“And what’s wrong with me being there?”
“Really? You’re really going to ask me that with the way you’re acting right now? Vinny you’ve been gone for four years. There’s nothing between us. There never was. I don’t belong to you or Levi, so I don’t understand why the hell you both don’t just leave me alone.”
“What does he want?”
“What do you think he wants?” Her impatience was starting to rise. “What do you all want?” “Well, I don’t know what he wants, but I want you.”
“Never going to happen again.” She snorted.
“Never say never, darling.” He turned and the town was instantly behind them.
She crossed her arms over her chest and slumped down in the seat, biting the inside of her
cheek. How the hell was she going to fight him? Levi was easy. Vinny—not so much. Shit! “Why are you taking me out to Mandy’s house?”
“I need to put the food up. She didn’t have shit in the house and when you’ve lived as I have
for so long you want those home cooked meals.”
“But she doesn’t cook.”
“I know, but I do.”
He turned and pulled into the gravel drive. Charlene had only been to Amanda’s place a few
times. She sort of forgot how great it looked and gasped when it came into view. Nothing real fancy, but still it had Charlene yearning for her old home to look like this. Years ago, before her mother got sick, the house was a home that she could be proud of. Now all she had were the memories.
Not saying much, Vinny parked and got out. He went straight to the back of the truck and took out bags. Still saying nothing she watched him walk up to the house and go inside, leaving the door open. With a sigh of defeat, Charlene got out and took a couple bags as well. Right to the kitchen she went, placing the bags on a counter and watching him unload his. When he was done he went back out, so she went on and unloaded her own. Halfway through her bag she felt him behind her and stilled. Her whole body stiffened when both of his arms reached around her, then up over her head with things for a top shelf. Charlene could feel his whole body press up against her and instantly her own came alive. But as quickly as he started it all ended and he was moving away from her.
“Stay for dinner,” he said when everything was put away. “I’m grilling.”
“Can’t.” Taking a deep breath to calm her now ragged nerves, she turned around and smiled. “Got stuff to do.”
“What kind of stuff?”
“Does it really matter?”
“I’m busy, Vinny, so leave it at that. I need to get my car back home and see if I can figure
out what the hell is wrong with it this time.”
“Yeah, I forgot Dozer showed you a few things with a car.”
“Well, if I don’t get it out of the alley Stan is going to have it towed and I can’t afford that
“Promise you’ll come back for dinner.”
“I’m not going to take you back until you agree. You need a good meal as much as I do.” “Don’t try to blackmail me, Vinny. It isn’t going to work.”
“I’m not blackmailing you, I’m trying to make a deal here.”