Tess grumbled to herself as she heaved the shopping bags out of the boot of her car. It was a pain in the arse having to do this all by herself. Yet she’d been through this more than once, and it was going to be for the foreseeable future. May as well just get on with it and shut up moaning, she thought.
Just as she got to her front door and started fumbling for her key, risking dropping all her bags in the process, a voice said,
“Let me help you with that.”
Tess dropped the bags.
She whirled to face the owner of the voice, unadulterated joy on her face.
“Aidan!” she shrieked. And, without caring who could be watching, she hurled herself into her husband’s arms. Luckily, Aidan had been fully expecting this kind of greeting and had braced himself. Supporting his wife’s bottom with his hands as her legs clasped around his waist, he felt himself stiffening almost immediately. You couldn’t blame him though, it had been months since he’d been home.
As she took his face in her hands, Tess was almost teary with happiness. She leaned in for a kiss that would show her husband exactly how much she’d missed him. Tightening her legs around him, she smiled into his mouth as she felt his erection nudging against her bottom.
What seemed like hours later, the couple finally came up for air. Surveying the damage around them, Tess made a quick decision.
“Grab the other bags while I dump this lot in the kitchen. Then lock the door behind you and get upstairs.”
Grinning, Aidan moved to do as he was told. Tess scrabbled items back into carrier bags and rushed into their home to put them down. Now the kitchen looked like a bomb had hit it. But she didn’t care. Her man was home. Smiling to herself, she turned as Aidan came in with the rest of the bags. She gestured to the floor and he put them down.
“Corporal Scott reporting for duty ma’am,” he said, snapping her a smart salute.
Bastard, she thought, he knows what it does to me when he goes all military on me. We’ll be lucky to make it upstairs at this rate.
Tess drank in every inch of her husband. The climate in Afghanistan had given him a decent tan, but of course he hadn’t been on holiday. He’d been fighting a war, and she was eternally grateful that he’d come back to her in one piece. He was still wearing his combats, with the regulation boots, but no headgear. He looked hot.
“Come here, soldier,” she said, crooking a finger, “and kiss me.”
Aidan didn’t need to be told twice. He immediately closed the space between them, shoved Tess against the work surface and bent to kiss her. The considerable height difference between them made this a pretty uncomfortable position, so Aidan lifted his wife to sit on the counter top.
Spreading her legs, Tess snared her husband between them and pulled him to her. Their lips met once more and they kissed hungrily, chasing away every month and mile that had kept them apart.