.................. I closed the door and walked over to where
Dimitri was standing leaning against his truck, I felt
uncomfortable after what had almost just happened with Niko.
Dimitri opened the door for me.
"So was Niko right?" he smiled making a dimple show on his left
"About what?" I murmured
"That you need a hug" he put his thumb and fore finger on my chin
and lifted it to make me look at him "And if you say no I can
tell you're lying… you've got so much pain behind your eyes that
wasn't there yesterday" I closed my eyes "Don't" he said softly
but sharply I opened my eyes and looked at him. "So that hug" I
just nodded as he wrapped his arms round me.
I inhaled deeply he smelt so good fresh from the shower good his
thumb was again on the back of my neck just rubbing lightly. I
think if Niko had done that to me then nothing would have managed
to stop me going all the way with him. I pulled back a little it
felt wrong to have been so close to Niko earlier and now I was
getting confusing signals from Dimitri.
"Lets go" he stepped back and waited till I'd got in before he
closed the door and walked round to the drivers door and got in.
the drive to the beach was filled with music I could feel that
Dimitri at every chance he got was watching me probably about to
chew me a new one for coming on to his brother. We pulled into a
small parking lot behind some dunes. "Well we're the first here"
he sighed turning off the engine "You want to help me get the
'Sure" I nodded and walked round to the back of his truck as he
dropped the tailgate and handed me some folded blankets while he
pulled out a cooler. "This way" I followed him through the gap in
the dunes into a sweet little secluded beach a ring of stones
were piled to the one sided with the remains of a bonfire the
waves lapped gently on to the white sand. "Hey Wisconsin" I
snapped back to reality and looked at Dimitri who was already
over by the fire ring I walked over to him and helped him put the
blankets down putting large pieces of driftwood on them to sit
"It's nice here" I looked out across the gulf
"Yeah it's our weekend spot" he nodded "Why can't you look me in
the eyes?" damn he wasn't pulling punches.
"Because I'm not a good person" I walked to the edge of the water
and kicked off my flip flops and picked them up
'Why because you tried to jump my brother?" he chuckled I groaned
and hung my head his shadow falling over mine as he stood right
behind me "I wouldn't have been as… diplomatic as he was" I
glanced round at him his hands were pushed into the pockets of
his jeans the white tank he had on hugging every inch of him.
"He… he… told you what I did?" okay now I was officially
horrified I turned away from Dimitri I wanted a shark to come out
of the water and eat me right now.
"He told me… and we don't have secrets from each other…it's
annoying as hell when we both like the same girl" I could hear
the smirk in his voice "But after he saw you crying in the
parking lot after you called home and then you knocked him back
he knew there was something bugging you" I wrapped my arms round
myself He moved closer to me and rubbed my hands "Niko's not good
"what so he sends you in?' I snapped a little harder than I meant
"Something like that …" he turned me round and took the flip
flops from me and threw them so they landed 20 ft away next to
the cooler "but I was ready to take his head off for some of the
comments and that he got in there before I had a chance" he
smiled down at me
"But you have Abby"
"And I'm sure Jackson our little gossip guy filled you in on all
of the drama" I looked down "It's okay I'm good with it I'm not
the one in the wrong" he shrugged "I wanted to talk to you since
the day outside of the office"
"That was you" he nodded
"And then when you took a chunk out of Niko for being mean to
Alfie" I smiled remembering the day I told Niko he must have been
making up for something… now I know he didn't need to make up for
anything… I closed my eyes again feeling guilty. "I could of and
really should have kissed you right then and there" my eyes
snapped open and looked right at him. "Sorry the Russian in me
makes me blunt and to the point" he shrugged
"But what I did with…"
"Still doesn't change the fact I want to get to know you" he
tucked a piece of hair behind my ear "Niko's a player I'm not. He
likes you too much for who you are… he wants to be a friend…
which leave me…"
"Hey you're here?" We both looked round and I took a step back
from Dimitri as Xander and Miranda appeared
"We'll talk later" Dimitri smiled at me "they have perfect
timing" he rubbed the back of m y neck with his thumb… now I was