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Funny Valentine(5)

By:Sienna Mynx

barely speak. Thank God she does, again.

“At it already, huh?"


Damn, does she know about my boner? My eyes drop for fear it’s reaching

out in greeting. She checks her watch, oblivious to my discomfort.

“Ummm… Valentine’s Day?” She points at the red rose display coming off

the truck.

“Oh, yep, best time of season for us, ya know?”

She nods. Denies a man the pleasure of a little more conversation and

walks around the front of the car. Hell, even for that I’m grateful because now I can

watch those long legs move and the way her curves play under that suit. She never

looks back, never really sees me. I think I’ve had two actual conversations with her

all these years. Now that is a shame.


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She’s gone. So goes the fantasy. That one there is out of my league so I

won’t even bother. But no harm in exercising a man’s God-given right to dream.

“What is it? Can’t you unload without...”

Fuck me! We have the wrong load. This isn’t their order. The yellow roses

are missing and the carnations are potted wrong. “What the hell is that?”

“I was tryin’ to tell ya. We... I dunno how it happened, told these fools to


“Fuck! Fuck me! Load the fucking truck––fuck! Chuck won’t be here for

another thirty, let’s ride and fix this shit. You two stay here in case he arrives early.”

I’m screwed. Heading around my truck, I feel a headache forming.

“Why me?” I moan. My fantasy gets totaled by the same ole crap I always

have to deal with.

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Chapter Three

“Melvin, I didn’t know you were interested in my sister?” Margie asks, a

hint of skepticism in her voice.

“Me either.” Chuck’s frown deepens. This I understand. The ladies don’t

know about my past, but Chuck does. Too many beers at poker night got a man

talking when he should just be fitting in. So he knows the whole sordid story, not

just the one put out on the street when Nicky got capped and it all went wrong.

Funny thing is, I grew up not far from their neighborhood. Irish boy adopted by a

black family learned quick how to get down and hang with the toughest. Though

moms and pops treated me as their own, it was hard gaining street cred. That’s how

Nicky got hurt. Me trying to prove my worth, and not looking out for my little

brother. Broke my mother’s heart. Nicky was her birth child. Though she never

made that distinction, I did. And it keeps me up at night still.

“Oh, don’t make a big deal out of it.” Tia dismisses them, snapping the

bubble of thoughts and questions hovering over my head. She moves away from

me, leaving nothing but the faint sexy smell of that nameless perfume behind. “We

just started dating. I didn’t want to mention it yet ’cause of John.”

John? Who’s John? Is he her boyfriend?

What have I stepped into? Why did I even jump into it? Well, I know the

why. It’s her. She could have accused me of serial murder and I would have

confessed. Now I have a window of opportunity. I could be a jerk and work it to my

advantage, or I could be a man and work it to my advantage. Either way I’m going

to work it to my advantage.

She looks back at me, and that smile. Hell, they should bottle it and sell it

for Valentine’s Day.

“Melvin and I will be going to the wedding together. Did you get your tux?

Oh wait, that’s right. You can’t go,” she said with a fake pout.

“Really?” I say smiling. She’s good… damn good.

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“Why can’t he go?” Margie asked. “Melvin, you should come. Jackson

would want to meet you.”

“Well, I’d be happy to—”

“He can’t come because it’s Valentine’s Day. You know that’s the biggest

delivery day for him. Right, Melvin?” She’s nodding her head as if I’m supposed to

agree. Well, fuck that. Little Miz Cutie thinks she’s got it all worked out. This

oughta be fun.


Tia’s smile fades.

“Excuse me?”

“I have Alejandro here…”

Alejandro is carrying flowers through the entryway and gives me a puzzled

look. His bushy eyebrows draw together and his eyes bounce over the staring faces.

He has never had the responsibility of running the show on a big delivery day.

Everyone knows that I don’t let them get away with that. But this time… well for

her, and a chance to get really close to the fantasy, I’ma let it ride.