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"Trust me," C.J. said.
Jason stared at her a long moment, wondering if he dared take that leap of faith. Her eyes pleaded with him for something he didn't know if he could give. But then his arms settled around her. "I do. God help me, I know it's a mistake, but I do trust you."
She asked softly, "Why is it a mistake?"
His hands snuggled her even closer before he tipped her chin up to meet his gaze. "Because you don't yet trust me enough to tell me the truth."
The sudden wariness in her eyes confirmed his assertion. She was holding something back. What, he didn't know. But at this moment he wasn't even sure he cared. He took a deep breath and said, "Just one thing. Do you want me?"
C.J. smiled. This question was the easiest in the world to answer.
"Yes," she said, slipping her arms around his neck. "I want you. I want you most of all. More than anything. More than my next breath. More than--"
His mouth stopped the flow of words in a kiss.