Love Takes a Swim Part 20 by Dellani Oakes

Love Takes a Swim cover smallKai and his team responded to a house fire before heading back to the station. Too keyed up to sleep, they decide they’re hungry.

Cherise and Kai made pizza and they sat around eating and drinking root beer.

“So, a new woman,” Davis said out of the clear blue.

Davis was next to youngest, a man in his mid twenties. Also single, he had a new woman nearly every week. Kai’s love life wasn’t nearly as active, so for him to have a new woman was big news.

“Yeah,” Kai said around a mouthful of pizza. He chewed and swallowed quickly. “Her name’s Paisley. She’s an instructor at the club. Just started Monday.”

“So, good figure?” Davis asked.

“Of course. She’s hot, too. You come onto her, I’ll break you in two,” Kai said with quiet menace.

“Dude, chill! You have my word I won’t hit on your woman. Never stole another man’s woman in my life.”

“Good. I’d hate to have to kill you,” Cherise added coldly.

“You too? What’s up? I’m a nice guy!”

“You’re a predator,” Cherise replied, her eyes flashing.

“Me? I’m a pussy cat!”

“You’re a pussy hound,” she replied angrily. “I’ve seen how you operate.”

“I’m just a guy, Cherise. Not a man here can deny he’s used his edge to get laid.”

“I’m not sure I know what you mean by your edge, but if you mean you’ve coerced a woman into having sex with you….”

Davis looked away, ducking his head.

“Okay, be fair,” Tommy, an EMT said. “We’re men. It’s kinda in the genetic code to be persistent. It’s not something to be proud of, Cherise, but I’ve coerced a woman or two.”

“Me too,” Kai admitted shyly. “Couple times.”

Cherise sniffed, nose in the air, her arms crossed over her chest. “Bunch of leches.”

Kai laughed, tipping his chair. “I don’t deny that! Hell, that’s part of being male! Don’t hate us. Pity us.”

“And why would I do that?” Her dark eyes flashed.

“Cause how would you like it going through life perpetually horny? I mean, seriously. I see a hot woman, I’m gonna get sprung. It’s a fact of life. Not like I can control it, you know?”

Schwing!” Tommy said, chuckling.

“Do I even want to know what that means?” Cherise asked with a frown.

“Nope,” the men answered in chorus.

“Without man’s persistence, the human race would die out,” Tommy intoned solemnly.

Cherise shook her head, trying not to giggle. “You guys are so damn full of shit. Why do women put up with you?”

The men exchanged a look, tipping their chairs in unison. “Orgasms,” they said as if they’d rehearsed it.

Laughing loudly, Cherise bid good night, and went back to bed. Tom and Davis cleaned up, following Kai to the dorm, where they all went back to bed. Kai found sleep easy.

However hearing his alarm go off the next morning, was hard. He got a quick breakfast for himself while the others slept. The day workers, like Thad, came in and got coffee from the pot Kai had fixed.

“You’re up early,” Thad commented as he poured his coffee.

“Got to pick up Paisley and do my morning shift at the pool.” He yawned loudly. “Sorry, that two o’clock fire really messed me up. I slept, but not well.”

“Do you think you can handle this? I know it’s a lot to expect from you.”

“Needs doing. I’ll try to train one of the others to do my job. Paisley could, but she’s got the whole class to look out for. Might miss something.”

“How about your mom?”

“Panics too easy. She could do it, but I’d be worried about her judgment.”

Thad nodded. “Too bad Cody’s so young. He’s a sharp kid, very capable. I wish I had two more just like you boys. I’d have the perfect team.”

Kai chuckled, sipping his coffee. “Thanks. I’d better get going. Gotta pick up Paisley.”

“That’s somewhat out of your way.”

“I don’t want her riding the bus, Thad. That’s not safe.”

“Agreed. Okay. See you later.”

Kai picked up Paisley, and stayed for the two water aerobics classes. Afterward, he gave her a quick kiss and headed across the street.

