The story begins with the murder of a bank executive, Jake Campbell, stabbed in his home in broad daylight. Chief of Police Mark Tame and his partner Richard find a man standing in the middle of Jake’s house in his underwear holding a gun. Seemingly there to protect Jake, the gun-toting half-naked man is dismissed, ruled out as a suspect.
Meanwhile Clara, a woman with a penchant for alcohol and younger men, lies passed out on the bed as her husband Max returns from work. He reads the last message on her phone and realizes she’s had an affair with Simon Cross, a local advertising executive and known womanizer.
With nostrils flaring and blood pumping, Max heads for Cross Advertising. Max shows up after Simon’s long-awaited meeting imperative to an advertising deal, and tampers with the brake lines on the ad exec’s imported car.
A terrifying drive ensues later as Simon applies the brakes on his late model BMW…and nothing happens.
Max is arrested and awarded bail. Days later, Chase McCann, a sports journalist, lies dead on his expensive marble floor, face down. Mark and Richard aim to get Max into custody for questioning, only to find out he’s AWOL.
Being in a wheelchair forces the ad exec down a peg or two; his type-A personality is challenged when an occupational therapist enters his life, steeling away all his beliefs about women, love, and relationships…especially since she’s admittedly gay.
Simon soon develops a very different view of life and the people around him, but not before things are radically changed in ways he never dreamed possible. When he finds out a third murder, of acclaimed actor Drake Scott, may be linked to him, Simon points his finger directly at Max Dunphy…only Max was in prison when Drake was killed.
When they find their suspect, the police watch over Simon is lifted. Soon afterward, to his surprise, Simon is paid an unwelcome visit by the real killer.
May be offensive to readers: some sex (non-erotic), mild bad language, non-graphic murder scenes.
Targeted Age Group:: adults over 18
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A friend of mine is wheelchair-bound, and is sweet, thoughtful and seldom feels regret for his affliction, and I thought it would be interesting to write a story about someone who is also wheelchair-bound but a complete opposite in character.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character, Simon, was shaped using an opposite mirror-image of a wheelchair-bound friend of mine. I wanted to illustrate how his life changed, not just from his experience in the chair, but from those around him.
Simon’s best friend Gus was created by making him similar to Simon in that they both are hard-working, entrepreneurial men, but I wanted Gus’s character to juxtapose Simon’s in subtle ways, helping him both teach and support Simon during his transition within the story.
Darla, Simon’s occupational therapist, is a witty, intelligent and no-nonsense English gal that not only whips Simon into a decent human being, but becomes one of the first women Simon learns to trust.
Mark took the last bite of his sandwich, listening to the police radio chirping quietly from the other side of the room. He had just wrapped up a case and promised his wife Shelley this would be the last supper he would miss for a long time.
Richard, his partner in crime, popped his head in the door. “Finished all the paperwork?”
Mark nodded, swallowing. “Yep. You?”
Richard saluted a goodbye and turned to Lisa, his wife and Mark’s assistant, who was locking up her desk for the night.
Suddenly the dispatcher’s voice came on the radio. “We’ve got shots fired on Delta Ave. South of the freeway. All officers on deck. Repeat. Shots fired on Delta Ave. All officers on deck.”
Another voice chimed in. “Copy that. This is Nelson. I’m on patrol a couple of blocks from Delta. I’ll check it out. Requesting backup.”
Richard glanced at Mark, already adjusting his gun in the holster and sliding his jacket over his shirt, bloated from his bullet proof vest. “My car or yours?”
Mark closed his office door. “Whichever is closest.”
Sliding into the driver’s seat of his patrol car, Mark switched on the overhead lights and activated the siren while Richard fired up the laptop.
The police radio chirped. “Copy. This is Noonan. I’m approaching Delta Ave.”
Mark lifted the receiver to his mouth. “Noonan. This is Chief Tame. Is Hobbs with you?”
“Good. Nelson and Wendell are already there. Stand fast until Officer Matthews and I arrive. ETA three minutes.”
