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What He Wants
Copyright © 2014 Kelli Wolfe
Published by Pink Parts Press
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All characters in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. All characters depicted are 18 years of age or older.
“I'm not going to stop until I get what I want.”
After years of struggling against their feelings, Luke and Emily had run to opposite ends of the state to escape their forbidden attraction. Emily had thought that she was safe at college and did her best to bury herself in her studies and forget her impossible longings for Luke.
But when he shows up unexpectedly at a family reunion and makes it clear that Emily is not getting rid of him this time, she finds herself falling for his bad boy charm all over again. Can Emily hold firm and resist the longings of her heart? Does she even want to try?
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Every July as far back as Emily could remember her mom had dragged them all to Piper Creek Lake for the big family reunion. Now she was halfway through college and living on her own, but there was still no getting out of the reunions. It was mid-afternoon on Friday when she pulled onto the driveway between the towering, old pine trees and the ancient house appeared in front of her—sleepy and mysterious as ever in its leafy cocoon of azaleas and mimosas. Over a dozen other cars already covered the grass before the rambling, two-story place that belonged to her great-Aunt Alice, and she slid into a spot next to Uncle Michael’s battered, tan Buick.
For a long moment she sat there, psyching herself up with deep, calming breaths to prepare herself up for a long round of “Have you found yourself a nice young man, yet?” and Gramma’s soul-crushing, “Have you been putting on weight, Emily?” She closed her eyes and put her hand on the door handle, willing herself to ignore the churning in her stomach. Might as well get it over with and stop trying to delay the inevitable. As she cracked the door open a blast of steam smacked her in the face. Welcome to east Texas in July—miserably hot and the air thick enough to cut with a knife. Emily abandoned her suitcase and fled for the porch—her bag would still be there when things cooled off later.
The screened-in porch ran the entire length of the front of the house, and half a dozen cots lined the walls for those souls brave enough to attempt to sleep through the sweltering July nights outdoors. Emily was not one of them. Two girls her own age sprawled on the cot farthest away from the door—her cousins Angie and Robin. Angie was flipping cards into piles for a rousing game of Go Fish. Oddly enough, that didn’t have nearly the appeal it had back when they were eight.
“See, she did come,” Robin said.
“I thought she’d have better sense and pretend to be deathly ill.”
“You know better,” Emily sighed. “Mom would have just dragged me here on my gurney.”
“True.” Angie nodded sadly. “Well, you had better go in and say hello. After you’ve run the gauntlet we’ll gather everybody up and go to the lake.”
“You didn’t tell us Luke was going to be here this year,” Robin added just as Emily’s hand gripped the doorknob.
Her heart missed a few beats. “What?”
For the last two years, ever since he had graduated college and gotten a job in Midland, her stepbrother had begged off going to the reunions. Other than a couple of days during Christmas at Mom and Dad’s house Emily had hardly seen him at all since his graduation.
A dreamy look crept across Angie’s face. “Yeah, he showed up a couple of hours ago looking hotter than ever.”
“You said it,” Robin agreed. “With him around, I don’t mind being stuck here nearly so much. I would give body parts to get him alone for some one-on-one time. Mmmm, those eyes...”
“Oh hell yeah, and that bangin’ body, too. I’d let him do things to me I’ve only ever seen on the Internet. Make sure you invite him along to the lake, Emily.”
The two girls laughed and slapped a high-five while Emily clenched her jaw and struggled to hide the sudden flare of jealousy that burned in her chest. Calm, she would be calm, and keep herself under control. He was just her stepbrother, and what they said didn’t mean anything to her. Leaving them to their increasingly graphic fantasies she opened the door to slip into the foyer and the sweet, sweet air conditioning.