Bring the Heat(5)

By: L. Wilder

“Yes, sir. I sure did.” He glanced over to the dugout and then back to me. “Are you coming back on Tuesday?”

“I wouldn’t miss it.”

“That’s awesome,” he said excitedly.

Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that his sister was approaching. Making sure I spoke loud enough for her to hear, I said, “When you practice this week, be sure to remember what I told you. Square in the box. Bat just over shoulder.”

He nodded. “Yes, sir.”

“Do you have anyone who can practice with you?”

“I’ll practice with him,” his sister announced.

“Do you think you can remember the things I told you about standing back and—”

“I think I can handle it,” she interrupted me before I could finish. I don’t know why I felt the need to give her a hard time, but I just couldn’t help myself.

“If you say so.” I shrugged.

She looked over at Kaden and motioned him towards the dugout. “Hey, buddy. Go grab your stuff. We need to get going. I’ve got class in an hour.”

Once he was gone, I looked over to her and said, “I gotta be going too, doll. If you need anything, just let me know.”

Her eyes flashed with annoyance as she snapped, “Thanks for the offer, but I won’t.”

I couldn’t take my eyes off her ass as she headed over to the dugout to meet up with her brother. I was still gawking at her when Colton came up behind me and asked, “Is she the reason why you were in never-never land earlier?”

Shaking my head, I answered, “Hell, no. A chick like that is way out of my league.”

“Umm-hmm.” He tossed his backpack over his shoulder and reached for his duffle bag. “I’m going to put this in the car. Take a look around and make sure we didn’t leave anything behind.”

The practice had taken a lot out of me, and my leg was feeling a little tender as I made my way around the field. After I made sure we had everything, I headed towards the parking lot. I had my hands full of empty water bottles and was tossing them in the dumpster, when I heard a woman’s voice say, “Well, damn! What am I supposed to do now?”

I glanced over my shoulder and found Kaden standing beside his sister. They were both staring at her back tire that was completely flat, and it was clear from the expressions on their faces that neither of them had any idea how to fix it. Considering my present medical condition, I had no business messing with her tire, but I couldn’t just leave them. I walked over and asked, “Everything okay?”

She looked at me with a scowl, and I had no doubt she was about to tell me to buzz off when Kaden answered, “We’ve got a flat.”

“I see that. Do you need a hand?”

“No, thanks. We’ll manage.”

“Come on, Kaci. You just said you didn’t know how to fix it,” Kaden protested.

“I’m sure Mr. Michaels has other things he needs to do, Kaden. We’ve already taken enough of his time.”

Seeing that she was going to be stubborn about it, I walked over to the back of her car. “I’ve got some time. Why don’t you open the trunk, so we can see if you have a spare and a jack?”

Following right behind me, Kaden smiled and said, “Thanks, Mr. Tucker.”

With an exaggerated sigh, Kaci did as I requested and popped the trunk. I was relieved to see that there was, in fact, a spare tire and everything else I’d need to fix the flat. I was just about to pull it out of the trunk when Colton walked up behind me.

“I’ve got this little brother.” A wicked grin crossed his face as he skirted by me and grabbed the spare, dropping it next to the car. “I wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself.”

Kaci’s irritated demeanor had quickly dissolved as she said, “Thank you so much for helping, Coach. I really appreciate it.”

“Not a problem.” Then he extended his hand. “You must be Kaden’s sister.”

“Oh, yeah. I’m Kaci. It’s really nice to meet you,” she told him as she shook his hand. A twinge of jealousy ran down my spine as I watched her lips curl into a sexy smile. Not once had she smiled at me like that. Not once. Fuck.

“Let me get this fixed for you, and then you can be on your way.”

“Can I help you do anything?”

“No. I’ve got it,” he told her as he knelt down and started removing the flat. My brother suddenly looked like a knight in shining armor while I stood there looking like a fucking putz. To make matters worse, he started making small talk with her. “So, Kaci … do you have a job that you need to get to, or are you still in school?”

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