Tess watched Dominic for the rest of night. As a detective, reading people was her bread and butter and Dominic was acting so strange. But as she watched though, his behavior was only altered between him and his brother. He acted the same as he always had to her and Kyra. She liked watching Dominic with Kyra. He was attentive and affectionate but in a casual way, not in an obscene way. She was almost envious. She was also aware of Thom sitting next to her. Every so often his leg would brush up against hers as they sat in the booth, and she wasn’t entirely comfortable with it; however, she couldn’t find fault in his behavior otherwise. She saw that Dominic watched Thom like a hawk all evening long. She thought it was very sweet of him to be concerned about her as he knew this would probably make her uncomfortable.
They did not linger once dinner was done and Thom insisted on paying the tab. “It’s the least I can do for barging in on your evening out,” he said, good-naturedly. He shook hands with Dominic and hugged Kyra. “You give me a call if this guy is dumb enough to let you slide through his fingers,” he said with a grin. Dominic rolled his eyes at his brother. He turned to Tess and said, “How about you and I shake off these two old fogies and hit the town?” Tess saw Dominic immediately stiffen at his words.
“I don’t think so, but thanks for the offer. And thanks for dinner,” Tess said a little awkwardly.
Thom faked a hurt look and then grinned at her. “I’m going to let you go for now, but eventually you will come to me…they always do,” he said.
Later, as Tess lay looking up at her ceiling, she thought about Thom Wyndom. He was different than most of the men she met. He had an obvious soft side to him. Not that the softness made him any less manly, in fact, it made him even more appealing to her. Tess compared Thom to his brother and even to Dane, and she found she liked him – liked the gentleness he exuded. He felt…safe. Yes, that was the feeling she got. For the first time in a long time, she closed her eyes and didn’t dream. In fact, she didn’t open her eyes again until the alarm blasted her out of bed. She awoke the same way she’d fallen asleep – with Thom Wyndom on her mind.