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For two months, Cali and Joe spent nights and sometimes even days, tangled up together between bed sheets. For two months, they managed to carry on their friends-with-benefits agreement. And Cali somehow managed to put their whole shitty history behind them – finding it almost easy because the two of them didn’t really do a whole lot of talking.

Their little arrangement didn’t leave a lot of time for Cali to meet anyone new, but honestly, she wasn’t really looking anyway. But by the time Joe left for Dallas for Christmas the tides seemed to change and the little arrangement they had seemed to blur in her mind.

“Alright. Can you… get a bit closer to him,” the photographer directed Cali.

She was at a photoshoot for a perfume advert and her counterpart was a male model named Will that she met on a few other occasions before. He was tall, dark and handsome – and extremely sexy.

“Closer,” the photographer urged when she didn’t appease him the first time.

She was literally on top of the guy. How much closer could she possibly get? It didn’t really help that they were in a freakishly weird position on top of a massive boulder in a park in New York in forty-degree temperatures – in public. She was wearing next to nothing and the same went for Will. The two of them literally looked like they were about to fuck each other’s brains out. But she figured that’s what the photographer’s vision was. Sex sells after all.

Closer,” the photographer barked again before Cali felt Will’s palm on her back, pressing her down against him.

“Sorry…” Will whispered to her.

“’s alright,” she mumbled, trying to keep the passion on her face that the photographer so heavily demanded – even though she was sure her knee was probably bloody from it digging into the rock they were on.

What seemed like a thousand shots later and more than a handful of position changes, the shoot was done and Cali was able to wrap up in the massive parka she’d been dreaming about the entire shoot. Someone from the staff shooed Cali and Will onto a golf cart and whisked them through the park to an awaiting car to take them back to the hotel where they got ready for the shoot.

“Hey, uh…” Will said once the two of them were back in the suite, dressed in their own clothes.

“Yeah?” She asked, looking up into his big beautiful blue eyes.

“I know this might be kind of last minute, but I was wondering if you had a date for New Year’s Eve,” he said as a smirk turned up his lips.

Cali couldn’t help but smile. He was so sexy. Almost too sexy. Like, she knew he was out of her league – or at least she felt like he was. Sometimes in her mind she was still that stick-figure nerdy girl from school and it was almost crippling.

Mm,” she hummed, biting her lip as a vision of Joe popped into her head.

But he was all the way back in Dallas with Nick for Christmas for two weeks. Her reality was a stark difference to what it once was for months. And she would probably be the last to admit it, but she felt incredibly lonely without Joe. He became a constant in her life over the past two months and she missed him. She never missed Joe Jonas in her entire life and now she did. But standing in front of her was this beautiful magnetic creature asking her out and she couldn’t help but internally contemplate what that kind of reality would look like.

“‘Mm’?” Will questioned, smirking at her.

Seriously, she wasn’t obligated to exclusivity when it came to Joe. They spent time in bed with each other, they weren’t dating. She had no reason to turn down the date Will was asking her on.

“I’d like that,” she told him with a bashful smile.

“Yeah?” He asked, looking more than a little happy that she said yes.

“But, uh. I mean, I already have plans to go to a club with some friends. I mean, if you’re interested,” she told him.

“Yeah. I’d be interested,” he said with a smile.

“Great,” she said, biting at her lip again.

“Can I give you my number?” He asked, pulling out his phone.

“Yeah. Oh, yeah,” she said, reaching into her purse to get hers.

The two of them exchanged numbers before Will’s ride arrived to pick him up.

“I’ll text you,” he told her.

“Looking forward to it,” she said with a wide smile, watching as he waved and disappeared out the door.

Cali let out a weighted sigh and then a squeal of delight. Holy hell. She had a date with a hot model!


Cali was more than a little excited when she got a text from Will that evening telling her he’d been thinking about her and wondered if maybe she wanted to meet up for a drink. She couldn’t believe how hard he was pursuing her, and she absolutely loved it. She agreed to meet him at a bar not far from her place around nine that evening. She dressed in a skimpy black dress and a pair of black heels to match. She decided to walk to the bar, because it was honestly not that far, even though she mostly regretted it because of the god damn heels. But just seeing Will’s face instantly refreshed her. Did she mention how gorgeous he was?

“Hi,” she greeted him.

“Hi,” he acknowledged, standing up to hug her before leaving a chaste kiss on her cheek.

“I’m glad you came,” he said, smiling at her, and she could have sworn she saw his eyes sparkle at her. Mm.

“Of course,” she said, biting at her lip as she took a seat next to him.

She couldn’t believe how easy it was to talk to him and she found herself really enjoying his company. She learned he was the only boy in his family, having two sisters – one older, one younger. She learned he got into modeling after he graduated school at the suggestion of an old girlfriend. She learned he had more than a few tattoos – before their photo shoot, his tattoos were apparently covered up with makeup. He was just so intriguing and she felt herself falling for him more and more the longer they talked.

