Blackbird by Cheryl McIntyre

Description : Blackbird

My eyes fall to Hope’s bare feet as she swings them subconsciously from her perch on the counter. I’m reminded of the moment I noticed her for the first time, her bare feet captured my attention then, too. I move forward, pressing myself into the space between her legs. She sets her drink down and skims a finger under her lip, wiping away a drop of water.

“Are you nervous about today?” I ask as I rest my hands on her hips.

She nods. “I could use a distraction,” she whispers. “Any ideas?”

Oh I have plenty of ideas. “Hm. I might be able toe up with something.” I wrap one of her legs around my waist and trail my fingers up the other. “Unless you already have something in mind?”

She cocks her head to the side as if deep in thought. “We could play Scrabble.”

I crinkle my nose. Scrabble? Not what I was thinking at all. “You want to play Scrabble?”

“Dirty words only and loser has to do whatever I—I mean, the winner—says for the next…” She looks down at her cell phone and glowers. “Uh, I only have a little over an hour.”

“An hour isn’t enough time for all that.” I grin at her. “What else can we possibly do for the next hour…?”

“I guess I could repaint my nails. They are a little chipped.”

I shake my head slowly. “Nu-uh. That’s no fun for me and I can’t stand the smell of that shit.”

“Huh. Well, I’m sure there’s a court show on. I love that little lady judge with the big attitude.”

I glide my fingers into her multi-colored hair, gripping the back of her neck. “Hope, if you aren’t n**ed in the next thirty seconds I’ll—”...
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