Kip held a set of keys toward her. "I rented you car for a week, until you figure out what is going on with your wheels."
She stared at him. "What?"
"Your car is broken. You can let me know if you need it longer, I can arrange for it."
Her heart did a tap-dance gymnastic combination in her chest. She emptied the contents of her hands onto the table and launched herself at him. He caught her, as she wrapped him in a hug. "You have no idea what this means. Thank you. Really." She pulled back to look at him. And the shock set in. She was hugging him. She touched him as they stood in her kitchen, dressed in her robe and little else.
His scent wrapped around her, as his arms did. He looked at her with compassion on his face, with genuine warmth in his eyes. She wanted to burrow into him. She let her head rest on his chest, resting in his gentle strength. "You're welcome." The words rumbled through his chest.
She hadn't expected to lean on someone so easily. She was used to relying on herself. She rarely asked her friends for assistance, never wanting to be a burden. She hadn't asked him for anything and now he'd given her this gift. To him it was probably a small gift, but to her it was the world for this week. She wouldn't keep it longer than a week, even if she couldn't get her car fixed.
She sighed a little too deeply, and he pulled her closer. She realized how nice his body felt against hers. They fit together perfectly. At least it felt that way. She had to move before she got too comfortable, before she wished for things she couldn't have.