Chapter 1: Reed
##Chapter 1: Reed
With a sigh, I collapse onto the couch in the living room of the house I share with a couple of guys from the hockey team and pop open a can of cold beer, guzzling down half of it in one thirsty swig.
Goddamn, but that hits the spot.
Know what else would hit the spot?
Yeah, you do.
It's the second week of September, and Coach Richards has us skating two-a-days, lifting weights, and running five miles for extra cardio.
As if we need it.
Oh...and he added yoga to this year's regimen.
Can you believe that s**t?
Let me be perfectly clear-I'm not into contorting my body into a pretzel and breathing deeply from my diaphragm. Sure, I get it. He wants us to work on our flexibility. And I'll do it, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Coach R is a total masochist.
Or is it sadist?
I can never keep those two straight.
No matter. Whatever kind of ist he is, the man thoroughly enjoys working our asses over. The only amusement I get is from listening to all the incoming freshmen piss and moan about what a tough schedule we have.
Welcome to Division I hockey, boys. Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
Pile on fifteen credit hours and I don't have time for much else.
"Reed, baby, I've been waiting all night for you to return."
A curvy female drops onto my lap like an angel falling from heaven before she twines her slender arms around my neck and pulls me close.
I stand corrected. There's always time for that.
Hell, half the time, that's what gets me through the grind. s*x is an amazing stress reliever, and don't let anyone tell you differently. I'm way more chill after I've blown my load. And if I'm fortunate enough to do it twice in one night, then it's like I've slipped into a damn coma.
Pure bliss, baby.
Luckily for us, the Red Devils hockey team has its fair share of puck bunnies on campus who are always willing to provide some much-needed stress relief on a regular basis. God bless every last one of those ladies. They have no idea how much their team spirit is appreciated.
That being said, there are always exceptions to the rule.
And the girl currently cozied up on my lap is exactly that.
Megan thrusts out her lower lip in a sexy pout. "How is it possible that we've never hooked up before?"
The answer is simple. I go to great lengths to avoid her like a particularly nasty case of crabs.
She flutters her mascara-laden lashes and tilts her head. Her voice becomes lispy and toddler-like as she twirls a dark curl around her finger. "Don't you think I'm pretty?"
No, Megan is flat-out gorgeous.
Her long, black hair is as shiny as a crow's wing as it floats around her shoulders in soft waves. She has dark eyes that are tipped at the corners, giving her an exotic look. And her skin is sun-kissed all year round. And if that weren't enough to have any guy giving her a full-on salute, she's also got gravity-defying t**s and a nice round ass.
Have I imagined f*****g her from behind and smacking that bubble butt a few times before blowing my wad?
You bet Megan's perfectly round ass I have. The girl is a walking wet dream.
And from what the guys on the team tell me (because they're a bunch of loudmouth assholes who like to brag), she can suck a d**k like nobody's business. That being said, I won't be finding that out firsthand anytime soon.
I've made it a point to steer clear of Megan because every time I look at her, I see Emerson.
And imagining that I'm nailing my best friend is a definite no-no.
When I don't immediately respond, Megan grinds her bubble butt against my junk-which is something I really don't need, because just the thought of Emerson alone is enough to have me popping wood.
It's a messed-up situation.
One that Em is blissfully unaware of. Which is exactly the way it needs to stay. She can't find out that I've got the hots for her. Emerson Shaw is one of the first friends I made when Mom and I moved to Lakefield the summer before freshman year of high school. And we've been tight ever since.
While I enjoy having a casual, friends-with-benefits relationship with a number of girls on campus, I've never considered sleeping with Em.
Okay, maybe I've considered having s*x with her. It would be hard not to imagine stripping her naked and getting jiggy with a girl who looks like that, but I've never done anything about it.
I've screwed too many women not to know that getting naked changes a relationship. And I like Em way too much to risk sleeping with her. She's the one person who has always had my back. And let's face it, I can be a hell of a lot more honest with her than my teammates.
Can you imagine me baring my soul to those assholes?
Exactly. I'd never hear the end of it.
