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Controlled Chaos by Christina C Jones

Controlled Chaos by Christina C Jones

Author:Christina C Jones
Language: eng
Format: azw3
Publisher: Warm Hues Creative
Published: 2020-03-29T04:00:00+00:00


5

Drew

Tigress was my favorite restaurant in Blackwood.

“Upscale” soul food with a Caribbean flair? You could count me in for that any day, especially considering the cozy atmosphere, the soca and reggaeton always blasting, the Red Stripe beer and Ting sodas served ice cold… it was just the freaking best.

I could be biased, though, since for a while I hadn’t been able to go. I’d already been here twice this week, but hell… call it making up for lost time.

Dre wasn’t nearly as excited as I was, I could tell, but to his credit, he didn’t complain when the car service he’d ordered pulled up in front. He just got out, warning me I’d better not touch my own door handle – he wanted to do it for me.

I was trying to figure him out.

Obviously I’d known he wouldn’t like what I’d posted on my social media, but more than anything, it was a test to see whether or not he’d take it in stride. Andre Clarke was in no way the first rigid motherfucker I’d ever dealt with – I needed to know that he was… flexible.

I’d learned my lesson already from ignoring red flags.

If it were any earlier, we’d both be overdressed for Tigress, but at this time of night, it was popular for the pre-gaming – or post – crowd. We had to wait a bit on a table, but then the owner herself came out once we’d sat down.

“I heard you were out here,” Kima gushed, bending to pull me into a hug. “I had to come see for myself. This is a record for most visits in a week, right?”

“Don’t be telling my business,” I teased back. “The food shouldn’t be so good if you don’t want me in here. Besides, this time I brought… a… friend.”

Shit.

I had no idea what to call Dre, since the man who likes me to whip him wasn’t appropriate. Still, a slick smile spread over Kima’s face as she turned to Andre like she hadn’t realized he was there. Once her gaze landed on him though, her whole expression changed.

“What are you doing here?”

Again… shit.

Is that why he seemed so unenthusiastic about coming here? Had they dated or something before?

My eyes shot to Dre, who was giving Kima this exasperated look that only made me more curious about their connection, if that was at all possible.

“I’m on a date, Ms. Johnston,” he told her, and I blinked. Were we classifying it as that? “And even if I weren’t, it’s not a crime for me to come by and check on my investment, right?”

Kima’s eyebrows went up, her lips curled in disdain as she let out a huff, then turned back to me. “Good to see you, Drew – we were running low on the wings, let me go ahead and go put an order back for you.”

“And… one for him too?” I asked, cringing even as the words left my mouth.

She rolled her eyes, but there was a smirk on her lips as she gave me a little nod.



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