LOVE, LUST, AND SCANDAL IN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL
Sports Wives 1
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but today I feel the same way. You will always be at the center of my running game. I stood on the sidelines as the team’s football trainer and let me say. This series is dedicated to my father and three younger brothers.DEDICATION
My love of football began at a young age. I definitely had the better vantage point. However. I love football and I owe my passion for all sports to my father and three brothers. Back then.
. In high school while other girls cheered with pom-poms in hand. it’s hard to imagine ever loving any sport as much as I love the men who introduced me to the game. I was more interested in the game than the men playing it. Funny.
sweat and tears. so that developed into quite a visual. I get carried away when I think about these guys. There’s nothing like it. My name is Cassie Teller and this is my story. Okay. There’s something about snuggling up in my flannel gown with a hot cup of cocoa sipping in the flavor while watching a field full of tight asses run up and down the turf. LUST. I’m living in a different end zone altogether.LOVE. I’ve watched professional football. Leave it to me. I watched the games on television and now. Every kick-off I watch on football Sunday rallies the excitement in my soul.
. AND SCANDAL IN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL
Sports Wives 1 Destiny Blaine
Copyright © 2008
For as long as I can remember. I can truly relate. The way the sounds engulf them with the rumble of cheers and stomping. I’m in the lap of luxury. even though so much has changed since I decided to become a devoted fan. A woman can really begin to feel the love just by escaping into the world of blood. Years ago. Football altered my life course. Thanks to the game. I’ve heard plenty of men describe the sensation they have when they first step into an open stadium. clapping and screaming–it’s been described as an out-of-body experience.
The phone rang during the Pittsburgh and Minnesota game. the guys in tight pants won my attention and did they ever hold it once they earned it. They always wanted to try and impress the guy of the hour so on occasion. baby. Lucky for me.
. “Steve. After all. They typically wanted to grab a quick tip or two on the day’s events. to interrupt my favorite pastime. Immediately on guard. Since my fantasies were few and far between. tripped over his words and I barely paid attention to anything he said. I just knew he crashed my private party looking for a little roll in the hay.6
I can’t remember ever gladly answering my phone during a football game. I went from zero to bitch in three point seven seconds.” The words seemed to flip off my tongue. Sunday’s games. also known as my best friend with sexual benefits. He called. I heard a familiar voice. I eventually stopped answering my phone. I have tickets to the Christmas Eve Cleveland and Pittsburgh game and I wanted to see if you’ve ever been to Cleveland?” “Why? Do you need directions?” I crammed a handful of popcorn in my mouth. on Monday Night. On the other end. Since I have numerous girlfriends who date the jock-type. in fact. The Sunday before Christmas 2005 turned into the exception. there were too many things these gals disrupted on Sunday afternoon. called with some pretty great news. what are you doing? It’s not even half-time yet. not before. I shared my knowledge. All of my girlfriends used to call me during. he didn’t notice because he. after all. or heaven forbid. you are going to owe me the best blow in the world for this one. I happened to knock it off the hook or else I wouldn’t have answered it. Steve. “Cassie.
of course. are you asking me out on a date or do you want me to ride with you just to be sure you can make it to Cleveland?” I tried not to let my enthusiasm pour through the phone.”
. “Steve. kiddo. “I have two tickets.” “When hell freezes over.” I waited for a more direct response. Then. She had long black hair and a shapely body that sent most men into orbit every time she swayed into the room—and could Mandy ever sway with those curvaceous hips. No. Thank heavens. in life. “Minnesota sucks. After all. you’d be the one to sit in the stands. Actually. in phone sex. “Look. on the other hand. with me included in the trio. I was that damn excited. The very mention of the woman’s name just sent shivers down my spine. In fact. I’d always suspected he wanted a threesome. I felt confident it existed along with some underlying motive. as much as you love football. I sighed. “Aren’t you the least bit excited?” Steve pressed on. I don’t. Touchdown Pittsburgh. will I be chauffeuring you and the lovely Mandy to the gate because I know you didn’t land three tickets?” Steve laughed. “I’m about as excited as I would be to land in bed with both you and Mandy.Love. I’m not lying to you. He always pressed on—in bed. Wanna go?” I almost fell over. if I only had one ticket. I. Mandy’s going too. “So. the dreaded day when he might bring it up seemed to loom with the sudden invitation. I almost dropped the phone. I dreaded the whole truth. Persistent as hell—he served his gender well. I wasn’t surprised. Lust. I actually meant it. Mandy was everything I wasn’t.” I couldn’t think of anything else to say. never possessed what someone would call curves. so you and Mandy are going to the game. and outside of the great tits I carried around. “Honey. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
“Smart-ass. She really likes you and would love to get to know you better.” I said as I rejoined the conversation already in full swing on the other end of the phone. He also loved to rub Mandy in my face—not in the literal sense. my body defined ordinary and owned the term skinny. So how about it? Wanna take a ride up to Cleveland with us?” Mandy.
Once the snap of the latch sounded. He’d be ready to miss the kickoff just to stay locked in my gaze. I groaned and rolled over while pulling the sheets tight over my head. We’d just click. eager hands went straight to work. First. he held the only extra key to my cottage and he classified as the only person I knew dumb enough to visit me before noon. “Hey baby. He’d fall madly in love with me when he’d spot me.” One thing about it. I heard the doorbell ring then I heard the key in the lock and knew my morning caller was Steve. I began to imagine what he’d look like and had quite the fantasy going on too. his breath tasted sweet as he swarmed down on me with fresh morning kisses. The bedroom door remained securely closed but I knew Steve would be straight through the door and into bed within minutes. with any luck. any doubts were put to rest. I could feel him watching me. Met with a hard cock against my thigh.” I grumbled from under the covers but disappointment never consumed me. Kind of like Steve and I clicked. I’d run into one of those sexy boys from the keystone state. even craved it. I anticipated it. almost mockingly. as I tried to pretend I wasn’t waiting for him. Pittsburgh won 18-3 and I won five hundred dollars just like I usually did when I bet on Pittsburgh.8
Without missing a beat. The following week would be time for a big payday and. **** Six o’clock in the morning came too early on Christmas Eve. Steve knew how to leave a girl with a smile.” As soon as the words slipped from his lips. He slid in beside me. I finished the last drop of hot cocoa and decided to make a hot toddy to finish out the game. After all. “Now there’s a great idea!” I moaned and my stomach churned when I caught a five-second visual. “Call me tomorrow. Steve perked right up. around my neck and
. only without the Mandy. “Why couldn’t you let me sleep until eight? Cleveland is only four hours away. I slid out of my nightshirt and panties knowing inevitable sex loomed. I cursed my mind’s eye and caught the end of our good-byes.
It even allowed for enough inspiration—perhaps I could tolerate Mandy for the day. he wanted me to feel comfortable around Mandy because he felt fairly confident about their future.” I told him. In fact.” I couldn’t resist giving him a tongue-in-cheek just to drive the point home. He continued to blow up Mandy into this incredible all-around woman and explained how much she wanted to find out all she could about football from a “chick’s point of view” and I’m sure he believed every word of it. Unfortunately. too. I had to hand it to the girl. Finally. After more of the same breathless sex. His adoration provided just the right amount of spice I needed to start off my day. In any event.Love. “Here’s the thing. In high school. “I am quite sure she’s not the one because if she is then I think she’s more than capable of giving it up for morning love. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
then lower to the swell of my breast. He thought every girl who ever cooked him dinner and took him home to meet their mom deserved to wear the title of ‘the one’. she moved on to bigger and better things. We both flashed great tans and possessed blond locks with big baby blues. It’s amazing what one-upping a woman can do for a gal’s ego. She was the one—again. Steve and I were inseparable and everyone used to call us the golden couple because we looked so much alike. he found the place where I liked to feel him best. Steve talked about how excited the young woman seemed just because she would be able to get to know me. we lay in each other’s arms talking about the game and my favorite subject. Lust. I’d be willing to place a wager on it. He looked liked the surfer type but he didn’t have a lick of common sense. a great looking guy with blond hair and blue eyes. knew he provided just the right amount of eye-candy for the ladies. We did everything together and most people read in between the
. I couldn’t contain myself as his tongue did things to me no woman deserves. She evidently knew how to work her man—and the competition. Steve. Though I doubt she found either of those in the bedroom after leaving Steve’s bed. Steve had hang-ups and once the girlfriend discovered I weighed in as one of them. Mandy. I guess we were rather cute. I didn’t tell Steve but the chick-thing was enough to curl my toes.
I could’ve just as easily grabbed his dick. From the second grade forward. I didn’t have to deal with Mandy solo. he appeared with an oblong box. we left very little to the imagination.” Steve began.” Steve almost foamed at the mouth. Praise to the ticket master gods or whoever had my back. I was that damn excited. When I opened it. we were fuck-buddies from a young age forward. The truth hammered itself into my chest. “Whew. The day looked brighter already. I got you a present.10
lines when they saw us side by side—apparently.” Steve started rumbling through his coat pocket as he said it. “Oh. “It was mom’s favorite and she wanted you to have it someday since I was an only child and all. The next box took me by surprise.
. There were three tickets instead of two and suddenly I felt more at ease about the day ahead. After a few moments of fumbling through what must have been very deep pockets. I stared down at a beautiful antique locket on a gorgeous golden box chain.” Steve’s mom passed away five days before Christmas the previous year. “You wanna go again?” or “Let’s bang” but instead. Another small box attached on top with thin little green and red ribbons held the neat little package together. Yes.” Moment ruined. I had known her all of my life because she worked at the local library where I spent a great deal of time. I really expected to find a condom with a little note attached with something crude like. “Now don’t go making a big deal out of it. The whole concept revealed his sweeter side until I made the mistake of sitting straight up in bed exposing my upper half and he made the crucial error of noting it. I opened the rectangular box first and found the tickets to the Cleveland and Pittsburgh game. “You mean you haven’t been looking forward to the game until just now?” I didn’t want to wreck the hour so I just shrugged and gave him a yourmy-pal hug. Steve maintained a dumb blonde look on his face like he didn’t understand why my enthusiasm for the day went up a notch or two. “I will never be able to get enough of those tits. I’d gone there daily after school just so I wouldn’t have to go home to a drunken household.
as I knew it. moved to a whole new dimension. the bed didn’t just rock—my world. it scared the hell out of me. It also sent a thrilling chill straight up my spine with a new kind of recognition. Yes.Love. my friend”. we made love. The truth is. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
Inscribed on the back of the locket was “My daughter. my soul crumbled that day and when it did. Tender and sweet. Lust. but it sure brought a different kind of unexplainable pleasure. I cried—actually wept uncontrollably seems like a better way to define undeniable sobs. For the first time in all of the years I’d been bed partners with Steve. the everpresent reminder of how much I cared for Steve seemed to taunt me.
. Steve explained that his grandmother had given it to his mother and the closest thing his mom ever had to a daughter was me. I never knew passionate affection could top uninhibited and hard core.
If he earns it. Not a bad way to start the trip. I don’t care what kind of time constraints a woman faces. I tried to feel guilty. his willing tongue and hands wandered all over me. almost like I belonged there. women should never take for granted an encore performance. or go down for the man of the hour. Shades of lipstick
. I don’t know where all of this is coming from but I need to…” I didn’t need to think. but instead he pleasured me again and this time with Mandy waiting in the car. I stood in the bathroom pressed up against his tight chest wrapped in his arms. I felt safe and secure.12
After Steve showered and kissed me good-bye.” I whispered. No wonder Steve stayed so horny. I liked my vantage point. Later as we were driving out of town. “and Steve. Without true effort applied. While she painted on a made-up face. “I told Mandy I was coming in here to get you off and she didn’t believe me.” He grabbed my towel before opportunity allowed too much time and he quickly gave it a fling. a gal like me loves to know where she stands with the competition—not that I really thought the dingbat in the car would ever give me a true run for it but call it a woman thing. She sat patiently in the car trying to decide which shade of lipstick would go best with her Christmas sweater. I had another first-Steve-moment. I’ll take the guy over gloss any day of the week. I just really needed to go down on him. Personally. Poor. She had other things on her mind. I seduced her boyfriend. spread open. dumb Mandy. she can always take the time to bend over. he earns it on his timetable and often makes it worth every stroke and slide. “Mandy’s in the car. I learned early on. he drove over to pick up Mandy and reappeared in record time to catch me as I stumbled out of the shower. Remember.
He just couldn’t keep his big mouth shut. Mandy turned around and looked at me after she finished glossing once more. Cassie. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
seemed far more important than what her man might like to see her do with those self-proclaimed luscious lips.” Once more. He studied her for a moment and then quickly stole a glance at me in the rear-view mirror.
. He appeared to focus on her mouth as she accommodated the lipstick tube with a slight pucker and then an open mouth.” He slowed the car down to stop at the red light. I think” just for Mandy. Football drove our agenda and I’d become quite excited by it. Steve.” I knew better because I knew Mandy’s type. I haven’t been jealous. Cassie. at least I had bragging rights. of course. “What then?” Mandy stared at him for the longest time before turning around to face me. I swear it teetered on a look of love rather than one of pure lust. She didn’t get it but still took the opportunity to toss out a compliment. “That’s not it. I offered my best I-could-kill-Steve glare but somehow managed a “Thanks. Steve tells me you were the first girl he ever slept with and until now. but still very pretty.” I started to stammer around for a few chosen words but when I couldn’t find just the right verbal slam. “You’re a really pretty girl. He wanted the women he took to bed to know that I took him there first. Maybe she wanted some kind of back up. my eyes danced back and forth between them.Love. Something had definitely changed between us earlier in the day but I couldn’t worry about it now. but now I’m starting to wonder. Lust. Steve took the time to glance over at her. “So. what do you think? Kissable? Or just tolerable?” Steve gave me a ‘don’t you dare’ stare so I let it slide. Maybe I should see green. Mandy crossed her arms and narrowed her gaze. He always had to tell them. “She’s only jealous because you know more about football and she’s always wanted to be a football chick that the guys knew they could talk to about their sport. Well. She puckered up and said. As we drove toward the game. I simply shot him a go-to-hell glance. I think he read the silent message without much effort. “You know. Skinny.
I tried to remove my hand but he cupped my hand in his and instructed me to stroke it. I passed Mandy on the way to the bathroom at the other end of the restaurant. Back in time—I loved the idea. right inside the city limits. if she’d dressed in a poodle skirt and saddle oxfords. He didn’t blush. We slid around it on our bottoms. I felt an unfamiliar level of discomfort with Steve. Cassie. in fact. We talked about our jobs. it didn’t last long because just as I debated in my mind of what to say first. Everything appeared good to go until we rolled into Cleveland. It was one of those round tables with the rounded seat encircling the thermosetting plastic top. “Oh but I do. he took my hand and put it on his cock. A line formed for the ladies room so I
. I never could resist his cock. Her enthusiasm was becoming but not at all sexy or attractive. “Damn. Mandy was a hairdresser and I worked as a blackjack dealer in one of the Indiana casinos so she wanted to hear all of the casino stories I could share. It bordered along the lines of a school-girl approach and one that allowed me to tire as the day wore on and Mandy’s excitement peaked. I don’t know what this is…. Steve was hungry and said we had time to get a bite to eat before the game so we stopped at one of the few mom and pop restaurants left in Cleveland. I decided I could probably tolerate Mandy if she wouldn’t squeal in an attempt to get a point of enthusiasm across. Huge. I’d have to finish it. However. You’ve introduced me more than once or twice.14
The rest of the trip went okay. I forgot my purse and it proved to be a big mistake. I knew Steve well enough to know if I started it. It happened to be one of the driving forces behind our friendship. Suddenly. she would’ve found her true calling. As she headed into the restroom.” I’m sure my face reddened as my hand began to stroke and feel the imprint of every inch. Steve and I found the only open booth in the corner. given the outer appearance of the diner.” I giggled. In fact. so I jumped up and went to the bathroom. The restaurant layout formed an L-shape so I almost ran into her as I made a beeline for the restroom. It looked like Mel’s Diner from an old television show I used to watch. Mandy jumped out of the car once Steve found a parking space.
of all places. It was almost like I’d sipped on an aphrodisiac or something. I could feel Steve behind me as I walked into the little girl’s room. One delicious agenda— one man who knew how to take me to a whole new level of unexplored sexuality. It’s safe to assume. I had one motive. I quietly walked back to the booth and slid in beside of Steve where my hand rested on the seat locked firmly in Steve’s palm. old Mandy. but he did get off and when he did. His cock stayed incredibly hard as if he hadn’t climaxed. “Mandy told me to bring you your purse. I heard him tell the little old lady waiting for the rest room that I would be out in a moment. Lust. he held nothing back. Inside a crowded restaurant. two waitresses had a near collision and a glass fell off of one of the trays. Several strangers saw us go into the restroom together. although that’s what most would call it. Steve went out first.
. I couldn’t believe what we’d started there. but fortunately for me as I cautiously walked into the dining room. Nothing at all. but we were taking down the house with a romp meant to rock a woman’s world. A few moments later. We quickly straightened up. behind the closed bathroom door. the slamming of the door came as no surprise. It caused a splatter of shards onto the floor and I escaped the humiliation of feeding nature’s call.” He smirked. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
waited my turn. the patrons there knew what we had in mind but I seriously doubt anyone could grasp the entire concept of what we enjoyed behind closed doors. I dreaded the first step out.Love. Poor. We both smiled as we chatted it up with the lovely Miss Mandy. The groans came fast as his lips ravaged me and his hands fondled me in a way I’d never been touched before and then a knock on the door brought us back to the realization we were in a very public place. We weren’t just having a quickie.
So much in fact. that she didn’t even notice her boyfriend’s clothing and hair appeared unkempt because he had just had sex in the restroom with his friend who now held his hand under the table. went through life relatively unchanged.” After some persuasion. “Mandy wants to stop at the mall before we go out to the stadium. because she really courted the art of self-consumption. Early in life. well then. I craved the excitement of unspent passion. She was just plain dumb. gorgeous smiles and nice clothes. in many cases. I’d screw my best friend’s ex-boyfriend just to see if he could roll in the hay as skillfully as she said and. I decided a long time ago that many of the girls I knew were a lot like Mandy and. Since he knew how excited I’d be to get there. I’d tell her where she could find better. They were knowledgeable in the art of make-up. She’s cold and wants to buy a heavier coat. someone told me that I did know how to make a guy go weak in the knees. I enjoyed sex and never made any excuses for it. I convinced Steve to drop me off at the game so I could go on in and begin to enjoy the football ambiance. The exception was always Steve.
. they didn’t have a clue. I didn’t mind sharing my best partners between my closest friends.16
Mandy wasn’t the slightest bit interested in why we were away from the table for so long. he reluctantly agreed. if he didn’t meet up. My closest friends were a lot like me when it came to sex. I also decided girls like Mandy really had someone like me coming to her. I walked out to the car without any sense of reality when Steve interrupted my thoughts. Dumb. My mind still spinning. Some didn’t even care. but I suppose I was the most daring. but when it came to knowing what it took to make a guy go crazy in the bedroom.
