“Were you careful?” Joe asked as he rubbed his forehead.
Anthony just sat there, shaking his head as he played on his phone.
“Yes and we only did it a couple of times. She couldn’t possibly know if she was. Could she?”
“Shit, I don’t know, but you need to find out, Mike.”
I rested my head in my hand, running my finger through my hair. I had to find the craziest bitch in the county and stick my dick in her.
“I got to work this shit out and shut her ass down.” God was getting the last laugh.
“I’d say you better do something before that shit blows up in your face.” He pointed at me and shook his head. “Fight crazy by facing her head on and putting her down.”
“I’ll figure it out. You have your own shit to deal with.” I motioned to his fucked up leg.
“Eh, a mere flesh wound,” Joe said with a straight face.
We all started to laugh as we got the reference to Monty Python. The best movie scene ever made. When the guy loses limbs but still states it’s just a mere flesh wound until he’s jumping on one leg without arms and spewing blood everywhere… epic. I think we drove my mother crazy for months re-enacting it as kids.
“You need my help, Mike?” Anthony asked.
“Nah, it’s my mess to deal with, Anth. I just don’t want it ruining whatever Mia and I have going on.”
“Who’s Mia?” Joe asked.
“Girl I met at the gym. She’s a doctor here and we’ve been spending time together.” I rubbed my eyes and raked my hands through my hair. “I really like her and don’t want Tammy fucking it up.”
“A doctor? I’m impressed, Mike. Wait, why was Tammy here?”
“She works here too. I’m so screwed if she runs into Mia.”
Anthony looked up from his phone. “Oh, fuck. You better get it handled quick before the shit hits the fan.”
“Just once I’d like my dick not to cause problems,” I said looking up at the ceiling.
“Keep sticking that shit in any pussy around town and your problems will never go away.”
“Just because you found Suzy doesn’t mean you’re the authority on relationships, Joe.”
“No, but I knew when I found something so damn good that I’d do anything in the world to make her mine.”
“Pussy whipped,” Anthony muttered under his breath before laughing.
I had to get control of the situation.
Why did her ass have to go off the hook as Mia came into my life?
Michael hadn’t seemed himself all week, distant and preoccupied. I asked him repeatedly to share whatever bothered him but he said no and I stopped trying to pry. Sometimes, there are things I don’t feel like sharing as I deal with the situation. I gave him his space and hoped he’d tell me in his own time.
My week had been busy, almost to the point of hectic. I worked at the hospital and the clinic every day. Michael trained, spent time with his family at the hospital, and kept the tattoo shop running.
His life was just as full as mine. We had to be creative when it came to seeing each other while his brother was at County. I met him early one morning to watch him train with Rob. There was a small ring that had been set up in the gym just for Michael and Rob to practice.
I was tempted to jump in the ring and take out some of my stress on the target or Rob, but I didn’t want to make a fool out myself. I used the time to run on the treadmill as I watched him kick Rob’s ass. It brought a smile to my face.
Saturday night Michael brought the DVD of his fight in New York to my house. He fought Victor ‘The Mauler’ Torrez.
Sliding the disc into the DVD player, he explained that the match wouldn’t be fought in a boxing ring and that he didn’t box. I was clueless to MMA rules. To me it was just a fancy name given to a sport where to men beat the shit out of each other.
As soon as the match started to play, I knew I was right with my first assumption about what he called a sport – it was barbaric.
There was something about watching Michael that had me shifting in my seat and made me feel flushed.
Fuck, he looked sexy and powerful as he jostled from leg to leg on the video.
“Look at this next hit,” he said, sitting next to me on the couch, punching the air.
His foot swept the other man’s legs out from underneath him. Michael struck him in the face. Sweat and blood flew through the air as he connected with his jaw. High definition television showed a little too much detail for me.
“That’s called a ground-and-pound move.” Staring at the television, he was transfixed with a smile on his face.
“Did you win?” I asked, covering my eyes to avoid seeing the man struggle.
He looked at me with a look of shock on his face. “You’ll have to watch to find out, but what do you think?” he said, laughing.
“You won or you wouldn’t be showing this to me,” I said with a smile before turning back to the television.
