Peak of Desire Ch. 13byvirgofemme©
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At just a few minutes past ten a.m. the next day, Erica arrived at Cody's apartment complex. After putting the car in park and being buzzed into the building, she took the elevator up to his floor. She was greeted at the door by Noelle, and as she entered the apartment, she caught the scent of freshly cooked eggs and coffee.
"Cody's in the bathroom right now. It'll probably be another half hour before he comes out, so if you want I can get you some coffee or juice while you wait."
"Coffee would be nice."
"How do you take it?"
"With lots of cream and a spoonful of sugar."
Erica took a seat at the kitchen table, watching as Noelle poured the coffee. After filling a mug for Erica, Noelle refreshed her own cup, then sat down at the table across from her. After they took a few sips, Noelle began to speak.
"Last night was pretty rough for Cody."
"He had some bladder issues. And if that wasn't enough, he also got muscle spasms. It got so bad, he couldn't go back to sleep."
"How awful. The poor thing must be exhausted."
"He is. Four hours of sleep is all he got, so if he acts cranky toward you, that's the reason."
"Thanks for the heads up."
"So other than that, how's he been doing this morning?"
"Okay. He was able to cath himself successfully, so that was good."
"That's short for catheter," said Noelle.
"Oh, right. So that went okay, huh?"
"Yep. He had breakfast about half an hour ago, and now he's in the bathroom working on his bowel program."
"Oh." Not knowing what to say, she took a drink of her coffee.
"I'm not trying to gross you or anything, but I'm gonna need to give you some info about his daily routines. That way you know what to do when me and mom aren't around."
"Yes, of course. I'm here to listen, so tell me everything I need to know."
"As far as his bladder and bowel care, he's pretty much self-sufficient. He'll take a suppository, sit on the toilet, then wait for it to do its work. The only reason mom is in there with him, is because he's still getting used to it. But after another few weeks or so of her helping him, he should be okay to do his bowel program pretty much on his own."
Erica nodded, listening intently as Noelle continued.
"As you've probably seen, he's still having difficulty with his transfers, but as he builds his upper body strength, he should eventually be able to do it with more ease. And as far as bathing goes, he will need assistance.
"What about dressing?"
"He can handle that on his own. So aside from bathing, cooking, and housework, he's able to perform the rest of his daily activities."
"Okay, that's no problem. I'll be here to help him with whatever he needs."
"Now since we're on the subject of his daily routines, this is probably a good time to bring up the issue of who his main caregivers will be. Of course mom and I will be here to help take care of him until he becomes more independent, but during that time, we'll have to take trips back to Arizona to check up on our gift shop. We've got someone taking care of the store for us right now, but eventually we'll have to go back and manage things. So, I just want to make sure you're okay with being one of Cody's carers."
"Yes, of course. I'm here for him all the way."
"Good. I know you know work two jobs, so I can imagine you've got a pretty busy life. But between you and Mia, I trust that Cody will be well taken care of."
The mere mention of Mia's name triggered an unpleasant reaction in Erica's body, spurring her to offer some words of concern. "Well just so you know, I have no problem at all taking care of Cody myself. And to tell you the truth, I don't really like the idea of Mia being one of his carers."
"Why not? He's been friends with her for a along time now, so it's only natural she'd be a part of this."
"Yeah, I know. It's just that..." She paused, trying to think of the best way to describe her feelings of apprehension. "I don't trust her."
"Really? Noelle's brow furrowed. "Can I ask why not?"
"I just don't get a good vibe from her."
"Hmm. Well I've gotta admit that she always has come off as a bit unusual to me. Not saying she's a bad person or anything, just a little unique."
"I don't know, it's kinda hard to explain." She glanced off into the distance, as if recalling a memory. "She's just one of those people that kinda stand out from the rest."
Erica took another sip of her coffee, then asked, "Do you really think she's a lesbian?"
Noelle quirked her eyebrow, as if to convey her surprise in Erica's question. "Lesbian, no. Bisexual, yes."
"That's what I think."
"Why do you ask?"
"Well for one, she seems very jealous of me. And two, I've seen the way she looks at Cody, and it's not in a 'you're my best buddy' type of way."
"She's jealous of every girl that Cody dates. Through her eyes, it seems that no one is good enough for him."
