Chicago Heat(7)

By: Jordyn Tracey

“I do like to drive fast,” he told her, infusing his words with meaning.

She rolled her eyes. “Your mind is in one place at all times, isn’t it?”

“Not when I’ve been satisfied.”

She shook her head and crossed her legs. Looking out the window, she said without turning, “You already know it hasn’t been long for me, but I’m not talking about that. How long has it been since you’ve been in a relationship? Did you ever come close to marriage even though you hate it?”

“Not even close. I’m never getting married, Fawn. I have no interest in it. I have never cared for anyone enough to even consider it.” After a few miles of driving, he turned off on Kinzie Street leading to Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse. When they pulled up to the restaurant, John handed his car over to a valet and caught the look in Fawn’s eyes. She was impressed so far.

Inside the restaurant, he gave the host his last name having made reservations, and they were seated almost immediately. “Oh, this is so nice,” Fawn commented. “I always wanted to come, but I never have.”

“No?” He thanked the waiter for their menus and began looking it over. “Why not?”

She raised an eyebrow. “Have you seen the prices, sir? Even the appetizers would break my tiny budget.” She gasped. “Which reminds me. We should probably go dutch. Let me find something reasonable.”

He reached out across the table and laid a hand over hers. Big brown eyes met his, warming him. “I’m taking care of everything. Your job is to enjoy yourself and entertain me.”

She smirked. “Oh yeah, and just what kind of entertainment does a thirty dollar prime rib get you, detective?”

He couldn’t resist his next comment. “A tiny thing like you can eat all that beef?”

Her eyes sparkled. “I have eaten that and more.”

His cock twitched. He leaned back in his chair unable to take his eyes off her. “You’re a very naughty woman, Fawn Hill. I think I will enjoy getting to know you better.”

She grinned. “Good, cause I feel that way about you too. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun.” She took a sip of her water and folded elegant hands in front of her while resting her elbows on the table. “So tell me. Why have you never been in love?”

He stiffened. “That again? Why are you so interested?”

“Because I feel like everyone falls in love, even if they decide not to do anything about it, or they screw the whole thing up. To not feel anything isn’t…”

“Isn’t what?”

She pursed her lips.

He welcomed the arrival of the appetizers they had ordered in between their exchange. Spearing a jumbo shrimp, he steered the conversation to safer waters, and soon had her chatting about work and her goals. John enjoyed every minute of talking to her, even when she teased him—especially when she teased him. Already, the night was much more than he had expected, and he looked forward to what other delights he’d discover in dating Fawn.

Chapter Four

After they finished their meal, John led Fawn toward Wacker Drive to enjoy a sight of the river. She never got enough of her city. There was nowhere in the world she’d rather live other than Chicago. When a light breeze stirred Fawn’s hair, she laughed, released John’s arm, and ran ahead.

“Fawn,” he called. “Stay close. You never know who could be out here.”

She glanced back and stuck her tongue out at him. “You’re too used to crime and bad guys, John. You’ve got to live. Enjoy the world. Enjoy life.” She ran on although he protested, and she didn’t stop until she was winded. Breathing heavily and leaning against a rail, she raised her arms and closed her eyes. A happy grin spread over her face.

“Well, hello, beautiful,” someone said nearby.

Fawn opened her eyes to a man she’d never seen before. His gaze was riveted to her cleavage. She was about to tell him she was with someone, but John suddenly stepped in front of her, blocking the man’s view. “Get lost. She’s with me.”

“Hey!” The man growled.

Looking around John’s arm, Fawn caught a look from him like he was about to challenge John for the right to talk to her, but John reached in his pocket and flashed his badge.