Please read with caution. This book contains very adult situations and is not suitable reading for those under the age of eighteen.
By Samantha Blair
“Violence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear. So violence isn’t merely organized butchery in the name of God, in the name of society or country. Violence is much more subtle, much deeper, and we are inquiring into the very depths of violence.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
“Has he fucked you yet, Katlyn?” My father-in-law’s hands were hot. One burned into my hip, while he ran the other up the outside of my thigh, pushing the hem of my skirt up to the top of my stockings. His thumb brushed across the very top of my thigh where the bruising began. I could tell that he was tracing the black and blue handprints with his eyes. My skin crawled.
I tried to steady my voice enough to answer him, but my throat was closed with fear and disgust. I knew that I would be punished if I couldn’t mange to answer, but it just wouldn’t happen. My voice wouldn’t work. I swallowed thickly.
He chuckled. His foul breath fell across my exposed shoulder. “My son still has a ways to go with your training, I see. While I do appreciate a woman who can keep her mouth shut, when I ask a direct question, I expect an answer.”
“Father?” David. Thank God.
“I don’t think you are moving fast enough with your training process, Son,” Richard said removing his hands from my body, but not stepping away. “She still seems a bit… willful.”
“I assure you, she is improving.”
“Mmm.” Richard stepped back and lifted his whiskey from the table. “Perhaps you could demonstrate her obedience for me.” It was not a suggestion. David and I both understood the command in his voice.
“Of course, Father.”
David smiled. It’s all an act. He’s pretending. David loves you. You can do this.
“Come, Katlyn,” David commanded. My feet obediently moved to comply. “Kneel.” I dropped to my knees and squeezed my eyes shut. I could do this. I could do this for him.
I relaxed as David threaded his hands in my hair. His touch was so soothing. I never doubted that he would protect me. I tilted my head into his touch automatically.
“Pleasure me, Katlyn.” His voice was cold and commanding, but I heard the reassurance in it. We had practiced this. I knew what was coming. I could get through this. I would just focus on David and forget about all of the terrible things around me.
Unbuckling his belt, I removed it and set it gently beside me on the floor. David unbuttoned and opened his pants himself. I took his cock into my hands. He was only semi-erect—this disgusted him as much as it did me—but we had to keep up the charade. He would find a way to be hard for me, and I would make it as easy for him as possible. I smiled up at him attempting to reassure him that I was okay.
David’s hands returned to my hair, and I committed myself to my task. I ran my tongue around the head of his cock, gently licking the slit as he had taught me. He sighed in pleasure, not loud enough for Richard to hear him, but enough to give me confidence.
I licked down his length, lifting his cock, as he got harder under the ministrations of my hands and mouth. I moved closer, between his legs and gently sucked his balls. His hands tightened in my hair, and he rocked his hips forward slightly, encouraging me.
Richard cleared his throat, and I jumped. I had mostly managed to convince myself that he was not here—that he was not watching his son like some perverse circus act.
“Suck me,” David commanded. His voice rougher than it had been before.
Please, David. Keep me focused. Don’t let me get scared.
I dropped my hands and linked my fingers together behind my back. David took his now fully erect cock in one hand and pulled my hair back sharply with the other. He pushed his hips forward and slid the head of his cock into my mouth.
Relax, Kat. Breathe in through your nose. I heard David’s voice in my memory reminding me of my training. He had prepared me for this. I could do this.
Trying to relax, I opened my mouth to him as he pushed further forward.
“Fuck,” he whispered under his breath for my benefit. He was trying to let me know that I was doing well. I so loved it when he praised me.
He pulled back and then thrust his hips forward again, gently fucking my mouth. I closed my lips around him and sucked as hard as I could.
“Yes, Katlyn,” he said. He looked down at me, watching his cock, as he pumped in and out of my mouth. “You love sucking my cock, don’t you? You like it, you dirty little slut.”
The dirty talk was for Richard’s benefit, but I was ashamed to admit how hot it made me. I loved it when David talked to me: dirty, praising, or otherwise. Hell, he could read the phone book aloud, and it would turn me on. It was like there was a secret language, just between us, that was his way of expressing how much he wanted me, how much he enjoyed what I could do to him.
“Ellen!” Richard called.
I heard David’s mother, Ellen, cross the kitchen and come to stand in the doorway of the dining room. I didn’t look at her; I couldn’t. I closed my eyes and my cheeks burned. I was so ashamed. How would I survive this?
