SOMETHING FOR THE PAIN by Victoria Ashley
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Tempting, inked and highly addictive. Alex is all that and more…
I’ve made a lot of mistakes – ones I’m not proud of, and definitely ones that have left their marks both mentally and physically.
Things got lonely; I got lost in my own fucked up mind and in the end it left me fucked out of my mind and unable to fight – or at least win. That life’s over for me and I’ve moved on.
Six months into tattooing at Blue’s and already I’m the most wanted and sought out tattooist. My biggest clientele consists of women.
They come into the shop, end up in my bed and we both come out happy. It’s been my release since I’ve stopped fighting. It’s become part of the “new” me.
But when Tripp reappears in my life, I can’t deny the fact that I would do anything for that girl.
So when she asks me to move in with her and her ‘boyfriend’ – our other childhood friend – I never expected for things to get so fucked up and twisted that I would find myself only more attracted to her by each passing second or wanting to protect her from everything that isn’t me.
I have worked so hard over the years to suppress my feelings for her but when I find out that her and Lucas have been having an open relationship, I have the strong urge to rip his heart straight from his chest – to destroy the very thing that keeps him breathing.
What I didn’t expect was for Lucas to ask what he did. For him to ask me to do the one thing I have secretly longed for since I was old enough to know what the need was. The second thing I never expected was the look of need that I saw in Tripp’s eyes when he asked.
One night of free passion could change our lives forever.
I never said that was a good thing either…
Book 2 in the Pain Series. Each book can be read as a standalone but characters do reappear in each book.
Walk Of Shame 1 Year Later…
TODAY HAS BEEN FILLED WITH endless phone calls, meetings and bullshit, yet all I can think about is getting home to my woman and hearing her moan beneath me. She’s been on my mind all damn day, making it impossible to concentrate on all my cases.
Finally getting a chance to relax after a ten hour day, I loosen my tie, spin my chair away from my desk and bite my bottom lip in need when Aspen’s sexy voice comes through the speaker of my office phone. Hearing her is exactly what I need to remember that my life isn’t shit anymore.
“Hey, baby… you there?” She sighs when I don’t respond, probably aware of the sound of my pants slowly unzipping. Might as well take this as a time to get comfortable and tease her at the same time. “What are you doing, Slade? Was that your zipper? Please tell me that was not the sound of your pants coming undone.”
“If that’s what you heard, then that was definitely my fucking zipper, baby.”
Smiling to myself, I slide my hand into the waistband of my boxer briefs and grip my hard cock, getting harder by the second as Aspen’s breathing picks up, working me up.
“Slade, you asshole. Are you seriously teasing me right now? That’s not cool.”
“You miss my hard cock, baby?” I loosen my tie some more and roll up my sleeves, getting more comfortable. “If you were here right now, I’d bend you over my fucking desk and fuck you so hard that the whole office building would get off on your screaming. How loud would you scream for me?”
I can tell by her loud breathing that she’s completely sexually frustrated right now and fighting with everything in her not to explode. I love it. Makes my long work day more worthwhile when I get to come home to her. “Slade… leave that office and get your ass home. Now.”
Smiling in victory, I run my tongue over my lips, wetting them. “Why?” I push.
She growls into the phone, not wanting to give in. She never wants to, but I’m working on that. “Slade…”
“Tell me,” I demand.
“So you can fuck me. Dammit, you play dirty. This doesn’t count. You know my weakness.”
Standing up, I zip up my fly and start gathering up my all my shit. I swear I can’t get out of this stuffy office soon enough. “It definitely counts. I’ll be there in ten. Be ready.”
Before Aspen can respond, I hit end on the phone call and rush out the door, locking it on the way out.
I don’t even bother looking anywhere but straight ahead of me as I make my way through the building and outside to the parking lot. The last thing I need right now is someone thinking that I want to stop and chat. Not when my woman has finally broken down first. She’s getting it. Fucking hard and dirty.
