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Ryan had just run out of time. His body was ready to explode from wanting her. That he could deal with--it made the eventual union supreme. But his enemy, time, was forcing the issue. In two weeks, just after the New Year, he'd be on his way to Maui to help his family establish a Flecther's there. The trip would last a good six months. He had two weeks to make Rika his. Two weeks to build a relationship to withstand the distance test. Two weeks to bond in such a way, she might even consider coming to visit him there.
Tonight was the night. The stage was set. A Christmas bouquet of flowers delivered to her office. Romantic dinner in a quiet, dim corner of her favorite Italian restaurant. A bottle of her favorite wine chilling in the refrigerator back at her apartment. Five condoms miraculously stuffed in his wallet--yes, he was that horny. There was no doubt how this night was going to end. Not the least.