“How may I please you, Richard?” she asked.
“Come,” he commanded, much like David had called me earlier, but I knew that there was a big difference. Richard’s command and David’s were nothing alike. David loved me.
He is not his father, I reminded myself.
“Your son seems to have trouble understanding how to fuck a woman’s mouth,” Richard said coldly, half mocking David, but mostly forcing Ellen to turn her attention to her son as he tugged at my hair and forced himself deeper into my throat.
“Katlyn,” David said above me, “look at me.” I lifted my eyes as he asked. “Fuck yes,” he said, never breaking his steady pace.
His eyes were angry, but I knew that the anger was not directed at me. I would help him. Together, we could do this. I moaned around him and began to use my tongue on the sensitive underside of his cock.
I tried to ignore the couple beside us, but it was nearly impossible. Ellen matched my position the floor a few feet away from us. Richard was fucking her mouth roughly. Her head was titled back as a result of his hand pulling hard at her hair. She was whimpering slightly.
“That’s right, whore,” Richard said. “Watch your son. Does it remind you of your own training? Fuck, you were hard to break. You insisted on fighting me at every turn, but we solved that problem didn’t we?” He laughed. It was cold and cruel. Everything about Richard was cold and cruel.
“You see, Son?” He turned to David smiling. “Just like horses. They need a firm crop to teach them their place. Wild fillies may be beautiful, but they do not reach their perfection until they learn proper submission and obedience. Your mother will never deny me again.”
I wanted to find his wild horse analogy humorous. I was sure that Richard had never even been near a filly, but there wasn’t anything funny about this moment. That poor, broken woman.
David tapped his fingers twice at the base of my neck. He was signaling that he was close to coming. He couldn’t give me a verbal warning in front of his father, but he wanted to prepare me. He turned his beautiful blue eyes to me. They were pleading with me to forgive him for allowing this.
I would forgive him.
I always forgave him.
“Suck me harder, slut,” he commanded. I complied as best I could even though my jaw was aching. It was almost over.
“Fuck!” David swore one last time as he emptied himself in my mouth. I swallowed quickly and cleaned him with my lips and tongue.
Richard grunted next to us as he also found his release. I swallowed back my disgust.
“Stand,” David commanded me. “Go and finish dinner.”
I fled the room, grateful for the reprise. I only had to make it through dinner, and then David would take me home. Only one more hour.
Six Years Earlier
Anatomy 101 Lab | T, Th | 10:30am-12:30pm | TA
I looked down at my schedule for what must have been the hundredth time since arriving on the Harvard campus. I had it memorized. I don’t know why I continued to look. Truthfully, I was more nervous than I wanted to admit.
These 101 courses would be filled to the gills. The lectures would have over one hundred and fifty students. The labs would be closer to fifty. By midterms those numbers would be reduced by half. I was pre-med, following in my father’s footsteps. Only the strong survived in this environment. Many would change majors or drop out all together in the first few weeks. I would not be among them. I was here to work hard.
I reviewed the reading that I had completed last night in my head. I’d read every textbook on my list twice before arriving at school. I read the appropriate chapters again before each class began. I would live up to my father’s expectations.
Entering the lab, I looked around. It was a little more than half-full already. It was likely that whomever I sat next to would become my lab partner for the entire semester. I wanted to choose wisely. I scanned the faces.
No. No. No. Too flirty. Too much of a jock.
A blond girl with her tits literally falling out of her low-cut shirt looked up and winked at me.
Not seeing an option that I found acceptable, I decided to let fate choose for me. I slid into one of the chairs at the last remaining empty lab table. The odds suggested that someone would sit next to me. I hoped that it would be someone who wanted to work as hard as I did, but I doubted that I would find anyone quite like that.
I reread chapter three as the class filled in around me. After another minute or so, I heard the chair beside me scrape on the floor. I looked up. Oh God no. She had beautiful brown doe-eyes and soft brown hair that cascaded down over her shoulders. She was dressed modestly in grey slacks and a black v-neck shirt. She smelled like heaven, and she was the last thing I needed.
“Hi,” she said softly.
I glowered at her, willing her to go away. She seemed a little surprised by my hostility, but she did not shy away. Instead she lowered her eyes to the floor, sat down, and opened her text. Her book had suffered almost as much abuse as mine. The spine was cracked, the pages worn. She probably bought it used.
