The Lover's Vow

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Chapter 7: Aidan

I watched her sleep for a few moments before going to find a nurse. I quietly closed the door to her room, and leaned back against it. When she’d first opened her eyes and looked at me, I’d been shocked by the vibrant purple of her eyes. If I didn’t already know they were real based on the information Aphrodite had given me, I would’ve thought they were contacts.

But then the vision of biting the birthmark on her thigh and then going down on her had blown through my mind. I’d instantly gotten rock hard right there in front of her family and the doctor. I’d quickly sat down and crossed an ankle over to the other knee to hide the physical reaction. It definitely wasn’t an appropriate time, but I’d tuned out the doctor anyway and stared at Callie, watching her eyes flick nervously between everyone in the room while imagining that scene repeatedly. I was willing my body not to react to it all over again when I heard Hektor’s voice by me.

“She should be free to go tomorrow. We just talked to the doctor and they said everything looks fine, as long as she doesn’t get any worse after they let her go. They also said it’d be wise to have someone with her fairly constantly for the next week or so, just to be sure.” His face was thoughtful, staring off down the empty hall for a moment before he continued. “I think you should take advantage of this situation to get to know her, and vice versa.”

We were both quiet for a moment while I thought about it. Hektor seemed like the kind of guy that was easy to be around- said what needed to be said and nothing more, and comfortable in silence. I appreciated that about him, especially with everything that had happened in the last twenty-four hours.

“I have a business trip that I was going to take next week, but I suppose I could move it up.”

“Your boss wouldn’t have a problem with that?”

“I am the boss, so I would hope not,” I chuckled in response.

He looked at me appraisingly, nodding sharply. “Well then I think that would work. Calliope has her own business which can be mobile if she needs it to be. I’ll talk to Charles and make sure it’ll be okay for her to take an impromptu vacation.”

I raised an eyebrow at Hektor, silently questioning who the hell Charles was. I hadn’t gotten any information from Aphrodite on a Charles, and I was suddenly annoyed at the idea of Callie having another man in her life. Not that you’ve got any room to talk, Aidan, my inner voice scolded. I brushed the voice off as I focused on the conversation again.

Hektor noticed my look and smiled. “Charles is her business partner. He’s not... interested in Callie.”

“He must be blind then,” I muttered to myself. There’s no way any man could look at her and not be interested. But now that he’d mentioned that he was her business partner, I put two and two together- I had no information about a Charles, but the name Char was ringing a bell. Must be a nickname- Aphrodite was probably somewhere watching this and laughing at her bright idea to try and trick me. Hektor laughed and shook his head, obviously hearing what I’d said.

“Trust me, you don’t have to worry about him. At least not where Callie’s involved.” He held his hand out to shake mine, grasping it firmly in his. “Take care Aidan. Nothing is going to be the same after this, I can assure you. Watch out for Calliope. Her heart is guarded but she’s willing to let the right one in.” He walked briskly down the hall after those parting words. I watched him go, contemplating how I was going to get out of this mess with as little collateral damage as possible.

I sighed for what seemed like the millionth time, and grabbed my phone out of my pocket to call my business partner to let her know about the trip being moved up. Lucy was my best friend Nick’s little sister and we had somehow managed to run a business together for the last five years. Over time she’d become a good friend, a great confidant… and the woman I was already in love with.

You’re in some seriously deep shit, Aidan McRae.

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