Cage Fighter Series
2017 KD Jones
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Book 10 Galactic
Cage Fighter Series
Copyright April 2016
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Nigel shivered as he
watched the scientists take his mother away for more experiments.
Gillie was human and she had been used repeatedly in an alien and
human crossbreeding program. She’d had Nigel at a previous facility
right before they were moved to this one. Since she was successful at
getting pregnant with Nigel, the scientists immediately tried to get
her pregnant again. She had several miscarriages and several
emotional breakdowns before the scientists agreed to allow her body
time to recover. She was also allowed to keep Nigel with her because
they wanted to ensure his longevity.
He knew all this
because his mother told him everything. She’d
been doing so for as long as he could remember.
She had a soft pretty voice and long dark brown hair. He asked a lot
of questions too and his mother told him honest and true things.
She talked about how
she was a young orphan living on the streets. She couldn’t remember
her parents at all. She lived in dark corners and ate from trash
cans. One day, the scientists captured her when she was only fifteen.
Once, Nigel had asked her why they’d taken her, and she told him
that they were crossbreeding humans with different alien species
trying to create the perfect soldiers or—in worst cases—the
perfect slaves. Nigel never forgot that was his reason for being.
“Mama, am I a
slave or a soldier?”
you can be anything you want to be. When you are finally free of this
place, I want you to never let anyone hold you back.”
“Am I human like
“You are part
human like me and part Sorian like your father.”
species. They are strong and can run really fast.”
“I wish I could
run, the room here is so small.”
“I know baby, but
you won’t be in this room forever. One day, you will be free of
this place and can go anywhere you want.”
“Will you be with
“I hope so my
father? Is he here?”
“They moved us
from the facility he was being kept in. I don’t know where he is
but I hope that he is okay. He was kind to me when I was a scared
girl. We’re all we have so we take care of each other right?”
He nodded his head
and smiled. “Right.”
He knew he was lucky
to get to be with his mom as long as he had since a lot of the other
children they bred from other females were taken away much earlier.
He had fond memories of his mother, and of their time in the
windowless room. The games she made up for them to play, the songs
she would sing to him to help him sleep, and the smiles she gave him
even when he didn’t want to smile. He would always remember the day
the smiles stopped.
Nigel was six when
they took his mother away to do something with her eggs. He didn’t
understand it all, only that he tried to stop them when they came.
“Leave her alone!”
They’ll hurt you.” His mother was crying, but she still took the
time to try to calm him down.
bit one of the guards, who responded by smacking him across the face.
hurt him, he’s just a child!” His mother pleaded.
The guard turned on
her, “You’re willing to make a deal?”
His mother lowered
her head. “Yes.”
Nigel was left in
their small room for what seemed like days. They forgot to feed him
several times but he didn’t care about that. He just wanted his
mother. Then the lights went out. What
was happening? Where was mama?
The door opened and
lights came on. Strangers were standing in his room and he didn’t
like it. “Go away, bring back mama!”
“We’re here to
free you. You’ll be safe now.”
“I want mama!”
The strangers didn’t
listen to him. He fought them so hard they had to drag him out of the
room. He was tossed in the big shuttle with some of the others, but
his mama wasn’t there. So, he scooted out before the door was shut
and rushed back into the building. He could scent his mother’s
blood and followed the trail to one of the white rooms.
him!” One of the new people was chasing him but he was too fast for
them to catch.
He shoved his way
into the room and froze. His mama was lying on the table covered in
blood. She wasn’t moving. No one was helping her. “No!” He ran
to her but slipped on the blood dripping on the floor. It was his
mama’s blood. He cried. “Mama!”
Someone grabbed him
from behind and carried him out. He tried to fight them but he wasn’t
strong enough. He hated being weak. He didn’t know who this
going to hurt you.”
“Take me back,
mama is hurt.”
The stranger put him
down and turned so that he was facing each other. There was a sad
expression on his face. “I’m sorry, we didn’t get here in time.
“She’s not gone
she’s in that room!” He pushed and shoved at the stranger but he
was just a child, no match for this adult male. One day, he would be
big and strong and he wouldn’t be afraid of no one.
The man holding him
yelled for a sedative. He felt a needle in his arm then his body grew
would take care of mama now?
Nigel woke up in a
cold sweat. He dreamed of his time at the facility with his mother
again. He could still scent her and remember hearing her voice. Nigel
could see her lying there bloody and motionless. That image would
remain with him for the rest of his life. He kicked the sheets off of
his naked body and walked to the balcony doors throwing them open. He
stared at the two moons shining above giving him the light that he
He wasn’t sure
what had brought the nightmares back. Maybe it was the darkness, he
hated sitting in a room without any kind of lighting. It
was possible he’d seen someone who bore a resemblance to his
mother, but really, any little thing could trigger the flashbacks.
He’d learned early on the more in control he kept his emotions, the
more control he had over his subconscious in sleep. Over the years,
he’d become starkly unemotional.
