Daniel and Ryan have fallen into a routine, carefully keeping work and play separate. In the office, they’re co-workers, people who sometimes meet in the break room, but in the bedroom they’re different. Daniel likes being someone different. He likes being Ryan’s Daniel for a little bit every night.
Who I Am When I’m With You
Author: Tamryn Eradani
Series: Daniel and Ryan
Release Date: April 3, 2017
Format: ePub, Mobi, PDF
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Word Count: 14000*
Sex Content: Explicit
Who I Am When I’m With You
Tamryn Eradani © 2017
All Rights Reserved
“Hey,” Ryan says, easily sidestepping Daniel. He doesn’t even spill his coffee. The full mug must be why he’s out of his office, and Daniel gets caught staring at it. He wishes a desire for caffeine was the only thing that could pull him from his office.
He adjusts his tie, loosening it just so he can tighten it again, and it’s when he looks back up that he sees Ryan’s lips moving. “Sorry,” Daniel says. “Can you say that again?”
Ryan puts a hand to the small of Daniel’s back and ushers him toward the break room. “I said you looked like you needed a cup of coffee.”
“I need a lot more than that,” Daniel says but he lets himself be led into the break room anyway.
He doesn’t, however, let Ryan pour him a cup of coffee. He settles for a mug of extra-hot water. He’s got a personal stash of tea in his office—non-caffeinated and much better quality than any of the beverages in this room.
Ryan eyes the mug of hot water with a critical eye. “That’s less than coffee.”
“I’ve got tea in my office.”
“Of course,” Ryan says. He leans against the counter, like he’s planning on staying here a while. “You want to talk about what’s going on?”
“Nothing major,” Daniel says. “Just got called down to HR to frighten some of the juniors.”
“Margot wasn’t up to doing it herself?” Ryan asks. “She was pretty terrifying the one time I met her, and I was just doing entry paperwork.”
Daniel shrugs. His watch tells him he now has twelve minutes before his next call. It should be enough time to make some tea and even get to drink some of it. “I’ve got to go. We still on for tonight?”
He fights the urge to look around, to make sure they’re alone in the break room even as he chastises himself for bringing up their…arrangement at work. He’s the one that wanted to keep their work selves and kink selves separate. Even though they’ve started to blur those lines—talking about their days, texting each other outside of a scene—he’s not sure he’s ready for a complete melding.
Of course, he might be overthinking again. He has a tendency to do that.
“I am,” Ryan says. “Want me to swing by at the end of the day? See where you’re at?”
Daniel’s watch tells him he has under ten minutes now. “Okay,” he says, because he can’t stay and talk about this. He shouldn’t have even brought it up. He needs to be focused. He needs—
“Go,” Ryan says. “Whatever you keep checking your watch for, you’re going to be great. I’ll see you in a few hours.”
“Thank you,” Daniel says. “Got a client call.” He picks up his cup of hot water. “If my door is closed—”
“Don’t come in,” Ryan says with a smile. “I know.”
“Actually, I was going to say you can,” Daniel says, and it’s his turn to smile, because Ryan looks shocked. “If I’m on the phone, obviously don’t start making a lot of noise, but you can come in.”
“Alright,” Ryan says. “And if Tracy comes after me?”
Daniel grins. “I’m sure you can hold your own. She’s not so tough. Unless she’s just got her nails done. Then watch out. She basically gets herself claws.”
He walks out, treasuring the frozen expression on Ryan’s face.