I don’t think so. I could breathe again. I walked into the stadium alone. I looked around for another little lady but no one was around. “No. It simply slipped. His grin widened. I have to admit that there was an enduring sense of satisfaction. another thing the tabloids always liked to mention. I’m here to see the Stallions stomp that pretty little ass of yours up and down the field. Quarterback for the Cleveland Indians and one of the most eligible bachelors in professional football.” Now I was really starting to screw things up. you do have a name. don’t you?” Sure. the least you can do is tell me your name. Once inside. sure. I don’t know where that came from at all.Love. “My name?” Yes. Lust. yes.” he continued. “Oh my gosh. he was scorching in the public restrooms too! A smile crept across my face as I replayed the events of the day yet again. We were one another’s first sexual encounter but it was sex then and it must be sex now. He couldn’t be talking to me. I did finally pull it together. His green eyes sparkled and he grinned from ear to ear showing dimples the tabloids loved to talk about in their articles. that’s true. but damn.
. don’t worry about it. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
A few minutes later. I called him by his first name and without proper introductions. I’m Cassie.” He was not just towering over me and smiling down on me like he had just found a kid with her hand in the cookie jar.” No. he had no way of knowing. “I believe you may be lost. I could do that now that I’ve just totally humiliated myself.” Oh. My lips moving silent words never gave it away. stupid! I scolded myself privately and of course. “Hello there. Corby nodded. Corby. I began to fumble around in my purse for my ticket and ran smack dab into Corby Teller. if he wasn’t smoking a little hotter in the bedroom as he continued to age! In fact. I’m so sorry. “Hey. I didn’t just say that. I just can’t think of an alias quick enough.” He took off his helmet and I could see his jetblack hair. “Yes. “Corby. ma’am. No! Surely I didn’t! Corby’s six foot three frame bellowed in laughter. but if you are going to one-up me. little lady. Steve and I had been bed buddies for as long as I could remember. I had been laid more times in one day than I could even count on one hand.
I really didn’t have a problem with Cleveland losing their game and still sitting in Corby’s suite so I just went ahead and took him up on the offer. but this gorgeous man was also gracious because he didn’t seem to notice. That’s right.18
“Well. I want you and your friends to be my guests today. He’ll be happy to run down to your seats and meet up with your friends. Hell. “I tell you what. are you here by yourself?” I stuttered and stammered as he looked at me dead on before flashing a sly smile. it would cost me a thousand dollars. I was rapidly aware of my upgraded ticket status in the Indians’ stadium. everything tumbled out as jumbled as my reversed thoughts and screwed up lingo. but they will be…soon. Cassie. I thanked him and started to walk away. he held out his elbow for me and I willingly took his arm and laughed. After I agreed to wait in one of the luxurious rooms and met Corby’s dad. with no last name offered. after all. Cassie. I’m sure he found the time to study every detail.” I felt like I’d forgotten how to communicate. “Ms. We walked about 200 steps and Corby Teller pointed to the entrance I should’ve taken in the first place. Ms.” I blurted it out before I thought much about it. hand it to me to do it up right. what men like Corby Teller do with women like me. Open foot—insert mouth. Well. if you will allow me to show you the way to the public entrance of the Cleveland stadium. “I can’t sit with a bunch of Cleveland fans. I’m here with friends. Cassie.” Corby smiled again.
. “Oh. Corby thanked me for coming to the game and promised an unforgettable show since I agreed to sit among Cleveland fans. I began to calm down. That is. I couldn’t do that.” “Oh. I would be honored. I’ll take you to one of the suites and let you get comfortable and give your ticket to my Dad.” In a mockery display. actually I’m here with a friend and his girlfriend only they aren’t here yet. I wanted this guy to have a show stopper of a ballgame but the truth was if he did. “Do you always tell the truth?” I couldn’t believe how much I continued to blab. I don’t…I don’t…I bet on the Stallions and will be pulling for them. As Corby’s dad left to go find Mandy and Steve at our original seats. I suddenly wanted to be a Cleveland fan.
” Wow. Never. “Well. Lucky?” I couldn’t manage much more. I’m not Corby Teller’s date.Love. My friend gave me a ticket to the game for a Christmas gift. aren’t you the lucky gal?” She seemed to be interested in summing me up as quickly as possible. Lust. I’m not his date. He brings his dad but other than his own father—no one.” By the time it sunk in. ”That’s not what he said. now how did that happen? “Oh.
. I’m here with friends but no.” The suite attendant shrugged and turned to walk off but before she did. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
I suddenly felt all alone and very uncomfortable until one of the suite attendants came up and started a conversation with me. The day’s excitement provided more than any one girl could handle. she was gone. “Corby Teller has never brought a date to the suite. “I don’t understand. she called out over her shoulder.
She fit in with the group instantly and even looked as if she belonged there. appeared quite impressed by our suite upgrade. friends and family members. Mandy. I knew he wouldn’t be impressed with our surroundings even through we were sitting among the Professional Football Confederacy elite—including retired PFC players. “Not now. I found him to be very realpeople as they say in the southern states. he acted genuinely interested in watching his son play while making us feel welcome throughout the game. Teller tried his best to find out more about me. “Oh my gosh. Steve. Instead.
. Mandy excused herself to visit with some of the players’ wives and before long. I could hear her talking with the girlfriends and significant others about the best shopping in Cleveland and all of the things girly-girls seem to talk about. Convinced it would be more “nothings” than sweet and sexy. Mr. girlfriends. It’s football. He wanted to get to know all of us. Where we were from and why we chose to come to Cleveland for Christmas. At half time. He leaned over and brushed his lips against my ear as if he planned on whispering those sweet sexy nothings in my ear. on the other hand.20
Mr. Look over there. I informed him that I didn’t have the time for his games. It’s all about the game now. Is that who I think it is?” Steve ignored her and focused on me. After all. I dare say the kicker’s leg moved back by the time everyone took his or her respective seats. He didn’t seem interested in summing us up so he could report back to his son. current PFC players’ wives. Teller appeared with Steve and Mandy without a moment to spare before kickoff. He entertained as the perfect host. Steve seemed agitated but I ignored him.” Throughout the first half. In fact.
Love. “Did Dad ask you out on a date for me?” Corby’s smile illuminated the room a second time. When the game ended. Lust. Bless his heart. which really pissed me off. I waited with Mr. I was afraid you might have taken up with the QB on the other team!” I laughed but felt rather uncomfortable. Pittsburgh continued to stomp Cleveland and Steve resumed the jealous boyfriend act. but I tried to ignore him as much as humanly possible.
. She was thrilled. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
Steve and I were like a couple one minute and ex-spouses the next. he even brought his dad into the whole ordeal. He said Corby would like to take us out for dinner.” I was definitely ‘liking on him’ as the girls from the casino used to say. I knew it right then and there. I knew Corby Teller was way out there. Corby appeared in the doorway and so help me. Throughout the second half. the Indians picked up their tomahawks and other belongings. Dad and I hope you’ll say yes. she knows it. Steve and I were easy friends—best friends. “I want to take you and your friends out on the town. I looked into the eyes of trouble. After the suite cleared out. They didn’t seem too surprised that the game ended with a huge Pittsburgh victory. I quickly noticed Corby’s handsome features and instantly regretted the fact that I wouldn’t be having dinner with him. Mandy and Steve chatted in a corner with a Cleveland Reporter who originally believed Mandy may have been a team owner’s wife. She fit in well with everyone or at least she thought she did. What a gentleman. “I’m glad you waited. About an hour after the game and just before Steve’s patience ran out. Teller to thank Corby and to let him know that we would have to be getting back to Cincinnati. Mr. Teller let me know that his son wanted us to stick around after the game. The expression on Steve’s face said he wasn’t at all interested in going to dinner with a professional football player. When a guy is way out of a girl’s league. Mandy was just being Mandy. Who was I kidding anyway? This couldn’t go anywhere. We seemed to be on uneasy ground and I didn’t like the feeling because it wasn’t at all like the normal relationship we shared. He lit up like a Fourth of July sky when he saw me.
We talked about our childhoods. Corby took my hand gently in his. education. I was ready. As if on cue. pack the car. He had this look in his eyes that showed he was very interested in me. after all. Teller became engaged in a conversation with Mandy and Steve telling them tales about the Cleveland Indians and the stadium as he remembered it in years past. we’re going to Cincinnati for Christmas. If he wanted to go. He talked about how thrilled he was when Cleveland drafted Corby. “Dad. and while I was enjoying the ease of conversation with one of football’s finest.” It was the truth and a good thing too because it was all I could think to say at the time. I smiled and as I turned to go gather my things. We sat on the plush chairs overlooking the now empty stadium and football field. my first loyalty remained with Steve. Really. Steve let Corby know he had to work Christmas Day and we wouldn’t be able to accept his dinner invitation because of the drive back. I wanted to know more about him. my side-kicks walked up and Corby’s Dad introduced them like he had known them for decades. dreams and goals. “I guess it’s time for us to hit the road. I guess it made him uneasy. to my surprise. He wanted to know me and.” I never doubted it for a minute. The sports-superstar looked rather disappointed. Mr. They chatted over a couple of beers while Corby and I began to get better acquainted. “I’d like to know you better too. Corby. It was comfortable. We talked about everything during the short time we had. As I stood up.
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About the same time. It seemed like we couldn’t say enough. From the looks Steve shot my way. I did.” I froze in time. “I don’t know you but I really want to have the opportunity to get to know you. I heard Corby say to his father.
“What were you thinking?” Here we go. Mandy appeared thrilled. Steve never could control anger and to say his voice rose only an octave would be nothing short of a grave understatement. She didn’t invite him to Cincinnati. you should call me. His jealousy provoked me and mine had definitely pushed all of his buttons in the past. which is something he and I had dealt with before on one side or another. I smirked because I assumed he wouldn’t get into it with me since Mandy showed up in classic style to defend me. He took each step in a heavy stride and I found him quite irritating. Steve pulled over and told me to get out and ride with Corby. Mandy’s eyes widened.”
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As we walked toward the cars. “Steve. “I told him he could ride the rest of the way in with you. I’ll pull over and pick you up. A few miles down the road and my cell rang.” Steve let out a grunt or was it a groan? I decided it was a growl and a possessive one to boot. I saw the look on her face when Corby told his dad to pack the car. She intervened. He wanted to come along so he could get to know her better.Love. so both of us recognized it immediately. She obviously didn’t know that Steve and I could have some very heated discussions when one of us thought the other did something stupid. Steve stomped and his breathing seemed labored. This only made him more intolerable. Lust. Corby and I talked on the phone for about an hour before he asked to speak to Steve. but if he gets out of hand. She was very much on my nerves by this point and I’m sure she was trying Steve’s patience too. While Steve may have been mad.
“Merry Christmas. Steve. Steve was hell-bent on staying with me with or without her permission.” Steve said it with deep sincerity in his voice. He kissed Mandy on the forehead and told her goodnight.” She gave Steve a take-that look and then went on her merry-Mandy way. Funny. When Corby asked where they should stay in the city. It was after three in the morning and everyone was tired. in part because something had changed between us and we both knew it. We walked inside and fell into bed. not to mention off the hook. Cassie. Teller and Corby. Mandy informed Steve that she wanted to go home first then quickly added he should probably crash at my house because he would be too tired to make it to Covington. more or less. Steve owned a nice place in Covington.”
. He’s a nice guy and Steve and I both like him. Corby said they’d call it a night and I was thrilled. On the way home. Her suggestion didn’t matter. Cassie. but it never occurred to me until that moment—Steve had been almost dating both of us. “You look great!” Her words carried and lingered right behind me as I hopped in the car with Mr. As we approached Cincinnati.24
He gave a half-attempt at a smile as Mandy blew me a kiss followed by. I directed him to The Cincinnatian Hotel and was relieved he didn’t want to go to my place. “You know. Teller offered to let me ride in the front with his son and hopped in the backseat. Kentucky but only stayed there on occasion—when he wasn’t staying with Mandy or at my house. In part because we were exhausted. I hope you have fun with Corby. We arrived to a pitch black cottage. I knew him well enough to know he planned to be in my bed long before she granted her nod of approval—well. As she started to get out of the car. anyway. He’s probably going to be a perfect match for you. We drove to my house in silence. she turned to me and said. “Merry Christmas. Steve met us at the hotel and I said my good-byes to the Teller men with quick plans made for the following day. I forgot to leave any lights on and he grumbled about it. Mr. I remembered the way I left my cottage the morning of the ballgame.
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The next morning. It was like this caged animal had been inside of him and suddenly it was unleashed.”
. Damn. but furious. Corby said he would call when he woke up and as luck would have it—he interrupted at just the right time—or the wrong one. Why all of a sudden did Steve have the need to finally declare his love for me? “You love me now? Why now?” I peered down on him with what I’m sure were inquisitive.” I knew that. too. Tell me not to go and I won’t go.Love. something felt different. I woke up with wet kisses on my belly and Steve’s hands cupping my breasts. It was like nothing I’d ever felt before with Steve or with anyone else. Exhausted but still filled with lust. “I love you.” The phone rang. I found Steve couldn’t stop touching me and I couldn’t stop my body aching for him all the more. eyes. too. Lust. Either way. “Corby?” Steve looked like a hurt pup after I hung up the phone. but I deeply love you. Steve shrugged. it was like Corby Teller didn’t exist. It almost made me angry. “I guess I always have but something clicked yesterday morning and I know now. I love screwing you for sure. now I know. but he knew who it was before I answered it. We had the best sex we’d ever had—again. I’ve always loved you. I studied him for a moment before answering him with a nod.” he paused and let out a long sigh. Cassie. “Yes. but now. it’s Corby. “I just love ya. We loved each other. We couldn’t get enough of each other. Yes. The sex was something out of the animal kingdom.
Normally a bit self-conscious in upscale environments. I’ve had a lot of what-ifs with you. we’ve got to whip this place into shape. I felt like I belonged there. Cassie.” I returned similar sentiments. I’ve used you for years. you’ll always want to know what if.” I went into the den and pulled out a gift from under the tree. but couldn’t look through it. “I can’t tell you that. I walked confidently into the lobby and immediately collected a kiss on the cheek by Corby. so I’ll straighten up out here. “You look…” He grabbed my hand. You’ve been there through thick and thin and watched as I paraded around one girlfriend after the next.26
Steve shrugged. Pulling into The Cincinnatian Hotel. this time. I didn’t. I couldn’t help but feel guilty. because I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to you. Steve was the one left behind and I certainly knew how that felt. I saw the ladies covered in jewelry and furs as they entered the building and where I typically would’ve felt intimidated. After all. In fact. You’ve been my best friend and I’ve done nothing to deserve you in my life. Now. I noticed the expensive cars in the parking area outside. In it was a scrapbook I’d been working on for a long time. took a step back and gave me a whirl before he said. He let out a big whistle and sent me on my way. Right now. if you don’t. You have to see Corby and I hate it like hell but that’s the way it needs to be because it’s only fair. Steve’s personality quickly returned to the norm.
. Now. You need to get ready. “I’ll do this later. it’s your turn.” When I appeared in the bathroom doorway dressed in a little black dress. Steve opened the gift. He was dressed in khakis and a golf shirt and suddenly I was entertaining an idea of how we’d spend our day. I’m not going to tell you not to go. “stunning. when you have the opportunity to be with someone who could make all of your dreams come true.
The Tellers loved it and Steve seemed really glad we kept up our tradition of spending every Christmas together. it was Mandy who saved the day when she invited us to her parent’s home for a traditional dinner with her family. Lady. I decided to save it for another day. “You like football. Our Christmas Day turned out to be just perfect. Mr. We sat at the bar to take in the Christmas decorations and called his dad to make dinner plans. I must say. you’re going to love me. We later discovered this factor was very important when playing ROOK with her dad. Around eight o’clock we turned on the tube and settled in to watch the Christmas Day football game but just as we were ready to watch. I also sleep with my best friend. after all the day was beautiful and a few of the public courses were open for business. Eighteen holes later and I decided Corby Teller not only had perfect looks but could hold his own on a golf course which sent him up a few pages in my little black book. “Nope. He wrestled with the boys and played ROOK successfully as Mandy’s father’s partner. Teller. After our unusually beautiful day in December turned into rain.” Truer words were never spoken. we ran by my house to pick up some clubs. the cable
. you play golf. While I insisted on preparing a Christmas meal at my house. Throughout dinner.Love. careful not to leave anyone out regardless of age. is there anything I won’t like about you?” It would’ve been the perfect opportunity to tell him the truth. Mandy’s family loved him and the kids there adored him. we went back to the clubhouse. After I picked up Corby and saw that he dressed for eighteen holes more so than a date. Corby was every bit as charming as I’d imagined. We were off. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
Corby pulled me into his arms. Lust. He told football stories and engaged in conversation with everyone around the table. I quickly changed into pants and golf shirt too.
sleeping in my bed. After all. My heart was torn apart as my body continued to twist up like a pretzel. the nagging sensation of a brewing problem didn’t go unnoticed. and if you want me to stop. and Corby was on the sofa. so we opted for a game of Twister. Even though we all laughed and had a great time. Corby and I drove him over to The Cincinnatian with the intentions of going back to Mandy’s. also fully clothed. It was a nice feeling that he didn’t decide to take advantage of me. Twister seemed like the appropriate game to play. what’s a girl to do when she has one good-looking pro player under her and one sex machine over her? I decided to show cleavage and it worked beautifully because I could tell that both Corby and Steve were getting hot and bothered. My heart’s strings continued to do their dance as first one man twisted around me and then the other. He didn’t have to ask me twice. Corby suggested that we go to my house instead. Steve. Funny. Mr. We ended our Christmas night in front of the fireplace. I didn’t think it would take a lot of effort. I was beginning to feel much the same way inside. Body parts left nothing to the imagination. The rum won out and when I woke up the next morning. Teller and Mandy’s father had one too many drinks. held my heart and I just couldn’t seem to focus completely on Corby without a thought or two about Steve. but it was very short lived. Corby seemed to be the man every girl would want in her life proving the media correct when the tabloid reporters dubbed him the most eligible bachelor in the PFC. I want to be respectful of you. As we drove by my house. Why wouldn’t I be? After all. After Mr. whispering sweet nothings into my skin. drinking rum and flirting with the idea of sleeping together. I could see why he’d earned the title and I knew I should focus on how to make him totally and completely mesmerized. “Cassie. I didn’t know Twister could be so sexy but I was definitely turned on by the game. We didn’t make it. on the other hand. I began to think about a long courtship where we waited to sleep together. I was fully clothed.28
went out as an electrical storm set in outside. He pulled me closer. snuggled under the Christmas tree. He cupped my face in both hands and planted one right on my lips. Teller came in to announce he wanted to go back to the hotel. I bent down to kiss him on the cheek and it was like he had been waiting for me all night. tell me right now
. In fact.
very short lived. “Feel me. Then. Out the door went the first notion of a long courtship. “I want you to know every inch of me. I let it go. not to mention strength. I toyed with the idea of walking away. but I wanted to find out what he held in store for me. Corby pulled me to him. If. I unzipped his pants and wasted little time in moving my lips to places I felt confident he wanted me to visit.Love. I ached for you because I wanted to…I wanted to be inside of you. I watched you sleep in the firelight last night. of his cock. I know none of this makes any sense but I feel like I need to get close to you. it was me who moved first. Still.” he whispered. It was very. I’m straddling him and can feel the full length. As I stood over him leaning down to kiss him once more. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
but I want you. because I felt as if I would be betraying this new love I had finally professed to Steve and I felt we deserved a chance.” I always loved a man who felt he needed sex to feel something. I couldn’t help but notice the full rise in between Corby’s legs and. Let me know you want me. I suddenly understood it. The promises of fulfillment were hard to deny and ignoring it wasn’t really an option for a woman like me. Lust. He probed his tongue deep and licked my lips as if he wanted to savor the taste of the kiss before he took me for his own. He kissed me with all the whitehot fever I felt. In fact.” The more he talked to me. I don’t remember anything else except pure satisfaction. for no other reason. and next thing I know. the more I felt the need factor too. call me fickle.
it’s your dad. I read it instantly. Later. We pulled into the parking lot and quickly walked toward the help desk. Mr. “Dad has frequent anxiety attacks. About an hour or so passed and Corby finally appeared.” A frantic expression danced across his face as he turned to stare back down the hallway.
