TITLE: Blood Ties
GENRE: Contemporary Suspense
Talon saves Nancy from a stray mouse in the diner where they work and ends up bleeding from a prior injury in the process.
Nancy followed me carrying the contaminated container of cherries. She tossed the whole thing into the huge sink and raced to my side as I whipped the mouse out the back door. It flipped through the air over the alley and landed on the edge of the woods.
“You okay?” I asked her.
“Yeah,” she pressed a clean towel to my bloody nose. “It just surprised me.”
“Yeah, me too.”
“Where’d it come from?”
“It must have been on one of the ice cream cartons. The stupid delivery guy left the freezer door open.”
“Thanks for getting it off me,” she said with a shudder. She wiped the last of the blood from my face and ran her thumbs along the bruises under my eyes.
“You’re welcome,” I leaned down and gently touched my lips against hers.
She groaned and I felt her hands at the back of my neck. I took this as a good sign and pulled her closer. I pushed my tongue against her lips and her mouth opened. She tasted like cherry juice and her body molded against mine.
“What’s that?” I said, looking for the source of the noise.
“My cell. I’ll get it later,” she ran her fingers through my hair and pulled my head back down so my mouth mashed against hers. This time I was the one who groaned. Maybe the mouse episode wasn’t such a bad thing after all.