I turned to see the God of Sex himself leaning casually in the doorway with an amused smirk on his face.
“What do you want?” I snapped at him. His eyes darkened and I immediately regretted it. He could take my soft bed away at any time.
He began to take several slow, intimidating steps towards me. “You may want to watch your mouth little one. You are only here because I owe Drew a favor, not because I want you here.”
I glared at him but bit my tongue. He continued towards me until his body was a mere inch away from mine. I could feel the heat radiating from his body and smell his naturally spicy scent.
As he bent his head towards mine, I could see the muscles in his jaw tighten and relax as he clenched his teeth. His anger was seriously beginning to turn me on. If he continued to get closer, he might get jumped.
“You have nothing to worry about; I’ll stay out of your hair.” I turned, grabbed my gym bag and headed for the door, not looking back once.
“Fucking hell, Juliette. Are you hiding a body in there?” Drew asked from his seat on the couch as I came to the bottom of the ornate staircase.
I smiled at him, “Yeah, it’s Aidan’s body. Will you help me hide it?”
Drew winked, “About time someone put him in his place.” I gave Drew a high five and turned just in time to see Aidan descending the staircase, a scowl on his face.
“I thought you were leaving, why are you still here?” He asked rudely. I swear, if he didn’t have such a pretty face, I wouldn’t hesitate to rearrange it.
“Yes, father, I’m leaving. Would you like to set my curfew as well?” Aidan’s eyes flashed and Drew stood up.
“We’ll see you later, Juliette. Stay safe, alright?” Drew gave me a quick hug before moving to stand beside Aidan, giving him a look I didn’t understand. I’d find out in a moment.
I nodded and made my way towards the front door.
“Oh, also, the rest of the roommates will be here tonight!” Drew shouted after me.
“Sounds great!” I yelled back, opening the door and slamming it closed but staying in the foyer. I crouched down and breathed quietly as I listened for their voices. Finally, Aidan spoke.
“She can’t stay here, you’re just putting her in danger.”
“She has no where else to go! She’s safer here than on the street!” I heard Drew chime in.
“They will find her and they’ll hurt her. You need to tell her to go home if you care for her at all.” Someone would find and hurt me? Fat chance… but still. Who would be looking for me?
“You owe me Aidan,”
“I know, and I’m not kicking her out. I’m jut saying you should before she causes us trouble.”
I shot up from my crouch as I heard footsteps approaching the foyer. I slid out the door as quietly as possible before taking off down the street as fast as I could manage.
I waved for a ca and asked him to take me to the nearest gym. I couldn’t help but wonder who Aidan and Drew had been talking about. Someone, someone Aidan didn’t like, was looking for me. I tried to think of someone I had pissed off here but came up blank. I mean, seriously, I’ve only been here for a day! How could someone already want me hurt? And how would I cause them trouble?
I shook my head, clearing my thoughts and thanked the driver when he pulled up to a modest looking gym.
Once I got past the front counter, my eyes searched frantically for a body bag. I was stressed and jumpy and needed to release some energy. A smile, well more of an idiotic grin, crossed my face when I finally found one. Setting one up at Drew’s was out of the question so this would have to work, at least for now.
I snapped a picture of the gym with my phone before texting it to Jay. He’d know what it meant. I already missed him. But then again, I suppose that’s completely normal for two people who haven’t really been separated since grade school.
I tore my shirt off so that I was left in my shorts and a sports bra before wrapping my hands. I rolled my neck and loosened up my body. I began to throw a few soft punches, getting a feel of the bag before putting more weight into them. My arms and legs worked almost mechanically as I went through the motions of what used to be my daily workout.
My jabs began to grow faster and harder as I thought about my parents and Jay. I had to continue to convince myself that this was the right thing to do; that leaving the one person who had always stuck with me was a good idea.
I chuckled darkly; a good idea my ass. I nearly jumped three feet when I heard someone clear their throat from behind me. I whirled around, gasping from the shock. A man in his mid thirties probably, with pale black skin and shockingly green eyes stood before me, a small smile on his face.
“I’m Darren, are you new here?” He stood at about six feet and was muscled out to the max.
“Juliette, and yeah, I’m new. I just moved from the east coast,” He took several steps forward until he was standing in front of me.
“Do you compete?” He asked, seemingly out of the blue. He looked like he knew something I didn’t and that worried me.
“No, I don’t. Why do you ask?” I turned around and began taking my wraps off.
“You fight like you’ve been an underground fighter,” He said casually. I froze, my eyes widening in surprise. Underground fighting was highly illegal. People would bet on fighters so illegal gambling was also usually involved. It wasn’t something to get mixed up in if you didn’t have to.
“What are you getting at?” I asked suspiciously, turning to face him.
He smiled, reaching into his pocket and pulling a small piece of paper out. “Here’s an address. I want you to meet me here at eleven o’clock tonight. I know you’ll fit right in and the pay out is high.”
“And if I don’t?” I wanted to know if I was being blackmailed into joining his underground club. He surprised me by smiling softly and chuckling.
“If you don’t, then I was wrong about you.” He winked and walked out of the room.
I looked down at the paper, rubbing over the words with the pad of my thumb as I contemplated whether or not it was such a good idea to trust the man. If he was a cop, I would be in serious trouble. One glance inside my wallet made my decision immediately. I needed the money and this was the easiest way for me to acquire it.
Sighing, I packed up my stuff, not bothering to put my shirt back on my drenched body and hailed a cab.
When I got back to Drew’s, there were several cars in the driveway. Must be the other room mates. I looked down at my body and groaned. I looked like shit; what a great first impression Juliette.