Although I knew the outcome, it made my stomach hurt to watch the footage. My heart beat in my throat as I sat on the edge of the couch watching the recording through my fingers.
Michael squeezed my knee, patting it gently. “I can’t wait to get back in the cage.”
“How long did you say until the next match?” I looked at his face, his happiness evident.
“Just a couple of weeks. I’ll be cutting way back on my schedule at the shop for final preparations.”
“Where is it?” I asked, praying it was far away.
How would I feel seeing him fighting with another man in the flesh instead of on a recording? The roar of the crowd with each blow was shocking and in person had to be almost deafening.
“Right here in Tampa. I wanted in because it’s close to home. You’re gonna come right?”
“Um, yeah, I guess I’ll be there.” I turned my attention back to the television as his fist made contact with the opponent’s jaw again. His head flew back and I could see the satisfaction on Michael’s face. “What made you travel to New York for this fight?”
“I want you there, Mia. You have to watch at least one in person. That was a huge fight. It was on Pay-Per-View and helped get my name out there. I want to make a name for myself in this industry.”
“Why would you do this when you’re a successful business owner?” I looked at him, totally confused by the man I knew and the one I saw on the screen. The fighter scared the hell out of me, but the man to my side made me feel safe and comfortable. I thought of him as a softy although I’d never tell him that.
“I do MMA for the thrill and the challenge. I’d give up working in the tattoo shop to fight full-time. Wait, here’s the end, you have to watch.” Touching my chin, he pushed my eyes back toward the television.
Michael had ‘The Mauler’ on the ground in a chokehold. Their legs were twisted together, their bodies entwined as he squeezed the man’s neck, cutting off his airway. I couldn’t look away no matter how much I wanted to – I was transfixed and then they released each other.
“What just happened?” I asked, confused why it ended suddenly.
“I won. The ref ended it because the guy was losing consciousness, stupid rule, but...” He shrugged with a tiny grin.
“Oh,” I said as I turned my attention back to the screen. His chest heaved from exertion, his eyes looked fierce, as tiny droplets of sweat slid down his body. Maybe high def was a good thing after all.
“I could watch this recording a million times,” he said, switching off the television, turning toward me.
“You probably have,” I said, smirking.
“Smartass woman.” He started to tickle me on my ribs.
I squirmed trying to break free. “Stop!” I yelped as he pushed me back into the couch.
His fingers moved across my ribs as I tried to find my breath. “I have to teach you a lesson.” The weight of his body made it harder to breathe.
I laughed and tried to pry his han
ds from my side. “Michael, stop. I can’t breathe,” I huffed out through the laugher, pushing at his fingers.
His hands stilled as he hovered over my body, face to face. “You’re so fucking beautiful when you have a smile on your face.” His eyes roamed my face as his erection pushed against my leg.
He was hard as a rock.
“Is it me or did the fight that turn you on?” I asked.
I would never admit it, but my body ached for him. God, I was such a hypocrite.
“Your laughter did this to me, not the fight.”
“I highly...”He covered my mouth with his hand, stopping me from finishing.
He placed a kiss on my neck. “No more talking for you.”
Giggling behind his hand, my tongue darted out to taste him. “I thought you loved my voice,” I mumbled behind his fingers.
“Shh,” he whispered, running his nose down my cheek before he licked a path down my neck. The warmth of his tongue sent tiny sparks straight to my core.
My fingers dug into his back as I held him to me, enjoying the feel of his tongue. I wanted more. I craved him.
When his lips met my collarbone, my body flinched as my sex convulsed. I could feel the wetness between my legs. My body was a traitor, but at this point, relieving the throb was all that mattered.
My head fell to the side and I opened my eyes. The clock read six – I would be late to work. I pushed Michael off in a panic.
“What’s wrong?” he asked, frowning.
“I’m going to be late to work. You have to go and I have to get ready.” I jumped from the couch, pulling down my shirt.
“You’re fucking job is getting in the way,” he said, sitting up.
I hushed him with my finger. “We both have a lot of shit to do. I’ll be off tomorrow if you can find the time to squeeze me into your busy schedule.”