Chapter 3. Destroy Me
“Angel!” Mia hissed and smacked me in the head with a pillow.
Damn, it wasn’t a dream? I peeked up at the gorgeous girl that was in my bed hovering over me. I groaned and turned over. I grabbed Mia and pulled her into me.
“Shut up and go back to sleep,” I murmured in her ear. I was having a fantastic dream and wasn’t ready to wake up yet. If I fell back asleep quick enough, maybe I would go back to where the dream left off.
“Angel, I have to get home,” she pleaded. “They found out I wasn’t at Emily’s. Please!” She squirmed beneath me. Her flowery smelling shampoo had me feeling impaired.
“Ugh, seriously? Damn it,” I said carelessly. I still made no attempt to move.
“My dad will find me,” she squeaked.
“Let’s go,” I grunted and opened my eyes. I rubbed my eyes and threw the blanket off of us.
She jumped out of bed. I grabbed a shirt and pulled it over my head. We headed down the stairs to the foyer.
A voice cleared behind us.
Oh shit–I turned to face my dad.
“Hi,” I muttered.
My dad’s eyes danced in amusement. “Have a nice night?” Dad asked.
Mia stared at my dad with a horror-struck expression. She was completely speechless. A deep blush crept into her cheeks.
“Well, it definitely wasn’t a bad one.” I smiled. I could already tell I was off the hook.
“I bet not,” Dad looked pointedly at Mia. “Emily is here too?” His gaze flickered back to mine.
“How’d you guess?” I chuckled and wiggled my eyebrows.
He shrugged. “You are my boy.” My dad meant that I acted just like him. “Get her home,” Dad pointed at Mia. “Make sure Emily gets out of here soon too.”
“Could we like...” I trailed off. “Not tell Mom?”
Dad tilted his head side to side as if weighing his options. “We could probably keep this one between us.” Dad winked at me. “Hurry up and get back here, though. We have shit to do today.”
Mia stared at my father in astonishment.
I grabbed her and pulled her toward the garage. My other hand wrapped around the key to my Corvette.
She gasped when she saw the Corvette. “Wow, this is your car too?” She asked. Her eyes were filled with admiration.
“Yeah, I have a few,” I said as we climbed in.
She looked around the car. Her eyes were lit up. “Your dad seems cool. Is there a catch? Most dads aren’t that awesome,” Mia said.
“My parents are...” I trailed off, looking for the right word. “Different.”
Her eyebrows raised questioningly. “Right,” she snorted. “Crazy?”
“Sometimes,” I said.
She chuckled. “Your dad is scary.”
“You don’t say much.”
“I’m a man of few words.”
“Drop me off a couple of blocks from my house,” she said sternly.
“Sure.” I shrugged.
She told me where to go. When I stopped the car, she turned to me. “Thanks for bringing me back.”
“Thanks for not being a douchebag last night,” she added.
I knitted my eyebrows together in confusion as I stared back at her. “What do you mean?”
“Most guys would jump at the opportunity if a girl was drunk and in their bed. You didn’t,” she said with a smile.
“Arrogant and douchebag aren’t the same thing.” I chuckled.
She laughed, then leaned over and pecked my cheek. “See you,” she said.
She jumped out of my car. Her hips swayed as she walked down the sidewalk. I watched her for a moment before pulling away from the curb and driving past her.
When I got home, Jesse was in the kitchen eating a doughnut. He must have already taken Emily home. Jesse had a license but no vehicle. He would often borrow mine. Jesse knew where the keys were for every car we had.
He didn’t notice me, and I seized the opportunity. I crept up behind him and smacked him upside the head.
His head flew forward, and he spun around in shock. “Dude, what the fuck?” Jesse raised his eyebrows.
“Dude, what the fuck?! Her dad is a cop, asshole!” I hissed.
“Oh, fuck.” Jesse’s eyes widened in shock.
“Next time, it’d be nice to know what the hell we’re dealing with! Damn it, Jesse!”
“Man, I didn’t know,” he paused. His expression became thoughtful, then stunned. “Oh, damn. You don’t think her dad was the cop from the other day?”
“That is exactly what I fucking think,” I muttered.
“Damn, sucks to be you. You got the hots for a cop’s daughter.” He wiggled his eyebrows.
“Man, go fuck yourself.”
He grinned wickedly. “You’re just pissed because you didn’t get any.”
“I wasn’t after any. I was too busy thinking about the fact that I had a cop’s daughter in my bed.”
Jesse threw his head back and laughed.
“Laugh it up, dickhead,” I muttered. I poured myself a cup of coffee. I wished I would have had a cup before driving. If I have to drive when I first wake up with no coffee, you would think I was drunk. I couldn’t seem to function without caffeine.
“I do know something that you don’t,” he said with a smirk.