Just as I said, I pull up in the driveway of our new house, ten minutes later. I might have even ran a couple stop signs.
Not even bothering to grab my crap, I step out of my car, undoing my tie completely on the way to the front door.
I can barely even contain myself when I push the door open to see Aspen leaning over the kitchen island, wearing nothing but a thong and a very tight tank top. I can tell by the way that she doesn’t even bother to look at me that she’s reading one of Sage’s books. Well that book is about to be put on hold until further fucking notice.
“Fuck me…” I step up behind her and run my hands along the curve of her ass, causing her to close her book and lean her head back to lay on my shoulder. “Everything in this house is brand new, yet you’re the only thing I want to play with.”
Gripping the counter, she perks her ass up, rubbing it against my cock. “Is that so?” she questions with a sexy growl. She rubs her ass in a circle, before turning to face me and gripping ahold of my shirt, tugging me closer to her. She knows that I’m on the verge of exploding and is taking this opportunity to torture me, but I guarantee that she will still be caving first.
She undoes the top two buttons on my black dress shirt, before biting her lip and walking over to pull out one of our new kitchen chairs. Her heated eyes stay on me the whole time. “There’s a little something that I’ve been missing from you, Slade.” Taking a seat in the chair, she spreads her legs and grips the seat between her thighs, looking sexy as sin. “Strip,” she demands. “Nice and slow.”
I feel my cock twitch from her demand. I love the playful Aspen and it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to strip for her. This is bound to do the trick. She may not admit it, but this is how I got her in the first place.
Steeling my jaw, I yank her chair so that she’s sitting right in front of me. It’s time to get serious now. You ask Slade Merrick to strip… and you’ll get a damn good show. “You asked for it.”
Pulling my phone from my pocket, I scroll through to the music and hit play on the first slow song that I come across. To me it’s not about the music; it’s about how you move to it and I’m about to give her a glimpse into the Slade that she fell in love with.
After I set my phone down, I look her directly in the eye, making her squirm in her seat, as I empty my keys and everything else out of my pants. I don’t want anything poking her except for my cock.
Biting my bottom lip, I step in between Aspen’s legs and grip the top of her chair, grinding my hips as I work on undoing the rest of my shirt buttons.
Once I get to the last button, I yank my shirt off and toss it aside, before gabbing her hands and running them along my chiseled chest.
Moving in closer, I take a seat on her lap, grinding my hips to the slow rhythm. I can already see her starting to crumble and come undone beneath me. She wants this just as badly as I do.
“Slade…” she says in a shaky voice.
“Yes,” I push. “What?” I move her hands lower, until she’s stroking the length of my hardness through my dress pants.
She swallows hard and looks up to meet my gaze. “This is too damn hot and you know it…” she pauses as I stand up and start to undo my belt.
“You want me to keep going, baby?” After undoing my pants, I slide my hand down the front of my pants and stroke my cock with a moan. “I can keep going… or I can fuck you. What do you want?”
Aspen’s legs slowly close and her grip on the chair tightens when I start to remove my pants. “I can do this,” she whispers. “Stay strong.”
Removing my pants completely, I stroke myself for her to watch, knowing that she can never handle when I touch myself. I give it less than two minutes.
“I’m so fucking hard, Aspen.” I walk forward, stopping right in front of her. “I’ll let you touch it… just say it.”
Letting out a deep breath, Aspen growls, before reaching out and grabbing me by my cock. “I’m done. You win. I’m the first one to ask for sex in our new house. There. Happy?”
Wrapping a hand into the back of her hair, I pull her up to her feet and suck her bottom lip into my mouth. “Extremely fucking happy.”
Pressing my lips to hers, I walk until we’re back by the kitchen island, where she was when I first walked in. Then in one movement, I spin her around and bend her over the counter, slapping her ass with my free hand.
