A/N: Thanks are owed to NaughtyPastryChef, who began this story with me. Also, a huge, heaping plop of thanks to siouxchef, the best beta a girl could ask for.All copyright and trademarked items mentioned herein belong to their respective owners. The remaining content is all mine. No copying or reproduction of this work is permitted without my express written authorization.
“How about we slow down for a few minutes and have a snack?” I offered.
I was enjoying the moment of being with both of them, but I realized that none of us had eaten in several hours, surviving on alcohol and lust.
I took in a deep breath. Sex. Jasper, Bella, me, sex and sweat, lust and desire... That's what this room smells like now. I wish I could bottle it and keep it on my sheets forever.
I softly laced my fingers through both Bella's and Jasper's and sat up, pulling them with me.
“Let's go see what two gorgeous, eligible men keep in their kitchen, shall we?” Bella laughed and I couldn't quite place the twinkle in her eyes.
She scooted off the bed first, leading us back to the kitchen. She had gotten a glimpse on her way through the apartment to the bedroom, so she knew right where it was. This woman should never be allowed to put clothes on again. I wonder how long we'll be able to keep her here, naked?
She began with the fridge. I felt myself get hard at the sight of her sweet ass as she bent over, fridge door open, inspecting its contents. Break, we're taking a break, Edward. Feed the poor girl before she passes out again, at least.
Jasper was right next to me, standing at the entryway into the kitchen, and seemed to be having the same difficult-to-handle thoughts. I turned and watched him grow hard.
“Hmmm.. Beer. Beer. Lite Beer. Who drinks that?” She turned and raised an eyebrow at Jasper.
“What?! It's not mine. I would never drink that shit,” he replied with an offended tone.
I just shrugged.
“You don't think I maintain this body with beer and burgers, do you?”
Bella bit her lip and a light blush swept across her face as her eyes roamed up and down my naked body, before turning back to the fridge.
“Okay, eggs. We can do something with eggs, I'm sure. Do you guys have decent pans, or am I going to regret even asking?”
She began opening and closing cabinets, taking charge while Jasper and I sat at the breakfast bar.
I could feel Jasper's hand on my upper thigh, reassuring me, reminding me of the love we shared, tracing circles as he smiled lazily at me. We sat on opposite ends, leaving an empty chair for Bella in the middle.
I got up and moved into the kitchen, placing my hands on her waist. She looked a little surprised, but softened when I explained where the pans and mixing bowls were.
“Omelets?” I asked. “Would you like me to chop some vegetables or grate some cheese for you?”
She looked at me and laughed, moving on to inspect the contents of our tiny pantry.
“What? We bachelors have to survive on something other than beer and my mom raised me right.” I shot a pointed look at Jasper, who barely ever came into the kitchen. In fact, I believe he had only been in there to fetch a beer, or me. Mmm, Jasper over the counter. That was a great night.
“Damn, you can cook, Cullen?”
“Yes, Swan, I can cook a few things. Mostly breakfast, but also spaghetti, macaroni and cheese from scratch, some chicken dishes, easy stuff.”
“Do you do laundry, too?”
Now it was my turn to laugh.
“I even fold it and put it away, Bella. Is that so hard to believe?”
“No, I guess not. Maybe I'm just hanging out with the wrong type of guy in Boston. Most of them are useless in the kitchen. You boys seem to have a lot going for you – you can cook, fuck, take care of your hygiene, grooming, and bodies, and you do your own laundry? I might never leave.”
Oh fuck, did she just wink at me after that compliment?
“I think you should tell me what you'd like in your omelet, before I get so distracted I drag you both back to the bedroom.” I growled playfully and smacked her ass before turning to the fridge to get the cheese and veggies.
“Mushrooms, onions, and cheddar. Sound good for everyone?”
“Mhmm” I offered and noticed Bella walking to Jasper.
“How about you, Jasper? What do you like to eat?”
Pure fucking sin, that's what she is. Even when we're trying to take a much needed food break, the three of us can't keep our minds or hands off each other.
She stroked a hand down the side of Jasper's face and I could see him trying his best to maintain control. Throwing her on the counter to fuck her just wouldn't do anyone any good, we all needed our energy to keep this night going.
“What you're making is great. If we don't get something real to eat, we might never make it to dessert.” He began kissing her tenderly, sweetly even. I was surprised; it had been a long time since I had seen Jasper so gentle and loving with someone other than myself.
