“I thought you were tired?” Baillie laughed.

“I just commented on the time, that's all.” Andy ran his finger round Baillie's belly button. “It's not my fault I can't keep my hands off you. I love you.”

“I love you too.” Baillie wriggled out of her jeans.

It was after 2am when Andy and Baillie eventually headed for the bedroom.

“Baillie do I get on your nerves with all this?” Any asked suddenly, watching his girlfriend getting into bed.

“All what?”

“All the sex?”

“Eh?” Baillie asked. “Why would it get on my nerves? Get in here.”

“There was a group of women doing one of those online surveys today, I was at the next desk.” And propped himself up on his elbow next to Baillie. “I don't know what it was about but I could guess from the conversation they had after. One of them said her and her boyfriend did it every other night and one of the other ones said that that often would get on her nerves. They were on about being pestered. Every other night?”

“Oh shut up.” Baillie laughed and scratched Andy's head. “Do I look annoyed or pestered? Anyway who says it's you that sets it all off anyway?”

“So I'm not abnormal? I didn't think so.” Andy shrugged and made Baillie laugh. Baillie had been Andy's first serious girlfriend and the only one he'd ever slept with. Baillie herself had only ever had one other boyfriend, eighteen months before Andy.

“You're fantastic. A natural lover.” She smiled.

“Must be those other husbands and boyfriends.” Any sniffed. “Piss poor lot.” He took off his glasses and put them on the bedside table. “Lazy day in the office tomorrow. I'm expecting a call from the steelworks, they're whole system is down.”

“Well I need my artwork finished. Then I need a portfolio put together so I can go and tout for business.” Baillie curled up next to Andy.

“You'll get plenty of business, Tiddler. Companies always need graphics artists. Alarm set?” Baillie nodded. “'Night Tids. Love you.”

“Love you too.”


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