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I called her detail before she made it downstairs. “Don’t let her out of your sight for a second. Anything happens to her it’ll be your ass. If anything seems off I want you to call me right away.”

I hung up after his assurance that they were on top of it, still not feeling settled. I had too much shit going on in my head. Her ass looked too fine to be out anywhere without me. Her father was somewhere in the city and I don’t know what the hell he wants, and then there’s Morrison.

I don’t think he’d be dumb enough to come after her a second time, but there’s no guarantee when dealing with a cornered snake. Just to be sure I called the team Tony had sitting on his house and only then did I rest easy.

Chapter 35

Tony the ass was showed up at my door not long after I was still damn near hanging out at the door.

“What’s wrong now?”

“Nothing!” Was that my voice? Why did I sound like I did when I was twelve and mom wouldn’t let me do some shit that I really wanted to.

“Is this about the girls going shopping?” He was already shaking his head like he was disappointed and he sure couldn’t wait to light into my ass.

“You’re an embarrassment bro, what the hell? Let’s go to the club, you wanted to look over the space to make sure everything was ready for tomorrow remember?”

“You’re right let’s go.” I gave in and called her just to let her know that I was heading downtown. “Where are you baby?” I ignored Tony’s head shaking ass.

“We just walked into Saks.”

“Is your team behind you.”

“Yep, it’s embarrassing.” I heard Sherrie’s mouthy ass in the background, already regretting letting her out the damn house.

“Too bad. Tell Sherrie if she tries to lose them it’ll be the last time you two hang out together.” She laughed like she thought I was playing but I know Sherrie’s scheming ass.

“Have fun baby, buy whatever you like.” I should be the one taking her shopping, but as much shit

as I talk about her, Sherrie’s not a bad friend for her to have.

“Okay, are you going to the club now, will you be home when I get back?” For some reason that question calmed me all the way down.

“Do you want me to be?”

“Yes, I miss you already.”

“I miss you too baby, call me if you need me okay.” I hung up with a big smile and a one-finger salute for nosy ass Tony.

“You cool now? You straight? I put the best on her bro don’t worry about it. Besides, you know Sherrie’s crazy ass ain’t about to let nothing happen to her.”

“You’ve got a point. Did you set it up for tomorrow like I asked you to?”

“You know I did. You sure about this shit?”

“Yeah! I’ma deal with him and then I’ll go see her father and take care of that shit once and for all.”

“What did you want to do about Arlene?”

“Not sure, I don’t know if she had anything to do with him coming to the apartment, I’m still waiting for the word on that.”

“Fair enough!”

I did a walk through of the dance floor making sure everything was up to code before meeting with the chef to go over the menu for the party tomorrow night one last time.

She’d wanted just a small gathering for the parents of the children she would be teaching, but I know very well the draw of celebrity so took the liberty of inviting some people I know. If things go well she might have her school full by the end of tomorrow night.

Once I took care of her shit I headed down to my office to handle my own, not really into it, but it was something to do until she got through with her shopping.

I was in there ten minutes before Tony knocked on the door to tell me my nemesis was out there asking to see me. I was not in the mood for that asshole, but our relationship is such that I knew if he had the balls to come to my place this early in the day something was up.

I went out to meet him at the bar. “What do you want?” He wasn’t wearing his usual smarmy look, in fact he was looking more serious than I’d ever seen him before.

“Is there somewhere we can talk?” He looked around at the staff, who were busy getting ready for the lunch crowd. Not sure what the fuck was up, I nodded to the stairs and had him follow me up to the empty second floor with the dancing stage.

I stopped and turned already bracing for whatever this asshole had coming, but his next words left me damn near speechless. “I hear you had some trouble at your place.”