Nick headed into the living room and wrapped himself in a blanket. He put his feet up on the coffee table and closed his eyes, dozing until Kathy brought dinner out to the living room.
“Thanks, it looks great,” Nick said smiling.
“Better than food on a stick?” She asked.
Nick chuckled and nodded. She was never going to let it go. He ate quickly and sat back.
“Do you feel up to going to see the fireworks tonight?”
“I don’t think so. I don’t want you going out alone in the dark,” he replied.
“Ben said he take me if you couldn’t.”
“Of course he did,” Nick said sarcastically.
“Jealous?” She asked giving him her sexiest smile.
“I don’t need to be. I know I can have you anytime, anyplace I want.” Nick pulled her close and his lips devoured hers, deepening the kiss until he felt her defenses melt. His hand moved slowly over her body, sliding lower until she sighed and arched against him. Just as quickly as they had started his loving caresses stopped and Nick pushed her away. He had made his point, she was his and always would be his. He couldn’t quite put a finger on the feelings Ben stirred in him. There was a dark, unsettling quality about him. Was he just being a jealous, territorial male? His gut told him no and his gut was never wrong. First on his to do list: fire Ben.
“What do you want from me?” She raised a hand to slap him and thought better of it. Unsure she could get by with that a second time, ashamed she had done it the first time.
“Unfortunately, baby, what I want I’m afraid you can’t give me.” Nick just shook his head.
Kathy quickly rose from the couch and headed towards the door. “You really are a bastard you know,” she hissed slamming the door behind her. The Ferrari spit gravel when it hit the unpaved road past Nick’s driveway. She didn’t understand why he was behaving like this. Nick had turned cold and suspicious, she couldn’t change that. He needed to believe in their love again or they would have no future together.
He was punishing her for what happened between her and Kevin. She never would have given herself willingly to that jack ass. What they had was raw animal lust, it kept them warm at night but it wasn’t enough to keep them together. Kevin never touched her soul the way Nick did. There had only been her private pain and public humiliation with Kevin and his cheating. Ben knew all the right things to say. He intrigued her and fawned over her, something Nick hadn’t done in a very long time. Maybe they were both in Minnesota for a reason; to make a fresh start with other people.
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