Jane’s CEO smile didn’t waver much, but she was good about dropping it when she got home from work. So when it persisted just a little too long, Roxy knew there was work to be done.
“Hey, Janey!” Roxy said, wrapping her arms around her girlfriend. “What’s on your mind, babe? You’re looking all vexed and irked and consternated and stuff.”
Jane planted a quick, professional kiss on Roxy’s lips. Roxy frowned.
“You’re still stuck in public relations mode, Janey,” she said. Jane sighed.
“Sorry, hon,” she said. “Just drama with the board. They’re dragging their feet on this proposal, and none of them has the gumption to tell me what the problem is.”
Roxy planted a soft, lingering kiss on Jane’s cheek.
“Is it because you’re their literal god?” asked Roxy. Jane giggled, running a hand up and down Roxy’s back.
“Alright, maybe,” she said. “Can I try that kiss again?”
Roxy smiled broad as the horizon and nodded. This time, Jane got it right, lingering soft and patient on Roxy’s lips. After a moment yet all too soon, Roxy pulled away with an excited gasp.
“Oh! I know the perfect thing,” she announced. She took Jane’s hands and led her into the living room. There, Calliope sat on the couch, hunched over the sole free square foot of coffee table space left by at least a hundred hardcover books. Callie turned, made eye contact, and beamed at her wife and girlfriend.
“There you are!” she said, dropping her signature green sharpie on the table and rushing over to embrace the two.
“Hey Callie, Jane’s had kind of a rough day,” Roxy said, grinning mischievously. “You know what that means?”
Callie giggled and nodded. She began peppering Jane’s face with kisses, as Roxy did the same. Jane squeaked and held her girls tight to her, any remaining public facade falling quickly to their affectionate bombardment.
“You two are the best,” Jane managed when the siege concluded. She couldn’t help but smile — this time, that goofy, awkward smile that the public wasn’t allowed to see.
“Looks like you needed that,” Callie said. Jane nodded enthusiastically, pulling her loves tight to her.
“By the way, what’s with all the books?” Jane asked.
“Oh! The first editions of my new novel finally shipped,” Callie said. “And I… may have gotten carried away with how many copies I said I’d sign?”
Callie shrugged, a little sheepish.
“Wow, already?” Jane said. “Golly, that’s cool!”
Callie buried her face in her hands as she smiled.
“Wanna read a little to us, Callie?” Roxy asked. Callie grinned, nearly jumping out of her suit with excitement.
“I think that would be a lovely way to relax,” Jane concurred. At that, Callie all but dragged them over to the couch, where they piled on top of her. She pulled a book from the towering pile and flipped to the first page.
“For Roxy and Jane, the cotton candy that makes my world so sweet…”