Obscene Gestures

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Chapter 29

Denver was a close call. The Fury suffered their first loss at the hands of the Blaze. The Fury won the first game but the Blaze won the next two. Tess was a little bummed but she knew you couldn’t win them all. Besides, even though those two straight losses were hard to swallow she couldn’t be too upset. She had scored one hell of an advocate in Khadezia and walked away with another good friend. Now she could go home and relax for a few days before hitting the road again on her way to Toronto.

She had mixed feelings about Toronto. Hockey aside, it was the place where Apollo ripped her heart out. They would be staying in the same hotel and her nerves weren’t too sure they could handle it. She couldn’t book another room because she wanted to be close to her teammates but she really wasn’t sure how all this was going to play out. Would that same woman be there? Would she try to seduce Apollo? Would he allow it? Throwing a blanket over her head on the plane and shoving her earbuds in her ears, she turned on Norah Jones to drown out the noise in her head.

Walking through the front door of her quiet home, Tess sighed. It felt good to be home. Apollo was hot on her heels, sweeping her up in his arms and carrying her through to the living room. He sat her on the couch, took her heels off and propped her feet up. Kissing her forehead, he disappeared into the kitchen. Smiling softly, she let her eyes drift shut. She was so tired but it was a good tired. She must have been asleep longer than she thought because when she opened her eyes again, the sun was dipping below the horizon.

“There’s my beautiful girl,” Apollo said. Tess stretched like a cat in the sun. “I hope you don’t mind. I cooked dinner already. You were sleeping so well I didn’t want to wake you.”

“Mmm it smells wonderful, babe. Thank you.” She snuggled into his side, laying her head on his shoulder. “I’m sorry about passing out on you. I didn’t realize how tired I was, I guess,” she giggled.

“No worries, babe. You deserved the nap.” There was a beeping sound from the kitchen. Apollo hopped up and headed back in. “Ok sweetness, dinner is served.” Yawning widely, Tess made her way to the small table and sat down. There was a fresh tossed Greek salad, no doubt tossed in the dressing she loved so much and warm bread. A heaping bowl of spaghetti noodles sat next to a saucepan of piping hot sauce. Apollo quickly dished up her plate, licking his fingers.

“You were busy! How long was I asleep?” she chuckled. “It looks amazing, Pollo.” His megawatt smile that brightened his blue eyes made her weak. He was absolutely beautiful when he smiled like that.

“Not as long as you think, Tess. It’s a simple meal Yia Yia made sure all of us could make so we wouldn’t starve when we left home. She still thinks we starve, mind you but she feels better knowing we can make at least one meal.” Tess took a bite of the pasta and moaned deep in her throat.

“Oh my God, Pollo this is delicious. Honey, I am impressed!” Apollo beamed as he ate. He poured her a glass of red wine to accompany her meal. They ate in silence, enjoying being home. Well Apollo ate in silence. Tess moaned and groaned with each bite. When she licked the sauce from her fingers, swirling her tongue over her digits, Apollo had enough. She had been torturing him all through the meal without even knowing it.

“Fuck Tess I can’t take it anymore,” he muttered. He was so hard it was painful. “Babe you know I love every sexy sound you make but right now, I really need you to stop. I can’t think about food when all I want to do is bend you over this table and fuck you until you pass out.” Tess’s green eyes rounded like dinner plates.

“Um…ok. I can stop but it would probably help if I knew what I was doing that was so bad.” Apollo grabbed her hand and brought it to his lips.

“Oh baby girl, you have no idea what you do to me, do you?” he said. His voice was hoarse and gravelly with lust. “You are moaning and groaning like you do when I pound that pretty pussy of yours. With. Every. Bite. It’s not bad, ángelos. It’s driving me mad with lust.”

“Oh. Well.” He’d left her speechless. She had no idea she was making dinner such an erotic affair. “Maybe you shouldn’t have made such an outstanding meal.” Her innocent look didn’t fool him. She pulled out of her surprise and gave him the sass he craved. Throwing his head back in laughter, he dragged her mouth to his. Leaving her breathless, he swiped his thumb across her bottom lip.

“Just when I think I can’t fall any further in love with you, I do. Now come on, let a man eat. Take pity on me babe! I’m wasting away to nothing here!” Tess giggled, tossing a slice of bread at him. They talked as they finished dinner. After the kitchen was clean and the dishwasher was steadily humming, they retired to Tess’s bedroom. Now that she was full from an amazing dinner, her exhaustion crept back up on her. Apollo drew her a hot bath, filling it with her favorite rose scented bubbles and turned on soft music. He undressed her with care and when she was naked, he lifted her in his arms and carried her to the tub, gently lowering her into the steaming water.

“Oh yeah,” she sighed. “Babe, you are the best,” she murmured. She scooted forward to make room for her man and was delighted when he slid in behind her. There was nothing sexual this time. He seemed to crave being close to her and she didn’t mind. The sex between them was always white hot but these moments of tenderness were secretly her favorites. Having Apollo dote on her and pamper her, look at her like she was the most precious thing on earth to him were what made her love him more.

“I love you, baby girl,” he whispered in her ear as he drew her tighter into his embrace.

“I love you too, babe.” They both relaxed in the soothing bubbles, letting the heat of the water massage away the aches and pains of the road. They gently washed each other, simply wanting to revel in the touch of tenderness and love. As they finally got out and dried each other off, Apollo carried Tess into the bedroom. He lovingly dressed her in one of his big tee shirts while he slipped on a pair of boxers. There were no words to be said. They were speaking louder with their actions. He slipped in first, holding the covers aside for her. She rolled close to him, letting him settle the soft sheets and comforter over them. Feeling his lips leave a lingering kiss on her forehead, she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.

Tess settled into slumber easily. That had been his plan. She had no idea he was fretting over Toronto too. Apollo laid with this amazing woman in his arms, taking in every curve and angle. He had come so close to losing her for good. The year following that terrible night had been the worst of his life. He thought about the events that led up to Tess shutting him out of her life. His stomach turned in disgust. How had he ever been attracted to that fake overly made up redhead? The woman in his arms was real right down to her naturally red hair.

There was nothing in this world, no woman anywhere that could compare to the beauty sleeping peacefully beside him. As he lay there listening to her even breaths and soft murmurs, he vowed never to let her go again. Toronto and the heartbreaking memories could try but they would not succeed. Tess was his and he was going to do everything in his power to keep her.

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