He rubbed the place
over his heart. Ever since his night with Amelia, his emotions had
been close to the surface. That probably brought on more of his
nightmares. He prided himself in keeping everything tight and
controlled, but one night making love to his curvy assistant and he
felt things he hadn’t expected to feel, nor did he want to. It was
That’s why he took
a week off to come to a resort and get his head on straight again. It
was a spur of the moment decision, but he knew he needed space and
time before facing her again. Amelia.
ran a hand through his damp hair. Just the thought of her had his
He’d wanted her
since the moment she walked through his door for the interview. She
wasn’t his usual type. He preferred quiet, tall, thin, shapely
models. Females who knew that he was married to his job and that any
time spent with him would be temporary and restrained to the bedroom
Amelia was short,
curvy, a reserved and quiet type with wire rimmed glasses. She even
wore her hair up in a horrible tight bun. Why he was attracted to her
was beyond him. Maybe it was her incredible scent. Or the way she got
flustered easily around him, which made her cheeks turn a lovely
shade of pink. Her hair, although at first seemed a bland brown, had
blond and red strands throughout. Her big blue eyes were her best
feature and instead of being hidden by her ugly round glasses, seemed
to be showcased. Nothing compared to the way she looked underneath
him naked and moaning in pleasure.
He grew hard at the
image of her naked flesh on his bed, her long hair spread out on his
pillow and her pussy dripping with need. She was so responsive to his
every touch and he made sure to taste every inch of her before the
squeezed the railing in frustration. These feelings were unacceptable
and he couldn’t allow them to continue. It wasn’t just that she
worked with him, but that she wasn’t the type that understood he
wouldn’t be settling down. He would only hurt her.
There was a knock at
his door. He wondered who it could be? He grabbed a robe on the
nearby chair and wrapped himself up as he opened the door.
“Hi, I thought we
could toast your last night here.” The resort manager Priscilla
stood there in a black barely-there dress holding a bottle of
champagne and two glasses. The woman was exactly his type, tall and
gorgeous. She had been flirting with him since his arrival a week
ago, and he’d refused her offers until now, but maybe this was just
the thing he needed to help him forget Amelia.
He moved to the side
opening the door wide. “That sounds like a plan.”
Amelia was pissed.
She had to come in the middle of the night to Nigel’s office to get
some of the contracts for the new fighters ready to send to the GCFA,
Galactic Cage Fighter Association, board first thing in the morning.
It should have been handled a week ago but Nigel decided to take a
He worked hard and
deserved a vacation, but it was the timing. A week ago they finally
gave into their building attraction for each other and had the most
amazing sexual experience of her entire life. The next morning she
woke up alone in his bed and he had texted her that he was taking
some time off. TEXTED
Not a phone call or even an email but a text. What
While he was off
relaxing in the sun and probably fucking the supermodels he was used
to dating, she had been working her ass off to keep up with all the
demands that the GCFA made. It was like the moment Nigel left all
hell broke loose. She had been so busy dealing with Nigel’s
business that she hadn’t had much time to work on her feelings
about what happened.
She wiped away a
frustrated tear. She promised herself that as soon as Nigel returned,
she would take time off and let herself cry for days until she had no
more tears to shed for the son of a bitch.
“Damn it Nigel!
Where the hell did you put the other contract?” She opened all his
drawers but found nothing. That was it, she didn’t care that it was
four in the morning, she had to make the call.
She dialed the
galactic resort front desk and asked to be connected to his hotel
room. It rang and rang. Finally she heard a click from the phone
room.” A woman’s voice answered.
She felt like she
had been punched in the gut. He really was off fucking other women.
she really that bad in bed? She
might have been a bit rusty at it but fuck. She fought to keep it
“Is Nigel there?”
“He’s in the
shower. We’ve had a long night honey, could you call back in a few
Who the hell was
this bitch? “This is work related.”
“Well, tell me
your name and I’ll let him know. He’ll call you back when we’re
“Forget it.” She
hung up. It felt as though her whole world was turned upside down.
She picked up a glass vase and threw it across the room.
He wasn’t the man
she hoped he would be. She left the office slamming the door behind
her. She got into the elevator and froze not knowing where to go. Her
small one bedroom suite was lonely. She could use a drink, but all
the bars were closed now. The elevator moved going to a lower floor.
When it stopped one of the new fighters got on.
“Miss Jones, it’s
really early for you.” His deep voice asked.
She tried to smile
but it was hard. “Phoenix, I had to get something from Nigel’s
The door opened
again on her floor but she couldn’t get herself to walk out. The
doors closed again.
wrong?” Phoenix asked.
Amelia felt herself trembling.
forward and wrapped his arms around her. “It’s okay, let it out.”
The floodgates opened and she broke down into sobs.
He held her and when
the doors opened on his floor, he lifted her in his arms and carried
her out. She vaguely remembered any of it. She was consumed in her
own storm of emotions. Hours later the storm calmed and she lifted
her head to find that she was on a bed.
“There’s a glass
of water on the table next to you.”
She sat up and
looked over in the corner of the room where Phoenix sat in a chair
partially hidden by the shadows. “I’m so sorry for falling apart
Phoenix shrugged his
thick shoulders. He was a handsome man, with a hint of Native
American in him. His hair was long and black which he usually kept in
a long braid down his back. His eyes were pure black and intense,
like he could see right through her.
“I take it that
this has to do with a man.”
She looked away and
reached for the glass of water. “Unfortunately yes. I’m not ready
to talk about it.”
“You don’t have
to, he hurt you and that is all I need to know to want to beat the
shit out of him.”
She half snort half
cried. “I wish it were that simple, but I knew the deal with him. I
knew his history with women and I still couldn’t help myself.”
“He seduced you.”
not sure who seduced who.”