Fortunately, the rest of Greg’s shift was quiet. Kai fell into a hectic routine between the pool and station, that by Friday, wasn’t too bad. He knew if he had too many nights like the first one, he was going to be exhausted. He hoped he could find someone to take the pool job, so he wouldn’t have to do both. He didn’t hold out much hope. None of the others had enough training. Only Paisley came close, and she couldn’t teach and act as emergency contact.

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First Meeting from Deserted ~ A Love in the City Romance by Dellani Oakes

First Meeting imageI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again—I love first meetings. Alyssa Kendrake is an out of work English teacher. When she gets an e-mail inviting her to audition for a TV show, she’s shocked and slightly intimidated. Since it’s a chance for work, she goes. The receptionist tells her to go upstairs and ask for directions to the audition room.

The desk on the fifth floor was unoccupied, so Alyssa waited until a tall swarthy skinned man walked by.

“Excuse me,” she said quietly.

He turned to her with a smile. “May I help you?”

“Yes, I’m looking for the casting director of Deserted. I was told to go to room fifty forty-two, but I don’t know where that is.”

“I’d be happy to show you, Miss Kendrake. I’m going there myself. My name is Barry.” He shook her hand politely.

“Thank you, Barry.”

She followed him down the hall, admiring the view. She didn’t usually allow herself to stare at a man, but he didn’t seem to notice. He was incredibly well built and his clothing set off his physique well. He wore dark gray dress pants, a dove gray shirt and no suit coat. His tie was a blend of gray and blue, like damp watercolors swirled together. He looked more like a professional athlete than someone who worked in an office.

Barry chuckled to himself. It wasn’t often a pretty woman came in the office and watched his ass as he walked down the hall. Strutting casually, he emphasized his swagger a little, to keep her looking. She thought he wasn’t aware of her gaze, but he was. He didn’t mind the lingering caress of her eyes. As a matter of fact, it was not only flattering, but a distinct thrill.

Alyssa watched the muscular man walk, thinking how long it had been since she’d had one of her own to admire up close. Blinking rapidly, she nearly ran into him when he stopped in front of room 5042. He held the door partially open, standing not quite far enough away for her to walk easily through. He leaned casually against it, one arm raised well above her head. Smiling down at her, he invited her into the room with a smile and a hand at the small of her back.

Alyssa had to turn slightly to face him, nearly brushing up against him. With a shy smile, she eased by his arm. Eyes demurely downcast, she glanced up at him like Lauren Bacall. Barry felt his pulse quicken as he closed the door behind them.

“Everyone, this is Alyssa Kendrake. She’s here about Deserted. She’s our next appointment.”

“Welcome, Alyssa,” a smiling, dark haired woman greeted her. “Please have a seat. I’m Kimberly Crimson, casting director. You’ve met Barry Sebring. Next to me is Mickey Stafford and to the left of him is Grace Bing. Why don’t you begin by telling us a little about yourself.”

Alyssa took the indicated chair. It was softer than it looked and she sank more deeply than she anticipated, nearly losing her balance. Righting herself with difficulty, she sat on the edge so she wouldn’t have another mishap.

She looked quickly at the people in the room, sizing them up as best she could. Barry was tall, athletic, handsome. Kimberly wasn’t much over five feet, slightly rounded, with soft dark hair and eyes. Grace was somewhat older than the others. Graying hair was pulled back in a sleek ponytail. Her half moon glasses rested on her nose. Mickey, who couldn’t have been much older than her high school students, was probably an intern.

“I’m Alyssa Kendrake. I’m thirty-two and a school teacher, or at least I was until all the budget cuts. To be specific, I am an out of work, high school, English teacher. I’m not really sure why I’m here. I’m not an actress.”

“You filled out an application for a clerical position,” Kimberly answered. “There was a picture with your application. I was going through the files and liked your look. It was my decision to ask you in.”

