You want to shower before bed? he asked.
McKenna pulled her gaze from Rachel to focus back on me, and straightened her shoulders. What time do you get off?Two, I croaked, wondering what she was doing.
I’ll wait then. Give me a Diet Coke, please.Rachel rolled her eyes and stormed away. Shit, I didn’t know what her problem was with McKenna being here. As long as I did my job, she shouldn’t care that McKenna was hanging out at the end of the bar.What are you planning to do? Stay here and babysit me, make sure I go straight home after my shift? She didn’t respond. In any other circumstance it might have angered me, but coming from McKenna, I knew her concern was genuine. If we have any chance, you have to trust me, angel.
Her eyes flashed on mine. Do you trust yourself?I leaned closer. Around you? No.
Blush colored her cheeks. I went to your house. I still owe you guys dinner, and when Luke told me you were here—at a bar—what was I supposed to think?
The worst, apparently.Gabby hates surprises, but Carl and Tina insisted that it had to be a surprise party. I told them I would go along with their plan, and then I spilled the beans to Gabby last week so she’d know what to expect. I just knew that if it were me, I’d want the heads-up. So here we are, at her thirty-second birthday, me, Ethan, and fifty of her closest friends, huddled in her parents’ living room, completely in the dark, waiting to surprise someone who won’t be surprised.
We hear her parents’ car pull into the driveway. I give one last warning to everyone to be quiet when I see their headlights go out.We hear them walk up to the door.
We see the door open.I turn on the lights, and the entire room of us yells, Surprise! just as we are supposed to.