“Do you want to… uh, maybe come back to my place?” Cali boldly suggested after their third consecutive drink.

“Yeah, yeah. I would,” he told her with a wide smile.

Will settled the tab with the bartender before the two of them made their way out of the bar.

“I don’t live very far from here if you just want to walk,” she told him.

“Yeah, that’d be nice,” he told her with a smile.

The two continued their chat as they walked and she loved how comfortable she felt with him. When they got into the building, Cali’s phone chirped with a text and she quickly pulled it out, reading it. Of course it was from Joe – of all moments in time.

Joe: I’ll be back the day before New Year’s Eve.

Her stomach knotted up thinking about him. She wasn’t proud of what she was about to do with this relative stranger, but honestly, she shouldn’t care. She and Joe were practically nothing.

“Sorry,” she apologized, shoving her phone back in her purse as she grabbed her key, unlocking her door.

“‘s okay,” he said, smiling at her.

Once the door was closed, it was almost instantaneous. Their lips were locked on one another’s immediately.

“I’ve wanted to kiss you all day,” Will told her as his chest heaved from their frantic kissing.

“Same,” she breathed, leaning in to kiss him again as she led him back to her bedroom.

Her bed hadn’t been graced with another man’s presence since Joe, and it made her feel a bit odd, but she pushed those feelings far, far into the back of her mind as she took Will to bed with her.

Will didn’t stay long afterward, which was fine by Cali. She was absolutely exhausted and just wanted to get some sleep. He told her he would call her to get the details about New Year’s Eve and left after giving her a quick kiss goodnight.

Cali collapsed into bed, ready for sleep to take her, until she remembered Joe’s text message from earlier. He’d be home before New Year’s. She figured he wouldn’t be home until after the first of the year and she almost felt bad for deciding to take Will as her date.


Joe got back from Dallas the night before New Year’s Eve. And Cali wasn’t even kidding – once he dropped his luggage off, he was at her door knocking for a booty call. She answered with a smile before he grabbed her in his arms and threw her over his shoulder, taking her straight to the bedroom.

“Christ, I’m horny,” Joe groaned as he tossed her onto the bed.

“I can tell!” She giggled.

“I’ve been spoiled. A week and a half without it and I am going through withdrawals,” he said as he rid himself of his clothing.

“Thought you’d be gone ‘til after the New Year,” Cali admitted, biting her lip as she looked up at him.

“Was gonna, but thought better of it,” he told her with a shrug of his shoulders.

Hmm,” she hummed.

“Hey, are those my underwear?” He asked, looking down at her curiously and she blushed. Yeah, she was wearing his boxers and his t-shirt from the first time they had sex. She missed him a little bit too much.

“Maybe,” she said, throwing the t-shirt over her head.

“They look good on you,” he said, smirking at her as he leaned in to kiss her lips.

Cali kicked out of the boxers and Joe leapt on top of her like a lunatic. She yelped in response, before giggles erupted from her lips. Joe was always so playful and she loved that about him.

But only seconds later, they fell into their sensual rhythm they had so many other times before. Joe quietly loved her up, sucking and licking, ensuring she was ready for him before he even thought about fucking her. And when he went to grab a condom, his eyebrows furrowed in question.

“What?” She asked, wondering what he was looking at.

“There’s a condom wrapper on the floor,” he said, picking it up to show her.

Hm. Must still be there since the last time,” she lied, knowing damn well it was from the night she slept with Will.

“Must be,” he said, tossing it onto the nightstand before grabbing a condom from the drawer.

She watched as he slid it down himself before he looked up and smiled at her.

“Budge up,” he said, tapping her knee. She quickly slithered her body a bit up the mattress as a wide smile played across his face.

“Get up,” he said a moment later, wiggling his fingers toward himself to get her to comply.

“What?” She asked as a smile turned up her lips.

“Hands and knees,” he asserted and her stomach turned with excitement. She bit at her lip as she did what he told her to do. And when his hands gripped onto her butt, she let out a moan.

“You like that? Huh, you dirty girl?” Joe cooed, squeezing her butt in his hands.

Mm,” she moaned before Joe’s mouth was back on her, licking into her from behind.

Her mouth dropped open as another moan thundered out of her.

Mm,” Joe hummed, pulling back before tugging her hips closer to him. His hand pressed against her back to lower her some before she felt him press against her.

Joe,” she whimpered, wanting him to stop teasing.

“It’s coming. It’s coming. Love it when you beg,” he cooed, slipping himself inside.

