Age of Ava by Melanie Moreland
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I tugged her hand. “Come on.”
She looked at me, her eyes now clear and panicked.
“No,” she said emphatically.
Immediately, I dropped my hands, holding them up. I stood back. “Okay,” I agreed.
I knew no meant no, and I wasn’t the sort of man that thought otherwise.
“I’m sorry. I mean, I can’t. I don’t…” She trailed off. “I don’t do this.”
I rested my hands on my hips. “If it makes you feel any better, neither do I.” I studied her for a moment. “You seem to be the exception, Little Dragon.”
She drew in a deep breath. “It’s just hero worship.”
I lifted one eyebrow. “Beg your pardon?”
“Back there, at city hall. I helped you. It made me, ah, attractive.”
I threw back my head in laughter.
“What happened back there was a spectacle worth seeing. But that’s not what made you attractive. You need to look in the mirror more.”
She furrowed her brow, and I backed up. “You sure?” I teased, knowing the moment had passed. Regretful, but that was how it went sometimes.
“Yeah, I am,” she said, but I heard the trace of remorse in her voice.
“No problem.” I turned and headed toward the stairs. “Nice encounter with you, Ava.”
“Is that what you’ll call it?” she asked, sounding curious.
I paused and looked back at her. Her cheeks were flushed, her mouth swollen from mine. Her hair was no longer perfect, one long strand hanging on the left side to her shoulder.
“No.” I winked before I walked away. “I’ll think about it as one of the greatest kisses that got me nowhere—ever.”
A woman working in a male-dominated field.
Organized, strong, and tenacious.
That’s how she has to be to succeed.
He needs no one, has no ties, and his future is an unanswered question mark.
It’s all he knows.
Until the day their lives intersect.
He sees the woman she hides from the world.
She nurtures the part of him he lost long ago.
But they both agree—their connection is temporary.
They are only for now.
Can their stubborn natures allow them to bend and accept that maybe, just maybe, there is more to life than they believed?
That love can heal.
That happiness can exist.
That for now can be forever.