“Oh, well that’s great! I’m desperate to find something. The wolf is scratching at the door as we speak.”

They smiled politely, shuffling papers in front of them. Barry stared openly, the others kept glancing at her, scribbling notes on their papers. No one said anything for quite awhile.

“What else can you tell us about yourself?” Barry asked suddenly. “Are you married? Seeing anyone?”

Alyssa got the impression that those were more than casual questions. She couldn’t see what they had to do with anything, but turned to Barry with a friendly smile.

“I’m single, not for lack of trying. Why? Is this job contingent upon my being single?”

“No, I was just curious. Purely from a business point of view, of course,” he added quickly, glancing at Kimberly.

Miss Crimson giggled, shaking her head as she took notes. “Do you have any special talents, Alyssa?” She asked.

“I’m an English teacher and aspiring writer. I’ve done some freelance work for two of the local newspapers. I love to cook, play racquetball and swim three miles a day. My first degree is in theater and dance, but my second is in English education. Brown is my natural hair color. I wear contact lenses. I’m five foot six, weigh one hundred and ten pounds and love to listen to music.”

“What kind of music do you like?” Barry leaned forward, an intensity in his body language that hadn’t been there before.

“Just about everything, but my favorite is heavy metal. Specifically Metallica, though I really like Incubus and Rammstein.”

“Cool,” he chuckled, nodding at Kimberly. “Thank you, Alyssa. Are you available tomorrow at one for a callback?”

“My schedule is completely empty, Barry. Yes.”

“Excellent. Put her down for tomorrow at one, Grace.”

“Already got it.”

“I’ll see you out,” Barry grinned, holding the door for Alyssa once more.

“Thank you,” Alyssa blushed as she slid past him.

“My pleasure,” he gazed down at her, letting the door swing shut. “You free for dinner?”

“Tonight?”

“Or tomorrow. But tonight would be better for me.”

“Oh? Do you have pressing matters tomorrow?”

“We make our final decisions tomorrow. I’ll be tied up. Are you free at six?”

“As a matter of fact, I am.”

“I’ve got your address on your resume. I’ll pick you up at six?”

“Will this help me get the job?”

He winked, flashing a saucy grin. “Maybe.”

He had expressive, dark, jade green eyes, Alyssa noticed in passing. Her violet blue eyes penetrated his, searching the depths for what made Barry tick. His smile changed slightly as he noticed the scrutiny. Again, he didn’t seem to mind, so she indulged herself.

“Then maybe six would be good,” she giggled, blushing again.

“See you at six.” He pushed the elevator button, holding the door for her when it opened.

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Love Takes a Swim Part 19 by Dellani Oakes

Love Takes a Swim cover smallKai tells his co-workers about Paisley. The guys give him kind of a hard time, but Cherise makes him feel better about himself.

Kai knew he’d died recently, after a lingering illness. He couldn’t remember, but he thought it was A.L.S.

“He was a cool guy, Cherise. I liked him a lot.”

“I learned more about courage from that man, than anyone else I know.” She blinked hard, fighting tears. “But enough about me. Don’t let them get to you. You keep being you, and let them be the barbarians they are. You’ll get the smokin’ hot chicks every time.”

“I only want one. We were gonna go out for our first official date tonight. Then this happened.” He looked disgusted.

“Well, there’s a reason for it. You may never know what it is, but rest assured, there is. So, where were you going to take her?”

“I was gonna do dinner and a movie. Not that exciting, I know, but I didn’t want to do something she’d misconstrue.”

“I’m real impressed you know that word. And you’re right. It’s a fine line. A first date doesn’t have to be fancy to be fun. You know what you could do? I know this is gonna sound silly, but take her to the park, and sit on the swings.”

“You’re kidding me.”

“Might not sound like much to you, but I bet she’d have fun. There are some nice parks around. You could go before it got too dark and spooky. Afterwards, dinner someplace non-threatening, like a cozy family spot.”

