Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: The Magnificent Seven
Challenge/Prompt: anythingdrabble 50: Blemish
Word Count: 400
Date Written: 26 August 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to their rightful owners, not the author, and are used without permission.
“I can have any woman I want,” Buck boasted, his mustache bristling, “here in Four Corners or anywhere else.”
Looks passed between his gathered friends. Most were simply amused, but there were a couple who were wary, mostly because they didn’t want to have to listen to him for the rest of the night. Vin’s blue eyes twinkled, though, as he looked at the ladies’ man. “So it’s just one blemish on your record, huh, Bucklin?”
Buck’s eyes narrowed. “What are you talking about?”
“Why, the young senorita behind the bar,” Ezra joined in, his eyes also twinkling with mirth. “Ah believe that it was only yesterday that she doused yoah fire -- “
“ -- with a whole pitcher of water!” Vin broke out laughing, and the other six swiftly joined in.
“I’ll have her!” Buck exclaimed above the roar of his friends’ laughter. “I’ll have her eventually!”
“Yeah, eventually,” Josiah paused in his deep laughter to repeat teasingly.
“I’m just enjoying the chase right now,” Buck declared, his mustache twitching. He turned and walked away from their table. Falling into a silent brood, he slide into a table at the back and actually waved off the two female patrons who sashayed his way. His eyes locked on the figure of Inez Recillos as she worked on stacking the cups and cleaning down the bar for the night.
He would have her eventually, he vowed. Inez was more than just a blemish on his record. She thought she would be the one to get away, but she wasn’t going to get away from him. There was something about the fire in that one senorita that spoke to the fire within him, and deeper still. He wanted to provide her a hearth in which to place that fire. Buck swallowed hard and downed the rest of his beer in a single gulp.
That was his real problem, he admitted to himself only: He didn’t want Inez to be just a blemish or just another one-night stand. He wanted her to choose to stay with him for a lot longer than one night. He wanted her to stay with him forever, and even after he finally caught her and had her for the first time, he had a feeling that wasn’t going to change. He’d found the one fiery, passionate woman with whom he could spend a lifetime. And that was a truly terrifying thought.