. he would tell me his father never regained consciousness. I watched him walk down the long corridor and noticed how he seemed to smile easily and swing his arms with his smooth gait. “Corby. He spoke quietly with his father and then replaced the receiver. It was quite funny really. I’m sorry we can’t pick up where we left off before the phone interrupted. Corby sprinted back through the doors toward the emergency room before the door closed right behind him. I think he has the attacks more often.” Corby took the receiver from my hands. he faded out of this world like he’d only been here for a minute.” He leaned over and kissed me on the nose. Corby’s father had a massive heart attack as soon as Corby left the room. He moved toward me with a relaxed expression on his face until an urgent call was announced over the intercom. We hurried to get dressed and left for the hospital. Within seconds.30
The phone rang and it was Corby’s father. He’s on his way to the hospital. Death slapped and dealt a dose of cruel reality to one of the nicest people I’d ever met. “Code blue room four—ER room four—code blue. Corby was pointed in the direction of his father’s room. He seemed to walk in slow motion and then suddenly everything went chaotic. A quick peck on the nose. Teller occupied ER room four. and lately with the football season and all. and I told him I would wait for him in the lobby. The staff didn’t hide their obvious interest in Corby. but he didn’t seem to notice.
Later in life. He painted a picture of his life. His father meant the world to him and they shared a bond I didn’t pretend to understand. the coach recognized my name and took the call. Lust. Corby shook—he just cried so hard. When I finally convinced him to leave.
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen death taken so hard. vividly recalling his mother and how she had passed away when he was only three years old. Around five the next morning. I shared experiences too and realized with each recounting. the phone rang and it was Corby’s coach. We sat for hours by the Christmas tree in my small home and he told me about his father’s humble beginnings as a shoe salesman who wanted nothing more than to take care of his son and offer him the best education money could buy. wrapping my arm around his waist. died the year before from a drug overdose. I asked him who I could call for him but the only call he wanted me to make was to his coach. We really weren’t that different. I often wondered if the reason we found our place together was because I’d been there for him when he lost the most important person in his life. I tried to encourage him to leave the hospital lobby. I tried to hold him close and felt his strong body tremble from the heart-ache. A faraway look came upon his handsome face as memories continued to spill from his lips. Teller’s death. I realized I could easily care for him. His father’s sister. He cried the whole time we were there. In the moments that followed Mr. I was crushed to see such a strong man hurt so deeply but I didn’t know how to help him. the invisible thread that bound us together grew stronger. Corby and I went back to the hotel to gather his father’s things along with Corby’s belongings. Ironically. I felt very close to Corby and he leaned on me for the strength he couldn’t find on his own. It was then I realized that pain runs a particular course often so brutal that it’s hard to fathom and Corby Teller walked within the confines of an agony I never wanted to know.Love. After I made the call for him. but he didn’t want to leave. He walked back to the nurse’s station one last time and asked to see his father again while I waited. Corby had told me I might have to go through a lot of channels to get to him but I simply asked for him and explained that I was a friend of Corby Teller’s and I was put right through. There wasn’t any way to help him. who was the only other relative he’d ever known.
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“Cassie. There was something else there too that I just couldn’t put my finger on. I asked Corby to speak to him and he finally found the words to thank him for coming to Cincinnati and then hung up. it looked like we were headed for something deep and meaningful. Corby needed me. “You just met me and I have no right to ask this of you.” What could I say? I actually saw this coming a mile away.” It was all I could say once he asked. in fact. I wanted to be who he needed. When I was with Corby.” Corby began. He must’ve thought I had no idea who Corby Teller really was and perhaps he thought I didn’t care. I would learn later that it wasn’t anything I should have taken personally because his coach was. it wasn’t like I was with a superstar professional football player. “I am in Cincinnati already and I’m here to take Corby and Mr. Teller and Corby were very close. Corby. Maybe he even thought I was one of the many PFC groupies just bidding for time with his quarterback. Mr. “but if you wouldn’t mind. one of Corby’s most devoted friends.” My air with the man surprised me. We had become fast friends and were headed for something much more involved than friendship. Corby and I have spoken about his father at length. Cassie. Of course.” He was matter-of-fact.” His voice carried through the receiver as cold and straight to the point. “Of course I’ll go with you to take your dad home. I need your strength. Teller’s body home. I didn’t have time then to think about Steve. but I was far too afraid to give it much thought at the time.
. I could deal with this better if you were there beside me.
I had enough time off accrued to take as much time as I needed when Mr. “Cassie. Teller. I told him I needed to return home and back to some level of normalcy in my own life.
. We were having a good time together—in and out of bed. not just ordinary sex but a wild romp all over his penthouse apartment. talked me right into an orgasm while driving me home to Cincinnati. The short amount of time I was with him showed me his gentle character and love for his son. I think we would’ve liked one another. but on the fourth day after his father’s burial. Who would have guessed I’d be using it to help my new boyfriend get through his father’s funeral? It was a shame I’d never get to know Mr. At the end of the second week. He could make me lusty-hot just by talking to me and. I might add. things began to get back to what I imagined would be normal in a relationship with Corby. in fact. Yes. My friends at work used to tease me about it.Love. I decided this man owned the market as one hot commodity. The best damn sex I’d ever had bent over a balcony. I know I would’ve enjoyed having him in my life. Teller passed away. Well. The look on his face showed disappointment. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
I used to collect my ‘paid time off’ time as if I would be spending it on an exotic vacation one day. I know you have to go at some point but could you just stay with me a little longer?” I stayed. Lust. He was sexy as hell. great in bed and could do things with his cock that I never knew could be done to a woman. I stayed with Corby in Cleveland for a few days after his father’s funeral. We had sex for the second time. I never used it.
” I can’t marry you. I need you. once we were soaking in champagne and licking every delicious sip off of each other’s bodies. We’re good together. He was handsome and considerate and. Love is what I had felt for Steve for most of my life. I don’t even know you that well. Corby rocked my world that night just as he did every time I was with him. honey. Cassie. Yes. given my history as a child. He only had eyes for me and I loved the attention. turned heads everywhere we went. Of course. I later decided what I felt for Corby paled in comparison to the love I had for Steve. You are still grieving the loss of your father. Steve disappeared from my mind again. I want you to be my wife. but I had to try to make some sort of sense of everything happening so fast in my life. However. which was a rock by the way. it wasn’t love. “Corby. I was speechless but I couldn’t convince my mouth of the fact. “Marry me. We can’t right now. he took my left hand and added a beautiful proposal of l-o-v-e words. He began with his promises for a happily ever after which. It scared the hell out of me but I knew it then and there. then I thought of Steve. incredible.” He looked so sincere. Still. I just discovered what to call it a little too late. After all. an engagement was an experience and a taste worth savoring with the one who I was promising to marry. Corby picked up a bottle of champagne and popped the cork. My head began to swim. sounded pretty damn good. Even though it was hot and incredibly sexy. “I loved you the day I first saw you at the stadium. of course. I tried to stumble over some syllables and just go with it. I was sure what I had with Corby was just lust and even though it was delicious. on my finger.” I kissed him on the forehead and he slid the ring. As thoughts of Steve darkened the whole proposal. I was surprised when I found Corby on one knee with rose petals spread all over my bed when I came out of the shower my first night home. I think you are moving too fast and you’ll regret this later.
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The sex was. as I reminded myself again and again. and this time with tears in his eyes.
of course. I joined Steve in the kitchen and couldn’t help but notice the lingering lump in my throat. Steve walked right in on us. I forgot the fact I held tight to another man’s arms. but he knew. Being newly engaged presented certain challenges for mindless guilt. scratching his head like he had missed something while blinking his eyes. We’ll be right out.” Steve’s eyes blazed. “Oh yeah. Corby took charge. what had taken place. hey man. “Nice rock.Love. well. Corby jumped in the shower and I tossed my hair into a clip before grabbing a robe. “Did it ever occur to you to say no? Did you think about telling him you didn’t want it or how about something along the lines of ‘Hey. how’d you get in?” I told him quickly that Steve had a key and grabbed for my robe. Corby gave it to me last night. Steve shut the door and went into the kitchen where I heard him fumbling around in my cabinets looking for coffee. Lust. My body had already started to want him and yet I couldn’t wake up enough to see him. “Hey. no doubt.” Steve didn’t like to be dismissed in my house and I could tell it didn’t go over too well with Corby that he had a key.” He didn’t turn to face me. I can’t because I’m in love with someone else’ because you know you should’ve rejected his proposal. Trying to be a perfect gentleman. I’m sure I looked a bit dazed by the comment and started to ask him what he was talking about and then remembered a small little detail. grab you some juice out of the refrigerator and let us get ourselves together. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
I heard the door click and felt him there. Our entangled bodies were under the sheets. He apologized immediately as Corby sat up in bed. You aren’t going to honor your vows any more than I would so why make them?”
. He stood next to the kitchen sink glaring outside at the empty backyard. “Oh.
I know. “Honey. I took the first sip before I answered him softly. “He’s my best friend Corby…and…and…I…don’t…know…what…” I couldn’t finish what I wanted to say. and I know you love me. “Yes. “Cassie. I moved around him to pour myself a cup of coffee. it’s scary to leave behind your friends but you can visit often and I’ll build a nice house with a guest cottage for Steve. gorgeous. Your teammates would hang you in Cleveland’s square. “Did it ever dawn on you that he may be rushing things because he is grieving over the loss of his father?” He went on a rant. Still. Corby appeared neatly dressed in jeans and one of my Cincinnati Cobras T-shirts a few minutes later. I said. too.
. it would be enough to last until I said the “I do” part.36
Destiny Blaine I couldn’t find the words to calm him. they would have been moving somewhere. “Nice shirt.” I grinned.” I realized his promise wouldn’t hold true if he ever found out what a torrid past Steve and I shared. Corby quickly wrapped his big arms around me and began caressing my hair. where’d Steve go?” Without missing a beat. He’ll always be welcome wherever you are. would you mind to keep your voice down?” “I love you. He made a practical point. “Hey. what’s going on between you and Steve?” I looked at him through tear-stained blue eyes and suddenly burst out. assuming they have one.” I turned to say something and he wrapped me in his arms and kissed me hard on my mouth. He just kissed me passionately and then he left before I could gather my sense of reason or any words formed to stop him. His hands never wandered south and typically. “He had an errand to do for Mandy.” He sighed but then decided to continue. it did occur to me but I didn’t and since I didn’t. “We just waited far too long to recognize it. Cass. after
all. Corby’s voice soothed and calmed my runaway nerves—and with any luck.” Corby picked up that something wasn’t quite right. His black hair was still moist from the shower.
Corby didn’t want his future bride working in a casino. but he wanted to chat all the way back. the only races available would be simulcast. I grabbed a Daily Racing form on my way in and took a seat near the bar to start handicapping the ponies. Shit! I couldn’t do it anymore. Call Steve. He didn’t answer so I moved on. He would pour his heart out to me while I drank beer and bet on the horses. Right outside of Cincinnati. First things first. I knew I would be expected to move immediately to Cleveland. It’s in Florence. I gave in and picked up the phone to make the call. I was relieved to have time by myself. Call Steve. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
Corby went back to Cleveland and called every hour on his way home.Love. Lust. Everyone at work already knew about my romance with Corby. I crossed the ugly state line from Ohio into Indiana and headed out to the casino to tell my supervisor that I wouldn’t be coming back to work. That’s when I saw him and the tingle in
. Call Steve. Call him again. They wished me well and I simply walked away—leaving my past behind and every inch of proud independence I once claimed as my own. Kentucky not far from Cincinnati and not far from Covington where Steve lives. so it came as no surprise to anyone. From the phone sex to his claims of missing me from the moment he left. the famed Turfway Park called to me much like booze lured an alcoholic. I truly needed and wanted time to think. I thought to myself. Pack. When he finally arrived there. I called again and left a message. then I headed over to the casino to turn in my official notice. In the dead of winter. Call Steve. Everyone seemed really happy for me. I couldn’t escape his voice in my ear. We used to meet at the track anytime Steve had women troubles. Pack. Before I drove home. Call a real estate agent. I decided to take a detour and head for Kentucky.
baby. We must’ve sat like that for
. I slipped my hand in my purse and turned off my phone. went overboard. I know.” he explained.” He tapped the table in front of me and instantly had my attention. Steve turned to look at me and started to say something when I cut him off. He sat down on the high back chair next to me and looked like a man truly sickened by love lost. My gaze followed him over to the bar area and stayed with him until he reappeared within seconds carrying two ice cold draft beers. “I think I’ve loved you before I knew what love was or what it was supposed to be like. Sobbing and choking on my words.” We went to the parking lot. We sat in silence as he watched me pick over the races I pretended to want to watch. I think I thought we would always be like we were. Corby would call and I didn’t want interruptions. I was mush. He obviously realized where he’d find me because his eyes didn’t show surprise when our glares locked. “Oh. “Mandy. “Come on. let me go first. I should have. we both got in our separate cars and I followed Steve to his house.” He nodded and I continued.” My eyes started to tear up before I continued. and without a word. I’ll be right back. not this time. I just waited too long didn’t. Finally.” I scolded him for his inconsiderate ways. He was never home so no one would think to look for us there and it was time to resolve this unfinished business once and for all.” That was it. let’s get out of here. “I always thought this day would come…where we would say good-bye to life as we know it…but I think I thought it would be like always…with me left behind. Steve wrapped me in his arms and pulled me in close. I noticed a tear fall down on the form. “No.38
my gut told me we wouldn’t be staying there long. “Yeah. “You could’ve picked this up and showed her you appreciated the effort. baby. “Hang on. He wiped it away and said. You would have the occasional girlfriend and we would do our thing regardless of who she was or how involved you became with her. I walked in and tripped over Christmas packages.” We sat down on the futon sofa and looked at his small Christmas tree. I?” He rocked me back and forth and occasionally kissed me softly on the lips or on the forehead.
” That was the understatement of the year. do you know where your fiancé is?” His messages were sexy and cute in the beginning and then dark and weary in the end. After I said good-bye. When I woke up. So much so that I didn’t realize I had stopped talking and stopped listening. “Hey. I laid the phone down and walked back inside to slide into bed beside Steve but couldn’t sleep for thinking about how things had moved so fast since Christmas. My head bowed and I could’ve fallen asleep with the phone to my ear. I looked at the four carat diamond on my hand and knew my life was going to change drastically. babe. It’s two in the morning. Lust. He’d always done the crawling and sneaking around. it would be virtually overnight. I was in his arms and the futon bed was pulled out in the bed position. “Cassie. yet Corby could offer me a life I never thought anyone with my humble beginnings could have. How did I sleep so long? I jumped up and went out into Steve’s greenhouse and sat on the edge of the hot tub and dialed for my messages. I must’ve slept through the ringing. I moaned and got undressed and found my way back to the hot tub. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
hours and I dozed off to sleep. “Hey.Love.
. We were bound by the emotional ties that would forever bind us and it seemed as if I couldn’t give him up. are you there?” I finally managed a “Mmmmm” and he told me he loved me and we’d talk tomorrow.” “It’s 9:00. I felt happy and then I panicked. We were snuggled up like two spoons. I looked over at the clock. I’m so sorry. I know you must be tired. You’ve been so great through everything. Give me a call. I was exhausted both mentally and physically. “Corby.” He was forgiving. Four o’clock in the morning. where are you?” I slowly dialed his number. Corby. Yes. “I knew that was what happened and I should’ve let you sleep. it’s me. I fell asleep and just now woke up. Shit. As I sat there with my head back and my lids closed. I thought about how wrong it was to keep crawling back to Steve. pick up. hon. Cassie.
Damn you for having the best set I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting.” Mischief danced from his lips. I wanted to contain the pleasure but cry out in true pain. “Your tits cascading the water. His hard cock up against me made life and my current situation forgettable. I guess it’s going to have to come out and play. Steve’s dick was clearly showing through his boxers. to touch me the way only he knew how. “I don’t think you could handle this tonight. but he moved me over to his side and slid into the warm pool of water grabbing me hard against his chest as he did. “Well. his fame and status held part of the appeal.” I pretended to swim up to the side of his eight-person hot tub and sent a wave splashing toward the front of his boxers. I was hot and bothered and wanted to feel Steve inside of me. I whimpered with each thrust. Fucking was all I had on my mind. Yes. I opened my eyes and grinned. I didn’t know if I could. “I want you. “Now there’s a sight for sore eyes. I know it and you know it. I didn’t want to give up Steve.40
Yes. Cassie. You can’t stand there with wet shorts on. baby. you’re going to be in trouble so I’ll just stay out here and look in on you from time to time. I always loved him for his ability to follow a good lead. “I wanted to finish what I started. now can you?” He smiled but sadness lingered in his eyes as if it would pain him to be inside me. I knew it but I did have real feelings developing too and those feelings couldn’t be ignored entirely.” He slanted his lips over mine and his tongue lured me in for one deep.” I stood up and started to get out of the tub.” I’d just begun to contemplate going back to bed when I heard his voice.” He had his sense of humor back and he made sudden gestures toward his penis before peering over the tub at my very exposed chest. I acted like I tripped and he stood behind me. Cassie. “If I come in there. Still.
. sensual kiss. He stroked my back and then bent me over the tub and thrust inside of me with fierce passion. I didn’t want to stop. I licked my lips and pulled him to the side of the hot tub and took in every delicious inch. damn. and I’m savoring every moment because this is all we have right now.