“He hurt you.”
She nodded her head.
She couldn’t defend him on that but he wasn’t the only one to
blame. “I was stupid and made a mistake.”
“Yep, I learned my
lesson. No more men or romance.”
Phoenix raised an
eyebrow. “That’s pretty extreme. I was hoping to take you out
once you were over this asshole.”
She blinked not sure
if he was serious. It was so unexpected. “You want to date me?”
Pheonix smiled and
the effect was devastating. He went from dark and brooding to sexy
and hot. “Too soon?”
“Tell you what,
we’ll just start with dinner tonight.”
She was shocked and
a little flattered. She should say no. That was the smart thing to
do. She didn’t want to replace one man with another. Amelia meant
to say no but what came out was, “Okay.”
The next day
Nigel walked into
his office passing through the waiting area without looking around.
He knew she was there, but her scent hit him hard. Damn it! He hated
that his body was already reacting to being close to her. He didn’t
glance at her desk but yelled out as he entered his own office.
“Amelia I need an
update!” There was no answer at first. It wasn’t like her to not
come shuffling through the doors when he called for her. What the
hell was going on around here? He needed to get back to business as
He had an awkward
goodbye the morning after with the woman from the resort. He knew it
was a mistake being with her the moment he touched her, and should
have sent her away. The fact that he couldn’t complete the deed to
give himself a release didn’t make things better. It was all he
could do to quickly wash her scent off of his body. She was a
clinger, wanting to exchange contact information. When he finally had
to tell her he had no interest in seeing her again, she’d slapped
his face and stormed out. That wasn’t the end of his bad luck.
His flight got
delayed and he had to wait another day before coming back. He got
messages from the GCFA board that they wanted to meet with him and he
had to get up to speed before they arrived. He just boarded the GCFA
ship fifteen minutes ago but didn’t spare time to go to his suite
and just threw his suitcase down next to his desk.
He dropped into his
leather chair and reached for his computer keyboard. The sound of
high heels clicking against the floor approaching his desk had him
looking up. His heart started to beat double time. Amelia was in her
usual pristine attire with her hair up in a tight bun and her little
wire rim glasses showcasing her pretty eyes. She was so beautiful. He
inhaled her scent and memories of them being together flashed through
tried to read her expression to gage how upset she was with him, but
she didn’t even look at him.
She laid several
files on his desk. “These are the signed contracts that have come
in so far, I’ve added new appointments to your calendar and
accommodations have been arranged for the GCFA board members when
they arrive.” She turned without waiting for him to respond and
left his office shutting the door behind her.
Every instinct in
him demanded that he go after her, make amends and beg her
forgiveness. He was about to give in to those instincts and stand up
when his phone rang. “Nigel.” He spent the next few hours
catching up with emails and messages.
Before long it was
the middle of the day. He got up and went out to see if he could talk
Amelia into going to lunch with him. They could clear the air about
things and maybe find a way to get back to a good working
relationship. He could handle that though all day his mind wandered
to his night with Amelia. Her moans of pleasure haunted him.
take a lunch…” He stopped halfway through the door when he caught
sight of one of his new fighters leaning on Amelia’s desk close to
her making her laugh at something he whispered to her. He didn’t
like it, another male so close to her.
something you need from me Phoenix?”
“Nope, I’m here
to take Lia to lunch.”
“I’m Lia, at
least to my friends and family.” Amelia answered not looking his
way at all. She walked around her desk and grabbed her purse. She had
let her hair down and the long wavy strands cascaded down her
shoulders. She looked sexy as hell.
He almost snarled
when he caught Phoenix’s eyes on her ass when she bent over. “I
had some files I need you to find for me. This might not be the best
time to take a break.” She was already out of the door. Phoenix
turned and gave him a smirk.
Damn male! How
did they even know each other? Well, she had to get Phoenix to sign
the contracts but usually she was in and out and didn’t really
socialize. At least, that’s what he thought she did. He never went
with her when she had a gather to sign, so maybe she did more
socializing than he thought. The familiar way that Phoenix looked at
Amelia pissed him off.
“Fuck!” He went
back to his own quiet office and sat down. He stared at the papers in
front of him but didn’t see anything. Images of Phoenix touching
Amelia had him wading up the paper and throwing it across the room.
He was being an idiot, they were just having lunch. He had no right
to get jealous or mad. They didn’t make any promises to each other
and he had fooled around with that woman from the resort. Guilt about
that filled him despite the fact that he didn’t complete the deed.
What he had done was bad enough. He felt like a bastard.
Nigel knew he never
should have touched that female at the resort. He could think of a
number of pitiful excuses; his head wasn’t on straight, he was
tired, desperate to prove he didn’t have feelings for Amelia.
Honestly, there wasn’t a good enough excuse to justify his
behavior. He screwed up, badly.
The flight back to
the GCFA ship had him thinking a lot about his night with Amelia. He
practically ran from her and his feelings. Feelings he hadn’t
expected to feel. He let himself think about the night that changed
everything for him. The night he made love to Amelia
incredible scent filled the elevator and it was intoxicating. He
didn’t know how much longer he could ignore it or her. He tried, he
really did. Unfortunately, every time they were in a room together
the female would physically respond to him, becoming aroused.
