I was standing in Dash’s room in my bra and panties, towel drying my hair, when I noticed how he didn’t have any personal things in the room. No photos, no decor, nothing to tell anyone who he really was, and I wondered if he ever had anything up in here and couldn’t remember seeing anything the last time I was in here briefly.
Then I heard the two brothers bickering, their voices coming closer, and then the door whipped open and slammed against the wall. I jumped and let out a small yelp at the sight of them.
“What the fuck?!” I cried, trying to hide my body behind the towel. And it was obvious that both brothers stopped dead in their tracks and admired the view, and my cheeks flushed. “Can I help you? I’m a little indisposed right now if you can see that.”
I swear I heard a small growl come from deep in Dash’s chest but ignored it when he spoke. “I need to know what the fuck is going on.”
Oh, I thought, he wanted to talk now. Of all times. Go figure.
“I told him to give you some privacy but he wouldn’t listen. Why don’t you get dressed and we’ll meet you downstairs in a minute.” Dane offered, grabbing Dash’s arm but Dash ripped his arm from his brothers grip and stood still.
“I’m not leaving until I get some answers.” Dash bit out.
I looked between the two men and knew that if I didn’t give Dash some kind of explanation, then he wouldn’t be leaving any time soon and I’d continue to stand half-naked in front of them. When sex wasn’t involved, it was pretty awkward.
“I broke up with him and then took off. He must not have been very happy about it because now he’s here.” I shrugged like it was no big deal.
“Bullshit,” Dash barked, “you don’t hide a wad of cash in the back of a toilet and need a place to stay that’s out of the city because you broke up with someone. I’m not buying it.”
I looked between both brothers, not sure what to say next, when I saw Dane looked completely confused.
“I may have stolen that money from him,” I whispered, trying not to tell them too much.
“Then give it back to him,” Dane pleaded.
I just laughed, almost sounding hysterical. “That’s my money. I deserve that money!”
Dash cocked an eyebrow at me. “You deserve that money for what, Adrena? What did you do? What did he make you do?”
I began to feel my hands shake and desperately wanted this conversation to end but knew it wasn’t going to unless I gave them something a little more concrete. “I- he... I did a lot of drug running for him, putting myself in danger, so I deserve that money.”
“So that’s drug money?!” Dane cried out from behind Dash, staring at the duffel bag on the bed. “You can’t keep that money! If he’s as dangerous as it sounds and that really is drug money, you need to give it back.”
I shook my head, tears filling my eyes. I would never give the money back. I would never allow Karl to think he had won. I would die trying to keep that money away from him and the sooner I got out of here, the sooner I’d have that money far away from Karl and the brothers away from Karl’s wrath.
“I shouldn’t have come here,” I finally said, turning towards my duffel bag and shoving the contents back inside. “I’m sorry.”
Then I felt a warm strong body behind me as they gripped my biceps and turned me towards them when I came face to face with Dash. He was so huge and powerful and a bit overwhelming and it took everything I had not to throw my arms around his neck and hold on for dear life. I didn’t want to leave the brothers, but I couldn’t stay here either. It was too dangerous.
“You’re not going anywhere,” Dash said in a soft, soothing voice as he stared down into my eyes. “We’ll all figure this out together.”
I searched his eyes and saw the warmth there, the connection we always had, but yet I felt so completely distanced from him that it hurt me deeply.
“I can’t stay here knowing I might be putting you both in danger. I can’t drag you two into this.” I shook my head and tried to step out of Dash’s arms but he wasn’t letting me go.
“We can take care of ourselves, babe, don’t you worry about that. And as far as dragging us into this, it’s a bit too late for that now isn’t it? We’ve all shared more with each other than we’d all like to admit, but it’s too late. We’re all in this together now.” Dash stared into my eyes and I visibly shivered in his arms.
I slowly nodded as I looked down to find my half naked body pressed against his and I couldn’t deny the attraction I felt for him, but I pushed it way down deep and ignored it as much as I could.