When I realized my phone still had the speaker mic light on. I only hoped when he said good-night. He was already behind me. it had been a very different story. In Cleveland though. I love you. I fell into bed and forgot about the phone. every sexual request and every moan. exhausted by confusion and destined to sleep. Steve didn’t notice the phone. He moved a plan into action and he set the wheels in motion faster than the average man. with fierce intensity and a sudden strength but he didn’t last.Love. I was vocal about what I needed and what he wanted. He had sat there for hours motionless and angry. I would later discover. I got out of the water with him right behind me. I love being inside of you. If he did. Our bodies moved in unison and we climaxed together until we collapsed in each other’s arms. when we were spent. I clicked the end button and hoped Corby had not just witnessed the whole sex romp with Steve. I…I…” His strokes came faster. That’s when I saw it. I stayed seated on top of him with his cock right where it needed to be savoring the feeling when I couldn’t hold back any longer. We both had been pretty expressive about what we wanted from the other one. he didn’t stick around for an encore. Tired from passion. I straddled him so that he could shower my breasts with affection. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
He whispered in my ear. rubbing up against me as we moved into the bedroom. he heard one hell of a performance. “It’s you. Then. promising him no one would ever be able to give it to me any better. I turned around to face him and pushed him down to the seat in the hot tub. Oh damn. he had felt the hurt and was unable to fathom it at all but someone like Corby Teller never goes down without a fight. Asking for the hardest ride of my life. Most of all. Corby would realize I was sleeping with Steve if he hadn’t hung up the phone on his end.
. Cassie. it’s always been you. Corby would later tell me that he’d sat on the bed staring at the speaker phone. Shit. He collapsed onto me and I knew he reached his climax early. It loomed with a dull blink. It wouldn’t be possible to hide our dirty little secret. I just about came unglued. He had heard every whimper. Lust.
this has been an interesting four weeks. I moaned and rolled over.42
The sun was shining deep within the room and invaded our sleep as if to pull us outside. you do.” I looked at him kind of confused and then tumbled over to the other side. what are you doing here?” Mandy looked like a kid just dying to tell me something. “You have to go. It’s over there. Too bad both of these men aren’t one in the same. You have to go. “Why on earth is he at my house?” It didn’t make any sense.”
.” He pointed to a box and I grabbed a sweatshirt off the top and slid my hair into a ponytail.” I’m sure I looked puzzled. Mandy. um…to make it easier for you. babe. He walked over to me smiling. I fell in love on Christmas and met the man I’m going to marry. I wanted him to tell me not to go. “Mandy called and Corby is at your house. “We haven’t even set a date yet. Cass. I walked over and kissed his cheek and made light of everything. “Hey. I was just sure he hadn’t heard Steve and me the night before. “Yes. When I came out topless. “He’s here to take you away to get married. He didn’t have my number. “What a nice surprise. Forgetting about the cell phone and the last call to Corby.” Oh shit. Steve sat on the side of the bed in deep thought before he yanked on his pants. “Well. Cincinnati and Covington aren’t far enough apart for me to cry my eyes out but I got a lot of it out before I finally pulled into the drive-way to find Corby and Mandy on the porch. “I boxed up all of your stuff. I grabbed my stuff and headed to the shower.” I made an attempt at a half-smile and turned to walk away. I was in a hurry looking for something to wear in Steve’s closet.” He threw the blankets back to expose all of me and the cool air brought chills up and down my spine. I cried all the way home.” I sighed as he said it. Not even good-bye. He never said a word.
Love. I never want to spend another night of my life without you beside me.”
. baby. Lust. We’re heading to Vegas. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
Corby swooped me into his arms and literally swept me off of my feet. “The jet’s waiting.
“You know you’ve finally arrived when you are in a private jet. Sure. “They’re coming to the wedding?” Corby grinned from ear to ear. Sure. When I woke up we were on the ground in Las Vegas.44
There’s something about a private jet that makes a person feel important. Maybe it’s the feel of the leather seats and the upgraded rich furnishings thousands of feet in the air. “Yes. “Is there anyone you want with us other than Mandy and Steve?” I looked surprised. I know it. Mark’s wife. Corby quickly grabbed our things and continued to smother me with little kisses on the forehead every time he walked by me. Suzy is a wedding planner and they’re on their way to Vegas now. Honey.” He
. he informed me that a couple of his buddies were joining us in Vegas to be part of the ceremony. It’s your wedding anyway. I went to Vegas once and saw it. Thoughts ran together and I fell asleep in Corby’s arms. Right. After Corby finished calling everyone he wanted to tell that we were getting married. wanting to tell him all of this was a bad idea. fine. She said.” I didn’t feel like I’d arrived. bottle after bottle of the finest liquor and the best of everything or maybe it’s just because the private jet means a person has finally arrived. don’t worry about a thing. That’s what Mandy once said. Plan it all. I nodded and suddenly felt sick to my stomach. After all.” The Monte Carlo. but everything had already been put into motion and it seemed pointless to turn back now. Mandy said she would have to buy Steve a suit and some clothes for Vegas so I’m sending the jet for them tomorrow morning. “Rise and shine beautiful. Maybe it’s the fact that there are hundreds of movies to watch. We’re going to get married tomorrow night in a beautiful ceremony at the Monte Carlo. ma’am. I felt as if I’d just left everything behind.
Love. Size three dress and Size 5 for my ring finger. Right now. I actually liked that about him. Cassie.” she began. I never doubted it for a minute. We stayed in the nicest suite the casino had to offer. I watched in amazement as he called several jewelry stores and told them his name and his pending plans. “I know. “Aren’t you just giddy about him?” she continued. Cassie. Lust. one of those primitive calls to the wild before adding. She sent the boys on their way. As the plane’s steps unfolded before us. If in doubt. strong arms around me. We were whisked away in the limo to the Monte Carlo. I had no doubt he believed I would love Vegas. When his best friend Mark arrived with Suzy. Then. We were going to have a perfect wedding and a perfect marriage. Every woman in the world wanted to bed that. he called several of the stores and “ordered” wedding gowns. I just needed to look at Corby for the reassurance he seemed ready to provide. too. this city is going to love you. “You must be the luckiest gal around. “He is crazy in love with you. but it also brought to mind why there seemed to be a sudden urgency to get married. “Welcome to Vegas. we have some shopping to do!” Like a half-cocked gun. he began to ramble about what we needed to buy.” I didn’t say anything. Not bad. When we walked in.” I knew he believed it. I spotted the champagne and strawberries and couldn’t help but pour myself a glass and then another while nibbling at the strawberries.” He spread his arms out wide. “I make my own luck. for a quick guess.
. Corby grabbed me from behind and wrapped his big. Corby had a way of believing you saw things the same way he wanted you to see them.” He let out a grunt. He had the money to buy luck. I was ready for a break and Suzy caught on to the fact that Corby was an over-anxious groom in desperate need of a drink. A wedding gown would be purchased and he wanted to see me try on everything I liked. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
seemed so happy. there’ll be a lot of that later. He ordered an assortment of wedding bands. He didn’t believe in the notion of bad luck if he saw his bride in a wedding gown before the wedding. he announced. I stood up and we walked to the door just as the limousine pulled up on the runway. “You smell good enough to eat.
I didn’t feel the need to confide in the wife of one of Corby’s best friends. searching for a way to tell him the dress was more than I made in a year at the casino.000. I caught on fast.”
. I walked over to Corby and asked if I could speak with him alone.” he said. Consumed by it even but giddy? No.46
Giddy? Now. one fit the look they must’ve been looking for in my wedding dress. “Open it. Suzy announced. The cost of the dress was a cool $25. I was sure of it.000 in the account and it’s yours as a wedding gift. I just smiled and poured another glass of champagne. Of course there’s more where that came from and it’s yours for the taking whenever you need it. leave my wife with Cassie for a few days and she’ll have her trained to spend your money in no time flat. He was accommodating and followed me into the bedroom. “That’s the one. It seemed like it was on cue. It pretty much came out that way when I did muster up the courage to tell him. Am I giddy about him? No. It wasn’t the most expensive but far too much for my taste. I’m amused by all of this. you took the words right out of my mouth. Suzy and Corby gave a thumb’s up. truly. “Yes. We had ordered another three bottles of champagne and Suzy taught me how to charge very pricey bottles of Cristal to the room. Corby even looked a bit teary-eyed. I took a quick sip and added with sincerity in my voice. A man with a hard cock doesn’t care. there’s a word to consider. “What’d I tell you. I had the bank send me these checks so you could have your own money. baby?” He really had no idea. I’ve deposited $100. A man with money rarely senses the true value of a dollar. Suzy was the only one who ever gave a thumb’s down gesture. we were plastered. “What’s wrong. “As soon as I made up my mind to marry you.” By the time the men returned. Finally. Mark patted Corby on the back. There were styles fit for a queen and I was able to try them on one by one while Mark. He laughed and handed me a little box. I did and found a checkbook with my name and his on it. The knock on the door broke up the party and in strolled gowns like I’d never seen before.” Everyone laughed.” I had to agree. I looked at him.
“I’m not marrying you for money. Every bit of it. Cassie. I sat on the bed amazed. I held the deposit slip in my hand along with the checkbook. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
I looked at him bewildered.” The designer nodded before flashing a grin loaded with dollar signs in her dimples. Understand. He would later tell me that after one last rewind of the last cry of pleasure he heard the day before. You’re going to be my wife and you can have every dime I have and then some. I thought about Steve and my body ached for him. On the other side of the door. I’m crazy in love with you and just want you to know what I have—it’s yours. He replayed what he had heard on the phone quite a bit that day. not in the sexual sense. He decided to remain silent and marry fast. I basically just wanted Steve to walk me through it and give me his blessing. He later would tell me that he just made a sound decision that Steve would never have the opportunity to be alone with the woman he loved again. Lust. adding. Corby. In a weird way. I’ve never been in love before and I never want to love another. since I had decided to marry Corby. and I don’t care why you are marrying me. I would later discover that Corby too thought of Steve. Then she said her thank yous and disappeared. whenever she’s in town.” He stared at me. I want her to have anything she wants and to be treated like the lady she is. “My lovely bride will be shopping with you from time to time for casual wear at your other store.
. but in the sense I needed his arms to cradle me and tell me things were going to be fine.Love.” He walked over to the bedroom door and flung it open while instructing the designer from the dress shop to have the dress ready for the wedding. he put it to rest. My mind wandered back to the night before. “I love you.
Corby woke up after his bachelor’s party with Mark and complained of a major hangover. We had a lot in common. They would love to be lying in Corby’s arms for the rest of their lives. I knew a million girls would love to be in my place. Mandy would always be too self-consumed to enjoy Steve the way I enjoyed him. but because of my feelings for Steve. A perfect love. Mandy wanted to be in Steve’s too. it seemed as if we were in a race to the finish line. golf.
. I couldn’t believe the time had come for me to slip on my wedding dress. I made everyone at the table money when I shot the dice but took my winnings and went to the Sportsbook to bet on the horses. Football. but in truth. I convinced myself that the Mandy and Steve relationship wouldn’t last. I wanted to be lying in Steve’s. perfection. Suzy had taken me out for dinner and never left my side at the craps table. I was so caught up in doing what everyone told me to do. living on the edge. she belonged with someone more like Corby. I would’ve fallen head over heels in love with him. I didn’t see Suzy very much at all because she just breezed in and out of the room making sure everything went according to her plan. What I didn’t know was if the Corby and Cassie relationship could—with a third party always there in the shadows. We spent the entire evening betting on the races until finally Corby and Mark appeared to walk us back upstairs. She needed money and Steve didn’t have the kind of money she would need to survive.” I turned around and saw. I couldn’t bring myself to feel for Corby what I knew he felt for me.48
If I had met Corby a year earlier. before my eyes. My wedding day resembled a whirlwind. After it was on. Once my wedding day was underway. the hairstylist touched up my hair with pieces of baby’s breath and announced to the person walking into the room that I was now “perfect.
” I managed a smile. You look gorgeous and I don’t want you to mess yourself up because if you do. and with a choke and a whisper. “Don’t you dare cry. Simple but classy. It seemed like our broken hearts called off the undeniable lust that typically existed between us—barriers formed a protective line just in case we were tempted to cross it. He sighed when he let me go.” She looked pretty. the dress defined Mandy or maybe it worked the other way around. of course. Mandy was right behind him. told me to be happy. Cassie. Then.” When she was gone. he hugged me while he buried his head in my neck.
. Steve’s eyes never left mine as he spoke to her over his shoulders. Mandy will never forgive either one of us. Her dark hair was pulled back into a bun and she had on a red dress with a white shawl over her shoulders. We were locked in a deep embrace with our bodies touching without the chemistry or the heat rising. he disappeared. “Mandy. “We’ve all been called to the chapel. yes. “Oh.Love. can you give me a minute?” She stuttered around and then managed to say. Lust. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
Steve walked over to me and kissed me on the forehead.
That’s a great way to think about a wedding day. I noticed Corby in a different light. We could only go on as platonic friends. it would be time to say good-bye to our past as friends with sexual benefits.
. Be happy. My bouquet appeared small with delicate red and white roses and lots of greenery. When I reached the minister and Corby took my hand. As the ceremony began.50
We agreed on the wedding march as a couple. I used to dream of my wedding day and never imagined anyone walking me down the aisle. Be happy. It had a very Christmas feel to it even though Valentine’s Day inched closer and Christmas drifted days behind. it could also be the beginning. so I decided today was just the way I had envisioned it. I decided my marriage would be a celebration of the beginning. I thought. Steve said to be happy. We had the standard vows and then the “winging it” came into play. Poinsettias were also in the chapel. He seemed extraordinarily pleased with himself and just plain excited by the idea of being in love. Steve let me go. Corby wanted to keep the season alive in our marriage ceremony because we met during the holidays. and when I said my vows. Don’t look back I thought. I decided it was a sad march. He was handsome and possessed a generous heart. The chapel looked beautiful with lovely red and green candles placed throughout and the dimly lit area provided an ambiance perfect for exchanging vows. Why not? I have this wonderful life ahead of me. I think it was the only thing I was able to have an opinion on but I didn’t mind. He took my hands and I turned to face him. Look ahead. Corby wanted us to wing our wedding vows since we were among friends and having the ceremony in Las Vegas. Still. It was the end in a sense but when I said I do. I walked slowly toward the end. He pretty much thought of everything and set the stage for a most romantic wedding.
” Mandy and her jealousy never quite passed with me. He seemed happy with what I had to say. “Cassie. I decided not to think about who Steve would have for a life partner and began to focus only on the fun. “This past Christmas…” I glanced at Steve and back at Corby. as my husband. We went to the Palms for dinner. The wedding party. Lust. I really had no idea what I planned to say. Steve looked as if he wanted to dart for the door as I continued. After the exchange of vows. Mandy and Suzy. She seemed so confident and sure of herself. You will always be at the center of my world. I take you. this is what I call fun and I’m jealous because all of this is now yours. and for awhile. You were full of life and I needed life. He knew I had realized I loved him the day I met Corby. she was so not like me. He knew we both had to let go.” The minister told Corby he could kiss his bride and he wasted no time in planting one right on me. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
Corby spoke first. but I didn’t. Corby. It has been something of a fairy tale. I believe we danced one dance everywhere we went before hopping back in the limo and speeding off somewhere else. I cleared my throat and started. Only time would tell. You gave me a glimmer of hope. The Mirage for gambling and ended up at all of the hot spots for dancing. It was how the rich lived and Mandy whispered once. Steve knew he had heard those very words before and he understood what they meant.Love. Maybe that was why I believed Steve would never marry her. Mandy and Steve. Unlike me. I am proud to be your wife. I love you today and I’m honored to take you as my wife. including a few of Corby’s fellow teammates. Maybe the booze we consumed served its truer purpose. met the man I was going to marry and my life forever changed. He fully understood what I meant by my vows and I hoped that he would find some peace in them.” The officiating minister nodded in my direction. and now. “I fell in love. My turn. you stormed into my life when I needed someone to call my own. I should’ve discussed this with my two new girlfriends. “Now. we’d hopped in a limo and Corby showed us all a really good time. I decided once more. small as it was. made a fiasco of celebrating.
. I was lost in the celebration. something to look forward to at the end of the day. Suzy.
We didn’t care who saw us. With every step we made. the momentum between us became more and more powerful. you’re a lucky man. I liked what I saw in the mirror. Suzy even made the observation when her better half released an all-out whistle. I understood. For the first time. I wanted him and anyone with eyes should’ve been able to tell. My awareness of him proved dangerous as he put both hands on my hips and began to sway. I could see he wasn’t the happy. He insisted that I sit on his lap to make room for everyone. it was getting late and everyone weighed in with an evident alcohol-buzz. down boy.” He whistled again.” Steve shot him a disapproving look and Corby just seemed satisfied to know that I belonged to him. By the time I regained some composure. He moved to a slow grind behind me and I twisted around him with an obvious dance-down on him. I thought I looked damn hot. we broke out into what everyone used to call our “thing” and it brought us together like a magnetic energy with just as much velocity as the forces that seemed to keep us apart. Steve had always been my addiction.
. By the time we made it back to The Palms. Once we finally reached the dance floor. “Corby. The booze just allowed me an excuse. “Okay. that included the somewhat slender curves and all. When I made it back to the car. We warned one another not to do anything too provocative. I could feel how much he already wanted me. every man in the vehicle practically undressed me with carnal eyes. I knew what he’d witnessed. Yes. I convinced Corby to let me run back to the Monte Carlo to change. Mark. We were always show stoppers because we meshed just like we did in the bedroom. we were drunk. We made our way through the crowd and his erection didn’t go unnoticed. It was the one I originally intended to wear on my first real date with Corby. I put on a little black dress. I could feel his heat up against my thigh. Corby all but stumbled onto the floor with us and cut in on Steve. after all. but his cock indicated ulterior motives and I think the natural seat he provided represented him well. fun-loving Corby any more. but instead ended up in my golfing attire.52
Having been paraded all over Las Vegas in a wedding gown. but even as we made it to the floor. By the look on his face. enough. We went to the Ghostbar and Steve and I finally made it to the dance floor.
I looked up and started to question him but before I could answer. Once we were back in the limo. When we finished our limo ride. I didn’t know Steve and Mandy would be on a plane headed home the following morning. If I’d known. I’m sorry. don’t you think?” He whispered in my ear.” He followed me almost in mockery. but my husband pleasured me in a way I never thought I would allow in a public place. the driver took us back to the Monte Carlo. I think everyone in Las Vegas probably heard me scream. “I don’t know what came over me. baby. I managed a smile and we said goodnight. “I want you to see Las Vegas. his new bride. At the time. His controlled laughter indicated he knew how to have a forcible good time even after what he saw but something was definitely odd about his look. Not only did I see Las Vegas from the sunroof of the limo. We drove around in the limo with champagne and strawberries. “I bet Steve never could give you anything like this. When we approached the table. “You’re drunk. he pulled me in tight to him and said with a smile. We had celebrating left to do.” I knew what rattled his confidence in his new relationship. I looked at him like he had lost his marbles. Corby wasted no time apologizing for his actions and explaining himself. more specifically.” I did and it was definitely worth it. dancing behind me and rubbing up against me whenever we had to stall for a moment to wait for others to move. he was ready to ravage his wife. something I decided I could get used to having at my fingertips. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
“Steve and Mandy are a cute couple. Corby instructed the driver to drive around for awhile and pressed a button. Corby.Love. I’d been told before. I guess it would’ve been very hard to say good-bye. I decided the alcohol changed all of us in an instant and just ignored it.