“It feels good, baby,” I moan into her ear. “I’m about to fuck you in the house that we own together. It’s you and me. This is just the beginning of our life together.” Wrapping my arm around her neck, I pull her back so that I can kiss her. “I love you.”
She smiles and licks her lips. “I love you too. Now hurry before I go crazy. It’s already been three days.”
I laugh because I love that we’ve only gone three days without having sex and this woman… my woman, already misses me inside of her. I never would’ve thought that day would come when I first met her over a year ago. It hardly feels like a month has passed. Every day with her feels fresh and new and I couldn’t be happier.
Unable to hold back any longer, I yank her panties aside and enter her wet pussy in one hard thrust, making her scream out from the intrusion.
“Slade!” Her breathing picks up as she waits for me to move. “I can’t take this. Do you see how sexy you are in those damn suits? No more teasing. I. Want. You.”
“Anything you want is yours.” With that, I pull out and thrust back into her, causing her to moan out as I continue to take her deep and hard.
I’m rough at first, before slowing down and being gentle to remind her how much she means to me. This woman is everything to me and I never want her to forget.
It’s not long before I feel her clenching around me, bringing me to my own orgasm as well. I push inside of her as deep as I can, giving her every last drop of me.
“Well the new house is broken in.” I laugh into her ear, before kissing her neck, trailing my way around to her lips. “Now I never want to wait three days again. I was so fucking close to caving in.”
“Are you serious?” She pulls away from me and spins around to face me. “How close?”
I smile and bite her bottom lip. “About ten minutes close.” Gently, I press my lips against hers and catch her hands with mine. “Now go take a shower and I’ll make you dinner.”
“Slade…” she starts.
“Go,” I say sternly. “You’ve taken time off work to help put our home together. Making dinner for my woman is the least I can do as a man.” I tilt my head toward the hallway. “Hurry.”
Shaking her head in disbelief, she smiles, before kissing me long and hard. “Never change,” she whispers, then walks away, leaving me alone to clean up a bit and cook dinner.
💋 💋 💋
Aspen appears from the shower about twenty five minutes later, dressed in one of my white button down shirts. She takes one look at me by the stove, in my boxers, and growls.
“This might just be sexier than seeing you in a suit. Almost naked, cooking. I dig it,” she teases.
Running my hands through my hair, I look at her and feel like the luckiest man in the world as I watch her take a seat in our kitchen.
I’ve been wanting to ask her to buy a place with me for months now, but I wanted to make sure it was the right time. Last week when I watched her walk out the door for work, I realized that I never wanted her to come back home to a place that wasn’t ours together. I knew right then that the time was right. I’m just lucky that she has as much faith in me as she does.
Sometimes I feel as if I don’t deserve it, but she always finds a way to remind me just how much she thinks I do. When the time is right, I will make her my wife and I will love her with everything in me. I may have had a hard past, but I’m ready for a new future and I know without a doubt that future is her… Aspen.
“I’m the luckiest asshole in the world,” I admit.
Aspen walks into my open arms and smiles against my chest as I hug her to me. “Yeah… and you’re my asshole. I’m not giving you up for anything.”
I feel Aspen jump in my arms as my phone starts vibrating next to us. Looking over, I see Hemy’s name flash across the screen. “Shit…” That’s tonight.
Reaching for my phone, I answer it and grunt, before speaking. “Yeah, man.”
“Don’t forget, dude. We’re meeting Cale and Riley at Walk Of Shame in two hours. Don’t be late again.”
I hear some loud noise in the background and Onyx cheering, before the phone goes silent. Sounds like they’re at the club already. No surprise there.
Tossing my phone down, I kiss Aspen on the top of the head. “Looks like we have a couple of hours…” I lift my eyebrows in suggestion and Aspen slaps my chest.
“We’ll see how good dinner is,” she teases.
I may sound like a pussy, but my heart skips a beat from the sight of her smile. I’ll never grow tired of seeing it every day.
