Dwight backed up to the wall seeing a huge stag moving towards him. He’d swear on his life he saw antlers, steam rolling from it’s nose as he snorted, his eyes large and dark, intense. It kicked at the grass with huge hooves on sturdy legs, a massive chest barreled towards him. He was being charged by one pissed off twenty-point red buck coming out of the cool morning mists between the trees. He blinked.
Toby towered over him, one arm above his head. The air between them pressed him against the wall.
“If any of your people go close to my Kadie I will rip your heart out and shove it up your ass so far you’ll be pumping blood out of your ears. Are we clear?”
“Sure, sure, no problem. Nobody’s going to mess with Kadie. I’ll call off Ali, I promise. But you gotta know man, my reach is only so far.”
“Her Uncle Baki owns this town, dude. I can’t tell him what to do.”
Toby patted him on the cheek, “Thank you. Go away. Stay away.”
Dwight practically ran.
Toby stood under the trees. There was his Kadie looking for him, an automatic smile spread. He ambled over to her, hands in his pocket. “Finally find a parking space?”
“You get here maybe three minutes before I do and always find a spot, I don’t know how you…” she froze spotting Ali talking to a group of girls, her arm around another.
“It’s alright, Beautiful. She won’t bother you again. I’m going to walk you to your class.”
“That’s not necessary.” She forced a smile, inhaled deeply, returned her gaze to him.
“New rule I don’t know about? A man can’t walk the woman he loves to class?” He held out his arm knowing he risked her rebuffing him.
She wordlessly hooked her arm in his, her head still low. They strolled through the courtyard and approached her class. She whispered,“You are charming and chivalrous. Thank you.”
He bowed. “M’lady, I am deeply, hopelessly, in love with you.” He took her hand and kissed it. “I’ll see you at lunch, Beautiful.” He winked. Despite the whistles and comments from others around them they were alone in their own world.
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