“What about what you guys said about playing with other people?”
“That’s not sex,” Cody said. “And if you ever decided you wanted to play with someone, as long as we all talk about it, that’s fine. Just like if you decide you’d like to be with us, you’d get to have veto power over who we play with.”
“See,” Justin added, “that’s why we can honestly say if you don’t want to be submissive to us, or do any BDSM play with us, we’re fine with that. Because we can always play with someone else and get our sadistic or Toppy fixes on.”
He thought that might be a glimmer of hope trying to fight its way through to the light. “Really.” He turned her so he could look her in the eye. “Now what do you say we enjoy our dinner while it’s hot? We can cuddle on the couch in a food coma after we’re done.”
* * * *
Cody wasn’t an idiot. He knew a test when he spotted one.
This was a test. A test of the Emergency Emotional System.
And it was a critical pass-fail test that would make or break where their relationship with Brooke headed next.
When he saw her scars, yes, it’d startled him. Not because they turned him off, but because he hadn’t truly appreciated the extent of the damage wrought to her body by the explosion. Words were one thing.
Seeing the damage was another.
If he could have personally murdered the fucker who set off that bomb and killed the others and wounded her, he would have.
It also emphasized to him how slim the line was between survival and death. That maybe another few inches, she might have died, too.
That she might not have walked into their lives at all.
That she had been through so much more pain and suffering in her life than he could even begin to imagine. He’d burned himself before. He was a stupid guy, duh.
Nothing like that.
I’ll never be a wuss again.
Justin finally released her after giving her a gentle, tender kiss on her lips.
Not to be left out, Cody kissed her, too, before releasing her hands. “You want us to leave your life, you have to tell us. But unless or until you do that, count on us being around for the long haul.”
She finally nodded, her gorgeous blue eyes looking a little too bright, like she hovered on the edge of tears.
“Can I help you with drinks?” Cody asked.
“I made iced tea.”
“That sounds perfect.”
* * * *
Brooke wasn’t sure if she wanted to burst into tears or gales of relieved laughter. No, they weren’t bullshitting her. She was pretty good at reading people, and they weren’t faking their reactions.
They’d been startled, definitely. Unless someone was an experienced burn unit medical worker, anyone would be startled by the appearance of her scars. In her experience, people usually were.
There were times early on where she’d assumed the don’t-give-a-fuck attitude.
Unfortunately, it was hard to ignore the looks on other people’s faces, so she started covering up to avoid that.
She didn’t want sympathy or pity, either. And she didn’t want to scare people, or be some attraction people stared at.
She wanted her privacy, her peace. She didn’t want to invite others to stare at the physical reminders of her emotional pain.
She led Cody into the kitchen and pulled three glasses down from the cabinet. He was filling them with ice when she heard Justin let out something halfway between a squawk and a scream.
They both rounded the corner to see Justin trying to peel Dixon out of his lap, where the cat had apparently managed to hook a claw in the crotch of his shorts.
“Oh, dammit! I’m so sorry!” She rushed over despite Cody laughing his ass off behind her. “I can lock him up, if you want.”
“No,” Justin said, sounding pained. “That’s okay. He just caught me by surprise and in really a bad place.”
“That’ll teach you to go commando,” Cody snarked.
She corralled Dixon, the badass, mofo, cock-blocking little asshole, who’d just attacked half of her first decent chance of getting laid since before Dixon was a bastard twinkle in his sire’s eye, and set him down on the floor. “Go lick yourself somewhere.”
Justin was examining his crotch. “Someone might have to lick me. I don’t think I can do it myself.”
She snorted. “I meant my cat.”
“Want me to kiss it and make it better?” Cody teased.
Justin looked up, smiling. “Maaaybe.” His eyes settled on hers. “Maybe both of you can. After dinner, though. I’m hungry. And while I promise I won’t boss you around, I do get pissy if my food gets cold.” His playful smile drew one in response from her.
This time, Brooke and Cody managed to get the glasses of tea poured without Justin having to do battle with D-bag. As they settled in to watch TV, the conversation naturally drifted toward zombie apocalypses and weapons.
“Firearms are only good for so long,” she said. “Eventually, you’ll run out of ammo. And then there’s the noise drawing attention of both zombies and people. And, technically, if you can survive long enough, you should be able to outlast any zombies. They’ll mostly rot away. Or you can take them out in northern climes when they freeze during the winter. Then you’ll only have to worry about new people when they die. But you’ll have to have alternative weapons handy. And if you can keep outrunning the zombies, you can manage to survive.”
“Cardio,” both men said together, making her laugh.
“Hey, I don’t have to outrun the zombies,” she joked. “I only have to outrun the slow people. We should have a zombie movie marathon.”
“Zombieland,” Cody said. “That has to be the kick-off. And Shaun of the Dead.”
“Duh. Dead Snow.”
“Huh?” Justin said.
“Ooh, I love that one!” Cody looked at Justin. “Nazi zombies. You’ve seen that one.”
“Oh, yeah. That one.” He rolled his eyes.
Now it was on. “The Dead,” she said.
Cody grinned. “Is this a zombie movie throw-down? I could do this all night.”
“He’s not kidding,” Justin said. “He really can do this all night. Frankly, I’d like to discuss the licking we were talking about earlier.”
Dixon had returned and took up a position in the chair across from the coffee table, where he laid there and flicked his tail, his baleful green glare casting condescension at them.
Cody noticed him. “Dixon looks pissed.”