“Good idea.”

“And keep that bad boy under control. I came in when you were sleeping. Got an anaconda trapped in there?” She nudged him again, bumping his shoulder with her head as she giggled.

“God, not you too. Thad already commented on my embarrassing moment. Did everyone see?” Kai whispered sharply.

“Just us, and we’re not telling. Girls got it easy. We can have that kind of dream without the whole world knowing. Were you not so uniquely blessed, you wouldn’t have such a tough time concealing it.”

“God, I’m embarrassed. I can’t begin to tell you how much.”

“It’s okay, baby. Go get yourself a shower and head to bed. You look beat.”

“I’m pretty tired. I think I will.”

“I’m headed that way myself. I can spend only so much time around them, then I start wanting to burp, scratch myself inappropriately, and fart in public.”

Kai laughed hard, muffling it when the other men jeered him from the TV room as they watched the end of Deadliest Warrior. Normally, Kai liked that show, but he was too tired to care. He had to pick up Paisley in the morning, as well as taking his morning shift at the pool.

The shower felt good on his tired back and shoulders. He would have liked to linger, but wanted to get to bed before the other men came into the dorm. He crawled into bed in his boxers, uniform neatly draped on the chair next to his bed. The lights were dim, but there was still enough illumination that the others could see to get ready for bed. Partitions between the beds gave them a modicum of privacy.

Cherise was lucky. With only two women on the payroll, she had the women’s dorm to herself. Kai liked his privacy, but didn’t have it when he was working. Fortunately, he was able to sleep without too much trouble, but only if he was asleep before the others came in. He rolled on his side, closing his eyes.

The blare of the alarm woke Kai and the others around 2:00.

“House fire,” Cherise told him as they headed to the truck.

Kai hated fires. They were too unpredictable. Every time the firefighters went in, there was a chance they’d get hurt. He’d seen fire related injuries, and his empathic spirit felt each one along with the victim.

The stricken family stood on the street watching their lives burn. Father, mother, three children, a cat, two dogs and a boa constrictor—all their lives uprooted.

Kai and Cherise checked the family for injuries. The father’s hands were burned, but not seriously.

“I did it getting Louie out,” he explained, pointing to the snake his 10 year old son held. “Couldn’t let the poor guy roast.”

Kai smiled as he treated the man’s hands.

“At least we’re all alive,” the wife said. Sooty tears streaked her cheeks. “It’s bad, but it could’ve been so much worse.” She and her husband hugged one another, weeping.

The firefighters stayed to make sure the fire was completely out. Kai and his team returned to the station. Although they really needed to try for more sleep, they were too keyed up to rest.

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Love Takes a Swim Part 18 by Dellani Oakes

Love Takes a Swim cover smallKai has an unfortunate occurrence when he’s taking a nap at the fire house.

Kai laughed. “Sure—rub my face in it. She works right across the street at the club. Go over when she’s doing class. You’ll get a good look.”

“Might just have to do that. Hurry up, they’re waiting.”

Kai and his team mates went to the grocery store, wandering around until they found something for dinner. Usually they had some kind of plan, but this time none of them had any good ideas. Finally, Cherise, the only woman on the team, stopped by the kitchen kiosk in the front of the store.

“This smells good,” she said, taking a sample. “Eat.” She handed it around to the men. “We’ll take this,” she told the woman.

“Ingredients are in the cabinet over there. Everything you need for the recipe, plus sides, wine, etc.”

“No wine, we’re on duty. However, the rest of it. Load it up, guys. I decided, you cook.”

Kai laughed at the other men. All bachelors, none of them had much skill in the kitchen. He suspected he and Cherise would be cooking. He was the only one who could handle himself in food prep, and not set the kitchen on fire, or take off a finger.

As he predicted, he and Cherise fixed the meal while the others set the table and basically got in the way. When it was ready, they ate, laughing and cutting up like crazy. The meal was barely over when the alarm went off.

