Her gasp brushed against his ear as his head dipped to tease her skin with his lips, spreading the heat of his kisses down the soft curve of her throat. Eyes closed, her head tipped back, her hands stroking restlessly over his shoulder and chest. "I didn't know how," she whispered against his ear, swaying close into the circle of his arms. "I didn't think you liked me that much."
He was dimly aware of the raindrops that were suddenly falling from the sky. Water, his nemesis. The raindrops fell lightly against the canopy of evergreens, partially shielding them from the sudden shower that signaled the coming of spring. "You were wrong," he assured her, pulling her deeper into the dense cluster of trees.
The patter of rain drops onto her head made her jump, a quietly startled laugh escaping as he drew her further into the shelter of the trees. "What about your bike?" she asked, glancing over her shoulder in the direction they had walked from. But she wasn't that invested in the well-being of his bike, to be honest. She was more interested in something else. "Tell me something. Just how wrong was I?"
He wasn't worried about his bike. If it got wet, it would dry eventually. The same went for him. A little bit of water wouldn't hurt, so long as he wasn't drenched and drowning in it. He drew her close again, looking down at her and hesitating a moment before answering her question. He wasn't quite sure what she was asking, exactly, or what kind of answer she expected in return. "Really wrong. Lucy, I know we hardly know eachother, but..."
Her brow furrowed with teasing thoughtfulness as she considered him impishly. "A kiss wrong?" she asked softly, not giving him a chance to finish his quiet sentence. "Or a shag against a tree wrong?" Her eyes glittered sweetly, but the smile wasn't mocking or teasing. It was all invitation, if he wanted to take her up on it.
Both brows lifted at her invitation - both of them. He couldn't deny that he wanted her, but he wasn't sure he wanted her like this. "Maybe an I'd like to get to know you better wrong." He slid his fingers against her cheek in a gentle caress. "I don't want to screw this up, Luce. That's how much I like you."
The truth was, if all he wanted was a quick shag in the woods, he could get that from anyone. And usually, that's exactly what he'd have asked for, but for some reason, it was different with her. He wanted something more from her. He wanted something lasting, something meaningful. He wanted what Clark and Lois had, what MJ and Peter Parker had, what Sue and Reed had.
She wasn't the best at schooling her expression. Her skepticism showed for a split second before she remembered to hide it - not skeptical of his intention or his professed feeling, but of his ability not to flirt with anything in a skirt and follow through if invited to. She bit her lip, her eyes lowering.
"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make it look as though I don't believe you," she apologised hurriedly for her expression, lifting her gaze to his once again. "I like you, Johnny, I really do. But I'm frightened of getting hurt. You're so accomplished at talking to women, at getting their attention and holding it ... what's to stop you meeting some gorgeous woman who takes you up on the unconscious invitation and helps you break my heart?" It wasn't, perhaps, the most hopeful of statements, but it was honest, and honesty was what would make any relationship between them a success.
"The only gorgeous woman I'm interested in right now is you." If she wanted honestly, then he'd give it to her. He hadn't been with anyone since he'd met her. Oh, sure, he'd flirted a little, but that's all it had been. Innocent flirtation. "All I'm asking for is a chance. If you can't give me that, then what's the point of all this?" There was confusion in his eyes, a little hurt at the realization that she didn't really trust him. "You think I've never been hurt? You think all I care about is getting into a pretty woman's panties?"
"No, that's not what I meant ..." Lucy shook her head, stepping away from him. If they were going to have this uncomfortable argument, then she didn't want the distraction of being in his arms to turn her into an incoherent fool. She leaned back against the wide trunk of the tree closest to them, looking over at him with a quiet sigh.
"Johnny, the last so-called relationship I was in was in college," she told him awkwardly. "And what I didn't know at the time was that it was the result of a bet. His friends bet him that he couldn't get me into bed because they assumed that I was backward. Because I hadn't let any of them touch me." She sighed again, looking down at her feet. "I'm not saying I can't give you a chance. God knows I want to, I want to be with you, Johnny. But you can't assume that every time I hesitate, it's because I'm having second thoughts, or that I'm going to leave. You're not the only person who has past mistakes to haunt them."