Kevin’s eyes went wide as he realized he spoke aloud. “Shit, Harmony, I shouldn’t have said that.”
She smirked at him. “Really? I thought maybe that was part of your game. Maybe try to sleep with me so I’ll join the manager’s program. I mean you’re cute and all, but I’m not into stuffy men who think I’m worthless because I have purple hair.”
“I’m cute? That’s all you’ve got.”
Harmony leaned back in her seat and looked at him. She raised an eyebrow and appraised him slowly. “Well, first of all, you’re here to eliminate jobs, most likely mine if you can find a way to do it. Secondly, yeah, cute is all you’re getting for now.”
Kevin smirked at her, enjoying her sass. It was easy to see why guests liked her so much. Just like she said, if you could get past the odd appearance, she was kind and funny. Not to mention beautiful. Hell, even with the purple hair he thought she was gorgeous.
“Why don’t we get out of here?” Kevin asked, knowing she’d never agree. “Go somewhere we can talk. Maybe I can convince you to upgrade my status.”
She shocked him when she sucked down the rest of her drink and stood up. She flashed him a look and headed for the door, leaving him to decide if he was going to follow her or not.
Harmony was halfway to her car by the time Kevin caught up to her. “Keep up. I tend to drive fast,” she said without stopping. She got in her car and he stared after her for a minute before climbing into his car and chasing her out of the parking lot.
As Harmony drove through the quiet streets of town Kevin wondered where she was leading him. They passed through the center of town and headed out the opposite end. Harmony turned off the main road then made two more turns. Harmony parked in a parking lot near what looked like a park and got out of her car.
“I love coming here at night,” she told him once they were walking across the grass. “It’s so peaceful. I grew up not far from here and spent my summer swimming in the lake and playing on the playground.”
Kevin followed her quietly, not willing to break the spell she seemed to have cast on him. The moonlight caught her hair and reflected the colors within the depth of the purple. He watched her hips shift as she moved across the grass toward a gazebo close to the water’s edge and his cock shifted in anticipation.
Harmony stepped into the gazebo and sat on one side, facing the water. She leaned forward and gripped the seat, emotionally and physically on edge. “I don’t know why I brought you here,” she confessed.
Kevin sat across from her, not caring that the view was behind him. He was content with the one in front of him. “I’m glad you did. How old were you when you learned to swim?”
She laughed and it transformed her whole face from pouty and sexy to light and stunning. Kevin was finding it harder and harder to convince himself he didn’t want her, purple hair and all.
“I was four. My mom always loved to swim so she brought me and my little sister here a lot. I don’t really remember not being able to swim.”
“I was almost ten before I learned. We didn’t have a pool or any public water close by so I never got a chance. In school they started teaching us so I learned, but I was never very good.”
Harmony snickered. “You’re good at your job. Or at least I assume so or they wouldn’t send you around to different restaurants.”
He shrugged like it embarrassed him. “I guess. I’m starting to look at things differently though.”
She narrowed her eyes at him. “Because of me?”
“Absolutely,” he said without hesitation. “You were right about me. I saw the surface and never bothered to find out what was underneath people. Your guests looked underneath you and showed me what I’d missed before.”
“And what do you think now?”
“I think I’ve been a fool.”
She laughed softly and nodded. “This place brings out the truth.”
“The truth is I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you since I first saw you. And with every word out of your mouth I want to kiss you even more.”
“And what I’m trying to figure out is what’s stopping you.”
Kevin sucked in a breath and met her eyes. The depths of her blue eyes shone back at him and he found himself drawn to her in a way he’d never been drawn to a woman before. She was beautiful, sexy, and absolutely amazing. But she was also his employee.
“You work for me. Plus, I’m trying to convince you to join the manager’s program. I don’t want you to think I’m attracted to you before I want to manipulate you.”
“Are you? Trying to manipulate me?”
Kevin shook his head. “No. I’d never do that to you. Or anyone else, but especially to you.”
“Why me?” she asked, looking vulnerable all of a sudden.
“You don’t know how beautiful you are, do you? I didn’t want to see it, but I can’t deny it. You’re stunning, but more than that you’re kind and outgoing and friendly. The first words you said to me were trying to protect your friend from losing her job. You weren’t worried about yourself, you were concerned for her.”
Harmony shrugged. “I know her situation. If you fired me, George would give me a kick-ass recommendation and I’d have a new job within a day or two. Molly though, she’s got a kid to worry about and George works with her hours so she doesn’t have to hire a babysitter.”
“See that’s it, right there. You’re getting passionate about someone other than yourself. It’s sexy in a way you couldn’t imagine.”
Harmony looked at him again and asked, “And yet you still don’t want to kiss me.”
He shook his head and pushed off the bench he was sitting on. “It has nothing to do with want. I want to kiss you more than I want to keep my job, more than I want to have my next breath.”
He stalked toward her, slowly and purposefully. Her head tipped back to watch him approach. When he was right in front of her he reached his hand out to her. She slid her hand into his and let him pull her to her feet. She leaned toward him and he slid one arm around her back, keeping the other in his grip.
“Dance with me,” he whispered against her ear.