“Shit. I better get that,” Dane said from behind Dash as I heard a phone ringing from downstairs.
“We won’t let anything happen to you, okay?” Dash massaged his thumbs over my shoulders and stared down into my eyes as I looked up at him, not able to pull my gaze away.
I was incredibly thankful for him and for Dane, and being in his arms made me feel more things than I’d like to admit; I ignored my feelings as I remembered what he had said in the barn. I really wasn’t trying to eavesdrop but the bathroom window was open and the barn was right there. And when I heard the two men arguing over something, I stopped everything I was doing and listened out the window; hearing what Dash had to say about me and how he didn’t care about me and that he didn’t care if Dane tried to mend things with me. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t hurt me because it cut me deep. All this time I had these feelings for Dash, and still did, all the while he admitted to not giving two shits about me. I was always choosing the wrong men and maybe that’s why I always ended up in bad situations. Maybe I should try something different for once; maybe that difference was Dane.
“Thanks.” I cleared my throat and stepped out of his embrace, grabbing a shirt from the duffel bag and tossed it over my head while my back faced Dash.
“Is that all we need to know about this situation, Adrena? If we’re going to protect you, we need to know everything.” Dash removed any emotion he had from his voice, sounding rough and cold.
“Yeah, that’s it...” I lied but he didn’t need to know that right now, he didn’t need to know ever.
I kept my back to him but could still feel his presence behind me. Then I heard the sound of the door clicking closed behind me as I let out a breath and sank down onto the bed, staring at my shaking hands. This was going to be a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.
After getting fully dressed and brushing my hair, I decided to head downstairs in hopes that Dane had more of that sun tea for me and found him out on the back porch. Light music surrounded us and I smiled when I saw the tea sitting on the table next to him.
When he saw me, he gave me a warm smile and nodded at the tea.
“Help yourself, darlin.” Then he turned his gaze back towards the lake and the woods just beyond.
I helped myself to some tea and took a seat, looking out towards the lake and woods also. I knew I could get used to this, a solid life with a solid man who was clearly grounded and knew what he wanted. I had never been with a man like Dane before so it would be an adjustment, but I knew I could adjust easily. Obviously I had to settle things with Karl first and hopefully didn’t have to run again, but if I did have to, I’d know I did the right thing, no matter how much it would hurt to say goodbye.
“I wish it were under different circumstances, but I’m glad you’re back. I’ve missed you,” Dane smiled warmly over at me and I returned the smile. It actually felt good to be back too, even if I weren’t sleeping with either of them this time.
“Thanks for allowing me to stay, Dane, it means a lot to me.” I sipped from my tea and looked back out to the lake.
“It’s no big deal at all,” he paused and watched me as I closed my eyes and lolled my head to the beat of the song that just came on. “Like this song, do you?”
I nodded, my eyes still closed, and then heard Dane set his glass down before opening my eyes to find him standing right there in front of me. “What are you doing?” I asked.
With a smirk, he held out a hand to me. “Would you care to dance?”
I couldn’t help but giggle. I had never been in a situation like this before and it made me feel like a princess. After i grabbed his hand, he pulled me up and tight to his chest as he wrapped one arm around my waist while holding onto my hand with the other before turning us about for a dance.
I was all smiles and laughs as I danced around with Dane. He was the sweetest guy on the planet and I felt lucky to have him in my life. I knew I could learn to love him over time, it wouldn’t be difficult. What would be difficult though, was if I were to be with Dane romantically and Dash was still around in our lives. It was clear that Dash simply used me for sex, but for me, it was much more deeper than that and it would be hard to be with one brother while pining after the other one.
Then I shrieked and giggled loudly as Dane spun me about and brought my back to his chest before lifting me from the porch and danced around in the soft grass. The summer sun was blaring on us but we didn’t care as we continued to dance around. We both had huge smiles on our faces, and we were both clearly enjoying ourselves.