Richard mumbled. “Not the way you drive.”
Mark glared at him.
“Copy that, Sir,” Noonan replied.
A few minutes later, Mark squealed the tires as he turned onto Delta Ave., parking crooked yet swiftly across the driveway, adjacent to Constable Nelson’s patrol car.
Mark lifted his eyebrows. Richard frowned. “Not bad for an old timer.”
The house sat on a quaint street. There were no dead cars parked on the lawns, no smell of marijuana and no screaming babies. Neighbors were peeking out their front windows while some stood on their porches, chatting quietly. Overall, this wasn’t the type of neighborhood you’d suspect to have gangs or drug dealers. There was no reason for shots to be fired there.
Mark approached the front door with his right hand firmly on his holster. The door was slightly ajar; he gently touched it with the end of his boot. Richard stood behind him, mirroring his stance.
“Drop your weapon!” Constable Nelson shouted. Mark and Richard entered, readying their pistols to fire.
The man standing in the center of the room dropped his gun on the floor, hands shaking. “Don’t shoot!” he yelled as his hands rose above his head in surrender.
There was another man lying in a pool of blood on the floor, his neck had been slashed. The murder weapon, a knife, lay askew a few inches away.
Richard kicked the man’s gun away. “Identify yourself!” he demanded, holding the gun near his face.
“I…I’m Rick Cranston. I live next door.” He nodded to his left.
Richard quickly patted him down unnecessarily, since the man was standing in boxer shorts and a tank top. The only place he could hide another weapon was in his dark blue sport socks.
Satisfied Rick was unarmed, Richard put his gun back in the holster. “What happened here?”
“My neighbour…um…Jake Campbell.” Rick gestured to the victim. “I heard him yelling and there was banging. Jake’s a quiet guy, so it was unusual.”
Mark checked the victim’s pulse and rose, frowning. “He’s dead.”
“Did you see who killed him?”
“Yeah. I’d have shot him if it weren’t for the damn safety sticking. Talk about a delayed reaction.” He looked at the floor and lowered his hands.
“Would you be able to describe him to a sketch artist?” Mark asked.
“Sure. He was tall, slim and dark haired.”
“Did you see his vehicle?”
“No, but there’s a catwalk behind the house, it runs onto Steeple street. He ran that way.”
Mark shot a look at Noonan and Hobbs in the doorway. “On it,” Noonan said.
“Go on.” Richard prompted Rick.
“Um…like I said, I heard yelling and banging, like Jake and the guy were fighting. So I grabbed my gun and came over to look in the window.” He pointed to the small window beside the front door. “Anyway, I saw the guy coming at Jake with a knife, so I barged in and as soon as I pointed the gun at him, he grabbed Jake and sliced his throat like he was cutting a hunk of ham off a hock.” Rick sniffed, wiping his nose with the back of his hand. “Then he ran off like a bloody coward.”
“Did you call the police first?”
“Nah, I imagine that was Mary across the street. She’s the paranoid type.”
“What can you tell me about Jake?” Richard asked as Mark called the coroner on his cell phone.
Richard offered Rick a seat on the chair furthest away from the victim, as he pulled out his notebook.
Rick sighed as he sat, pulling his boxers up for slack. “Jake? He’s a good guy. Never been married, though. That’s all that’s strange about him.”
“What does he do for a living?” Richard pencilled in comments.
“I think he works at a bank? He’s always dressed up for work. Real professional-like. Works late and all. He’s not home much.”
“How long has he lived here?”
“A couple of years maybe?”
“Does he have any family?”
“Err…I think he does. Sisters…or maybe they’re cousins. Not sure. They’re always dressed nice like him, though. Same age I’d guess.”
Richard’s brow lifted. “Not girlfriends maybe? Or colleagues?”
Rick’s face scrunched slightly. “It’s possible they’re colleagues. But this is a Christian neighborhood. There ain’t any funny business going on here.” He waved a disapproving finger at Richard.
