The lights flickered once, and then she was jolted as the elevator jerked to a sudden stop. Only Tucker’s quick reflexes kept her from ending up in an undignified heap on the floor. One of his thick forearms was banded around her waist, keeping her upright.
The elevator went pitch black and her fingers dug into his arm.
“Everything is okay, his deep voice steadied her. “I’ve got you.”
Striving for some control, she released her death grip on his arm and forced herself to take a step away. She thought she heard him sigh, but couldn’t be sure. “I wonder what happened?” Even though she knew it was useless, she stabbed at the buttons on the control panel.
“Rolling blackouts. The entire city has been having them all day.” The tiny security light finally flicked to life.
“Great,” she muttered. That’s all she needed to cap off what had been a long, hot, frustrating day.
“Could be worse.” Tucker’s calm voice irritated her further.
“How?” she snapped back.
“The longest one today was only about a half hour. It shouldn’t take them too long to get the power back on. We’ll be fine.”
Great, she’d practically snapped the man’s head off and he was doing his best to reassure her. Taking a deep breath, she let it out slowly, before turning to face him. “Once again, I owe you an apology.” Taking a step towards him, she held out her hand to try and find the wall.
Her hand was caught in his solid grasp as he drew her steadily towards him. “Apology accepted.” Slowly, he raised her hand to his lips and kissed each knuckle slowly, one at a time, until he’d done the honors to all five of her fingers.
The tingles started in her fingers, ran up her arm, and eventually encompassed her entire body. His tongue licked the slight indents between her fingers, and she sucked in her breath as he slowly took one of her fingers into his mouth.