I’ll never grow tired of us. Slade and Aspen. She is exactly where I need to be and I’m going to show her in every way that I can…
I HUNG UP WITH SLADE over an hour ago, and Onyx has been pushing me ever since to go show the new guys how it’s really done. She said the idea of me being back here makes her want to jump all over me and take me for a ride. Well fuck me…
I have to admit that watching the guys sort of has me wanting to go up on the stage and show them what’s up, just for the fucking rush.
Peeling my eyes away from the stage, I cup Onyx’s face in my hands and pull her in for a rough kiss. All I need is five fucking minutes to show these dicks how it’s really done. “Fuck it,” I say with a smirk. “I’ll be back.”
Taking a quick swig of my drink, I slam it down and make my way over to where Kash is dancing. This is sure to get his ass laid at least.
Stepping up behind Kash, I push him forward, stopping him right in front of the sexy little blonde that has been eyeing him up and down ever since he stepped on the stage.
Leaning in to his ear, I whisper, “Make love to her fucking face. Show her what you can do.” I slap his back and wink at the girl as she grins at me.
Kash gives me a look as if he’s uncertain if he should do it or not. “Seriously, dude?”
“Fuck…” Grabbing the back of the girl’s neck, I slowly push her down to her knees in front of him. “Grab the back of her head.” I place my hand on the eager girl’s chin, making her look up at me. “You want this?”
She smiles at me before turning back to Kash and looking up at him with a sexy grin. Her eyes are practically begging for his cock in her face. “Very much. Kash…”
Kash runs his tongue over his lips, before reaching down and gripping the back of the girl’s neck, slowly thrusting his hips to the music.
Stepping behind the girl, I grab her hands to guide her, placing one on Kash’s ass and the other on the button of his jeans.
So much better…
“Fuck… that shit isn’t hard,” I mutter while making my way back over to where Onyx is waiting for me.
When I take a seat, I am taken by surprise when Onyx jumps into my lap, pressing me into the back of the leather couch.
With a grin, she wraps her hand around my neck and leans down to whisper in my ear. “I’m extremely hot right now, Hemy.” She bites my earlobe before releasing it. “Do you know why?”
Gripping her hips, I lift her up, pulling her as close to me as humanly possible. Then I grip the back of her neck and yank her face to mine, brushing my lips over hers. “Because you’re in my lap,” I say with confidence. Getting turned on, I thrust my hips into her, showing her just how hard I am. “And because of my newest piercing.”
She runs her tongue over her lips, seductively and nods her head. “Bingo!” Reaching in between us, she grabs my cock through my jeans and squeezes. “And that fucking man bun turns me on. It makes me want to do very naughty things…”
Swallowing hard, I lace my fingers with hers and lean in, pressing my lips against the ring on her left hand. Seeing that rock, gets me both excited and extremely turned on, knowing that this woman has agreed to be my wife.
“Fuck… I love it when my fiancé wants to be naughty.” Yanking her to her feet, I stand up and walk her backward, until we’re lost in a dark corner, away from the loud screaming by the stage. I just hope that Stone and Kash can keep the room busy long enough so I can please my woman and finally test out this new piercing.
Slamming Onyx against the wall, I slide my hand up the front of her skirt, shoving a finger inside of her already wet pussy. “So fucking wet, baby,” I whisper against her neck, about to lose my shit.
Moaning, she throws her head back as I begin to pump my fingers inside of her.
“Faster, Hemy,” she demands.
I shake my head and pull my fingers out, sucking them into my mouth. “Nah…” Reaching in between us, I pull my cock out of my jeans, faster than I ever have in my entire life. Not being able to have sex without a condom for the past five weeks has been making me crazy to be inside of her again.
Before Onyx can react from my cock being out, I grip her leg, wrap it around my waist and slam into her. Deep and hard.
I feel her nails dig into my back as I still myself inside of her. “Fuck, Hemy!” She screams next to my ear. “Why do you have to be so big?” She takes a few deep breaths to compose herself. “I can take it,” she breathes. “Go.”