It wasn’t like
he wasn’t used to having females respond to him that way. Some were
overt and approached him directly for sex. If he found them
attractive, why not take what was being offered freely? No one’s
feelings were involved. Amelia was different in every sense of the
She didn’t want
to be attracted to him. He could tell she struggled with her urges.
It was funny and at the same time insulting. Why shouldn’t she want
him? It pissed him off that she would deny the sensual tension
Of course, he
would have to refuse her. They worked together and he couldn’t
share sex with his assistant even once. Although, he suspected once
with Amelia it would never be enough. It was that thought that had
kept him from seducing her thus far. That didn’t mean he couldn’t
enjoy making her uncomfortable. He teased and tempted her at every
There were times
that he pressed the boundaries testing them both on purpose. He would
walk too close to her, pressing his body against hers. He leaned in
too close at times and inhaled her scent knowing she inhaled his too.
She didn’t have his senses but her quiet groans told him she liked
his scent. The best and worst response was when she licked her lips.
She had full luscious lips and he had on many restless nights
imagined them around his cock sucking him off. Fuck!
They arrived on
the floor of his office. He let her enter his office suite first and
watched as she dropped a file and bent down to pick it up. She wore a
short skirt that rose up when she leaned over. It was very close to
revealing her shapely ass. He couldn’t take it anymore.
“Amelia, in my
office right now.” He barked out the order and stormed into his
office without glancing at her.
She jerked up to
a standing position throwing the files on her desk. “Yes sir.” He
stood in front of his desk, and when she was close enough that he
could feel her heat, he leaned over sweeping everything off its
surface. He could hear her make a surprised gasp.
He turned to her
and pulled her to him. “I have tried to fight these feelings
because we work together, really I have. I know this is going to
complicate things, but I give up, I give in. I don’t want to deny
myself any longer.”
“I’m going to
fuck you Amelia. If you don’t want this you need to say something
She blinked up at
him and her eyes clouded over with desire. “It’s about damn
He leaned down
and took her lips with his. Her surprised response had left her mouth
open and he took full advantage plunging deep inside her mouth
claiming her just as he would her body. He felt her arms raise up and
wrap around his neck and she moaned in response. He lifted her up and
turned to place her on the desk. How many times had he imagined doing
this? Too many times to think of, and now that it was happening all
thoughts except one left him. Must have her.
Something in him
unleashed, knowing she wanted the same thing that he did. He reached
for the buttons on her white silky blouse and unbuttoned it slowly.
His heart beat increased with each bit of flesh that he revealed. He
opened her blouse and licked his lips at the sight of her large
breasts in a white satin bra.
He reached for
the front clasp and undid the hook. The cups pulled apart easily and
her lovely pale skin was too tempting for him. He leaned forward and
cupped her. She tried to hide her curves behind her power suits, but
he could see through her little subterfuge. She wasn’t hiding now.
Nigel leaned down
and nuzzled her breasts. “I’ve fantasized about you, touching
you.” He licked her nipple. “Tasting you.”
She wrapped her
arms around his neck pulling him closer. He was so hard for her he
knew that he would not last long. He reached down between their
bodies and dragged her skirt up her legs. Then he trailed his fingers
back down to finger the edge of her panties. He closed his eyes and
inhaled her scent. “I need you too much right now to do all the
things I have in mind.”
“What do you
have in mind?”
He gave her a
devilish smile, one he knew made females hot for him. He pulled back
from her a little and pulled his tie off followed by his shirt. He
chuckled when she decided to help him with his pants.
“Are you in a
herself up and nibbled his chin. “Yes, I want to feel you inside me
Fuck! Did she
know what that did to him to hear her say that to him? He kissed her
lips again. He reached down and ripped her panties off. He tested her
entrance and found her soaking wet, ready for him. “Wrap your legs
around my waist.”
She lifted her
legs and wrapped them around him as he lowered himself to her
opening. He entered her slowly at first. She was curvy but still much
smaller than him and he didn’t want to risk hurting her. She didn’t
agree with him taking it easy.
her knees and ran her nails down his back. “Don’t hold back
He growled with
his desire for her. Nigel moved in and out deeper and deeper. She met
his every thrust. Never had he met a female so responsive to his
every touch. He felt her inner walls squeezing him like a tight
He knew she was
close. He moved at a different angle giving her just what she needed.
Nothing felt as good as Amelia. He had to fight to control himself so
that he could make sure that she reached her climax first.
She started making this adorable keening sound, he didn’t know
humans could sound like that. It was adorable and a real turn on.
He pumped faster
and harder. “Want you so much.”
“Take me! Nigel
He bit her neck
where it met her shoulder. She screamed her release just before he
moaned when he felt his seed coat her inner walls.
whole body shook as he came hard. He held her close to him loving the
feel of their bodies still connected. He stroked her body soothing
her and also checking to make sure she was real, it wasn’t just
another one of his fantasies. He didn’t want to leave her, ever.
moved slowly as he pulled out of her reaching for his clothes.
“What are you
doing?” She looked up at him with those sexy eyes of hers.
“I think we
need to take this to my suite.”
She smiled at him
and he felt his stomach flip-flop. Being with Amelia was—life
The thought of that
night had Nigel getting hard in his pants. They had gone to his suite
and made love all night. He woke up and for the first time, he didn’t
want to leave the bed or her—ever. He wanted to keep her there with
him and that scared him. He had forced himself to take a walk but the
distance wasn’t enough. He quietly went back to his suite and
packed a bag while she slept peacefully. He almost stayed when he
looked at her beautiful face lying on his pillow. He made the worst
decision in his life when he left for the resort.