Mark looked downward at Rick. “Then why the gun?”
Rick looked at Mark matter-of-factly. “That’s how I keep it Christian,” he answered pointedly.
“Clara!” Max Dunphy yelled as he opened the front door of his modest home. His boots were caked with mud and his pants were lightly dusted with dirt. He removed his hard hat and placed it on the console table by the door. Removing his boots, he faced the street as he put them on the welcome mat outside. When he turned back around, he closed the door.
“Clara? You home?” He put his keys inside the tray on the console table, looking from left to right expectantly.
As he ran his hands through his greasy, sweaty hair, he trotted upstairs. When he opened the bedroom door, he found Clara lying on the bed. Her limbs were sprawled open, like she’d been pushed down. He smelled the alcohol on her breath and shook his head in disgust. She’d missed a button on her cashmere blouse. Her hair was dishevelled and her eyeliner was smudged. There was a trail of black mascara from the corner of her eye down to her ear.
She snorted and turned over, and as she did, her cell phone fell to the floor with a soft thud. He picked it up and looked at the screen. The blood drained from his face.
The text message said, “Fuck you, asshole.”
It had been sent an hour ago from Clara to a guy named Simon Cross. Max thought for a moment and recalled exactly who Simon was; a high profile womanizing advertising executive whose office was just up the street from the construction site where Max was currently working.
He scrolled up to the message history; the first message was sent two and a half hours ago to Simon from Clara. “My husband has slipped out for an hour. You wanna meet up? Same place?” His lips pursed as he continued reading. “Looking forward to it. See you in ten.” And the final message, “I can’t wait to feel your manliness, baby…I’ve missed you.”
His heard this heart beating in his ears. He placed Clara’s cell phone in his back pocket and grabbed a change of clothes from the drawer. As he showered quickly, adrenaline pumping in his veins, he contemplated his next move. Clara was still passed out on the bed as he dressed and headed out the door.
The ‘Mars Construction’ truck was too conspicuous, so he grabbed the toolbox out of the back of the truck and put it in the trunk of his car. As he slid into the driver’s seat, he engaged the seatbelt, thinking about his next step. He knew exactly where to go, and he knew exactly what to do.
He waited alongside a strip mall at the construction site. His destination was around the corner and he pulled up just before the driveway leading into Cross Advertising, praying that the building was as quiet as the side street.
Based on Clara’s message, if Simon left her less than an hour ago, there was a good chance he was back at the office. He pulled over to the opposite side of the street and watched a lady leave the building and get into her car. Her vehicle and only one other were in the lot. The remaining vehicle was a late model BMW, parked in a spot that said ‘Reserved for Simon Cross’. Max smiled sickly from ear to ear.
As the lady turned out of the lot, Max pressed on the gas and slowly pulled into the driveway of Cross Advertising. Craning his head into the glass entrance doors, he peeked into the building. You could have shot a cannon through it. There was nobody in the waiting room.
Make it fast. He coaxed himself as he exited the vehicle, pressing the button to pop his trunk. The toolbox was beckoning him as he loosened the hinges and opened the lid. He took what he needed and slowly walked over to the black BMW. Lying on his back, he took his small flashlight and pointed it at his intended target.
Within two minutes, he had done what he’d planned and hoisted himself back up, dusted off his pants and shirt, replaced his toolbox and closed the trunk. Pleased with himself, he walked to the office entrance and opened the door without looking back.
EARLIER THAT SAME DAY
Sandra set the tray down on the console table alongside the wall in the boardroom. She quickly placed a mug from the tray on each place at the large table and sat the coffee urn on a doily in the center.
“Are we all set?” Simon asked, entering the boardroom.
“Just need cream and sugar.” Sandra watched Simon adjust the overhead projector on the screen. The green light beamed on the white screen with the ‘Simon Cross Advertising’ logo noted clearly.
“They’re here,” Sandra whispered to Simon.
