BLUFFING the DEVIL by CL Foster
Releasing May 2013!
He slithered his way across the casino floor and instantly his
predacious gaze locked onto me. In a spontaneous act of avoidance, I
burrowed into the crowd a bit deeper and tunneled my way through the
unsuspecting human-shields and headed toward the mock-safety of the
elevators. Not that I am afraid of him, far from it, I just cannot stand
cocky bastards that think they are God's gift to the game. Especially
when it's obvious that the only reason he chats me up so often is he is
trying to learn my strategy and make a place for himself as poker
royalty. Not on my watch, chump. But wait, I am not prey in this
situation! I am never going to be someone's doormat or stepping stone
ever again! Resolve hit me suddenly and I pivoted on my heel quickly,
nearly slamming into his eye-level chest. Man, he was fast! And tall,
geez. When did he get so tall? How had I never noticed that before? Ahh
yes, always sitting at a poker table and only having to deal with his
consuming gazes. This was a new level of freak-out.
something I can help you with, Rey?" I said as I craned my neck to see
the tower of man before me, "Or were you on a mad dash to bilk someone
of their life savings or rob some unsuspecting college girl of her
panties and possible virtue tonight?"
"You wound me, truffle." He drawled with his gorgeous Latin accented "r".
Seriously? What is up with everyone and their nicknames for me lately?
"I decided at the last moment to switch to this hotel so I could be
away from the action over at Caesar's and as I was registering I
couldn’t miss your glorious essence calling to me from the crowd."
As if I was "calling" to him? Pssh. As if!
"And I just had to come speak to you and make sure you are doing well. Are you busy? You seemed in a hurry."
Rey could fool most people into thinking he was innocent or sweet or
whatever façade he wanted to wear today but I know poker players and I
know men and he was not fooling me one bit. He always stayed at
Caesar's, which was one of the most important reasons I never did. Had
he followed me? There would be no point in that. I have to stop being so
"I was in a hurry yes, I.. uh.. have a date." It was
sort of the truth. I was planning on going to my room for a nap before
the tournament and was also praying that I would have a few moments with
my Dream Guy, that always settled my nerves and gave me a little
something extra to smile about.
A flash of something crossed
Rey's face. Amazingly, I couldn't decipher if it was anger, confusion,
or some other emotion. Even though I have been training to read people's
faces, actions, words, and other characteristics for years now, he
somehow managed to show an emotion I hadn't seen before. Weird.
Well-played, sir. Game on.
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