She was now asleep on my chest, my legs holding hers. The sun was just starting to lighten the eastern sky. We had all day to get to Fort Worth, but I really wanted to get a ring on her pretty little finger and get our marriage license. I had moved her hair above the pillow and was running my fingers through it.

I kissed her head, “Good morning, Beautiful.”

She stretched in my arms, “Yes, I think it’s a very, good morning.” She kissed my chest, “How long have you been awake?”

I moaned, “Just a little while. I was just enjoying holding you in my arms again. I love you.”

She raised up in my arms, “I love you too. Last night was the best loving I’ve ever had.” She stretched again, “I’m a little sore this morning.”

“Well, let me run us a hot bath in the jacuzzi.” I pulled back the covers and looked at Al’s very sexy body, “You are so beautiful.” I sat up with her in my arms and walked to the bathroom. Sitting her on the counter, I moved to the tub and started the water running. Walking to the closet, I found her a new toothbrush.

“You’re not so bad yourself cowboy,” she smiled as I posed for her. “Come to me!”

I walked to her, gave her the toothbrush, and leaned in for a kiss.

“See something you like ma’am? It’s yours for the taking!” I kissed her, again.



“Well, look what the cat dragged in,” Matilda said from the stove.

I pulled a chair out for Al, “I’ll get you some coffee.”

She reached up and touched my cheek, “Thanks, baby.”

I smiled, as I kissed Matilda on the cheek. Baby! She called me baby! I walked to the coffee pot.

“Allie, how would you like your eggs?”

Al looked up from the paper, “Um… scrambled, if that’s okay?”

“Scrambled it is, Love,” Matilda returned to the stove.

“Have Half Pint and Angus been down yet?” I asked as I sat the coffee in front of Al and sat next to her.

“I haven’t seen them with my eyes. But someone’s been up, because the coffee was made, and two cups were in the sink,” Matilda kept working as she talked.

Al moved her chair closer to mine and let her thigh touch mine. Heat instantly shot through my body. I kissed her on the neck just below her ear. “Be a good girl, then we can have some fun in Fort Worth before we go shopping,” I smiled as a shudder went down her body.

She never took her eyes off the paper she was reading, or at least I think she was reading. Matilda put a plate of eggs, bacon, sausage, and toast in front of us. Then brought two plates and two forks. Lastly, she set a bowl of gravy next to the eggs.

“Oh wow! Matilda this looks great,” She looked at me. “I’m so hungry I could eat all this myself. What are you going to eat?”

I smiled at her. She should be starving after a night and morning of making love. I was going to need to do a better job of feeding her. A few strawberries weren’t going to cut it, “Lover, I’ll eat whatever you leave me to eat.”

I moved the meat plate to her. Then leaned in and whispered, “We played hard last night and this morning. You burned a lot of calories; calories you can’t afford not to replenish,” I kissed her cheek, “You need to trust me on this.”

She nodded about the same time her stomach growled. She took three pieces of bacon and one sausage. Then I gave her the eggs. She scooped about two on her plate. I buttered two slices of toast, “Now, eat. Gravy on your toast would be good too,” I said as I gave her the toast.

I put three over easy eggs on a piece of toast on my plate along with four slices of bacon and sausage each. I broke the eggs on top of my toast to catch all the yolk. I watched Al as she ate and smiled when she cleaned her plate. “Good girl,” I said as I kissed her cheek, “Now you’ll start to feel a little better.”

She looked at me, “How’d you know I was feeling a little weak?”

“It’s my job to know how you’re feeling,” I took her hand. “I should have been more aware last night and fed you then. I won’t let that happen again. I promise!”

I finished my plate of food and walked to the refrigerator, took out a small bottle of orange juice and gave it to Al, “This will keep your vitamin C & D up, drink half and save half for me.” I handed the bottle to her, “I need to go touch base with Angus before we leave.” I kissed the top of her head and walked to the door.

“Mac,” I heard her chair move. “Can I go too? I’d like to check on Bullet before we leave.”

I turned and raised my hand to her’s, “Sure you can.”

We walked to the barn drinking the orange juice.


Angus had Bullet in a stall across the barn from Big Red. Two stallions sharing the same space could be a disaster waiting to happen, “You visit with Bullet while I see Angus.” I closed the barn doors, “Don’t go out by yourself.”

She nodded. I walked to the office door but didn’t go in. I wanted to be able to keep an eye on Al, “So Angus, do we have anything new on the north cabin?”

He walked to me and looked out the door and saw Al with Bullet, “No, Fred and Shoots Straight Arrow found old tracks but nothing fresh.”

“So, maybe just some lone drifter,” I kept my eyes on Al.

Angus was watching me, “Yeah, that’s what Fred thinks, but they’re going to keep an eye on it. Shoots Straight Arrow is going to spend a few days out there watching.”

“Okay, I think we should call in a security team to watch the house and tail Half Pint when she’s out.”

“I thought about that too,” Angus looked worried.

“Talk to me.”

“Patty’s not the only one that needs a detail.”