My friendship with Emerson also gives me all this insight into the female psyche that I wouldn't otherwise be privy to. It's like taking a peek behind the magic curtain. I'm not willing to throw that away when there are plenty of random chicks I can get my rocks off with.
Moral of the story? Friends are a lot harder to come by than hookups.
"Reed?" Megan nips my lower lip between her sharp teeth before giving it a gentle tug and releasing it.
I blink back to the girl wriggling around on my lap. "Yeah?"
Her hands flutter to my shoulders before settling on them. "You're so tense."
Damn right I am. All I can think about is Emerson, and that's all kinds of wrong.
"Let's go upstairs." Her tongue darts out to moisten her lips as she whispers, "I know exactly what will fix that."
If any other girl were making the offer, I'd already be dragging her up the staircase to my bedroom. But that's not going to happen with Megan.
I just can't do it. Maybe I'm not technically doing anything wrong, but it still feels like I'm breaking some kind of friendship rule. Emerson may not realize I'm thinking about her like that, but I do.
And that's all that matters.
Guess I'll have to find a different girl to get busy with. Preferably a flat-chested blonde with big blue eyes who doesn't resemble Em. Or maybe a redhead, just to mix things up a bit.
Megan's eyes light up when I set my beer down and wrap my hands around her waist, until I carefully remove her from my lap. "Sorry, sweetheart. I've got homework to finish up for tomorrow." I tack on the lie to soften the blow. "Maybe another time?"
Her face falls. "Sure, no problem."
Before she can pin me down on a time and place, I beat a hasty retreat from the living room and head upstairs. Once I've taken refuge in my room, I fire off a text to one of my go-to girls.
Fifteen minutes later, my booty-call for the evening strolls through the door.
Know what I like most about Candace?
The girl gets right down to business. There's no need for small talk, and that I can appreciate. I'm in the mood to f**k, not debate world politics or climate change.
The door hasn't even closed and Candace is already shedding her clothes. Since she hasn't bothered with a bra, her titties bounce free as soon as her shirt is discarded. Her nips stiffen right up when the cool air hits them.
It's a beautiful sight to behold.
Nothing stirs south of the border. Not like it did when I was thinking about a certain someone downstairs who shall remain nameless. But I'm not concerned. I just need to harness my mental capabilities and focus on the task at hand. Which is getting my d**k to work properly.
I yank off my T-shirt and toss it to the floor as Candace flicks open the button of her teeny-tiny shorts before unzipping them. With her gaze locked on mine, she shimmies out of them.
And wouldn't you know it...
No panties in sight.
Just a gloriously bare p***y.
Works for me.
Well, that's what normally works for me.
At the moment, limp dick-itis has set in.
Once Candace has stripped down to her birthday suit, she struts her sexy stuff toward the bed where I've made myself comfortable. Her eyelids lower as a knowing smirk curves her red-slicked lips. I rake my gaze over her toned body.
The girl is absolutely perfect.
"I've missed you." She crawls across the mattress until her hands are resting against my bare chest. "I'm glad you texted."
She says that now, but it probably won't be the case when she gets her hands on my junk.
What the hell is wrong with me?
I thought this kind of thing only happened to older dudes. I'm way too young for Viagra. I've seen first-hand how that s**t can mess you up.
As a joke last year, one of the jackasses on my team got his hands on a couple of those little blue pills and slipped them to one of the freshman players. The poor guy was sporting wood for days. Unfortunately, a trip to the emergency room became necessary. When Coach R was apprised of the situation, he reamed our asses good and threatened to bench the entire team for the season. We skated suicides until our legs practically fell off.
No, thank you.
Candy trails her purple-tipped fingernails down my chest before pushing me against the mattress and straddling my torso. Then she leans over and licks a wet trail down my body until reaching the waistband of my athletic shorts. This encounter is going to nosedive real quick if I can't get it up in record speed. Not knowing what else to do, I squeeze my eyes tight as an unwanted image of Emerson pops into my head.
Dark hair, lush curves, bright smile.
Candace chuckles as she pulls my hard length from my boxer briefs like it's a much-anticipated Christmas gift. "There's my big boy!"
I am so screwed.