"Nudity is a state of fact; lewdity, to coin a phrase, is a state of mind." - Paul Outerbridge, Jr.

He slowly ran his hand up her thigh, feeling the softness. Her hands moving over his back in a gentle massage. Both savoring that still sensual languor that came after. He loved this time more than any, the time when all defenses could be relaxed, all fears put to rest. When only the warmth and softness of each other's bodies mattered. So vulnerable, yet Nothing else going on in the world mattered, for just those few precious moments...

Instinct reacted more than his brain as the crash of the front door resounded. A split second to yank his slacks on, then out the window, down the drain pipe to the neighboring rooftop before disappearing into the maze of alleyways a block away.

Decker stared at the naked woman, shielding herself with the sheets. One day, he thought, sneering. One day Peck's catting around would get him caught.

One day.