It was a dick move
abandoning her like that, but he didn’t know how to handle all the
emotions he was feeling. Distance didn’t do anything but make him
long for her even more. Having partial sex with the woman from the
resort was a colossal mistake. Her touch and scent were all wrong, it
felt wrong. He couldn’t wash her from him fast enough and he
couldn’t shake the feeling that he betrayed Amelia.
Nigel leaned down
and sniffed at his desk frowning. Her scent was gone, all he could
pick up was cleaning solution. He wanted her scent back. He’d made
mistakes, a lot of them when concerning Amelia but he was good at
making deals, and getting people to see reason. He would find a way
to repair the damage he’d caused. Sitting there, seeing the whole
situation and knowing that he could lose her to another male put
things in perspective. He wanted Amelia. Nothing would keep him from
what he wanted, nothing.
“Are you sure you
want to go back to the office?” Phoenix waited for her to exit the
She smiled at him.
For someone so big, he had really good manners. He wouldn’t even
let her pay for her own lunch.
professional and I’ve always loved my job. I’ll be fine.”
“If he gives you a
hard time—I want to know. I’ll handle him.”
They stopped right
outside of the door to the office. She hugged him. “Thanks for
being there for me, you’re such a good friend.” He held her a
little longer than she had intended.
“I want to be a
lot more than friends, but I know you’re not ready for that yet.
I’m patient and will give you time to work through things. For now,
I’ll settle for being friends. How about dinner tonight—with a
She bit her lip.
Should she? There was no way she was ready to start something up with
Phoenix, not with her heart broken in pieces. Really, she had no one
but herself to blame for that. She knew Nigel’s reputation with
women, he rarely had long term relationships. He preferred it that
way. Amelia was a big girl and would deal with her feelings, push
them to the side and stay professional. At least she would try.
sounds great, thanks.” She hugged him again.
beautiful.” Phoenix called out as he turned to leave.
Amelia moved quickly
to her seat and cringed when she heard something loud hit the wall
inside of Nigel’s office. No way was she going in there to
investigate. Nope, if Nigel wanted to destroy his whole damn office
she wasn’t going to—
“Amelia, get in
She stood up taking her notepad and pen and walked over to the door
to his office. She opened it up and entered. “Yes sir?”
“Don’t give me
that sir, shit. I want to know what’s going on between you and
Phoenix and how long has it been going on?” He sat at his desk with
his arms crossed over his chest looking so superior. Amelia had
enough of it. Her own emotions were bubbling to the surface.
She opened her
notepad and pulled out the paper she had printed out days ago. She
wasn’t sure if it was a mistake to type it out so impulsively, but
now she knew what the right thing to do was.
“It’s none of
your business, but just so you know, I’m friends with Phoenix. I
don’t want your attitude to affect him, he’s been a good friend.
Here.” She placed the paper down in front of him.
Nigel picked up the paper. “You want to transfer to corporate?”
“Yes, Dom has been
after me to work for him quite a while now. I gave him a call and he
offered me the position. I accepted it.”
“When did you do
that?” He almost sounded hurt. She steeled herself, no way would
she let him walk all over her and make her feel like she was at
She narrowed her
eyes at him. “The day you skipped town over a week ago.”
“I won’t sign
this, I need you here.”
She snorted. “You
don’t need anyone, Nigel. That letter of transfer request is just a
formality. I don’t need your permission to leave.”
He stood up and
approached her but she took a few steps back. She couldn’t let him
touch her, she needed to stay strong. If he touched her, she might
cave. She had to steel herself.
“Amelia, you can’t
be serious. What about your work? I thought you liked your job. If
it’s money, I can give you a raise.”
“Dom has offered
me quite a bit to be his personal assistant, but it’s not about the
He slammed his fist
against the desk making her jump in surprise. Nigel rarely showed
this kind of emotion in front of others, he was always calm and
collected. A businessman ready for wheeling and dealing. The man
before her now was not the man she had grown accustomed to seeing.
loyalty, Amelia? You would just up and leave me, leave your job
without ensuring coverage?”
“Loyalty? I have
been nothing but loyal to you and the GCFA. Everything you asked me
for I have given all.”
“Is it about—what
happened between us? I know it was a mistake, but we can forget about
it, get past it.”
She felt like he
punched her in the gut. She knew he probably felt that way but to
hear him say it was devastating. She turned her back on him to
prevent him from seeing the tears forming in her eyes. “I gave a
two week notice to help tie up loose ends and to help you find a
suitable replacement. Then I’m gone.” She walked away.
Nigel gripped his
desk to help hold him up. She was leaving, Amelia was leaving and it
was his fault. He reached for his phone and dialed the GCFA assistant
director Dom Reese.
“Nigel, are you
back from vacation already?”
trying to steal my Amelia, I mean my assistant Amelia.”
Dom chuckled. “I’ve
been trying to steal Lia for a while now. It shouldn’t be any
surprise to you.”
Lia, he calls her
Lia. Only family and friends call her that.
“How close are you to her?”
There was a pause
then a sigh before Dom spoke again. “How close have you
gotten Nigel? What happened to your policy of not mixing business and
lose her right now.”
