I wasn't one to sit by my phone and wait for someone to call me, but I couldn't help but be intrigued by what might happen. My mind started to race as I thought of all the possible conversations that he could possibly want to have and I lost my breath as I thought about the theory that he might be calling me to tell me that he was wrong about Tina and that he wanted nothing more to do with me, even as a friend. My chest tightened at the thought and I had to fight to get myself to relax enough that I could finally draw in the air that my lungs so desperatly needed. I couldn't let myself get so worked up, especially when nothing had even happened. As usual I was over analyzing and overthinking everything that was going on and more than likely I was making something that wasn't even a big deal into something huge. I jumped as my phone brought me out of my thoughts. I picked it up with the tips of my fingers like it was burning hot and when I saw the expected name on the caller id I almost chickened out. In the end I quickly came to the realization that ignoring him wasn't going to make the situation disappear so I flipped my phone open and anwsered it before it went to voicemail.
" Hey" I said as I put the phone up to my face. I wound the phone cord nervously around my fingers trying to not sound as nervous as I was.
" Hey Mel. I just wanted to let you know that I broke up with Tina."
" Oh" was the only thing that my emotionally fried brain could respond with and apparently it wasn't the response that he was looking for.
" Is that it. After all the shit you gave me and that's all you have to say?" his tone of voice had taken on a snotty pissed off tone and it pissed me off that he was talking to me that way.
" Excuse me mr. hockey superstar. Some of us have to work real jobs that don't involve taking two to three hour naps. So please, you'll have to forgive me if I'm not screaming like one of your teenage fans and jumping up and down like an idiot."
" Whatever, I've got to go. Call me when you decide to stop being bipolar."
I wanted to scream as I heard the dial tone in my ear. I threw my phone on the table and plopped on the couch and tried to figure him out. We hadn't even went out on a date and already we were fighting. It made me wonder if it would be even worth trying a relationship with him, if thats even what he wanted. I decided to call Adam. He had known him for almost two years and was a guy so I figured if anyone could give me good advice it would be him.
" Hey Melmel whats up?"
I explained the whole situation to him, everything that had happened up to the phone call and I wasn't surprised to find out that he already knew what was going on.
" He told you?"
" Yeah a couple of days ago actually. He wanted to make sure that I was okay with him asking you out and I told him it was fine with me. I did mention that if he hurt you though that I would be forced to kick his ass, even if he is one of my teammates."
I had to laugh. It was so typical Adam to feel the need to protect me.
" Seriously though, he is a good guy. You should give him a chance."
" I don't know if that's a good idea Bur, we aren't even dating and we already are fighting. I don't think that bods well for the future."
" Mel, you hurt his ego. If you hadn't shown up he would probably still be with Tina even if it made him miserable. He just expected you to be a little more excited that he broke up with her for you."
I sighed and knew he was right as much as I hated to admit it.
" I guess I should call him and talk to him about the situation before I go insane huh."
" Please could you. When both of you are calling me it makes it kinda hard to get laid by my own hot girlfriend."
I could hear Karri in the backround yelling at him and I smiled as I heard Adam muttering.
" I'll let you go so your hot girlfriend can finish beating you up and tell her I said hi."
" Okay. Get your ass down here as soon as you can okay."
" Will do. Love you Bur."
" Love you too Mel."
I hung up and tried to figure out the best way to go about getting a hold of Kaner. I decided to text him in case he still didn't want to talk to me.
" I'm done being bipolar. Can I call you please?"
I didn't get a reply but my phone rang with his name showing up in the caller id. When I anwsered it we both started to apologize at the same time.
" It's okay Kaner. I've just been exhausted with everything that has been going on and I didn't mean to get crabby with you okay.
" Me either. I guess I was expecting you to be more happy I guess."
" Kaner I have to ask what you want to happen with us?"
" I don't really know. I know that I like you and I can tell you feel the same way so I figure that we can keep talking and maybe I can take you out for dinner the next time you come down and then we can go from there."
" I would like that. I'm not sure when I am coming down again though. I have to check your guys schedule to see when you will be in town."
" A few days before christmas we play in St. Paul. It's the same distance as Chicago if you wanted to come."
" Yeah that sounds great. I've always liked Minnesota. Just to warn you though, if I meet Cal Clutterbuck you might get a run for your money. Boy is hot and can hit like a train.
He took my comment as the teasing that I meant it as and tried to tease me back
" I guess I will just have to kick his ass then."
" Sweetie, no offense but I think you should leave the ass kicking to Burish and stick with scoring goals."
