"Catch up!" Selena laughed, taking off down the sandy trail.
Justin watched from afar, shielding his eyes from the glaring sun. Her laughter warmed him. He was hit with a heat wave and reached for the nearly empty water bottle laying on the sidewalk. “Wait up, baby,” he called out.
"Nope." Her pace slowed just enough that she could walk backwards. "Come and get me."
He sighed, wiping his forehead with the back of his hand. “I guess you win.” Feigning defeat, he slightly turned to the side, nodding to his bodyguard. Music filled the air and Justin faced her once more. He swayed side to side, moving in an awkward string of dance moves that could only be described as chaotic.
"Oh..," she sighed, covering her face. "Justin, what are you doing?"
"What’s that? Want me to sing along?" He smirked, belting out the lyrics as his shuffling became more erratic and whimsical. "Come back over here, Sel!"
She threw her body forward, shrinking her arms in. “Justin!” His name was interrupted by breathy laughter. “Quit it! People are staring!”
"Well if you wouldn’t run off we wouldn’t have this problem," he berated, jogging the last few feet between them. "I still want my kiss, you promised me one when we got out of the car." He puckered his lips, locking his arms around her waist; a boa trapping its prey.
"Hm," she squinted against the sun, "Doesn’t ring a bell."
"I remember it quite clearly." His grip tightened, forcing her closer.
She gasped, slinging her arms around his bare shoulders. “Alright, alright!” She tilted her head, pressing her lips to his cheek. “Better?”
"That’s all I get?" He squeezed her sides, eliciting surprised squeals from her. He laughed, dropping his head forward. Their noses bumped and he caught her bottom lip between his, carefully dipping her and applying more pressure.
His pulse quickened and her breathing caught, almost like it had become entangled in a string that was pulled taut. He felt wildfires in his veins and she felt a Pacific wave hit her at light speed. One of his hands migrated north, resting at the base of her neck.
She mumbled some incoherent sound and he inhaled her words, pulling back just to make sure she was alright. He kissed her again, two, three times, and released her from his grip, studying her flushed cheeks.
"Race you to the top," he whispered breathlessly.