"Except her, of course," Erica said in a voice full of sarcasm.
A light chuckle left Noelle's lips. "So I guess you can tell she has a thing for him, huh?"
"Yeah, it's glaringly obvious. I've mentioned it to Cody, but he seems to think that it's impossible."
"Men can be oblivious like that sometimes. Or maybe he does know, but he just pretends not to notice. He probably doesn't wanna ruin their friendship."
"You're probably right."
Silence passed between them for a few moments, then Noelle spoke.
"Mia isn't any threat to you. You know that, right?"
"I'd like to believe it, but sometimes I feel kind of unsure. She's known Cody for a lot longer than I have, and although I hate to admit it, the girl is very pretty."
"Cody is a one woman type of guy. When he's single, he dates a lot and has his fun, but once he finds someone he really likes, he commits to her. And from what I can tell, you're that one he's committed himself to."
"I know he really likes me, so it's not that I don't trust him. It's Mia I feel uneasy about. Both you and Cody have told me she's hated every one of his girlfriends. So I'm wondering if she's done something to sabotage his previous relationships."
"I guess It's a possibility. She does seem quite protective of him, but I can't see her continually doing it for a nine year period. That would just be crazy."
"Yeah, it would."
Erica couldn't help thinking just how true the latter part of Noelle's statement was, and she suddenly got the feeling that dealing with Mia was shaping up to be a bigger challenge than she ever could have expected.
The sound of approaching voices caused Erica to glance in the direction of the hallway, and she noticed Cody wheeling himself out into the front of the loft, with Helen walking behind him.
"Hey honey." Her lips tugged upward.
"Hi," he grumbled, not offering even the slightest hint of a smile.
She expected him to continue a straight path toward where she and Noelle were sitting, but to her disappointment, he chose instead to maneuver his wheelchair toward the bedroom cum living room space. Perhaps seeing the look of sadness on Erica's face, Helen said a few words.
"He's had a really tough morning, so just try and be patient with him, okay?"
Erica nodded, and after a reassuring look from Noelle, she got up from her seat and headed for the partitioned area that Cody was in. She spotted him sitting in front of the wall to ceiling windows, glancing out at the view of the neighborhood beyond.
Although his back was to her, she knew he could hear her approaching, yet he made no acknowledgment at all of her presence. Upon reaching him, she rested her palms on his shoulders, then leaned in to give him a kiss on the side of the face. Then bending her body so that her cheek pressed flush against his, she allowed her voice to break the silence.
"I never noticed what an amazing view this is. You can see Venice Boardwalk from here. That's pretty cool."
"Yeah, It's great. Now I can torture myself everyday by sitting in front of this window, watching people ride their bikes and jog. It's just what a person in a wheelchair wants to see," he said in a voice rife with bitterness.
Trying her best to maintain a positive mood, she moved toward a chair that was placed in front of the oversized windows, positioned it so that she was sitting directly in front of Cody, then sat down in it. Now able to look straight into his eyes, she grabbed his hand in hers, then ran her thumb gently against the back of his hand. "Noelle told me you had a rough night."
"It was horrible."
"Sorry to hear."
"This morning wasn't any better. In fact, it was almost worse."
"Yeah, I heard that too. She said it may take some time, but that you'll eventually get used to the routine.
"Noelle told you about my toilet routine?
"Yeah. Why, was that wrong?"
He blew out a small breath, then averted his eyes and lightly shook his head. "Great. That's just great."
"There's nothing to be embarrassed about, Cody."
Glancing back at her with a look of humiliation on his face, he said, "You're right, it's not embarrassing at all having you know that I'm on a bowel routine. Like that's not a turn off."
"Why would it be a turn off? So you need help going to the bathroom. And?"
"There are just some things I'd rather keep a secret, okay?"
"But why? I'm your girlfriend, so it's only natural that I should become educated about this stuff. The more I know, the better help I can be to you."
"I don't want you helping me with that. With other things, okay, but not with that."
"I'm just letting you know that whatever you need, I'm here to give it to you. You have my support all the way."
He gave a nod, then directed his attention beyond her, gazing at the view beyond the window.
"Noelle asked me if I wanted to be one of your caregivers, and of course I said yes."