" Your probably right. Scoring the goals is more fun anyway."
" Not if you ask Adam. He loves the fact that he gets paid to beat the shit out of people."
" I know. You should see how pumped up he is after a good fight. It's ridiculas."
we talked for a few more minutes before we both excused ourselves for the night. I went to bed and for the first time in what seemed like forever I was able to fall asleep with no trouble.
When I went into work the next day Olivia could instantly tell that something was up by the huge stupid grin that I knew was on my face.
" Alright girl. Spill it."
" What?" I asked, knowing that it would drive her crazy when I wouldn't tell her right away
" Don't even try it. I know something is up and you better tell me."
I couldn't contain it any longer and I told her about everything that had happened and how excited I was to be going to dinner with Patrick.
" He broke up with his girlfriend for you? Wow that boy must have it bad."
" I don't know but he said he liked me so that's something right?"
" Honey a man just doesn't up and dump his current girlfriend for a women he just likes."
" Olivia stop being so dramatic. It's just dinner. There is a possibility that we may decide that we can't stand each other and that will be the end of it."
" Just give it a chance, promise me that. You deserve to be happy and he may be the guy that can do that for you."
" I will. I guess I am just nervous. He is a celebrity and I don't know how I feel about having to be in the spotlight just because of who I am dating."
" Screw them. They won't know you and all that matters is what he thinks of you. Just remember that and you will be alright."
She patted my hand reassuringly and smiled when my phone rang.
" Is it him?"
I smiled and nodded my head. I went to reach for my phone and was surprised when she snatched it out of my hand. She anwsered it and I had to hold in a giggle as she talked to him. She told him that he better be good to me since I was like a family member to her that she wouldn't hesitate to sic her husband on him. She said goodbye and handed me the phone.
" Sorry about that."
" I'm kinda scared to try to date you. That's the third person in less than twenty-four hours that threatend me with violence if I hurt you."
" What can I say. Everyone feel the need to protect me I guess."
" You know that I have no intention of doing that right? Hurting you I mean."
" If I thought you did I wouldn't have given this a second thought."
" It's good to know you have at least a little faith in me."
" I do and who was the third person?"
" Third person for what?" he asked clearly confused.
" You said that three people threatned you, who was the third?"
" Oh, sharpie. I went to talk to him about what was going on to make sure that he was okay with it and he also said that you were a great girl and that he would kick my ass if I fucked up."
" I gotta go back to work. In case I don't get to talk to you before the game, good luck out there tonight."
" Thanks. I'll talk to ya later."
The rest of my time before the trip went fast and that was mostly because I was able to talk to Kaner at least once a day. Since we couldn't spend anytime together like most couples who were in new relationships we got to know each other over the phone. We talked about all the normal things that people talk about like our childhoods and familys and we talked about our dreams and hopes for the future. Everything was going great but as the time to leave for Minnesota got closer I got more nervous. I was really worried that it was going to be weird when we got face to face. Friday finally came and I was leaving straight from the hospital so I would get to the hotel as fast as I could. I sent him a quick text to let him know I was on my way and I got a a reply back that he would be waiting for me at the hotel. I felt butterflys in my stomach as I drove and I made good time since the weather had been pretty decent. I finally pulled up in front of the hotel and grabbed my luggage so I could check into my room. I got my car valet parked and text Kaner to find out where he was.
" I'm here. I'm going to go to my room and drop off my luggage. Do you want me to come to your room or do you want to come to me?"
" Come up to my room. It's 387."
I practically ran to my room and put my luggage on the bed. I changed into a black sweater and a pair of jeans and went to the elevator to find his room. It took me a few minutes but I finally found it. I lightly knocked on the door and heard noise before the door was finally opened. Tazer was standing there grinning at me. He said hi and pulled me into a hug.
" Your man is in the bathroom making himself all pretty for you."
" Don't be mad that I stole him from you tazer. If you want to share I might think about it"
" Share what?" I heard a voice to the side of me."
" I was just saying that if tazer was mad that I stole you from him that I would be willing to share."
He made a face and came over to where we were standing. He wrapped his arms around me and pulled me into him tightly.
" Sorry Taze your cute but I'm pretty sure that what I got right here is better."
I leaned into him and buried my face in his shirt inhaling his scent. My arms wrapped around his waist and every thought that I had about it being akward was instantly erased as we stood there. We held each other for a few minutes without saying anything for a few minutes before he finally let me go.
" I'm glad you came.I've been looking forward to this since you agreed to come up."
