“You’re not eating.” Mason murmured, his eyebrows came together in a frown.
She shrugged. “I am not hungry.”
He snorted. “You are always hungry.” he pushed his plate of sushi towards her. “finish mine.”
Mason sighed. “Eat the sushi, Becky. You are hungry.”
She took a sip of her tea. “I am not hungry.”
Mason regarded her for a moment, she was avoiding his gaze. Her attention on her mobile. “So you are not hungry. You haven’t been talkative either.” he thought out loud. “Usually you are talking non-stop about something or other.” he reached for her phone and snatched it away.
“Hey!” Becky’s cry of outrage made him smile. Her eyes were fiery with anger.
“Now can we focus on why you are not answering my questions,” Mason asked gently. “You haven’t been eating. Since when?”
“Last week,” she mumbled.
Mason’s jaw clenched. “Last week.”
“I had a few bites here and there.”
Mason glared at her. His hand reached for hers. He laced his fingers through hers”Are you starving yourself?”
Becky recoiled in disgust. “Dieting is not in my vocabulary. No, I am not starving myself. I am just not hungry.”
Mason noticed then how paler than usual her skin was, “Are you sick?”
Becky shook her head, “its probably that time of the month again,” she pinkened when she blurted it out.
“You get sick when you have your period.” Mason pointed out. “Come on let’s get you home.” he gestured for a waiter.
“You shouldn’t wave for service,” Becky was scandalized. “Do you know how rude it is to the waitstaff!”
Mason chuckled. “I am so sorry, I will remember not to do that.” the waiter returned with the check. Becky rose out of her chair and swayed.
Mason gripped her arm. “You ok?”
“I just felt dizzy.” Becky sighed.
Mason helped her with her coat, her purse and walked her to his car. “Don’t worry, I will take care of you,” he promised.
He let her sleep until they arrived at his apartment. He gently woke her. “Wait, this isn’t my apartment” she protested drowsily as he helped her out of the passenger side.
“No, this is where I stay when I am in town.” he drawled. “No way was I going to let you be by yourself.”
He walked her inside. “Get in the shower, I will have the bed ready for you.”
Becky frowned. “But I don’t have clothes here.” she objected.
“Have your shower,” Mason instructed. He pulled her close, stroking his fingers through hair, tilting her head back so he could kiss her forehead. “I am going to take care of you”
He released her and closed the door behind him. He walked into his bedroom, opening some drawers he rummaged thru to get an old shirt. He laid it out on the bed. He heard the shower stop. Moments passed, then the bathroom door cautiously opened. Becky peeked her head out.
“I am in here, babe” Mason called out to her. He watched her emerge from the bathroom, wrapped in a towel. Her hair wet, her face freshly scrubbed and glowing. Warmth slid through his chest, gripping his heart. She appeared uncertain, it took all he had not to cross the hall and kiss her till neither one of them could breathe again.
She hurried into the bedroom. He smiled at her, taking her hand he led her to the bed. “You don’t have very good water pressure,” she murmured. “My shower head can strip your skin right off”
Mason burst out laughing. “Oh thank you for letting me know.” he helped her into the shirt, taking the towel he patted her hair dry. ” I am sorry you didn’t enjoy the shower.”
“Are you still feeling woozy?” he asked.
Becky shook her head. “Just tired.”
Mason urged her under the blankets and rose. “Wait,” Becky protested, “where are you going?”
“I will be back, I have to get your clothes and medication.” he reminded her.
She shook her head.
“Do you want me to stay with you until you fall asleep?” Mason asked softly.
Mason climbed in beside her, pulling her close so she could feel the heat of his body seeping into hers. She wrapped her arms around him, sighing with contentment. Her face pressing into his chest. “Just to let you know, I am a mouth breather.” she whispered.
Mason roared with laughter, his body shaking and his sides hurt. “good lord!”
-ah if only I had someone to take care of me when I was sick 🙂 ♥