The final shot I wanted to get was of the luxurious Master bathroom with the view out the sliding doors to the hardwood deck and the sliver of beach, the expanse of blue ocean stretching to infinity. It took about five tries to get that perfect shot.
Mr. Yanofsky grinned. “I can’t wait to see them. When will the issue be out?”
I looked everywhere but at Mr. Yanofsky’s intense grey eyes, because I felt safer behind the camera. Safer from my own desires. “Uh, well, it’s the July issue, so probably beginning of June. But they’ll send you a copy earlier.”
Mr. Yanofsky nodded, his hands in the pockets of his snug beige board shorts. “Would you like a coffee? I’ve got a lovely dark roast from Venezuela…”
I fiddled with my camera, pretending to readjust some settings before I put it away. “Sure, yeah. I could use some coffee.” I smiled, letting my eyes meet his and seeing something very attractive there. In a spur of the moment move I lifted the camera and took a quick shot of him standing, looking at me.
“Sorry,” I blushed. “Couldn’t resist.”
He smiled, and yeah, there was definitely something there. “Come on.”
I followed him to the absurdly beautiful main room of his luxury beach house where he bade me make myself comfortable while he moved into the adjoining kitchen and began to prepare a pot of coffee.
“How long are you in Fiji, Mr. Stone?”
I looked over at him from my seat on his white leather sectional. “Hmm? Oh, I go back Friday. I’m shooting two other homes while I’m here.”
“Will you have time for sightseeing?”
I nodded. “I hope so.”
“If you like I could take you around some of my favourite spots.” Mr. Yanofsky’s voice held a tenor of insecurity, like he wasn’t sure of my answer.
I was, however, positive. “That would be great. Sure.”
Mr. Yanofsky finished in the kitchen and set the coffee to brew, then walked slowly over to where I was sitting. He stood directly in front of me, a little closer than two relative strangers would normally be comfortable.
“Well, then. It’s probably a good idea to be on a first name basis, don’t you think?” He smiled down at me.
I straightened my position on the sofa, finally letting my eyes drift down Mr. Yanofsky’s trim form and back up to his eyes, in which the invitation seemed plain as day now.
“Jameson,” I breathed, anticipation and arousal swirling inside.
“Kevin,” Mr. Yanofsky said in a soft tone that seemed to stroke over my skin. “Of course you’ve already seen my very favourite spot on the island.”
“I have?” I said, clearing my throat and trying not to stare.
Kevin nodded, a pink flush spreading across his cheeks. He laughed softly and sat down beside me. “Well, that would be my bedroom.” He reached out a hand and touched the back of my own. “Would you, maybe, like to see it again? No camera this time?”
I flipped my hand over so his fingertips grazed the sensitive skin of my palm, and said, “No camera.”
When he leaned in and kissed me with a polite, testing pressure that only teased of the future possibilities here, my body responded.
He pulled back and assessed me with satisfaction.
“But first, coffee.”