“So what did you do Chett to cause that pretty little lady to throw water in your face?” Travis asked before he took a bite.
Travis sat across from Chett in a booth with his one foot long sub to Chett’s two. Chett being a linebacker could afford to put on more weight. Travis’s position as a wide receiver meant he had to eat a lot of lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, but lay off the carbohydrates. Of course Travis’s appetite was mostly for protein anyway, so it wasn’t a sacrifice.
Chett snorted. “The bitch was mad because I had the little faggot pushed up against the wall. Pretty sad when a man is so weak, he has to be rescued by a woman.” Chett laughed.
Travis took a drink and shook his head. Chett must have assumed Travis was reacting positively because he laughed even harder. Travis set his sandwich and drink down and stared at Chett, waiting until he realized he had Travis’s full attention and then he said, “does it make you feel like a big man to bully someone weaker than you?”
Chett’s mouth dropped open and he just stared at Travis. Chett was used to everyone kowtowing him and automatically agreeing with him because he’s rich, a starter on the college football team, and his dad was a very powerful representative in the community. “What’s your problem man? He. is. a. fag! What does it matter how I treat him?”
“So, what is your issue with homosexuals Chett? Unless the man is coming on to you, why the hell do you care? Wait… Are you in the closet and afraid people will figure it out if you don’t act like a pompous ass to others that happen to be gay? ” Travis spit back at Chett with venom in his voice.
Again, Chett gaped at Travis, unable to process what he was saying to him. “That’s just disgusting. No I’m not gay!” Chett said with an expression Travis hadn’t seen before but appeared to be one of confusion or disgust.
Travis looked at Chett, smiled, and began to laugh. “You know what they say Chett… thou dost protest too much.” Travis continued to laugh slightly.
“Fuck you man!” Chett responded.
Travis leaned forward in his seat, rested his elbows on the table, made eye contact with Chett and answered, “as much as I appreciate the offer, you are not my type.” Travis winked at Chett before grabbing his meal and walking out of the sandwich shop.
Chett was left with his meal, purchased by Travis, in the booth at the sandwich shop. Chett shook his head and returned to eating his meal alone.
Finished with her classes for the day, Susan gathered her belongings and headed for her car. Susan was frustrated with herself that she was still obsessing over Travis. He was most likely a jock and a frat boy. No handsome face was worth putting up with that kind of ego, lifestyle, and likely feelings of entitlement. No, she needed to stop thinking about the sexiest man she had ever met and focus on her college classes and her job. She did not have time for a relationship anyway, and she did
“Good evening Allison. How was your day?” Susan greeted her 5yo. client. Allison was unable to ambulate and could only say a few single words, but oh she was a lovely young girl and Susan thought the world of her.Allison smiled in return, her huge dimples obvious when she smiled so enthusiastically. Allison’s dark blond hair was pulle
The rest of the week was uneventful with work and college, but Susan was always busy between the two. She did not see Travis, Chett, or the other football players, and that was just fine with her. Susan was off Friday night, but chose to finish up her homework due on Monday so she wouldn’t be scrambling Sunday evening. Susan generally worked twelve hour shifts every other weekend, so they could be exhausting.
Alpha Gannon took a deep breath before answering the question. “My ultimate goal is to reunite my pack, but I have to make sure it’s safe. I won’t put them in danger for my own selfish need to have them all together. You know how it is Alpha, they are like my children. I feel a bond with absolutely everyone in our pack. Living in urban or suburban areas is certainly not ideal, but it’s been safer, and we have made it work. Again, I sincerely apologize for not knowing about your pack and requesting permission before entering. “
Susan had slept several hours before she began to dream about Travis, his pack, and the full moon coming up. Susan’s dream felt so real that it made her adrenaline coarse through her veins, her chest was rising and falling rapidly, and Susan had sweat on her forehead.Susan was standing outside with a diet soda in her hand and a huge, beauti
Sunday’s shift was not nearly as smooth a day as Saturday. Upon arriving at work, Susan found out Allison had begun to run a fever during the early morning hours of 101 degrees Fahrenheit. After washing her hands and donning a mask, Susan took Allison into her arms and sat in the rocking chair with her. Allison’s cheeks were flushed, she was coughing intermittently, and her normal good natured attitude and smile were gone; in its place was a frown with occasional tears and a little girl that did not want to be put down.
The alarm went off at 6:30 AM and Susan begrudgingly reached for the clock on her side table. After several attempts, she finally hit the snooze button with her eyes still closed. Once the alarm stopped, she reached her arms up to the sky, then up toward the head board of her full size bed. Susan winced slightly at her sore shoulder and neck muscles from holding and rocking Allison all day yesterday. Susan couldn’t help but wonder how Allison and Tracy fared overnight. Susan knew she had to try to keep boundaries between them, but it was impossible to spend so much time with someone and not care unless you were a cyborg. Susan laughed out loud at her thought:
Tuesday, Susan grabbed a granola bar for breakfast, arrived at college early, and studied in the empty classroom until class started. Classes ended at noon and rather than drive home, Susan decided to study in the college library until time to begin work at 3PM. As she researched for a paper she had to write on a disease process, Travis walked up behind her, put his nose close to her neck, and took a deep breath to inhale her scent-wild flowers and fresh cut grass. Susan jumped, put her hand to her neck to make the hairs lay back down after Travis’s close proximity had made goosebumps form and the hair on her neck stood at attention. As she turned her head to