Grabbing their gear, they listened to find out their destination. Multiple car wreck on US-1. They hopped in the truck, taking off, sirens blaring. Traffic moved quickly out of the way, as they sped down the road.

At the scene, police had blocked off the highway, diverting traffic down a side street. Four cars littered the road, scattered from the south bound lanes to the north bound. One of the officers gave them a brief rundown as they approached.

“I’ve got six vics,” he said. “Two minor, the rest are pretty bad. One I’m not sure is gonna make it. Old guy, drunk, turned the wrong way down the highway, started going north in the south bound lanes. He’s real hurt.”

Their team was joined by EVAC from another station. They split up, two of them doing a quick triage. The others started on the worst victims first. Kai did triage, then helped as needed. Soon, they were all at the hospital being attended to by trauma physicians.

Back at the station, they cleaned up the kitchen and prayed the rest of the night was quiet. Unfortunately, an hour and a half later, another call came in.

“What is it? A full moon?” Cherise asked, gazing up at the sky as they drove.

Kai looked up too, squinting at the darkening sky through the canopy of palm trees. “Don’t see the moon yet. I dunno.”

“I was being facetious,” Cherise replied, digging his ribs with her elbow.

It was another car crash, but this one minor. No one needed an ambulance. Only scratches and bruises on the two passengers.

“I’m gonna kill Greg,” Kai said as he walked back in the station. “It’s never this busy on my shift. It’s like the bastard knew.”

“Well, I’d sure as hell rather work with you when it’s like this,” Cherise told him. “I can count on you to do what you’re told, and not argue. You don’t give me shit, or question. And you can work independently, without me riding your ass. I, for one, am glad you’re here.”

“Kai’s got a new woman,” Tommy said with a sly grin.

“And just how do you know that?” Kai was rather annoyed that the entire team knew.

“Thad told me. So, she hot?” Davis asked him as he popped open a soda.

“Does it matter?” Cherise asked, her dark eyes flashing. “Maybe Kai isn’t that superficial.”

“I’ve never seen him with a chick who wasn’t smokin’,” Davis said. “If there’s a sweet piece of ass, anywhere in the neighborhood, Kai’ll find her.” He held out his knuckles for the younger man to tap.

Kai hung his head, ignoring the dubious compliment. “Thanks, man. Make me sound as bad as you. Cherise, she’s very pretty. But I’d like her even if she wasn’t. She’s got a tender spirit,” he mused quietly, knowing she would understand, even if the men wouldn’t.

They didn’t, and teased him about it for quite some time. Cherise came to him later, sitting beside him at the table as the others watched TV.

“So, tell me about Miss Tender Spirit. What’s her name?”

Kai told her all about Paisley, including the abusive ex, and everything else that made her unique.

“She sounds real special. I’m glad she met you. If she’d met one of the goon squad, can you imagine?”

“Am I really that different? I’m just a guy.”

“You’re not just a guy,” she said quietly. “No doubt, you’re a man.” She grinned, punching his broad shoulder. “But you’re more considerate than the rest of them. You’re a lot like my husband….”

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First Meeting from Crippled by Love~ A Love in the City Romance by Dellani Oakes

First Meeting imageSome first meetings go better than others. Cynthia Marshall is new to the society page beat at one of the local papers. She’s been ordered to go to interview Ian Yarrow at his home. She doesn’t know a lot about him, except that he’s very rich, and has, apparently, asked to be interviewed. Arriving a little late, she rings the doorbell at the door of his mansion. No one answers, so she tries again. Finally, someone arrives – it could have gone better.

The door slammed open and a very angry man, dressed in nothing but a glower and a pair of black silk boxers, frowned up at her from a streamlined wheelchair. Taken aback, Cynthia retreated and nearly fell off the porch. He grabbed her with a powerful hand, tugging her back on the porch.

“What?” he demanded.

