Love Takes a Swim Part 17 by Dellani Oakes

Love Takes a Swim cover smallKai feels uncomfortable having to reschedule his first date with Pasiley. Luckily, she understands.

“Having a sex-fest?” She smirked, raising a saucy eyebrow.

“Is that an invitation?” Kai laughed deep in his chest, his hands sliding up her sides as he drew her close.

“You’d like it to be.” Paisley tensed up slightly as his hands got too close to her breasts.

He sighed heavily. “That’s me being tactless. Again, forgive me.”

“For what? Being a man?” She smiled, playfully shoving him aside with her hip. Her ass connected with his gonads making him groan—and not because it hurt him.

“Well, if I could change the way men are, I’d do it in a heartbeat.”


“Because it would be a hell of a lot more convenient if we could control our….” The room was filling up for the yoga class. “Baser urges,” he whispered huskily in her ear. “I’d better get going,” he said unwillingly. “I’ve got to iron my uniform and take a shower. Mom said she’d take you home. In fact, she invited you to dinner again.”

“I’ll talk to her. I’d like that. Your family is terrific. And you’re wonderful,” she said, leaning against him.

Kai took her face in his hands. He didn’t care who was watching, or what anyone thought. Kissing her deeply, he felt his groin swell, almost to the point of discomfort.

“That’s to remind you why I don’t want to do these shifts,” he said quietly. “I’ll see you in the morning.”

“Be safe.”

“You too.” He kissed her quickly and left.

At home, Kai rummaged through his laundry, yanking out his uniform. They technically were wash and wear, but he’d forgotten to pull it out of the drier, and it looked it. He put it in to fluff while he showered and went over it with the iron before he dressed.

Kai ate a quick meal, dashing off a note for Paisley, which he left attached to the oven hood with a magnet. He taped it shut, not trusting his siblings to leave it alone. Arriving at the station a couple minutes ahead of time, he tossed his overnight bag on his usual bunk, and stowed his extra uniform in the locker.

“I appreciate this, Kai,” Thad said when he went back to the office to clock in. “I was at my wit’s end. I’m gonna kill him when he gets back.”

“Please don’t, or I’ll have this gig permanently.”

“I was gonna ask you about that, actually. I’m gonna talk to your mom. If we can work your shifts around so you can be two places at once, will you consider taking this full time? Greg’s a flake, always has been. Honestly, I’ve been looking for an excuse to fire him. This is the last straw for me. I have to know my guys will come in when I need them, and you’ve always been reliable. He’s a good few years older, and nowhere near as mature.”

“How do you mean two places at once?”

“I figure that if you go over there, stay at the pool a couple hours, I still pay you as emergency personnel. Then you join your team after. If there’s trouble, you’re on site as first responder, and I send the guys over.”

“What if there’s an emergency while I’m there?”

“We’ll figure it out. I can still start an IV,” he said, wiggling his fingers. “I got me some mad skills.” He winked at Kai. “Will you consider it?”

“Let me see how it goes this week and we’ll talk about it.”

“Fair enough. The rest of the guys will be in soon. Have a cup of joe, watch some TV, relax. We’ll hope for an uneventful night.”

“I’m gonna catch a nap. Just twenty minutes. I didn’t sleep too well.”

“New lady keep you up?” He gave a knowing leer.

“In a matter of speaking. I had her on my mind, and my pal dick wouldn’t let me sleep.”

Thad nodded. “Been there, kid. Sure, snag a nap. I’ll wake you in twenty-five minutes, that gives you time to get to sleep.”

“Thanks, Thad.” They shook hands and Kai went to lie down.

It seemed like no time later, Thad was shaking his shoulder. Kai glanced at the clock, nearly an hour had passed.

“Tried waking you a couple times, but you wouldn’t stir. Guys are making a dinner run. Want to go?”

“Yeah. Lemme splash some water on my face and rinse my mouth.”

“No problem. Must have been some dream,” he said with a sly grin.


“Boy, you had a boner from hell, when I walked in here. Lucky you didn’t jizz all over yourself. How long has it been since your pal got fed?”

“Don’t remember.” Kai shrugged, shaking his head to clear it. “Sorry. Paisley’s been on my mind quite a bit.”

“Bring her by, let us meet her.”

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