she’s drunk as hell.” Colt said it, and the other guys sharing
his table at the local bar laughed. All of them except Aaron. He
pinched at the base of his nose where it was beginning to hurt, and
lowered his head. His dark eyes, however, remained on the same thing
everyone else’s was on. Her.
been watching her all night. She’d come in around 10:00 with a
couple of her girlfriends and they’d had a few civilized drinks. By
11:00 they’d been joined by a few guys and had drunk a few not
so civilized drinks. By midnight her friends had split and she’d
taken to shooting shots with some man, twice her age, at his table.
was getting a little rowdy. Boisterous too. Saying everything so
loudly that the whole place could hear. Laughing at every word the
guy she was sitting with said, funny or not. And, now, she was
crawling, on her hands and knees, across the table top toward him.
bent position made her jeans sculpt perfectly, like a layer of paint,
around her smooth, tight ass and thighs. And the tank top she wore
was falling off. One of the straps was down around the middle of her
arm and the entire right cup of her lacy black bra was on display.
bra was damn sexy, but not doing its job of holding her in. Her
plump, soft breast was on the verge of escaping, and every guy in the
place was waiting for the second when it did.
stalked across the table top, growling like a wild animal on the
prowl, toward the man. About halfway to her destination, she
staggered, and her movement to catch herself dislodged a thick strand
of her long sandy-blonde hair. It fell over her shoulder, blocking
Aaron’s view of her boob, but he kept right on watching.
man she approached chuckled then leaned forward and shoved his
wedding ring clad hand down her shirt, groping at her tit. She threw
her head back and moaned deep in her throat as if an orgasm was
he kissed her. Grabbed her by the back of the head and thrust his
tongue in her mouth. She groaned again and tried to get closer to him
without breaking his hold.
we know who’s going to be doing her tonight.” Colt’s words had
a way of making Aaron’s man part pulsate and while overly aware of
the ache, he focused in on the girl with more purpose.
inched her way forward, still lip locked with the man, and he
tightened his grip on her boob. Grabbing until it appeared to hurt,
but she didn’t scream, instead she continued to lean forward.
Pushing herself until she was so far off balance that she fell. She
landed on her chest on the table, breaking the kiss and knocking
several shot glasses to the floor with a clatter. Then she laughed
Ashley, get off the table,” the bar tender called out. He didn’t
wait for her to obey on her own; he rounded the bar and hurried
across the room to make her.
Brandon, you’re a party pooper,” Ashley pouted as he slid her off
of the table and back into her seat.
up there again and you’re outa here for the night, you hear me?”
he said, picking up the glasses from the floor.
us another round,” the man with Ashley said.
flashed the stranger a not so happy look. “Don’t you think she’s
her one more, let’s see what happens,” he laughed.
Brandon turned his gaze to her. “I think you’ve had plenty for
fine. Bring me another,” she giggled.
it a bottle,” the man grinned.
gave him a harsh eye, but didn’t speak. He wasn’t the one that
brought more booze, either.
it arrived, the man poured Ashley another shot and she drank it down
like it was water.
shit, I’d hate to be her head in the morning,” Colt laughed and
then he slapped the table top in front of his three friends. “Well,
I think I’m done with the bar scene for this Friday night. I’m
gonna head over to Lisa’s party. You guys coming?”
am,” Jake said.
too,” Calvin agreed, and both guys rose to their feet and moved
toward the bar to settle their debt.
‘bout you, Aaron?” Colt remained a little longer.
Aaron shook his head. “I’m gonna have another drink.”
You haven’t even finished the first one you ordered hours ago.”
direct eye contact with Colt, Aaron picked up his glass and tipped it
back. He drank until it was empty then motioned for Brandon to bring
shrugged. “Whatever, man, but there will be plenty to drink at
Lisa’s, and I’ve had several girls begging me to bring you. I
guarantee you could take home whichever one of them you like best.
Hell, with your good looks, you could bag all three at once.” He
grinned and slapped Aaron in the chest.
might be along later.”
second Colt moved away from the table, Aaron’s eyes was back on
Ashley and they remained there for the next twenty minutes. He
watched her drink down another shot. Watched her kick off one of her
high heeled shoes and stretch her foot out under the table to rub the
man’s leg. He watched the man lift her foot higher until it was
pressed between his legs, and he watched Ashley laugh. He watched
every move she made, and the only time his dark eyes wavered was when
hers started to lift in his direction.
was texting then, or pretending to be. Focused completely on his
phone. And only when he heard her talking to the man she was sitting
with, did Aaron find her with his gaze again.
the time last
rolled around Ashley wasn’t laughing anymore. She was looking
pretty peaked and she shook her head when the man across from her
offered her another drink. He insisted, and eventually she gave in.
The drink, along with the many others, did not agree with her and
after drinking it she sat, silent and still, arms wrapped around her
abdomen while he finished his.
coming with me, Darling?” he asked.
took her a moment to register what it was he’d asked, but when she
had, she nodded slightly.
I’ve got a room at the Hilton. We’re gonna have a lot of fun.
I’ll go pull my car around front for you.” He rose and before he
even reached the bar to pay up, Ashley laid her head down on the
remained there, unmoving, until after he’d left the building. Then
her upper lip curled repugnantly and she let out an extremely
uncomfortable groan. A few seconds later she did it again, then got
to her feet. Leaving her belongings – purse, cell phone and jacket
at the table, she staggered, very haphazardly, toward the ladies
was when Aaron rose, settled up with Brandon, then entered the narrow
hall that led to the bathrooms. He eased open the women’s door a
crack and listened.
was sick. He waited, back pressed against the wall, until the sound
of her vomiting stopped. Then looking around to find no one watching,
he entered the women’s restroom, found her all but passed out on
the floor, picked her up and left the bar with her through the back
stabbed the sheer panel of yellow fabric to the wall with a thumbtack
– one on either side of the window. He then turned to examine the
deep golden hue it had given to everything in his bedroom with the
early afternoon sun shining through it.