I turned around and ignored their scoffs and comments about how hot Josh was. I couldn’t blame any of the population for fawning over him. Hell, by the end of the first period, he had me reduced to nearly drooling with want. When he checked someone into the boards, I flashed back to feeling him press me against a wall, undoubtedly his signature move. When I watched him skating backward, I remembered him pulling me down the ice, so careful with me. When he took a shot, I saw his fist flying through Riley’s face, ready to destroy him for hurting me. When he adjusted his grip on the stick, I swore I could feel his hands on my body. The temperature in the rink called for a coat, but I was on freaking fire.
Laughter burst from me, and it took me a full minute to be able to speak. We’re just messing with you, Roland.Peter glanced around warily. It’s five after eleven. Shouldn’t that woman be here by now?
Adele. We came here to talk to her. I looked for the bartender I’d spoken to earlier.Eldeorin’s eyes gleamed with curiosity. Now why would you young people want to see Adele?It’s business, Jordan stated coolly, not bothering to hide her dislike for the faerie.
Eldeorin’s rich laugh drew the attention of several human women nearby and they smiled appreciatively at him. I know what kind of business Adele deals in, and I doubt the four of you would want any part of it.I shrugged. I need to talk to her; that’s all.
Then allow me. He waved toward the stairs. Adele and I are old friends, and I’d be happy to take you to her.
I hesitated. Why do you want to help us?You have to talk to me about this. I’m not going to lose you over a job.
I broke, snapped in half, my logic and reason flying away. A job? I stepped back, needing the distance. I finally looked up at him, but the misery on his face didn’t dispel my anger. He looked like shit. Good, that’s how I felt. It’s not a job! And you hid it from me! You know how I feel about it!When I saw you burn the West Point gear? I knew you would never accept it, that you’d push me away as soon as you knew, and I couldn’t let you go.
He paled. Yes. I needed to be near you. I had to.Why? Why the hell are you in the Guard? You had a full ride! And you just join up and go over to get yourself killed? The idea, the word struck me with nausea. Josh in uniform. Josh in a cold box draped by a flag. No.