Cupping her chin, I force her to look up at me. “You okay, baby?” My eyes lock with hers, searching for the truth. “I didn’t mean to hurt you, but fuck… I can’t hold back right now.”
“Don’t,” she breathes. She squeezes me with her leg to get me moving again. “Just a little warning next time so I can prepare. Now move before I go crazy.”
Grinning, I wrap one hand around her throat and grab onto her leg with my free hand. “Here’s your warning…”
I pull out and slam back into her, causing her to dig her nails into the back of my neck and scream out. “Keep going,” she breathes.
Resting my forehead to hers, I begin to pound into her, fast and hard, giving her everything that I have. With this woman, I can’t hold back. She drives me fucking wild in the best possible way. She always has and that’s exactly why I asked her to marry me a few months ago. The truth is, I can’t live without this woman. I’ve tried it once and barely survived. I won’t do it again.
The faster I go, the louder her breathing becomes, showing me just how close she is to coming undone. As much as I want to make this last, everyone will be here soon and the last thing we need is for them to come looking for us.
“Yeah, baby,” I growl into her ear. “Come for me. You feel that?” I sway my hips in a circle, letting her feel every last inch of my cock.
She nods her head and digs her teeth into her bottom lip. “Just a little bit,” she says breathless.
I squeeze her thigh tighter and push in even deeper, before slowly pulling all the way out. “Now?” I ask again.
“Yes,” she moans. “Fuck, I love your cock and the rings. All of it Hemy. I love all of you.”
I can never grow tired of hearing those words from her lips. When I come home from a long day at the shop, she’s always right there, telling me how much she loves me.
Nothing can ever compare to that and I make sure that my body and actions always show her that. She is the only one that I want. The only one I’ve ever wanted.
I slam into her and stop. “I love all of you too, beautiful.” I pull out and thrust back into her, stopping to kiss her lips. “Especially because you love this so much. Now hold on.”
Understanding what’s coming, she holds onto me as tightly as she can and leans her head into my shoulder.
Gripping her thigh for support, I bury my face into her neck and fuck her fast and hard, not stopping until we’ve both reached orgasm, her screaming upon release in my ear.
I press my forehead to hers and smile in satisfaction as we look into each other’s eyes. “I love you so fucking much. Never forget that, got it?”
Onyx nods her head and runs her hands through the loose strands of my hair. “I love you too.” She lifts her hand with the ring. “Always.”
“Good,” I say in relief. Stepping away from her, I pull my shirt over my head and clean Onyx of her light sheen of sweat, before cleaning myself off and tossing it into the nearest trash can.
“Let’s get back before the group shows up.” Grabbing Onyx’s hand, I pull her against me and walk us back through the crowd and to our area by the couches. The V.I.P section is ours for the night and I have to admit that it feels nice being back here, knowing that the whole group will be here soon.
Right as we’re about to sit down, my phone starts vibrating in my pocket. I don’t even have to look at it to know who it is. Cale has been on our asses for the last week, making sure that every one of us is here tonight at nine.
It’s a little past eight, so I don’t know what his deal is. Have a little faith in us, damn.
I pull my phone out and answer it without even bothering to look at the screen. “We’re already here, man. And I called Slade about an hour ago and reminded him.”
“You’re there?” Cale questions. “Is everything good there?”
I let out a small breath and look around the bar at everyone having a good time. The guys are shaking their dicks and the women are having the time of their fucking lives. He worries too damn much. “Yeah, man. It’s all good here. No worries. We’ll see ya soon.”
Right as I’m hanging up, Onyx jumps from her seat on the couch and runs over to greet Sage. Those two have become inseparable and I have to say that it makes me extremely happy.
Onyx has been treating her like a sister for longer than I have and if anyone ever hurts her, I have a feeling that Onyx would get to them before I would even have a chance to.