Thankfully, the teacher’s assistant walked in a moment later and began the lab. I focused on my work, and so did she. She did not attempt any further conversation, and I was fine with that. When she was called on for an answer, her response was correct. She wasn’t stupid, so maybe it would be okay after all.
When the lab was finished, I nearly ran for the door. I could not allow my mind to remain focused on her. She was intelligent. She would be an acceptable lab partner, but it would end there. I would speak to her on Thursday, I decided. I would be civil, but it would end there.
When Thursday came I found myself facing a huge amount of anxiety. This was not an uncommon feeling for me. I had always found myself in positions where people expected much of me, and I usually managed to meet and exceed those expectations, but I often did so with a large amount of hidden stress. Today I had placed the expectations upon myself. I would interact with my stunning lab partner, and I would not allow myself to recognize that she was female. She was simply an a-sexual being that sat with me in Anatomy.
She was already seated when I entered.
“Hi,” I said, sitting down next to her. She jumped slightly, as if I had startled her.
“I’m David Paulson,” I said extending my hand to her.
“Kat Lake,” she said briefly placing her delicate hand in mine.
“What’s your major?” I asked politely. I didn’t really care, but some measure of common curtsy was necessary for a working relationship.
“Biology. Pre-med,” she answered. “Yours?”
“The same,” I said flatly. If she stuck with the program, we were likely to have other classes together in future semesters.
The class began, and this time we were forced to work together. She never missed an answer. She was very intelligent. Of course, I hadn’t missed any either. We were surprisingly well matched. I left immediately at the bell once again and pushed her out of my head until the following Tuesday. So far so good, I could handle this.
That weekend I allowed myself the pleasure of a night out. Saturday I went for pizza with some of the guys on my floor. I had one roommate who thankfully wasn’t around much. He had a girlfriend who lived off campus, and he spent most of his time there, which was fine with me. I wasn’t here to socialize, but I realized that too much dedication was often counterproductive. The mind needed a break every five to seven days to function properly.
About halfway through my night out a group of older college girls, who were clearly looking to get laid, stumbled into the pizza place. They were already pretty drunk and were truthfully unappealing, but one girl with hair like Kat’s caught my attention, and I was instantly hard. I fucked her roughly in her apartment less than an hour later.
She screamed as I pulled her hair and slammed into her from behind. Her ass was a lovely shade of red from the spanking that I had given her, and it was enjoyable to watch my cock sink into her pink folds over and over.
After her second orgasm, I began to realize that she would never be able to get me off like this. She was just too coarse and disgusting. She was too easy. I closed my eyes and pictured instead my beautiful lab partner. I snapped my hips forward sharply, plowing into the wet cunt before me wondering how it would feel to have Kat like this. I wanted to hear her sweet voice calling out my name. I wanted to make her beg for it. I wanted to look into her wide brown eyes as she fell apart beneath me.
I thrust forward one last time and spilled into the condom. Thank God for STD protection. Who knew what kind of shit these girls might have.
I left her apartment less than ten minutes later with her number programmed into my phone. I deleted it on the walk back to my dorm. I hadn’t wanted it in the first place.
Things went on like that for a while. I would work platonically with Kat in class, and then fantasize about her as I fucked a different skank every weekend. I would have simply jacked off to thoughts of Kat and skipped the whores altogether, but my father would be sure to ask about the women that I was screwing, and I hated to lie to him. He was a man of great expectations, and I would not disappoint him.
The real difficulty started when we finally got an anatomy project that we weren’t able to finish during class time. Kat and I were going to have to see each other outside of the lab.
After my father finished with her, my mother left to join my wife in the kitchen. I wondered how Kat was holding up. I knew that this would be degrading for her, despite my efforts to prepare her. Kat was a strong woman, too strong for her own good sometimes. If we could make it through the next hour without incident, I thought that we would be all right.
“You made a good choice, Son,” Richard said. “That girl is hotter than sin.”
“Thank you, Father,” I said. Reaching deep for my most animalistic nature, I tried to make it sound enthusiastic.
“Do you think you’ll keep her?” he asked.
What he meant was, “are you going to marry her?” but his need to objectify women required that he refer to her as property, not as a person who could perform an action. The truth was, I had already married her. He simply didn’t know that. My mother didn’t know either, and there were no immediate plans to tell her. My mother was not terribly good with secrets.
