confusion that had left him with a sad puppy dog expression morphed into pale
shock, and then red-faced anger. “I know you’re not blaming Chicago on me.”
that off was your idea.”
sure as shit didn’t argue with me.”
was I supposed to do?”
don’t know.” She threw her hands up in the air. “Argue with me, maybe. Object.
That is, if you had any objections at all.”
course I did.” He moved closer, but stopped when she backed away for each step
he took. “Shit, Pen. It about killed me to watch you walk away for your flight.”
in her life had the airline terminal been so long as when she’d walked away
that day. She’d known he’d been on the other end, not budging as she made her
way to the checkpoint. “But it didn’t. And it didn’t kill me, either. Obviously
we made the right choice.”
why does it still hurt?”
doesn’t.” Her lips twitched beyond her control at the lie and she spun around
to hide the tear that slipped down. “You just think it does because you saw my
song. Which you weren’t supposed to do. I asked you for one promise. It didn’t
mean anything. It’s a stupid song.”
hide it from me if it means nothing?” His hand closed around her upper arm.
we still can’t do this. We still shouldn’t. This conversation can’t happen. Not
now. Not two days before my audition.” She cupped her hands over her face in an
effort to form blinders against him. “Please.”
You wanted a damn argument, you’re getting one.”
know this would never work. Just drop it. Let me do my audition, argue later.”
He grasped both of her wrists and pulled her hands away from her face. “Not
this time. We’re doing this now.”
my arguments are all the exact same.” With each word her heart jumped and
cracked more. “We can’t ever make it work.”
the hell not?”
travel all the damn time. During hockey season you’re away more than you are
home. If I get this I’ll be in Philly. You could get picked up by a team god
knows here, maybe even Canada, or,” she shivered out her disgust, “California.
Long distance doesn’t work, especially with how much and how hard we both
stayed close when you went overseas. This could work. I’m not buying it.”
the Wicked Witch talking.”
Wicked Witch has a point. You are a distraction.”
backed up a step, but couldn’t get far because he still had her wrists. “Let me
argument, he did as she asked. He shook his head. “You need a distraction. You
can’t live, breathe, and eat work.”
I go out. And I have you. You’re my distraction.”
can’t fail again. I have to do this, Cage. And I can’t do this with you.”
me it’s what you want. More than anything. More than the songs you’ve been
writing. More than those videos.” He tucked a finger under her chin and stepped
right up close to her. “More than me.”
wanted it since I was eight.” Her voice squeaked, but she didn’t tear her gaze
from his. Tears blurred her vision enough that she could lie about the last
part of his demand. “I have to do this. I have to see what I can do with this.
You’ve gotten your dream, or at least close enough to taste it. Let me have
finger left her jaw fast as though he’d been burned. He went so far as to take
a step back. “That’s unfair.”
it is, but you’re thinking with your dick.”
object to that too. This isn’t about that.”
always about that. You’re a meathead hockey player.” She took the chance his
distance of offense afforded her and scrambled around the bed. “We never should
have complicated our friendship with sex. I thought I could handle it, but I
the room next to her pink suitcase, he stood in silence for a few minutes. His
hands clenched into fists while he hung his head. “So you do love me.”
have always loved you, idiot. You’re my best friend and…” She tried to say
more, but all the words tangled in her throat refusing to leave. If she spoke
them everything would get worse, so much worse. She couldn’t handle this now;
she should make a break for the door again.
head snapped up when her voice trailed off. “And?”
shook her head so hard she got dizzy and had to lower her gaze to the floor.
The words that had choked off her voice erupted in a gut-wrenching sob.
of a bitch, screw this shit.” Before she could even catch her breath or try to
speak again he was in front of her. His warm lips closed over hers as he
caressed away tears with his thumbs.
mind railed against the move, telling her to push him away and leave, but her
soul had a whole different idea. All the fears fell aside, and she opened up to
him with one demanding swipe of his tongue.
trembled against her own doubts, and then curved into his hard body eagerly.
With a mind of their own, her hands danced up his chest until her fingers were
able to bury into his thick curls and tug him close.
backed her into the wall and hiked her legs around his waist. The last
lingering stubborn doubt fled as the hard promise of his desire pressed into
her heat and they both moaned.
and doubts would have to wait until the morning.
Sarah Cass’ world is regularly turned upside down by her three special needs kids and loving mate, so she breaks genre barriers; dabbling in horror, straight fiction and urban fantasy. She loves historicals and romance, and characters who are real and flawed, so she writes to understand what makes her fictional people tick. And she lives for a happy ending – eventually. And enough twists to make it look like she enjoys her title of Queen of Trauma Drama a little too much.
An ADD tendency leaves her with a variety of interests that include singing, dancing, crafting, cooking, and being a photographer. She fights through the struggles of the day, knowing the battles are her crucible; she may emerge scarred, but always stronger. The rhythms to her activities drive her words forward, pushing her through the labyrinths of the heart and the nightmares of the mind, driving her to find resolutions to her characters’ problems.
While busy creating worlds and characters as real to her as her own family, she leads an active online life with her blog, Redefining Perfect, which gives a real and sometimes raw glimpse into her life and art. You can most often find her popping out her 140 characters in Twitter speak, and on Facebook.