" Me too."
He led me to the bed by the hand and he pulled me down beside him as he sat on the bed. His hand went to my cheek and he leaned over and kissed me. It felt like my heart was going to explode out of my chest it was beating so fast. My hand found the back of his neck and my fingers threaded their way through the hair at the nape of his neck. It would have went farther except we forgot one thing. I heard the distinct sound of someone clearing there voice and when we broke apart my face was flaming red.
" Sorry taze. Didn't mean to get carried away."
" It's okay. If I had a girlfriend as hot as you I'd be making out with her in front of him too."
I turned back to Kaner who had a huge grin on his face.
" I have presents for you."
" What. Why?
" It is almost christmas babe and I probably won't get to see you until after the holidays so I thought I'd give them to you now."
" Patrick, you didn't say anything about presents. I don't have anything for you." I said, a little irritated
" So what. I don't need or want anything and I wanted to get you something so deal with it."
" Fine." I huffed
He smiled at me and jumped off the bed. I watched as he pulled a box out from under the bed we were sitting on. A pretty big box. He handed it to me and watched expectantly as I pulled the top of the box off. I couldn't help but smile as I saw a jersey and on top of it was a small box. I picked it up and opened it. Inside was a charm bracelet. I turned it over and looked at all the little charms that were already hanging off of it. There was a little indian head, a hockey stick and a skate and little silver eighty eight.
" Kaner, this is beautiful. Thank You."
" Your welcome. It was my sister's idea actually."
" You'll have to tell her that I said she has good taste when you talk to here again."
" I will. Now look at the jersey."
I picked it out of the box and shook it out. It was a red chicago jersey that had his name and number on the arms and back. He was looking at me like he was expecting a big reaction and I couldn't figure out why.
" It's one of my jerseys" he said like that was suppose to mean something special
" I can see that. Thank you."
" I don't think you understand. Thats the jersey that I wore at the sharks game the first day that I met you."
" What? Do you know how much this could be worth?"
He just shrugged his shoulders and smiled. I slipped it over my sweater and stood up and spun around so he could see it.
" Who knew that my jersey could look so sexy." he said as he pulled me down onto his lap.
" Oh I don't know about that. I happen to know someone that looks pretty damn cute in it."
" Oh really who would that be?"
" This cute but cocky guy that I met not that long ago."
"Could you guys gag me anymore?"
I looked over to where Tazer was standing and shot him a look
" Don't worry Taze you'll find a girlfriend one of these days and I will remember to give you just as much shit as your dishing out now.
" Ain't gonna happen. Aren't you guys suppose to go to dinner?"
" Yeah we are and don't worry we are leaving in a minute, promise."
I wiggled out of Patrick's grip and took the jersey off and put it back in the box. We left a few minutes later and made our way to a restarant that patrick had found on a prior trip. The food was great as promised and conversation came easy as we sat there. As hockey crazy as Minnesota was people were respectful and he was only approached by a few fans which he handled well. We decided to go back to the hotel to watch a movie. Tazer wasn't there so we laid on the bed and started to flip through the channels. I was excited when we found one of my all time favorite movies Happy Gilmore on. I laid my head on his chest and wrapped my arm around his stomach while he wrapped his arm underneath my waist. After awhile I felt my eyes start to shut and after the drive and working a full day I couldn't fight it. I woke up a little later to the bed shifting.
" I guess I should go back to my room." I said sat up rubbing my eyes.
" You don't have to. I already asked Tazer and he said as long as we don't have sex while he is here he doesn't care."
" Okay, but I need to shower and change into my pajamas."
" I got a tshirt and a extra pair of boxers if you want."
" You don't really want me to leave do you"
" I won't get to see you that much during the season, so no I don't want you to leave even if it's for a few minutes."
" Fine. I still need to shower though."
He got up and grabbed his bag and threw me a tshirt and a pair of blue stripped boxers that I took to the bathroom. I quickly showered and changed. I went out to find Patrick laying on the bed stripped down to his boxers. He was absorbed in the game that he had found on t.v so I took a minute to admire his body. He had more muscle than I would have guessed and it took alot of will power to not jump him right then and there. I went and resumed the spot that I had occupied before. I couldn't believe how warm he was even though he was practically naked beside me. I was cold enough that I started to shiver. He pulled back the blanket and we both crawled under the fluffy blanket. He rubbed my back and it didn't take long for me to fall back to sleep. The last thing that I remember was him kissing my forehead and wishing me sweet dreams. I woke up the next morning to noise and an empty bed. I sat up and saw Tazer and Patrick both walking around the room in their boxers. I was still half asleep and I started to laugh like a lunatic. They both stopped what they were doing and looked at me like I was insane.