When the song came to an end Dane grinned down at me. “Now I’m all sweaty.” He looked towards the lake and then down at me. “Care for a swim?”
I looked towards the lake and saw that it was indeed very tempting and nodded when I looked back at Dane.
Then he picked me up and threw me over his shoulders as I screamed out my surprise; dangling upside down on Dane’s shoulder.
Dane began running towards the lake, both of us giggling and having a wonderful time before he ran on the deck and then we were both submerged under the cool lake water.
When I resurfaced I was laughing so hard that my cheeks hurt. I splashed Dane in a playful way, feeling like a kid again, even just for a moment. “I didn’t expect you to do that, you jerk!” I kept laughing. “But this feels soooo good!”
He laughed and swam closer to me, wrapping an arm around my waist. “It does, doesn’t it?”
I heard the seriousness in his voice as I looked down into his eyes and a breath caught in my throat. He was staring at me with a desirous fire in his eyes as he searched my face for recognition. It was clear how much Dane wanted me and I could feel it too. He had never been my type, but that didn’t mean he still hadn’t turned me on. And right now, I was feeling that familiar attraction as he hugged me tighter to his chest, my hands braced on his shoulders.
Then he cupped my face with one hand as he looked down at my lips and slowly moved in. My heart was pounding in my chest and wasn’t sure if I should be doing this. So many different feelings and thoughts were running through my head at once and I couldn’t think straight. His lips were so close to mine that I could feel the warmth of his breath but yet I still held back, as if something didn’t feel right.
I felt like a caught teenager as I pushed away from Dane and swam just a few feet from him when I saw Dash standing on the dock. He was staring down at us with so much anger that I thought he was going to explode right there in front of us. He tore his gaze away from me and glared at Dane.
“Mr. Piper is on the phone for you. Something about the blueprints for the warehouse?” Dash’s jaw was tight and his fists were balled up at his sides. “Fix this shit.” Then he turned on his heel and headed back towards the barn.
“Well, I should get that,” Dane smirked at me when I looked at him. “There are dry towels right inside the barn there, I’ll only be a minute.”
I looked towards the barn and cursed that it was closer than the house and wished it weren’t true. I didn’t want to be near Dash right now because I had a feeling that he was upset with me. Maybe I could just run in quick, grab a towel, and run back out without Dash even knowing I had been there.
Dane went towards the house as I climbed onto the deck and made my way cautiously towards the barn.
It was quiet and there were no signs that Dash was around. So far so good.
But when I circled the open door and reached for a towel I caught a glimpse of him out the corner of my eye and froze.
He was at his punching bag, beating the hell out of it. And he was shirtless. And sweaty. And so damn gorgeous.
My heart raced at the sight of him and I couldn’t help but picture the rest of him naked, pressing me up against the barn wall, and fucking me stupid. The thought of his sweaty, strong body pressed against mine made me weak in the knees.
I broke my thoughts and continued to watch him. It was clear that he had professional training at some point and was punching the bag in a way that showed it. His biceps flexed and gleamed as he punched, pulled back, and punched again.
He was so mesmerizing to look at that I couldn’t pull my eyes off of him. I began to lean against something, but it began to move and I quickly jumped back when it fell to the ground and made a huge crashing sound. Shit.
I looked up in just enough time to find Dash glaring in my direction, pure anger and lust all over his expression as he began to storm towards me, looking like a man on a mission.
“Dash, I’m s-sorry,” I stumbled over my words, too shocked and afraid to move but wanting to run.
As soon as he reached me, he grabbed me and shoved me against the barn wall, staring down into my eyes with his own dark ones before slamming his lips onto mine.
My world stopped spinning and my entire body went numb as he kissed me. My arms instinctively went around his neck as he deepened the kiss, his tongue exploring my mouth. The kiss was rough and sultry and seductive, just the way I liked it, and then I felt him start to claw at my shorts in a feverish manner. He was definitely on a mission and my head was spinning.
