Don't Call Me Baby
I bit my lip. The same lip that I pressed onto Jason’s without considering the consequences. A smile appeared before I could stop myself.
Jason glanced down at my stunned expression. His arms pulled me against his torso. His gentle thrust against my thigh earned a gasp.
I glared at him.
“What?” He asked with a smirk, “You started it.”
I backed out of his embrace, “I need to go,” The longer I put off turning in the papers the more I dreaded the idea.
Jason opened his mouth to protest but I slid passed him before he could. Kitty, who was still busying herself at the counter, watched me make a hasty exit.
“Where are you off to?” She stopped me before I could disappear into the city.
I looked back in time to see Jason resting against the door frame. His curious stare burned holes in my skin.
“To see Ethan,” The words felt like acid in my mouth. Jason’s warm expression fell and for a moment I thought he would storm off.
He recovered his smile, “Be careful,” I looked at Kitty with a worried expression on my face. An angry Jason was one thing but an angry smile set off alarm bells.
Kitty glanced between us and sighed, “Don’t forget to call the photographer.” She must have decided to stay out of our drama before we even got back.
I nodded and started for the door. To my dismay, Footsteps echoed behind me.
“Wait,” Jason caught up to me, “I should stop by,”
Kitty snickered from behind the glass counter. Her passive treatment was starting to work on my nerves. I made a mental note to kick her ass later.
Jason’s soft smile formed a pit in my stomach, “To visit an old friend,” His poison-laced words sent a chill up my spine.
I opened my mouth to forbid it but he spoke up before I could.
“I’ll behave myself,” A single wink sparked a fire in my heart.
“Fine,” I choked out, “But no fighting,” The last part came out as more of a plea.
Jason scoffed, “Deal.”
The Holidays came and went. For office workers that meant business as usual.
The building buzzed with busy secretaries and new gossip. I hadn’t missed the mundane lifestyle. Sarah and Jade would die before joining the ranks of office workers.
Jason followed in my hesitant steps and pressed the button for the elevator.
“Are you going to talk to me?” He asked as I stared anywhere other than at him. The kiss lingered on my lips and despite my best efforts, still sent shock waves through my body. Who was in control here?
“Yes,” I boarded the elevator and clutched the papers to my chest, “Why wouldn’t I?”
“You were silent the whole walk here,” He scoffed. His stubborn stance made it that much harder to ignore the effect he had on me.
I spent the entire trip cursing his name and myself for signing onto another deal.
“There wasn’t anything to say,”
He shook his head and laughed, “So you’re going to kiss me like that and then clam up?”
A smile twitched at my lips, “Is that a problem?”
The elevator dinged and the doors slid open. Jason paused for a fraction of a second before following me through the maze of desks.
Ethan waited in his office with stacks of paperwork resting on every square inch of his desk.
I knocked as if I hadn’t let myself in several times before.
“Come in,” Ethan’s flat tone echoed through the door.
I sucked in a breath and entered the damned office. His hazel eyes locked onto mine within seconds. Any smile on his face disappeared when Jason strolled in.
“Good morning,” He stared at Jason’s cocky appearance.
I decided to cut the tension short and approached his desk, “Here are the papers,”
Ethan hesitated before taking the envelope, “I’ll start working on the books as soon as I finish my other projects,”
“That’s it?” Jason’s rough voice echoed through the messy room.
“That’s it.” Ethan tossed the envelope onto the nearest pile. He ignored the glare shooting out of Jason’s eyes.
I fought the urge to sprint back to Pink Cherry when Jason stepped forward.
“When will that be?”
“If you haven’t noticed,” Ethan gestured to the piles of paperwork, “I’m a little busy here.”
Jason snickered, “Yeah, you’ve been very busy.”
They glared at each other.
I cleared my throat, “Ethan,” His sharp eyes darted to me, “You know we don’t have that long, right?”
He sighed, “I’m aware but I have to finish other things first.” He ran a hand through his hair, “We can discuss it tomorrow.”
“Wait, what?” Jason shifted his attention to me.
A strained noise preceded my response, “I have to get back to work.”
Ethan nodded and continued typing on his computer. I thought I would need to hold Jason back from bashing Ethan’s head into the keyboard. Instead, he kept his promise and backed away.
He held the door open for me but not before shooting another warning glare at Ethan.
The short walk to the elevator was anything but pleasant.
“You didn’t tell me you were coming back,” Jason said as I tried to escape his line of questioning.
I squeezed my eyes shut, “I didn’t expect to get involved again,”
He furrowed his eyebrows, “What does that mean?”
“It means I needed to catch a break,” I hit the elevator button, “And Kitty needed help. The plan was to always come back,”
Jason swallowed the anger building inside of him, “Alright.” Any more unexpected news and he would explode.
The elevator doors slid open. I stared at Jason’s irritated expression before walking inside.
He stood beside me but refused to meet my gaze.
“What?” I hissed.
His expression turned to stone, “Nothing.”
“Yeah,” I rolled my eyes, “Right,”
We walked through the building in silence once we reached the ground floor. Two days into our deal and we were already arguing. I sighed and forced myself back to Pink Cherry.
Jason marched to his workshop as soon as we got back. I groaned and leaned on the counter.
Kitty flinched when Jason shut the door behind him.
“What happened?” She said after a few moments passed.
I sighed, “He didn’t know I was going back,”
Kitty nodded and shut the money drawer, “In fairness,” She turned to face me, “No one is happy about it.”
“I can’t come back,” I said more to myself than her.
She shrugged, “If that’s what you want to believe,”
Her knowing gaze prompted my exit. I grabbed my bag and headed towards the front door. I paused before I could cut my losses and take a long bath.
I glanced back and turned in spite of my better judgment. Kitty stayed silent as I strolled over the sales floor.
This time I wouldn’t walk away without a fight.
I bit my lip and stared at the closed door in front of me.
The door creaked open and Jason glanced up from his abandoned bed.
“We have unfinished business,” I gathered my nerve and stared into his curious eyes.
“Which is?” He leaned back on his hands and it took all the restraint I had not to peel off his clothes with my eyes.
I clicked my tongue, “Our deal,”
“Not the country,” I scoffed, “Get your coat.” I didn’t give him room to protest.
Jason’s head tilted as I held open the door.
“Where are we going?”
A wicked grin spread across my face, “You’ll see, baby,”
Jason slipped on his jacket and started out the door, “Don’t call me that,”
I followed him out of the room and prayed that my plan wouldn’t be a total mess.