He couldn’t be serious. There was no way in hell he was serious.
Harmony pushed back from him and got off the bed, grabbing a t-shirt and pulling it over her head. She spun on him, but he held his hands up before she could speak.
“Harmony, listen. Just, wait. Before you freak out.”
She defiantly thrust her hands on her hips and glared at him. She did not bring him home for that. For whatever he thought he was doing.
“Shit. I shouldn’t have said that-”
“Damn right you shouldn’t have. What the fuck is wrong with you?”
Kevin crawled off the bed and pulled on his pants. “Okay, just calm down. I, damn. I don’t know, Harmony. I’ve never felt this way about anyone before. Yeah, we just met, we barely know each other but it’s different. You’re different.”
Harmony scoffed. “I thought that was why you wanted to fire me.”
Kevin shook his head. “I was an idiot. I never should have judged you, or anyone else, based on appearance. That was my first mistake. After that… hell, I should have done a lot of things differently. I didn’t care about the people. I cared about the company. One night with you and I know why your customers can’t get enough of you.” She smirked. “Not like that. Although, yeah, that too. I just hope they don’t all know that.”
She playfully smacked his arm.
“Seriously. I’ve been miserable. I hated my job. Always being the person who delivered bad news. Watching how you work, how your whole team works, over the last week has been… I don’t know. I can’t really explain it. You guys work together better than anyone I’ve ever seen.”
He took a deep breath. “I don’t want to be that guy anymore. I don’t want to ruin people’s life. For some working in a restaurant isn’t much, but for others it’s everything. Flexible hours, decent pay, variety, whatever. I’m sick of telling people they aren’t good enough. And of wasting my life. I know it’s nuts, but I want to see where this could go.”
Harmony ran a hand through her long purple hair and sat on the edge of her bed. It was too much, all of it. He was asking more of her than she thought. First he wanted her in the management program and then he said he’s changing his whole life because of her. She wasn’t someone who inspired that. She was just an ordinary person who looked a bit different than everyone else.
“You can’t throw your life away for me. You don’t even know me.”
Kevin sat down next to her. “Oh, but I do. I know the color your eyes turn when you’re angry. I know the way you smile when you’re talking to someone you like and someone you don’t like. I know you’re fiercely loyal to your friends and would stand up for your coworkers over anything. I also know you go above and beyond to do things for others even though no one else seems to do much for you.”
“People help me out,” Harmony argued. “My coworkers and I work really well together. But that’s besides the point. Kevin, I like you, I do, but we’ve had one night together. Do you really think you should change your entire life based on one night?”
Kevin reached over for her hand and twined their fingers together, resting both hands on her lap. “Are you worried about me changing my mind or you?”
Harmony took a deep breath and looked down at their hands. Only the truth would do. “We have nothing in common. You’re a buttoned-up suit, I’m a wild mess. You’re a corporate oriented person and I don’t want anything more permanent than the next shift. I just don’t know if we would work.”
Kevin smiled and leaned in for a kiss. “I don’t want to be that guy anymore. Don’t you see? I’m not asking you to support me, but I want a change. I need a change. I just want you to be there with me through it. I want you as a part of my life. I can get to know you in bed and out,” he said with a wave of his eyebrows.
Harmony laughed and shook her head. “I’ve never imagined myself with a man like you, I’ll be honest. There’s something about you that draws me in, but my exes were all… well, more like me. Artists, musicians, creative types. I guess I’m a little anxious about a relationship.”
“A little nervous, but not against it? So you’ll give it a shot?”
Harmony rolled her eyes at his grin. “If I’m honest, I want to get to know you too. In and out of bed.”
“Well, then,” Kevin said, laying Harmony back on the bed, “I think I need to get to know you a little more right now, and maybe again later.”
Harmony laughed… at least until Kevin kissed her senseless.