Copyright Suzanne Halliday
Tori was tittering on like a magpie, filling her sister-in-law in on all the juicy deets of what she’d witnessed in the tech cave.
“Oh my God, Lacey! It was so adorable. She walked up behind him, said something and BAM! Two seconds later he was all over her like a rash. Don’t mind telling you I got a little hot and bothered watching them. I’ve never seen him like that but oh lord! That man knows how to kiss a girl.”
“Are you serious? Just like that? Poor Alex. He’s got it bad, huh?”
Tori plunked down on the sofa and put her feet up on an ottoman while Lacey curled up the best her pregnant tummy would allow on the neighboring loveseat.
“I like her, don’t you?” Lacey asked. “She’s almost like a female version of him if you think about it. Smart. Well educated. In no way a wimp. And seriously, that body! Holy cow, huh?”
“Well let me tell you something, if you’d seen the way he grabbed onto her it’d be a safe bet to say he likes the curvy girl thing very much!”
The both laughed and sighed, the way girlfriends do when they’re talking about romance. After a few minutes Lacey got serious.
“So. What do you think? How soon will it take Big Daddy to screw things up? After all, we’ve both been there, done that with these Justice Brothers.”
“Hmmm. You have a good point,” Tori replied. “Draegyn was the Crown Prince of Denial and like you’ve said, Cameron was a runner. I wonder what fuckery Alex has up his sleeve.”
“Men! Right?” Lacey chuckled.
“Uh oh. What are you two ladies up to? It’s never good when I walk in a room and hear my wife chastising the male sex in that tone.” Cameron smiled indulgently at his Ponytail and leaned over to plant a quick kiss on her mouth.
“Your old lady and I were discussing Alex,” Tori told him.
“And Meghan,” Lacey added. “Tori says they got into a seriously hot clinch up in the bat cave. Lots of touchy feely stuff and loads of tongue.”
Tori barked out a laugh bigger than her waif-like body. “Wait a minute! I don’t remember saying anything about tongue.”
“It was implied,” Lacey shot back with a wink.
Cameron sat next to his wife and put an arm about her shoulders as he leaned in and rubbed his face against her belly. “Mommy’s meddling!” he growled against the bump.
“Well someone has to. We were just trying to figure out how long it’ll take Alex to put his foot in it.”
“It’s complicated,” Cameron replied growing suddenly serious.
“I’d say that’s interesting brother-in-law because Meghan used the exact same word when we asked how she knew Alex.”
Cam shot Tori a surprised look. “Really? Humph.”
“Oh my God. You know something, don’t you honey?” Lacey asked.
He sighed and said, “I know plenty but I’m not going to discuss it in this ladies sewing circle you’ve got going on. Besides, Alex is entitled to his privacy, as is Meghan.”
Tori eased her feet off the ottoman and stood up. “I think that’s my cue to go find my husband and use my powers of persuasion so he’ll tell me what’s going on.” Looking at Lacey she added, “I take it you’ll be applying the same pressure to your other half?” At Lacey’s jerky nod she smiled. “Then we can compare notes later.”
When they were alone, Lacey cuddled close to her hunky husband and nuzzled her face into his neck. “I love the way you smell when you’re all hot and sweaty. Did you and Draegyn get the visitors settled in the dorms? I saw Ria and Ben laying in a ton of supplies yesterday getting ready for their arrival. Who is it this time?”
Absently stroking his big hand across his wife’s protruding belly he answered lazily, clearly distracted by other things. “It’s a rental. Bunch of spooks. They’re using the facilities for their own refresher training. Not much for Justice to do but provide a place for them to hole up and plenty of conference space. Let’s not talk business, baby. I’ve got other things on my mind.” His hand was slowly creeping under the flowing maternity dress she had on.
“I’m glad you’re home,” she murmured. “Want your wife to scrub your back in the shower?”
He leered at her as his hand slid down between her thighs and rubbed against her mound. “My wife can feel free to scrub way more than my back.”
“Mmm. I like the way that sounds. But first…”
Cameron laughed out loud and grinned at her. “I knew it! Just lulling me in with sexy promises. Biding your time to ask a bunch of nosy female questions. Might as well go for it woman so we can move on to much more pleasurable things.”
She smiled at the man she loved with all her heart and soul. “Is it so wrong to want everyone to have the kind of happiness that we do?”
“No. But you’re asking me to talk about things that aren’t easy to discuss.”
“Understood. I’ll make this easy then. Just tell me how Alex knows Meghan. That’s enough for now.”
Cameron sighed and put his head on the back of the loveseat. It was still damn hard to share after a lifetime of brooding silence. But he was getting better at it. Lacey had healed his broken soul in every way that mattered. He knew he could trust her completely. It was a great feeling.