She pulled away, coming back to the stove to see I had cracked and whisked eggs into a bowl for her.
“Aw, Edward, you must be eager to get to dessert, too.” She grinned at me.
I left that one without a reply and began chopping mushrooms and onions, leaving the cheese for last.
Bella did a great job and even though I insisted she take the second omelet and leave me to make the final one for myself, she waited for me to sit before eating.
After a few minutes of eating, I stopped and put a hand on each of their legs, slowly running up and down.
“If I forget to say it later, thank you both for an incredible night.”
I took turns looking at each of the people beside me, drinking in their faces, savoring that moment between us.
“Aw, Edward, you're not trying to end our night already, are you? Because I saw a few things and I had a few dessert ideas that I think you'd enjoy... I talked it over with Jasper while you were finishing up your eggs and he seemed agreeable.”
“Hmm, I'm could go for some dessert, if you guys are still hungry. What did you have in mind?”
Bella let the lightest giggle escape her throat, she was sharing a look of pure lust with Jasper.
“First, Edward, I need to grab something from my bedroom.”
Jasper looked me straight in the eyes as he spoke; his bedroom? That was unusual, he kept very few play toys in his room. Most were in mine since I had the bigger bed.
Bella slipped her hand around my naked waist as we watched Jasper walk to his room across the hall from mine, admiring the view of his muscles flexing with each step.
“Damn. Who knew soccer would ever become my favorite sport?” she said with a laugh, then turned to look at me.
I took her face in my hands and kissed the tip of her nose before sweeping my own down her face and across her neck, inhaling her sweet smell. By the time I lifted my head for another kiss, I saw Jasper with a small, black silk scarf and gave him a curious look.
He stood behind me and ran his hands over my shoulders and down my chest.
“Do you trust me?” he whispered softly in my ear.
“Yes, love, I do.” I tilted my head to give him a gentle kiss.
“Good. Relax and enjoy. Bella and I are going to have dessert now, and if you're a good boy, you'll get a few bites as well.”
I was nervous, excited, scared, and turned on beyond belief as I felt the silk drift across my eyes and Jasper put his knot tying knowledge to good use.
Once Jasper had the blindfold secured, he took Edward's hand in his and led him off the chair, down to the floor in the kitchen. What we had in mind only made sense to do there, both because of the proximity to the food and because the floor was much easier to clean up; I was pretty sure it was going to be messy.
I smiled at Jasper as I began running my hands softly over Edward's taut body. “Jasper, why don't you get what we need out of the fridge and join me over here.”
I licked my lips in anticipation of what was to come; the idea popped into my head while I was poking through the refrigerator and cabinets. I had seen everything that would be needed to make a delicious Edward sundae, and when I shared my idea with Jasper, we agreed it was the perfect way to end the night. After, we would shower and check the flight schedule for the next day.
Jasper moved to the fridge and took out the hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce, whipped cream and cherries, then opened the freezer to grab some French vanilla ice cream. He winked at me as he made his way back to where Edward was laying down.
“Here, take the lids off of these and put them in there,” I pointed to the microwave, “for 10 or 15 seconds, just to let them loosen up a bit. Ooh, don't forget the spoons.”
I was doing my best to not give any clues away to Edward about what we were doing, hoping we could keep things a little mysterious.
Edward was rock hard underneath my hands, which were slowly stroking him up and down. I bent and flicked my tongue over the tip of his dick and he let out a soft, strangled moan. I opened my mouth and began placing wet kisses down his length, teasing, licking, nipping my way back up before taking him in my mouth. As his head slipped past my lips, I made sure to give it another quick flick with my tongue, swirling as I moved down. I stopped at the base for a moment, twisting my head before coming back up and releasing him.
He was panting with his mouth open when I finished and looked up at him. Jasper was opening the jar of maraschino cherries. He took one out and let a drop of juice fall into Edward's open mouth.
I could see Edward move in surprise as he felt the liquid hit his tongue. His forehead furrowed in confusion; it wasn't enough of a taste to really tell what it was, just a sweet, juicy tease of things to come. Jasper squeezed the cherry and a few more drops fell into Edward's mouth. I wondered if he could tell yet what it was being dangled just above him.