“He’s just mad because he’s not getting all the attention,” she said. “He can suck it up, for once. He’s a tough little mofo.”
The sexual tension built between them all the way up until the new The Walking Dead episode aired.
Then, despite Justin’s best efforts to distract both Brooke and Cody, they sort of overruled him to watch the episode.
With gratuitous groping during the commercial breaks, to keep Justin happy.
It wasn’t long before Brooke was glad she was taping The Talking Dead, because she wasn’t about to see any of it. As soon as the preview for next week’s episode ended and Chris Hardwick started talking, Brooke found herself on top of Cody on the couch, Justin kneeling behind her and nibbling on the back of her neck with hot, sexy lips that had her panties drenched.
Yes, she masturbated. She had a shower massager that got regular workouts.
Wasn’t the same. Wasn’t as good as having a real, hot man in bed with her.
Sorry, Chris, I can play you back later.
Cody’s hands settled on her hips. “Just to clarify and make sure we’re all on the same page,” he said, “you want to have sex with us. Right?”
She looked over her shoulder at Justin. “Does he always talk this much during sex? Because if so, I might ask you to use one of those gag things on him.”
“Yes, he does. You just have to shove something into his mouth to keep him otherwise occupied.”
“Ah.” She stared Cody in the eyes. “Yes, I want you two to fuck my brains out,” she said. Then she grabbed the hem of her T-shirt, peeled it up and off over her head, and dropped it to the floor.
She wasn’t wearing a bra.
She leaned in, her hands offering her breasts. “You’ve got two to choose from. Pick one, and put it in your mouth, before I go looking for duct tape.”
He grinned and grabbed her, pulling her down on top of him, sucking her right nipple into his mouth, his hand cupping her left breast.
“There you go, babe,” Justin said. “You’re a quick learner.”
“I try,” she said before her moan broke through as Cody sucked on her nipple.
Damn, it felt good.
Better than good.
It felt fucking fantastic.
Two hot, eager guys who wanted her.
All of her.
Even the bent and broken bits of her.
As Justin reached around her and started working on getting her shorts unfastened, he asked, “What’s off limits?”
He nibbled on the side of her neck, making it difficult for her to think between that and what Cody was doing to her. “Anything you don’t want us to do to you?”
“Get me pregnant? Or give me, you know, like a disease or something.”
“We’re clean,” Justin said. “But we can get new tests for you. And you for us, because fair’s fair. But do you have condoms?”
The rabid, coke-crazed rodent of her libido sat back on its haunches and howled in misery.
“No,” she whispered, almost in tears. Dammit!Why hadn’t she thought about that!
“That’s okay,” Cody said, relinquishing her breast for a moment. “We’ve got some. If you had a brand you preferred, we would have used those.”
“Wait a minute, you brought condoms?”
“You were sure you were going to get laid?”
“No, but isn’t it a good thing we did, since you don’t have any?”
Her mouth snapped shut on her indignation and their assumptions. “Good point. Carry on.”
“No, not yet,” Justin said. “Are you on the pill?”
“Are you kidding? The president’s kids were still in grade school the last time I got laid.”
Justin made her turn and look at him. “Well, since you just said you don’t want to get pregnant, and we’d need a lot of talking and time between the three of us to get to that point from this point, it might not be a bad idea for you to get that taken care of, too, so we can do away with condoms once our test results are back and your pill kicks in.”
“How can you be so rational and think at a time like this? I’m so fucking horny I can barely see straight, much less string two coherent sentences together.”
Justin smiled, an infuriatingly handsome smile that didn’t help her concentration. “Because we’re Dominants, that’s why. Kind of something we have to be good at, negotiations. Even if it’s for sex and no play.”
“Okay, fine. Damn your Dom logic, and can we please quit talking now and get back to the fun? Otherwise I’m going to get invested in whatever Chris Hardwick is about to sa—”
Justin kissed her, one hand buried in her hair. More correctly, he wrapped her ponytail around his fist and tightly held her in place as he crushed her lips with his.
He slid one hand down the front of her shorts and into her panties, where his fingers unerringly found her clit.
Finally, the little coked-up rodent of her libido fell still and sighed with pleasure.
“Didn’t someone say it’s been a long, long time since they had sex with someone else?” Cody teased.
“Uh-huh,” she mumbled underneath Justin’s lips.
Justin’s fingers started playing with her clit, taking the strength right out of her knees and sinking her down onto Cody’s hips. The outline of a very nice-sized cock rubbed against her through his shorts and hers.
Cody reached up and cupped her breasts in his palms, rubbing the pads of his thumbs over her nipples and sending shudders of pleasure through her.
Justin lifted his lips from hers and eased in behind her, pulling her body against his so he was supporting her. He kept her head tipped back against his shoulder, his chin pressing into the top of her shoulder as his fingers showed her what a clit was damn well supposed to be used for.
“We plan on getting at least a few out of you before we even think about getting off,” Justin softly rumbled in her ear. “We’re going to see how loud we can make you moan, want to hear what you sound like when you’re coming for us. One other rule we have, baby—never fake an orgasm with us, all right? If you don’t get over, we’ll try something different. You won’t hurt our feelings, believe me. But we want to know that when you’re coming, it’s for real.”
She was coming, all right. Her back arched from the force of it. His hand sped up, driving her harder and faster over the edge into the first orgasm.
Multiple times? She knew that was theoretically possible, but she usually stopped at one herself.
Nice to know they were a couple of overachievers.