I meant what I said to Devlin. That if he didn't want me, I would find a man who did…and I thought of Brock first.
He was a few years younger than Devlin and had the same shadowy background when it came to how he made his living. But he'd never married, never stuck around town long enough to be seen with any one woman. No one talked about him much either. But I knew that like Devlin, he liked them young.
I would soon find out how young.
My first day at the garden left me pretty much cleaning out a couple of areas which had been closed off during the winter time and haphazardly cleared away for the spring. Now that it was summer, there would be more customers showing up to shop from the wide variety of plants, half of which I didn't know their names. It didn't matter; I mostly raked up dying leaves and stems and cleared out space for the new deliveries. It was mostly physical work leaving my mind free to roam for most of the three months I'd be out of school, leaving me charged up to return to more intellectual pursuits during the fall quarter.
I had called Tiffany early that morning and she'd been recovering at home since being released from the hospital. She spent her time lying by the pool even though she couldn't go swimming and in the den watching reality television. Some guy named Chad spent time with her but then not much time passed between boyfriends for Tiffany.
I sighed as I went to lift a heavy vine of some type to a higher shelf when I felt a man's body behind me. I didn't need to look to know that Brock had just arrived. Tall and sinewy in build, he ran for miles on the trails close to the nursery.
"You got it?"
I nodded and after placing the plant safely in its spot, I turned around to face him dressed in my faded jeans and button up work shirt. My hair in braids woven into a bun…nothing fancy just to get me through the day…
"Hi there yourself…Ruby is it?"
I nodded and then wiped my hands on my already dirty jeans. Not exactly the picture I wanted to leave him with but summer lasted three months and perhaps I'd have more time to dress to impress.
"Yes…as you can see I'm working here this summer."
"I can see that," he said, "I'm just in town long enough to work on my garden…"
She'd been his steadiest girlfriend for the past year but I knew his eye wandered. He was a guy after all.
"She's in Europe for a seminar," he said, "She'll be back in September."
"Going to visit her?"
"Maybe…but I've got plenty to keep me busy here…"
I traced my mouth with my tongue looking at him.
He stared directly at me with blue eyes, that sometimes appeared more grey.
"For starters…but there are other things to do in town…"
I smiled at him, fidgeting with my hair.
"I know…I just got back myself," I said, "and I'm trying to figure out what to do with myself."
He licked his own lips.
"A girl like yourself…you should be with some guy…a summer like this is too much to waste."
I put one hand on a hip tilting my face at him. Damn he was hot to look at, but to play with, that might be hazardous.
"Maybe I'll take your advice…"
"Maybe I'll take you out sometime…"
Hmmm…I looked at him thinking this might not be so hard.
"I'll have to think about it."
"What's to think about," he said, "We're both alone this summer. Could do worse than to be alone together…you're a very pretty girl Ruby and I'd like to get to know you better."
Warmth spread everywhere inside of me beginning between my thighs. If this guy weren't careful, his smooth words might get my panties wet.
Then I looked up and saw him…Devlin…in the tree section. He didn't look at me and I bit my lip wondering if he'd seen me with Brock. After all, I had told him if he didn't want to do me, then I'd turn to Brock instead.
"Look I better be going," he said, "Nice running into you and if you change my mind…here's my card."
He removed it from a wallet in his pocket. I held it thinking I was just about to change my mind when I looked up again and saw Devlin and he definitely saw me now.
He didn't look too happy just from his body posture. But he didn't show it on his face, just looking at me. Brock walked away and I turned my back on Devlin and returned to my work.
Sure enough I heard footsteps behind me and knew that it was him.
I turned around to face Devlin.
"Devlin…fancy seeing you here."
"I came by to pick up a couple of fruit trees for the back orchard."
"Yes, the one next to the cabana."
His face tightened as I knew he remembered what happened there.
I brightened up.
"Hey I know you've got a birthday coming up," I said, "Tiffany invited me to the dinner if that's okay."
He shrugged slightly.
"It's fine…it'll be small and intimate…just family and you."
I nodded, remembering he liked his birthdays celebrated in small ways. I had wanted to give him the perfect birthday present but he didn't seem to want it.
"Why were you talking to him?"
I played innocent.
"Who…you mean Brock…?"
"Yes I mean Brock…what did he want?"
I smiled at him, licking my mouth carefully while he watched.
"What do you think? He wants to get into my panties…"
He reacted to that but kept his cool. It'd take a lot to rattle a man like Devlin and I didn't want to push him too hard.
"I'm thinking that since you don't want me…and he does…that I might go out with him."
"He just wants to fuck you…"'
"I know that…that's what I'm hoping…I want him to fuck me…fill me up with his cock…I heard he's a good lay."
Devlin just looked at me.
"You little tease…"
I folded my arms.
"Hey…you're the tease Devlin…you had me where you wanted me and you haven't fucked me yet."
"My daughter got hurt…"
"Look I know and maybe you're right that we shouldn't pursue this," she said, "but I'm a young woman and I've got needs. I need a man to take good care of me…"
"You don't know much about Brock do you?"
"No…but I know you do…and fucking someone you know…just think about that when you're alone…your cock in your hand…thinking about what he's doing to me…"
"He'll hurt you Ruby…he's not a gentleman."
"And you are…since when…since you tied my wrists up with my bra before you were going to give it to me hard?"
He just sighed.
"You hard now Devlin…?"
I didn't have to touch the bulge in his jeans to answer that question.
"You want to find out?"
I furrowed my brow.
"I'll have to think about that…you turned me away Devlin and Brock gave me his card to call him up for a date."
"He doesn't date…"
"I hope not…because when I go out with him, we won't even have to leave his place…to have some fun."
He looked more agitated then and I knew I had his attention. I knew he wanted me so much right now he could barely contain it. But his hands clenched at his sides as he fought it.
"Maybe I'll call him tonight."
He grabbed my wrist.
"Maybe you won't…"
I freed my hand.
"Oh and you've got something better?"
He didn't respond.
"Look I had planned it differently…I was going to wrap myself up in something nice…lacy up like a present for your birthday. Our little secret….we'd eat some dinner, some cake, have some nice conversation and then you'd meet me at the cabana and we'd have our own little celebration."
He sucked in his breath.
"Instead, I'll just drop by…wearing my new lacy things of course, celebrate with you and your family for a bit and then meet up with Brock later on….let him unwrap me, slowly until I was naked. I'd get him naked too and then I'd lie back on his bed, open my legs up and fuck him all night."
"Damn you little tease."
There was a hint of menace in his voice then which excited me.
"So you said already...but just thinking about fucking Brock's got my panties wet….I can't wait to do him."
"You won't do him."
"Oh yes I will…after work I'm going to call him and arrange to meet him after your party."
He grabbed my wrists then and squeezed them tightly as his mouth captured mine…so swiftly I didn't see it coming.
"I ought to fuck you right here you bitch…"
He growled it in a way that sent chills through me but I just stared at him.
"I dare you…but I know you won't…so I'm saving it for Brock…"
He glared at me then and then let me go…and he walked away. Giddiness filled me because I knew how much he'd wanted me.
I just didn't know what he was going to do about it.