February 5, 2001

Excerpt from Across the Line

Here is an excerpt from Across the Line. Becca lives in Ithaca, N.Y. Calder lives in San Diego, California. They are going to the wedding of one of his teammates in a week or so.

Ding ding.
Calder got a text message from Becca around ten, just as he was brushing his teeth. It was pretty late in New York, so he was curious. The text came with a picture. He hoped it was a naked picture, but didn’t think he’d be that lucky.
It turned out to be a snapshot of a red-faced, blurry-eyed Becca in a bar with Savannah and a couple of women he didn’t recognize. They all had half-empty martini glasses in their hands.
Wish you could have been here, hunkman.
His toothbrush sticking out of his mouth like a cigar, he laughed and texted back, Are you drunk?
In the picture? Yes. But that was an hour ago.
What about now?
Pretty much.
Worry furrowed his brow as he pictured her crappy little compact car crumpled against a telephone pole. Call me when you get home so I know you’re safe.
Home already, she replied.
He was typing in a reply when another text from her arrived. And I went shopping today. I got pretty stuff.
Pretty stuff. Whoopee. What did that mean? Shoes, probably. Or nail polish.
Something for the wedding.
He put his phone down, rinsed and spit. Ding ding.
A dress and…unmentionables!!!!
Holy fuck. That got his attention.
Are you impressed that I can spell that in my condition?
He ignored the question and was in the middle of typing “Picture or it didn’t happen” when she texted, I’ll send you a picture. Hold on.
What followed was the longest minute of his life.
His dick got hard during that minute. He paced in his bathroom, eager and anxious. He hoped it was taking a long time because she was putting said unmentionables on. The tension was as high as when he was taking a face-off.
Ding ding.
His phone had gone dim. He cursed as he woke it up.
You know, never mind. I think I’d rather surprise you.
“FUCKITY FUCK, FUCKED-UP FUCKERY.” He inhaled hard through his nose and fought for calm.
Please? He wasn’t above begging. Doesn’t have to be a full-body shot. Just the bra. On you, of course. Please please please.
A long pause.
He counted to five, breathing deeply like a Buddhist priest trying to meditate.
No picture.
The screen timed out again.
No. I really want to surprise you at the wedding.
He wanted to cry. Is there nothing that I can bribe you with? Money? Jewelry? A car?
No. You’ll just have to wait!!! Hahahahahahaaaaaa!!!! But it’s all red.
Fuck. Becca in red lingerie.
Even in an extreme state of arousal and an even more extreme state of frustration, he chuckled. He was going to get back at her, somehow, some way. Just because she was tipsy during this texted mind fuck didn’t mean she was off the hook. What goes around comes around, baby. When pranked by a teammate, Calder always reciprocated. It was a matter of pride. One-upmanship was not a game he usually lost, not even with girlfriends.
He’d spend some time devising a suitably devilish plan, maybe involving handcuffs, but he had to get rid of his pesky hard-on first.

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