Maybe I would be able to sneak in and shower before they realized I had come back. I crept into the house, shutting the door quietly behind me and letting out a relieved breath. I could hear voices in the kitchen and hoped everyone would stay in there. I turned to head for the shower, yelping in surprise when I saw Aidan watching me silently. He was leaning against the wall opposite the door with his arms crossed. My hand flew over my heaving chest, my heart racing. How had he been so damn quiet?
His eyes roamed over my body slowly with an odd look in his eyes. Before I could blink, he had me pinned against the door, each hand on one side of my face. He had trapped me and there was no way out. Our bodies were so close that I could feel his heat. He bent his head down next to mine, running the tip of his nose over the exposed flesh just below my ear. I shivered when he pressed the entire length of his rock hard body against mine. His solid abs pushed against my chest and stomach and I could feel pressure against my hip. I gasped quietly when I realized it was his dick.
My hands made their way up his chest as I slowly felt each contour of his torso. He growled lowly in my ear, nipping at the lobe and making me whimper. His hands ran over my bare stomach, squeezing my waist.
“Aidan, since when does it take ten minutes to get beer from the basement?” Aidan’s body was off of me in a second. He ran a hand through his hair and glared at me before turning and walking down the hallway towards the basement.
A moment later, Drew appeared in front of me. My heart was still thumping from whatever the hell had just happened. I really didn’t even know what to call it. Aidan went from hating me to almost groping me.
“You alright, Juliette? You look flushed.” Drew’s eyebrows pulled together in concern. I shook my head and smiled.
“I’m fine, I just back from the gym and was heading up to shower.”
“Alright, well everyone is here so when you are done, I’d like to introduce you all.”
“Of course,” I smiled, stepping up the stairs “I won’t be long.”
“We are ordering pizza, what do you want?” I turned to answer but the words were caught in my throat as I watched Aidan push past Drew, muttering something in his ear and not once looking at me. I scowled at his back, knowing full well he couldn’t see me.
“Cheese is fine, thanks Drew.” I called out before racing into the bathroom and turning the knob on the shower.
When I got out, I simply dressed myself and combed my hair. I didn’t have anyone to impress anyways.
“Here she is! Guys this is my sister, Juliette.” Drew smiled down at me fondly as he wrapped an arm around my shoulders and guided me towards the group of men sitting at the bar in the kitchen.
“Juliette, this is Austin,” Drew pointed to a man nursing a beer. He had spiked bleach blonde hair and light blue eyes, standing just slightly taller than me. He stood and smiled at me before wrapping me in a tight hug.
Another man with a short, light brown mohawk and hazel eyes introduced himself as Jake. I was still standing next to Drew when Jake walked up to me, grabbed my hand and kissed the top softly. He looked me in the eyes the entire time, taking his sweet time with my hand.
“It is really a pleasure to make the acquaintance of such a beautiful young woman.” I couldn’t help but laugh at his antics. I saw Aidan roll his eyes out of the corner of my eye.
“The pleasure is all mine,” I nodded my head towards him and he grinned.
Drew shooed them off and walked me over to the counter as a bulky man with a buzzcut and brown eyes walked into the room.
“Brock, this is Juliette. Juliette, this is the last room mate, Brock.” I said hi and smiled but he just grunted in response. Apparently Aidan wasn’t the only one put off by my presence. Drew told me to just ignore him and that he didn’t like new people.
The pizza came shortly after our introductions and I slowly got to know Austin and Jake. Brock was still acting cold and detached but I decided to ignore him for the time being.
Austin was a total sweetheart and acted like the brother I had always wanted as a child. He was warm and inviting. His sense of humor was soft but apparent. I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to get attached; he made it easy to like him.
Jake seemed to be a player. Albeit, a kind player. He didn’t push the boundaries but flirted shamelessly. He was loud and boisterous but not obnoxious in any way. I’m sure his cute, boyish face and endearing personality earned him plenty of bed mates.
I was glad to have more people that like me in the house and less that didn’t want anything to do with me.
We were all splayed out on the living room floor watching TV when I glanced at the clock. I cursed silently when I saw it was already ten thirty. I sat up, lifting my head from Austin’s lap, consequently causing Jake’s face to fall from my stomach.
“Hey,” Jake whined, “I was comfortable!”
I laughed and pecked his cheek, “I’m sorry but I’m tired and want to go to bed.”
He groaned but let me up. “See you in the morning, Juliette.”
I waved at the boys that bid me goodnight and walked into my room. I grabbed my bag and changed clothes before sneaking down the stairs and heading towards the back door.
I stayed at the back door for a few minutes to make sure no one had heard. When I thought I was safe, I made my way down the street. I had looked up the address Darren had given me. Unsurprisingly, it was one of an old warehouse. I assumed the ring would be in a basement or something similar.
I had a taxi take me and drop me off a few blocks away from the warehouse so that I could walk the rest of the way. No need to make anyone suspicious.
I saw Darren leaning against a door of the giant building. I smiled as my heart began to race with excitement. I couldn’t wait to get in there and get back into what I did best. Maybe, if I was lucky, my fight would be easy and I wouldn’t have to make up any excuses tomorrow.
Darren smirked at me, “Are you ready, Penquena Tigre?”
I rolled my eyes at the nickname. Little Tiger. No underground fighter ever went by their real name. Everyone had a nickname, or a fighting name that was either chosen by the person who ran the fights or the people who placed bets.
I snorted, “Of course I’m ready, let’s go.”