"Okay." The questioning tone in his voice prompted her to continue.
"Are you okay with that?"
"I guess. But I already have mom and sister to help me out."
"Your mom and Noelle will eventually have to go to Arizona for long stretches of time, won't they? What will happen then?"
"Mia will be here to help me out."
"What about me? I'll be here to take care of you, too."
"Yeah, I guess. If you want to."
"Of course I want to. Why wouldn't I?"
He gave a little shrug, then averted his eyes.
"Baby, look at me." As he redirected his attention to her, she tenderly stroked the back of his hand with her palm. "Do you not want me to be a caregiver? Because if not, then I won't bring it up again."
"I never said I didn't want you to."
"No, you didn't. But it doesn't exactly seem like you're very excited about the idea."
"What, am I supposed to be happy about it, or something? You're my girlfriend. You're the last person I would wanna put that kind of pressure on."
"I'm fine with it. It's what I want to do."
"Do you really? Or are you just feeling obligated because my sister asked you?"
"I really want to. Why can't you believe that?"
Glancing down at his legs, he said, "I just don't want you to feel like you have to do it."
"You say you don't, but how could you not?" He looked back up at her. "Listen, if you wanna end things between us, I'll totally understand."
Her brows slightly furrowed in puzzlement. "Where is this coming from? I never considered leaving you, not even for a second."
"Maybe not now, but eventually you will."
"No, I won't. Stop talking like that."
"Why? It's the truth, isn't it?"
"No, it isn't. And I can't believe you actually think I would leave you." Shaking her head sadly, she said, "Do you really think that's the kind of person I am?"
He emitted a little sigh. "Listen, Erica. I'll probably be in this chair for the rest of my life. Which means that you and I will never have a normal relationship again. That guy you used to know is gone."
"Really? Because from where I'm sitting, it still looks like he's here."
"You know what I mean."
"You're the same person, Cody. You being in a wheelchair doesn't change who you are."
"Cut the bullshit, of course it does. I can't work, I can't rock climb, I won't be able to have sex like I used to, and I can hardly even take a shit without having my mom wipe my ass. It's like I've regressed to infancy. Everything I used to do, I'm not longer able to. And you're actually sitting there, telling me that being paralyzed hasn't changed me at all?"
"I'm talking about who you are inside. That inner person will never change."
"That's New Age crap."
"No, It's the truth."
They sat there staring silently at each other for a few moments until Erica broke the stillness.
"You're so much more than that wheelchair. Can't you see that?"
He turned his head slightly, focusing on a small potted tree in the corner of the room. Erica scooted forward on the chair, then reached a hand out to gently grasp his chin in her fingers, coaxing him to move his head so that he could make eye contact with her.
"When I look at you, I don't see a man in a wheelchair. I just see Cody. And the reason I'm staying with you isn't out of pity, but out of love."
"Yes, love." She kept her eyes trained intently on him, not allowing them to waver for even a second.
For the first time that morning, Erica saw his eyes soften, and she felt him lightly squeeze her fingers in a gesture of affection. Feeling a need to connect even more, she rose to her feet, then leaned in to give him a kiss.
Their lips connected softly and sweetly at first, but as he slid his tongue between her parted lips, their oral embrace quickly deepened. Placing a hand on her hip, he coaxed her to sit on his lap.
Once she was seated, she wrapped her arms around his neck, losing herself in the drugging kiss. Moaning into his mouth, she moved her lips sensually against his, while allowing one of her hands to glide up and down his chest.
Their lips moved with passion and fervor, neither wanting to break away for air, yet knowing that eventually they would have to. Hot with desire, Erica allowed her palm to move downward, and as it met with his crotch, she was surprised to find that he already had a rock hard erection.
When their lips finally parted for oxygen, she directed her gaze southward, and was rewarded with the sight of a prominent bulge in his pants. Lightly cupping it in her palm, she gave his hard penis a few strokes through his pants, causing him to emit a deep, carnal moan.
Surprised by how loud his pleasured cry was, she promptly removed her hand. Then she gave him a little smirk and brought her finger to her lips in a shushing gesture. He smiled back at her, then spoke a few words.
"Wanna take it for a test drive?"
Erica felt her pussy clench in response to his words. "I'd love to, but we can't do it with your mom and sister here."