“Love the hair,” Sage says, while grabbing a handful of Onyx’s hair.
Ever since Onyx has been working at the salon with Aspen, she has been experimenting with different hairstyles and colors. I have to say that this is my favorite so far. It’s almost black, but looks purple in some lighting. It’s fucking sexy on her.
Giving me a quick hug, Sage pulls away and walks her way up to the stage to greet Stone. It’s as if the screaming, groping girls has no effect on her. She just pushes right through them, wraps an arm around Stone’s neck and slams her lips against his, showing them who he’s going home with tonight.
It’s been a year and those two have managed to stay friends with benefits. Sage says it’s what she wants at the moment, but I have to admit that it still drives me crazy. He just better hope that he never hurts her. I’d hate to have to break his pretty face. Well maybe…
Stone sees me looking up at him as Sage walks away, making her way back over to us. Stone throws up his middle fingers and sticks his tongue out while thrusting the air. Fast.
“Fucking dick,” I grumble.
I feel a bony fist hit me in the ribs. “Be nice, big brother.” Sage bites her lip and winks over at Stone. “He’s so fucking cute. How can you be so mean to him?”
“It’s not too hard. Trust me,” I growl out.
“Oh stop it,” Onyx jumps in, like the big sister to protect Sage. “Try to have some fun instead of bitching over Stone. You spend over nine hours a day busting your ass on those cars and crap. Loosen up. No worries.”
Sage smiles at Onyx before turning to me and wrapping her arm around my neck. “Yeah, what she said big bro. It could be worse,” she teases. “I could ask you to read one of my books.” She smiles real big at me, knowing that I hate the idea of that.
“I’ve heard the shit you write and there’s no way in hell I’m going to read about your sexual adventures.”
Onyx and Sage both slap me at the same time. I just smile because I’m used to it. This is my life now. These women are my life.
I grip my beer and sit back and relax as the girls fall into some deep girl talk conversation. This somehow makes me wish that the assholes would hurry up and get here, but then I look over and notice the smile on both of their faces and I fall apart like a fucking pussy.
I have the two most important women in my life here and will be damned if I ever mess that up…
LACING MY FINGERS WITH RILEY’S, I lean in and smile against her lips, before kissing her soft and deep. I can never get tired of tasting this woman’s lips. Especially after waiting as long as I did. I never want to wait again.
Her legs tighten around me as I thrust into her, quickening my speed. The way that she squeezes me, pushes me in even deeper, making me about ready to lose my shit right now.
Truthfully, I should have lost it over ten minutes ago. I’ve been on everyone’s ass to make sure that they aren’t late tonight, yet here I am still making love to wife.
Being inside of her, hearing her soft moans as I bury myself between her thighs is all that matters at the moment. Here with her is where I belong.
“Cale…” She digs her nails into my back and moans as her body starts trembling from below me. I love feeling her come undone because of me. “Oh my goodness… Oh my…”
Thrusting into her a few more times, I push in deep, releasing myself inside of her. “Fuck me, baby.”
Wrapping my arms around her, I roll over, pulling her on top of me. “You’re so damn beautiful.” I wrap my hands into the back of her hair and pull her in for a kiss. “You know that, right?”
Smiling as if she’s the happiest woman in the world, she nods and presses little kisses into my neck. “You never let me forget.” She kisses me one more time, before pulling back and running her hand through my hair. “Everyone’s going to hate us. You know that, right? By the time we get there, we’re going to be over thirty minutes late.”
Sucking my bottom lip into my mouth, I grip Riley’s ass, lifting her up and off of me. “They won’t hate us for long. Trust me.” I slap her ass as she stands up, causing her to yelp and look back at me. “I love you,” I say to soften her up.
Shaking her head, she smiles and starts walking backward, toward the bathroom. “Dammit! I love you too, but not so rough next time. Especially when we can’t stay home and play.” She winks at me and then disappears into the bathroom to get ready.
