Claiming Addison

By: Zoey Derrick

“Which part?”

“The part about my mom, how she used to sneak me stuff and never said she loved me. It seemed appropriate because I know deep down that’s why I did what I did today. I have no other point of reference to telling someone that I care about them.”

I slouch back on the couch and Talon comes to sit next to me. He puts his hand on my leg and I shiver with excitement. “So, did you do this because you love her?” I ask him. I’m surprised when he doesn’t flinch or deny it.

“Honestly, I don’t know what I’m feeling, but it’s strange and euphoric in a way. Being with her and you, it’s like everything else melts away. The drama with the band, life in general, it just doesn’t seem to matter to me anymore, you know?”

I sigh, “Yeah, Talon, I do.”

“What about you?” he asks me.

I pop my head up off of the couch. “I think so,” I breathe. “I’ve never met anyone like her before. I want nothing more than to get to know her better, you know? But yet I’m scared to death of pushing her too far. Pushing you too far and then this whole thing just pops and fizzles out. I guess being afraid is a good thing, it means something, right?”

I feel Talon’s hand squeeze on my thigh and I look at it. Talon and I have been close before, sometimes too close, but this is something else entirely. Knowing what I know now about my feelings for Addison, I understand better why Talon was always so important to me before all this craziness. There has always been something about him, something that drew me in without a second thought. But it wasn’t love or lust or even a desire to be with him, but something was always there, under the surface and now, I think I know what it was.

“Do you ever feel like destiny is taking over your life?” I ask, letting my head fall back on the couch.

Talon laughs, as I expected him to. “Depends on what you mean.”

“Without sounding like a total sap? I’m not sure that’s possible.”

“Try me,” he says, completely serious.

“When I met you back in college, something drew me to you. Now before you go all ‘you’ve had the hots for me for years’ that’s not what I mean.”

“I know what you mean without all the ‘hots for you’ shit,” he says, still serious but there is a lightness in his tone.

“I thought that my meeting you was just to get you and Dex together to form a band; to take it on the road, kick ass and take some names. But now I’m starting to wonder if that was just a step in the ladder of this journey.”

“Yeah, you totally sound like a sap.” I feel the couch shift and I look at him. He looks at me. “But I agree with you.”

We’re so close and the drive to kiss him spikes, but I refrain. Despite all the touchy feely between the three of us, especially between Talon and I, I’m not quite sure how he feels about it all. Sometimes I wonder if my excitement has pushed him too far too fast, and then he does things like last night where he just starts sucking my cock out of nowhere. Then I often wonder if it’s Addison’s doing.

“She’s a very courageous woman,” I say.

“What makes you say that?”

“Well, think about it. She’s like a magnet. She pulled us into her, both of us. Then you and I decide, without even knowing what could have happened, that we couldn’t fight over her. We equally decided that not making her choose meant that we had to find a way to make it work with the three of us. Sure, sexually wouldn’t have been an issue, we’ve shared chicks before, but it’s one thing to share one chick for one night. We’ve found it within ourselves to make this work. Top that off with the fact that she puts up with us and our shit. Then she goes about encouraging us in ways neither of us ever thought or expected to find we were capable of. I mean, hell, we would not have bought some of the shit we bought today without her encouragement whether she was there or not.” I sit up and turn toward him. “I mean it. She’s the one bringing us together and I’m sorry, that takes guts.”

Talon laughs. “I think, eventually, something like this might have happened between us, with or without a woman.”

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