. and once Corby was sure I was pretty toasted. Corby announced it was his wedding night and as everyone there could imagine and even understand. He looked smug and I whispered to Corby that I was sure the driver knew what we were doing in the back seat of the limousine. The window separating the driver from us sealed. Let’s go. Lust. he put back the sunroof and told me to stand up. Steve and I exploded into one hot couple on the dance floor and Corby saw the undeniable chemistry.” I pushed him back. Stick your head out of the sunroof.
and he’s probably seen it all in this city. but since I became Mrs. He moaned and growled as I climbed all over him and let me just mention that the railing provided a great way to find all sorts of new positions we both enjoyed. after all. I quickly threw it over the camera in the corner and hit the “Stop” button. and for the first time since we’d met. champagne chilled on ice and chocolates were readily available. I was never one to turn my back on a wild ride. I threw the jacket over my shoulders and pushed the elevator button up. Rose pedals were all over the bed. “Baby.
. some would say I had been bought and paid for. married to each other. After the last person stepped out of the elevator. everyone gets crazy in Vegas.54
Corby laughed. As the door opened to the top floor. A priceless expression covered Corby’s face. “Oh. Teller. we thought something might be wrong. We simply devoured one another like two lustful consenting adults cheating on their spouses only we were. Yes. We walked into our suite and picked up where we left off. his eyes full of wanton need. Mr. It had a very nice ring to it. I truly needed him and the thought of waiting until we reached our floor seemed pointless. Corby’s hands roamed and his nervous fingers told me he couldn’t get enough as I screamed out my pleasure never caring for a second who heard us. Corby Teller. Teller. and Mrs. I looked around as Corby positioned himself over me. in fact. I could feel Corby’s cock against my ass. It looked as though it might be a fun time and. I asked Corby for his jacket and he graciously gave it to me. and Mrs. I might as well enjoy the fringe benefits. I think his wedding present in the limo just heated things up and the passion between us was very much alive as I enjoyed every inch of his cock inside of me. this is Las Vegas.” Corby laughed and I tossed my head back. several people from the hotel were standing there as if to scold us. To say we made love in an elevator would be incorrect. Mr. When we were through with our elevator romp.” We made our way to a crowded elevator and were immediately pushed to the back.
We seemed to be two peas in a pod as they say down south. and I loved to watch the guys who wore them. Of course. I had become the blushing bride of one of the most eligible bachelors the world had ever seen. At least. Steve and I used to spend a lot of time at the horse races. He liked to wear the uniform. In fact. Fortunately. and I knew more about the history of the game than he did. Corby and I loved to gamble. Our story turned into a romance made in heaven. He played it well. my life had drastically changed over the past eight or nine months. I used to wake up to the sound of a key in my cottage’s front door knowing my body was about to be devoured by my best friend’s lips. and we both loved football. I still wasn’t quite used to having everything I wanted. I hadn’t had a moment to talk to him alone except on the phone.Love. The very sexy and charming Corby Teller married me. Yes. Our personalities seemed to dance in unison. and even then. after I married Corby. We both liked golf and discovered we had another love interest as well. Well. Corby could afford my gambling habits. I used to play ten-cent superfectas at the track and now I can bet ten-thousand
. my days with Steve were nonexistent. Of course. I wake up in the middle of the night to a man who tells me he can’t get enough of me. but sadly. other than seeing him on his wedding day. Now. and both of us could spend our paychecks in one afternoon. I was standing in the kitchen pinching myself once more when I heard Corby pull up in the driveway. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
It was hard to believe that less than a year ago. most people would think so if they were on the outside looking in. Lust. almost. Corby always remained within ear-shot. great love stories are never what they seem. We had many things in common. I had to give up wagering on football when I married into the elite circle of it. and Corby had become masterful at giving me anything I desired.
I guess I’ve accepted that I’ll always love Steve. but I truly love Corby. The friendship would end. at least every now and then. “Mandy.” As if on cue. He’s been everything I needed. I still have to wonder. It was in the newspaper in Cincinnati. I knew Corby thought Steve and I were bed partners in the past. “Don’t you worry your pretty little head about it. I’ve been the apple of his eye. not to mention the envy of every woman who dreams of marrying the highest paid PFC stud muffin. A lot of women in the PFC sector had faced similar fates. Imagine. “How is Mandy?” “She’s good.” The sound of her name brought a quick smile to his face. He’s been a dream come true. I thought he liked her because she conveniently managed to marry Steve soon after Corby and I exchanged our vows. He’s a wonderful husband. about the what-if factor. but as with so many first loves. and of course. I love Corby more and more with each passing day. I don’t regret getting married. Corby and I settled into our lives in Cleveland and things were good. “Who was that on the phone?” Corby walked in with a bag of groceries and set them on the kitchen table with a thud and whistle of paper rattling against the goods inside. Life took a sudden turn some might say. Call her back and tell her I’ll send someone to clean out
. Things seemed to be easy enough for us until I mentioned returning to Cincinnati to retrieve the rest of my worldly belongings. and some would probably say mine did a one-eighty. Corby liked Mandy. but we both understood the rules. It would prove to be the first disagreement Corby and I would have and one I decided I was not going to lose.56
dollars on one roll of the dice. my husband had a solution. Call it the nature of the business—PFC wives understood the rules as they applied to them. that would be it. She and Steve wanted me to know the place where I have my stuff stored is going to be plowed down for a shopping center soon. We had a great time together and his friends seemed to like me. Mark and Suzy became constants around our house. While we never discussed it. Corby loved the fact that Suzy and I became fast friends. We each knew if either of us ever ended up on the outside looking in.
and I’ll manage now. Cassie. Thank you for the offer. I spouted off in retaliation.” I moved toward the bag of groceries and started to pick up the first brown sack. I don’t want you to go back there right now. but I don’t like the idea of you traveling alone. “I said I can’t allow it. you aren’t going. He lightly touched my wrist.” “No. I am going. I like waking up with you beside me.” He wrapped his arms around my waist as if it had been decided. I’m sure it would be great to visit and see your friends. I never wanted to spend another night without you and I meant it. End of story.” “No. I know you’ll understand. “I would like to take care of this for you. I’ll send for your things. Lust.
. “Besides. End of story. I’d rather send for your stuff.Love. It will only be a quick trip. I said end of story.” I grew more and more agitated with each passing second. I want to go and bring my own things back to Cleveland. “Cassie. No one wants someone else rummaging through their things.” I felt my lungs fill with disturbing air and suddenly felt confinement. “I’m going to do this myself. I can’t go with you right now with training and everything. “Well. I can’t allow it. She still has a copy of the padlock key doesn’t she?” I ignored him. “Why the hell not?” Mine set too.” I turned my back to him and could feel his anger from behind me. I have responsibilities here so let me do this for you.” “You what?” My voice strained but it raised an octave.” He sure as hell believed he could chalk it up to a sudden halt. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
your unit if she will just let me know when she can meet someone out at the storage buildings. I told you when I married you. “Most women would never agree to have someone else go through their stuff. That’s never going to change. I want to go clean out my own storage unit and I don’t see the big deal. and I like having you here when I go to sleep. The silence told me everything I needed to know. I don’t think so. I didn’t like it.” His jaw set. I wanted to go and pick up my own things. “I was fine to do things alone before you came into my life. I want to do it.
“What the hell is wrong with you?” I raised the question but wasn’t sure I could stand a truthful answer. I won’t travel alone. That’s all. where Steve and I would have been building ours if he’d never entered into the picture. He took a deep breath and acted like he was going to make a long speech and then must have thought better of it.” Corby was always a take-charge kind of guy.” His uneasiness with my return home to Cincinnati suddenly hit me.” “Somehow. I knew him well enough to know he would want her to think of this trip as an adventure. Why it didn’t before that moment could be anyone’s guess. A few minutes later. and told him to pick you up at eight sharp. He hesitantly agreed. and I started cooking dinner. He disappeared into the study to make the call.58
When I turned around. “I’ll call Suzy.” Corby seemed to like the idea. You should go and
. I’d never seen him mad before. I don’t doubt it. I called Dan. Suzy and Mark typically did what Corby told them to do. “Fine. Corby would most definitely play up the shopping venues in Cincinnati. More importantly.” He took an apple from the fruit bowl on the table. I wasn’t surprised to hear Corby announce that my gal pal would be delighted to go with me. His face showed his fury wasn’t going away quietly. “I just don’t want you traveling alone. and now he felt threatened because I wanted to return to where Mandy and Steve were building their lives. I want you there and back before I can begin to miss you.” I laughed and began to forget about the tension between us. at least not at me.” “Fine. “I’ll call her tomorrow after I figure out when I can go. “She’ll be waiting for you to pick her up tomorrow. He had orchestrated keeping me away from Steve cleverly. but she will need to stay with you the entire time you are there so I don’t worry about you. “She said she’ll be ready and waiting with cash and credit cards in hand. I’ll take Suzy with me. You leave bright and early in the morning. and we’ll work out the details then. There’s no sense in postponing the final move. Suzy would jump at the chance to go on a girl’s weekend because she loved to get away for a little shopping. one of the team’s drivers. Corby was beet red.
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get your things quickly.
. Of course. Maybe he worried if I made plans myself.Love. he now controlled the situation. and turned to go back to the study. I’d have the chance to arrange time alone with Steve. In his mind.” He took a big bite of the apple. little did he know once I said my vows.
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The next morning Driver Dan called from the driveway to let me know he was parked outside.
.” He took his forefinger and thumb to indicate how much. After all.” He made his point—in more ways than one. baby.” “What does the PFC draft have to do with anything? Are you afraid one of the rookies will take your place?” “Not hardly. maybe a little bit. I decided to shake it off and ignore him. I might add. Mr. “Oh yeah?” “Yeah. he was my past. Sexy as hell.” His dimple flirted with the idea of smiling.” He smirked but still seemed overly anxious to push me aside. “Just a little bit?” “Just a little. “Well. I’m just really busy with the draft coming up and things to do. planting my ass on the desk in front of him. Corby was my future. I loved him. The whole time Corby had encouraged me to pack light informing me I’d only be in Cincinnati two days at the most. Since Corby and I had such an erotic sex life. “Hey. He skimmed over the papers and then pushed them aside opting for another stack before he finally looked up. Even though Steve was so much a part of my life. I had packed quickly because it was such an unexpected trip.” I grinned and ran over to him. what’s up with you?” “Nothing. honey. I stood in the doorway of his office watching him as he scanned some documents appearing uninterested in the fact I was leaving. “I’ll miss you. I’m not a woman to be pushed out of the way. I found it odd that he didn’t try to make love to me before I left but contributed his attitude to the fact he actually wanted to pout at me for going back home. I’m going to miss you a whole lot.
Love. or underwear if I’m going to be proper about it.” Once he hung up the phone. then. No.” His mood softened. It’s Steve. was out the door as soon as I mentioned the four-letter word every man wants to hear. No? Okay. Lust. “I’m not leaving here until you fuck me. we should. and when I didn’t get one quickly. I want you to get on the road. go.” His laugh was muffled by my kiss as I licked my way in between his soft lips. He didn’t pay attention to my request and reached around me for the phone. Steve.” I shot him a grin and then slid down on top of him in his executive chair. “What else did he say?” “He invited me to come with you and said we’d be welcome to stay with him and Mandy anytime. and you’d already be well on your way to Cincinnati. I checked the weather. I told you that already. Met with resistance. Have a great time and shop till you drop. “No. I’ll have a surprise for you. They’re calling for a snowstorm. Yes. she hasn’t left yet. I could hear it loud and clear coming through the receiver. I returned my hand to find what I wanted. I waited for his response. Whatever had his panties in a wad. the phone rang. “Yes. baby. Following behind him. As my hand moved down to his waistband. and it appears to be one of those snowstorms that will quickly pass over us. So they’ll have a little ice in Cincinnati. Now. yes. By the time you get there. I won’t be coming to Cincinnati but thank you for the invitation. hello?” The voice on the other end of the phone stopped me abruptly. She’s right here if you need to speak to her. “Don’t answer it. If you are going today.” I told him as I began kissing his neck. I asked what I was dying to know. but I don’t think it’s anything to worry about.” He hopped up and moved swiftly past me toward the front door. the roads
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“What then?” “I’m busy. “Well. “Steve said the weather is getting bad in Cincinnati. The interstate is supposed to turn to solid ice as the day wears on and the temperature drops. why didn’t you say so? I could’ve taken care of that and you an hour ago. his fingers guided my palm to the open air once more. I’ll tell her.
You need to try and beat the storm.” I winked. Besides. He grabbed my luggage in one hand and my palm in the other and walked me to the waiting limo. After about ten minutes into our drive. “We can have phone sex like we used to when I still lived in Cincinnati. It’s fine. As soon as the car began to pull away. You know I love you. “I hope so.” My legs quivered as I thought about some of the heated conversations we used to have. “Hey there. husband! Look over here!” I yelled as Corby had just started to go back inside the house. gorgeous. You and Suzy have a good time but try to be gentle on your poor old husbands. I just miss you already. You know how I feel about spending a night without you.” I paused and looked at him. “Right backatcha. don’t you?” He smiled. and he had no interest in sex once he heard the voice of the man he knew once held the keys to my heart.” “Corby. Steve ruined the moment for him. but you didn’t give me a chance. I was going to call you. off you go! Enjoy your ride to Cincinnati. “You missed out. The plastic isn’t loaded. “So.
. She’ll call us a half a dozen times if you don’t pick her up soon. baby!” He waved and pulled out his cell phone. I can’t convince you to give me a good tumble before I get on the road?” “As much as I hate to turn you down—no. is everything alright?” “Sure. but it didn’t. “Now. and I want to keep it that way. baby. searching for an invitation. “What are you thinking? A woman shows her husband her assets and doesn’t even get a thank you?” “My phone rang. you know how Suzy is.” His face told me something entirely different. you’ll have some ice tonight but you’ll be tucked away in your suite by then. He turned and laughed as I tossed up my shirt and showed him my tits.” I giggled into the phone. I called him. honey.” I slipped into the car and immediately hit the sunroof allowing the cold air to drift inside until I trembled from the chill factor. “I love you.” He gave a half-hearted smile.62
should be fine and if anything. I popped my head out of the top of the car. so I sunk back down into the car and waited for my phone to ring.
“Well. “You know.” She grinned mischievously and looked like a woman who had just found out something very important. I shook it off and welcomed my new best friend as Suzy stepped into the limo in all of her glory. “Get this. I guess I shouldn’t tell you this. baby. I don’t think you’ll have time for me and phone sex this trip. “Go on!” I laughed. “The suspense is killing me!” She acted like she might change her mind and not tell me.Love. “We are going to have a fabulous time!” “I don’t doubt it for a minute but first. Ms. “Okay. She continued. He also probably sent up a silent prayer in hopes Steve wouldn’t seduce his wife. but I didn’t linger over it. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
“Somehow. “You’re gonna love this. he also said that more than anything else that he hoped like hell you would return to him untouched by another man. Lust.”
. He would’ve called him to give instructions and probably prayed silently that Mark wouldn’t tell Suzy.” She twisted the cap off of her drink and took the first sip. “You must have just left when Corby called Mark. “What on earth?” He must know something about me and Steve. I should hate you. He seemed like he was grieving over me even though I would only be gone for one or two nights. Suzy just stepped inside the car. but Corby called Mark and I picked up the phone at the same time Mark did but didn’t say a word. “Then he says.” I knew it. I knew him all to well. I should be very. I have a feeling she wants some girl-time. ‘Yeah man. Love you!” I said a quick good-bye and turned to Suzy. Mark had told me not to give you and Steve any time alone together so he told Corby.” The curve of her smile immediately lost its upward turn with a more serious look. “Corby was saying that he loved you enough to let you go but would hope like hell that you loved him enough to come back. I eyed the bottle in her hand wondering if she always had a morning drink. it’s covered here’ but she didn’t like doing the other. “Well.” His voice seemed sad.” Suzy reached into the icebox and pulled out a wine cooler before she continued. I have to tell you something. I didn’t say anything. very jealous over the love Corby has for you.” I looked at the window. ‘Did you tell Suzy?’’” I turned back to look at her dead on. She probably did. “What did he mean by that?” She patted my arm.” She took a drink and then continued.
‘Excellent. Suzy continued. Well. I quickly turned the conversation toward shopping and Suzy felt very comfortable with the new topic. “Then he says to Mark. I just want you to understand that my lips are sealed!” Somehow. I didn’t believe her but I decided not to ask questions or volunteer any information.
Before I could ask. girlfriend. I guess now it is only a matter of time before I find out what I need to know’ and.
too. By the time we arrived in Cincinnati. and I’m starving. I think I’ll go freshen up. Suzy looked at her watch. girls! You both look fabulous!” Mandy and her bright red lips were all we saw when we first entered the hotel lobby at The Cincinnatian Hotel. Steve would have most definitely been my first choice. We planned to drink and gossip all the way to Cincinnati. The bellman took our luggage to our suite and I joined Mandy and Suzy who had already found their way to the cozy Cricket Lounge. but I hadn’t bargained for Mandy waiting on us as the welcome wagon. We had a great buzz going by the time we reached Columbus. so it came as an overwhelming surprise when we walked into our hotel and found Mandy waiting for us. we instructed Dan to pull off at the nearest liquor store. I planned on plush accommodations. Lust. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
Once our trip was underway. Suzy ran on along without a second to spare. I left the girls to carry on about shopping and the typical girly-girl conversation. We planned to be pampered in elegance while we were visiting my hometown. but I made the mistake of telling her I’d wait. we were a little on the tipsy side. it’s almost six o’clock. “Cassie. and she instantly liked her. Corby had reserved The Emery Presidential Suite.
. “Oh my gosh. I wanted to find our room. so he checked in and gave me his room number instructing me to call him if I needed anything.Love. Mandy said Steve is going to meet us for dinner. “Steve is going to be so jealous that I was able to see you first!” Mandy began chatting before Suzy could say a word. They were a lot alike really. Suzy had gotten to know Mandy when Corby and I were married. Of course. Do you girls want to wait here or go up to the suite for drinks?” Mandy told us to go on up and she’d wait for Steve. The limo driver had his own separate reservation. Dan pulled over there to allow for a two-hour brunch and shopping.
I…” I felt like crying.” I couldn’t speak. instead. I felt like dying. I…I…I’m going upstairs to freshen up. “I think this is where I tell you to come in. She told me about everyone we both knew. and he quickly looked around. and then his eyes filled with tears. Steve. “I guess you are just getting checked in?” His hand flew up in the direction of the front desk. as I did.” His grin warmed my heart. my key was already in hand. and. the only mutual connection we shared was. “Shh…Cassie. in fact. ran right into the arms of the man who possessed the most beautiful baby blues I’d ever had the true pleasure to see.” He was already moving into me. My vision blurred from the overwhelming moisture. and we stepped inside.66
Mandy and I quickly revisited the past. The elevator opened. We caught up easily since. “Unlike Corby. I can’t and you can’t. I believe luck is always well orchestrated and favors only those who think ahead. I felt like crawling into his arms and just sinking into the most comfortable place I’d ever known or ever would know. as luck would have it. I put the key into the door and walked through fully expecting him to ask for an invitation or to hesitate but. When we stepped off of the elevator. Steve. We’ll talk inside. He shook his head and I saw the water forming pools over his beautiful sea of turquoise. We both then looked straight ahead. “Umm. found him right behind me
. We have been in the lounge with Mandy. but the man took my breath away and making small talk evidently wasn’t going to work until we had some time alone. too. It’s just not possible now. No. but I think if I do. Cassie. I mean no. “Don’t fight it.” He didn’t pay attention to me because he was caught. and Suzy returned to keep Mandy company while I disappeared upstairs to change for dinner. “Well. I turned the corner headed to the elevator. He’d been waiting for me and I knew it. Go inside. We had a couple of Apple Martinis. I looked down at my hands and noticed they were trembling. really.” I could feel the tears beginning to form the necessary evidence of free-falling pain. It’s rare when I’m speechless. I’ll never want you to leave. Yes.