“I have offered
Lia a job every time I’ve visited the GCFA ship, and she has always
turned me down. You must have done something to make her want to
leave. What did you do?”
He ran a hand
through his hair. “I screwed it all up.”
Dom sighed over the
line. “Then fix it damn it! That girl is the best thing that ever
happened to you. Get it fixed before I arrive with the other GCFA
board members or so help me I will kick your ass before taking Lia
Nigel hung up
feeling so many different emotions and didn’t like any of them. He
had to find a way to convince Amelia not to leave and he only had two
weeks to do it.
Four hours later
Nigel remained in
his office most of the day trying to calm down and think of the right
strategy to convince her to stay. When he had to ask Amelia for
something she kept her responses to him short and emotionless. Now as
he finally came out of his office he found the quiet was too much.
Amelia wasn’t there, she must have left already without letting him
know she was going.
He touched her desk,
the keyboard she typed on, the pen she used to write with. He lifted
the pen to his nose and inhaled her scent. He had missed it, so much.
He spent one amazing night with Amelia and now was obsessed over her.
He never obsessed over females. This was crazy, she made him crazy.
Half his day was
spent thinking up plans on what he was going to do to fix things with
Amelia, ways to convince her to stay. He also couldn’t stop
thinking of ways to get her in his bed. He was good at seduction and
he knew Amelia was susceptible to him.
He turned the lights
out and left his office suite. Nigel was determined to fix things. He
just needed to figure out the right approach. He told himself to go
back to his personal suite, shower and get some rest.
That’s not where
he ended up going. He got on the elevator and went down to the second
floor restaurant. That’s where he suspected Phoenix was taking
Amelia for dinner. He entered and the hostess immediately jumped to
“Good evening Mr.
Nigel. Your usual table is available.”
“Thank you, I
appreciate it.” He followed her to his table in the corner that he
preferred. It gave him privacy but still allowed for him to view the
restaurant. The waitress came over and took his order. He watched and
waited until he caught a glimpse of a woman in red. He looked over at
the entrance and there she was, Amelia.
She had her hair
down, her glasses off, and she was wearing a tight red dress. Her
curves were showcased and it made his body respond to her
immediately. Then fury filled him when Phoenix wrapped an arm around
her shoulders. His hands fisted tight. He would have to do something
about Phoenix. No way was he letting anyone take Amelia from him.
He watched them eat
their meal and waited for them to leave first. Nigel fought his
instincts to follow her back to her suite to make sure that Phoenix
didn’t stay the night. However, he did use his power to ask
security to notify him when Phoenix left her. Rachel was going to
have a ton of questions for him about it tomorrow, but he’ll deal
sleep well. She hadn’t since the night she shared with Nigel and
woke to find him gone. She went through a wide range of emotions. At
first she was shocked that he would leave without saying goodbye.
Then she was confused, not sure if it was a joke even though Nigel
was not someone who did practical jokes. Then she was hurt that their
amazing night together sent him running for the hills. What she was
feeling now was anger, for how he handled things with her and sadness
that they could have had something really special but he chose to
throw it away.
She had known from
the beginning that if she gave in to her feelings for Nigel that it
could ruin their working relationship. That’s why she fought it as
long as she had. Maybe it was impulsive to leave to go work for Dom,
she worked so hard to make it as far as she had with the GCFA.
Working with Nigel as his assistant had become her whole world. She
loved it even during the hard times or when they argued with each
other, especially when they argued. That was when their chemistry
went off the charts hot. It had been like that from the beginning.
She remembered the first time she met Nigel.
Amelia sat in the
waiting area with her resume in her hand. She was squished in between
two long legged beautiful skinny women who looked like they should be
there for modeling jobs, not applying to be a personal assistant to
one of GCFA’s assistant directors.
The Galactic Cage
Fighter Association was one of the top sports promoters in all the
quadrants in the galaxy. They started out with MMA for humans. Then
they had opened up the MMA world to allow other species to join and
fight. The halfsies were the last to be included in the GCFA
alien species mixed with human DNA. Some were born of a natural
union; many halfsies were created and bred in illegal factory labs.
The GCFA gave halfsies a chance to live a full and equal life and a
lot of that had to do with the man she was interviewing to work for.
Nigel, no last
name, was a halfsie Sorian. He worked his way up and became a
high-ranking representative for the GCFA. He fought hard to get the
same pay for halfsies that the full alien species fighters received.
She had admired everything he had done and wanted to be a part of it.
She looked up
when the door to the office opened and a gorgeous blond walked out
next to the most amazing looking man she had ever seen. He had dark
hair and blue eyes. His laughter did funny things to her stomach.
The two women she
was sitting between immediately stood up and Amelia almost fell
sideways. She got to her feet and frowned as the tall women blocked
her. She tried to jump up to see past the women but it was no use,
she was just too short.
Why was she
bothering with this? She could have remained home and worked for her
uncle but she really wanted to find her own way in life and not
depend on anyone especially her family. Looking at her competition,
she felt depressed. There was no way she could compete with these
She gathered her
things and began walking to the door to leave. A male voice called
“Miss Jones, I
believe you were next. Are you ready?”
her shoulders and turned to face the handsome man. “Yes, I’m
More than once she
thought that maybe she should have kept walking out the door. Except
that, she had learned a lot from Nigel about making business deals
and she discovered that she was good, really good at her job.
