Page 36 of The Dancer

“Come on, I’ll have someone take you home.”

“That’s okay, I can find my way on my own.” She refused to even look at me, but kept her head straight ahead looking through the glass door.

I reached out and stopped her this time when she tried to open the door. “I said I’ll have you driven home, didn’t you hear me?”

“You don’t even know where I live.” She shrugged my hand off her shoulder.

“I will soon since Tony is going to drop you and bring me back those details.” I beckoned Tony over before she could give me any more of her shit and gave him my orders.

I was still trying to figure out where she lived since I hadn’t had any luck on that score as yet. This way I wouldn’t have to guess any longer and I can sleep at night without worrying about where she was and if she was safe.

Now with this niggling doubt in the back of my mind because of what happened earlier, I really needed to know. It was the only way I could protect her after all.

“Tony, go inside with her, make sure she lives where she says she does. I don’t want to have to go looking for her at the end of the night.” She struck me as the type to pull a fast one.

“You son of a bitch, who do you think you are?” She turned and stormed out the door leaving me standing there looking after her in shock. Girl has balls.

Tony didn’t need me to tell him to go after her, he knew me well enough to know what I wanted and I

had no doubt he’d get it for me. I could’ve gone with her to make sure, but I’d given away too much already.

I needed to get my shit straight before I started dipping into the employee pool. If I was off and this shit was nothing more than a flash in the pan, it could lead to a very uncomfortable situation in the future.

I went back to my office to think without the noise and disruptions of people going in and out. I had a sneaky suspicion that there was more than met the eye about what had been done to her.

But no matter how I shake it, I can’t see the purpose behind it. Had he simply been feeling her out to see if she was interested?

That didn’t answer the fact that he’d asked to be seated in her section. If someone had indeed sent him here, I had a pretty good idea who that might be. But it didn’t help to jump to conclusions until I had all the facts.

Nothing showed in the footage when I went back through the night again, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was on the right track.

If what I suspect is true then I’d have to hang around here longer than usual to make sure she was okay. If I’m right this had happened to her because of me.

But how had I given myself away? I’d stayed away, hadn’t shown any interest in her at all while I was gone. Not that anyone here would know about anyway.

But as I recalled, that first day I hadn’t been as careful as I should’ve been. I’d acted out of character and obviously someone had noticed. Someone who obviously wasn’t afraid of retaliation.

I know it wasn’t the other club owner because he knew better. But a female might be under the misguided impression that I wouldn’t harm her because of her gender.

That may have been true in the past. Everyone knew that I had a soft spot when it came to women. In fact I was their strongest champion.

But I was sure that if the one responsible for this was indeed a female I won’t let her off easy. Every time I think of his hands on her I want to kill.

Not only was it a violation of her and should never have happened, let alone in my place. But no one else is to put hands on her. How dare that fuck?

Tony came back more than a little bit flustered over an hour and a half later. He dropped down in the chair across from me and glared at me like I stole something from his ass.

“What the hell’s wrong with you?” I knew before he opened his mouth that it had something to do with my pain in the ass. I wasn’t wrong.

“She’s just as bad as you or worst.”

“Why, what happened?”

“She evaded me like an expert that’s what, damn. And she’s fast too. I never saw anyone take the subway stairs that fast since we used to jump the turnstile.”

“You lost her?” He gave me a dirty look.

“I didn’t say that but you owe me.” He rubbed his leg and grumbled under his breath.