Driving down the 10, Alison held her breath. She hadn’t seen Jax – now Jack – for at least five years. They didn’t speak for the first two after their breakup, allowing themselves time to grieve. Then came a Christmas card, then a catch-up email, and finally a phone call in which they were awash in relief at being able to laugh with relaxed and whole-hearted endearment.
When she diverted to highway 35 after Houston, Alison loosened considerably; the drive along the gulf was gorgeous, and she’d forgotten the raw beauty of rural Texas. She allowed her mind to wander as she sat in her car on the ferry toward Mustang Island, fondly remembering holidays and morning routines with Jax. The smell of sandalwood in her hair; the Friendsgiving when they’d accidentally set the kitchen on fire; the way Jax knew the precise moment to slide her fingers in while licking Alison’s clit. Her ability to make a spanking feel like a reward instead of a punishment.
Still thinking about being bent over Jax’s knee, she started at a knock on the passenger window. Snapped out of her reverie, she glanced over and inhaled sharply; she might not have recognized him had she seen him in a crowd. She rolled the window down; Jack leaned gracefully against the sill and said, “Hey – aren’t you my wedding date?” His radiant smile, now hidden by a shadow of facial hair, was the same. “Come on in, sailor,” Alison replied; he opened the door and slid inside. “You look beautiful,” he said. Alison laughed; she was still in her morning sweats. Jack, on the other hand, was looking handsome in his fitted suit and tie. She thought of the last time she saw him wearing a suit – it had been on their last date. They saw Giselle; afterward, he requested a lap dance in their living room. She remembered straddling him, pulling his tie between her fingers as she leaned back, letting it fall as she ran her own hands up her breasts. She rode him on the couch that night, their Feeldoe snug inside him, her cunt smearing the silicone with thick juices and involuntarily pulsing around it.
He snapped his fingers in front of her face. “You okay?” he asked playfully. “Great,” she responded, smiling. “I was walking down memory lane.” “Oh – I think I’ve been there,” he said. “Right between Regret Road and Amnesia Avenue, right?” “Right,” she laughed. This felt easy. “I’ve missed you,” he said, looking at her with warmth. “Same,” she said. As the ferry started nearing the dock, he opened the door and looked back over his shoulder; “See you at the wedding,” he said, and just like that, he was gone.
The day was a blur of sand, ceremony, loving words, champagne. There were fleeting pangs of sadness as Alison thought about how she’d wanted this with Jax, moments of sentimental longing when their friends exchanged vows, and ebullient exhaustion on the dance floor as Jack spun her around and around. She’d forgotten how good a lead he was. As they spent most of the reception catching up with other people, Jack suggested that they take a walk together along the beach to have some time alone.
They talked about work and hobbies; Jack had taken up the guitar and was playing open mics, and Alison had been promoted at the job she’d left San Antonio to take. “I’m proud of you,” he said, stopping to look at her. “I know it was a hard decision for you to leave.” “Jack,” she said, the floodgates being held back by much too thin a membrane, “I’m so sorry. There have been a million times when I think I should have stayed.” “We both did what we needed to do in a situation where there was no easy answer,” he said, and grabbed her hand. It felt reassuring and strong. His touch gave her an unexpected jolt of desire; her somatic memory took over and her body felt the pads of his fingertips pinching her nipples, his palms separating her thighs. “My hotel is right here,” he said, motioning up the beach, still holding her hand; “Come in for a drink?” “I’d love that,” she said, sorrow morphing into stirrings of arousal.
Jack poured shots of tequila – her favorite – and toasted her. “To your promotion,” he said. “No,” she replied. “To your transition – I hope it was everything you hoped for. You are a very dashing man.” “Everything and more,” he said. “I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.” “Tomorrow?” she asked, flushed. “If I have things my way, you’ll be waking up here,” he said, and looked at her with questioning eyes. She tilted her head back, letting the smooth tequila roll down her throat, burning in the best way possible. She returned his gaze. “Pour me another shot, and I’ll think about it,” she said, smiling. “Whatever you say, my little cauliflower,” he answered. She reacted viscerally to hearing her old nickname spoken by this slightly-deeper but forever familiar voice. “You – ” she started, unable to complete her thought, her heart racing. He traced her collarbone with one hand, and her cunt flamed; leaning into her ear, he whispered, “Don’t think too hard. We’re only here for one night.”
She moved her face to the side, feeling his lips graze her cheek before meeting hers; the feeling of his tongue against hers flooded her with dopamine. The body continues to react long after the brain struggles to forget, and her wanting overtook everything. With their breath intertwining and the lingering scent of sandalwood in the air, she settled into her body and let the tension and pleasure build, and build, and build.
**Sometimes when you start writing and think your piece is going to be one thing, it morphs into a completely different thing; this was meant to be much more smutty than it is. Highly smutty non-fiction about an ex forthcoming!