Love scares me.
Yet secretly I long for it
But don’t we all.
The funny thing about life, is its habit of changing in a moment.
A split second in time that completely blindsides you.
Lex is a cut-throat lawyer.
Always focused and in control.
There are no colors in his life. Black and white with no in between.
Cold and ruthless in his work, his life is sorted, and his path is clear.
Then the unthinkable happened.
One night my armor slipped.
I met the real him.
And I let him meet the real me.
It was wonderful.
Except happy endings have a way of escaping me.
And sometimes epiphanies cause heart break.
Which means for Lex to find his happiness,
I may have to sacrifice mine.
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Deep in thought, I sit in the sun on the short timber fence that surrounds the parkade. Feeling the warmth seeping into my skin, my muscles start to relax for the first time today. Every time I’m in court with Jacinta she sends me into a tense state. Watching her has me turned on and that makes it hard to concentrate. The power she exudes must be what has my heart racing a bit. Yet I’m not entirely convinced it’s not just the thrill of the chase and my determination to defeat her. I can’t seem to work it out. Either way she infuriates me, and I wish to hell she didn’t.
Pain radiating in my right ear alerts me to Tate arriving. His signature move, a flick on the back of the ear lobe when you least expect it. He used to do it all the time in high school when he sat behind me in English. Pissed me off then and still does now.
“How’s it hanging, sexy Lexy?” he says, already laughing at himself.
“You are such a dick, you know that, right?” I stand up to start walking towards the court.
“A big dick you said. Well thanks for the compliment, but don’t say it too loud, it’s weird when another guy talks about the size of your dick.”
“Hard of hearing as per usual. There was no use of the word big in that sentence, my friend. In fact, not sure that could ever be used in relation to your manhood.” Smiling for the first time today, I watch Tate scowl at me.
“Always the serious one, aren’t you, lawyer boy. You need to loosen up a bit. Let me tell you a secret, sex is the best natural relaxant there is known to man.”
I just roll my eyes at him as the other two guys walk up to us.
“Who’s needing sex to relax?” Mason comments with a smirk knowing full well who Tate is referring too.
“Old grumpy here. The one whose nuts are strung so tight they can’t breathe.” Tate takes the basketball from Mason’s hands and starts to dribble it.
“Fuck off, Tate. You have no idea how tightly I’m strung. If you knew Jacinta, then you would understand. That woman has a vice around my dick on the best days, and I have no fucking idea why. Now shut up and let’s play ball. I need to whip someone’s ass badly.” Looking at Tate about to open his mouth, I hold my finger up to him.
“Not a single word. Not one, do you hear me?”
Grayson laughs hard from behind me.
“Seriously, Lex, maybe you need to take Tate’s advice. Get some sex, man. Let go once in a while.” Gray looks sympathetically at me.
“I am, but that’s the problem. Not sure it isn’t making it worse. Now all of you shut up and play. I’m with Mason because at least he hasn’t said one stupid comment so far about me or my sex life.”
“Give me time, buddy.” He thumps my arm. “I’ll try to bite my tongue, though. Let’s um, how did you say it… ‘whip these guys asses,’ shall we?” Mason throws his arm around my shoulder and drags me onto the court, and it’s game on.
“You wish, Mason. Nothing can beat the power of two,” Gray yells at us from down the court.
“What, two dumbasses? Not sure there is any power in that. But yeah, let’s see what you’ve got. Bring it, baby,” I call as Tate starts running at me, dribbling the ball while Gray tries to use fancy footwork to get past Mason. The stupid smirk on Tate’s face as he gets closer is enough to get me fired up. I may be the shortest and smallest of the four of us but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to stop him. I’m quicker than him, and if my stress does anything to my body it’s that it has the adrenaline pumping.
“Come on, pretty boy. Let’s see your best attack.” Light on my feet, I’m bouncing side to side mirroring him. “You’ve got nothing.” I’m full of mouth today, not afraid to gear him up.
“Oh, you think you’ve got a chance against the master, little man? Watch and learn, buddy, this is how it’s done.” He spins to the left to roll around me, but I jump at the same time, anticipating his move, and the ball is vulnerable in his hand about to shoot. I tap it at the right time and it’s loose behind him. My feet hit the ground and I’m off with the perfect bounce into my hand. My legs pumping me down the court as he recovers, turning to chase me.
“Shit,” I hear Grayson yell as he realizes that the ball is loose.
“Yeah, Lex!” Mason yells as I start my lay-up and dunk the ball in the hoop. I might be smaller than them, but I’m still a tall man.
Tate reaches me as my feet land on the ground.
“Correction, brother, that there, is how it’s done,” I tease. I jog backwards up the court as he retrieves the ball, and Mason passes me for a high five as we prepare for the next attack.
“Fuck, you are an angry little man today, aren’t you? No being nice now. Shit just got real.” Tate and Gray have a little word and they are on the attack.
In the fifteen minutes since I’ve been here, I can already feel my body starting to unwind and my tension about to be laid out on the basketball court for the next thirty minutes.
I love these guys.
Karen Deen has been a lover of romance novels and happily-ever-after stories for as long as she can remember. Reaching a point in her life ready to explore her own dreams, Karen decided now was the time to finally write some of her own stories. For years, all of her characters have been forming story lines in her head, just waiting for the right time to bust free.
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