He nodded, adjusting his tie and exited the boardroom, walking confidently across the tiled waiting room floor. When he saw the account executives from Mansfield, the clothing account he was hoping to win, his hand was immediately drawn, offering a handshake to Mr. Stockton, the head account executive.
“Wonderful to see you, sir,” Simon said proudly, giving the man’s hand a solid pump.
“Likewise,” Mr. Stockton said pleasantly.
“Simon, how do you live with all this traffic? It took us two hours to drive here!” Mr. Wakeman exclaimed good naturedly, offering Simon a handshake.
Simon shrugged. “March Break in LA…it’s the place to be.”
Three others accompanied Mr. Wakeman and Mr. Stockton. They were introduced as the junior account executives: Mr. Blake, Mr. Klein and Ms. Redding. Simon offered both men a handshake and swiftly took Ms. Redding’s hand, chastely kissing it, noting the shiny gold ring.
Mr. Stockton cleared his throat. “Shall we?” and gestured to Simon to lead the way.
Simon blushed and dropped Ms. Redding’s hand. She reacted blandly, like his flirty gesture was no big deal.
Sandra scurried into the boardroom before Simon, carrying the milk and sugar.
“And this is my assistant, receptionist, and miracle worker, Sandra,” Simon announced as the middle-aged woman blushed.
She waved off the compliment. “Buzz if you need anything.”
Simon’s nerves were showing. Mansfield was a huge account, one that he had wanted to win for some time. This meeting was very important as he stood to gain valuable information about their business’s sales goals, and with that data he could put together possibly the most powerful advertising campaign in his company’s history.
In the last week, Simon had been aptly working on the most compelling sales pitch. He’d outlined why his top accounts had chosen Simon Cross Advertising, and what returns he brought in comparison to their closest competitors in the last year. If this meeting went well, Simon would hopefully be supplied with key numbers and plans for Mansfield, allowing him to create a winning campaign pitch for them…and so far Simon had never lost.
Mr. Stockton sat quickly. “So, Mr. Cross—“
“Please call me Simon, sir.”
Mr. Stockton adjusted his tie and cleared his throat. “Sure, Simon. What have you got to show us?” he said as though it was an accusation.
Simon touched a button on the projector and quipped, “I’m glad you asked.”
The green logo appeared on the second frame and showed Simon holding a poster board with numbers marked on it; his projected account wins and his actual account wins for the past year. All his junior executives stood alongside the board like soldiers.
The next frame was a mock mission statement. “Choose Simon Cross Advertising; your competitors will never cross you again.”
There was a brief chuckle in the room. Simon watched Mr. Stockton closely but his face remained tight. “Sorry, just a little humour to demonstrate we’re not all about being serious. Some of our biggest clients get a kick out of that statement.”
“Who do you represent, Simon?” Mr. Wakeman asked, pouring himself some coffee.
“Well, our biggest client is Crabtree Jewellers. Do you remember that commercial with the kid proposing to his little girlfriend? That was us,” Simon answered humbly.
Ms. Redding smiled. “I remember that. My niece ran to the television whenever she saw the little boy with the bubble-gum-machine ring.”
“Yep. Their sales tripled in a month after that commercial aired.”
“Impressive,” Mr. Wakeman said half-heartedly as he sipped from his mug. Simon wasn’t sure if he was speaking about the coffee or the commercial.
Mr. Blake, one of the junior executives sat forward, suddenly interested. “Do you have any clients that sell apparel?”
Suck up. Simon thought to himself. “Er. Not at the moment. But our clients sell a myriad of different products and services. There isn’t anything we can’t advertise successfully.”
Blake scribbled something on his notepad and relaxed in his chair.
“So far,” Mr. Stockton corrected.
“Yes,” Simon conceded. “But we’re very confident we can put together an excellent campaign for your products. Almost every client of ours has a unique product and we’ve always delivered an unbeatable advertising strategy for each.”
Mr. Stockton sat upright, as if he was suddenly poked. “Well, I think we’ve seen enough for now.”
Simon’s brows furrowed; he was about to fire up the shots from some of his most popular commercials.