“Apparently, she has a wild side. For a cop’s kid, she’s a bit of a troublemaker. Her own dad had to arrest her once.”
I choked on my coffee and stared at him. “W-what?”
“Yeah, she got in a fight at her old school. They expelled her. Her dad was so embarrassed that he moved them here. Also, did you know that her dad is friends with Ricky Rivera’s dad?”
I shook my head and sighed. “Great.” I was sure I’d see her again. After all, her cousin was dating my best friend.
“What are we doing today?” Jesse asked.
“Dad has plans,” I said. I grabbed my cup of coffee from the counter and headed out of the kitchen. The light started to pour through the large mansion windows.
Jesse followed me to the study. Even though Jesse hadn’t done any jobs, he knew a majority of what goes on and who we deal with. Jesse even met some of the other mafia and gangs we dealt with at the parties we had.
We were invited to a party down at the beach. Emily and Mia decided to sneak out of Emily’s house.
Jesse and I crept across the dark yard and waited for the girls. The only sound was crickets chirping.
The girls climbed out of the window and tip-toed across the roof of the front porch. They lowered themselves down to us. Mia spun around and gave me a smile that made my stomach knot up.
“Thanks,” she murmured. She wasn’t wearing any makeup this time. As I figured, she looked just as beautiful without it. The light of the moon lit up her gorgeous face. Her eyes locked with mine putting me in that same familiar daze.
“Mhm,” I hummed.
We headed down to my jeep. I helped Mia into the back of the jeep. The monster jeep sat up high. I was six feet three inches tall, and even I had to jump into it.
When we reached the beach, it was packed with teenagers. They had bonfires lit. The smoke was thick in the air. The bonfires had the beach lit up pretty well. Some were swimming. Others were dancing. The waves crashed against the shore in the distance. Someone had brought large cordless Bluetooth speakers for music.
We all grabbed a beer and walked over to where our friends were standing near a fire. Mia stood close beside me, but she stayed quiet.
Beth Zimmerman stood across the fire from us and glared at Mia. Beth was my most recent ex-girlfriend. She was blond with blue eyes. Why she was looking at Mia like that was beyond me. However, I knew it didn’t go unnoticed by Mia.
Mia leaned into me. “Go for a walk with me?” She asked. She stared up at me beneath her eyelashes. There was something so devilish about this girl, yet so angelic at the same time.
“Sure,” I murmured. I took her hand in mine. Everyone watched us as we walked away from the party.
“Ex of yours?” Mia asked with an innocent expression.
I chuckled. “You’re observant.”
“No, she’s just obvious. Did you piss her off?”
We stopped walking. I stared down at her angelic face. I was unsure of why I wanted to tell her anything. The words seemed to be caught in my throat. I was so easily distracted by her. I turned away from Mia and looked out over the ocean.
“Not exactly,” I said.
“Did you break it off with her?” Mia pressed.
I could already tell she wasn’t going to give up until I told her what happened. Part of me didn’t want to tell her. I could care less about what happened with Beth. My feelings toward her weren’t even that strong if existent at all.
“Yeah, I did.”
“What happened?” She asked. The curiosity in her tone couldn’t be mistaken. She stood in front of me and stared up at me in wonder.
I was sure she expected me to come up with some lame excuse as to why I ended it. However, the reason was a very good reason.
Mia inched closer, and it took everything I had to stay focused. That same familiar perfume she wore hit me again. It was the most mouthwatering perfume I had ever smelt.
“She cheated on me,” I said and sighed.
Mia’s lips parted in shock, and the air escaped her lungs.
“You look so surprised,” I said sarcastically.
She pursed her lips. “A little,” she snorted. “Why would she do that?” It was evident that it wasn’t the answer she was expecting.
“Sometimes, one dick at a time doesn’t satisfy a woman,” I said. My voice sounded distant, but I wasn’t sad. I could tell Mia was going to take my voice the wrong way.
Mia’s expression grew solemn. “I’m sorry. Not all women are that way. I get it, though. I know the type.”
“It is what it is,” I said and shrugged. “We weren’t even together that long.” I was trying to make it clear that I was over it, and I was. I was over the incident with Beth long before I met Mia.
“Being cheated on sucks no matter how long you were with the person. It’s the betrayal that hurts. That tough guy act doesn’t work on me, Angel.” She stood on her toes to get a better look at me because I had looked away.
My gaze fell to hers. My heart started to race as I got lost in her eyes again. Neither of us spoke for a long moment. It was as if we were talking with our eyes.
“What I don’t understand is if she is the one who cheated, why was she glaring at me?” Mia asked, confused.
“I’m not sure of that either. She’s kind of crazy. She’s been up my ass about giving her another chance.” I rolled my eyes.
“No chance of that?”
