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I stopped when I was right next to them. The woman’s gaze broke from the man, her eyes latching onto me, surprise washing over her face. The man turned to me too, irritation visible on the portion of his face that wasn’t covered by the mask.

“Everything alright?” I calmly asked.

The woman opened her mouth to speak, but the man beat her to it.

“Get out of here, asshole – this is none of your business.”

I folded my arms over my chest.

“It is now.”

Chapter 2


Iwas too busy trying to wrench my wrist free from that prick to even notice that another guy had shown up.

“Now, let her go.”

He stood tall and still like a statue. His huge arms were crossed over his chest, and I could see below the silver mask on his face that he had a jaw that would make Superman envious.

His hair was dark red, with a little silver around the temples that let me know he was clearly older than me. But he wore his age well.

He also seemed extremelyfamiliar.

“What the hell’s your problem?” Tyler didn’t take too kindly to the interruption. However, his momentary distraction gave me the chance to yank my hand free.

“I’m going to give you one warning,” the man said. “Let her go and get the hell out of here.”

His accent was Irish which made him seem even more familiar.

Who the hell was this guy?

Tyler turned toward the man, puffing his chest out in that obnoxious, wannabe alpha sort of way. As annoyed as I was by Tyler, it was kind of funny watching him trying to get all aggressive with a man who was easily twice his size.

Even though I had the situation perfectly under control, I had to admit that seeing this guy standing there, tall and built and steely-eyed, was a turn-on.

“Listen, Lucky Charms, you’re putting yourself in the middle of something that doesn’t concern you. Now, why don’t you just turn around and—”

“Tyler.” I spoke with a sharp tone, cutting him off. It was enough to get him to shut up and turn in my direction.

“I don’t want to talk to you. Whatever you’ve got on your mind, keep it to yourself and back the fuck off.”

“But Sade—”

“Don’tcall me Sade. Just turn around and get the hell out of here before you embarrass yourself even further.”

Tyler narrowed his brown eyes at me from behind his mask. The man, seeming to understand that I had the situation under control, stood still and silent.

Tyler scoffed. “Whatever. If you want to blow it with a guy like me, that’s your own damn loss. Later, losers.”

With that, he turned and stormed off, disappearing into the crowd. I felt intense relief come over me when he was finally gone.

The man turned to me. “You alright?”

He gazed down at me with those rich, green eyes, his luscious mouth flat and serious, his face dusted with salt and pepper stubble.

That’s when it hit me.