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By the time the afternoon had rolled around I had a few more files to give to Kaine so he could sign off on approvals. I collected the paperwork that I needed and pushed back from my desk. Jess looked up.

“Should I send for a rescue team if you’re not back in fifteen minutes?” She smirked.

I rolled my eyes. “You’re such a smart ass.”

“Hey, never said that I wasn’t.” She winked. I let out a small laugh before I made my way down the hall.

You got this. I told myself as I walked towards his office. Could I handle facing him? Could I handle facing him when all my cat wanted to do was rip his clothes off?

You got this. I repeated, needing all the encouragement I could get.

Reba looked up at me as I got closer to her desk.

“Paperwork for Kaine to sign?” She smiled. “You can go right in.”

I lightly knocked on his door before pushing it open and walking in. He looked up from his computer. A smile stretched across his face, lighting up his golden-brown eyes. I gave him a small smile, biting in the inside of my cheek to keep myself from beaming back.

He’s still an asshole.

“I have a few things that I need you to sign.” I walked towards him and placed the folder in his outstretched hand.

“Sure no problem.” He leaned back in his leather chair. My eyes glanced down at his chest, admiring the way his shirt hugged his body.

“Is there anything else that I can do for you?” I could hear the suggestion in his voice. My eyes snapped back to his. I could see the glimmer of playfulness in his eyes.

I narrowed my eyes at him. “What’s your game?”

His smile grew, he quickly signed the papers and placed them to the side. He stretched back in his chair and fixed his cuff links at the edge of his sleeves.

“I’m not quite sure what you mean.”

I let out a groan and rolled my eyes. I placed my hands on the edge of his desk and leaned forward.

“You know exactly what I mean. What did you think was going to happen when you showed up wearing that?” My eyes travelled back down his body.

Reel it in, Olivia. You’re slipping.

“Well Livy, if you’re not careful I just might think you’re flirting with me.” He leaned forward, his face coming closer to mine.

“Oh baby boy, I think you’re forgetting who invented this game,” I whispered. “You’ve started a game that you surely won’t win.” I gave him a large warning smile.

I could hear my tiger purring in the back of my mind. I mentally slapped myself.

“It may be your game, but I’m determined to win.” He leaned closer.

I could feel my cat pressing against my skin, wanting to be free to enjoy the man that sat before her. I quickly stepped back from his desk. I kept my eyes on him before I sauntered towards the door.

“Game on baby boy.” I looked over my shoulder. “You’re bound to lose.”

His smile was wide across his face as he watched me walk away. He may have started a game that I will win, but I fell for his trap and that's exactly what he had hoped for.

Damn it.

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