“I-I’m Cyn-thia M-Marshall from the C-Clarion P-Post,” she grimaced at her own verbal errors. She’d hammered that stutter into oblivion years ago, but it came back in moments of high stress. Like now, when a gorgeous hunk of muscular, bronzed, hard bodied male in boxers yanked her nearly into his lap.

“The reporter, huh? Might have known you’d be early.”

“N-Not early, Mr. Yarrow. Actually, I’m—I’m a tad late. I had trouble finding the house. My GPS sent me in the opposite direction.”

He glared up at her, mouth a tight line, firm, well chiseled jaw working against his irritation.

“It’s cold out here, Miss Marshall, and I’m very nearly naked.”

He rolled back inside, holding the door partially closed so she had to squeeze past it. Full chested, she had to wriggle around the door frame without catching her breasts or snagging Fiona’s sweater. He slammed the door behind her, the frown still present as he rolled toward an elevator at the end of the vaulted foyer.

Cynthia followed, unsure of where she was going or what she was supposed to be doing. The glower deepened as she stepped onto the lift with him, but he said nothing. The door of the cage slid shut behind her, tapping her on the rear.

“Why’s the paper so hot to do an article on me?”

His question, like everything else about him, caught her by surprise.

“I-I’m not certain, Mr. Yarrow. I was t-told to come here and interview you.”

“You gonna stutter like that the entire time?”

“S-Sorry. It comes on when I’m n-nervous.”

He leaned back, folding his hands in his lap. She caught the glimmer of a platinum ring on his pinky and another, more ornate one, on his thumb. There was no wedding band, though both rings were on his left hand. Since his hands lay just below the line of his boxers, she caught a good glimpse of the superb musculature of his chest and abs. A dusting of dusky, soft hair emphasized the well chiseled ridges.

A knowing smile twitched his full lips, his dark gray eyes taking in details of her physique. She was about 5’6″, full breasted, slender hipped and well toned. She worked hard at maintaining her figure and every inch of her bust line was real. Dressed in sleek black leggings and dark red turtle neck sweater with a black cashmere wrap, Stuart Weitzman boots and chunky jewelry of her own design, she thought she looked pretty good. Apparently Mr. Yarrow agreed with her. The smile grew—as did something a tad lower down—blatantly obvious given his lack of clothing.

Cynthia blushed, turning away. Mr. Yarrow laughed rather loudly. It was frightening in the confined space and Cynthia suddenly wished she’d brought the photographer with her after all. Since she was slated to have several sessions with Ian Yarrow, she’d opted to doing the first interview on her own to get a feel for him. She wasn’t sure she liked what she felt.

He rolled down the hallway toward an open bedroom door. She could see the unmade bed from the stairs only a few feet away. She hadn’t woken him—oh no, he’d had company. Thus the irritation and anger. Concealing a smile, she followed him.

“Gonna come in while I dress?”

“Oh, sorry. Of course not.”

“I mean, I don’t care. But unless you want to see more of me than is generally considered polite, you might want to wait there.”

“I apologize, Mr. Yarrow.” She stepped back from the door.

The tight lips returned. “Just Yarrow is fine. I don’t use my first name much, except with the women I take to bed. Having them scream Yarrow when they cum hasn’t got the same impact as Oh, Ian! You can quote that.” He winked up at her and rolled into the room, shutting the door in her face.

“Don’t we think a lot of ourselves?” she said more loudly than she’d meant to.

The door slammed open a few minutes later. He was dressed in faded, loose fitting jeans and a dark red Under Armour shirt that fit him like a glove. It did absolutely nothing to conceal his physique and everything to enhance it. He was still barefoot. His toes were tan, more dark hairs scattered across them and the instep. Dammit, the man even had sexy feet!

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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.”

“Why?”

“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.

“Huh?”

“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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Love Takes a Swim Part 16 by Dellani Oakes

Love Takes a Swim cover smallKai gets a call from his boss at the fire station, asking him to cover for another guy, who apparently is dating one of their workers. Both have asked for time off.

