Maria sits on the floor with her head bowed slightly and eyes closed as Pepper gently massages the tense muscles in her neck. Maria had nearly turned down the offer when she had come home and found Pepper home waiting for her.
She'd wanted to deny Pepper's request, but she had seen the earnestly hopeful look in Pepper's expression and found it hard to deny her in the first place.
Pepper's lips gently on the back of her neck – kissing little tingling warm spots into the skin –, makes Maria blink once in surprise before she gently reaches back to squeeze her right wrist gently.
Pepper smiles against the back of her neck.