Jasper took the stem off the cherry and put the fruit halfway in his mouth, holding it securely with his teeth. He leaned down over Edward and met his lips, dropping the cherry in and they began to move their mouths together. I hope Edward doesn't choke; can you imagine the ER intake form for that?!
I saw Jasper turn his head to me with a curios look on his face. Oops, I must've let out a little giggle at that last thought. I just smiled at him, leaning into his body to give him a passionate kiss while Edward finished chewing and swallowing his first treat of the night. A small smile played across Edward's lips when he was finished.
“Ready for more, Edward?” I cooed, running a finger down his chest to his 6-pack abs before swirling and taking the same path back up his body.
“Yes,” was all he could manage in reply.
I motioned for Jasper to hand me the warmed fudge sauce and a spoon. I held the spoon with sauce above Edward's nipples and drizzled chocolate onto one side, quickly moving to the other nipple. I was extremely grateful that Edward had a smooth chest in that moment.
“Mmm, Edward, I'm not sure if I've ever been more turned on than I am right now. You know why? I'm going to enjoy watching Jasper's tongue snake out of his mouth and wrap itself around your nipple. He's going to lick slow circles, then he's going to wrap his soft lips around you and suck the rest off. When he's done, he's going to switch sides and I'll get to watch him do it all over again on your other nipple.” I squirmed a little where I was sitting, rubbing my legs together for any form of friction, feeling myself grow wetter with each word I said.
As Jasper leaned down to begin doing exactly what I promised, I grabbed the caramel sauce and let some drip out onto Edward's cock.
I dipped my finger into the caramel and slid it into Edward's mouth. He quickly closed his lips around it and began sucking. He was using his tongue, swirling it around my finger as I moved my mouth to do the same on his dick. He moaned as my mouth closed around his tip, swirling in the same motions he was using on my finger. I began letting him guide me. As he took my finger deeper into his mouth, I hungrily sucked more of him into my mouth.
He thrust his hips up, forcing my mouth lower onto him and I took that as my sign to stop what I was doing. Cruel, I know...
“Jasper, it looks like you've done a fine job up there, why don't you come see what you can do down here and take over for me? I have some other plans for Dr. Cullen here.”
I could see his dick twitch when I called him Dr. Cullen and it made me smirk a little.
That will be good to know if we ever get to repeat this.
I poured another thin stream of caramel on Edward's hardness and Jasper gave me a quick kiss on his way down Edward's body. Grabbing the bottle of whipped cream, I shook it, and strategized my plan of attack.
“Edward, open your mouth, baby.”
My hand was ready and in position, so once his mouth was open, I sprayed a quick squirt of whipped cream and followed it with my mouth, kissing him hard. One of his hands came up to snake behind my neck, pulling me even closer. His moans vibrated through my mouth as he pushed his tongue up into mine, spreading the whipped cream around between us. I pulled my mouth back, despite his protests, and began licking around his lips sensually, making sure to clean up everything.
I leaned back slightly and tapped Jasper on his shoulder, requesting his help with my next move. Edward whimpered slightly at the loss of Jasper's mouth. I handed him the whipped cream and pointed down at my center, moving my legs open for him. He graciously squirted a little more whipped cream than I had planned all over my wet pussy and I couldn't help but gasp at the cold against my heat.
Moving my right leg up and over Edward, I straddled his body, facing his feet. I scooted my way to his mouth, making sure to not drag myself along his body; I wanted to keep as much whipped cream there as I could.
“Jasper, make sure you do a good job. I want to feel Edward moaning into me while he licks me clean and makes me come.”
At that command, Jasper and Edward both began to moan and I could feel Edward's lips reaching out for me, anxious to reach their intended destination. One more adjustment and his mouth was exactly where I needed it. He immediately began licking, sucking, and nibbling at me. I could feel his tongue plunge into me as I lowered my upper body onto his. I met Jasper's eyes and he lifted his mouth up to allow room for me. So good at sharing.
I licked my lips and snaked my tongue out to swipe at Edward's dick. The moment he felt both Jasper's mouth and my tongue on him, Edward's head curled up a little and he let out a deep, mangled moan, pressing himself further into me. I could feel myself getting ready to come, and I pushed back against Edward's mouth. Putting a hand in front of me to cup and play with his balls, I closed my lips around the base of his cock, moaning. He moved a hand up to my ass and rubbed gently before slowly slipping a finger into my wetness. Talented even when he can't see what he's doing. Is there anything this man can't do perfectly?
