That’s pretty obvious. So unless you are willing to concede to the two of us and walk away, it sounds like we will be wooing her as a team. She is already open to ménage even if it’s only on a subconscious level, or she wouldn’t have let whatever happened this morning with the two of you happen.” Noah growled out the last few words, the jealousy evident in his tone.
“Shit. You’re right, it’s the sex. We scared her by pushing her too hard.” Xavier shook his head in frustration. “So now what?” Tyce said, still looking slightly puzzled.
Noah got a huge smile on his face and said, “We’ve got to turn up the charm and show her how good it can be with us. Here’s how we’re going to do this…”
The three men spent the next half hour planning their approach and agreeing that they all wanted her if she would have them as a whole. If she wouldn’t have them together, they would all walk away.
* * * *
Sidney sighed with relief when she reached Kara’s side at the bar. All three men with questions on their lips and desire in their eyes were just too much for her to process at this moment. Her heart was still pounding in her chest, and her head ached. She couldn’t believe that Xavier knew about Robert. What if Robert has gotten into contact with him? Does that mean he’s—found me and is here? What if he is waiting for me to be alone? She mentally shook herself, scolding her own paranoid thoughts.
If Robert were here, he wouldn’t hesitate to storm the bar and make a scene. Then what would the Dawson threesome say? Most likely they would realize that she was more trouble than she was worth and boot her out the door. Either way it seemed it was time to move on and leave the area. She would turn in her uniform tonight and pick up her check tomorrow morning on her way out of town.
She threw herself back into her work, absorbing the atmosphere of the bar she had come to think of as her safe haven and the customers that she had gotten to know. She would miss this place, and that surprised her.
A hand on her shoulder startled her, and she looked up to see her fellow bartender, Kara, at her side.
“Hey, Sid, are you all right?” Kara asked with concern in her eyes.
Sidney nodded. “Yeah, sorry, the noise just startled me.”
“You screamed like you were scared for your life. I’ve never heard anyone scream so loud in my life,” Kara said, looking surprised and less than sold on Sidney’s explanation.
Sidney tried to laugh, but it came out as more of a grunt. “I’m just a loud screamer I guess.”
“Nothing wrong with a screamer, sweet thang.”
Sidney glanced up to find Paxton Novak standing at the bar with an empty beer mug. Paxton was a local, he had lived in Apache Crossing all his life, and he was one of her biggest tippers. She gave him a flirty wink and reached for his mug. “Another round, Paxton?”
“When are you going to take me up on my offer for dinner, Sidney?” Paxton asked. His dark-brown eyes were sparkling with playfulness, and she couldn’t resist teasing him back.
“I’ll go out with you, Pax. How does the second Tuesday of next week sound? Or maybe we can go on the third thirteenth of next month?”
Paxton laughed loud and long at her teasing and took his refilled glass back. “Ah, Sidney. I’m beginning to think you will never love me as I love you.”
“Probably not, Paxton, but I will be happy to keep your beer full and smile for you,” she said with a brilliant grin, and he tweaked her nose gently.
“Your loss, sweet thang. When I make it rich in the construction biz, you’ll be wishing you had taken me up on my offer. That is if I don’t die of a broken heart from your rejection.” He lifted his hand to his forehead dramatically making her laugh.
“I’m sure you’ll survive it, after all you’ve survived all of the other women in this bar rejecting you too,” she said playfully.
“Burn. Damn it, you women always stick together.