We pull up in the parking lot of Walk Of Shame thirty minutes later, us both rushing out of the car. In a hurry, Riley speeds up, walking ahead of me, but I grab her arm, slowing her down.
Whistling, I spin her around, checking her out in her little black dress. “Perfection.”
She gets that look on her face that she’s gotten for the last eleven years whenever I do this and it brings me back to the beginning, reminding me exactly why I fell in love with her in the first place.
“Cale…” She slaps my chest and I spin her into my chest, pulling her in for a kiss. “Let’s go.” I kiss her again, not wanting to let her go. “God, you’re so adorable,” she breathes, “But we need to hurry. I’m so anxious!”
Placing my hand on the small of her back, I guide her to the door and inside to where the crew is waiting in the V.I.P section. The first person I spot is Slade.
He nods at me and then hits Hemy in the side, letting him know that we’ve arrived. I can already see them talking shit about us being late and it only makes me want to laugh. Those two are usually never on time so fuck it.
Sara and Jules wave at us from behind the bar, letting me know that they’re fine. Eight months ago, Lynx had some shit go down and Hilary took the club away from him. I was the first person that she asked to take over. I was hesitant at first, but let the fact that most of the people here are my family, talk me into agreeing.
Stone, Kash, Styx, Sara and now Jules have become a big part of our crew and if I can help them out in any way, then that’s what I plan on doing. Plus it’s good money and we’re definitely going to need it now…
“Look who’s late,” Slade says with a sly grin. “Good thing I took my time getting here.”
“Ass.” I slug him on the shoulder and take a seat on the couch, pulling Riley down with me.
As soon as Lila sees us join the group, she rushes over to take our drink order.
“Just a beer.” I hand her a twenty, before she turns to take Riley’s order. Unfortunately, it’s going to give everything away.
“I’ll take a water,” she says softly.
Almost everyone in the group stops what they are doing and turns to gawk at us.
“You’re pregnant,” Onyx shouts. “Aren’t you!”
Lila whisper, “Congratulations,” to Riley, before walking away to grab our drinks.
“Dude,” Slade pushes.
“Well?” Aspen chimes in. “Tell us!”
Standing up, I pull Riley up with me, placing my hand over her belly. “Eight weeks,” I say with the biggest smile on my face. “Looks like we’re adding a new addition to our family, guys.”
Everyone watches me in awe as I drop to my knees and kiss Riley’s belly. My baby is in the woman that I love. Our baby.
“Well…” Riley says nervously. “Say something. You guys are too damn quiet.”
Aspen bursts into tears while reaching out to pull Riley into her arms. “I’m going to be an aunt.” Being sure not to hurt Riley, she shakes her, pulling her in as tight as she can. “Holy shit! I’m going to be an aunt, guys!”
Jumping to his feet, Slade throws his arms around the both of them and kisses the top of their heads. Then he reaches over and grabs the back of my head. “Congrats, man. I’m so fucking happy for you guys.”
I can see him fighting hard to hide his emotions. I know his past still hurts him, but the time will come for him and Aspen to start their own family. Hopefully soon. I know they’re both ready.
Sage, Onyx, Hemy… everyone takes turns giving Riley a hug, showing their love and excitement. Seeing all the support from them almost brings tears to my eyes, but I fight it.
Somehow knowing that I’m about to have a baby has made me more emotional. It makes me more appreciative of the love and support we have, knowing that our child will have the same.
After all the excitement is done, everyone falls into conversation about whether or not it’s going to be a girl or boy. Hemy and Slade actually make a bet on it. Hemy says a dude and Slade says a girl.
I’m happy either way. I just want to hold the love of our lives and show him or her how much we’re going to love and take care of them.
Hemy holds up his drink, interrupting everyone. “You should all know that if it’s a dude that he’s going to take after uncle, Hemy. You should be so lucky.”
