Justice Page 5
’’Are you all right? Did that guy hit you in the throat?’’ She started to worry he might be hurt with the way he kept making noises.
Justice North blushed. It stunned her a tiny bit and made her like him more.
’’I\m fine.’’ He paused. ’’It was nice to meet you and I\m sorry for the attack. I should go to the cafeteria since I did call for the meeting. I need to yell at my new males and throw in some threats for good measure to be certain they learn good behavior.’’
He turned and took a few steps away from her before Jessie\s mind started to fully function again. Justice was walking away from her and she couldn\ stand the idea of never seeing him again.
Justice froze and turned. His dark gaze met Jessie\s. ’’Yes, Ms. Dupree?’’
’’I wanted to know if you had any free time soon. I hoped we could talk about your females. There are some policies I\d love to discuss with you that need to be changed.
I\ve brought it up with Tim Oberto but he isn\ exactly sensitive to female needs. Is there any possibility that you have some time to listen to my ideas? I think they are valid ones.’’
He seemed to ponder it. ’’How long will you be at Reservation?’’
’’A few days, if that\s all right. I thought I\d stick around to help the new females adjust to outside life unless I get a call from the task force. I have a lot of free time between recoveries.’’
He bit his lip. ’’Why don\ you come to the cafeteria with me if you are staying? I\d like them to know you on sight to make certain something like this doesn\ happen again. We could share dinner afterward. It\s the only time I have free. You can talk to me while we eat. After dinner I have to prepare for a press conference being held outside the gates at ten o\clock regarding last night\s activities.’’
’’That would be great.’’ She remembered her torn shirt. ’’Do I have time to change?’’
She smiled. ’’Although if I didn\ , I\m betting none of them would forget how I look if I released my shirt. I\m not sure they\d remember my face but it might do something for boosting human relations with your men if they saw me in a bra.’’
His entire body shook with laughter. Justice is scorching hot , Jessie decided. His eyes sparkled and his generous mouth widened to reveal white teeth. She saw a flash of points along his bottom lip. He has the Species fangs after all . She felt her body respond.
She\d not only have to change her shirt but her thong too if she didn\ get a grip. She wondered what his teeth would feel like against her skin if he nipped her with them.
’’Down girl,’’ she muttered.
His laughter died. ’’Excuse me?’’
He\d heard her speak. She\d forgotten that Species had enhanced hearing. ’’It was nothing.’’ She smiled again. ’’So, do I change or go as I am?’’
’’Why don\ you exchange shirts? I\ll talk to them while we wait for you and I\ll introduce you when you arrive. Do you know where the cafeteria is?’’
’’I ate breakfast there with Breeze this morning.’’
’’I\ll see you when you return.’’ He turned and walked away.
Jessie watched him move out of sight. The man fit a pair of jeans better than any guy she\d ever seen. He had long muscular legs that stretched the denim around his thighs and his rounded ass. He wore black high tops. They had Velcro strap closures.
They would be fast to take off.
She grinned over her wayward libido, moving quickly toward the elevator. She appreciated a man who wore things that were fast and easy to get off. She shook her head at her reflection inside the elevator as she rode it up. He\s Justice North, a New Species and you know you can\ ever go there. It would cost my job . Tim would not only kick my ass but he\d boot it from the task force.
Jessie leaned forward, peered at her reflection in the mirror and winced. She could use some makeup but she rarely bothered unless she had to. She\d done all that for her first husband and it had been a waste of time. He\d expected her to primp for him or he\d been insulting. Her need to please had died when her marriage had. The bastard had an affair with a fellow soldier while on training exercises. She backed up and ran her fingers through her hair. It was really bright red, a mess and she couldn\ look worse if she tried. She might be attracted to the se*y Species but he wouldn\ feel the same about her.
The elevator doors opened and she practically ran down the hall. She wasn\ sure what had gotten in to her since meeting Justice but the man turned her on. It had been a long time since she\d met anyone who attracted her. He definitely made her heart race and wild thoughts filled her head. Two years had passed since her bitter divorce and she hadn\ been interested in men.
Well, there was that one guy , she remembered, but does a one-night stand after drinking too much count? She decided not to ponder that one. That had been a rough night and she\d needed the comfort of another person. It was right after the first time she\d retrieved the body of a New Species female.
The bastard who\d murdered her had buried her small, broken body under the basement floor of the cell he\d kept her in for years. The sight of watching the body unearthed had driven Jessie straight to the nearest bar and right into the arms of the first man who looked good. She\d wanted to forget the pain of knowing what had been done to that poor victim and how they\d been too late to save her. The one-night stand had been a dud. He had talked a good game but once he\d hit the field, he hadn\ pitched worth a damn.