In Every Room of the House
It seemed like such an insignificant stumble. Awkward and uncoordinated, Raven’s hasty retreat in an attempt to seek shelter was nothing like the sensuous movements she’d made just moments ago. Her arms grasped wildly but found nothing to support her body as it catapulted to the floor. Mitch flinched at the loud thump of her head crashing into the coffee table.
For an instant, he stood motionless. His eyes refused to blink, his limbs defied commands from his brain telling them to move. But as his heart pounded wildly in his chest and adrenaline in the form of panic, flooded his consciousness, coursing through his body, his voice responded with a jolt. “Rae!”
Mitch’s bewildered gaze traveled from the beautiful, naked body lying motionless on the floor to the young man standing in the doorway, apparently frozen in shock.
“What the hell?” The confusion in his voice was tinged with worry. “What were you doing?
This isn’t the time, Jack.
“She isn’t moving. Why isn’t she moving?”
“Please stop with all the questions!” Mitch lifted both hands to his head, pulling his fingers through his hair. “It’s not helping me concentrate.” Mitch covered Raven with the bathrobe he’d retrieved from the living room floor, then turned to Jack. “Call Nine one one,” he directed. After taking a deep breath to calm himself, Mitch kneeled over Raven’s body. He placed his ear close to her mouth, and was relieved to hear and feel her breathing softly.
From the corner of his eye, Mitch watched as Jack walked into the living room surveying the area. Was he looking for clues to exactly what went on? What would he make of the clothes discarded in front of the fireplace? He came back to where Mitch was knelt over Raven and the two men locked gazes. Neither spoke.
When the siren of the ambulance grew louder and then stopped, Jack opened the door. Two men and a woman entered the house in a bustle of activity. “She fell and hit her head,” Mitch offered. One of the technicians regarded Mitch wearing only towel around his waist. The technicians collected and passed information between themselves.
They lifted Raven onto a gurney and before they left the female technician announced that they would take Raven to Jackson Memorial.
Once Raven was secured in the ambulance, with the promise of expert medical care, Jack and Mitch were left alone in the house. They stood facing each other although neither spoke. Mitch focused a hard stare as Jack moved toward him.
Will Raven survive her fall?
What does Jack have to say about what he walked in on?
Follow along to find out what happens next
In Every Room of the House
by Sha Renee