All three of the girl’s eyes go wide, before Onyx and Sage start talking at the same time about how badly that shouldn’t happen.
“The girls don’t need any more dirty boys like you Hemy,” Onyx says, before whispering, “Only me,” and winking.
Slade grips my shoulder and squeezes. “I’ll take care of that child as if it were mine. Never forget that, bro. I love you, man.”
I can feel the truth is Slade’s words and it warms my heart. It’s taken time, but Slade is one of the best men that I know. He’s protective and gives his all. It makes me happy to know my kid will have an uncle like him. “Love you too, bro.”
Riley and the girls are in the middle of a conversation, but I pick Riley up, pulling her into my lap. Knowing that she is carrying my child makes me want to be as close to her as possible. The truth is… I just may never let her go now.
Eleven years ago, she became my life. Seven months ago, she became my wife and now she’ll become the mother of my children. I will always show her her worth and how much she means to me. My family will always come first.
Snuggling into my arms, she smiles against my neck as I place my hand over her stomach. “I love you, daddy,” she says with a small laugh.
Pulling her face up to reach mine, I press my lips against hers and rest my forehead to hers. “I love you too, baby. Always have and always will. Never forget that.”
She smiles and looks me in the eyes. I can see by the way she’s looking at me that she knows it’s the truth. I would never lie to her. “I know, baby. I’ve always known.”
A few minutes later, I look up to see Stone dancing while watching us from across the room. He knows something is up.
Standing up, I pull Riley to her feet and place my hand over her stomach, like I have almost every day since we’ve found out.
Stone’s eyes widen and a grin takes over his face. Without much thought, he hops off the stage and runs over to us.
“Holy shit!” Grabbing Riley’s face, he presses a kiss to the top of her head, before turning to me and doing the same. “Congratu-fucking-lations. I knew it! You’ve been acting different, man. That’s awesome.”
He pulls me in for a one arm hug as I squeeze his shoulder, thankful to see he’s just as excited as the rest of us. “Thank you, man.” I pull away from him. “Now get back on the fucking stage.” I smile, showing my appreciation as he rushes back over to the stage surrounded by a bunch of confused looking chicks. He doesn’t even miss a beat, falling back into his routine.
Just wanting to be close to my wife, I pull her into my arms and kiss her long and deep, pretending that it’s just the two of us. As much as I want to spend time with these guys… my family, the excitement of going home to work out the nursery is tugging at my heart. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep until I know my baby is going to have the best fucking room ever.
Leaning over Riley’s head, I grab Slade’s shoulder. “Hey, man. I think we’re going to get going.”
He looks at me, searching my eyes. He knows that feeling. He knows what it’s like to want to be the man and take care of things. It’s too bad that he never got that opportunity. “You need any help man, let me know. Any free time that I have, you know you have Aspen and I. We’re just a call away.”
“I know, man.” I squeeze his shoulder. “I’ll definitely be calling too. Just not tonight, man. Now that everyone knows, the excitement of it all is kicking in. We have a lot of thinking to do.”
“Hell yeah,” Slade responds, before turning to Aspen and picking her up, pulling her to him. “I know the feeling.” He kisses Aspen’s neck and squeezes her as if he never wants to let her go. “One day, man. One day…”
When I look over to say bye to Hemy, he’s standing with his arm around Onyx, them both laughing it up and talking to Sage as if there isn’t a care in the world. I swear I hear baby talk.
In this moment, I know that everyone is right where they belong. Slade has the love of his life, a new home and a good job. Hemy has his fiancé, their home and I have my wife, a baby on the way and a business to run with the love of my life.
The Walk Of Shame family couldn’t ask for anything better…
Author Note: Thank you so much for reading the Walk Of Shame Series and supporting Slade, Hemy and Cale. If you enjoyed this series+ bonus material, please show your support by leaving a review on Amazon, B&N, Kobo and iBooks. I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you!!
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My name is Cale Kinley and I’m a fucking Virgin…
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