" I'm sorry guys. It's just that I can't believe that I am sitting in a hotel room with two young good looking mostly naked hockey players. There are millions of girls that would kill, literally, to be where I am sitting right now."
" Yeah we are pretty good looking aren't we" Patrick said with what I was becoming to think of as his trademark grin.
" Babe, your ego is big enough without me stroking it for you."
He came over to my side of the bed and leaned over me to kiss me.
" I can think of better things for you to stroke" he whispered in my ear
" Get a goal tonight and we can maybe go to my room tonight and discuss it somemore"
" I'm holding you to that."
" Come on Kaner we have to get ready for morning skate."
We agreed to meet back afterwards to eat lunch and I left with them so I could go to my room and change. I pulled the clothes that i had worn the night before and threw them in my suitcase so I could wash and return them later. The guys came back a couple hours later and I finally got to see my Adam. He gave me a big hug and made sure that everything was going well so that there wouldn't have to be any ass kicking. I assured him that wasn't the case. I laid down with Patrick for his pre game nap which I had to admit was nice. The guys had to be at the xcel energy center early for a team meeting so that left me plenty of time to get ready. I pulled on the jersey that he had given me and I left for the arena. The doors were open but not too many people had shown up yet so I was able to enjoy the seat that Patrick had gotten for me, which was only three rows behind the visitors bench. Soon enough people started to fill in around me but I didn't see anything as the guys came out on the ice to warm up. Adam and Sharpie found me first and both waved. I waved back and they both skated over to where Patrick was standing. Adam pointed in my direction and he looked up and smiled. He pulled on his jersey and gave me a thumbs up and I couldn't help but giggle. People around me were starring at me but I didn't care. This boy was making me act like a hormonal teenage girl and I had to admit that I wasn't complaining. The boys focused on warming up and it didn't take to long for the game to start. I watched in amazement as Patrick scored not one but two goals and had a primary assist on one of Tazers goals. Adam got into a fight with Derrick Boogard and even though he was bleeding he gave it as good as he got. They won four to two and I went down to the locker room to wait for them. They finally started filing out a little while later. Patrick came up to me and wrapped his arms around my waist.
" I scored two goals. Are you gonna keep your promise?"
" We'll see how the rest of the night goes stud. "
He looked at me and started to pout and it was so cute that I couldn't help but be sucked into it.
" I can tell you that the odds are looking in your favor."
" Good. Let's hurry up and get back."
He grabbed my hand and practically pulled my shoulder out of the socket getting outside. He signed a few things before we all but ran back to the hotel that was only a few blocks away. We got inside and went to the elevator.
" I have to run to my room and grab a few things okay." he said as he pushed the button to his floor.
" Alright but lets be quick about it." I said in a breathless voice.
There was nobody in the elevator and he took advantage of the situation by pushing me up against the wall. He started to nibble on my neck and I had to bite my lip to keep from moaning. All of a sudden the bell dinged and we instantly pulled apart. Patrick pulled me around so I was standing in front of him and it was instantly obvious why. Two older ladies got into the elevator and it was all I could do not to burst into laughter as Patrick greeted them both. One lady recogonized Patrick and told him that her grandson was a huge fan. She dug a piece of paper and a pen out of her purse and Patrick reached around my waist to sign it for her. They went up a couple of floors and finally exited saying goodbye as they did. I started to laugh as soon as the door closed.
" What's so funny?" he asked as he turned me around and pulled me against him
" Hm, it's a good thing I didn't move or that lady wouldn't have thought you were, how did she put it, such a nice young man."
" I can't help how much I want you and that doesn't make me a bad guy does it?"
" No. I like knowing that you want me as much as I want you."
He pulled me into another kiss and the doors opened at his floor. We got out and we went to his room. Tazer wasn't there and he grabbed some clothes and let Taze a note letting him know where he was going to be. We headed to my room and I didn't waste any time pulling him on top of me as I fell on the bed.His hands started to roam over my body and I felt like every inch of skin he touched was on fire. His hands went to the edge of my shirt when his phone rang,
" Shit" he muttered as he sat up and grabbed his phone out of his pocket. He flipped his phone open and glared at the screen.
" It's Bur. I should ignore it."
" You better not because he'll keep calling until you answer it."
He laid back on the bed next to me and answered it.