I wondered if Kat was speaking to my mother now, in the kitchen. What would they say to each other after such an event?
“Yes,” I replied. “She has performed well for me. She has a ways to go in her training, but I will enjoy breaking her in. If she is acceptable to you, I will ask mother to plan a wedding for next spring.”
A wicked smile crossed his face, and I choked back the urge to vomit. “Congratulations, My Boy! I’m sure your mother will be delighted.”
The women returned, carrying several plates of food. Kat astonishingly appeared calm and collected. Good girl.
My father and I sat down, he at the head of the table with me to his right. After they had finished serving us, my mother sat on his left and Kat sat to my right. I put my hand on her knee under the table. It was both a gesture of reassurance for Kat and a display of possession for my father. Actions were so much safer than words; the meaning was all in the interpretation.
Kat kept quiet throughout the meal and barely picked at her food. My mother did the same. My father and I discussed his position at the hospital and the potential residencies that would be available following my graduation. I was expected to follow in his line of work: heart surgery.
No further mention was made of our pre-dinner activities, but it was all that consumed my mind. Kat’s heart rate and breathing were steady and normal beside me. It seemed like she was stable, but I was itching to leave this place regardless.
As soon as it was polite to do so, I made my excuses and kissed my mother goodbye. My father shook my hand and slapped my back on our way out. He hugged Kat in a manner that was less than fatherly, and I bit my tongue to keep from rebuking him. It nearly killed me to watch him put his filthy hands on my beautiful wife. She took it well though and said a polite goodbye to my mother.
The beginning of the car ride home was tense and suffocating. I needed to put as much distance between that house and our car as possible. I floored the gas pedal in my M5 and merged onto the highway that would take us back to Cambridge.
“Kat?” I questioned when I finally felt far enough away to breathe again. She turned sideways in her seat to look at me, drawing her sculpted legs up under her. “Do you want to go straight home or did you want to get something to eat on the way?”
I was avoiding the elephant in the car, and we both knew it.
“I want to go home. I can get something there if I feel more like eating.”
I nodded my head. I was glad. I wanted to be at home where I could take her in my arms. I knew better than most people how important it was to decompress after a traumatic experience before jumping back into real life.
We made the forty-five minute trip in just over half an hour. When we had securely shut and locked the door behind us, Kat finally broke down. I cradled her on my lap on our bed as she sobbed into my shirt.
“Shhh,” I soothed softly, rocking her back and forth in my arms. “It’s okay. It’s over. You were fantastic.”
Her hands tightened in my shirt, and I slipped the achingly high heeled shoes off of her feet. “I am so proud of you, baby,” I whispered into her hair. Her only response was to cry, and it broke my heart. I couldn’t fix this. I would never forgive myself for allowing this to happen to her. I would never forgive my father for forcing me to be this way. Some day he will pay for what he’s done to my mother and me.
A while later, she sunk her hands into my hair and tugged. She was still crying, but she had moved from tears of fear and frustration to tears of aggression. She was angry, and she wanted to express it. I was more than willing to be her punching bag. I wanted to feel her rage in every way. I wanted her to make me bleed, to punish me in someway for not protecting her like I should have.
Her kiss was aggressive. She might have drawn blood from my bottom lip. I lost myself in it. I turned her in my lap so that she was straddling me, trailing my hands up from her knees under the hem of her dress. The heat from her sex was maddeningly hot against my erection.
She rocked her hips back and forth grinding into me while we kissed. I pulled her closer, my fingers spread wide across her ass. She panted and moaned into my mouth.
“Please, please, please,” she whispered over and over as I sunk my teeth into the delicate skin of her neck. I lifted the dress that she wore over her head.
“So beautiful,” I murmured, but beautiful didn’t begin to describe her. She wore a black corset that laced up the back. I had laced it myself as I dressed her for dinner, but now I cursed its presence. I wanted to feel her skin. I unclasped her stockings from the corset and pushed her away from me.
“Stand,” I said. She obeyed.
I moved behind her and asked her to hold her long beautiful hair out of the way. I tugged at the laces for her corset watching it open inch-by-inch getting me closer to her exquisite back. I kissed each revealed inch of her spine as I worked and praised her aloud.