In fact. “Oh Gawd. “Which room is yours?” Breathless words never fell on deaf ears. Desire poured over me in an instant. I had the perfect ten body. he allowed the shirt to fall open. It didn’t matter. As the last button fell away from the tiny slit of cloth. Steve…wait. While his idea of a perfect trophy wife was evidently me. I knew what he planned to do. I couldn’t remember. Oh gawd. I wanted to be a good wife. Lust. His steps were slow as he walked deliberately toward me. I knew it was true. “You look great. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
with his hands all over me. I knew I looked great.Love. he had commented time and time again how shapely I’d become since my personal trainer had gotten a hold of me. Those baby blues and blond locks made him every bit the pretty boy I loved from the first time I saw him. exposing the perfect abs I forgot he had. or did he have perfect abs before? Damn. They were perfect now. We’d never been able to stay away from one another and when we were together. Wait. I didn’t want to want Steve.” I looked around and spotted the bedroom with my luggage and walked into the room. he worked very hard to make sure I stayed in top shape with a body that wouldn’t quit. Corby made sure I looked great. He slowly unbuttoned his shirt. and I still loved him as a woman. and the true test was only moments away because Steve always told me the truth. He stared at me as if he was waiting patiently for me to undress. There was no question about it. We could not conquer what existed between us. I couldn’t bring myself to disrobe in front of him. I didn’t want to cheat on my husband. but I couldn’t do it by myself. Steve closed the door. Cassie. “I don’t know…” My panting was obvious too as he tried to slide his hand down the front of my blue jeans. I waited and watched in the mirror behind him as he did it for me. I can’t do this. but he knew and I knew… I couldn’t resist him. So.
. He carefully removed my sweater and nodded his head in a wearisome manner.” Spicy words tumbled out of his needy mouth. I loved him when I was a little girl. our hands had to be all over the other one with an electrical charge simply refusing to divide or separate us. Fate had already given me the opportunity and all I had to do was simply take advantage of it. taking special care to lock it. He was perfect now. turning around in a circle hopelessly trying to decide what to do. here comes trouble.
She’s starting to get worried though since there’s so much ice on the roads. “No!” Mandy laughed. and I let out a sigh of relief. I am. I seemed to be among the sexual living until Suzy knocked on the door and yanked me from that illusion. Suzy. “I’m sorry it took me a little longer than I expected. “We know you have the best body out of the three of us. I fully expected to let him. He stopped his lips from devouring me long enough to step back and remove my jeans. I’ll be there in ten or fifteen minutes. woman! We’ve got some partying to do tonight! Steve will want to catch up once he gets here. Go ahead and order an appetizer and drink for me.” Steve used to love the excitement of someone almost catching us. I felt love and lust wrapped up in one delicious experience. His hands typically would have roamed forward without a second thought but not this time.” I called out past Steve’s shoulder. “Cassie? Are you okay in there?” Sure. She said Steve should be here soon. and he intended to take it. Mandy and I will go back downstairs and wait on you. you caught me getting ready to get in the shower. so you’ll believe me?” I heard them giggle from the other side of the door.68
His lips found my shoulder and then my neck as he caressed my skin with a moist.” I heard the door to the suite slam.
. He pushed me onto the bed and quickly removed the remaining garments. He knew what he wanted. and she can’t reach him by phone. tender mouth. “Yes. no reason to strut your stuff and put us to shame. Then.” “Okay. Are you sure everything is fine?” “Yes. Steve and I both froze in time. I heard a knock on the bedroom door. but something was different with us now. I’ll hurry. His tongue traced my breasts as his hands worked with trembling fingers. She called out. I kept focused on the mirror. There wasn’t anything to slow him or deter his purpose. He slowly moved off of me and buried his face in a stack of pillows. It was like I was watching someone else but I looked on because I found it to be one of the most erotic acts I’d ever witnessed. Do you want to come in and see my nude butt. Just hurry up. “Well. He whistled as he found my lace panties and then all bets were off. hurry up. By then.
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I jumped up and started to collect my clothes. “No, Cassie. Don’t.” Steve’s hand quickly stopped me from dressing. “Please don’t do this. I really need you, Cassie. You’re mine. I’ve missed you. He took you away from me. You belong to me. You’ve always belonged to me. You cheat on me every day you live with him. Being with me is not cheating on him because you are mine. You gave your heart to me long before that bastard stole you away.” His eyes flooded with tears, and he lost his ability to speak as he fought back crying like a baby. I stood over him unsure of how to react. I replayed the very tortured words he desperately cried out with all the pain in the world behind them. This wasn’t the Steve I remembered. The man I knew wasn’t one to cry. He wasn’t one to let his emotions take over and control him. He was fun-loving and terrific in the sack. Now, I saw another side to him. One I’d witnessed only once before—the day his mother died. I saw his vulnerability and realized I needed to carry some of the blame. I’d left him behind and why? How did I choose? Why did I decide to turn away from the only man who really knew me? He pulled me to him once more, and I held his head to my chest. While our bodies may have longed to be entwined, to revisit familiarity, our hearts needed time to heal before we faced those who knew us well enough to pick up on the connection. I stayed fastened in his loving lock of a comfortable familiarity, and the tears came. In fact, they flowed. I couldn’t control them as they quickly turned into a waterfall of sobs. His met mine, and we held onto the heartbreak, naked, before the truth of our own actions and realizing what we had was far too precious to rekindle in a quick romp against time.
I joined Mandy and Suzy who were oblivious to everyone around them. They were toasted. I knew Steve would be equally as glad to see it. Whatever alcohol buzz I had earlier disappeared once I saw Steve. I needed to remain sober, so I could make a decision about Steve with a clear mind. Mandy informed me that her “dear other” had called and would be late. “He’s going to have to tread softly in order to get here in one piece.” She laughed at her own wit. “Get it? Tread softly? Like, the tire tread on…” I cut her off. I forgot how much she could get on my nerves. “Yes, I get it Mandy. I’m sure he’ll keep a steady pace until he gets here.” Yes, I smiled to myself. He’d kept a careful stride when I had been upstairs with him. He had approached me cautiously like he feared, almost, that I would turn him away. Steve knew me all too well. He knew me better than I knew myself. He realized I would never tell him no and that I would never resist him. It was in that moment that I felt the smile creep across my face. When I spotted him at the front desk of the hotel, my grin probably turned a little devious. I knew what he was doing, and the thrill of it excited me in a way that held bodily consequences. I shivered and Suzy noticed. “Honey, are you cold?” “I am.” I looked past her and locked eyes with him. He held up the key and grinned and then winked. I knew without any doubts, I would have Steve right where we both wanted him to be, and by the looks of the teetering ladies, it wouldn’t take a lot of effort to get rid of them later. I wanted him. Damn it to hell—the truth might send me there. He was the man that could still give me just a simple look, a wink or a smile and have a puddle waiting below ready for his mouth or his cock. Either would do. He was the one that I craved. The one that I wanted and the only man that I’d ever deeply love.
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The girls began to really get on my nerves. They went from drunk to stupid in record time. Steve approached the table. I quickly got up to hug him as if it had been forever since I’d seen him. I felt like it had been eternity since we had only just walked away from some very unfinished business. As I hugged him tightly, I told him to keep the girls drinking just enough to keep them prepared later for a good night’s sleep. He smiled wickedly as I released him and leaned in to give Mandy a peck on the cheek. Then he turned to Suzy. “It’s good to see you, Suzy.” He gave her shoulder a friendly squeeze. “Oh, Steve darling, the pleasure is all mine.” She stood up and locked eyes with me as she leaned in for her kiss on the cheek. As he started to plant one on her as well, she turned and caught a lip peck instead. She acted embarrassed as Mandy rolled with laughter. “Now, now woman. Down. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” “Mandy, it’s not the cake I want to try.” She looked over at me and shot me a devilish look. “It’s the beef.” I decided she was very much a player just like I’d originally thought. While Mark was every bit as devoted to her as Corby was to me, it appeared Suzy had a mind and wandering eyes of her own. I’d seen evidence of it several times when we’d visited Las Vegas. However, when we were in Vegas, the woman never left a slot machine, claiming that even if she wanted to flirt with danger in the City of Sin, she’d rather play the hundred slots than chase men who had mere quarters to their name. Steve offered to buy another round of drinks, and the conversation quickly turned toward dinner. We all opted to dine at the hotel to avoid facing the worsening weather conditions outside. We’d just settled in at The Palace Dining Room when one of the wait staff informed us of the bad weather conditions outside. As if a light bulb came on, Steve informed Mandy that he had rented a room there for the night as well, realizing it would be unsafe for them to try to make it home on slick roads after a few drinks. I tried to contain my enthusiasm because I noticed that Suzy, through hazed eyes, seemed to be focused on me, awaiting my reaction to the news. I gave nothing away, but just when I thought I’d escaped unscathed, I felt Steve’s sock against my skin and knew dinner would be interesting at best.
she said. Cassie was the hang-up he couldn’t seem to get enough of until he met me. Once the girls he dated found it out. I thought back to the fact that he had been dating her when I met Corby. before Steve met me. baby?” Such a good guy. In her mind. but Steve was always involved with someone else or I was involved with someone else. Mandy continued to try my patience throughout dinner. I’m sure she believed that she hit pay-dirt or pot-luck. but they always found out about his little hang-ups. maybe she wouldn’t have been so confident. If she knew her husband’s foot had started to move up and down on the inside of my calf.” She laughed at her own observations and reached across the table and patted his hand. “Oh. Mandy was drunk and primed to talk. “Steve’s biggest hang-up was Cassie.” Suzy pressed on. I love Cassie. I shot Mandy a look as if to say. who were you involved with?” She shot a glance toward me. Suzy had the information she wanted. and then they bolted. he just nodded on command. “By the way. don’t get me wrong. we met several times. ladies. and I had to scoot my chair back to get away from him. What’s not to love? She’s been good to me. Didn’t you.” She had a live one and knew it. As if she read my mind. huh? What kind? Do tell.72
His toes seemed to walk their way up to my inner thigh. We just had to wait our turn. they broke it off quickly. “Oh.” Nope. if she believed she had
. After all. He had many hang-ups. The good thing was. “Really? Hang-ups. let’s toast to hang-ups. ‘Don’t’ but she ignored my unspoken request. he didn’t know what love really was. “Really? Steve.” Suzy didn’t look surprised. “Okay. I have no reason not to like her but see. he dated many girls. that wasn’t going to work. everyone has one or two of them. “Really? Go on!” Mandy laughed. In fact. Mandy caught it. but before I could pity him too much. how did you two meet?” Looking at him with the best come-and-get-me look that a girl like Mandy could ever muster.” Suzy was now on my last nerve too. I felt so sorry for Steve that he had married such a bimbo. so he and Cassie messed around. Suzy leaned in and asked a Mandy-Steve question. now. “Steve admits it. “We were destined to be together.
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her dirt, she might quit trying to dig for more. “Whew, well, that’s some kind of hang-up. I guess true love conquers all.” Mandy giggled and stood up. “True love does conquer all, but right now, I need to find the ladies’ room, otherwise I’m going to have an issue or two to overcome.” She politely excused herself even though she staggered as she made her way through the restaurant in search of a restroom. Suzy raised her glass. “Let’s toast to true love. May we all have the ability to love the ones who have allowed us to conquer all even the unsuspecting.” Steve and I locked eyes and said, “Here. Here” or whatever it is you are supposed to say, and then I’ll be damned if he didn’t add another toast. “To being great friends and better lovers.” I started to raise my glass but instead turned it up and drank the bottom out of it. He did not just say that in front of Suzy. She grinned and clicked the top of her glass to his. “I sure hope I have the pleasure.” I kicked him under the table, and Mandy caught it as she rejoined us. He had that one coming to him. Suzy was just lucky she didn’t catch one, too. Mandy chatted before she sat down. “See, Suzy, now they are just like two kids. They are constantly fighting and arguing. If he says something she doesn’t like, he gets a swift kick in the shins, and if she says something, he’ll generally put her in her place. I’m telling you, I don’t know how they ever had sex together. It had to be a real effort for both of them. I’m willing to bet it was more of war in the making rather than lustful taking. A show, it would have been a helluva show.” She choked back the laughter as the words kept tumbling from an over-anxious mouth. Didn’t she think she was the funny one? I wanted to croak and then I had an image of the show itself and I really just wanted to fuck the man in question because yes, it was always a show—one worthy of a most private demonstration. Suzy eyed them both. “Yes, dear, I imagine so. In fact, I’m willing to bet you are absolutely right.” She turned her drink up and then motioned for the bartender. “Probably even one hell of an erotic show.” Amused, she winked at a man passing by, while slowly pushing a cherry in between two pouty lips. The man noticed and she definitely seemed pleased.
Mandy continued to shame herself by being a ditz. I decided right then and there she was just plain dumb. I quickly remembered I had reached that decision several times before. Today wasn’t an exception. I couldn’t believe the woman had the nerve to blab on and on about me and my past with her husband. What a flake! I reminded myself why I didn’t mind screwing Steve when I was single and they were dating. She almost deserved it. As if Suzy once again read my mind, she voiced her observations. “Well, obviously, you’ve been able to accept Steve’s past and allow him to continue his relationship with Cassie.” Mandy looked stunned when the word relationship came to the table like a dagger through her heart. “Relationship? No. Friendship. Sure. The thing is I don’t have to worry about a relationship now. It appears Corby Teller has his wife quite smitten with him. Am I right, Cassie, or am I right?” You’re right! You’re right! You’re wrong! You’re dead wrong. You’re dangerously wrong. Hell, I can’t say a damn thing. Mandy! Please shut up! “Mandy, please just shut up!” Oh shit. I said it. Everyone just looked at me dumbfounded.
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After many close calls throughout dinner, Suzy finally called it a night. She’d had too much to drink and decided to leave the three of us in the lounge to catch up on old times. She wasn’t even out of earshot when Mandy decided she, too, would retire, leaving her husband alone with me. “Mandy, I’m sorry I was so rude earlier. I had no right to be mean to you. I hope you’ll forgive me.” I wasn’t good at apologies, and Mandy knew it. She decided to let it slide. She patted my arm. “I’m sure Corby didn’t want you to come back here without him, and while I know there’s nothing between you and Steve, I’m not sure your husband believes in you the way I believe in you and in my husband. He is my husband. I have no reason to be jealous of a woman married to a man who is making all of her dreams come true. I have no reason to be jealous because Steve makes all of my dreams come true.” She leaned over and gave Steve a peck on the cheek. “Now, my sweetie, enjoy catching up with Cassie and stay up late talking if you want, but don’t wake me when you come in tonight. I’m tired, and the alcohol is definitely taking over my brain. Love you.” She didn’t wait for his response. She wouldn’t get one in front of me. In a blink of an eye, she just disappeared. “It’s been an interesting night.” I took a sip of my drink. Steve didn’t say anything. “I guess I should be going on up, too.” Steve didn’t move his head, but his eyes darted upward. “I would like nothing more than to go upstairs with you, but you know I can’t. Mandy, Suzy, even the limo driver could catch us together, and it would be over and—” “And what. Cassie? Would it be so bad to put an end to all of this? Would it really be so bad?” “I love him, Steve. I don’t want to hurt him.”
” “Have you seen Mandy and Steve yet?”
. He fully expected me to take him up on his proposition. “Hello?” “Hi. I sat down on the bed and propped my back up with numerous pillows. I wanted him to see me in the flesh just as I wanted to feel him against my skin. and Steve ordered two bottles of Cristal Champagne. and truthfully.76
“Cassie.” “Hi.” I thought about turning the key down. I slowly dialed Corby’s number. I called again. it wouldn’t wake her up—I needed her to stay sound asleep. I didn’t need to catch him undressing me with his eyes. I went into my bedroom and closed the door. He knew me so damn well.” The cocktail waitress approached. You show up. I went to our suite and peeked inside Suzy’s room. It’s called friendship. No answer. The phone rang again and again. We used to splurge on Cristal when we won big at the track. Snatching the key. I headed for the elevator and didn’t look back at the gaze locked securely on my ass. How was your drive?” “It was fine. and he probably realized it instantly when I didn’t seem as thrilled as I used to be over Cristal Champagne. I could drink it whenever I wanted it. I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of guilt. That wasn’t like him. but the look on his face prevented action.” “I was worried. He nodded toward the elevator. Even if it’s just to tell me no. he already had me at bare bones. “Are you awake?” She didn’t make a sound. In his mind. You love him like I love Mandy. you love him because he’s there for you. Riding the elevator up. maybe even companionship. She had been drinking hard since I’d picked her up earlier and never once tapered off the booze. so if anyone called. Now. sexy. show up. angel. “Go to your room for an hour or so. I went over to the nightstand and turned off her cell phone. He also assumed I would. it’s not the kind of love we have. I’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready to talk. and he picked up.” He slid me another key to an adjacent suite. but. “Cassie. Where were you?” “I’m here. baby. baby.
. I guess you just did. He was more than ready for me to be there.” “I guess they’re staying there too then because I’ve been watching the news. Maybe I subconsciously hoped for opportunity. Cincinnati’s been plowed with snow and ice I see. I guess. while Suzy had rambled on about how Corby would love it. I wanted Steve to see it. I may not have allowed myself to admit it then. The lingerie I chose.” “Oh? That’s good.” We talked a few more minutes. I refused to admit my cause or reason for selecting it at the time. As soon as he hung up. and I intended to have him from the moment I left Cleveland. Only now. was meant for Steve’s eyes only. “Suzy and I drank so much on the way down here I never noticed it until now. Steve’s favorite. Cassie. I chose a soft pastel of lavender. it seemed easier to admit it because now my feet were planted back in Cincinnati.” “What’s that. I slipped on a sweatshirt with blue jeans and walked out of my room and straight into the arms I knew would cradle me into ecstasy.Love. We said our ‘loves and love-you-mores’ and then said good night. but as I slipped into the teddy I couldn’t wait for him to remove.” “You didn’t answer me. I knew I’d commit one unpardonable sin. Corby?” “Never mind. I wanted Steve. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
“Yes. I went into the bathroom and picked out what I bought earlier in the day when Suzy and I shopped in Columbus. only oddly.” I looked outside the window and noticed the mounting snow on the window ledge and laughed. Suzy and I had dinner with them. Forget it. Where’d you have dinner?” “Here. and he didn’t mention Steve or Mandy again.
