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Kiarra always runs away from her problems, her feelings, herself. Then she runs straight into the arms of the mysterious and sexy Aidan Gold. Kiarra isn’t sure if she wants to tear Aidan’s head off or let him tear her clothes off. Either way, Kiarra soon learns that Aidan has a big, bad secret, and now the claws are out.
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Chapter 9 - Buttercup
Sam and I had gone over the dos and the don’ts of the bar, and before I knew it, we’d already been open for three hours.
Sam wasn’t kidding when he’d said people in this town went out late. It was past ten at night and we only had three customers.
So, for now, Sam had retreated back into his office, leaving me in charge of the bar.
I stood at the computer, trying to fix up his playlist. Sam had good taste; it just needed a bit of rearranging. He’d sorted the music according to decade, but that would just get boring.
You had to have a flow, changing from new music to the good oldies so it didn’t get repetitive.
I looked up as I heard the door open, and saw Angela and Michelle walk in with a few girls right behind them.
Angela came straight to the bar while the others found a booth to occupy.
She whistled in admiration. “Dxxn, Kiarra, you better be careful tonight, otherwise someone might eat you up!”
“Good thing I’m not afraid of the big bad wolf!” I laughed as I walked over and gave her a quick hug.
My comment made Angela laugh way too hard, but when she calmed down, she ordered drinks for her and the girls. Not long after the place slowly started to fill up with customers.
I turned the music up another notch and got straight to work.
It was past midnight, and the place was booming.
I’d fallen into my old routines fast, mixing drinks and throwing around a few bottles for the crowd, and hadn’t found it necessary to call Sam down from his office yet.
As I was serving a drink I’d just made for one of Angela’s friends, a guy came up to the bar.
“Wow, sorry, but I hope you can help a guy out here.” He leaned on the bar and gave me a quick elevator look before looking into my eyes.
“It really depends on what a guy needs.” I smiled at him while grabbing a cloth to wipe down the bar.
“Well, you see, I think there is something wrong with my eyes, ’cause I just can’t seem to take them off you.” He gave me a wink and a big smile.
“Aw, honey.” I made my voice super sweet and leaned in a bit. “I’m having a problem with mine too, ’cause I can’t see you getting anywhere near me.” I gave him a dazzling smile and he cracked up. We laughed together as I went back to cleaning up.
“Dxxn, girl, that’s too bad, ’cause we could be spectacular together.” He continued to lean on the bar, grinning at me.
“Oh, but I’m already spectacular on my own.”
“That’s true. Haven’t met a woman that actually answered back my pickup lines before.”
“That’s because you’ve never met a girl like me.”
The guy’s name was Sean, and he was a hopeless flirt—but also really funny.
He took a seat at the bar, and while I was working he entertained himself by tossing pickup lines at me to see if they would throw me off.
“Feel this fabric, Kiarra. That right there is boyfriend material!” He tried that one while stroking his T-shirt.
“Oh, no. It looks a little too clingy and hard to maintain. Not my style, hon.” I shrugged as I poured a couple of beers for some new customers.
“Dxxn, do you believe in love at first sight? Or should I walk by again?” I had to laugh at that one. It was so cliché I wasn’t sure anyone actually used it anymore.
“Go ahead, Sean. I need to practice hitting a moving target!” I threw a peanut at him as I finished my sentence, hitting him right between the eyes.
“You seriously know too many of these.” Sean laughed and rubbed a hand over the place I had hit him with the peanut, acting like it hurt.
“Big baby,” I taunted him, sticking out my tongue.
“Okay, okay, last one! And if you can’t answer this one you go on a date with me.” I raised an eyebrow at the challenging look he gave me.
It wasn’t that Sean was a bad looking guy.
On the contrary, he was really handsome, with blond hair cut short on the sides and longer on top, styled to perfection. His green eyes always held a mischievous gleam, and like every other guy in this town, he was built like a professional wrestler.
But after chatting with him for a good hour, I already knew we would’ve been a terrible fit. But then again, I never backed out of a challenge.
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“Fine…” I pretended to think it over before continuing. “But when you lose, I get to call you Buttercup for a month.” I smirked at him while I started to polish some of the newly cleaned glasses.
Sean was silent for a moment, clearly debating whether or not it was worth being called Buttercup, but alas—it seemed he was determined to win.
“All right, deal.” We shook hands on it, and I rolled my shoulders as if I was getting ready for a fight.
“Bring it on, pretty boy.”
“If I said you had the most gorgeous, sxxxst body, would you hold it against me?” He smirked and winked to really sell the line. The moment he spoke I heard a loud rumble that almost distracted me from our little bet, but victory was mine.
“If I told you I wanted to check out your axs, would you turn around and walk away?” We held eye contact for a while before we both practically collapsed from laughter.
“Oh, baby girl, you win. Definitely. Hands down.” Sean clapped his hands together in a small gesture while laughing.
“Of course I did, Buttercup.” I smiled big and gave him a wink.
“Baby girl?” The low voice surrounded me and went straight to my core as soon as I heard it. It jolted me out of the moment Sean and I were having. I looked up and found myself staring into those dark blue eyes I’d been trying my hardest not to think about all day.
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