Odd Man Out:Cade Creek 10By: Stormy Glenn
Bear Black leaned against the wall behind him and watched the wedding reception with what anyone looking at him would think was casual amusement. And to a point, they would be right. He was vastly amused by the fact that just about everyone he knew was dropping like flies. People were getting married left and right.
As much as Bear would like to be aloof and continue the life of freedom he had found as the vice president of the Dirty Dozen Motorcycle Club, he had to admit there might actually be something to this whole partnership thing. Sleeping alone every night with just the occasional hook-up was growing dismal. Bear was starting to want that special someone to hold at night, someone meant just for him.
He glanced across the room to where his former leader in the motorcycle club, Dorian James, stood with his partner, Artie. The large biker’s arm was wrapped firmly around Artie’s waist, as if he never had any intention of letting him go. Bear wasn’t sure he had ever seen Dorian happier.
The same could be said for the others he had come to know recently. Maybe it was something in the water? Every time he turned around, someone else was moving in with their lover, becoming engaged, or getting married.
Proof of that was that fact that he currently stood in the meeting hall of the Cade Creek Community Church, attending the wedding reception for not one, but two couples. He still wasn’t sure exactly how that had happened.
Bear had come today to attend the wedding of Deputy Nick Hale to his fiancée, Jessica. Instead, he had watched Jessica marry Jamie Kent, a paramedic, and Nick married his best friend, Dr. Devon Berkley. Both couples seemed extremely happy with the way things had turned out if the smiles on their faces were any indication.
He wanted to feel that same kind of happiness but he didn’t have the foggiest idea how to go about it. He was a biker. After a stint in the service, he had spent the last several years following former DEA agent Dorian James around the country, working under cover with him to bust gun runners and drug dealers.
He knew how to build and repair motorcycles, negotiate a gun buy, and ride like the four horsemen of the apocalypse were chasing him. He could rip someone’s heart out, spit on their grave, and then go drinking without batting an eyelash.
He wouldn’t know the first thing about romancing someone. It just wasn’t in his genetic makeup. And that left him alone, which was a very sad place to be. Bear just didn’t know how to get out of it.
Bear smiled when Dr. Devon Berkley walked up to him. The man still had a bit of a dazed look on his face. Bear wasn’t surprised. The doc had come to the wedding as the best man. He had ended up being a groom.
Bear nodded at the man. “Doc.”
“Please, call me DB.”
Bear nodded again.
“Are you having a good time?”
“It’s been an interesting wedding,” Bear admitted. He wasn’t exactly having a bad time, but he didn’t like crowds. Too many chances of someone starting something. He’d already spotted at least four men armed in some manner. He was. He didn’t go anywhere without at least his knives hidden somewhere on his body.
DB’s green eyes rounded comically. “You’re telling me.”
Bear chuckled. “You didn’t expect to get married?”
“No.” DB’s face flushed as he glanced across the room where his new husband stood. “I dreamed about it enough times, but I never really thought it would happen.” The flush coloring his cheeks deepened when he turned back to face Bear. “I was planning to leave Cade Creek after the wedding. I have my resignation letter all typed up and everything.”
Bear arched a brow as he stared down at the doctor. “I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you’re probably not turning it in.”
“No.” DB laughed. The man’s joy sparkled in his green eyes. “I think I’ll be staying in Cade Creek.”
“You have a family now.”
DB’s lips spread into a blistering grin. “Yeah.”
Not only did he now have a husband, but the man was an instant father. Sadly, Nick’s sister and her husband had died recently in an auto accident and Nick had inherited their two small children. That was the very definition of a ready-made family.