“You’ve got a point.”

“My brother’s not old enough, although he’s qualified. I taught him myself. But he’s not even seventeen. Mom’s qualified, but she panics. Unless Paisley’s qualified…. Let me ask her and talk to Mom. I’ll be on my regular shifts Thursday.”

“He’s supposed to be back by then.”

“Cool. Okay. I’ll ask and call you back.”

“Great. Thanks, kid.”

Kai talked to his mother. As a former nursing student, Paisley should be able to handle things, but his mother felt better having him on tap. She didn’t mind him taking the EVAC shifts if they could work something out so he could still cover the pool. Kai called Thad back to tell him the news.

“Cool! Okay, I need you here for evening shift.”

“Oh, shit, really?”

“Problem?”

“New lady in my life. We were gonna go out tonight.”

“Sorry, kid. I really need you. I have absolutely no one else.”

“Yeah.” Kai sighed heavily. “Okay. She and I will have to reschedule, but you and what’s his name….”

“Gary.”

“Yea him. He owes me big. Like orgasmically big.”

Thad chuckled. He was 32 and single.

“I’ll gladly help you with your love life, Kai. I’ll front you a romantic evening, okay?”

“You better. And she better be orgasmically appreciative of it.”

“Short of having sex with her myself, I’ll sure help out. Okay, I need you here at three.”

“I’ll be there. I hate you, and I hope you get hook worm.”

“Wish that on Gary, he’s the one whose fault this is.”

“Bye.”

A glance at the clock told him he had two hours before he had to report to the EVAC station across the street. He still needed to get home, shower and change. He waited outside the studio door for Paisley to finish her class. The amount of applause he heard, and the smiling faces, told him it was a good class. Paisley was bending over, putting away her things, when he walked in. The sight of her slender hips and ass, in the clinging shorts, nearly made him lose control.

“Hey, babe,” he said softly.

Paisley turned around, shock and horror in her eyes. “Oh, God! You scared the shit outta me! You didn’t sound like you…. What’s up?” She hopped over, kissing him.

“I’m gonna have to reschedule our date. My boss from EVAC called. He needs me tonight and tomorrow night, in addition to my regular shifts. It seems that Randi’s boyfriend is a paramedic, and they’ve both hurt their ankles.”

She made a wry face. “Yeah, right.”

“I agree. Must have had a burning need to take two days off in the middle of the week. I’m thinking major sex-fest,” he whispered as an old lady passed the open door.

“What? Did you say,” she lowered her voice to a breathless whisper. “Sex-fest?”

“Yeah—you know, unbridled passion, a few days and nights of sexual bliss, punctuated by candle lit baths, hurried meals, a few hot, spicy showers….” He saw her shocked, almost horrified expression and stopped. “Sorry. Forgot for a moment. Anyhow, it’s fun. But I always did that over a weekend so it wouldn’t interfere…. Again, sorry.”

He sighed, frustrated. The idea of indulging in a weekend of adult fun with Paisley, had cemented itself in his mind. It refused to move aside for more mundane things—like listening to her instead of his gonads.

Focusing with difficulty, he took a deep, cleansing breath. “There I go again. Anyway, I don’t want to do this, but he needs me and this is what I do.”

“I understand. There will be other nights, other opportunities. Will I see you in the morning?”

“I’ll still pick you up, and I’ll be here for your classes, then I present myself at the station and finish my shifts there.”

“Shifts?”

“Two for Greg, then two more for me. I hope he enjoys the hell outta himself, cause he now owes me big. I’ll make the bastard pay. The only thing I’ll forgive is death or dismemberment. Nothing else gets him off the list.”

Paisley giggled, leaning toward him. “Calm down. There will be plenty of opportunities”

“Okay. But I wanted you to know this wasn’t my choice—at all…. I’d rather spend the time with you.”

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