Kai and Brad are having a conversation about his relationship with Paisley.
“Cause I can’t promise that. I swear, it would kill me to end this relationship.”
The older man continued to smoke silently.
“If someone had told you to stop pursuing my mother, could you have done it?”
Brad smiled, shaking his head. “Sure. Then I would have walked into the ocean and drowned myself. A man can’t live without his heart.”
Kai held out his hands, acknowledging the comment. He gave a that’s what I’m talking about motion, nodding emphatically.
“I wasn’t any older than you when I started dating Nina. She wasn’t even Paisley’s age. God, that girl could make me do back flips to please her. She had me so tied up in knots, I couldn’t stand it! Every day, it was something else, some other reason she’d refuse. It took me a month just to get a kiss. Two before she let me go any further than that. And it was nearly three before we first made love. That was just about the best day of my life. Only our wedding and the birth of your brother and sister were better.”
Kai waited, wondering why Brad was telling him all this.
“Take it slow, son. Don’t rush into anything. Going off fully loaded is a good way to end up pregnant. Use what’s between your ears, not your legs, and pay attention. You will have to tread very lightly with Paisley. You don’t want to make a major mistake, and lose her forever—a man can’t live without his heart.”
It took a moment for Kai to process what Brad was telling him.
“So you aren’t telling me to end it?”
“I’d only do that if I thought it was a destructive relationship. I want you to be careful.”
“I’m always careful, Brad….”
“Not that kinda careful, though that’s important. I mean careful so neither of you ends up hurt.”
“I’ll do my best. I won’t ever hurt her on purpose.”
“I know. But you need to be careful not to hurt yourself.”
“How am I gonna get hurt?”
Brad shook his head, stubbing out his cigarette. “We’d better get back inside, so the ladies don’t think we’ve run off to get drunk.”
Kai chuckled. He and Brad rarely drank.
They walked back in the house and Nina ran to Kai, throwing her arms around him.
“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” She took his face in her hands, looking him in the eye. “Can you forgive me? I promised I wouldn’t bring that up—and I did.”
“Sure, Mom. It’s okay.” He kissed her on top of the head. “It’s okay,” he repeated, holding her close.
Before leaving for Paisley’s apartment, Kai changed into a royal blue Polo shirt, khaki pants and boat shoes. His mother pronounced him acceptable, and they headed to Paisley’s. She changed from her workout gear to jeans, a pink Polo and sandals.
Once she was ready, they headed to Manatee Park on Riverside Drive. The place was virtually deserted. The occasional adult walked by on the boardwalk, but they had the park to themselves.
“How about we sit on the swings,” Kai invited.
Paisley sat on the swing. He pushed her gently until she got going well, then he joined her. Laughing and giggling, Paisley tried to outdistance him. Although she had a head start, he soon caught up. His powerful legs pumped harder and faster until he passed her.
“So not fair!”
“I was King of the Swing at my elementary school. I can’t tell you how many times I got sent to the office.”
“For doing this.” He leaped off the swing when it was at its apex, landing on the ground several feet away.
“Oh, my God!” She dragged her feet to slow down. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, of course.”
“You jumped like ten feet in the air and landed. Oh, my God!”
Laughing, Kai grabbed the chain of her swing, halting her. Standing in front of her, he walked her swing back until her face was level with his. With his hands on the chain, he fluttered kisses across her nose, mouth and cheeks.
Paisley wrapped her legs around his waist, pulling him between her legs, as his kisses got more interesting. She could feel his tall, lean body pressed seductively against hers, his excitement obvious. Kai sighed contentedly, snuggling closer. His body fit perfectly, conforming to her curves. Her scent changed as she got more excited, making him crazy with lust. Rubbing against her, he felt himself thicken, wanting to fill her.
“You kids need to move along now,” someone said from a few feet away. “It’s dusk and the park’s closing.”
© 2019 Dellani Oakes