To count down to the upcoming release of Fantasy Seduction, I''ll be posting several excerpts from Fantasy Resort. Although some of the characters appear in all the Fantasy Books, all titles are stand alone. Keep checking back for more...:)
Four weeks later
“Hello? Are you decent?” Kira asked as she stuck her head into the front door of the tiny cabin, a platter of lobster tails from Earth in her hand.
“If we weren’t would you join us?” Jaimee teased with a smile from the kitchen.
“Watch it, Romeo,” Jerrod replied dryly as he stepped in behind Kira.
“What’s the matter, Jerrod? Afraid she’d like me better?”
“All right,” Nicole chided as she walked in from the patio. “That’s enough from the two of you.”
Jerrod and Jaimee shared a grin.
“It’s such a nice day, I thought we could eat outside,” Nicole said as she grabbed the plate of vegetables and a bottle of wine.
The four of them headed out to the patio. Jaimee had moved the table beneath the wide umbrella tree, allowing them some shade from the warmer afternoon sun.
“Have you heard from Brett?” Jaimee asked as he opened the wine bottle and filled their glasses.
“Actually, he arrived here last night.”
“And already paired off with someone.” Kira smiled behind her glass of wine. “He bid for a slave.”
Nicole raised an eyebrow. “Really? He didn’t seem the type.”
Jerrod frowned. “There’s a specific type that buys a slave?”
“Well. Not really a type. He just seemed more charming than…” Kira scrunched her nose, struggling to find the right word.
“Than a Dom?” Nicole offered.
“Exactly,” Kira said with a smile.
“Well, whatever the reason, he paid a fortune for her. Seemed determined to have her,” Jerrod said.
“Maybe she was the woman of his dreams,” Nicole sighed.
Jaimee snorted. “Maybe buying a slave was the only way he could get a woman.”
“Jaimee,” Nicole scolded. “Brett is a nice-looking man. Any woman would be interested.”
“Any woman, huh?” Jaimee scowled.
Jerrod chuckled. “Somehow I don’t think that was the right thing to say.”
Leaning closer, Nicole placed a soft kiss against his lips. “He has nothing to worry about and he knows it.”
With a smile, Jaimee playfully chucked her under the chin.
“Before he headed to the auction, Brett told me the man you ladies shot will survive and stand trial.” He inclined his head toward Jaimee. “They’ll need you when it goes to trial.”
“I’ll be there,” Jaimee said and reached for one of the lobster tails.
“Have you thought about where you’re going from here?” Jerrod asked as he too filled his plate. “The offer of resort physician is still yours if you want it.”
“I appreciate the offer, but Nicole and I have talked about it and I’m going to return to Earth and teach at Cambridge. I talked to them last week about coming back.”
“England?” Kira asked.
“This cabin is yours, so whenever you want to come back, it’s here.”
Jaimee smiled. “Thanks, Jerrod. I’m sure we’ll be back often.”
“You better be,” Kira grumbled. “Why didn’t you say anything?” she asked Nicole.
“I wanted to wait and be sure that’s what we were doing.”
“What are you two going to do about the bar?” Jerrod asked.
“I’ve been thinking about that and I believe we should make Dax a full partner. What do you think?” Nicole asked Kira.
She smiled broadly. “I like the idea. He’s been with us since the beginning.”
“Speaking of which, have either of you ever seen him participate in the bar?” Jaimee asked.
Nicole pursed her lips, thinking back. “No. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I have. Have you, Kira?”
Kira shook her head, a frown creasing her brow. “No.”
“Maybe the man’s a eunuch,” Jerrod offered as he scooped vegetables onto his plate.
“He’s not a eunuch,” Kira replied with a snort.
Three pairs of eyes stared at her, waiting for her to elaborate. Kira’s gaze moved around the table, looking at each of their shocked and questioning expressions. “What? I walked in on him one morning in the shower.” When they didn’t say anything, just continued to stare at her, she sighed. “Nothing happened. I saw him, I left. That’s it.” She glared at their continued silence. “Moving on.”
Jerrod chuckled and placed a hand on her shoulder, giving it a gentle squeeze. Nicole took the platter Jaimee offered and inhaled the strong scent of butter and spices. She overfilled her plate, piling it full of vegetables and bread. She didn’t think twice about the amount until Jerrod pointed it out to her.
“Nicole, honey. Are you hungry?” Jerrod asked, his voice filled with amusement.
Licking the butter from her finger, Nicole studied the plate before her with a frown. “You know it’s weird, but I can’t seem to get enough to eat this week. I’ve been hungry all the time.”
“Hungry all the time? Last week you were sick every morning. And just yesterday you were complaining your breasts hurt.” Kira grinned. “Honey, are you pregnant?”
Nicole’s hand froze halfway to her mouth, the glass of wine she’d picked up completely forgotten as she stared in shock at her friend. Pregnant? She hadn’t even thought of that.
Jaimee quickly grabbed the wineglass from her hand and set it back down on the table. “Don’t drink that.”
“What?” she asked, slightly confused.
“Nicole, when was your last birth control shot?” Jaimee asked.
“I know I had one when I first arrived.” Glancing at Kira, she shook her head. “But I can’t remember. Did I have any more after that?”
“I don’t know, honey. If you did, you didn’t tell me.”
“Come with me.” Standing, Jaimee grabbed her hand and pulled her to her feet. “We’ll settle this right now.”
