“Why do you look so nervous? Are you afraid to be seen with me?” he asked, laughing loudly enough that several pairs of eyes traveled to their table.
The hatred in Jessica’s own eyes was unmistakable. “I don’t understand why you find it necessary to taunt me so?” she replied. “And I don’t understand this absurd infatuation you have for me,” she added. “Isn’t it evident I detest you?”
“Ah, but it is for that reason I am so much in love with you, aside from your beauty that is.”
He reached across the table and patted her hand before letting his rest upon it. “I’ve never met a woman I could not tame. Rest assured I will possess your heart before I’m through. You will come to love me in time; of that I am confident.”
She snatched back her hand. “I believe you possess an imprudent overconfidence in yourself, along with a huge ego. You can rest assured; I do not intend to ‘fall in love’ with you. I think you are a vile snake who preys on innocent women. In fact, I don’t even like you.”
“Are you sure you want to use the word innocent in that statement?”
She eyed him suspiciously. “What are you implying?”
He picked up his wine glass and drained it. When he looked at her, his eyes were dark, making her shrink away. “On the day you were supposed to be meeting me for lunch, did you, or did you not have a guest for the whole weekend?”
Stunned, Jessica rose from the table, her blood boiling with anger. “How dare you spy on me!” “What gives you the right to watch me? You do not own me, and you certainly have no control over my actions. That includes deciding whom I choose to sleep with, which I might add will never be you!” She threw her napkin at him and attempted to run from the table. He grabbed her wrist as she passed.
“Get this straight. I am a very powerful man who is used to getting what he wants. I will crush anyone who stands in my way. I intend to have you. If I have to go through your boyfriend to do it, I will. Now, it’s up to you, you can either surrender peacefully, or stand by and watch Brandon Phillips get crushed.”
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