Determined: Book two of the Tucker Trilogy

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Chapter Ten

David just laid his head on the armrest of the couch when his phone rang. He looked at the time and it was close to midnight. They all just came back in from the fire pit and he had way too many drinks. He would be hurting something terrible tomorrow, especially since he didn’t take his medicine, but for now he just needed his phone to stop ringing.

“Hello?” He said in an irritated tone.

“Were you fucking her, David? I called you over ten times.”

“Summer, I haven’t been fucking anybody.” Not even her. His manhood was working perfectly, he just hadn’t been in the mood. “Zora is not here. I told you that before I left.”

There was a pause because she knew he was right, and she was just being aggravating. “When are you coming home?”

“In the morning.”

“You can’t come home tonight?”

“Everyone has had too much to drink. Everyone is staying here tonight, Summer. Listen, my head is hurting. I’ll see you in the morning.”

“Whatever, David. We both know you don’t give a damn about me, anyway.” She hung up.

He couldn’t fight with her tonight. She was going to have to trust him. He laid his head back down and massaged his temples, trying to ease the headache he felt coming on.

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“I like how you tried to hide from me after you put on that little show.” Scotty caught her as soon as she stepped from the restroom.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Zora played coy. As coy as a drunken woman could be.

“Was that show for me? To tease me?” He caressed her arm where he held her.

“I told you.” She snatched away from him. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Of course, she knew exactly what he was talking about, but there was no fun in giving in now.

They heard laughing, and Aria and Melissa were coming down the hall, giggling like school girls. “Hey girl, what’s taking you so long?” Melissa yelled.

She turned back to Scotty. “As you can see, I’m not here alone. My friends are ready to go.”

“Don’t tell me you’re leaving?”

“If I know what’s good for me, I’ll be heading home.” She had way too much to drink and was having a hard time keeping her thoughts in her head and not letting them fall out of her mouth. She knew it was time to go.

“You skirted around me all night and as soon as I approach you, it’s time to go home?” He found that amusing.

“You are trouble, Scotty.” She laughed, slapping a palm to his chest.

“One dance, beautiful, then you can go.” He caressed face. “You owe me since you were teasing me.”

“What are you up to, Scotty?” Melissa raised a brow.

“Trying to see if I can get one last dance from Ms. Zora here.”

“We have time.” Aria said.

“Aria!” Zora’s eyes grew wide.

“I like you.” Scotty gave Aria a charming smile. “Mrs. Tucker, I finally get the pleasure of meeting you. I’m Scotty.”

“He works at T-Time for the after-school program.” Melissa explained before turning to Zora. “Go enjoy your dance. We’ll wait.” She agreed.


“One dance.” He gave her that killer smile.

She narrowed her eyes but took his hand and led him to the dance floor.

Scotty smiled. Zora cursed when a slow song played. Before she could turn away, he pulled her into his body and immediately became enveloped in his scent.

“You smell so good.” He said as they swayed to the beat.

“You too.” She whispered as her arms went around his neck. She was helpless, melting for the man who she claimed she hated. “Damn you.”

He laughed, then kissed the top of her head.

“I don’t like you. I just want you to know that.”

“Yes, you do.” He ran his lips over her cheek.

“I don’t want to like you.” That was drunk her confessing too much.

She didn’t even know him enough to know if she really liked him or not.

“Why? I’m a good guy.”

That was a good question that she would have to think about later when she had her head screwed on completely. She was using too much brain power just to keep herself upright. She would just go with the flow right now.

“You are a good guy.” She looked up into his eyes and boy was that a mistake.

He was lowering his head, and she was rising to meet his succulent lips. She felt his soft lips against hers and she couldn’t help the moan that escaped. The flow was leading her down a tremulous path, but she was enjoying the ride.

“Time to go, Zora. Josh is losing his shit.” Melissa broke them apart and Zora swayed.

“Oooo. Somebody likes Daddy Day Care.” Aria yelled in Zora’s ear and that sort of pulled her back but her head was still swimming for the kiss. Or the alcohol. She wasn’t sure. She needed to sober up to be sure his kiss wasn’t that strong to knock her off her axis.

“Let me walk you ladies out.” Scotty maneuvered them towards the exit.

“How much did they drink?” Josh said as he pulled Zora from Scotty. “I got it from here, buddy.”

Scotty held up his hands in surrender. “Goodnight, Z. I’ll see you on Monday.” He winked. “Goodnight, everybody. Get home safe.”

