I wonder what he looks like naked...

"Almost done," I murmured. A smile cracked onto my lips and I had to choke back a burst of laughter as a yellow dice of pineapple caught my attention in his hair.

I flicked the fruit from his thick mass of hair and steadied myself as I took a step back to a far more acceptable spot.

Sensing my presence gone from in front of him, Dominic's eyes fluttered open experimentally, testing for any remnants of sauce in his eyes before deciding it was safe and settled his unreadable stare on mine.

His gaze fell to my lips as they twitched with the need to smile which would be followed shortly after by a deep, unruly laughter that I was determined to keep in.

"Are you laughing at me, Ms. Sanders?"

I took a deep, calming breath into my lungs and swallowed my laughter.

"Desperately trying not to."

One of his thick brows quirked up. "And how's that working out for you?"

"It's a losing battle, sir."

At this, his lips ticked up into a slight smile that I was ever so gracious to see appear. Now, knowing he wasn't raging mad at me for slinging a slice of pizza in his face, I was able to let the laughter that I felt bubbling in my stomach out. My laughter started out soft, but as soon as Dominic's deep chuckle hit my ears, I lost it.

"What a way to be welcomed home," he said with a low chuckle, shaking his handsome head.

"You should know better than to sneak up on a woman who thinks she's alone in a big ass house!"

"Wait, so this is my fault now?" he asked with an incredulous look embedded in his now, bright grey eyes.

"Kind of, yeah," I replied confidently, nodding my head.

"Unbelievable. I come home from a stressful day of work, get slapped in the face with some pizza and somehow, it's my fault?"

"Don't hate the player, hate the game."

Dominic's brows strung together in confusion. "What?"

I shrugged. "I don't know. Sounded right in the moment."

Sparing me one, final look, he shook his head with a hint of a smile still playing at his lips and walked over to the living room, dropping himself into a love seat.

"Long day?" I asked as I began to gather my thing to leave. I had to get home to Charlotte before 10 or else Ms. Sharon would charge extra.

"You could say that," he breathed out, laying his head back onto the back of the chair and resting his eyes.

"Was Maya any trouble today?"

"Not at all. She's a great kid. We watched movies, played some games. She even showed me where you guys keep the fireworks."

Dominic let his head roll to face me, his brows raised in disbelief.

"You two did fireworks today?"

"What can I say? I know how to show a kid a good time. Plus, it was just some sparklers," I added at the end.

He let out a short, breathy laugh before letting his eyes drift close again.

"I bet she loved that."

"Yeah , she had a lot of fun with it. Made me pretend that the sparklers were magic wands and that we were casting spells on all of the houses around us. She's got a wild imagination just like my sister."

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