“Let’s play a game,” she said. She had worn the right dress for this — the blue cotton one with buttons down the front, a tie around the middle, and a hem too high to be office-appropriate.
He smiled, leaning back on the bed and licking his lips at the thought of what might be coming. She was something in this light, in this heat. In heat, in general.
“I ask a question, and you answer it. If I think you’re being honest, I’ll undo a button.”
All he could think about was what might be under the dress. All she could think about was how much she wanted to pull the thong out from between her asscheeks and itch under the lace of the bustier she was wearing.
“Sure,” he said, not even asking what kind of questions they might be.
“Favorite place you’ve ever been?”
“Turkey,” he said. “You asked me that on our first date.”
“I asked you about your favorite place that you traveled to,” she said, hiding how impressed she was that he remembered one of her mundane ice-breaker questions. “Favorite place in general.”
“Is it pandering if I say ‘right here, right now, with you?'”
“It won’t earn you a button.”
“Then I’d probably say in the garage, working on my dad’s car with him when I was a kid. We’d spend weekends restoring this old T-Bird he bought for $500 from some guy in Fresno.”
She smiled at the thought of him smudged with grease and handing tools to his father, half submerged under an old Thunderbird. Then she cleared the thought of him as a child out of her head while she undid the second-to-top button of her dress.
“What, not going in order?” he asked, hoping the gap would give him a peak at her skin.
“My game, my rules. What are you scared of the most?”
“Snakes,” he said. “You know, wild ones. Pets are fine.”
“OK, Indiana Jones,” she said, undoing another button, this one at the bottom of the dress.
They continued like this for nine more questions until only one button — the one just below her breasts that kept it all together — was left.
Here it was, the point that she both feared and couldn’t wait to get to. The reason she suggested the game in the first place. She let his eyes scan up and down her torso, taking in what he could see of the black lace bustier and matching underwear. When they finally landed at the light pink bow now visible between the edges of her dress, she asked the final question.
“Do you love me?”
The way his twisting, falling stomach somehow echoed in his face told her that he had lied in his answer to the second question.