“Maybe if hell freezes over,” I said and snorted.
She let out a hushed laugh. “Can I ask you something?”
“Hmm?” I hummed as she leaned into me.
“Does my dad being a cop bother you?” She raised her eyebrows. “You kind of became a little closed off after I told you.”
“I met him,” I told her truthfully. I wasn’t sure why I was admitting it. I didn’t want to hide things from her.
“What?” She breathed.
“He pulled Jesse and me over; a few days before I met you,” I admitted. “Cops don’t like me. Especially your dad. I think I made his shit list.” I tried to keep my voice light.
She laughed. “What did you do?”
“Just opened my mouth when I shouldn’t have. I have a bad tendency of that.”
She giggled and threw her hand over her mouth. She giggled so hard she snorted, which made me smile. Her giggle was adorable.
Mia looked back up the beach. “Should we go show her what she lost?” Mia challenged with an evil smile. That naughty side of her was back, and I wanted to see more of it.
My gaze swept over her, and I smirked.
She took my hand in hers and pulled me back to the party. She led me to where the others were dancing.
I spun her into me and wrapped my arms around her waist.
She gasped in surprise but smiled. She wrapped her arms around my neck.
I dipped her, and she laughed. Dancing with Mia was simple. We moved so effortlessly together. We moved in perfect sync together. When the song ended, my lips hovered close to hers.
She stepped back, and we walked over to the coolers. We grabbed a beer and watched each other intently without speaking.
It was ridiculously hard to be so close to her. The way she smelt made my head spin but in a good way. When I was with her, it was like an indescribable high. It was a better high than any weed or drink.
Jesse and Emily approached us, both of them wearing smirks.
Emily pulled Mia away from me, wordlessly.
“You two looked a little close...” Jesse trailed off. “What happened to, Oh no, she’s a cop’s daughter?” Jesse mimicked me.
I shrugged. “I don’t know. It’s hard to stay away from her when you’re dating her cousin.”
He pursed his lips and nodded in agreement. “That’s a good point. Did you see the way Beth was looking at her? It looked like she wanted to rip Mia’s face off.”
“I honestly don’t care what Beth thinks. She’s the one who fucked things up.”
“Did you notice Ricky is here, but they’re not together?”
“Yeah, I saw that.” Ricky Rivera was the one I caught Beth with. Ricky and I had never gotten along.
When I turned, I spotted Mia arguing with Beth. “Great,” I grunted. I quickly took off toward the two girls.
They looked like they wanted to rip each other apart. Mia in that moment looked just as angry at Beth as Beth did at Mia.
Jesse laughed and ran to catch up to me. God knows that Jesse loves a good catfight.
“Oh, really? I heard you couldn’t keep your fucking legs closed, which is why he dumped you. How is that my fault? Besides, all we did was dance.” Mia smirked and batted her eyelashes innocently.
“Bitch!” Beth shrieked and leaped toward Mia.
Mia spun away effortlessly from Beth, which took me by surprise. Mia somehow managed to get out of Beth’s path and then trip her.
Beth fell to the ground with a grunt and everyone that saw it began to laugh.
I grabbed Beth and pulled her to her feet. She looked up into my eyes. She was embarrassed, and Beth was rarely embarrassed by anything. The regret in her eyes when she looked into mine almost made me feel sorry for her.
“Don’t touch me!” Beth shrieked at me. She turned to her friends, and they all quickly walked back up the beach. Beth was popular and not used to not getting what she wanted.
When I turned around to face Mia, I gave her a disapproving look. I was also curious as to how she moved so fluently. Does she know how to fight? After all, her dad was a cop. The disapproval was slowly turning into awe.
Mia placed her hands on her hips and gave me a challenging look. “Don’t give me that look. She approached me,” Mia said sternly.
I pursed my lips and shook my head. “I didn’t say anything,” I said and chuckled.
“You were thinking it,” she muttered.
“Don’t accuse me of thinking,” I said innocently. The truth was she was right. At first, I was going to scold her, but I was too awestruck at the same time.
Mia chuckled in response and rolled her eyes. “Whatever.”
We headed back to the bonfire as Emily went on about how funny Mia was. Not only was Beth jealous, but I saw a flicker of the same jealousy in Mia’s eyes.
I should be trying to stay away from this girl, but I wasn’t sure how to. Jesse and Emily’s relationship was only an excuse. I could have been avoiding Mia plenty of ways. I just simply didn’t want to.
Some part of me knew nothing good could come from all of this. I was adding fuel to a fire that I couldn’t put out.
We didn’t mix. A Latin King couldn’t be with a cop’s daughter and get away with it. There was just no way. It was wrong, and I knew it, but I didn’t care. This girl was going to destroy me, and I was going to love every second of it. It felt impossible to chase after her and impossible to stay away from her.