His tongue explored every inch of my body. and when our mouths finally met. we teased one another with light kisses only meant for lovers with a deep connection. Cassie. He then kissed me as if he would never stop. and you knew why. His tongue leisurely connected with mine and I knew I could never go on again without seeing him on a regular basis. Steve was. You have my heart. I cried out in pleasure as my heart cried out in pain once he arrived to the warmth of my being. and he brought me more pleasure than any one woman deserved at the expense of another. and he took his time going down to the inner circle only he could satisfy. I was home in his arms and the familiar homestead weaved through our souls more than our bodies making it an unbreakable bond. His hands cupped my neck and brought my lips to him.” “I want you to tell me. His fingers trembled as he touched the lace bodice of the soft material on my skin. Always you. “Tell me why you’re here. I forgot about the talent of tongue until he thrust it into the center only he alone filled with such devotion and skill. You are right.” His words were soft. a married
. Only you. after all.” His eyes danced as he pulled me to him. “You felt confident I’d show up.” “You have mine too—only you.78
“I was beginning to think I’d paid for two rooms and wouldn’t get my money’s worth. “You know why.” His voice was raspy as he led me to the bed in the center of the suite. Steve fumbled with the thin straps that held the material up around my breasts and finally released the strings from behind my back allowing full access to the place his mouth wanted so desperately to revisit.” “I love you.” He teased me as he helped me out of my shirt and jeans before finding the get-up meant for his eyes only.” “Tell me.
It’s hard not to love you. if not resentment. His body was supposed to be inside of mine. Neither of us wanted it to end. I rode with each of the ripples his body supplied and we both cried out in pleasure. It was a night that would leave me forever ruined for any other man. a married woman. Love isn’t supposed to be this difficult. we belonged to one another.Love. We were completely lost of any notion of romance as the sex went from tender and sweet to outright hard core and uncontrollable passion. not love. We devoured one another as we covered each in Cristal Champagne before trailing strawberries along every smooth line of sleek moisture. We had pledged our love to each other. and taking it all became my only objective. He rose above me and begged me to take him. We’d always been so perfect together.” I curved my body around his back and stroked his soft skin with my nails. Undeniable heat lead to intense orgasms again and again. “This is all too hard. “It’s not hard to love you. Mandy had earned her place in his bed because even a lonely heart enjoys company and whether either of them recognized it or not—the loneliness brought them together in marriage. and we reached a new connection we both knew no one could ever break. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
man. Still. My body accepted him like a well fitted mitten. so it didn’t.” He turned to face me. Never love. he sat on the edge of the bed with his head in his palms. Lust. Cassie. I wanted the intimate wreckage he knew how to bring without physical reservations. and making love to him was so natural. including another woman’s husband— realizing he would return to her with nothing left but sorrow. I was willing to take everything. I was supposed to make love with this man because he was the only one I wanted. We would take a moment and then begin again. after all. I was. His lips curved in a knowing. Cassie. yet I still wanted more of him. familiar smile as he rolled over to allow me full movement with his.”
. We locked eyes as our strokes quickened during our love-making. It ended all too fast as the sun threatened to rise and break us apart once more. “Leave him. After cuddling me for what seemed like hours. and now I knew that the void I felt every time I was with Corby wasn’t one I felt with Steve because I belonged to Steve. and his expression told me I wasn’t going to like what he had to say. He had more to give me.
and I’m not going to keep making mistakes.” I smiled wickedly at him. “Okay.” He slid out of bed and into his clothes before I could change his mind. Damn. “If he makes you so damn happy. Let’s talk. “I was hoping you’d notice. It was seven o’clock. then what are you doing in my bed?” I reached around playfully as if to initiate sex and avoid serious conversation. but we were far too familiar with one another to let little threats separate us. and you can’t just dismiss me when I won’t do what you want.80
“I can’t.” “You are the one who told me to do it. Maybe when a woman owns the soul of the man in her bed.” Studying his face. I’m happy. I’m sure you believe you can put up a wall and shut me out. Cassie. Corby makes me happy.” His eyes skimmed past my chest. You are the one who told me I had to find out who I was and what I wanted. Then there’s Corby and
. “I want you to leave him. “Yes. If you don’t leave him. You told me to marry him. which was something I knew he couldn’t hold in if he felt my body had some notable improvements. we both did.” “You can if you will. I can’t get you out of my mind.” “I made a terrible mistake. You set this whole thing up with me and Corby. he did comment on the obvious. that body of yours just gets better and better with age. fine. It’s your choice. Wanna try it out one more time?” “Yes. but no. Still. and he took his bottom lip in between his teeth in deep thought. Get dressed. Not anymore. not right now.” Leave it to Steve to ruin the moment. “No. but I’m not going to be around for you if you don’t.” Steve looked stunned to hear my confession. she can read him better than life’s toll intends. We are going to have this talk. then you have to leave me forever. but you can’t. and he stopped my efforts. “I’m sure you want to believe every word of what you’ve said. so I had no other choice but to do the same. I realized he probably believed every word he said.” I walked over to the wet bar and poured myself another glass of Champagne and noticed the clock by the bed. Steve. I’m only going to ask you this once. “You are more gorgeous now than you were when you were nineteen.
Why now?” “She wants children. No right whatsoever. Lust. you asked. you throw it in my face? You smugly tell me Mandy wants children understanding damn well I haven’t been able to get pregnant?” “How would I know you were trying to get pregnant?” It was his pain to have now. I’d love to have a bunch of kids running around with blond hair and blue eyes just like us. I have.” “What I’m thinking? I’m thinking you’re a total ass. I was devastated.Love. so why would I think you were trying to get pregnant?”
. “I’m not telling you this to hurt you. but I thought you should know.” It seemed to pain him to say it. Perhaps he thought the approach might work better for him. but the sting in my heart wouldn’t allow them to fall.” I was hurt and angry. Cassie.” “I didn’t know. “When you act like one.” “I do.” The tears loomed and did they ever burn. Shocked into a hell that now I could own just as much as anyone else. “An ass? That’s the best you can do?” He wanted to provoke me now. I didn’t regret it. “Cassie. He had no right to play that card with me. Talk to me. Cassie.” “Cass. but I am telling you how I feel.” “That’s never going to happen. honey. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
there’s Mandy. Have you ever stopped to consider what this might do to them?” “Yes. I gifted him with it in retaliation.” “Tell me why the sudden need to divorce Mandy. Tell me why you want me to leave Corby.” “So. and it needs to happen quickly. Tell me now what you’re thinking. you seem to wear the title well.” “Why?” “Trust me. It does. but it has to be done. “Mandy told you.” “And you? What do you want?” “Oh. but he spit it out just the same. and I don’t love hurting Mandy. I’m sure. and you know it. I didn’t think you could have children.
it’ll be another six months before we talk again. More than anything else. After all. This conversation took a crazy turn and I didn’t like it.” I stopped myself before I said something to hurt myself more than Steve. and at least Mandy will get what she wants. but they’ll be attractive kids. Steve wanted kids. from where I’m standing. We’ll talk about this another time.” “No? Really? Well. Dingbat should have a houseful of rugrats that you can call your own and raise them all like little Mandies in your perfect little world. I wanted to be in my bed alone before he could see the tears begin with no end in sight.” He chuckled. you want kids with him? You really want to have Corby’s baby?” He was bothered by the concept. too.” I lied. You’ll have some very attractive kids. I couldn’t look at him. “Oh no you don’t. None of them will have a lick of common sense. and I think you and Mandy will be well suited in that area. “So. she’s got it all. maybe a boy and two or three girls. You aren’t going out the door mad at me. We haven’t talked since you married Corby. Of course they would have children.” “You’re lying. and they were married.” “Cass. and for all I know. After all. and I told Mandy all about it!” “She didn’t tell me. Steve rushed over and stood there in front of me. I had been trying to get pregnant knowing I couldn’t and yet I was hurt because Steve and Mandy had discussed children.
.” “I’m sorry. most people raise their children to be just like them.” I slid under his arm and was out the door before he could tell me once more what he wanted and before I could make promises to him I knew I wouldn’t keep.82
“Because! I’m married to a fucking millionaire who has sent me to every fertility clinic in the country since we said I do. I gathered my things and started for the door. He wasn’t going to let the conversation die. I swear it. Steve. I need you to tell me what you’re thinking. but I have to get a few hours of sleep. I won’t let you. “I’m thinking maybe you and Ms. you have no reason on this earth to be jealous of her. “You do?” “Yes.
” “Really? Who was with you when Dan took Suzy back to the hotel?” “I kept Corby on the phone. Carry meant we would be bringing it back in the trunk of the limo. Dan. and he quickly turned his back to me to hide his jealousy. my storage unit was stacked high. and while it would appear that the trunk could carry back plenty. “What are you doing here?” I was actually glad to see him. so we could quickly pack the trunk with the first load of boxes I wanted to ship to Cleveland. I called Corby a few times and kept him on the phone as I went through boxes asking him if I should ship or carry. took her back to the hotel. we called our driver and headed out to the storage unit. and when he returned. Since the storage units were only two blocks from the hotel.Love. We made a few trips to the UPS drop station that afternoon and ran up a substantial bill.
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When Suzy finally made it out of bed late in the day.” I watched in amusement as the green-eyed monster attacked Steve. Steve was with him. but in downtown Cincinnati. so a lot of my life’s treasures went back to Cleveland on a UPS truck much to my dismay.” “I’m not by myself. they were clear for a while anyway. The roads back to Steve’s house wouldn’t be passable. We knew we couldn’t take back everything I wanted in the trunk of the car. Suzy helped me for as long as she could before her hangover took over. Lust. “You have no business out here by yourself. Dan is with me.
Steve pulled down the garage door of the storage unit and pushed me to the back of it. and at best. steamy sex in freezing temperatures too cold for the average couple to bear was only part of the thrill. “Fine. and I’ll come back for it in the morning before we leave? The weather reports are coming in. Hot. It was a quickie like no other considering the UPS drop was only three blocks away. and I jumped out. bothersome.” The car pulled to a halt in front of The Cincinnatian. My back moved against the cold steel of the building.” I shot Steve a look of disgust. and the two of us hopped in the car without a word exchanged. “Don’t. with higher temperatures tomorrow. We both met our climax within seconds. but with any luck. “Mrs. I think we have room for all of this in the trunk. His lips quickly covered mine before I could come to my senses and protest as his hands went to work to ensure I was ready for him long before his cock found its way to my point of pleasure. and the roads are going to be bad even in the downtown area tonight. As soon as he was gone. which I wasn’t sure he liked. Steve settled back into the comfort of luxury and smirked to himself more than me.” He watched as we approached the front entrance of the hotel. The driver got in the car and immediately raised the glass dividing us from him.” “Yes. “I can’t do that.” I put my finger up to my lips. but since we couldn’t completely disrobe. we could count on Dan’s speedy return within ten or fifteen minutes. I never really noticed. Almost as soon as we met the point of no return with the look of passion still filling our eyes.” Dan smirked but didn’t say anything. “At least tell me we’re back on for tonight.84
We worked for about an hour and then sent Dan with another load of packages to the UPS drop. I quickly poured out the contents of a box and flopped down on a box scouring through everything as Steve opened the door and invited Dan inside. Why don’t I take you back to the hotel. I was far too occupied with the even thrusts and strides he made to take me over the top quickly. Teller. we’ll head home. “The wind is getting a bit chilly out there. we heard the crunching sound of tires in the snow. I’m sorry. with any luck.” My heart raced as I ran into the warmth of the lobby and to my surprise straight into Mandy and Suzy who appeared to be
Suzy invited me to go or at least I think it was an invitation. What a pal. and it was my turn to be envious. “A hot bath sounds good. What I didn’t bother to consider was this time.” “Thanks. but ice skating would definitely be out of the question. Lust. hot. and I knew he would love me again like there would be no other opportunity to do so. I felt halfway relieved I wouldn’t have to deal with them and decided I needed a long. Wanna go?” I could’ve answered for him. “You are?” He talked to her like a child. “I was just thinking the same thing. “What made you decide to go ice skating?” He draped his arm comfortably over her shoulder. “Duh? It’s perfect for skating. why don’t you go to bed? You look beat. He wasn’t one to freeze his cute little assets off in the snow and ice. Glad to hear it.” Mandy announced proudly as Steve joined us. Before the door could close on the elevator. We rode up to the eighth floor in silence. Exercise and fresh air. and as I walked across the hall to my suite. Steve would prefer to sit in the lounge with a beer if he didn’t have me for entertainment.” “Of course you were and I make for great company.Love. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
dressed and ready for a day in the snow. They were parallel to mine. “We’re going ice skating. It really annoyed me. By the time I made it to the elevator.
. he would be spotted going in my room and this time. and Suzy says it’s a great cure for a hangover. I didn’t bother to look behind me. it would become worthy of media attention. and very quiet bath. the cameras were rolling. doesn’t it?” . Suzy. too. “Why don’t you go with us? Err…on second thought.” I tried to manage a smile as I said my good-byes and wished them a swell time.” His eyes danced with lust and mischief. Steve’s hand appeared to hold back the doors and he let me hear his innermost thoughts. Did Dan and Steve work at all or just watch you? You look like hell. I knew he would follow me inside. What I didn’t realize was this time.
Steve sat up and shook his head indicating to me I shouldn’t tell her. “Look outside the door. talked. By the time we both slipped into the bubbles inviting us.”
. Hell. his eyes never left mine as our hands met with entwined fingers. we were too tired from the day and previous night to do a lot about our building desires. “What do you mean?” Her voice dropped into a low. we made our way to the bed where Steve spread my legs open and made it his mission to pleasure me with a willing tongue and eager fingers something I would never tire of—at least not in my lifetime.86
We knew we were risking a lot as we locked the door to the suite. but either from ignorance or from the sexual bliss we anticipated. honey. we were both drained from the heat of the water. When we made love. tone.” Noting the agony in her voice. “Cassie. wake up. and Steve poured us a drink. He pampered me with his luscious mouth and then poured into me with a ready cock and open heart. “Cassie. You’ve got to come out here and talk to me. It was two o’clock in the morning when I heard Suzy at the door. With shriveled skin. Open up. I know Steve’s in there.” She continued to beat on the door and wouldn’t stop. we simply didn’t care. and fondled. Leave Steve in the bed. By the time we had soaked. We’ve got trouble. I quickly found a robe in the closet and slipped through a small opening into the living room of the suite. and we fell asleep in each other’s arms. open the door. Answer the door. We’ve got a real problem. I don’t care but get your ass out here now. I ran a bath. if not angry. The gasps came and were met with low groans of pleasure as we met our climax together.
“Is this true. “Look Mr. It didn’t matter. I looked at her for a moment. Lust. “Cassie. Know-it-All. “Still want me to believe you don’t have Steve in there?” A smile never formed on her face. though I’m not sure exactly why you married Corby when you are obviously in love with Steve. Her lips formed a tight line proving she had the ability to become damn mad.” “Don’t ‘oh hell’ me. and I’m not going to deal with it. and I was still new to all of it. I guess you are going to have to trust me. Now. right now. and maybe it will save both our marriages. I don’t need this shit. “Go get Steve and tell him to get dressed and make sure he dresses precisely as he did when he came into this suite. you don’t have a choice if you want to save your marriage and her reputation in the media.” I didn’t mind playing it Suzy’s way. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
I walked over to the entrance and peered through the peephole expecting to see Mandy but instead found a human wall of reporters with microphones and cameras primed and ready. so we are going to get out of this my way.” Steve eyed Suzy and then me. what do I do?” I might as well let her take the lead. She understood how the media circus worked.Love. We had a bigger problem on our hands. “Okay. Anyway. I told him Suzy had an idea to help us save-face. I wasn’t going to give up the lifestyle Corby allowed me to
.” I went into the bedroom where I found Steve completely dressed. Fury blushed her cheeks and her hands settled on her hips. even though you know her loyalties are with Corby?” She was clearly agitated with my lover. “She is going to help us out of this. Explaining to him what was waiting on him outside. “Oh hell.” She had every reason to be mad. I understand what you’re going through to an extent.” “And what if I don’t? What if I want Cassie and she wants me? What then?” I looked down and waited for the words I knew would be there. Cassie? Are you going to leave Corby?” I didn’t look at Suzy as she asked because I knew in my heart. She wanted answers but realized she wouldn’t get them. “You are going to trust Suzy to get you out of a mess? You are going to trust her. while I loved Steve. trying to gather my thoughts.” “I’m listening.
“You want me to go to bed?” “Exactly. “Yes. She immediately took on a voice with laughter playing havoc on my nerves. you are going to bed and you’re going to leave this to me. brushing it quickly as if to hide his feelings for me from Suzy who obviously wasn’t oblivious to our relationship or our deep-rooted connection to one another. I walked past Steve. Mandy. she practically knew everything. “I would think it was funny. Steve. When the knock comes. I watched her pick up the phone and call Mandy’s room. Cassie is passed out in her bed. I’m married to a very possessive husband who isn’t going to like the fact that there is a man in my room at two in the morning. but Mandy. I’m calling Mandy to come down here and retrieve her drunk husband.” “Are you nuts? The media is having a field day outside. as soon as we set the stage and the knock comes on the door.88
have. I think we have a problem. and Steve rolled his eyes knowing that Mandy was off on some kind of story. deary. She must’ve fallen asleep with Corby on the line. Your husband is passed out cold on my couch. you’ll go in your room and you’ll go to bed. anyway. “Now. Your husband smells of scotch.” She emphasized the last three words of her instructions just daring me to cross her. and he reached for my hand. Go to bed. “Well. and I just retrieved her cell phone. but here’s the thing. I do.” Mandy must’ve thought it was hilarious by Suzy’s remarks.” I looked at her bewildered. Cassie. there’s a hallway full of reporters outside our door. and he is passed out on the couch. Suzy continued though it seemed likely she had to cut Miss Mandy off mid-sentence. I don’t want a divorce and I don’t need a scandal.” she handed him a full tumbler of scotch on the rocks. Suzy rolled her eyes. Hell. I wasn’t going to give Steve up either. we missed the party. here drink this. I wasn’t ready. This is going to make the news. and you want me to go to bed?” “Yes. I understand. too. You’re going to be sleeping in your room when she gets here. Could you please come down here?”
. so she will support our story. See. I can’t wake him up.” She paused as she listened to Mandy.” “Then this is what we are going to do. “I don’t want to talk about this now.
trying to act disoriented. She bit. and flashes of light captured close-up snapshots.” She closed the door and I could hear her talking to Mandy. we heard the rap.” She followed them to the door and wished them a good-night as Mandy kept her arms around Steve’s waist.” She fired back. Suzy. Lust. “I swear your wife is sweet as sugar.” “I’ll help you. I watched as microphones found their way to Steve. “I probably don’t have the answers you want. she acted as if she were irritated as the pictures would later show and I could hear at the time her forced anger. Steve looked around the room. “What the hell?” I heard Steve’s feet hit the ground. hon.” She took a deep breath and let it out slow before addressing Steve. “Here. especially those who were caught with their pants down and thongs off. thanks for calling me. woman.” She gave us both a condescending glare. like all good scandal-avoiding wives do.” “She’s asleep in her room. “Well. rap on the door. everything was captured through the camera lens. Then. A few moments later. do it right. I can walk back on my own.” Steve had enough and I detected it in his voice. “Bingo. Where’s Cassie?” Mandy’s voice oozed. Suzy moved out of the way so I could see for myself. and she splashed it in his face. I’ll take him back to my room. I went to bed. “I’m sure you want to call Mark. “I’d rather talk to you about this.” She placed a glass of water in Mandy’s hand. Suzy.” Suzy offered.Love. I heard the door and ran out of the bedroom. “That’s quite alright.” I offered a start to a conversation. but she’s dumber than I feel about right now for not seeing the warning signs of something like this. rap. Steve stretched out on the sofa and dangled the glass from his hand for effect spilling the rest of the scotch and letting the glass fall where it may.” “Sure. “I have no idea. I wanted to find out what kind of commotion we’d stirred with the press. “Hi.”
