When I look at him splayed out in the backstage area I’m worried at the beating his body has taken. Tatum stands beside him, the tears still pouring down her face. Lola is there too, a few steps back and far better equipped to deal with what he looks like after a fight.
“I’m so sorry, Pepper Spray,” He mumbles to her, his swollen bloodied hand holding hers. The medical staff push her out of the way and she turns to look at me before running out of the room. This isn’t for everyone. I follow her, but Lotus stays planted in the corner, seasoned at where to wait while they stick him back together again. Just outside, in a dark little passageway, I find Tatum with her back against the wall and her head in her hands. The sound of her soft cries are drowned out by the cheering from the arena. She’s too soft for this place, too good for all this violence, and her heart can’t take what she signed up for.
“Are you okay?” She look up at me with puffy, red eyes and she shakes her head. She throws her arms around me, shaking and crying, taking her comfort from me. When I eventually hold her in my arms, it all feels so wrong, but so right at the same time. I’m like a thief in the darkness, hiding in the backstage alley, taking what doesn’t belong to me and enjoying the tender moment where I’m the one she needs. I hold onto her and the warmth is magical. Temptation is beautiful, the way it snakes in when we’re not expecting it, slithering between us and revealing feelings we hadn’t seen before.
Chad King is boxing’s golden boy that didn’t shine.
His big dreams have left him at rock bottom and when you’ve lost everything, losing becomes easy because there’s nothing to fight for.
The love of his life left him for a life he couldn’t give her and now she’s engaged and on top of the world while he claws his way out of the hole he dug when she left.
Lotus Shaw plays the role of the media’s darling, and dutiful fiancé to a man only her parents approve of. She should be on top of the world, but she left her heart on the floor of a fight gym.
Now, she’s got to get it back.
One little secret from the past is keeping her from the future.
When they come face to face again, nothing could’ve prepared them for the sucker punch love was about to land.
Nothing worth having comes without a fight.
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