Love Takes a Swim Part 14 by Dellani Oakes

Love Takes a Swim cover smallKai tells Paisley about his former girlfriend, who stabbed him. 

Their kisses the day before, had nothing on this one. Taking on a life of its own, it possessed them both, making them hungry and satisfying their longing in one long, luxurious moment. How long they kissed, he didn’t know. It made no difference. However, when his mother called, wondering where they were, he realized they’d been at it nearly 20 minutes.

“Sorry, Mom. Minor crisis here. Paisley’s sink was backed up and water was all over the place. I didn’t think to call.”

“Right,” his mother said, seeing through the blatant lie. “And does the plunger have brown hair and green eyes?”

“Uh, no, Mother. The plunger has brown hair and eyes, with incredible musculature.”

“You’re impossible! Get your incredibly muscular ass over here fast. It’s almost time to open the pool.”

“Yes, ma’am. On our way.” He hung up. “Ready?”

“All set.” Paisley grabbed her things, scuffled into her flip flops and followed him to his Jeep.

Kai opened the door, leaning on it after helping her in. He couldn’t quit staring. Paisley looked nervously at herself.

“Have I got a tag out? Is something wrong?”

“No. Just admiring the view. Forgive me. I’m a horny man. Seeing a beautiful woman this early in the morning makes me—well…. Makes me think impure thoughts. But I had those the second I saw you yesterday, so I reckon it’s nothing new.”

Paisley wasn’t sure how to respond to that, so wisely, said nothing. Her smile warmed him inside and out as he closed her door. Walking around the front of the Jeep, Kai fought a mental battle with himself.

What am I doing? Am I completely out of my mind? She’s come out of a relationship with the Hound from Hell and I’m not much better!

His castigation was short lived. Paisley’s frown of concern greeted him when he opened his door.

“Are you mad at me?”

“No. Not at all. Why?”

“You had such a frown on your face. And you were talking to yourself.”

“Don’t even think that was directed at you. I was mad at myself.”

“What for?” she asked as he started the Jeep.

“I don’t want you to think I’m just out for virgin pussy,” he said, quoting her. “I don’t want you to feel pressured to take our relationship—I don’t intend to force you to have sex with me. Not that it wouldn’t be amazing…! Sorry. Maybe I should explain the way a man thinks.”

“No need. I’ve pretty well figured that out over the years.” She cracked a smile at him. “Just so we’re clear, that kiss was the best—incredible. You’re amazing and wonderful. I really like you. As to taking advantage, trust me when I say, I’ll let you know if you get too fresh.”

He chuckled, blushing. Then the blood rushed further down, making him fidget in his seat, as he clutched to downshift for his turn. He parked, putting the car in first gear before he turned it off.

“As long as you don’t come at me with a butcher knife, we’re good.”

“I would never do that!”

“I only mention it, cause someone tried that once.” He tugged his shorts and shirt aside, showing her the scar Brianna had given him.

“Oh, my God!” Her fingers touched the smooth skin where the hair refused to grow.

Kai flinched away from her touch, not because it hurt him, but because it made him want her even more. I shouldn’t have done that. Way to make a dick of yourself, Kai.

Paisley’s green eyes caught his, riveting him in place. “A girl did that to you? Why?”

“I’m embarrassed to tell you.”

“Then you don’t have to.”

“I want you to know.” He closed his eyes, remembering. “I got a girl pregnant a few years ago. I didn’t know it at the time, but she was pretty unstable. Anyway, I paid for her to have an abortion, like she wanted. It wasn’t my choice, but hers. Then she came at me with a knife, trying to cut my balls off. She missed.”

Her fingers were still on the scar, her eyes lingering on it like her touch. “How horrible! The girl, is she okay?”

“She’s getting treatment. She had a drug problem I knew nothing about. Hell, I was sixteen. What did I know, right? She wasn’t in control of herself.”

© 2019 Dellani Oakes

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