Stockton continued. “We’ll talk numbers and then meet again in a couple of days. Do you think you can put something together quickly, Simon?”
Simon nodded emphatically. “Absolutely, sir. In fact, my partner and I have several ideas in place already.”
Mr. Blake quickly scratched more thoughts onto his lonely piece of paper. The rest of the entourage rose and headed for the boardroom door.
Simon’s phone beeped, breaking him from his reverie of the previous night with Tamara. He leaned forward in his leather desk chair and pushed the call button. “Yes, Sandra?”
“Sir, your four o’clock just called. Ryder is running late; about a half hour.”
Simon paused while his cell phone vibrated on the desk. The screen said, “My husband has slipped out for an hour, you wanna meet up? Same place?”
His smile reached his ears. He hit the call button. “Tell him to reschedule.”
“Sir,” Sandra confirmed.
He keyed into his Blackberry “Looking forward to it. See you in ten.”
The intercom beeped again. “Yes, Sandra.”
“Sir, it’s Ryder, will you take the call?”
He sighed. “Yes, put him through.”
The voice came on the line much too perky. “Simon, my boy! You pissed at me?”
“No,” Simon muttered as his Blackberry vibrated again. It was Clara. “I can’t wait to feel your manliness, baby…I’ve missed you.”
His face flushed as he watched the tent in his pants form. “Something’s come up.”
“Yeah, I’ll bet,” Ryder sneered good-naturedly. “What’s her name? Kayla? Barbara? Or is it that redhead from Wichita…fuck, she was hot, wasn’t she?” Ryder was referring to the three women Simon was seeing when he lived in Kansas a few years ago, before his advertising business took off and he moved to California.
“Those were the days,” Simon agreed. “A woman from every city.”
“How do you survive now? You’re not a one woman man, are you?” Ryder teased.
“Hell, no,” Simon urged. “Two now.”
“Really?” Ryder was impressed. “Hell, you definitely live vicariously, Simon.”
“Ah, it’s nothing,” Simon waved, standing up to adjust his hair in the mirror beside the door. His short dark waves hadn’t moved an inch since morning. “It’s easy to fuck around.”
“For you,” Ryder retorted. “I’m married.”
“That’s your problem. Listen, I’ll be back in an hour or two. You think you’ll be around then?”
“Nah. Stacy wants me home tonight. Her mother’s coming over. Raincheck?”
“Tomorrow, then. We’ve gotta get the numbers together for Mansfield,” Simon said firmly.
“For sure. I’ve got a few ideas in mind. You?”
Simon opened Mansfield’s file on the desk and looked at the story boards he had put together. All their products stared back at him: shoes, jackets and hats. Made for a king. “I think I’ve got an angle. That rap star Jonas wears their stuff. Maybe we can get an endorsement.”
“Awesome. We’ll chat tomorrow then. Say, nine?”
“Check with Sandra, but I think that’s good. See you then.”
Simon patched him through to Sandra and grabbed his keys, Blackberry and the half full pack of condoms inside the desk drawer. Smoothing his pants, he stuffed the box in the inside pocket of his nylon jacket and opened the door.
“Be back in an hour or two,” he mouthed to Sandra. She was on the phone, but saluted him and smiled briefly, keying something into her computer.
The chairs in the front reception were empty, having been full most of the day. His BMW was parked at the first reserved spot. Disengaging the alarm with the fob, he slid into the driver’s seat. The warm leather stung his backside and he was thankful he closed the sunroof as the afternoon sun peeked through the back window. Ray Ban sunglasses that his mother bought him were hung from the rear view mirror. He put them on, watching himself in the mirror.
He put the car into reverse and made his way out of the empty parking lot. Sandra sent him a text message, letting him know his schedule was clear the rest of the day, but tomorrow looked very busy. Simon responded with a smiley and let her know he’d be back to review the client list for tomorrow and go through the story boards for Mansfield.
