Welcome to the Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked for a new year of Mid Week Tease hosted by Sandra Bunino.
Authors: this is a great opportunity to spotlight a few lines or even a paragraph or two from a new release or backlisted title. Readers: you get to sample some delicious snippets! We’ll do our best to tease, titillate and tantalize you into the weekend.
My Mid Week Tease is from my newest release The Navy's Ghost. With Ensign Christiana Brickman in the hospital, both Magic and Retro visited her, but they both can see how being released from the Teams is eating her up. Unfortunately, Retro has his own demons chasing his tail. The snippet is in Retro's POV.
“Yeah, I know.” Magic shoved his hands into his pockets.
“I’m not talking about the pain. I’m talking about being discharged from the Teams. It’s killing her.”
“She’s tougher than she looks, Retro. She’ll pull though.” Despite his words, Magic didn’t sound convinced. “Besides, she has torturing the new recruits to look forward to. Man, I’d give just about anything to be a fly on the wall when she does SERE to those boys.”
“Fuck.” Retro laughed. “They’ll be blindsided, and it won’t be with her fist. It’ll be her ass and those tank tops she wears when it gets hot. Woowee, they were torture enough for me.”
He pictured sitting tied to a chair while Ensign Chris Brickman took off her camo shirt and poured water over her head because of the heat. Man oh man, he’d spill his secrets for the opportunity to see her completely naked and seated on his lap. His body reacted and his jeans tightened below the belt. Damn, the one woman he wanted more than anyone before and she didn’t go for the bad boys. But around her, he didn’t have to be one. He could be himself and she liked him better for it.
If his feelings had remained safely in “admiration and respect,” things would’ve been fine. But they hadn’t, and now it was too late.
Magic loved her, too. He’d stood there looking like a lost little boy and whispered how much he loved Brickman. Todd had meant more than just the deep bond between SEAL swim buddies. Retro understood he’d lost his chance.
Ghost and Magic communicated in ways most people, man to man or even man to woman, couldn’t in the civilian world. Retro’s jealousy had roared to the fore, but he’d kept it to himself after he’d considered everything. When most honest with himself, like at oh-dark-thirty when he couldn’t sleep, he admitted Magic was the better man for Ghost. Honorable, strong, and psychologically stable, Magic had it all.
And Retro? I’m a hot fucking mess, only good at being a SEAL. Dad made sure of it.
Sergeant James H. Waters beat everyone into submission if they didn’t follow his rules, his beliefs. He’d beaten his wife and daughter when they defied him in the smallest of infractions. Mom left with his little sister when Jim started his senior year of high school. They just disappeared, leaving him with the man who warned him to stay on the straight and narrow despite his “sexual perversions.”
Retro shied away from the old thoughts like a man avoiding shrapnel. The past remained past, nothing he could do about it now.
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