By: Hazel Gower

“You gonna tell me what’s stuck up your arse today?”

I looked out the window at the passing scenery. I had no idea why I hadn’t told Derick, I shared everything but women with him. We didn’t have secrets from each other. I guess I wanted to find out more about Jade first. I wanted to see her again before I told my brother or my parents what she was to me. I knew Derick would think it was hilarious, he knew how I felt about soul mates and turning into a possessive arsehole over a woman like our dad or uncles and cousins. “Not yet.”

All Derick did was nod. He drove to the oval and parked the car. We weren’t the last there, but for once we weren’t the first. We got out of the car and walked to the group who was stretching and joined in.

I was running laps when I heard the musical laugh. I turned around gravitating toward the sound. Anger shot through me at the sight I saw, my Jade was laughing and trying to get some items off Scott who held them high in his hand and stared down at her chest as it bounced.

Breaking from my laps, I jogged over to them. Scott smiled at me, but I narrowed my gaze on him before I pulled my girl to me. Leaning down I whispered, “You’re in trouble.”

She gasped and spun. “Wanker, what are you doing?”

I hadn’t noticed her before but Scott’s sister gasped. “This is the wanker who pushed you over and gave you his jumper?”

“Um…yeah.” Jade wiggled to get out of my embrace but I wasn’t giving her up…ever. She was mine.

Derick came up next to me. “What’s all the fuss? Why are you holding Jade?” He looked at me and Derick’s eyes widened, his mouth opened and closed for a moment before he shook his head. “Mother fucker, of course you‘re so friggin' lucky. Mum’s gonna freak. Finally another girl in the house.”

Jade struggled to get out of my arms. “Derick. You know the wanker?” I didn’t like that my little bit knew my brother and was asking him about me.

Derick laughed his arse off. I really didn’t find this shit funny. “Oh this is priceless. I love you already, little sis.” Derick yanked her out of my arms and kissed her cheek but before his lips could touch hers, I pulled her back against me.

“Do it and you fucking die, brother. Keep your hands, and especially your mouth, away from my woman.”

There was a gasp from Cassie and Scott’s eyes widened, but Jade’s reaction had Derick doubling over with laugher. Jade shoved on my arms and turned to me her big brown eyes flaring with anger. She was so cute.

“You’re crazy. I don’t know who the hell you are but I know one thing. I am not nor will I ever be your woman.”

I didn’t even think about what to do next, I just picked my woman up and threw her over my shoulder. She screamed but I patted her arse. “Shush now, little bit.” She screeched and I looked over to my brother. “Tell coach I have family shit to deal with. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Jade screamed and yelled for help all the way to the car where I put her down. Crap. I didn’t have the keys. “Stay.”

“Oh. My. God. You did not just tell me to stay like I’m some dog. I have no idea who you are… You have no right to treat me like this. And why the hell aren’t my friends helping me?” Jade threw her hands up in the air.

“You’re cute all worked up like this.”

“Uh-huh, and you’re crazy. Who are you?”

I knew I should have introduced myself earlier today. Hell, I should have done it a couple of minutes ago, but anytime I was in Jade’s presence, I went all caveman. It was the curse. She was my one. My soul mate. Taking a deep breath to calm myself, I slowly let it out. “Hi, Jade. I’m Stephan Silverman.”

“You can’t be. Derick told me he was a twin…”

Chuckling, I smiled at her.

Jade backed up muttering, “Damn, those are lethal.”

I smirked because I now knew my girl liked my dimples.

“Derick and I are twins, just not identical.” I needed to go back and get the car keys from my brother. “Will you stay here while I go get the car keys?”

“No. I don’t know you. I’m not going anywhere with you. I don’t care if you’re Stephan Silverman, you could be Santa for all I care, I still wouldn’t go with you.” She pushed on my chest and stomped back to the oval.

I couldn’t help my grin as I followed her, watching her arse in the tight jeans. My girl was feisty. I liked that.



I was fuming mad. I now knew wanker was Derick’s twin brother, Stephan, and he was a controlling bossy arsehole. How dare he think he could tell me what to do? How dare he pick me up and manhandle me. I ignored the heat flowing through my body from his touch and told myself I must be coming down with something. I walked over to my traitorous new friend, Cassie, who sat on the bench grinning like a loon. Before I could reach her, I felt Stephan’s arms circle my waist and bring me against him.

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