In My Arms

By: Taryn Plendl

Her lips were pink and swollen, and she was breathing in short pants. “Wow.” Ava whispered. Yeah, wow! Holy shit! I don’t think I’d ever had such a hot kiss. I smiled as I looked over her shoulder. “He left.”



I flinched when I came back to a painful reality. Are you kidding me? The most undoubtedly amazing kiss we’d just shared was no more than part of Trevor’s game to make Kyle jealous. I had just allowed myself to be a pawn in a ridiculous cock fight between to arrogant men. Stupid Ava!

Stepping back, I put a much needed distance between us. Smoothing my shirt and tucking my hair behind my ear, I looked back up at him, working hard to restore my much needed self control. “Well thanks. Glad you could give him a good show.” I retorted.

I turned and grabbed Talia just as she moved by me on the dance floor. “Come on. Let’s go.” Thank God Talia was too far gone to put up a fight as she stumbled behind me.

“Ava wait!” Trevor shouted as he pushed his way through the crowded dance floor trying to get to me. I picked up the pace, practically dragging Talia now. “Slow down girl! Where’s the fire?” She giggled behind me, gripping my arm so she wouldn’t fall as I dragged her through the parking lot.

I looked back to see Trevor reach the door to the parking lot just as I was shutting my car door. Thank god for the crowd that slowed him down. He jogged toward my car, waving his arms, but I backed out and drove onto the road before he could stop me.

I looked in my rear view mirror in time to see him punching the light pole next to him so hard that he left a dent. Well, this was an eventful night!

“I suppose you don’t want to talk about it right?” Talia giggled. I was thankful that she was drunk. Hopefully she wouldn’t remember this in the morning.

Chapter 2


“Oh my God, I am dying!” I heard Talia groan from her bedroom. I couldn’t help but smile, knowing how completely out of it she had been last night and quite frankly shocked that she was even awake yet.

I poured my hungover friend a glass of cold orange juice, put a couple of pieces of cinnamon toast on a plate and moved down the hall to the bedroom. I had crashed at her apartment last night. After getting her to bed and calming myself down, I didn’t feel like driving back to my Aunt’s place.

“Good morning sunshine!” I set the plate and glass next to the bed and headed into the bathroom in search of some aspirin, returning with the bottle a minute later.

“Thanks.” Talia whispered as she tossed the two pills in her mouth and swallowed them with the juice.

“Remind me of why you think this is fun?” I laughed softly at my friend’s distress. I never understood the appeal of getting completely smashed. You always seemed to regret it the next day. Well shit, who was I kidding? I was completely sober and I was regretting last night too. I can’t believe I allowed myself to fall for that crap. Here I was trying to regain control of my life and I allow some stranger at a club to make me lose my senses. I am grounding myself from going out!

“This is not the fun part Ava.” Talia grimaced as she took a bite of toast. “However, last night was way beyond!” I giggled at the sparkle that appeared in her eyes. Talia was always the life of the party. Amazing and caring ER nurse by day, spontaneous party animal by night!

“Please, do you even remember any of last night?” I lay back on her bed closing my eyes and stretching my arms over my head.

“As a matter of fact, do.” She pushed her covered foot into my ribs. “Especially a certain friend of mine making out with a sinfully hot man on the dance floor!”

Of course she remembers that. I groaned and rolled over to my side, propping myself up on my elbow. “It wasn’t like that.” Damn, I really wish it had been!

“Really? ‘Cause it sure looked like that was exactly what it was like.” She smirked as she took a bite of toast.

“Kyle was there.” I knew that would get her attention. She hated Kyle.

“Excuse me? How did I miss that prick?” Talia’s sat up looking concerned. She was the one helping me pick up the pieces, and if she hated him before, she now looked like she could kill him.

“He caught me as I stepped out of the bathroom. I ignored him and tried to walk away, but he grabbed my arm.” I looked down, noticing for the first time the faint bruises he had left around my forearm.

“That son-of-a-bitch! I’m gonna kill him!” Talia pulled my arm toward her for a better look, running her fingers over my arm checking for….who knows. She was in a dreadful combination of mom and nurse mode.

“Simmer down tiger!” I laughed at the pint-size blonde, who I was almost positive could put even the most obnoxious doctor in his place.

“Trevor, the sinfully hot man, saved me. He pretended he was my date.” I rolled back onto my back, remembering how safe and protected I’d felt in his arms. Stupid, stupid Ava! There was no doubt in my mind that he could take on Kyle. Trevor seemed arrogant, but he looked like he could back it up. Kyle on the other hand was too arrogant for his own good. The bit of fear I saw on his face after he put his hands on Trevor was more satisfying than I could say.