Recap: Jake shocks (and delights) Zani by revealing that he is doing his own research on preconceptual care. She cannot help but arrange a very special dinner … Who needs Valentine’s day anyway?
Heels in hand I run to the kitchen to set the scene:
The salmon fillets are coming along nicely, and I quickly pop the cheese platter on our new cheese board and add a few grapes for colour.
As I hear Jake’s car pull up, I slip on the heels and make my way into the passage, so I can make my grand entrance at just the right moment.
“Mmm … Something smells great,” I hear Jake say to himself as he shuts the front door behind him.
For an instant, I can see the angst in his eyes. Has he forgotten our anniversary? My birthday?
“Sweetie, you look like a million dollars. Wow! Come here, let me … no wait, let me jump into the shower first.”
As he tosses his jacket and laptop on a chair in the passage, he turns back to sneak another look. There is a sparkle in his eyes, and I know that the book on what men want was spot on – they want food and they want beauty. As Jake makes his way to the bathroom, I pull the file out of my bag and quickly scan the pages before slipping the file between the cushion and the armrest of the couch – close, but subtle.
That shower must have broken all records. Jake is back in a flash, wearing black jeans and a blue shirt, the sleeves rolled up a bit. Just enough to show off the muscles in his forearms, and he catches me looking. I may even have blushed a little, as he uncorks the bottle of wine and pours me a glass. He sits opposite me and for a moment we simply drink each other in.
Dinner is light and delicious and later, while Jake pours the coffee, I get the chocolates. I arrange myself on the couch (the file jabbing my hip a little), and then Jake joins me.
But when Jake sees me reach behind the cushion and pull out the file, he gently touches my hand to stop me. “Not now,” he whispers as he leans over.