“About time you got here,” Ty said as a dark curly-haired man joined him behind the bar.
“Don’t be bustin’ my ass, boss,” the bartender sniffed. “Tackett already did that.” He giggled as he tied an apron around his waist. “Whoa,” he exclaimed when he took in Tek and Jamie. “If I didn’t already have a man, I’d be crawling all over those mountains,” he commented to Ty with a flirty smile on his full lips.
Tek felt Jamie stiffen next to him, so he placed a reassuring hand on Jamie’s thigh and squeezed.
“Oh please, Micah,” Ty told him drolly; then an evil glint ignited in his eyes. “Why don’t you hit on that one?” he suggested, pointing to Tek. “’Cause I’d really, really love to see your scrawny ass tied into a pretzel by that one,” he said, pointing to Jamie.
“Jesus H. Christ!” Micah barked. “You two are a couple?” he asked, mouth agape and eyes wide as he looked back and forth between Jamie and Tek. “Which one of you is the boy?”
“The what?” Tek asked in confusion.
“You know, the submissive. I’d really like to know, because….” Micah whistled and brought his hand to his chest dramatically. “That would make the other one one bad-ass mega-Dom.” He poked Ty with an elbow. “Not to mention a scary son of a bitch, huh, Ty?”
Ty grunted and shoved at Micah. “Would you behave,” Ty chastised. “Tek, Jamie, this is Micah Slade, soon-to-be ex-bartender. Tek is thinking about coming to work for us.”
Micah stuck his tongue out at Ty and then turned his attentions back to Tek. “You sure you want to work here? The boss can be a real Debbie downer sometimes.” Micah leaned in and whispered conspiratorially, “And a bit of a drama queen.”
“Micah,” Ty warned.
“I mean, he’s the best boss ever,” Micah said with a wink. “Better get to work. Welcome aboard, Tek. Nice to meet you, Jamie,” he tossed over his shoulder and wiggled his way down to the customers at the end of the bar.
Ty sighed heavily, but the twitch of his lip was evidence he was used to the small man’s antics. “You have to excuse Micah,” he said to Tek and Jamie. “He’s a bit of a fruit cup, but he’s a lovable one. He flirts like the dickens. Makes him popular with the clientele, but don’t let him fool you. He’s head over heels in love with his man and loyal to a fault.”
“I think he’s adorable,” Jamie chuckled as he continued to watch Micah.
“And taken,” Tek grunted. “And so are you,” he reminded Jamie. But Tek could easily admit the little shit was adorable.
Ty and Jamie both laughed.
“So, Tek,” Ty asked, still chuckling. “Interested in the job?”
“Yes,” Tek said with a nod. “I’m very interested.”
“Good! You’ll have to pass the scrutiny of Blake, but I’m sure you’ll do just fine. And I’ll put in a good word for you. Can you start Friday?”
“I’ll be here, and thank you, I really appreciate it,” Tek said sincerely.
“So do I,” Ty said, holding out his hand out again. “Welcome to the Guards of Folsom.”
ROPED Book #4
coming to Dreamspinner Press May 12th