I could tell from Em's body language that even though she was attracted to David, she was determined not to cross that line between boss and boyfriend. I'm glad she invited him, I think Tyler's wife felt more at ease that we had brought along a male guest. I looked around at everyone and they seemed to be having a good time, it turned out to be a perfect Sunday. ]
I was dreading work tomorrow, but for now I was going to enjoy the good food. I noticed Jim staring at Emily a few times, but even if he was interested I knew she wasn't. At the same time I didn't feel like being used to get closer to her. I would ask her about their friendship later, I didn't want to spoil her mood.
I made my way over to the cooler and grabbed a cold beer, and I could see Tyler watching me out of the corner of my eye. His wife didn't notice, she was busy entertaining the other guests. I smiled and made my way to the grill where he was taking the last of the meat patties off.
"Need some help?" I asked.
"I got it thanks, it's time to eat," he said. I looked back to see Jim engaged in conversation with Em and David. I followed Tyler to the two picnic tables where the rest of the food was set out.
"Dig in everyone," he called over the radio. The boys ran to their mother so she could help them with their plates. I took a seat an waited for everyone else to serve themselves before I made my plate. David, Em and Jim did they same then we all sat together.
Em through a what's wrong glance at me and I mouthed, "Tell you later." She made a sad face and I smiled back letting her know everything was OK. We finished our food and I had a few more beers.
David and Em excused themselves , as they had to be up early tomorrow. I wish Jim would have went with them, he seemed to be paying attention to me now that I was paying attention to Tyler. Men, I swear I will never figure them out I whispered under my breath as I grabbed another beer.
"Hey cutie," Jim said coming up behind me. He had been drinking too, I could smell the beer on his breath. "Want to get out of here and go somewhere alone?" he asked. Was he crazy? He just spent the whole day ignoring me.
"I'm good here," I snarled. He insisted on trying to get me alone with him.
"C'mon Jess, I just want to talk," he begged. Still I declined, so He asked if I would at least walk him to his car. So I told Tyler I would be right back, and disappeared through the back gate.
When we got to the street I noticed Em's car was gone, she must have ran to the store or something. We reached Jim's car and I tried to say good-bye but he grabbed my arm.
"Wait,"he pleaded. "Can I get a kiss good-bye." I'm not sure what happened to the Jim I went out with the other night, but this is not him. I tried to free my hand, but his grip was tight and he pulled me in.
"Stop!" I yelled. He pulled me up against his body, and I could feel how excited he was at the moment. "Let me go," I cried
"Stop, being a prude you know you want it," He smirked. I didn't want anything but to get back to Tyler, and I was scared Jim was going to hurt me.
"Oh, and don't bother telling Emily about this, she would never think I could do a thing like this," he snarled. He was wrong, she would believe me and I was going to tell her.
He tried one last time to kiss me, and I kneed him in the groin. He fell against his car in pain and Yelled, " You stupid bitch, I was just using you to get to Emily anyway."
Tyler must of heard all the yelling, because he came out the back gate and ran over to us. Jim hurried in his car and drove off as the tears began to fill my eyes. I tend to get emotional when I drink, but then again who wouldn't in this situation.
"Are you OK?" Tyler asked me.
"No," I shook my head. Tyler walked me up to the house and into the front room. I sat down on the couch and he joined me. I told him what had happened, he apologized of behalf of Jim's behavior. We got to talking more, alcohol tends to do that. I told him everything about Jason, my mother,and Em helping me find my dad.
"I'm so sorry your going through all this," he whispered. I looked in his eyes and I was lost. I don't know if it was the alcohol my hormones or both, but I leaned in and kissed him. He kissed back, and didn't seem to feel to guilty about it.
Finally he pulled back, "I'm sorry I can't." I felt like a stupid little girl and I wanted Em right now. Where was she? He got up and walked out the front door and back to his own house.
I went into my room and buried my head in my pillows.
"Where are you Em?" I asked myself out loud.