Cami was in the den when E-Blade came downstairs for a late night beer. She had a freezer bag of ice up to her lips. Another one up to her left eye.
“Let me see what she did to you,” E-Blade said, offering to examine Cami’s wounds as he sat down beside her on the couch with beer in hand.
At the gentleness of his voice, Cami’s eyes welled up with tears. Oh, how she missed the tender attentions of a man. Her mind immediately went to thoughts of Bonz, who’d been such a gentleman during the short time they’d dated.
“What does he see in her?” Cami asked, removing the bags from her face. Like E-Blade, she refused to call Aisha by name. It was too bitter on their tongues.
E-Blade smirked and cocked his head to the side. “Come on now, Cami. You ain’t blind. You know exactly what Bonz sees in her.” He put his bottle of beer on the coffee table directly across from them. Then he cupped her face with one hand and gingerly touched her bottom lip with the other.
“But I can do anything she can do. Probably better. But did he ever give me a real chance to prove it? No!” Ire blazed in her eyes.
E-Blade shook his head. “Too bad. I bet you would’ve put it on him real good, too,” he said, allowing his eyes to travel down to her shapely thighs before looking upwards again.
“I sho’ would’ve.” Cami felt a different kind of heat now.
“It’s his loss.”
“Sho’ is,” Cami replied, feeling her confidence rising along with her desire to just connect with a man tonight. Any man. Even her cousin’s man.
“I think your lip is gonna be fine by morning.” E-Blade slowly traced her bottom lip in a sensual manner now.
Cami nodded. “I wish I had a man to kiss it and make it all better now,” she said, giving him a heated look that reeked of desire.
E-Blade’s voice grew huskier. “I could be that man for you, Cami. Want me to be?”
With no thought of her loyal cousin, a disloyal Cami whispered, “Yes.”
Together they rose and made their way to the third floor of the tri-level house. Sleeping soundly on the second floor was an unsuspecting Delia. Unfortunately, the two lovers didn’t seem to care anything about her at the moment.
* * *
After doing the unthinkable and utterly disrespectful, E-Blade and Cami returned to the den to talk.
Did they talk about the shameful thing they’d just done?
No. They talked about Aisha. About how they both wanted her out of the picture.
They couldn’t kill her. If they did, Bonz wouldn’t rest until he’d tracked down her murderers and killed them, too. Though E-Blade wasn’t afraid of Bonz, they had too many business ties together to muddy their relationship up with something that extreme.
A whole six-pack later, E-Blade finally had the answer to their problem. Thanks to the new information Cami inadvertently learned about their enemy from Millsap tonight, he now knew exactly how to get Aisha out of their hair.
© 2008 by Suprina Frazier