He unloaded the flowers and chocolate from her hands with an odd expression on his face. You didn’t have to bring anything. Really.
‘Hahyo, Louis!’ hollered Jack. Louis looked at the gift expectantly.‘Give the present to Louis,’ said the mother briskly. Jack looked at the present. Louis looked at the present.
‘Hand it over now, Jack,’ said the mother, slightly tight-jawed. ‘Remember this is Louis’s birthday.’‘Mah bifday,’ said Jack, burying his head in the present.‘It’s not your birthday, Jack,’ said the mother. ‘Hand it over please.’
‘Iss mah birfday!’ chimed in Louis. Jack’s lip wobbled. Issy and Pearl dashed out.‘Hello, hello,’ said Pearl. ‘Thank you so much for coming.’
‘Look what I’ve got for you,’ said Issy, leaning down next to Jack and Louis with two tiny pinnies. ‘Do you want to be a top chef and come and make cakes?’
‘Going to eat cakes?’ said Jack suspiciously."I think you're incredible," he said softly, caressing my arm. "And now I wonder where our dessert is."
I let out a breath I didn't know I was holding. My cheeks got hot with embarrassment. The darkness had made me feel like Jax was ready to open up, but it was clear there were still locked doors in his heart I couldn't reach.I pressed my lips together together as we shared an awkward silence. Thankfully, the waiter did come with the dessert quickly, giving me time to think as we ate.
I hadn't meant to do it, but I'd finally told Jax how I felt. If those words were hard for me to say, then I knew how much harder it would be for him. Maybe I had been too fast to say it. I probably had.But it was done, and even if Jax wouldn't tell me he loved me, he had already given me enough for the night. I knew he wanted to be with me, and if we continued to grow together eventually he would say those words.