“Mmm, suck harder, Jasper, faster. I want Edward to come with me.”
I moved my hands to rub across Edward's thighs, holding his legs open for Jasper. Edward added a second finger to me and began pumping faster.
“Edward, it's too bad you can't see Jasper sucking you, it's such a pretty sight. His tight little mouth closed over your cock, it's almost too much. Are you ready to come for Jasper, Edward? I can't wait to see him swallow you down.”
I could feel him nodding his head up and down, dragging his tongue up and down my slit, ending at my clit, where he began flicking back and forth. I knew he had to be close to be driving me so quickly to my own orgasm, so I decided it was time to let go.
“Oh, Edward, Edward... I hope Jasper is doing as good of a job as you are. You certainly deserve a reward for licking me so well. I'm going to come, Edward. Are you ready for me, baby? Let me see you shoot into Jasper's hot mouth.”
I was grinding myself against Edward's mouth as I felt my orgasm take over. I began shaking, moaning, screaming. I couldn't hold it in as I dug my nails into his legs and felt his hips push up. I took one hand and put it at the base of his cock, feeling him pulse and spill into Jasper's waiting mouth. Jasper had his eyes closed and he was moaning so loudly, I briefly wondered if he was coming with us, too.
I was on the highest of highs, and I knew Edward had to be feeling similarly. I crawled off him and moved my body to his right side, Jasper moving onto his left. Jasper's hand came across to rest on my hip as he softly kissed Edward's mouth. I slipped the blindfold off after trying unsuccessfully to untie it. Fucking Boy Scouts and their knots.
I looked into Edward's grass green eyes and all I could do was sigh in contentment.
“Bella, that was... There are no words.” He turned his head. “And you, Jasper... That mouth should never leave my cock.”
We all laughed softly and continued touching, stroking, and caressing each other for a few minutes.
“You know, Bella, now that I can see again, I noticed that we never got to use the ice cream you two took out from the freezer. It's probably a puddled mess by now.”
Edward sat up to reach for the ice cream tub. He took the lid off and threw it aside. It looked slightly melty, but not ice cream soup just yet. His crooked grin appeared and I knew Edward was having less than pure thoughts. There was a glint of mischief in his eyes that made me a little afraid.
He dipped his hand into the tub and came out with a scoop of mostly frozen ice cream. Reaching over, he smeared it onto my nipple.
I gasped and tried to squirm away, but he used his other hand to hold me in place, then moved the bucket in front of Jasper for him to grab some as well. As soon as they both had an ice cream covered nipple in front of them, they began to lick and suck it off, taking their time lapping with flattened tongues against my skin. I instinctively let my eyes close and my head lean back. My legs opened in front of me, knees bent and parted, mouth open in ecstasy.
“Jasper, do you see what I see?” Edward asked with a teasing tone.
“Mmhmm, Edward, I sure do. I see a hot, horny, fuckable Bella,” I replied.
We each continued sucking and licking Bella's breasts, moving one of our hands up her legs. Shit, we couldn't be more coordinated if we tried.
Once our hands met at her center, I stroked my fingers over the top of his, lacing them together briefly. We smiled at each other and I knew Edward had greater plans when he moved our hands down to Bella's very wet and waiting slit. We unlaced our hands and I let Edward press a finger into her first, watching her buck against his hand, before I replaced his with mine on the next stroke in.
“Edward, I don't want to be greedy, but I'm really fucking jealous of our fingers right now. Think I could have a turn?” I was practically begging for release; watching the two of them and sucking Edward had me incredibly turned on.
“Of course, baby. I can't wait to see your face when you come inside of Bella.” He leaned in to kiss me as we withdrew our fingers from her.
“Bella, are you on birth control?” I asked, hopeful that she was. I really wanted to feel every part of her as I fucked her senseless.
She nodded and I leaned over, pressing her body down to the ground as I lowered myself on top of her.
“All I could think about when Edward's mouth was on your sweet pussy was how hard I wanted to fuck you, Bella. Do you want me to fuck you?”
She nodded again and bit her lip, looking up at me with anticipation. Why can't we keep her? So unfair she lives so far away.
