Wright That Got Away (Wright #11) by K.A. Linde

“Can you teach her how to do that?” he asked me.

Piper jabbed her elbow into his stomach. “Ass.”

I laughed despite myself. “I have a feeling we’re not talking about drinks anymore.”

“Gag reflexes,” Hollin said.

“Shut up,” Piper said.

It had been a stunt to get the keys, but already, I was feeling better. It was one night. Campbell would be gone in the morning. He’d forget he’d ever asked me out. There was no reason for me to ditch under those circumstances.

“You win.” I took an open seat. “I’ll stay.”

“Excellent,” Hollin said.

“What made you want to run away anyway?” Piper asked. But the smirk on her lips said she knew that something had happened with me and Campbell.

She had been trying to get me to talk about him since he returned. But no one knew what had happened with us, and I’d like to keep it that way if I could at all help it. I didn’t even want to tell my best friend.

“It’s nothing.”

Piper leaned forward. “Because Honey said that Campbell asked you out.”

I glared at her. “If you already knew, then why did you bother asking?”

Hollin choked on his drink. “I must have missed that. My brother did what?”

“He was joking.”

Piper arched an eyebrow. “Was he?”

“Can we not? I’m not going to date Campbell.”

“All right. All right,” Piper said, holding up her hands. “Hollin, you need to make your brother behave. We don’t want him upsetting my friends.”

Hollin grumbled under his breath, “As if anyone could make Campbell do anything.”

Which was so fucking accurate.

The thing that had me worried was that not only could no one tell Campbell what to do, but he was also relentless. And I knew this firsthand. If he wasn’t leaving on the first plane out of Lubbock, I would be worried that he’d take my refusal as a challenge.

“Y’all,” Jennifer said, plopping down into the seat next to me with a huge smile on her face. “Guess what just happened.”

We stared at her expectantly. She didn’t have a ring on her finger, so Julian hadn’t proposed. Though we all assumed it was coming eventually. They had been together for a year and were entirely inseparable. Annie and Jordan had gotten engaged earlier this year, and it felt like another Wright engagement was soon to follow.

“What happened?” I asked.

“Julian asked me to move in with him.”

Piper and I exchanged a look. Jennifer had spent the last year living in Piper’s house. It was so great, having her there, even if we hadn’t actually needed a third roommate. I was going to miss her.

“That’s amazing,” Piper told her.

“Ahhh,” I said, jumping to my feet and throwing my arms around her. “Big step.”

“It is,” she said. Jennifer flushed furiously at the thought. She was the shyest of our group and only really dropped her introversion when she was behind a camera.

“About time,” Hollin said with a laugh. He looked to his girlfriend and winked.

“Don’t get any ideas,” Piper growled at him.

“Wouldn’t dream of it.”

But I knew that was only a matter of time as well. Everyone was so happy. Weddings, engagements, and moving in, oh my!

“I’ll help you find someone to take my room,” Jennifer told us. “I don’t want to leave you hanging.”

“Hey, don’t worry about it,” Piper said.

“Yeah, we managed before.”

“Worrying is my middle name.” Jennifer bit her lip. “Like, I am so worried about the cats. How the hell am I going to move Avocado again?”

We all burst out laughing. When Jennifer had moved in, she’d transported two stray cats, Avocado and Bacon, to our property. They still lived outside and mostly fended for themselves. But Avocado had held it against her for months. I couldn’t imagine moving them a second time. It had been hard enough the first go-round.

We discussed possible new solutions for the cats. Even going as far as offering to let her leave the cats at the house. I didn’t mind feeding them. They didn’t love me as much as Jennifer. But Bacon and I had an understanding. I would be perfectly happy with having them around still.

Annie and Jordan migrated to the table at some point with Julian, who pulled Jennifer into his lap. Honey dropped into the vacated seat next to me. She had been making friends with some other Wright Vineyard regulars. I knew them by face but not name. It had been nice to not have her hovering. She was incredible at her job, but sometimes, she was a little too enthusiastic.