Cali let out a satisfied groan as he filled her, dropping her head between her arms, biting at her lip. When he pulled out and pushed back in, her mouth fell open again, letting out a loud gasp. And it was like that again and again until Joe finally built up his rhythm inside of her. It didn’t take Cali long to come. She’d felt elated ever since she found Joe on her doorstep. She knew she’d get off easily.

When Joe grunts morphed into a long moan and he buried himself deep within her, she knew he’d found his end too.

“Oh my god,” Joe breathed heavily, pulling himself out of her.

“Needed that,” he said, sliding his hand delicately across her butt before he leaned in and gently bit her right cheek, causing her to yelp before letting out a laugh as she collapsed onto her side on the bed.

She watched as he disappeared out of the bedroom, going into the bathroom. A minute or two later she saw the lights in her living room turn off and then he was back, sauntering naked toward her, crawling into the bed.

“Missed this,” Joe breathed, pulling her body against his.

Mm,” Cali hummed as her face heated up, thinking about how just a few nights prior, she was with another man in the very same bed she was now cuddling Joe in. She felt guilty and the guilt weighed on her as Joe shut off the light and quietly fell asleep with her in his arms.


The next morning, Cali woke up, still wrapped up in Joe. His face was buried in her neck, his front pressed to her back. She quietly wiggled out of his arms and he stirred next to her. She froze, not wanting to wake him.

“Hey…” He breathed when his long eyelashes fluttered open.

“Hey,” she said quietly, sitting up next to him.

He sat up too, running his fingers through his tousled hair. She bit her lip as she watched him. He always looked absolutely gorgeous in the morning. It almost wasn’t fair.

“What?” He asked, looking at her curiously.

“What? Nothing…” She said, shaking her head, shaking her thoughts away as a blush crept up her face.

“Why are you looking at me like that?” He asked with a smirk on his face.

“What are you talking about?” She scoffed, trying to shrug it off.

“Did you just wake up from another sex dream about me or something?” He teased playfully.

“Shut up! No!” She scoffed, pushing him playfully.

“I mean, that wouldn’t be a bad thing, but you’ve got the real thing lying naked next to you,” he insisted, bouncing his eyebrows at her and she couldn’t help but roll her eyes.

“You’re always horny,” she scoffed.

“Because you’re always naked,” he laughed, sliding his hand across her bare chest, tugging on one of her nipples.

“I am not always naked!” She protested, pushing his hand off of her.

“You are right now,” he countered, wrapping his arms around her before pinning her to the bed underneath him.

“Joe!” She giggled.

His kisses started at her collar bone and moved up her neck, stifling her protest almost immediately as she let out a low moan.

“See you’re always horny,” she giggled a moment later, trying to wiggle away from him. He pulled himself up on his hands so he could look at her.

“Well, it’s not like you can blame me. And besides, we do other stuff… like hang out… with clothes on. We’re not always having sex,” he explained.

“Yeah, yeah,” she said, rolling her eyes.

“Speaking of… what are we gonna do tonight? Go to a club? A bar?” He asked, inquiring about New Year’s Eve.

“Uh… I’ve, uh… I’ve actually got a date,” she confessed, feeling the blush creep back up her face as the anxiety swelled inside her chest.

Joe’s expression went from excited to blank in a matter of seconds. Cali’s heart dropped in her chest in the same amount of time. She didn’t like the look of disappointment she saw on his face. She felt guilt wrap completely around her.

“Oh,” he said quietly, his eyes looking away from hers.

“Yeah…” She said weakly.

“Who?” He asked curiously.

“Uh, this guy… uh, Will. We met at a shoot,” she told him, and it was her turn to look away from him. He was still naked, on top of her and the situation was getting more and more awkward by the second.

“I leave for a week and a half and you go off to find a replacement…” Joe huffed, trying to make a joke out of it, which Cali appreciated. But she could see through it. She could see the despondency in his expression.

“Yeah… well…” She said awkwardly. Joe slipped off of her and sat down on the bed. She quietly sat up too.

“We’re going to a club. You could come with. Viv and Rhys will be there. I guess they’ve started dating each other,” Cali offered, trying to make him feel better about the situation.

“Yeah, yeah. Whatever. I can see what the guys are doing,” he said, waving it off.

“Yeah,” she said quietly.

A moment later, he stood up from the bed and started to get dressed.

“I’m gonna head out. All my stuff is still packed up… I should probably get to that. Gotta do the laundry and stuff…” He spouted, making up a jumble of excuses.

“Yeah, sure. I’ll see you,” Cali said quietly, covering herself up with the duvet on her bed.

“Yeah, see you,” he said before he left her room.

She heard the apartment door open and then close a moment later. Cali felt about as shitty as his expression looked disappointed. And why did she feel that way? Why did Joe get so weird about her date with someone else? Things weren’t supposed to get weird like that. She wasn’t supposed to feel so guilty. But she did.



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