CAMERON. I had to remind myself of my own strength when I ripped that little fucker off of Maya. He and his friends had postured for a moment, probably long enough to realize I had about forty pounds of muscle on any of them. Their strength in numbers would have been annoying, but not enough to pose a threat.
Then there was the girl, her body indecently entwined with Maya’s. She didn’t look like a drunk idiot though. She had a shrewdness about her and dark assessing eyes that looked me over. Slowly she relinquished her hold on Maya.
I caught Maya’s wrist, spinning her to me.
“What are you doing?” I was beyond furious that she’d put herself in this position, with some—multiple—strangers’ hands all over her. This was un-fucking-acceptable.
“I could ask you the same thing.” She looked to her wrist, where I held her tightly.
She twisted in my grasp, and I released my grip. My adrenaline was still thrumming.
My chest expanded on a deep breath. The rush of anger had ebbed but remnants of it still pulsed through me. “Can we talk?”
“I’m dancing. I’ll meet you back at the table in a little while.” Her voice was clipped, irritation showing on her features.
I wasn’t about to leave her. “Let’s dance, then.” I placed a protective hand on her hip, urging her toward me.
Her irritation gave way to something else, an emotion I couldn’t name. She seemed to consider the proposal as she stared at me. Her admirers had scattered after they shot us a few glares and offensive gestures.
Maya turned away from me, saying something to the girl. She nodded and gave me one last cool look before disappearing through the crowd. I took advantage of her absence and pulled Maya to me, our bodies close—closer than theirs had been.
Maya hooked her arms over my shoulders, her fingers toying with my hair. We moved in time to the slowest part of the beat, turning the house music into a slow song that only we seemed to hear.
I wrapped my arms around her, bringing my mouth to her ear so she could hear me. “Who was that?” My jaw clenched, possessiveness over her body rioting through me.
I thought I saw a hint of embarrassment before she looked away, bringing her hands down to my chest. Her eyes flickered back to mine.
“You’re full of surprises, Maya. I can say that.”
“Are you jealous?” She shot me a sassy smile that riled me and made me want to kiss the look right off her face.
“Should I be?”
“No. You have no right to be.” She tipped her head up, her jaw resolute. Little fucking minx.
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