Life for Simon couldn’t get any better, in his opinion. His advertising business had been successful for well over a year, with a roster of prestigious clients he’d worked very hard to obtain, and his list was growing each month by about fifteen percent; so much that he was thinking of expanding.
Gus Ryder, the guy he blew off, was his first client. He owned a bike shop in Santa Barbara, very well known for selling top of the line Harley Davidson motorcycles. Gus lived up to his ironic surname. He came to Simon about five years ago, before he was well known, when Simon opened for business. Simon was cheap and new and Ryder was desperate for visibility, having just moved to Santa Barbara and newly married.
They became close, sharing knowledge and money. It was a joint decision to move to Los Angeles. Ryder opened another shop with Simon’s help and Ryder loaned Simon money to open his business in LA. Ryder still managed the shop part time, but the market for bikes in LA was huge, they almost sold themselves. So Simon and Ryder typically worked together most days.
Simon received a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and it was then that he ultimately decided California living was for him. That was his plan after University, to move back home to Santa Barbara and open a small advertising business, establish himself, and then move to California and thrive there. He had been very successful.
Simon’s name and face was recognized everywhere in LA: billboards, commercials, internet and newspapers. The mere mention of the name Cross and he was treated like royalty. It was very heady.
His cell phone rang and he fished it out of his pocket, thankful he was at a stoplight.
“Mother?” he said, pressing the button for speakerphone.
“Simon, is this a bad time?”
“Er…no. I’m just heading to a meeting. I’ve got a few.”
“Good. Um…I got your cheque.”
He listened as his eyebrow lifted.
“I thought you would send more,” she stammered. “Remember we talked about that repair the pool needs?”
His lips pursed, recalling the supposed rip in the pool liner. It was nothing pressing.
“Did you get an estimate?”
“Um…no. I can’t get them to come out this time of year just for an estimate. You know how many Californians have pools, Simon?” Simon hated it when his mother begged.
“But what happened to the money I sent you last month? Is that all gone?”
“Well…yes. Remember I had Auntie Barbara come stay with me?”
His eyes rolled. “Yeah. I thought you were going to keep your distance from her.”
She sighed with frustration. “Yes. I did. I hadn’t seen my sister in over a year, Simon. Besides, I’ve been clean.”
Simon realized he was one turn away from the hotel where he was meeting Clara. “Fine. Listen, I gotta go. I’ll have Sandra wire transfer the money to you tomorrow.”
“Good boy, Simon. Thanks.”
As he pulled up to the Hilton, he saw Clara’s Audi A4 parked in the back inconspicuously beside a large Winnebago with Canadian license plates. He parked on the other side of the camper. It was peak tourist season in LA: March Break. Simon hated this time of year and almost wished he’d arranged to have his late afternoon tryst somewhere closer, but it was too risky. Clara’s husband worked at the Mars construction site too close to their second-closest lodging option: The Prince George Hotel.
Thankfully Clara was standing in the waiting area, which was unusual. Simon drank in the sight of her. She had legs up to her neck. Her white linen skirt kissed her ankles but was slit all the way up to the top of her thigh. As she stood on an angle, her left leg was almost completely revealed. Her sunglasses were large, concealing most of the upper half of her face.
He approached, kissing her chastely on the cheek. “Been waiting long?”
“I was about to leave, I’ve only got forty five minutes left,” she said under her breath, which Simon noticed smelled of alcohol.
He winked and gently led her with his hand on the small of her back. When she was drunk it was no challenge. Forty five minutes would be plenty. As they waited by the elevator, Simon discreetly ran his hand down her behind. She looked at the floor and returned the sentiment by moving forward a step and caressing his groin with her hand. His hardness jerked slightly and she smiled.
The light pinged that the elevator was arriving, and they relaxed. As the door opened to the empty elevator, they stepped in and silently waited for the door to close again before attacking each another like animals.
When they arrived in the room, Clara opened the bar door and offered Simon a glass of wine. He looked at her and furrowed his brows, removing his shoes. “I came here to fuck, not to drink,” he growled.