I pressed the tip of my dick into her and steadied myself. I had to be careful, this would all be over in a matter of seconds if I couldn't get things under control before I began to really give it to her. I took a deep breath, distracting myself with thoughts of work and different things. When I was satisfied that I wouldn't come immediately upon penetration, I plunged forward, both of us moaning as I entered her.
“Oh God, Bella.” I grunted and thrust in and out of her, watching Edward snake his hands between our bodies. He used one to tweak my nipples on and off and began slowly rubbing Bella's clit back and forth with the other.
“Faster, Edward, please. Harder, Jasper. Fuck me harder,” she said with a moan.
I could see the grin of accomplishment on Edward's face as he pressed his palm against the top of Bella's mound, using more fingers to work her closer to an orgasm.
She began to lose it, bucking into me as hard as she could, meeting each of my thrusts, and the feeling of her walls clamping around me was too much, too intense. I held off as long as I could, riding out the waves of her orgasm, not wanting to miss a second of the sensation. When she was done, I let go, feeling my dick pulse in her, giving one final thrust into her body before collapsing to rest on top of her.
She brought her hand up to caress my face, planting soft kisses all around, her other hand reaching for Edward's.
“Thank you, Jasper, thank you,” she said breathlessly, still peppering me with kisses.
I saw her squeeze Edward's hand as she brought it to her mouth and began sweeping kisses across his knuckles.
“Edward, these hands, these fingers... Magic.” Bella had a tender look in her eyes as she whispered to Edward.
We wrapped up in each other again, snuggled onto the hard floor, warm bodies pressed into each other. Bella was the first to break our silence.
“I feel...sticky.” She laughed and tried to peel herself off the floor, which was amazingly sticky.
We all got up and surveyed the mess. We had somehow toppled over the caramel sauce and there was ice cream melted all over the floor, mixed with hot fudge, caramel, and whipped cream.
“Did you enjoy your Edward sundae, Jasper? I know I did.” She winked at me and touched my arm.
I laughed and nodded, looking at Edward.
“Is that what I was? Ah, I get it now. Edward sundaes for dessert.” He looked a little embarrassed.
“Come on, let's go get showered and check our flight. I can't believe it's 4AM already. The airline is going to start issuing new tickets soon, so we better get there if we want to make it home in time for Christmas.”
I grabbed both of their hands and led them into the massive master bathroom off Edward's room. Bella gasped when she saw what was basically our shared shower. We had redone the bathroom after we moved in, at Esme's insistence. She put in a marble-lined glass block enclosed dual head shower with a bench.
I peeked inside to see how well stocked Edward's shower was. He had shampoo, conditioner, body wash, all the things we'd need.
“Bella, Edward seems to have everything we need here, but if you want something from your bag, like clothes, you might want to go grab them now. That way, you'll have them when we're done. I'm going to run into my room and grab a new change of clothes and I'm sure Edward is going to do the same.”
“Good idea. Thanks, Jasper.”
She walked away and I mentally high-fived myself for the suggestion, if for no other reason than reaping the benefit of seeing a naked Bella walking away. I was next treated to the sight of naked Edward following her. I am damn lucky.
I turned the shower on and ran to my room to grab clean clothes. Who would ever have imagined that we'd be showering together after a hot night?
When Bella came back into the room, she looked amused. I could see Edward behind her, guiding her with his hands on her waist, his chin resting on her shoulders.
“Tired, Edward?” I smiled at him.
“Yes, but, So. Worth. It.” He grinned as he spoke.
I opened the shower door and climbed in, Edward and Bella following close behind. I stood in the warm, steamy shower for a minute, getting my bearings. The water felt great against my tense shoulders, easing the muscles in my back as it sprayed hard against them.
I saw Edward embrace Bella and move with her under the other shower head, letting the water wash away the physical signs of our night.
I grabbed the shampoo and pulled Edward back into my chest, squirting what seemed like a good amount into his hair. He leaned against me and closed his eyes, letting me wash him while Bella watched.
I nudged my head toward the body wash, giving her the okay to soap his body up and she wasted no time. Pooling the creamy soap in her hands, she gently caressed his skin. She started at his shoulders, washed across his chest, then moved her arms up and around to his back. Kissing him, she was pressing herself up against his wet, soapy body. She broke the kiss to continue washing down his body as I massaged his scalp.
