I caught Vince and Joe have a long conversation out the corner of my eye for a couple hours until Vince went home and it was time for us all head on home. Diamond was fake snoring.
He came awake soon enough when Vince rolled out the door and I walked over with Stacy. Joe looked at me and I could still see it in his eyes. Nina looked me. Hmm. I got a good look at her now and I was remembering Andrew’s words from before about him not harming innocents or children.
Joe wanted her for sure but something was off I looked at Stacy noding over to Nina. She nodded. Stacy walked over to the booth taking Nina’s hand and dragged her away from Joe who was frowning between her and me.
Stacy took Nina off aside to talk while Diamond and Joe came up beside me. Joe looked over at Stacy talking quietly to Nina soft enough so that we couldn’t hear them. Joe looked back at me.
“What’s wrong? You feel something bad about that chicka?” Joe said.
Diamond said nothing just looked at me. I shook my head. “Wait a bit. So what you planning on doing with this girl?” I asked Joe directly.
Joe frowned st me. “Having a bit of fun and throwing her aside for the next shorty same as always. Why you asking. It isn’t like I didn’t learn it from you and Diamond.”
I stared at Joe. “There are limits to who you can fuck with and when I will roll and fold your ass over for touching a girl that’s a virgin. She’s apart of my tribe now. Under your and my protection now. If your going to fuck with her for fun let her know that. So that she doesn’t fall in love with you.” I told him straight up.
Joe and Diamond laughed in my face. I glanced over at Stacy to see them talking but I noticed her body language. She was getting pissed. Damn it.
“Bro. You sounding like a female.” Diamond said. “That woman is a full grown woman same as Joe. Let em have some fun. It’s their business.”
Joe grinned at me. “You should get a handle on your female, she’s-“
I looked at Joe. He froze as did Diamond. I stared at Joe. “All I’m asking you to be is careful. Nina is looking at you like your some fucking God. It ain’t no seduction with her. She will go along with anything you say. You don’t fuck with females like that. Their the ones that raise your damn kids and look at you as the Lord of the fucking world. If you have a problem with Stacy..well we can discuss it outside or in a ring. Otherwise watch your fucking mouth. Nobody controls me.”
“Ace?” Stacy said coming over and looking at me frowning. She put a hand to my cheek. Nina was at her side and she held her hand still
“Are you alright?” She asked in concern.
I smiled removed her hand. “I’m fine. So what are we doing?””
Stacy frowned at Diamond and Joe. Both looked like embarrassed boys. “Nina doesn’t have a place to stay and she needs your protection. Is it okay she stay at the house?”
“Hell that’s fine with me she can sleep with me?” Joe said with a charming grin. He wasn’t joking.
Stacy stared at him. “Your twenty, right?” She said.
“Aw shit.” Diamond pulled Joe away from being close to Nina. Joe frowned at him.
“What the fuck is your-“
“Shut the fuck up and listen.” Diamond said quickly. “You ain’t going nowhere near Nina until you finish college and get a fucking job. I’ll put in a word with Vince and he’ll get you an internship at his firm.”
Joe was staring between us as it slowly dawned on him. He looked at Nina was staring at him with moon eyes. “How old are you?”
“I’m of age in my people’s race and I am legal to consort with in this state.” She said evading the question.
Joe stared at her. “How old are you?”
“Sixteen…..in human years.” She said tightly.
“Holy shit.” Joe took a bigger step away from her. He stared at her. “Are you a virgin?” He asked stupidly.
Nina blushed. “That’s private and don’t understand why you are asking me that.”
I looked Joe. I did a double take. I saw it in his eyes. “Zadok.”
“Yes. My Lord.”
“Take my woman and Nina to the van and wait a bit. I have to talk to my brother.”
The three of them went while Diamond and I faced off against Joe. He was looking alarmed now.
“What? I’m not going to-“
“Three years. Four at the most.” I said. “Go to college and get a job. Momma didn’t raise us to be making kids with out some support for our females and kids. You ain’t ready to support nobody and she’s to submissive to go along with it.”
“Okay. Okay. I got you. I can get some somewhere else.” He said lying his ass off. “Stop looking at me like that.”
Diamond glared at him. “Keep your dick away from her. We got to find Momma’s killers and settle it first. We don’t need you fucking around making babies with that girl.”
“Damn. I feel good.” Heart said as he came awake and straighted he looked at us. “What’s going on?”
“Nina is sixteen and a virgin.” I said.
Heart frowned looked at the situation and looked at Joe. He stared at him. “Joe. Come on man.”
“I ain’t going to touch her. I don’t want her.” Joe lied.
“Holy shit.” Heart said getting up. He waved his hand. “Just send her away. She’s not our responsibility.”
“She is.” I told him. “She’s fairy kind. She made a magical contract to be in our service in whatever needs we require and she has no place to go so she’s staying at the house until I can figure the shit out.”
Heart grimanced and looked at Joe. “Damn. Come on man. You only need to wait two years. You know how Momma wasn’t down with you making babies you didn’t have a job to feed them with.”
“Alright godsdamn it. I won’t touch her for two years. I promise.”
“…and you won’t get her pregnant until you have a fucking job.” I added.
Joe looked pissed off. “Alright. Alright damn it to hell. I won’t get her pregnant until I have a damn job. Get the fuck off my ass. You fucking judgemental assholes. Let’s go home.”