She wanted to say
that Nigel threw that all away when he left the way he did, but the
truth is she threw it all away when she gave in to her feelings and
slept with him. She wasn’t letting him off the hook, oh no he was a
complete asshole about the whole thing. Amelia wasn’t angry that he
didn’t share her feelings, hurt yes but not angry. People can’t
help who they have feelings for. She was furious over how he handled
It shouldn’t have
surprised her that he ran like he did. She knew Nigel and how he was
with women. He never let any of the women he dated close to him and
the moment any of them showed signs of attachment, he would drop them
in a flash. The only exception to that had been Sophia Laguard. As
far as Amelia knew, Sophia got to Nigel on a personal level and what
was interesting was that she was the only female that walked away
from Nigel. Gossip spread that she had broken Nigel’s heart. After
how he treated Amelia, she wasn’t sure Nigel had a heart.
She went to her
bathroom and turned the shower on. Tears started falling. She hadn’t
been able to stop from crying, which she hated feeling so vulnerable
and hurt. She took her nightgown off and stepped inside letting the
warm spray wash away her salty droplets on her cheeks.
She closed her eyes
running soapy hands on her body. Her body felt more sensitive. Images
of Nigel’s large hands on her body filled her mind. He would
squeeze her breasts, he seemed to really enjoy their size. She
remembered how he tweaked her nipples. He pinched them then soothed
them with his hot mouth and tongue.
One hand teased her
breasts imaging that it was Nigel. Her other hand slowly traveled
down to the apex between her legs. She had shaved herself completely
down there right before she was with Nigel and she knew he loved the
soft smooth feel of her.
Her fingers played
with her clit teasing and pulling. Then she inserted a finger just
like Nigel had done, except he had much larger fingers. She had to
insert another one to get the same response from her body. She leaned
against the wall of the shower pumping in and out trying to duplicate
the rhythm that Nigel had set when he was fucking her.
Minutes later she
was screaming his name with her release. Her knees gave way she slid
down the shower wall to the floor. Tears poured out of her because no
matter how many times she tried to pleasure herself, it would never
be like it was with Nigel. He ruined her for anyone else. She had to
pull herself together before she went into work. No way would she let
him know how much he hurt her.
Nigel sat on the
edge of her desk waiting for Amelia. She walked in and stumbled when
she caught sight of him.
Amelia, you’re a little late.”
“I—had a rough
night.” He watched as she tried to ignore him walking around her
desk and putting her things away. “Is there something that you
“Yes, I am going
to a conference for sports entertainment this evening and need you to
set up transportation.”
She frowned. “I
thought you said you didn’t like going to those things. You always
have me decline your invitations.”
changed my mind. I’ll be attending this one.”
“Fine, I’ll book
transport for you. What time is the conference?”
“A keynote speaker
is scheduled at three and then there will be a meet and greet until
“I’ll have a
transport car pick you up at two.”
“Thank you.” He
stood and walked over to his door to his office then paused. “I’ll
need you to accompany me as well.”
She froze and looked
up at him. “Why?”
“To assist me. You
are still my assistant—at least for another two weeks.” He shut
the door behind him, smiling when he heard her call him a few
unsavory words. He was going to use every chance he had to fix things
with Amelia. Even if he to be a sneaky son of a bitch.
Amelia was furious. She should have known he would make her last two
She pulled up the
transportation rental company and hired a shuttle. She would have to
change her clothes, most of these conferences were just one big photo
shoot for the sports directors to hobnob and show off their eye
candy. Whenever Nigel had to attend these things in the past, he
would always take whatever supermodel he was dating at the time with
him. Now, he was taking his plus-size, soon-to-be-ex-assistant with
him. He’d be decked out in a suit and tie and she’d stick out
like a sore thumb. This was total bullshit. Well, if he was going to
put her in an awkward position, she would prove to him she could take
anything he threw at her.
To get her mind off
of her issues with Nigel, she worked on the itinerary for the GCFA
board members who would be arriving in the next few days. She still
didn’t understand why they were coming. They were showing up one
month earlier than their scheduled quarterly meeting. Also, the board
members didn’t often come on the GCFA ship in the middle of a
circuit. Something didn’t feel right about this and she knew Nigel
was worried, even if he didn’t say it. That was why she was putting
up with his crap.
They both cared
about the fighters. Both of them had fought hard to protect the GCFA
fighters to get them better benefits and pay. Neither of them wanted
someone else to come in and mess it all up. She worked for a few
hours then around noon she decided to take a lunch break.
She went to his door
going to take a couple of hours for lunch, I’ll meet you in the
lobby around two.”
two hours for lunch?” Nigel raised an eyebrow at her.
She smirked, “Yep,
what are you going to do bossman—fire me?” She laughed at his
frustrated expression. At least she could still get under his skin,
even if it was with annoyance. Good to know he wasn’t completely
cold and unfeeling. Not that it changed anything, he was still an
asshole and she was still leaving after her two weeks was up. “See
you in a few hours.”
help but pace back and forth in the lobby. He was wearing his tuxedo
with the white dress shirt and red tie. He felt the eyes of every
female in the lobby on him. Normally that didn’t bother him, he
ignored it for the most part.
“Nigel, I wanted
to speak with you before you left.”
He fought to keep
from growling as he turned and faced Phoenix. As much as he wanted to
punch the male in the face, he couldn’t do that. “I’m busy,
what do you want?”