And before I knew it, my shorts were torn in multiple places, along with my panties, and no longer on my waist. Damn he was strong, I thought, and so hot. Then I felt him grab behind my thighs as he lifted my legs to wrap around his waist. His lips never left mine as he pressed himself between my legs, his erection pressing against my sweet spot.
I moaned into his mouth, pushing my hips out towards him to get more friction against my aching clit. He was holding onto my ass, gripping me tighter as I arched into him, helping me grind against his erection.
Then I felt him remove one hand from my ass as he went for his jeans, pulling and tugging himself free until his jeans and briefs were around his ass. I felt his erection spring free and lightly slap against my wet swollen lips while I moaned into his mouth once more. He groaned with me, pressing his hips harder into mine and pressed the backside of his shaft against me.
Dash broke the kiss then and stared into my eyes. I couldn’t decipher how he was feeling by the look on his face, but I didn’t care right now. I was in his arms and about to be impaled by his cock and that’s all I’ve wanted for days.
He kept his gaze on mine as he gripped his cock and slowly slid it down my wet lips until he was at my entrance and then he pushed himself inside of me. I dropped my mouth open and let out a breath, still holding his gaze with my own, as he placed his hand back on my ass and began fucking me like his life depended on it.
I felt so completely full as he stretched and filled me, claiming my body and soul once more. It felt like nothing in the world mattered at this particular moment, my body rocking against his as he thrust his hips harder and faster into me, our eyes still locked on each others.
I felt my body climbing to its orgasm and climbing high. A few more thrusts and I knew I was going to be done for.
He gripped my ass, spreading my cheeks, and thrust even deeper. I threw my head back, dug my nails into his back, and let the welcome release come. I squeezed his cock as my orgasm filled my entire presence. My body shook and when I opened my mouth to scream out my release, nothing came. It was the most intense orgasm I had ever felt.
Dash let out a small groan as he leaned forward and nibbled on my jaw, pumping a bit slower, and I knew he was coming down from his own release. I couldn’t help but smile, my body still reeling from its orgasm, as I wrapped my arms tighter around him and leaned my temple against his. Our heavy breathing surrounding us.
And I knew then that Dash hadn’t meant a single word he had said earlier to Dane. It was clear that we still had a thing, that Dash still wanted me just as much as I wanted him. A smile tugged at my lips as a single tear slid down my cheek. He was the one I had wanted all along, the one I needed, craved, desired, and now he was mine.
But then he pulled out of me and stepped back, pulling his jeans up and looked at me like I was a stranger. He bent down and grabbed my shorts and panties, shaking them of dirt, before handing them back to me.
I took them shyly and saw that they were tattered, there was nothing left to them. Thankfully my shirt was long enough to cover my ass until I could get changed inside.
Dash didn’t say a word as he started walking away from me, heading towards a set of stairs near the back of the barn that I hadn’t noticed earlier, and acted as if we hadn’t just done the dirty together.
I went towards him, calling out to him, “That’s it? You’re just going to walk away from me?”
Dash froze in his spot but kept his back to me. “What else is there? We both got a much needed release, thanks by the way, but now I’m going to go upstairs and have a beer and hopefully pass out for a few hours before dinner.” His voice was so cold and distant.
Hot tears filled my eyes and my throat became thick with sadness. I thought we just shared something special together and here Dash made me feel like it meant nothing.
“You’re an asshole,” I rasped out, my voice cracked with emotions. “I wish...”
He turned around then and glared at me, no emotion other than anger splayed across his face. “I’m waiting...”
“I wish I never met you.” I finally spat out, a single tear sliding down my cheek, burning me. “Stay away from me, Dash, and I’ll stay away from you.”
A flash of pain swept across his features but then it disappeared as quickly as it showed up and he became a stone, glaring at me.I still had so much to say to him but because I was so hurt and so upset I knew it wasn’t a good time to start saying things that I might regret later. So instead, I spun on my heel and walked out of the barn, feeling his glare burn a hole in the back of my head, and got as far away from Dash McCarthy as I could.