Into The Fire(146)

By: E. L. Todd

Axel watched our interaction but didn’t pick up on the obvious connection between us. “Hawke and I work at the firm together, the one that works us like mules.”

“At least when we aren’t messing around.” Hawke shot Axel a teasing look.

“I’m surprised we haven’t been fired yet,” Axel said.

“At least you can keep your job with your vocal talents,” Hawke teased.

Axel rolled his eyes. “Let it go, man. People are going to think you’re being serious.”

Hawke laughed. “Dude, I am being serious.”

“Don’t call me dude,” Axel said.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of my relationship with Marie. I called her dude on accident a few times too.

“Let me show you to your room,” Yaya said. “It has a nice view of the trees.”

“I’m sure it does.” Hawke stared at me as he spoke.

We watched each other for a long time before he turned away and headed up the stairs with Yaya.

I stayed put and was vaguely aware of Axel standing next to me.

“Nice guy, huh?”

“Sorry?” I didn’t catch what he said.

“I said Hawke is a nice guy. I’m sure you guys will like him.”

I already liked him—and a little too much. “Yeah…”

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