Her heart began to pound hard again when he closed in the space between them. He removed his own helmet and held it under his arm at his side.
"I think you should know," he began. "I think of you as a friend..."
Hayley blinked twice. Her hopes were about to be dashed. "I do, too. I think of you as a friend, too--"
"But I think of you as...more, too. And I want to know if you feel that way about me, too. Because if you don't, then I understand. But I want to know--"
"I think of you this way."
Reaching up slightly to compensate for the difference in their height, she let her lips find his. It was a soft kiss, lingering only enough for her mouth to be pressed up against his, and still for a small, sweet kiss, it felt like it was packed with all her emotion. She was the one to draw away slowly, and it almost hurt physically to do so.
Zach moved toward her slightly, as if he were about to steal another kiss from her, but he stopped himself.
"That's what I wanted to know." He grinned and pulled the helmet back on. "I gotta get back to the church. See what's up. Can I call you later?"
"Please. I hope everything's okay."
Then, as he backed the Harley away from the curb, he winked at her again and blew her a kiss, prompting her to blow a kiss back at him.
She was still dancing on air when she entered her apartment. After tossing her purse in its usual spot, in the corner by the bookshelf in the living room, she saw the red light blinking on her telephone. That was when she realized what she'd done...
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