We weren't being sexual anymore, just tender and loving with each other. Something shifted somewhere during the night and I had a suspicion that we'd see Bella again. In fact, I knew I was planning to ask her if we could see her during her time in Forks. I didn't want to use her for sex. She was worth so much more than that, and I had a feeling Edward felt the same.
Once Bella had soaped Edward up, she switched places with him, allowing him to go back under a spray of water to rinse his hair. She took me in her arms, her body still soapy from Edward and slid against me, getting me soapy.
She grabbed the body wash and put more in her palm, properly lathering up to clean me. She lavished the same attention on me that she had on Edward, taking her time to clean my body reverently. I know she felt how much we already cared for her, and it was clear she felt similarly.
“My turn!” she exclaimed in an excited, almost childlike voice.
Edward laughed and put some body wash in my hands while taking some shampoo in his and I cleaned her body while he cleaned her hair. We rinsed and conditioned, Edward and I taking time to shave our faces; Esme would never tolerate stubble at Christmas dinner.
We got out and I grabbed three of our fluffy towels (thank you again, Esme), motioning for Edward to come out first. I dried him off carefully, taking my time, rubbing him softly, lovingly.
When he was ready to get dressed, he left and went into his room and I opened the door for Bella to come out. I gave her the same loving attention I had given Edward, then she toweled me off and ended with a sweet kiss.
“Alright, are you going to make us late, getting ready?” I couldn't help but ask. Part of me was worried she would take forever to get ready, so I thought this was the best way to gently encourage her to hurry.
“Nope, I'm not usually one of those girls. I'll be ready in 15. In fact, I might even be ready before you two are!”
“That sounds like a challenge,” Edward offered, head peeking around the corner.
“No fair, you got a head start,” she whined at him.
“Just boxers, Bella. I was checking on the flight status. If you dress like you did yesterday, it won't even matter to you, Captain Commando.”
“That's Mistress Commando to you, Edward. And you're on!”
She smacked his ass on the way out of his bedroom and we all began frantically pulling our clothes on. We didn't even decide what the winner gets... What the hell, any prize from these two would be worth the extra hurry.
I could hear her hopping into her pants and rushing to the bathroom to brush and blow dry her hair. Hah! Blow dryer, nemesis of time challenges everywhere.
I heard the dryer click on and took the opportunity to go talk to Edward about last night.
“Mmm, you smell good,” I said, as I approached him from behind.
Wrapping my arms around his waist, I pulled him closer. He turned in my arms and embraced me gently, turning his head to kiss the side of my neck.
“Edward, I wanted to talk to you quickly before we leave for the airport again. I'm pretty sure I know your answer, but I was thinking maybe we'd want to talk to Bella about seeing her again while we're all in Forks for Christmas? I don't think I've ever had such chemistry with someone before, and I know I've never seen you with someone like that before. The two of you are so fucking hot together. I don't want her to think that we were just using her. She seems like an awesome girl. What do you think?”
“I agree, Jazz, but she lives in Boston,” he said, sighing. Right. Boston.
“Well, let's not worry about that right now. Let's enjoy the moment and see where things go, okay?”
“Ok,” he agreed and pulled back a little to softly kiss my lips. “I love you. Thank you for sharing this experience with me.”
“Wouldn't want to do it with anyone else.” I smiled at him and ran my fingers through his hair.
I heard the hair dryer click off. What the hell? That couldn't have been more than five minutes. Doesn't it take girls forever to dry their hair?
Bella ran out of the bathroom with her hair in a messy bun on top of her head, and as I was searching for my deodorant, I saw her rush past me and into Edward's room. Her heels were clacking on our laminate floor the whole way. I peeked around the corner just in time to see her launch herself onto Edward's bed and collapse in laughter.
“I win!” she shrieked. Fuck me. I'm pretty sure you can have whatever you want from either of us, even if you hadn't just won.
She propped herself on her elbows, still laughing. “What is taking you slow pokes so long? And, what exactly did I win?”
Edward and I exchanged glances and shrugged, finishing the last of our prep work for the trip.
“You're not going to tell me what I won?” She pouted.
“We have to decide what it is, silly.” I kissed her nose and walked past her into the living room.
We all double checked our bags and Edward carried Bella's laptop bag while I wheeled her larger bag out the front door and to the L.