ESCAPING FREE (BOOK ONE)

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Chapter 14

DUSTY POV

I paced the meeting room floor with frustration as I tried to get them all on the same page. This new chapter needed more work than I ever imagined. They all had their own ideas on how to run things, and I knew that if they didn’t put their heads together and agree in one way or another, they were never going to be a successful club. All of my time up here would be a huge waste of time.


Then I looked around the table and scolded myself for not realizing it sooner. Someone was missing.


“Where the hell is Jimmy?”


Charlie sat forward and put his forearms on the table. “I sent him south to take a few days under Axel’s wings.”


I felt every hair on my body stand up on end. If Jimmy went south then he was with Evie, and that thought didn’t sit well in my stomach.


“You did what?”


“You two were butting heads so much that I thought it would be good for him to get away and learn a few things from Axel.”


But I didn’t think it was a good idea at all; for obvious reasons.


“Excuse me,” I stated before I turned to leave the meeting room. There was a phone call I needed to make.


The ringing in my eyes annoyed me when Aaron, our Prospect, wouldn’t fucking answer. Then he did.


“Dusty, how’s it going up north?” Aaron greeted.


“No time for small talk, Aaron, Is Jimmy Dunken down there right now?” I looked at the clock on the bar wall and saw that it was late.


“Yeah, he got in this afternoon, why?”


I groaned as my fist balled up at my side.


“Where is he right now?” My gut told me that I didn’t want to know the answer, but my mind demanded it.


“Um,” Aaron hesitated.


“Aaron, tell me where the fuck he is right now!”


“He took Evie and Axel out for dinner,” he rushed out, sounding as if he were going to be in trouble.


“Mother fucker.” I paced back and forth like an idiot. “Follow them and report back to me every ten minutes. Do you understand?”


“Y-yeah,” Aaron stuttered as I hung up on him.


What the fuck was Jimmy’s game? He clearly had an MO and I didn’t like how that made me feel. I knew something was up, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.


EVIE POV

“Damn, it feels good to have you back around.” Axel slapped Jimmy on the shoulder as we sat down for dinner at my favorite restaurant.


Jimmy smiled over at me. “Good to be back, sir.”


“Ah, hell, what’s this sir shit? Call me Axel.”


I didn’t like what I saw transpiring in front of me, but I didn’t dare interrupt or try to change the subject. Axel was becoming grumpier than ever lately and I didn’t want to push his buttons any more than I already had.


“How’s your old man doing?” Axel asked Jimmy.


Jimmy nodded. “He’s doing good. Getting old, but still managing. I think starting up this new chapter is aging him more than he’d like to admit, but I know he’s just doing it to set me up down the road.”


“You’d make a fine President. How’s Dusty moving things along up there? Any progress?”


Jimmy flinched and shrugged his shoulders. “I think he’s doing alright. He seems to be in over his head and a bit distracted at the moment.”


Axel moved his gaze over to me and I didn’t like the way he was looking at me right now. “This one here is why he’s so damn distracted. Don’t let that fool you, though, Dusty’s one hell of a man and he’ll do your club right. He’s the smartest guy I have.”


I felt Jimmy’s eyes on me as he nodded. His gaze sent chills over my skin and I had to look away. What was it with his eyes on me that heated my skin? I knew the answer to that, though. These damn hormones were going to be the death of me. I was definitely going to have to break out good ole’ Mr. Dependable tonight to feed my inner hunger.


After dinner, Axel took off on his bike and left me standing on the sidewalk with Jimmy.


“Do you need an escort home?” He looked at me through hooded eyes again, and I had to swallow my lust down.


I finally shook my head. “I can manage, thanks.”


He stepped close to me as he brushed a loose strand of hair from my face. “Are you sure? We could have a quick nightcap. I promise to be on my best behavior.”


His skin against mine left a trail of hot lust behind its wake, and I had to step back or my hormones were going to win again.


“Goodnight, Jimmy.” I kissed him on the cheek before I turned and headed toward my car that was parked along the curb.


But instead of driving home, I remembered I left something at the clubhouse and headed there instead, hoping not to bump into Jimmy again.


I was glad he wasn’t there when I parked out front and headed inside to the office.


I had cleaned up the mess from earlier that day as best as I could and hoped that no one heard or saw anything. I was already scolding myself and didn’t need to hear it from anyone else. My eyes caught a small yellow piece of paper that hadn’t been there earlier, at least I didn’t recall seeing it.


Grabbing it, I read the information on it. It was the date and time my mom was to be admitted into the rehab center in Vermont. Axel must have gotten the call he was waiting on after our earlier meeting and never brought it up to me. I wasn’t surprised that he didn’t say anything at dinner with Jimmy present. I made a mental note to bring it up to Axel tomorrow.


Completely forgetting what I came here for, I shut the light off and headed back upfront. I was exhausted and just wanted to get home to bed.


I had just gotten home and sat down on the couch when my phone rang. I was so tired that I didn’t even look to see who was calling when I answered right away.


“Hello?”


“Evie.”


Every hair on my body stood up as a delicious ache throbbed between my legs. His familiar raspy voice always did things to me and all I could think about was his mouth on me. He knew my body more than any man ever would.


“Dusty.”


“Are you home safe?” His voice was soft, but I could still hear the tightness in his question.


“Yeah. Is everything alright?” I immediately felt nervous. Dusty rarely ever called, even when we were together, so why would he be calling now?


“Jimmy get you home safely then?”


Oh, so that’s why this was about. He could sleep with whoever the hell he wanted, but I even looked at another guy, and he was right there to point the finger in my face? Nah, I’m not the bad guy here.


“Are you serious right now?” I was immediately defensive. How dare he!


“It’s a perfectly acceptable question, Evie. I just want to know that you’re safe.”


“Oh, bet bent, you asshole! Now you care about my well being when I don’t want you, but back when I did want you, you could give two shits about me…”


“That’s not fucking true,” he cut me off, “Did you fuck him?”


“Ugh!” I screamed into the phone. “I don’t know, why didn’t you ask Mandi this morning while you were fucking her?!” I heard his sharp inhale. “Didn’t think I’d find out, did you? Just do us both a favor and leave me the fuck alone. Now you can fuck whoever you want, you son of a bitch!”


I hung up, shaking with rage as I threw my phone across the living room. It shattered into several pieces against the wall and I didn’t give a shit. Fuck Dusty Parker and fuck how he made me feel.


DUSTY POV

When she hung up on me, I felt my heart sink into my gut. She knew about me and Mandi. That fucker Jimmy was going to pay for this.

Without thinking it through, I called her back, but to no avail, because it went straight to voicemail every time. Yep, she was definitely pissed off and avoiding me. I knew I deserved it. I deserved every bad thing I had coming my way, I just didn’t think it would hurt this fucking much.

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