1. Snowbound


    Date: 3/25/2020, Categories: Outdoor, Author: ScarlettElizabeth, Source: LushStories

    4:15 pm
    
    Ella couldn't see a thing out her window. The gray sky had opened up and flurries of powder were descending on the dark landscape. The lamps in the parking lot were obscured and the few cars remaining were quickly disappearing under the white onslaught from above. Swearing silently to herself, she realized that she should’ve left much earlier.
    
    Footsteps approached from behind her, “What are you still doing here?” a male voice asked.
    
    Ella’s coworker, Jim was standing behind her chair. She could feel all six feet of him towering over in her short office chair. Her brown eyes stared up defiantly into his hazel ones.
    
    “I could ask you the same,” she replied.
    
    “I don’t have any way home. My ride is stuck,” he said with a shy smile.
    
    Staring up into his frustrating adorable face, she was struck by the thought that maybe this wasn’t an accident. They had been eyeing each other up in the office for months, both pretending not to notice the other. She found herself drawn to his uniquely effortless appearance and dark sense of humor. His tall slim frame hinted at some type of sport played on the weekends, and his longish hair framed his constant five o’clock shadow perfectly.
    
    His observation of her was also noticed. The way he cleared his throat if she bent over slightly and let her skirt ride up. His eyes traveling up her legs and curves as she walked by him. She even caught him once or twice staring at her abundant chest in meetings. Most importantly, he actually made the effort to hide it, whereas some of the other men in the office didn’t. That earned him big points in her book. Shy and modest were always more of a turn-on than the loud and grabby types.
    
    “Well, I’m about to hit the road. Do you want to ride with me? I think you live close to my house?” Ella said before she could think about it.
    
    “Yeah, maybe five minutes away. The next town over. But that’s still half an hour from here in good weather. Are you sure you wanna go? It’s probably safer to stay here and wait it out.”
    
    “Hell no. They don’t pay me enough to sleep in this dump. I have a four-wheel drive and a shovel. I will find a way,” she said as she started gathering up her stuff. For some reason, he looked disappointed. Maybe she had misread the situation.
    
    “Well, then I guess I have to go with you. You will need someone to help push you out when you get stuck.” He walked off to get his bag.
    
    Ella remote started her car and could hear all the “driving in the snow” warnings in her head. She wandered off to the kitchen to grab some water and snacks and then scooped up the blanket from under her desk.
    
    She tried not to think about spending time in close quarters with Jim. He was without a doubt her favorite person in the office, but she was very careful to keep him at arm's length. She knew better than to get involved with someone at work.
    
    He was waiting at the door and neither of them wanted to go out into the storm. It was pitch black out now, with ...
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