"How about later this evening? I'll just tell them that we wanna have a special dinner alone tonight. They'll understand."
"A special dinner? Oh yeah, they'll totally know what we're gonna get up to."
"Of course, but who cares? We're a couple, they know we have sex."
An amused expression crossed her face. "Okay, sounds like a good plan. I'll be back here this evening."
"How about seven?"
"Perfect. I can't wait."
"Neither can I."
Glancing at her watch, she saw there wasn't much time before she had to be leaving. "I better get on the road. I've gotta be at work in the next forty minutes."
"No way. You only leave when I say you can." Placing his palm against one of her ass cheeks, he cupped it possessively in his palm.
"Is that right?"
"Yes, it is."
"I could get up and leave right now if I wanted to."
"You could, but I know you won't."
Her lips peeled into a grin. This was the Cody she knew-playfully dominating and completely sure of himself. She'd missed seeing this side of him, and it made her feel good that the cloud of negativity which had been hanging over their heads all morning was finally beginning to disperse.
She leaned in to lightly brush her lips against his, feeling the heat from his mouth ghost against hers. Then she spoke to him in a sexy little whisper.
"I can't wait to have your cock inside me."
"You will, this evening," he said with a glimmer of excitement in his eyes.
"Already counting the hours."
Erica swept her tongue lightly against his lips, then hungrily pressed her mouth to his. Within a few short moments, Cody took complete control of the kiss, and as she weaved her fingers into his hair, she realized more than ever that this was the man she was meant to be with. For better or worse, she would always be by his side.
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Giving a contented sigh, Erica wiped her mouth off with a napkin, then patted her stomach, which was full of cheese ravioli, garlic bread and broccoli. "That was a great dinner, babe. Thanks."
"No need to thank me. It was my mom that prepared the food."
"I'll be sure to give her my appreciation once she and Noelle get back." She cleared the dishes away from the table, then took them over to the sink.
"They won't be coming home tonight."
"Nope. They're spending the night with a friend of Noelle's."
"Oh, I see." She took two saucers down from the cabinet." So we've got the place to ourselves until morning?"
After cutting a slice of chocolate cheesecake for each of them, she brought the saucers over to the table. As she was placing a portion of cake in front of Cody, he placed a hand on her thigh, then slowly slid it beneath the skirt of her peach colored summer dress.
"How about we skip dessert and just get right to the sex?"
Aroused by his forwardness, Erica turned to face him, then bent down so that one of her palms could rest on the backrest of his wheelchair.
Then using her free hand, she trailed a finger languidly down his chest, allowing it to continue further southward until it met with the crotch of his pants. "That sounds like a really good idea."
She lightly stroked his penis through the fabric of his pants until it became fully erect, then removed her hand and stood back up to her full height. Then with a seductive strut, she headed for the area that served as his sleeping quarters, with Cody following behind her.
Once they were in the bedroom, she slid the partition closed, then turned to face him. The lamp in the bedroom had been reduced to a dim level to provide a romantic effect, and she found that the soft shadows it created only enhanced the already alluring features of Cody's face.
There was a look of deep desire in his eyes, and in the deep timbre of his voice, he beckoned her to him. "Come closer."
She obeyed his request, and upon reaching him, she heard him give another command.
"Strip for me. Show me that beautiful body."
She brought her hands up to the spaghetti straps of her dress, and after slipping them off her shoulders, she languidly slid the clingy material down. The material pooled around her feet, and after stepping out of it, she stood alluringly before him.
"Damn, you're sexy."
As he looked her up and down, he offered a few appreciative sounds. Then bringing his hands upward to place them on her hips, he lightly coasted a finger along the elastic of her lacy black g-string. "Is this new lingerie?"
"Yep. You like?"
"I love it."
He allowed his fingers to wander a little lower, and as he lightly brushed a thumb against the outline of her pussy, she emitted a breathy noise. The sound of her enjoyment caused him to glance up and make brief eye contact with her, then his gaze dipped to her chest.
"Show me your breasts."
She maneuvered her hands so she was able to undo the back clasp on her lacy strapless bra, and after releasing it, she allowed the fabric to fall to the floor. Already extremely aroused, her nipples were peddle hard and jutted temptingly toward Cody.