Kira began to stand as well, but Jerrod grabbed her hand and pulled her back down. “Don’t go in there, Kira. Let them do this alone.”
She turned to him wide-eyed and pointed toward the door that Nicole and Jaimee had just entered. “But she…”
A soft smile touched his lips. “She’ll be fine. Jaimee’s with her. He is a doctor, after all.”
“I know, but…”
Again, she glanced at the door, a frown pulling at her brow. Nicole was her best friend and it just seemed strange not being there.
Leaning forward, Jerrod cupped her chin and turned her so she would face him. “You know, all this talk about babies has me thinking.”
“About maybe having one of our own.”
His finger brushed along her jaw sending a shiver down her spine. Had she heard him correctly? Her heart jumped in excitement at the very idea of having his baby. “You want to have a baby?”
“We talked about this, remember? I told you I wanted lots of babies.” For a second, he looked unsure, almost nervous. “Have you changed your mind? Do you not want any?”
“Jerrod,” she sighed, then smiled from ear to ear as she jumped from her chair and into his lap. He grunted, then laughed as she landed on his thighs and planted a hot, wet kiss on his lips.
“I take it that’s a yes,” he smiled between kisses.
“Yes,” she giggled, then deepened it, sliding her tongue into his awaiting mouth.
He moaned and wrapped his arm around her, pulling her closer. Her soft hands cupped his face, then moved into his hair as the kiss deepened. His free hand moved up to cup her cheek, softly brushing his thumb across her warm flesh. “I love you,” she whispered.
“I love you more,” he said with a grin.
“But wait.” Suddenly, she sat straighter, her eyes widening with worry. “We can’t raise a baby here.”
“Honey, we’re beyond wealthy. We can raise this baby wherever you want.”
“Really?” she asked, a small smile curving her lips. He was so good to her. Spoiled her, if the truth were known. She was just so thrilled he wanted to have a baby. She’d been thinking about it for a while, but for some reason had been afraid to broach the subject. Unsure that it was the right time.
“Really,” he murmured as he cupped her chin and tugged her face back to his for a slow, deep kiss.
* * * * *
Nicole bit at her lower lip as she watched Jaimee prick her finger then place the blood sample within the med scanner. He looked angry and tense. Was he mad? Did he not want a baby?
The ten seconds it took seemed like forever and she took several deep breaths trying to calm her racing heart. A baby. Would she make a good mother? And what if Jaimee didn’t want it?
The scanner beeped and she watched the expression on Jaimee’s face. He looked almost relieved as he smiled at the scanner. Her heart sank. “I’m not pregnant.”
Jaimee’s gaze shot to hers and he shook his head no. Nicole glanced at the ground, her heart breaking. She’d had no idea how much she wanted kids until just this second.
“No, sweetheart, you misunderstood.” His finger tipped up her chin and she met his shining, happy gaze. “You’re pregnant. We’re going to have a baby.”
“What?” She gaped. “I’m pregnant?”
“Yeah.” He nodded, his smile widening.
He set the scanner on the counter and gently engulfed her in his arms. Once the shock wore off, she laughed. Wrapping her arms around his neck, she held him tight. “We’re having a baby,” she giggled.
“I love you, Nikki,” he whispered in her ear.
“I love you too.” Pulling away, she stared into his eyes. “You’re happy about this right? I mean, it’s not too soon?”
His strong hands framed her face, and he smiled down at her with the most loving expression—it made her chest tighten. “I’ve never been happier about anything in my life.” He inclined his head toward the patio. “How about we go share the good news?”
She returned his smile with one of her own. “Yeah.”
Arm in arm, they walked back out to the patio, ready to share the news with their friends. Kira was on Jerrod’s lap, the two of them engaged in a slow kiss that made Nicole grin. Jerrod’s hand rested on the side of Kira’s cheek, his other at her back, holding her close. They were so cute, so perfect together.
Jaimee cleared his throat, catching their attention. “We can’t leave the two of you alone together for five minutes.”
They broke apart slowly, as though not the least bit embarrassed or upset that they’d been caught. Kira smiled at Jerrod dreamily before turning back to Nicole. With a start, she sat up straight. “Well?” she asked.
Nicole smiled, her face she was sure beaming with happiness and pride. “We’re going to have a baby.”
Kira squealed and jumped from Jerrod’s lap. Jerrod grunted as her hand landed on his crotch in her haste to get off him. Jaimee laughed and Jerrod scowled back at him. “Be quiet. I’m already pissed you interrupted.”
“You’re all bark, old man,” Jaimee teased as Jerrod stepped next to him and slapped his shoulder in congratulations.
“Oh, honey. I’m so happy for you,” Kira said as she engulfed Nicole in a hug.
Jerrod hugged her as well, placing a loud, wet kiss on her cheek, making her laugh.
She was still laughing when Kira grabbed her hand and tugged her toward the table. “Come back and eat. You need to feed that baby.”
Nicole sat back down in her chair and placed her hand over her stomach. A baby, she thought in wonder.
“Something else to drink for the mother-to-be,” Jaimee said as he placed a glass of tea in front of her. Sitting, Jaimee leaned over and kissed her cheek. She smiled at him and softly touched the side of his face with her hand.
She had everything she would ever need. The love of her life, a baby on the way, and two of the best friends she could ever hope to have.
Life was perfect.