Wednesday Whisper ~ Landing in Love

In the kitchen, Erich took a drink of water and turned when he heard footsteps. Not Bliss, Mateo. He gave the young man a nod.

“Do you have a minute?” Mateo asked looking over his shoulder briefly.

“Sure. What’s up?”

One more glance behind him and Mateo moved a bit closer. “I wanted to talk to you about…being a pilot.”

“Okay, what do you want to know?”

“What’s it like?”

Erich smiled. “The most incredible rush in the world. To me anyway. And my brothers. They’re pilots too.”

“I know it helps to have people write letters to get into a military academy. Would you consider writing one for me?”

Wow. Erich leaned against the countertop. “You want to join the military?”

“Yes sir. I want to be a pilot.”

I know that look. My brothers and I all had that look. “I understand that calling.”

“Do women find pilots attractive?”

Erich hid his smile. I remember thinking like that when I first became one. “I’m sure there are some who go after pilots specifically.” A statement he knew to be fact. Mateo smiled and Erich knew the young man was pleased and so kept his mouth shut about making sure you became a pilot for a reason other than to impress women.

They chatted a bit more about what Mateo wanted to do and Erich answered some more questions. After a while, he added, “I’ll be happy to write a letter for you. You let me know to whom it needs to be addressed and I’ll get it written up for you.”

“Thank you. With your recommendation I may have a shot of getting in.” Mateo’s smile seemed almost too large for his face. He went to the patio door and slipped outside.

Erich shook his head and took another sip of water.

“How dare you!” Bliss hissed from behind him. “How fucking dare you.”

Turning quickly, Erich was stunned by the fury in her expression and the venom in her voice. “How dare I what?”

“Encourage him to be a pilot.”

Didn’t expect that as a response. He raised an eyebrow, unsure of what just happened. “What’s wrong with that?” Erich placed his cup back upon the clean countertop and ran his gaze over the freshly scrubbed woman before him. Damn, she was stunning. Even in her rage, her skin glowed and her eyes sparked in a way he didn’t believe he’d ever forget.

“Look here, I’ve done a damn good job of raising him and I don’t need you coming in here putting ideas like that in his head.” She slashed a hand through the air.

He shook his head in confusion. “Wait, you’re mad at me because I said I would write him a letter of recommendation? Isn’t that a good thing? I mean, I’m helping him shouldn’t you be happy about that?”

“That’s my brother. Mine! He’s all the family I have left in the world and you try to get him to not just join the military but to be a pilot. Get out.”

Erich tipped his head to the side floored by her demand. “What?”

“Get. Out.”

Her face was set in a mask and Erich’s heart fell. “Okay. I’ll call you tomorrow, darlin’.” Moving to her side, he tried not to let her stiffening when he leaned down to kiss her bother him, but it did. A lot. “For what it’s worth, Bliss. I only thought I was helping.”

She stared beyond him at something only she could see. With uncertain steps Erich grabbed his suit coat and headed to the door. He paused at the handle and looked back toward the kitchen. She wasn’t in view. What the hell did I do? At his car, Erich stole one more glance back at the white villa and knew that was where his heart belonged. Bliss was where his heart belonged.

“Bliss,” he muttered, climbing into his car and driving away. Maybe I should have stayed and pleaded my case. All sorts of scenarios moved through his mind and he liked none of them. “Tomorrow. She’ll calm down and we can talk about it tomorrow.”

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