When the infuriating garment finally fell away, I pulled her back against me. I ran my hands over the smooth skin of her stomach, over her rib cage, and under the swell of her breasts. She relaxed against me, and I rejoiced internally. She was submitting her body to me, a very good sign. She wouldn’t be angry much longer.
I cupped her breasts in my hands and gently pinched her nipples between my thumbs and index fingers. She leaned her head back against my chest and let out a soft cry. I increased the pressure.
“Please, David,” she begged. “I need you.”
Fuck that made me so hard. I could deny her nothing.
“On the bed,” I said. I unbuttoned my shirt and tossed it over the chair in the corner. Kat watched me with hot eyes as I stripped. She was naked except for her black thigh-high stockings, and she was a sight to behold. She spread her legs for me on the bed and showed me her perfect pussy. She was wet and ready.
“Fuck, baby, tell me what you want. I need to hear you say it.”
“I want you to fuck me,” she said.
“Again,” I commanded, stretching my body over hers. I pinned both of her hands to the bed above her head with one of mine.
“Please fuck me. Please, Master. I need to have you inside of me.” I hooked her leg over my hip and settled between her nylon-clad legs.
“Good girl.” I thrust into her tight, wet heat.
I set a furious pace, driving into her as she bucked under me. I smothered her cries with my mouth and listened to her body instead. Her hips rose to meet me with every stroke. She fought to get her hands free. She unleashed her anger and aggression against me. She fought hard, but I kept her lithe, little body pinned to the mattress as I fucked her.
Slowly her hips took on more of a rocking motion as she sought more friction. Her cries turned to moans, and she relaxed her arms. All of that desperation and anger turned into raging need. I lowered my mouth to her neck. I loved the salt of her sweat, and the way her blood throbbed below her skin at her pulse point. Her heart was beating so fast. She felt so alive beneath me.
“Mine,” I breathed.
“Yours,” she concurred.
I released her hands, but she left them in place above her head anyway, fisting them into the comforter. She was so obedient, so submissive, so perfect. I hiked her leg up higher on my shoulder. I repositioned her so that I could rub her clit with my fingers as I fucked her.
“That’s it, baby,” I encouraged. “Let go for me. Let me love you.”
She tightened around me. So close. So good. I pinched her sweet spot gently and thrust into her hard. She bathed my cock with wet heat as she fell apart around me. She whispered my name like a prayer over and over and over.
I continued to pump into her as she came down. My beautiful beautiful Kat.
When I could hold out no longer, I gave myself over to the pleasures of her body and erupted inside of her. She was perfection. The light in my dark. My incredible wife. My forever.
When the TA gave the assignment that day in our lab, I nearly jumped for joy. Finally, I would have an excuse to see David outside of class! I had been looking for a reason to spend time with him for weeks, but he didn’t need tutoring (he was just as smart as I was), he never went to any of the school sporting events, he worked in his dorm instead of the library, and he only drank coffee in the mornings and never lingered at the coffee shop. It was impossible to break into his regimented schedule.
I didn’t have the guts to simply ask him out. I knew that he would turn me down if I tried the direct approach anyway. From what I’d heard, if David Paulson wanted you, he simply walked up, grabbed you by the hair, and took you. I had yet to find a girl who would have said no. He was brilliant, dedicated, rich, and it seemed like he walked off of the cover of a magazine every morning to come to class. He’d had plenty of opportunity to grab me in any way that he wanted, and he’d never taken it, so I assumed that I wasn’t his type. I wasn’t surprised. The women he dated—well, fucked was probably more accurate—were always beautiful. Apparently he didn’t care about their minds; if the legend was true, he never spoke to them again anyway.
I wasn’t one to pine for unattainable men, and I’m sure that I would have forgotten about him if it weren’t for that stupid lab. Twice a week I sat beside him and together we fell into a comfortable companionship. He had a fabulous sense of humor when he wasn’t totally absorbed in whatever we were doing, and he had a brilliant smile that would make any warm-blooded woman turn into a pile of goo. He was so passionate about everything that he did. Nothing was ever half-assed with him. In all my life, I had never seen anyone so driven.
A million days I sat in that class and watched his beautiful hands skillfully fulfill their purpose. A million times I wished that he would touch me. A million days I watched his forehead wrinkle in concentration. A million times I wished that I could read his mind. I wanted to know what made him tick. Where did that fierce determination come from? How did he transform from the hard-working, good-natured classmate that I saw, to the womanizer that everyone said he was?
