Kameryn slid to the floor catching his eye. Reynaud could see the confusion on her face and he could tell the apprehension had not eased either. Reynaud continued walking with Joe in the challenge circle but stopped when his body blocked Joe’s line of sight to Kameryn.
“There are two things wrong with that scenario, Joe. First, Kameryn doesn’t belong to you. She doesn’t belong to anyone. She chooses to be with me. Secondly, I don’t want another woman. I want Kameryn.”
“Kameryn is a weak woman, Raymond. She needs a strong man like me to keep her in line. I can show her where her boundaries are and remind her when she crosses them,” Joe told him through gritted teeth.
Reynaud laughed and shook his head.
“Clearly we are discussing two different Kameryns or you are truly as dumb as you look.”
Joe’s stunned expression made Reynaud laugh again.
“Allow me to enlighten you on the difference between the two. This Kameryn,” he paused to point at her. “Had enough strength to run from a man that was no good. Enough courage to move out of state alone to start her life over and live out her dream. That not only demonstrates a high degree of intelligence but perseverance and self-reliance.”
Reynaud wrapped his arms around his chest. “The combination of that along with Kameryn’s exceptional good looks and her gift as a chef puts her way out of your league in the first place,” he concluded with a disbelieving scoff. “The only way you, being the bottom dweller that you are, were even able to talk your way into this top-shelf woman’s life in the first place was because of her lack of experience with men when she was young. And again, its Reynaud.”
Joe’s narrowed eyes flashed furiously. “So, you think you’re better than me, huh?”
“It doesn’t matter what you or I think. The only opinion that matters in this situation is Kameryn’s,” Reynaud explained with a nod in Kameryn’s direction. “She has made her choice clear…and in case you missed the memo, it wasn’t you,” he added with a small grin.
“Kameryn doesn’t get a choice. I say she’s coming back with me,” Joe snarled.
Reynaud dropped his arms and his smile widened. “Try and take her then.”