“You can have them tail Al and me too. Also, have them stand guard at the penthouse,” I looked at Angus just a minute before turning to Al again. “The only place I can’t secure is the Coliseum,” I nodded to Al. “When she’s on the horse she’ll be vulnerable, so will Half Pint.”

He nodded, “Yeah, I don’t like it, but what can we do about it?”

I sighed, “Nothing, I like my balls just the way they are and both of them would castrate me if I told them they couldn’t ride.”

Angus doubled over laughing, “Oh my lord! I never thought I’d see the day you were scared of two little girls.”

“Laugh on little brother,” Al was walking our way. “Someday a pretty little filly is going to pull your balls too. Just you wait and see.”

“So, what’s so funny over here?” Al asked.

Angus looked at me, and I gave him a don’t you dare stare, that he ignored, “I was just laughing about Mac being afraid that you and Patty would castrate him if he told y’all not to ride at the Coliseum this weekend.”

She was trying so hard to be serious, “Damn right we would! But I know he likes his balls. So, he would never tell us that.” She looked up at me, “Would you Baby?”

I put my hands down in front of me and squeaked, “No, never.” Then we all laughed.

On the way out of the barn, I leaned into Al, “You are going to pay for that as soon as we get back upstairs.” I smiled a wicked smile at her.

“Oh… um…. okay,” She looked worried. I moved her hand to the hard ridge in my pants, “Oh!” Now she got it.



Al sat next to me on the ride to Fort Worth. I had my arm around her shoulders and she had her head on mine while we drove.

I pulled up to the front of the hotel. The valet came to take my keys, “We’ll be back down in an hour, so don’t park it just yet.”

“Yes sir, Mr. Ross, ma’am. Have a great day,” The valet said.

I grabbed our bags and we walked to the private elevator, “My card key is in my wallet would you get it please.”

She reached behind me and brushed my shirt with her chest. I growled. She giggled. I would spend the rest of my life making sure I heard that sound every day.

Once the door opened, we stepped inside. I dropped the bags and pulled her to me, “So you want to play with a little fire do ya’, Lover.”

She responded by putting her hand on my chest, “Fire is what I like best.” She rubbed her hips into my thigh.

“Umm, do that again now,” I growled.

She smiled, “What this?” She rubbed her hips on my thigh again.

The elevator dinged the arrival to the penthouse floor, and the door opened into the hall. “Hold on to that thought. I’ll work on putting that fire out in just a minute,” I picked up the bags and walked to the door. “You got the key?”

She opened the door, and I walked in behind her, dropped the bags and grabbed her waist, “Welcome home, Lover.” I kissed her neck as I closed the door with my foot. She shuddered all the way to her toes. I picked up the bags again, “Our room is over here on this side, two rooms on the other side are used by the others if they’re in town. We’ll explore later. Right now, I need you.”

I moved to the open door and walked in, it was much like the room at home minus the four-poster bed. The balcony had an entry from here as well as from the sitting room.

I dropped the bags on the floor and looked at Al, “Boots, shirt, and jeans off now.”

“Yes, sir!” She smiled.

I started removing my shirt.

She had on a black ensemble of bra and panties, “So beautiful. Sit on the edge of the bed.”

She did as I told her, and I knelt before her. I moved my hand up the outside of her legs and up her thighs. I pulled her panties down with my finger and tossed them over my shoulder. Then I moved my hand up her legs and thighs until she shivered.

I stopped and pulled out my phone and dialed the concierge’s desk, putting it on speaker phone, “Yes, may I help you?”

“This is Mr. Ross, I need you to make an appointment for me at the Jared’s in Hurst for 1 p.m. to look at engagement and wedding rings.”

“Yes sir, will there be anything else?”

I moved my hand to her belly button. How had I missed that? She had a navel piercing that she wasn’t wearing, “No that’ll do, thank you.”

I put my phone in my pocket and kissed her stomach, “Where is it, Lover?”

She looked at me, “Where’s what, Baby?”

I grinned, “The ring you should be wearing here.” I touched the piercing with my tongue.

She moaned, “Um… it was something I did on a dare in college.”

I shucked my jeans and moved on top of her, “Why did you stop wearing it?”

“It was a stupid dare. One that I should’ve walked away from.”

I kissed her, “Will you wear one for me?”

She didn’t answer. But to be honest, she didn’t have time to.



I held her in my arms, “I love you, and I don’t want to give you any reason to ever want to leave me again.”

She sighed and kissed my neck, “Well, if you continue to do as you have the last three days, I’ll have no reason to leave.” She stopped talking and kissed up my chin to my lips, “And I’m not talking just about the sex. I have felt your love for me in the way you treat me.”

I took her lips with mine and kissed her deep and hard, “You, Mac, are the only man who has treasured me. To everyone else, I was just a quick lay and nothing more.”

I moved down her neck stopping to nibble her ear, she moaned, “You are not a quick lay my love. You are to be savored, adored, and loved.”

She sighed again, “I love you.”

I stood up, “How about some lunch before we go shopping?” I kissed her again for one more taste.


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