. if you’re going to do this. After Suzy opened the door wide. I’m sure she opened it wide so the reporters could see clearly that Steve was passed out. “Do you guys mind? We’re having a bit of a problem getting any privacy here. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
She replaced the receiver.
You better hang on to him. There are few wives that I can get along with as well as you and I get along. Cassie. you have no idea how hard it is when those boys set girls like us out on our asses. she turned her back to me and headed to bed.” She called back over her shoulder and then stopped dead and turned around slowly to add more. See. girlfriend. I know all about him. I had nothing but the clothes on my back. before you throw out Corby for a good lay. I was set out in the street with nothing just like he found me. “I was the trophy wife the obsessive prick never wanted anyone to see and then when I was replaced. but let me tell you. honey.90
“I like you. but play it smart woman. “You know. You need to think about that.” Before I could respond. I was married to a running back for five years before I was tossed. Cassie.
. Don’t get rid of your bankroll.” With that she slid behind her door calling it a night. Remember Stan Cunningham?” I nodded. “I’m the one who doesn’t know what to say. Cassie. “This isn’t my first game. but he didn’t want my type.” “And you do?” Suzy laughed. “You may think you want Steve. Those good romps are fine. That’s all I’m saying. Do you know that I could lose Mark over this just as much as you could lose Corby?” She paused. at one time. I would’ve given anything for Corby Teller to give me some attention. but this was plain foolish. I really do. I’d already been previously married and he considered me used merchandise.
I wasn’t going to have someone like Steve win your hand. I decided to be still. It cut to the core. I always get what I want and you belonged to me from the moment I saw you. I imagine he wanted it to sink in that I’d been living with a man who apparently knew all about my dirty little secret. “Yes?” “You bitch. this? You are nothing more than a low-down slutty bitch.Love. You fucking two-bit cunt. be quiet and get your ass to the altar as quickly as I could and it worked out okay for us—at least for a little while. I shouldn’t be surprised. this is what you do. All the things that I just wanted you to say to me.” That hurt. You go to Cincinnati. Maybe I grieved about it for a few days. You know the husband you seemed to have forgotten about. Since all this had started with Steve and Corby. After all. the
. I can still hear you talking trash to Steve. I had tried to numb myself and bounce back and forth between them both.” His voice went quiet. It wasn’t a possibility. but I deserved it. and you get laid. but I knew. and I’ve never forgotten it. once I decided to marry you. Of course. darling. Now. I managed to answer. Lust. and then you spend one last night with Steve in his hot tub thinking I’ll never know. I accepted that Steve had heard those words first and decided to live with it and what do you do? Now. Isn’t that right? You pledge to marry me. Cassie. How could you do this to me?” “Who is this?” “It’s Corby.” His voice seemed different and I knew it was because he was revisiting the time he’d spent grieving over the truth about my relationship with Steve. I heard you. I wanted to wear thick skin and I guess I did. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
The phone rang at six o’clock. “Sometimes when I’m not with you. telling him all the things that a man likes to hear. “See. He continued. With a sleepy voice. Maybe it haunted me right up to the last minute before I bought your wedding dress but I decided to go through with it anyway.
and I heard everything. You didn’t hang up the phone when you were there. He was right. I’m not going to listen to this shit when you’re off your rocker. he never did. “Hang on a minute. I hurt with the same pain he must have been feeling too but I couldn’t come clean with everything. He pressed on. “What are you talking about?” “I’ve known about you and Steve and you can’t even apologize for it?” He yelled through the receiver and that’s when it hit me. Cassie. I always believed he knew all about my last romp with Steve—the one that should’ve stopped a wedding.
. I heard it all. tell me things aren’t what they seem after you read the paper. “You’re drunk. It was obvious that while he may have thought that he could forgive and forget. Isn’t that right. The tears caught in my throat. you’re going to see things aren’t always what they seem. I thought you were friends until that day he came into your cottage and straight into your bedroom. bitch. I dared him though and foolishly so.” “Fine. I’ll go get a newspaper. Corby. He lived in fear that Steve and I would repeat history and we didn’t let him down. but you’d better be prepared with an apology because whatever you think I’ve done isn’t anywhere near the truth. Why now? What is this?” “Get your newspaper. His end fell silent and mine? Deadly quiet. You’re headline news.” He kept going over the same thing again and again. Everything. honey?” I sat up in the bed.” Shifting guilt or blame didn’t seem like a great plan but I tried it in a bold maneuver. It’s kind of like that time I showed up at your cottage after you spent one last night with Steve in his hot tub. It was all over his face. and. I was in the man’s bed. and Suzy came in about the time I did and sat down on the edge of it.92
truth seeped slowly out. I was nothing more than a low-down slutty bitch with thick layers to cover it up and hide the real me. This all happened before we were married. You never asked me about my history. “I knew about you and Steve the moment I saw the look on his face when he found me in your bed. Corby. I guess I always suspected the real reason we made a mad dash for Las Vegas. but I loved you enough to move on and forget about it.” “Oh really. I was with his girl.
“Corby. at least for a few months. Lust. she came in to check on me and then went back to the phone. The pictures were misleading but provided the story they wanted to tell. More like rode hard and put up wet. I’m telling you. “Anything but drunk. lying down next to the toilet. nothing happened the way it appears.” “Corby. too. It was why he had been adamant about keeping me away from Steve. and the third showed Steve and me entering my suite. Suzy got up and went to the living room where she retrieved a copy of the local newspaper that had been placed under the door. and the final showed her leaving the room with Steve in her embrace. The fourth photo showed Mandy entering the suite. this isn’t at all what happened. I was profoundly ill and something told me it wasn’t a bad case of nerves.
. I might add. A reporter stood in front of the Cincinnatian Hotel. Suzy tossed the paper at me.Love. He’d wanted my best friend completely out of my life. She looked as if she’d been crying. I let out a moan as I headed for the restroom. and when Suzy heard me in the bathroom. she was in bed when I came in last night.” I heard her talking to Corby for what seemed like hours as I continued to feel the worst case of nausea I’d ever felt. Besides. I flipped the television back off before the entire nightmare unfolded for a close-up reminder of blatant stupidity. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
He’d always known. and he’d managed to do it. and I knew I was going to be sick. Super Studs or Super Dumb? You Decide. Lust and Scandal Rocks the PFC. and he looked wide-eyed and bushy tailed as the caption stated. It was more than I needed to hear or see. and she looked downright mad. we were front page news with a catchy headline to boot: Super Star PFC Hubbies can’t control their wives. Sure enough. sicker than I had ever been in my entire life. The first showed the four of us in the lobby. Love. Alone. Corby had remained on the phone waiting for me to say good bye. The second showed us in the elevator. and the caption pointed out the time when we were there.” My voice broke. and Steve was on the couch. I turned on the television and World Sports Media News confirmed it. clearly distraught. I found myself in the bathroom.
Light-headed and dizzy. and Mandy seemed to light up the room with her smile. I quickly found my way to the ground every time I tried to sit up or walk. Once the doctor left. I knew Steve was gone. pregnant. I just slipped in and out of a daze.94
The next thing I knew. I remembered hearing Suzy and Mark. He knew how to take care of me. but I couldn’t focus on the exchange of conversation. What started out as two long days quickly turned into four more and then another week quickly passed. Steve picked me up and carried me into the bathroom where I must’ve spent a good portion of my time. “Congratulations! They think you’re going to be fine. just trying to get there. I remember feeling Corby’s presence. There was absolutely no way I could be pregnant. I had become dehydrated
. Away from the happy bubble floating around my room—Mandy. in fact. I went to sleep again. I thought I was still in the hotel but found out days later that I was. in a hospital. At various points. I would zoom in and go back out and then in and out again all the while with the strong sense of animosity going on in my life. Impossible. that I was in fact. Steve and Mandy came in. I tried to make it back to the bathroom. crawling. I thought I heard her say something about a pregnancy. after I was fully coherent. Later. but for the next week. In fact. I wanted him there with me. I discovered. Blood tests confirmed the pregnancy on day ten. It seemed like I slept for days. scooting. it’s not anything nine months won’t cure! The doctors think you might be pregnant!” I felt sick again. Suzy seemed to be content talking with him. During those moments. I don’t remember what he said in return. I woke up again for a few hours and talked to the doctor but while I remember telling him how I felt. I woke up in bed with a doctor standing over me.
Lust. They moved me to a hospital and still had little success initially. You’ve been very sick. and evening sickness.” My eyes filled with tears as I silently wished for a split second in time that the baby could be. Well wishes poured in from around the country along with an apology from several newspapers that ran the original. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
when my morning sickness began. “Speak of the devil. Now.” I directed the answer to Mandy hoping she’d take the hint. isn’t it?” I smiled at him as he paced back and forth in the room. I dismissed the thought almost as quickly as it pushed its way into my head. “It’s mine. and cards. balloons. I glanced over her shoulder and hit Steve with a look that indicated to him he needed to lose the wife for a moment.” “Steve. girlfriend. would be. He quickly became the man of the hour—the one who didn’t want to leave his friend sick. his. noon.” “Cassie. After ten days or so. and alone in a hotel room.” My sarcasm came back with a vengeance. The baby thing hadn’t sunk in yet after all. no. Dehydration took over once more with another three days of total morning. “The apology letters and retractions are hilarious. but I have been right here the whole time and didn’t miss any of it. pregnant.” “I know. “Cassie.” I smiled up at Steve as he walked in with Mandy.
.” Mandy held out her hand for Steve to put some change in her palm and was on her way to find a vending machine. I must’ve been somewhat aware of my surroundings and woke up to a room full of flowers. I immediately felt sick again as soon as I smelled the roses Steve and Mandy brought. I must say. it’s mine. Cassie. and the doctors couldn’t seem to get the problem under control when they came to the hotel upon Corby’s request. if not scandalous story. “You said it. you won’t believe this. “I’d love a Diet Coke. honey. the media portrayed Steve as the hero. Only. it’s not funny. and you know it.” Mandy agreed with me. “Done. this pregnancy thing is working out rather well for us.Love. It isn’t yours. “The baby. Actually. “Well. do you need anything right now?” he asked.” “What’s yours?” I had no idea what he was talking about.
” He locked hands with the man I now knew he didn’t trust and then headed to my bedside.” There he was in the doorway. “Yes. Yes. He didn’t need my help or my confirmation. I was pregnant with my husband’s child. he told Steve everything he wanted him to hear. Steve watched me for a moment longer and must’ve decided it wasn’t the right time to talk about it. and he would keep up with the dates.” He’d obviously done some checking around and I’d heard that before but still believed that. and if he was lucky enough to father a child with me. This time. I’m the only one who can answer the question. I only hoped it was Corby’s baby so there wouldn’t be any trouble. “Congratulations. the woman he truly loved. “I just want to ask a nosey question. “Remember. as he answered. Mandy appeared in the doorway with my soda. “Don’t look at him. Steve walked over and shook his hand. the doctor says you are at least four weeks along. as if to plead for more information. How far along are you?” She handed me the Diet Coke. you can have morning sickness the day after conception. Proud Papa grinning from ear to ear. She immediately walked over to grab a plastic cup and began to nervously pour the soda over ice. and you can have morning sickness three months into a pregnancy. and I glanced beyond Corby to see if Steve had an answer.” He deliberately turned to Steve and added. Corby. a father always knows.” “Thanks. We’d been trying for months to get pregnant. and I took his hand.”
.” “Morning sickness? Did someone say morning sickness. after all this time. my heart wanted Steve to father my child. Corby turned to address his perceived competitor. bright eyes. my moralistic side kicked in and I prayed the child I carried would be Corby Teller’s first born child. he would plan on laying a claim to his child. He would make it his business to know every time I went to the doctor. Steve. He’d find out what he needed to find out on his own.” “Do you really?” My heart skipped a few beats. but it wouldn’t be right and for some reason.96
“Cassie. Nothing would stop him. “Yes honey. Steve believed the baby I carried could logically be his because he’d probably already talked to several doctors.
Could he really know? Even though I understood how his bold statement potentially made everything alright if the child was a Teller. he would.
. I opened my eyes again and caught the looks exchanged between two men I truly loved. Maybe he could start his own family now with Mandy as much as it pained me to think about it. Hatred burned.” “Corby? Is something going on that I should know about?” She looked back over at me before her eyes locked first on one man and then the other. Steve walked over to my bed and patted my arm. Lust. Even though Corby’s words brought some measure of relief.Love. Mandy came over and kissed my forehead. We’re going to have a lot to talk about. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
I closed my eyes after I gave him a long stare. At least the words he told. could seemingly set Steve free or at least I hoped that was true.” He defiantly looked at Corby and then turned his back and started toward the door. She deserved children. Without a doubt. “Is there a problem?” Steve didn’t turn to direct his conversation to his wife. “This is so terrific. Would he be willing to do the same for a child he desperately wanted too? I shuddered when I saw the answer in the cold stares between two determined men. I didn’t think he had any way of confirming anything. I was somewhat surprised when I witnessed it too. and yet I needed to be pregnant with my husband’s child. In that moment. “No problem here. The two men were only an arm’s length apart. spoken as his truth or as his lie. Cass. I found them hard to believe. She turned to head out too but stopped fast in her tracks. Corby was too proud to act overly concerned by talking to the doctors just to learn more about possible conception—far too proud. seethed from their eyes and body language defined what the mind wouldn’t allow their lips to describe. stunned by what she saw. I remembered all the effort that Corby had put forth to make sure I became his wife. You are going to be a wonderful mother!” Her enthusiasm always seemed sincere. “Guys?” Mandy looked at me with concern. Corby walked from around one side of the bed to the other so he could stand in front of Steve. My heart broke for Steve because I knew he’d already started to hope the child I was carrying could be his. “You get some rest. Four weeks along.
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Corby locked eyes with me then. The hurt I inflicted played havoc on my soul as it cut Steve’s heart out with words that should never have been spoken. come over here and help me get up. we’ve been trying for months to get pregnant. I tried once more. “Yes. “You’ll never regret that. It was time to go on with living in the present. “I imagine you will. “In any event.” I patted the bed. I’m sure you have things to do and we need to get on the road. “Mandy. sweetie?” At first. Cassie is being released in about an hour. “Don’t you worry about this one. He wanted him to hear it first hand from me. He challenged me to do something to convince him not to tell-all.” Steve’s voice broke. “Corby is just nervous. You’ll never be sorry that you chose me. Too much time had been lost and too many life courses were altered. I guess we should be going. Living with those we each chose to marry. aren’t you. Steve gritted his teeth and shot me a possessive glare. I’ll take really good care of her. An underlying meaning exchanged in those short seconds—one where three of us fully understood its premise. In those few seconds.” He didn’t look at me again but instead nodded to Mandy who said her farewell rather quickly. “Honey. We need to get back to Cleveland so I can thank you properly for giving me a family I can call my own.”
. Corby pressed a light kiss to my mouth and whispered into my lips.” That was precisely what he wanted to hear. He wanted me to tell Steve that I loved the man I married. I can’t imagine having a child with anyone else. Corby was ready to address the issue at hand.” Corby ignored me and the men continued their stares—each with clenched fists hanging at their sides. It will be awhile before we get back here so you two lovebirds take care. When they were gone. my coaxing didn’t work so I pressed on and tried again. I cleared my throat and made it all better for Corby while cutting the ties that always kept Steve bound to me.” Corby walked toward my bed and then turned. Corby’s the love of my life and now he’s made all my dreams come true.” He grinned and then added. I promise you. I had to say good-bye to Steve. Too much water drifted under the bridge. “Well then. Steve put his arm around Mandy’s waist. Cassie.
The lies caught up with me and I just spilled honesty with the tears refusing to stop. but a pain in my heart brought the truth too close for comfort. Anger blushed his cheeks and then he gave me the answer that I guess I should’ve expected.” I verbally agreed. I had to hope Corby would become a wonderful replacement. “I guess not. “Corby. “I’m thinking about going to Texas to play for the Rascals. Maybe because I realized my husband certainly understood everything I’d done.” I agreed. He stood up and looked down at me for a moment.”
. I can assure you that you’ll never have cause to come back.” “Then there will never be a reason to come back. “We’re never going to speak of what went on here. “I love you. the only reason I would ever be back here would be if this baby I’m carrying is Steve’s child. right?” “Yes. After all. Corby found a suitcase in the closet and began to pack.” He looked up at me with moisture his eyes. We had a new life to bring into the world and one that deserved everything two loving parents could give. Cassie.” He stated the obvious. “Then. Cassie. Do you understand?” I slowly shook my head up and down. If not.” I reminded him. you know that too right?” “Yes.Love. “You’ve gotten everything you need from storage and it’s all shipped? Everything here is taken care of. if she told him.” He looked shocked at what I was more or less confessing. Maybe because lies told or lies held in the heart are just as brutal. The truth caught me off guard and the tears began. I just hoped my baby would one day meet his or her father. I guess there wouldn’t be much of a reason to come back because it hurt too many people when I did.” “You belong to me. Corby would understand everything. “Dallas sounds like a great place to raise a child. I had to let it go. and Scandal in Professional Football: Sports Wives 1
“I chose you when I married you. You realize I love you.” “It sounds like a great place for a fresh start. right?” “I do. Suzy wasn’t going to cover up what had happened to her husband and. Lust.
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I snubbed back more of the same and nodded. Corby Teller.” Then. Suzy had been right. He kissed my neck softly and then kissed my lips with unleashed passion before pulling away. we’ll never speak of this trip again.
. Their kind wouldn’t think twice about it. “Cassie. The way I feel now. then there’s a reason for it. Cassie. I’d lost Steve and I’d damaged my relationship with Corby. Chances were good that I’d never get either of them to love me like they’d loved me before. I wish I’d never loved anyone at all. I would’ve already filed for divorce no matter how much I loved you. he just walked out of the room. Now. “This changes us. I’m Cassie Teller.” Corby reached for me and then pulled me up against him tightly.” Then he added words I never expected. I can’t be in the same room with you right now because I really want to question all of this and it needs to be dead and buried.” I nodded and laid back down on the bed as Corby continued packing. trophy wife of PFC Quarterback. understand. I’ll never trust you again and you need to understand that if you hadn’t gotten yourself pregnant. Their kind put women like me on the street. I may not have to worry too much about it. “I’m going to go pull the car around to the front of the hospital. like I said. I’m living proof that if loving two men is wrong. he never turned around. This is best for everyone and. he stopped packing and walked to the door. It changes our marriage and who we were. I sobbed uncontrollably. As if something suddenly hit him. “I thought you might say that. With his back to me.
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