Fiction Friday -- Crushed

Found a word challenge on the Harlequin Forums. 1000 words.

5) The key scene in an "adolescence crush to adult"theme romance where the older hero sees the heroine as a woman for thefirst time and not as the little brat who used to follow him aroundyears ago.

This is what I have so far....

By the time Thadeus arrived home, rain poured from the sky. The pounding on the car roof matched the pounding of his headache. How in God's name he'd gotten strapped into taking care of little, blonde Katie Hansen was completely beyond his comprehension. But the message on his blackberry from his mother definitely confirmed his worst nightmare.

Katie Hansen was probably in his house right now, wreaking havoc on...something. He couldn't get out of his mind the way she'd pulled every one of his paintings from his portfolio—okay, it hadn't been a portfolio, but it had been a very important senior year art thesis for his advanced placement class.

Now he sounded like a prick.

She'd been eight, ten years his junior. She couldn't have known to check the kitchen table for water before laying them all out to admire.