Isthmus Alliance Series
by Sloan Johnson
Unexpected ConsequencesZeke Reed lives his life by his rules, the biggest one being that he refuses to settle down. Through the years, it has become a running joke amongst his circle of friends that his condo would be well served by the installation of a revolving door. That’s what makes his friendship with Mary and Jeff work. All three of them are looking for some no-strings-attached fun. Until fate steps in, making them all take a look at what’s been developing while they’ve been busy fooling around. Unfortunately, every decision in life has consequences. When you choose to openly share your life with more than one person, things get complicated. Will Zeke, Jeff and Mary be able to stand together as the world tries to pull them apart?
If I had my way, I would stay in this room all night, surrounded by the people who’ve come to mean more to me than anyone has in a long time. While I have no doubt Mary’s in capable hands with the staff and Zeke won’t allow anything to happen to her, I would feel better being with them. But I can’t. Right now, Holly and Tommy need me. If my bosses knew that I’m going to her house in the middle of the night to calm her down, I’m sure I’d be placed on administrative leave or worse, but I don’t care at this point. This tight-knit group of people have become my family and I will do whatever is needed to take care of all of them.
I don’t let go of Zeke as I stand, needing that connection to him for as long as possible. Any notion that this is still something casual between the three of us has flown out the window over the past few hours. The only thing left for me to do is convince Zeke and Mary that we’ll be able to make our little group work as long as we’re all committed to one another.
We stand with our arms wrapped around one another, looking at Mary lying peacefully in her bed. I’m not sure what the future holds, but tonight has taught me that what I thought I wanted isn’t enough anymore. I wanted to remain emotionally unattached to anyone so I could focus on some of the research opportunities that originally drew me to the position at this hospital. I still want that, but as I catalog every cut and bruise marring Mary’s porcelain skin, I want something more.
I run my hand down the length of her arm, silently vowing to do whatever I can to make sure nothing like this happens again. I’m not foolish enough to think that I’m in love with her, but there’s definitely something deeper than friendship between us.
“I’ll be back as soon as I can,” I whisper into her ear. I brush the hair away from her forehead, resting my lips there for a moment before turning to leave.
Zeke falls in line behind me as I move toward the door, his fingers laced with mine. “Hurry back,” he says, tilting his head up to kiss me. I lean against the door, effectively barring anyone from entering.
I tug at his t-shirt so I can run my hands along the firm ridges of his abs. Zeke moans when I flick his nipple ring. If we had more time and I had more energy, I’d do the same with my tongue, freeing my hands for further exploration, preferably inside his jeans.
Never before have I met a man I would consider submitting to, but here in this moment, Zeke is in control and I couldn’t be happier to give that to him. He knows what I need and he’s all to happy to comply. He grips the edges of my button-down shirt, pressing our bodies to one another.
“You need to go,” he says, his lips still pressed to mine. I feel him smile when I deepen the kiss rather than try to push him away. For a split second, it’s possible to forget where we are, forget the anguish we’ve both been feeling since Dylan’s phone rang earlier tonight.
The Isthmus Alliance Series:
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