Monthly Archives: October 2016
Dani’s flip flops slapped each of the light blue painted cement stairs with each step she took. She heaved a sigh as she shrugged her shoulder in a hopeless attempt to nudge her duffle to a more comfortable spot. The sounds of grunts, groans and vinyl being struck greeted her. Usually it was a sound that made her so happy. Today nothing could break her out of her funk.
Fitz disappeared while she was in the bathroom. He punctuated his departure with the slam of the door. His breakfast laid untouched on the coffee table. She reminded herself over and over it was just a one night stand. She couldn’t be with him. What would her team say? These men and women were closer to her than her own family. Her dating a member of Diamondhead? It was inconceivable.
It didn’t stop the tears though. She slumped on her bed and cried. Finally she pulled herself together enough to get dressed and head to practice.
As she hit the top step her eyes met with Ryan’s. She huffed. Great, of all the people to meet me this morning…
He cocked his head at her. “What’s up, buttercup?”
Dani averted her gaze to the gold champion belts that hung on the wall. There sure were a lot of them. Her’s now hung near the top, the newest to a prestigious collection. She hoped he didn’t notice her swollen eyes. “Nothing.”
“Right. You’ve been crying.”
“I have not.”
“Bullshit. What’s wrong, Dani?”
“I said nothing. Why can’t you take my word for it?”
“Because I know you, Dani. Remember?”
“Maybe you don’t know me as well as you think.”
“Whatever. Go get ready. We start in five minutes.”
“Fine.” She toed off her flip flops and stormed across the mats to the women’s locker room.
“Yum. That would be a breakfast I would never forget.”Fitz parted her lips with his. Dani wrapped her arms around his neck while still clutching the spatula. She needed to get herself together. Fitz was too smooth to be real. And she was sinking fast under his spell. Sleeping tonight was going to be lonely. He let her go and crossed the living room like a panther on the hunt. He stopped and winked at her just before his plopped on the couch. She inhaled sharply as she scooped eggs onto two plates and followed him.
Fitz took his plate from her and set it beside him on the cushion. Taking her wrist, he drew her to him and tugged the tie on her robe. The folds opened revealing her nakedness.
Fitz groaned in response as he pulled her down to him to straddle his lap. She squirmed as she landed. The only thing stopping them from having sex again was the thin cloth of his boxers.
“I have an idea,” he murmured.
“What’s that?” she asked as she fought to keep her composure.
“It’s Saturday. Let’s just stay here today. Let’s not get dressed. Let’s just be together.” He kissed her again. The way his lips grazed hers sent shivers down her spine.
“I have to get to the gym.”
He cocked an eyebrow at her. “You would pick the gym over me?”
“Ryan is trying to get me a fight. I need to be ready at any time.”
Fitz’s voice sound strangely astounded. “You take this really seriously.”
“It seems you don’t take this seriously enough. How long is it until your fight?”
“Four weeks. I have plenty of time. This isn’t my first fight, Dani. I’m a pro. Remember?”
“What’s your record?”
“Eight and six.”
“Those numbers would be much further apart if you put a little more work into it.”
“I don’t need a lecture. I’m fine.”
“I’m sure you are.”
Dani stared into Fitz’s deep brown eyes. The raging lust she saw earlier was gone. She could only surmise what she now saw was irritation. She knew she ruined the moment. But could she really be with someone who didn’t take what she loved to do seriously or at least support her dedication to it?
Unfortunately she was pretty sure the answer was no.
With a heavy sigh she scooted off his lap and stood. She fastened her robe closed then strode to her room. She had someplace to be. Her team counted on her. It was just too bad Fitz didn’t understand.