Part 2: The Hockey Game

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I didn't know who was knocking on my bedroom door. It didn't matter, really. They were going to be dead just as soon as I could scrape up the energy to get out of bed. You'd think after sleeping a good ten hours, I'd be ready to go. But, no. No, I was not.

I had slept fitfully, tossing and turning all night. I dreamed constantly, searching for my stranger, and woke more exhausted than ever. A fist banged against my door, louder and more insistent.

"Tess, if you don't unlock this door now, I'm going to bust it open. You hear me?"

I groaned at Eddie's words. He wouldn't go away and he was more than capable of breaking down my door. Eddie was my roommate, sharing the house with Brie and me. He played defensive tackle on the football team and my door wouldn't stand a chance against him.

"I'm coming, I'm coming. Leave my poor door alone."

I rolled out of bed, pulled on some soft flannel pants, and opened my door. Eddie and Brie were both standing there, glaring at me.

"Why was your door locked? It's never locked. We came to get you for breakfast, but the door was locked!" Brie's tone was indignant and concerned at the same time.

Eddie hugged me gently, his massive frame wrapping around mine, "We were worried about you."

"I'm sorry, guys. When I came upstairs last night, there were people using my room. After I kicked them out, I locked the door so no one else could try the same thing."

Brie covered her mouth as she giggled, "Anyone we know?"

I shrugged, "Just David and some girl I've never seen before."

"Wait, what? David, as in, your date, the guy we set you up with, David?" Eddie was indignant, headed toward angry.

"Yeah, that David."

Eddie said a very bad word, one my mother would have washed his mouth out with soap for. Brie was beyond swearing and into threatening violence.

"That asshole. I'm going to kick him in the balls the next time I see him."

Eddie and I both winced a little. Brie would do it, too. It was her life motto, "Kick life in the balls and make it your bitch." It worked for her, but I didn't need her defending my honor.

"It's not worth it, Brie. We didn't click and I'm not upset about it. It would have been nice if he'd chosen your room instead of mine, but no harm, no foul."

Eddie and Brie exchanged a doubtful look but I was done discussing David. "Did one of you cook breakfast or are we going out?"

"Let's go out. There's not much left in the fridge after the party last night."

"Where are the boys?"

Generally, there were a couple more humans hanging around. Both Brie and Eddie were dating guys who frequently stayed over. Jack (Brie's boyfriend) and Fish (Eddie's guy) were unofficial roommates and played on the hockey team with David, my really bad date.

"Game tonight. They were up and out early for workout and prep, which is why we're waking you up. If we're up, so are you." Brie was decidedly grumpy. "And I need some damn coffee."

I nodded. "I'll get dressed and meet you downstairs in five."

After I closed the door, I rummaged for clothes to wear. I tossed on jeans, a bra, a hoodie, and a ball cap to cover my bed-head hair. I was looking for a clean pair of socks when I noticed my dress on the floor. I scooped it up to throw in the hamper and caught a small tendril of scent. It was Stranger's cologne, just a hint of it coming off the dress. I brought it to my nose and breathed deep, but there wasn't much there. Just enough to tease my memory of his hands on me in the dark. I tossed the dress in the hamper quickly and headed downstairs before Eddie could come looking for me again.

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