Continued from “No One In The World”
I watched Delaney’s date slide his hand protectively around her waist. His move reeked of insecurity. He wanted everyone around to know that she was with him. I didn’t like it and from her body language, neither did she.
When she saw me staring, Delaney gave me a half-assed smile but I didn’t smile back. Instead, I looked her straight in the eye with an icy glare and then promptly gave her my back.
If this was how Delaney wanted it to be, I wasn’t going to play nice.
I’d only bothered attending this retirement cocktail out of professional obligation. As soon as I’d put in a little face time, I was going to hit the gym and let off some steam. I grabbed a bottle of water from the bar.
It was Peggy, the attractive redhead from Accounting. At 5’1, she was petite but definitely not when it came to her cleavage. She had more than enough spilling out of the top of her dress for all to see. I’d already seen them up close and personal on more than one occasion. Her tits were just the way I liked them – silicone-free and all natural.
She batted her long fake lashes and crept into my personal space, showing her interest in getting “friendly”.
I didn’t mind the distraction away from Delaney and whoever-the-fuck-he was. Peggy pointed at my water bottle.
“Water? That’s a bit tame for you Tyler.”
“Yeah, I’m hitting the gym after this to de-stress.”
Peggy took the bottle away from me and placed it on the bar.
“Buy me a drink and maybe I’ll suggest a better way for you to de-stress tonight.”
She batted her lashes again and licked her lips, all the while hungrily looking at mine.
Before Delaney, I would have jumped on her and her offer with no hesitation. Now, I found myself barely getting a rise by Peggy.
Delaney was with a date and I was no longer with Britney. There was nothing stopping me from screwing Peggy’s brains out. Why the fuck would I not do her?
“I’d like to hear more about this proposal…but first, what would you like?”
“Besides you, a rum and coke will do…for now.”
On purpose, I laughed a little too loud so that Delaney would notice. I called over the bartender and ordered Peggy’s drink.
Peggy was pretty, wild and off the chain. I always wondered how a woman like her had ended up crunching numbers in what I considered such a boring field.
“I hear that you’re looking for an upgrade.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Now that Britney is out of the picture, why not let me upgrade you?”
I couldn’t even attempt a response – Peggy was beyond bold. She flirted shamelessly with me and I let her, knowing full well that Delaney was observing us. And of course, I let Peggy have the “full Tyler experience”.
Why the fuck not?
“I’ve got a new number Ty. Let me update your phone.”
Without asking, Peggy grabbed my cell from my pocket and input her new number. I shook my head in disbelief. Bodaciously bold…
“It’s encouraging to see that I’m the only Peggy in your cell.”
When she handed my cell back, I couldn’t help but look in Delaney’s direction. She was staring at us while her date chatted with a someone. She quickly looked away before I could decipher the expression on her face.
“Who are you looking at?”
Peggy turned around to see but there were too many people for her to figure it out.
“No one. I thought I saw someone I used to know.”
“Well, you can stop looking because you only need to know me tonight. And from now on.”
I focused my attention back on Peggy. She was dead serious.
“So what did you have in mind for de-stressing Peg?”
She grabbed my tie, pulled me down to her level and gave me a lingering kiss on the lips.
“Meet me in 20 minutes at the front entrance and I’ll tell you more.”
Seduction was the only thing on her mind. All the men in the room watched Peggy glide across the room.
I should have felt excited at a no strings attached night of wild Peggy but I wasn’t. Delaney had definitely taken the edge off of my game. But I’d force myself to get back in the saddle…so to speak.
I ordered myself a real drink and realized that Delaney was gone but her date was still there. In the time it took for me to get halfway through my drink, Delaney was still missing. I hated that curiosity got the better of me and I found myself looking for her.
She wasn’t in the lobby or near the restrooms. Where the fuck was she?
I noticed that the back entrance door was ajar so I went over, slowly pushed it open and found Delaney sitting on the stairs.
“Laney, what are you doing out here? It’s cold.”
Startled, her hands quickly went to her face and she wiped her cheeks.
Her voice cracked as if she’d been crying. When I sat down next to her, she sniffled and looked away. I knew that I was right. My chest tightened up. I hated it when women cried and it killed me that it was Delaney. I suddenly felt like such a prick for rubbing the Peggy situation in her face.
“You’re crying. Is it about me?”
Delaney guffawed but still refused to look at me.
“Contrary to what you believe, the entire world doesn’t revolve around you Tyler Jordan.”
But mine sure does around you.
“Is it your date?”
I would have been more than happy to punch him out if she asked. Delaney shook her head and hugged herself for warmth. She was actually shivering.
“It’s cold out here. We should go inside.”
When Delaney didn’t budge, I got up, shook off my jacket, draped it over her shoulders and sat back down. She finally looked at me with surprise and tried to refuse. Her eyes were a bit red and her mascara slightly smeared. Seeing her like that made me feel like an even bigger ass.
“No. You need your jacket. Don’t you have somewhere to be, somewhere to go, someone to do?”
Her voice was thick with jealousy but it made me happy. Very happy. I draped my arm around her and pulled her close to warm her up. It was the perfect excuse to cover the fact that I couldn’t resist being this close to her and not touch her.
Delaney didn’t put up a fight. She simply leaned her head on my shoulder, letting her body relax against mine.
We sat in silence and listened to the distant voices coming from the party inside.
“Yeah but I’m in no hurry.”
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