“I asked Lia to go
for lunch and she told me she was going with you to some conference.”
correct.” He crossed his arms over his chest.
“Don’t you think
you’ve done enough to her?” Phoenix stepped forward getting in
“You don’t get
to tell me what to do.”
“I do when I see
someone kind and sweet like Lia being treated like shit. I care about
“You think I
“You have a funny
way of showing it by skipping town after fucking her.”
believe that Amelia had told Phoenix about them being together. It
bothered him but what made him furious was how Phoenix acted like it
was his business.
“That is between
me and Amelia.”
“I won’t let you
use her and toss her aside like she doesn’t matter. That’s a dick
“I’m not using
her or tossing her aside.”
“Then you plan to
have a relationship with her?”
“I—” His words
broke off when he caught sight of something behind Phoenix. Phoenix
turned around and there she was; Amelia. She wore her hair down and
had applied makeup emphasizing those beautiful eyes and her full
lips. She didn’t need makeup but she did just enough to make her
“You look amazing
Lia.” Phoenix bent down to kiss her on the cheek.
“You’re late. We
need to leave now.” Nigel had to walk away or he was going to tear
Phoenix limb by limb for daring to touch and kiss Amelia. He could
“You don’t have
to go. You’re transferring out of here, let him do this crap by
this is my decision and my job.”
“I don’t like
how he treated you.”
friend and I appreciate that you care. Let me deal with the
situation, with Nigel.”
Phoenix sighed. “If
you need me I’ll be there for you. I won’t skip out on you.”
“Thank you.” She
hugged him before turning and leaving. She had to fight hard to hold
her emotions in check. Nigel was waiting outside for her by the
shuttle. He opened the door and she got inside. He slid in next to
her without saying anything at first. When he did speak, it wasn’t
what she thought he would say.
“Thank you. You
look beautiful too. I mean—handsome. Well, you always look
handsome.” Damn it, she was jabbering ridiculously.
“Thank you for
coming with me today.”
She turned in the
seat to stare at him. “Why did you insist I come?”
“I wanted a chance
to apologize to you and I figured taking you to this conference would
ensure that I got a chance to do that and that you would be unable to
She snorted. “Tricky
Nigel. You’re nothing if not tricky.”
He winked at her. “I
do my best.”
Amelia had had
enough of the wheeling and dealing. What should been about three
hours had been dragging on for almost five hours. She’d had to make
pleasant talk with others in the sports franchise, and dance with
Nigel several times while trying to keep it impersonal. Her body
responded to him despite her attempts not to. She breathed a sigh of
relief when Nigel finally told her it was time to leave. She took his
arm and walked to the shuttle waiting for them.
Nigel slid in next
to her and yanked on his tie loosening it. “Damn, glad that’s
“You didn’t have
to go to this, there were no contracts in play here. Why come, and
why bring me?”
“I told you
before, I wanted to have time alone with you to apologize.”
barely said two words to me in the last five hours. Go ahead and
apologize and be done with it.”
“When we get
She blinked at him.
“To the hotel. I
wasn’t sure how late it would be when we were done so I rented a
suite for us for the night. We’ll go back to the GCFA ship
“No.” She shook
her head. This was not happening.
The shuttle stopped
and the driver got out to open the door for them. She should refuse
right here right now, tell him to forget his stinking apology and
demand the driver take her to the GCFA ship. She didn’t do any of
what she should have done.
sleeping with you again, just so you know.”
He held up his hands
in a sign of peace. “Sleeping with you is not what I had planned.”
His words were
supposed to be reassuring, but the tone of his voice, the gleam in
his eyes, was not reassuring at all. She also felt disappointed that
he might mean it and really not interested in being with her again.
She followed him
into the hotel and waited while he checked in. They scanned his thumb
and activated it as the key to the room. She followed him to the
“What floor are we
on?” She looked at the buttons but there were no numbers, just
“The Sky Level, it
has the best view.”
“Have you been
answer was short which led her to suspect he hadn’t been alone when
he was here before.
“I bet she was the
best view in town.” Her tone was brittle and harsh. She hated being
Before he could
respond the elevator door opened and she walked out first. She
stopped to wait for him to open the door to the suite. He pressed his
thumb over the scanner keylock and it popped open.
She knew it would be
a beautiful suite. Nigel had expensive tastes when it came to the
clothes he wore, the restaurants he ate in, the hotels he stayed at
and even the females he preferred.
She looked around
the place and nodded. Yep, perfect and expensive. “Nice suite.”
“Come look at the
city from the balcony.” He walked over and opened the French doors
motioning for her to follow him. His excitement was hard to ignore.
She moved forward
and followed him to the balcony. She stepped out and took in the
fresh air. She could see lights in the distance of buildings and
moving shuttles. Just beyond the city lights she could see the
mountains. “It’s beautiful.”
“Would you like
something to drink? Champagne or wine?”
“No, I’m tired.
Which bedroom should I sleep in?”
He cleared his
throat. “I wanted talk to you.”
She crossed her arms
over her chest. “Talk.”
Amelia. My behavior toward you has been atrocious.”
He cocked his head.
“What do you mean?”
“What part are you
sorry for?” When he didn’t seem to understand what she was saying
“Are you sorry for
seducing me, fucking me, or for leaving me while you ran off to fuck
some other woman?” By the time she was done her heart was racing
and her emotions were too close to the forefront.