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Chapter Twenty-Seven


Work on Monday was...interesting.

Kelly didn’t look at me as she walked in that morning, tilting her head forward to let her hair fall in front of her face like a curtain.

It wasn’t like I made any effort to make eye contact, so about halfway through the day, it got very weird.

Not looking at each other and only exchanging the tiniest comments while you were supposed to work together wasn’t a great match, and when we got our third order wrong, I decided to just ‘break the ice’.

“Kelly,” I said, handing the lady the coffee she actually asked for before turning to face my coworker. “I’ll just say it. It’s weird.”

She frowned, popping her hip as she rested one hand on it. “Excuse me? I didn’t know it was illegal to sleep with your brother?”

I groaned, actually hearing the words making it even more real—and disgusting.

Sure, I get that he was a grown man who had sex, but I don’t know, it’s just not the stuff you want to know anything about from your brother.

“It’s not, that’s not what I meant,” I replied, grabbing a washcloth and cleaning the counter.

“And it’s not like you have been a saint, Bella,” she added, and I looked up to her with a frown.


She suggestively raised her brows, and I shook my head, moving to walk away. But of course, Kelly wasn’t done with the conversation.

“Since when have you been fucking Isaac’s best friend?” She pointed an accusing finger at me, and I rolled my eyes, opening my mouth to say something, but she stopped me again. “And why did you hide it from me?”

The front door opened, and Maria came walking in. Sure, why not.

“What’s going on here?” she asked with a grin, plopping on one of the high seats near the counter.

Kelly crossed her arms, waiting for me to talk. Fine, they would find out one day anyway.

“Noah and I...” I trailed off, trying to find the words. What were we doing? “I had sex with him again.”

Maria didn’t seem surprised, if anything she seemed worried. “As long as you’re good with it.”

Oh, my sweet Maria. I was beyond good with it.

“I definitely am.” I couldn’t help but sport a smirk as I made Maria her usual, and she and Kelly shared a look.

“But Kelly’s one to talk,” I continued, placing a cup with steaming coffee in front of Maria. “She’s having sex with my brother.”

I suppressed a shiver that went up my spine.

Maria looked at Kelly, narrowing her eyes. “This is an honest question, and I don’t mean anything by it,” she said, and I cocked my head to the side, waiting for her to continue. “But aren’t you a little young for Isaac?”

My eyes landed on Kelly, who grinned, and it was at that moment that I realized: I had no idea how old Kelly was.

“Exactly how young are you?” I asked, placing one hand on my hip.


That’s actually not too bad. Just nine years.

“What can I say, I like older men,” Kelly stated, flipping her ponytail over her shoulder. “And he buys me things.”

I blinked rapidly. It didn’t take long for Isaac to get over Katy, that’s for sure. Then again, it made sense. Kelly’s really hot.

“Ok, different subject,” I said, looking up when a customer walked in.

Kelly, David, and I stayed a lot longer than usual at the cafe that night, flowing into a deep conversation at closing time and forgetting time altogether at one point.

So, by the time David closed up, it was just after 11.

“Are you going to be ok?” Kelly asked, waiting for her dad.

I nodded. “I’ll be fine, I love the night.” I grabbed my keys and put them between my fingers. “And besides, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve.”

She smiled, looking over her shoulder before turning back to me. “Well, call me if anything happens and text me when you get home. It’s a ten-minute walk, right?”

“Yes, I’ll be fine.”

We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.

It wasn’t cold, and the sky was clear, so I tried to enjoy some of the tranquility of the night, while keeping my ears open and remaining alert.

About halfway home, I came across a group of guys. They were standing in the middle of the sidewalk, blocking my way.

I wouldn’t say I was scared, but yes, I was a little nervous.

Quickly crossing the road, I kept my head down, trying to remain unseen as I continued my journey home.

“Bellamy?” I heard one of them call, and my head shot up when I recognized his voice. Thank god, it was Noah.

“Hey,” I said softly, approaching the group but being super grateful that Noah decided to walk up to me, keeping some distance between us and his...friends.

“What are you doing here?” he hissed, and I frowned at his angry question.

I looked over his shoulder to the group of guys, but they still seemed deep in conversation. “Walking home from work.”

“At this hour?” Yes, he was definitely mad, and some part of me was happy that he cared so much. “Who knows what kind of trash roams the street at night.”

I placed a hand on his arm, trying to calm him down. “It’s ok, I’ve done it plenty of times before. I can hold my own.”

He sighed, playing with the hem of my shirt and pulling me closer.

“Hey, Noah,” one of the guys said, turning around and walking up to us. Noah’s hand laid on my waist now, and his grip tightened as the dark-haired man approached us. “Who’s this?”

I was immediately intimidated by the guy, his look and body language screaming danger. Sure, to some extent that was what attracted me to Noah, but this was different.

“Are we done here?” Noah asked, puffing out his chest and widening his stance to shield me.

“Oh, come on.” The man stepped a little closer. “Why don’t you share?”

He smiled, flashing me a mouth full of gold, and I kept my eyes low, avoiding his eyes.

“Don’t talk to my girl like that, Sebastian,” Noah spit back, and I tried not to smirk. Did he just call me his girl?

“Hmm,” Sebastian hummed, and though he was shorter than Noah, he still managed to look down on us. A few of his friends joined behind him, and I was definitely scared now. God, I should’ve just called a cab.

“Ah, someone finally managed to melt that ice in your chest, ey?” Sebastian reached behind Noah to brush a finger over my cheek, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.

But before he could, Noah grabbed his wrist. “Touch her and I’ll break your neck.”

I expected Sebastian to protest, maybe throw a few punches. But he did something more terrifying. He smiled.

He shot me a wink before he turned around, beckoning his friends to come with him, and I swallowed hard.

Noah didn’t hesitate a second as he grabbed my wrist and pulled me with him to his car, opening my door and locking it after I had stepped in.

He went to exchange a few words with the group, before he stepped in behind the wheel and started the car.

I studied him as he drove off, the muscles in his arms flexing as he clamped the wheel with force, and I leaned back in my chair.

“Where are we going?” I questioned when we took an unfamiliar turn, and Noah let out a breath.

He didn’t say anything, instead, he drove up a hill and parked the car at the top, stepping out and resting his hands on his side as he tilted his head back.

I waited a few seconds before I followed him out, leaning against the front of the car as I waited for him to say something.

“I’m sorry,” he spoke, slowly turning and walking up to me. He stood between my legs, cupping my face in his hands. “I didn’t want you to see that.”

I rubbed my hands over his sides, feeling his hard stomach beneath my fingers. “I thought it was kinda hot.”

He cocked his head to the side, watching me with his stoic expression.

Before I could register what was happening, Noah pressed his lips on mine and lifted me on the hood of his car, letting his hands glide over my legs.

I giggled, pulling him in by the back of his neck, opening his mouth with mine.

The soft groan he let out as his tongue moved against mine was enough to make me soaking wet, and I started to fumble with his belt.

All my fear was gone, and it was replaced by pure lust and desire as Noah pushed my skirt up.

He quickly rolled on a condom and before I knew what was happening, he entered me. I gasped loudly, grabbing his wrist as his hand closed around my throat, pushing me back on the car.

I always enjoyed the way Noah took control during sex, and the way he used me, used my body—yet still making sure I was taken care of too—made him even hotter.

“Noah,” I breathed out, moaning loudly as he continued to thrust into me, and my eyes rolled back in my head.

I dug my teeth into my lower lip, my free hand roaming the hood beneath me in search of anything to support me while I was being fucked out of this world.

It was quick and rough, but god was it good.

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