Healing Hearts 1: Warrior Angel(8)

By: Dixie Lynn Dwyer


She was leaning against the bar. “Nice to meet you,” she said, and Selasi reached his hand out for her to take. When their fingers touched, she felt the same powerful attraction. She pulled her hand back and looked around for Afina, Amelia, someone.

More laughter erupted and Mike was coming back over.

“Damn I forget how fun this place is. Hey, is Thermo here?” Mike asked, and she didn’t know who he was talking about, but she was grateful for the distraction from the two men. Mike squinted as Selasi spoke, his eyes glancing back at her with interest.

“He found his spot by the corner of the bar. You know how he hates crowds,” Selasi said, and then Zayn handed him a bottle of Bud Lite.

“Thanks, bro. So, Kai, that’s a nice name. You live around here?” he asked, and Mike chuckled.

“What?”

“Maybe I should go keep Amelia company. I kind of dragged her here tonight,” Kai said, and then stepped forward to look past the crowd of men. She felt the hand on her waist. “Don’t go. Talk to us. If you leave, then we’ll be stuck hearing one of Mike’s war stories,” Zayn said, and winked.

“Nice. What about your war stories? Listen, Kai won’t be impressed or shocked by any stories. She’s heard a lot of them,” Mike said.

She could feel Selasi and Zayn’s eyes on her, and of course something tingling inside. An awareness, and well an attraction. It was unnerving, and she truly didn’t know how to handle this. She avoided when men flirted and especially soldiers. As much as Afina, Amelia, and her friends pushed for her to get into the dating scene, Kai just couldn’t. She had no interest, so why was she glancing at Zayn and Selasi every chance she got?

“Why is that?” Zayn asked.

“She’s been around soldiers and cops all her life. You won’t impress her. In fact, I’ve been trying to impress her for years and finally gave up,” Mike teased, giving her a wink. She chuckled.

“How do you know Kai?” Selasi asked Mike.

Mike looked at her and smiled. “Kai and Afina have been friends for years. They were in college together in New Jersey, at Seton Hall. I went to visit a few times.”

“You came to check up on Afina?” Kai asked, and smiled.

Mike stepped closer to her and put his hands on her hips and pulled her close. “I went to hit on my little sister’s best friend.”

“You’re such an idiot,” Kai said, laughing and shoving him back.

He chuckled and stepped back but looked her over. “You know I tried.”

“I didn’t deny you did.”

“Wait, you two were a thing?” Zayn asked, and he looked a little serious.

“No. Never even got the opportunity to kiss the woman.”

She hoped he didn’t bring up Edison. “Well, you got yourself in enough trouble by hitting on Miss Bradshaw. If I recall correctly, you were banned from the campus for starting a fight,” she said, and Mike shook his head, turned red and then looked away.

“Who is Miss Bradshaw?” Selasi asked.

“Afina’s accounting teacher at the time, who Mike here decided to pick up in a bar down the block from the campus, and well, he got her drunk, brought her to campus and a rowdy party he instigated and that’s where the fight broke out.

“Oh shit. Seriously? Did Afina get in trouble or get a bad grade?” Zayn asked.

“Are you fucking kidding me? My sister was getting straight A’s and that would continue. I’m that good. See what you missed out on, sexy,” Mike teased her, giving her hip a tap.

“You are so full of crap,” Kai said, and Mike started laughing.

“Hey, it was fun.”

“It was fun. Good times,” Kai said, but then looked away, her mind back onto all the bad memories that overshadowed the good ones.

Kai listened as Selasi, Mike, and Zayn talked about the local dojo and some additional classes being offered, and she took the opportunity to watch the men and realized she needed to mingle with her friends. It was safer than making these guys think she wanted them to flirt with her or she was interested. Getting involved with a man was the last thing on her mind, but then Mike brought up the private sessions.

“Wait, they offer those at the dojo?” she asked.

“Well, they’re more for experienced martial artists. A lot of the law enforcement guys do them to stay sharp,” Mike said to her.

“Oh, I was going to check out the classes there this week to see what they offered because I heard there was Muay Thai, but beginners,” she said to them.

“You do Muay Thai?” Zayn asked her.

“She’s been doing that for years. I thought Afina said you gave that up a year ago,” Mike said.