She was snide. “Yeah, but you’ll be done in ten minutes…this’ll help.”
Clara took the two supplied wine goblets off the top of the bar and poured. Simon’s face was red with anger at her insinuation. As she sipped her wine, she gently pulled at a button on the side of her skirt. It fell to the floor, revealing her white laced thong panties, garter belt and stockings. His anger dissipated as she handed him his wine and he removed his jacket.
Simon gulped it back at once. She did the same and proffered him another glass. His empty stomach lurched at the acidy liquid pouring into it, and he instantly felt warm. The second glass he took slower as he watched Clara undress herself seductively. Out of all the women Simon had been with, Clara was the best at strip tease.
His rear end found the side of the bed and he sat, watching her with awe as she removed her blouse and bra. When her breasts were free she put down her glass and began rubbing them slowly. As her nipples puckered he licked his lips; the effects of the wine made her look even sexier.
Clara removed the last of her garter; her thong remained and she stood in front of him with her hands on his shoulders. He couldn’t help take her breasts in his mouth, but as he leaned forward, she stepped back, shaking her head. Teasing him.
She sat on the guest bed an arm’s length away and opened her legs, moving her thong to the side, revealing herself openly. Simon quickly removed his shirt and opened his fly, letting himself free. She waited. His hand quickly found his hardness and she put her hand out to stop him.
“You forgot something,” she said softly, and wet his hand with her tongue. He gasped.
Sitting on the bed opposite Simon, Clara began to pleasure herself and urged him to do the same. It was thrilling to watch and moments later, Simon found his release. As he groaned her name, she rose and pushed him over onto the bed. She left him while she retrieved the box of condoms from his jacket and removed one, tossing it on the bed. When she grabbed another, she coquettishly looked at him with one brow arched.
“You’re ambitious,” he commented.
“You have no idea, baby. It’s been weeks.” She ripped open the packet with her teeth and slid it on him.
“How the fuck do you survive?”
Ignoring the question Clara climbed on top, filling herself with his hardness. Simon fondled and sucked her breasts as she rode him. Her breasts bobbed up and down as her head arched back and she groaned, finding her release, screaming profanities so loud Simon feared the neighboring rooms would hear.
“Done so fast?” Simon was worried.
Clara answered breathlessly. “Oh, Cross, I’m not done with you yet.”
Suddenly she was on her back, spread eagled and waiting. She arched her pelvis up and grabbed his rear, forcing him into her. When she wrapped her shapely legs around him, he lost his mind.
“Fuck, Clara!” he hissed, pounding in and out of her so fast his head started to spin.
“Oh, yes!” she yelled. He tried not to notice the smell of her breath, thankful she wasn’t a kisser.
A moment later she climaxed again. “Are you finished?” she asked blankly, as if it didn’t matter to her either way.
He returned the unimpressed look. “Um…yeah.”
Simon lifted up and started dressing as Clara scurried to the washroom.
“Is the room on your tab?”
“Good. That’s a vintage wine, it’s all they had decent on the list,” she huffed.
He shook his head.
When she re-entered the room, her hair was smoothed and her makeup refreshed. Simon was fully dressed and she approached him with the faint smell of mouthwash. He tried not to recoil but failed.
Clara caught the reaction. “It’s bad enough I smell like you,” she said as though Simon was a disease.
Her pupils were dilated and she’d missed a button on her blouse. For a moment, Simon wondered what happened to her, and then he dismissed the thought.
“Clara, I think it’s over,” he said softly, almost apologetically.
Her eyes met the floor. “You’re unbelievable, you know?” she hissed.
As she looked up, Simon swore he saw a tear puddle at the corner of her lashes. Then she sniffed, turned around and said with her back to him. “Never mind. You’re not worth it.”
Absently, she slide her feet into her shoes and retrieved her purse from the bathroom. Simon watched, expecting a rebuttal.
As she opened the door and walked out she said coolly, “See ya,” as if they would meet up later.
He watched the door close and she disappeared.
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