You must’ve made some deal with the Devil…

“Guys.” Caine tipped his head to the crowd of men gathered around. “This is Trent from the shop.”One guy snorted. “Looks like you took a wrong turn.”Another stepped out of the corner, cracking his knuckles. He was round and bushy as a Biker Santa, and as I recalled his name was Fitch, Caine’s father. Also known to the club as The Wise One. He and Sawyer would play a large role in my continued association with the club—or my demise if I fucked this up.“Used to be with the Brotherhood, right?” Fitch asked.“Nothing official. My uncle…

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I could think of better ways to put you to use.

I remained distracted, looking around the room. A few of Charlie’s drawings hung taped to the fridge, but there weren’t any other pictures or decorations. I was used to living bare—since Ollie and I didn’t decorate our rental house either—but this house had a strange coldness to it. “You need any help putting everything away?” “I could think of better ways to put you to use.” “Eric,” I screeched, turning on my heel. I never thought he’d do anything in front of Charlie, but that didn’t make it any less awkward. Charlie was a student. A…

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“…you’ll be plenty warm soon enough.”

I'll turn up the heat, but you'll be plenty warm soon enough." He popped me on the butt. "Move." The impact startled me at first, taking my breath. I scrambled to the bed and laid back, feeling completely exposed while he walked across the room, first to the window to adjust the temperature, then back to the dresser, returning to his mysterious satchel. He cleared off one side table and placed the bag on top within his reach. His muscles flexed under his skin as he climbed onto the bed between my legs. Placing one hand…

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“I’m not completely heartless and unreasonable.”

"Thank you," I said, unsure if it was the wine talking or the comforting feeling of the sun. I stretched out on my stomach across the blanket and let the sun warm my back. Kirk stretched out next to me, resting on his side. "I'm not completely heartless and unreasonable." I smiled then rolled to my back. I leaned up and kissed his lips. His eyes widened, and he jerked back slightly. "You don't have—" "I know, but every time you try to protect me, I make things harder." "I manage." "I know, but—I just—Can you…

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