" Bur this better be good." he said into the mouthpiece
" Yeah she's right here. Are you serious? Alright."
He looked at me and held out the phone to me. I looked at him with a questioning look and he shrugged his shoulders.
" What's going on Adam. I'm kinda busy right now."
" Nothing. We all figured that little Kaner was going to get laid and we figured that we would interupt."
" Are you serious? You are such an ass. I'll remember that when you are trying to get laid."
" If it were me I would just have sex with her while on the phone with you."
I rolled my eyes at this. I could totally see him doing that to me or anyone else that would try to mess with his booty calls. I went to reply but was distracted by Patrick leaning over me and pulling up my shirt. My breath quickened as he laid gentle kisses on my stomach.
" Mel are you still there?"
" Uhh, yeah are you done?"
" Why, what is Kaner doing that is so interesting?"
I wasn't about to tell him that Patrick was currently unbuttoning my jeans and kissing his way down my legs as he peeled them off of me.
" Nothing. I have to go Bur.
I didn't give him a chance to finish as I hung up on him. I pulled Patrick up to me and handed him the phone.
" Make sure it's turned off." I said, my voice rough.
He complied and threw the phone on the floor. He picked up where he left off, laying feather light kisses all over me. He pulled off the rest of my clothes and when I went to grab the edge of his shirt he took me by the wrist and put my hands over my head. I was surprised by how slow he was being but I wasn't about to complain. He took his time exploring my body and I let him know that I was enjoying every second of it by the noises that I couldn't contain. He let my arms go the farther down he got and I started to shake the closer he got to my core. He didnt immediatly go there though, kissing and lightly biting the inside of my thighs instead.I ran my fingers through his hair and moaned as he kept up his teasing. He was just about to get to the place that I wanted him when I heard what sounded like a knock on the door.
" You've got to be fucking kidding me." Patrick muttered as he sat up
There was another knock and someone saying something about being mantanice. Why the hell would hotel maintance be here? I didn't call them for anything. I looked at Patrick and it only took a second to figure out who called. Patrick pulled the sheet of off the bed and wrapped it around his waist and went to anwser the door. I covered up with the blanket and listened while he explained to the man at the door that our heater in fact was fine and that he didn't need to come in. Patrick finally convinced the man to leave and he came back to bed. My mouth literally watered as he dropped the sheet and crawled back into the bed beside me.
" Now where were we?" he murmered as he kissed my jaw
He again started to make a path from my neck downward but I had already had enough teasing and I let him know it. I pulled him up to me and kissed him.
" Enough just fuck me already."
I fully expected him to do as I asked but instead he grabbed my wrists and put them over my head and held them there with one hand. His other hand found their way between my legs and started to stroke me. I arched my back against his fingers and I moaned into his shoulder. His lips found my nipples and the sensations that both were causing me to come to the edge quickly.
" Oh god right there. Don't stop." I managed to gasp out as I came closer. My first orgasim washed over me causing my whole body to tense under his. He didn't stop stroking me until I had went completely limp. He kissed me and I could feel his erection rubbing on my leg.
" How do you want me?" I asked looking into his eyes and liking what I saw there.
" Can you get up? he asked in a voice that was filled with lust and something else that I couldn't name
I nodded my head and gave him my hand so he could pull me up. He flipped me over and I instinctly knew what he wanted. I got on my hands and knees and waited for him to enter me. His hands grabbed my hips and he pushed his way into me, making me cry out. He didn't hold back as he pounded into me and the mere fact that he was being that way with me brought on my second orgasm. I bite onto the pillow to muffle the uncontrollable sounds that were pouring out of my mouth. It only took a few more minutes at the frentic pace he had set before he came grunting inside of me. He leaned his weight on my back as we both tried to catch our breath. He finally pulled out and fell on his side pulling me with him. I heard a noise and then I heard a voice yell through the door.
" Way to go Kaner! "
There was the sound of several people hooting and hollering and then it sounded like footsteps retreating.
" Oh my god, what a bunch of perverts." I muttered into Patrick's sweaty chest
" Well at least we gave them something worth listening to."
" Yeah we did" I replied with a grin that he returned
We stayed up for a little while longer talking about what was coming up. He already had plans to spend a couple of days with his family for the christmas break and then they had a long road trip that was going to take the better part of two weeks so it looked like it would be the middle of January before we could even plan on seeing each other again. It made me a little sad but I knew what I was getting into and we were going to have to figure out a way to make it work. All I knew as I laid in his arms that this was where I was suppose to be.