I got my drink and now needing to use the bathroom, I made a decision to turn at an opening, left of the bar. It led me into a hallway that had more private lounging rooms to either side. One of the many private lounging doors slid open to my left and a guy bumped into me, spilling my drink on my new dress. He didn’t stop to apologize. He didn’t even acknowledge that he collided with another person. Following him were two girls from my campus city.
Angel smiled. Her long blonde hair fell beautifully over her shoulders. “Well, look what we found.”
The guy stopped momentarily and looked.
“Nothing of importance. She’s still alive,” Chalice added.
Angel frowned at that comment, sucking on a red lollipop, and I couldn’t take my gaze away from the tall stranger.
“Girl, you need to watch where you walk,” he told me.
“Excuse me?” Is he serious? Did this guy have the audacity to call me girl?
“You should get yourself cleaned up,” he continued. “It’s not very becoming.”
I was at a loss for words. Who was this guy? “You’re friends with this jerk?” I asked Angel.
“Old friends. We go way back. He’s not all that bad,” she said, looking up at the man in front of us. His tight, black T-shirt clung to his well-defined chest. His messy black strands fell away from his face, sculpting his perfect features.
My chest felt heavy. This stranger was definitely something to be in awe of. Something to look at, but not touch. His uncanny, pearly blue eyes looked down at me. This man was beyond sexy.
“Well,” I mumbled to the stranger, “I think I deserve an apology.” Angel licked her lollipop, glancing from me to her friend as if something exciting was going to happen.
Her friend watched me with a certain jauntiness hidden behind his perfect pressed lips. “I apologize for you not being able to watch where you walk,” he told me.
My body ignited with annoyance, and my heart raced. “You walked into me.”
He shrugged. “That’s not the way I see it.”
“Oh, for fuck’s sake!” Chalice retorted.
“Let’s go find the girls,” Angel replied. She linked arms with Chalice and skipped off gracefully, dragging Chalice along.
“That’s not the way you see it? All right, enlighten me, please,” I said with my hands on my hips.
A smirk loomed and my breath hitched. “Why should I have to apologize for something that I couldn’t foresee?” he said. “I walked out not knowing that you were going to be passing by at that same moment. Technically, if I cared to live up to your society’s version of a refined human being, if it was embedded in my genetic makeup, I could, maybe muster together some kind of an apology to appease you.”
Not knowing how to respond to the words he spoke, I did the second-best thing I could think of and just stared at the asshole with my best ‘What-The-Fuck’ expression I could screw together.
I glared hotly at the jerk before me, and I knew drunk or sober something was terribly off the him.
“Did you just hear the words that came out of your mouth.” An overwhelming feeling of déjà vu came over me, and fire blazed through my veins. “You’re just an asshole.”
The stranger shrugged, “That’s the most tamed and unoriginal word, anyone has used to describe me,” he informed darkly. “Are you sure you don’t want to try again?”
His words challenged me, and I wanted to unleash my lethal tongue but his eyes, his royally deep enticing gaze made my tongue feel heavy in my mouth. My skin prickled all over my flesh. Tingles cascaded down my spine, and my mind continued to linger with the familiar feelings associated with the stranger in front of me.
I know I don’t know him, and I could never forget a face like his.
So, why do I feel otherwise?
The stranger turned to walk away when I didn’t respond to his insults.
I asked quickly, not wanting to let him go. “Do I know you?”
“I don’t associate with little children.” And he kept on walking.
Annoyance clawed at my hull, and I felt like throwing my glass cup at the back of his head. I took in a deep, riveting breath of him, my lungs filling with pure felicity. Saliva filled my mouth with desire―unexpected desire and my heart jolted. I continued to inhale and exhale in an attempt to soothe my frazzled and flustered nerves.