“Goodnight, hottie.” Aria yelled out from the truck as Melissa pushed her in and closed the door. “He hot, Zora. I’m hot too.” She slurred as she stuck her head out of Zora’s door.

“Get in the damn truck.” Josh pushed Aria back in before he slid Zora inside and snapped both their seatbelts in place. “I don’t get paid enough for this shit.”

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David shot up when he heard the slam of the front door.

“Shhhhh.” Aria hushed Graham.

“Both of you are loud enough to wake the dead and I’m the one who needs to be quiet?”

David heard laughter, and he figured that meant that the girls were back and probably drunker than he was before falling asleep. He eased off the couch and rounded the corner.

Graham had Aria tossed over his shoulder, and Zora was under his arm as he held her by the waist.

“It’s David.” Aria shouted.

“Shhh, baby. Let’s get both of you upstairs.”

“I can help.” David said as he came closer.

“Not with your leg you can’t.” Graham said.

“Nope. Not with the leg.” Zora made a move to wag her finger at David, but she stumbled forward and Graham grabbed her by the arm while David caught her around the waist to keep her from falling on her face. “Whoa.” Zora laughed. “Close call. Thanks Graham, David.”

“I’m going to drop Aria off in our room then I’ll be back down for Zora.” Graham said already making his way up the stairs with Aria leaving no room for him to argue. Plus, there was a small knock at the door. He opened it to find Josh.

“Hey, David.” He looked around and saw Zora sitting on the floor trying to take her shoes off, but with little success. He shook his head. “Zora left her bag.” He held it up for him to see, before he placed it on the table by the door.

“Thank you.”

“Oh, and David.” He motioned for David to come closer. “Don’t think I’m in your business but I would watch out for Scotty. He was all up on your girl.” He nodded to where Zora sat. “That’s if you care.” And with that, he was out the door.

“David. You’re my friend, right? Help me with this damn shoe!” Zora called as she tried to shake her foot free, but it didn’t budge.

He saw Graham hustling down the stairs so he told her he would once she was in her room. She excepted that and rested her foot on the floor.

“Ready, Ms. Zora?” Graham picked her up with one arm under hers and the other under her knees. David followed as they moved upstairs.

“You’re going to stay up here with her? If not, I can take her in here with me and Aria?”

“No. I’ll sit with her.”

Graham nodded and passed by his room and moved to her room where he placed her on the bed. “Holler if you need anything.” Graham said as he moved to his room where his wife awaited his return.

“Okay.” David stepped fully into the room, closing the door behind him.

“Shoes, David.” Zora was a bit commanding, but he didn’t mind. He loved that he was in her presence.

“Yes, ma’am.” He smiled before going to his knees in front of her and took his time removing her shoes. “There.”

He looked up, and Zora was staring down at him.


“I’m hot.”

“I’ll get you a cool towel.” He moved to the bathroom and wet a towel and came back to find her with the dress she had on tonight wrapped around her head with one arm out and the other trapped in the dress.

It would have been funnier if her damn breast weren’t bare to his sight. They would fit so perfectly in his mouth. He bet they would taste like chocolate kisses. Damn her.

“I have a real problem going on here.” She started laughing.

“Damn it, Zora.” He threw the towel on the dresser then moved for her.

“Sorry.” She tugged again.

“Be still.” He put one knee on the bed leaning down to pull the material over her head, untangling her arm then threw the dress to the floor. Now he had a raging hard-on that wouldn’t let up.

“Thanks.” She leaned back as he lingered over her, admiring her beauty. “What?”

What was it about her? He should have stayed downstairs because he was going to have to walk away from her. Again.

“Nothing.” He gave her a weak smile before he nudged her to lay back as he tucked the covers around her shoulders. “Do you need anything?”

“No.” She sighed.

“You leaving?”

“No. I was going to stay with you for a little while if that’s alright.”

“That’s fine. I guess that it what friends are for.”

Yeah, sure. He plopped down in the chair that was in the corner by the window. He stared that way, thinking if he looked at the moon enough, the thought of crawling in bed with her would go away.

“I drank too much.”

“Are you feeling sick?” He sat up.

“No. I just know my limit and I went way over it tonight.”

“Mmm.” He said as he reclined in the chair.

“I don’t feel as bad as I thought I would.”

“From drinking too much?”

“No. About kissing Scotty.”

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