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She pulled her thoughts back to the present and stared at Justice North across the room, deciding she could do her job better if she could get him to hear her out. Tim can be pissed but this is about making it easier for those poor women.
She\d never seen Justice in jeans and a tank top before. He usually wore business suits at his press conferences. His bare arms revealed thickly muscled biceps, golden skin and he stood with a relaxed ease that made him more approachable. She took a deep breath, blew it out and advanced.
More tiny details became apparent as she drew closer to the tall leader of the New Species. His hair was auburn with streaks of blond. On television and in pictures it seemed a dull, universal brown color. His catlike eyes were exotic and darker, almost black. He possessed the distinctive wide cheekbones that jutted outward more than a typical human\s and his nose flattened, seeming more animal than not. It always fascinated her that so few of them had facial hair and she wondered if they shaved to fit in more.
Her breath caught when he suddenly laughed and it was a husky, se*y sound. His full lips were the kissable kind that she enjoyed nibbling on. That realization brought her to halt. Bad, Jessie. Don\ go there. He\s the boss of your boss and off limits. I totally need to find a man. I\m to the point where I\m fantasizing about guys I work with. Big mistake.
She took note of his perfectly white, straight teeth, which were revealed when he laughed. She didn\ see any fangs but it was possible he was one of the rare few who didn\ have them. Of course, she also noticed he smiled with his lips close together. Mr.
North might have trained himself to hide them since he dealt with the public. She\d overheard Tim say some of them did that and he\d know since he spoke to so many of the Species males on a daily basis.
Justice spoke to another Species male who was a few inches shorter and their conversation seemed intense since he never glanced her way. After a quick assessment of the Species leader, she pegged him at about six foot four. Tall. She had nearly reached his side when a rough hand gripped her forearm and jerked her to a standstill.
Jessie masked her alarm as her gaze dropped to the big hand on her arm, his hold nearly painful and lifted her chin to peer up. She wondered if he was one of the guards who protected Justice. She\d learned to hide her fear of the New Species when she came into contact with the fierce-looking guys. All of them were big, muscular and scary.
This one was no exception.
It was the animal facial features that made them seem so frightening...and their sharp teeth and ability to make threatening sounds. He growled deep within his throat while his green eyes narrowed to glare at her. His jet-black hair fell past his shoulders and his clothes were so new they hadn\ been washed.
Shit . Jessie knew hatred when she saw it in his glare. The night before a fifth testing facility had been raided and approximately ninety prisoners had been freed from their hellish existences. She had a pretty good idea this was one of them. He looked too rough around the edges to have calmed from his experience. He obviously hated anyone human and that spelled trouble for her.
She quickly assessed the situation, knowing it had the potential to turn into a nightmare. He was a big bastard, obviously super irate and while his hold on her arm wasn\ too painful, the look he gave her seemed deadly. He had issues with her kind and she was the one in front of him. Not good.
’’Please release me,’’ she softly ordered.
’’Human.’’ He snarled.
Jessie tried to tug her wrist out of his hold but his fingers only tightened until the bone threatened to break. She didn\ gasp aloud from the intense agony of being squeezed, fought that reaction and instead allowed her training to take over before he snapped her arm. He could easily if he applied more pressure. He didn\ seem reasonable and she didn't want to wear a cast for weeks.
She quickly stepped into his body, almost touched his chest and jerked her arm hard downward. He had no choice but to release her or it would have twisted his wrist painfully. Jessie jumped back, put space between them and tensed. He would either attack or stay in place.
Being smaller helped. At five foot four Jessie had the advantage as she tucked her body when her attacker sprang at her with an enraged snarl. He hadn\ expected that move and his hands only grasped air when his fingers grabbed where she\d been. She spun to the side, straightened and kicked out with her boot.
She caught the off-balance man in his hip and he crashed to the floor, sprawled on his side. Jessie backed up to put more space between them. The Species male jerked his head up, gaped at her with astonishment and used his arms to launch to his feet. He opened his mouth and growled inhumanly, revealing some sharp, lethal teeth. He lunged again, this time faster.
Jessie thought one word before she dived to the side to avoid his clawed fingers.
FUCK! She tucked into a ball, rolled on the floor and came up on her feet the way she\d been trained to do. She needed to stay out of his reach and knew it would be over if he got his hands on her. They were physically no match if it came down to hand-to-hand combat. He\d pulverize her.
She caught him lunging at her again out of the corner of her eye. She kicked out, bent to press her hands on the floor to brace and caught the man with a violent up-kick.
The impact of her boot with his body hurt her leg but it had to be more painful for him.
He staggered back with a loud gasp and it sank in that she'd managed to catch him in the groin. She twisted around after straightening to her feet, watched him grip the front of his jeans and double over. Jessie winced.