I get out of the truck and walk over towards the
two of them. Maddy’s back is to me as I
approach her and her date, so she doesn’t see me right away. But once the guy sees me, she spins around to
look at what has caught his eye.
Her face is shocked and when our eyes lock, my
heart skips a beat. There’s a pull
between us. As much as I hate to admit
it, she owns me. Her eyes are
magical. They dance with light and
passion and when she looks at me, they are filled with love.
The love and passion that
are sparkling in her emerald green eyes evaporate when she realizes the scene
that I’ve just stumbled upon. I can only
imagine what’s going through her mind, but I’m sure the images of me kicking
Logan’s ass are flashing vividly through her mind.
I’m no more than a few feet from them when the guy pushes Maddy behind him to protect her from what he perceives as a threat. He’s not very far from the truth, but she’s not the one who needs protecting.
Menacingly close now, he pipes up. “Who the fuck are you? What do you want?” Okay, I’ll give the prick a little bit of
credit for trying to stand up to me, but he has no clue what he’s competing
The caveman in me wants to deck this guy and
drag Maddy into a bed – any bed – and claim her, repeatedly, until she
understands that she’s mine and no one else’s.
I’m going to do that anyway, but hopefully I can refrain from knocking
this guy on his ass. I’d like to have
the use of my hands tonight.
My eyes never leave Maddy’s, but my words are
directed at him. “Me? I’m the boyfriend, asshole.” Maddy’s eyes widen slightly as I say “boyfriend.” Did she really think we ever broke up?
I avert my gaze from Maddy for a minute to stare
this douchebag down. “And who the fuck
do you think you are?” He falters, not
enough that most people would notice, but I’m in predator mode. I see his throat work hard to swallow past
the newly formed fear. His pupils dilate
slightly and the pulse beating in his neck picks up as adrenaline surges
through him. If he thinks he’s going to
win this battle, he is wrong – so fucking wrong.
He puffs out his chest as he says, “I’m Maddy’s
date for tonight.” He snickers lightly
as he says, “You know? She never
mentioned a boyfriend when I asked her out.
Must not be much of a boyfriend if she doesn’t even mention you.” He swells with pride at his snarky little
quip. In the split second he looks away
from me to gauge Maddy’s approval, I lay him flat on the ground as I drop my
shoulder into his gut and take his legs out from underneath him with one of my
own. I freaking love my takedown skills. I didn’t even have to bust up my hands. I’m definitely going to need them in a little
I straddle over him and pull him up by the
collar. “Whether she mentioned me or
not, she’s mine, so lay the fuck off.
Maddy still hasn’t said a word and I haven’t
actually spoken directly to her. I’m
pretty sure she understands my actions though.
Wordlessly, I reach my hand out to her.
This is her chance. If she still
wants me, then she’ll come with me. This
is who I am, who I’ve always been. If
she can’t understand that I love her, that I want her more than anything, then
it’s not because I haven’t tried as hard as I possibly could to prove it to
Hand still outstretched, I look her directly in
the eyes, as I try to convey everything that I’m thinking, that I’m
feeling. In what feels like an act of
God, she understands me and laces her hand in mine.
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