her academically challenged wasn’t her inability to do the work and pass. She did that pretty well. She was more blind then stupid. She couldn’t see how much I wanted her. Needed her to be exact. I couldn’t seem to get her out of my mind and I know she wanted me. The deep conversations we had between tutoring sessions brought life to her eyes and her smile.
But those stupid girls she hung out with. They treated her like shit. They told her she was stupid and she believed them. They told her she wasn’t as beautiful as they were. They were wrong. She was gorgeous. The brightest smile. The most beautiful brown eyes I’ve ever seen. Janie was the only woman not afraid to acknowledge me. Who didn’t see me as a tatted up hazard to her future. The only woman willing to be in the same fucking room with me that wasn’t just my bed. Although, I wouldn’t mind her there either, but I was just her fucking tutor. Nothing more.
A knock sounded on my door bringing me back to reality. I threw the blanket off of my body and stomped towards the living room.
“Janie?” I said opening the door for the curly headed beauty in front of me.
“Hey Ace!” She said with a smile on her face. Her cheeks became rosy after noticing my ‘boxers only’ attire. “Were you asleep?”
“Not exactly.” I said rubbing my eyes. She laughed and wedged her way between me and the door frame. She dropped her backpack onto the floor and began to put her hair into a ponytail. “What are you doing here? I’m not supposed to tutor you again until Monday.”
“I just needed a few pointers.” She said bending down to dig through her backpack. I tilted my head, taking in her curves, but not missing the apprehension in her voice.
“A few pointers on what?” I asked, folding my arms.
“Well…” She said, standing with her back to me. I wanted to give her a warm smile so she wouldn’t be so worried about whatever this was. “It’s kinda personal.”
I furrowed my brow. “Personal?”
“Yeah. Um . . .” She grabbed at her ponytail with one hand as the other trembled. Tightness began to fill my chest. “My friends . . . they say I shouldn’t be here.”
“What do you mean?” I said.
She turned around and her chocolate brown eyes were glossy. I wanted to grab her hands and make her feel comfortable but I couldn’t. I was just her tutor.
“They didn’t like the idea of you being my tutor but you’ve helped me a lot, especially with my test anxiety.” She said and smiled. My chest loosened a bit. “But then I . . . I would talk about you at home. I would tell them how nice you are. That this whole mean guy vibe you have here isn’t who you really are. That you’re more than that. I-I sound stupid.”
She let out a nervous laugh and rubbed the back of her neck.
“You’re not stupid, Janie.” I said smiling at her. Fuck! Did she want me to? She took a few steps toward me and I followed suit.
“They think if I get involved with you, you’ll corrupt me. I won’t be able to take you home to my mom.” She said and shrugged. “I think about that all of the time and . . . I really like you, but what if they’re right?”
“What if they’re wrong?” I said. I’ve wanted Janie the moment I laid eyes on her. I knew what her friends thought of me. They didn’t have to tell me and they wouldn’t. They had so much shit to say about me behind my back when they didn’t even know me. But Janie knew me. “Just give me one night to prove them wrong.”
Janie placed her hand on my chest igniting my skin. Her touch was meek but that’s all I needed. The pad of her thumb brushed against my lip like a feather falling from the sky. I opened my mouth and bit her thumb in the same way she touched me, causing her to gasp.
“Okay.” She said, her voice quiet. “But remember, just for tonight.”