One time she asked him, “Shouldn’t you be out searching for a place?”
Thanks to Noah, she had her own transportation now. He got a car for her from his employer. It wasn’t new, but it was dependable. She loved it because he’d given it to her. Noah was working extra hours for a while because they were trying to save for a nicer place.
For most days since Dean had been with them, she started lingering in town until close to the time for Noah to get off from work before she went home herself. She used to hate leaving Noah and home to go to work at the restaurant in the evenings, but now that Dean was there, she was glad to get out of the house.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were in here Sharlee.”
He raked her body with his eyes in his disgusting way and then left the bathroom. She had assumed that he’d just entered the doorway, but she really didn’t know how long he’d been there watching her. That had really shaken her, but she still didn’t say anything to Noah.
After that she double checked to make sure that she had locked the bathroom door whenever she went inside. She had started to tell Noah that Dean had to go, but she wasn’t sure that it really wasn’t an accident. Also she knew what Noah’s reaction would be, and she didn’t want that to happen.
Today she was tired and couldn’t wait until her physics class was over. She knew that the reason she was tired was because she hadn’t slept well the night before. She decided to go ahead home and take a nap before Noah got home.
When she drove up to the house, she was pleased to see that Dean wasn’t there. She went straight to the bedroom. She kicked off her shoes and undressed. Then she climbed on the bed in relief. In a short time, she was asleep.
Sharlee stirred as she felt someone else on the bed. Then when he wrapped his arms around her she smiled sleepily and started to drift back off. Then she drowsily felt a hand fondling her breasts. Something didn’t seem right.
He said huskily, his voice heavy with lust. “It’s alright. He won’t know. It’s another hour until he gets home.”
Sharlee felt his genitals hardened and pressed up against her.
He said. “Let me in the kitty.”
“Get out of my house right now and don’t you ever come back! How dare you even think for one moment that I could possibly want you or that I’d ever cheat on Noah!“
Sharlee didn’t answer right away.
“If you tell him what happened, our friendship will be over. He doesn’t have a lot of friends. Not only that, but you know Noah. He won’t just forget about it. He’ll come after me. Of course, I’m not afraid of him, but I know you won’t want him hurt.”
He left the room and went to get dressed. Sharlee locked the bedroom door and didn’t come out until she heard his chopper drive off. After he was gone, she locked the deadbolt on the front door and then jumped in the shower.
Noah arrived home and was surprised that Sharlee had the deadbolt locked. Since Dean had been staying with them, they didn’t lock it because Dean didn’t have a key for the deadbolt. He unlocked it and the regular lock. Then he went inside the house. He heard Sharlee in the shower and went into the bedroom to wait for her to come out. Sharlee came into the bedroom and screamed before she realized that it was Noah.
“Babe, what happened? What’s wrong?”
He looked at Sharlee standing there looking so fragile and upset. He was supposed to protect her! She was supposed to be safe in their home. Of course he’d noticed the way that Dean always looked at Sharlee, but Sharlee was a beautiful woman.
It had never crossed his mind that Dean would try anything with Sharlee though because Dean was his friend. Dean had betrayed his trust, and Noah’s blood was boiling. He rushed out of the house ignoring Sharlee begging him not to go.
Dean rose nonchalantly from his stool and followed Noah outside.
Later that night Sharlee leaped up from the sofa when she heard Noah’s bike. She threw the door open. He came into the house looking awful. He had a black eye and a cut lip. His cheek was bruised and his knuckles were bloody and bruised also.
Sharlee gently took his hands in her own. She had tears in her eyes.
“It’s not my blood, Sharlee.”
She got a bowl of water and the first aid kit. She gently bathed his wounds and put bandages on where needed. Noah sat there barely flinching. He’d been in worse shape many times before without having loving hands to tend to his wounds.
Noah looked at her solemnly. As she softly caressed his cheek Noah tried to explain why he had gone after Dean. “Sharlee, you’re my woman. Babe, I know you don’t understand, but a man can’t let another man get away with messing with his woman.”
Sharlee put on the last bandage. Then she sat in his lap and wrapped her arms around him. He was right. She didn’t understand. Sometimes his temper made him lose control with other people, especially if they had mistreated her. She was so afraid that one day, Noah would be seriously injured.
“We believe that he can assist us with information about a series of auto thefts here in Bridgeport over the past month. It is tied in with an automobile chop shop ring. His name has come up several times in our investigations.”
Noah thought to himself that Dean was back to the same old activities that had led to his serving time in Juvie with Noah. Noah was even happier that Dean was out of his house.
He looked at Sharlee. He was still upset that he’d exposed her to someone like Dean. Other than Ton, he was through with his old buddies. He couldn’t afford to take another chance with Sharlee’s safety by trusting that they had changed like he had.
The officers left a card with a number for them to call if they heard from Dean. As far as Noah was concerned, he and Dean were finished.