Were those rumors even true? Part of me wanted to believe that they were lies started by the vicious women whom he’d rejected. It was certainly possible, but part of me knew better. If I was really honest with myself, I knew in my gut that it was no myth. David was driven, incredibly driven, and he would let nothing, including women, come between him and his studies. That was why he cast them aside when he was done with them.
As for what he did when he was with them… well that thought kept me awake at night, writhing in my sheets. If he was half as devoted in the bedroom, as he was in the classroom, then no woman would stand a chance.
They said he was aggressive, dominant, and powerful. I had no doubt that they were correct. The man exuded confidence and strength in his every action. He was only nineteen years old, but he had the presence of a much older man. I had often wondered if he came from a military family. No one would question his orders, least of all me. The thought of him commanding me, dominating me with his voice, would soak my panties every time.
We decided to work on our project at the local coffee shop. If it was too noisy or too crowded, our backup plan was the library. We both lived in the dorms, which were not known for good, collaborative study spaces. I wondered how David managed to study there at all.
I arrived early and bought myself a cafe mocha. I picked out a table in the corner where I hoped that we would not be disturbed. David was right on time, as I knew that he would be. He scanned the small space for me. It was not crowded, but there was another student ahead of him in the line. When his eyes came to rest on me, he smiled, and my heart stopped. I had to remind myself repeatedly that he was only here because he didn’t want to ruin his perfect GPA.
He bought a hot drink, but I wasn’t close enough to hear what he had ordered. He pulled out the chair across from me and set his mug on the table. Spiced cider. It smelled fantastic.
“Good evening, Kat,” he said politely.
“How are you?” I asked.
“I’m well, thank you. Yourself?”
I’m wonderful now that you’re here. “I’m good,” I answered.
He blew a gentle stream of air across the top of his cider to cool it, and I suddenly realized my mistake. There was no possible way that I could get through a study session if he continued to draw attention to his sweet mouth like that. Heat flared between my legs. I imagined his cool breath on my heated skin.
“So we left off with the shoulder muscles, right?”
I shook myself out of my trance. “I’m sorry, what?” For fucks sake, Kat! Pull yourself together!
“Are you all right?” he asked. “You look a little flushed.”
“I’m fine. I think it’s the coffee. I’m just going to get a glass of water.”
“I’ll get it,” he said.
I got a fantastic view of his ass when he stood and walked to the counter. Not now, Kat. Focus on the damn anatomy. I managed to mostly compose myself before he returned with my water. I took a long drink through the straw and instantly felt better.
“Right,” I said “the three Scalene muscles.”
The rest of the night went well. I managed to keep my filthy thoughts to myself, and we made progress on our project. There were a couple of times where I could feel David’s eyes on me as I studied our text. It was not uncomfortable, but I couldn’t keep my body from reacting to him, and I was sure that he knew it. Luckily he didn’t call me out on it.
We fell into a comfortable rhythm of work and witty banter. He was an excellent conversationalist, and I had a really incredible time trying to keep up. After about two hours we decided to pack it in, noting that we could finish the remaining items in class.
David insisted on walking me back to my dorm, as it was almost ten o’clock at night. The walk was awkward for me. Apparently, David was able to ignore the stares and the giggling girls who passed, but I was not. I was quite sure that every person who walked by was wondering what this glorious creature was doing walking beside me. I felt like I should have a sign around my neck that said “I’m just his lab partner.”
I reached for the door when we arrived, but David placed his hand under my arm to stop me. “Kat, I just wanted to say thank you for a very enjoyable evening.”
“Of course, David,” Breathe, Kat. “I feel like we accomplished a lot.”
He hesitated for a moment and then spoke slowly. “Do you think I could walk you to class tomorrow morning?” he asked.
My jaw fell open of its own accord.
“I mean, I would like to go over everything that we did tonight on the way,” he continued. “I like to review my class materials before every class.”
Is he rambling? David Paulson? What just happened to the self-assured man that I knew?
“Sure. I usually leave about ten and stop for coffee on the way,” I answered. “I’ll meet you here?”
He smiled and in an insane moment of stupidity, I almost kissed him. I caught myself halfway when the look of shock on his face registered with my brain. I jerked abruptly away from him and ran into the building.
Before the door closed I heard his melodic laugh. “Goodnight Kat,” he called.
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