What are you thinking about? Poppy asked.
Archer slid him a hard look. You know why I want Eddie cleaned up or gone. You fucking damn well know why.Spence’s easy smile slipped. Okay, yeah. I do know. He waited quietly while Archer shot again, and then again, each time sinking multiple balls into the pockets. I’ll deal with it. I promised Willa the same thing because she doesn’t want her kids tempted.
Keane choked on his beer. Her kids?Archer looked up from the pool table and actually smiled. She didn’t tell you?Spence gave Archer a shove. You’re an asshole. He turned to Keane. Not her kids. Her employees, the ones she so carefully collects to save, since there was no one to save her.
Keane prided himself on being cool, calm, logical. Emotions didn’t have a place in his everyday life. But ever since he’d walked into Willa’s shop that first time, he’d been having emotions. Deep ones.Spence’s words evoked a picture in his mind of what it had been like for Willa, leaving the foster-care system at age eighteen without anyone to take care of her. She’s got someone now, Keane said, surprising himself.
Archer shot again and sank the last of his balls. Big loser, my ass. He pointed at Spencer. You owe me fifty bucks. And also, if you keep opening your trap about Willa, she’s going to kick your ass. He turned to Keane. You mean what you just said? About Willa having someone now?
Keane opened his mouth but nothing came out. Until this very moment he’d truly believed that a no-commitment policy was the best thing for him. No, wait. That wasn’t exactly true. He’d been doubting his policy for a while now. Since Willa had plowed her way into his life.Everyone is doing well, she said. The boys are growing so fast, and we finished the house expansion.
Great, great, I said. Um...this is Ainsley. My daughter.Eloise looked, a soft expression coming over her face. You named her for your sister. How lovely. There was a pause. A page for Dr. Somebody came over the PA. May I hold her? Eloise asked.
Would she hurt my baby to get revenge? Would she bolt out of here with Ainsley in her arms?She wouldn’t. Eloise Coburn had never done a cruel thing in her life.