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Forever and Always (Forever and Always #2)(3)
E.L. Todd

Sean pressed his forehead against mine. “I love you, too, Scar. I’m sorry that I hurt you.”

“It doesn’t matter anymore,” I said.

He rubbed his nose against mine and I felt the stress leave my body. My brother and I were close again and Sean was mine—really mine. My editing company was a success and everything was great. The student loan fiasco was still weighing on me, but I pushed it back, wanting to forget about it now that Sean was with me.

“In a way, I’m glad that this happened,” I said.

He pulled away from me. “Why?”

“I never would have fixed the relationship between Ryan and I, and I never would have started my own company. A lot of great things have happened because of it.”

“I’m glad,” he said. “My life has been nothing but miserable without you. I’m grateful that Ryan took care of you.”

I held him for a moment, and we stood together in silence. Leaving Ryan was something I wasn’t sure I could do. After everything we’d been through, I didn’t think I could move away and not see him every day, especially for a guy that hurt me so much. I promised myself I wouldn’t hurt Ryan again, and I didn’t want to. Hopefully, Sean would just grow frustrated with me and move to Seattle to be with me. I didn’t want to ask him to do it because that would be selfish but I really wanted him to do it on his own. He knew how important Ryan was to me—I couldn’t leave him.

“So,” he said. “Can I take you to dinner?”

“Well, I just ate.”

“When has that ever stopped you?” He smiled.

I hit him lightly on the shoulder. We were back to the way we were, except our relationship was different. It seemed like we had the best of both worlds—our friendship and our love. “Stop making fun of me.”

“I make fun of you because I love you. Think about it that way.”

“That doesn’t help.” I smiled.

“How about some dessert, then?” he asked.

“Well, I just had a milkshake.”

Sean smiled. “Then let me take you out for a drink.”

“Are you trying to get me drunk?”

He shrugged. “We’ll see what happens.”

“I’m going to shower and change,” I said. “Please make yourself at home.”

“Thank God,” Sean said. “I was worried that you were going to go out like that.”

I grabbed his stomach and tickled him. “You got me,” he laughed. “But you know I think you’re beautiful no matter what you wear, even my old college jersey.”

“Well, I’m a hot piece of ass,” I said as I walked away.

“You are my hot piece of ass now.”

I turned around and looked at him before I disappeared in the hallway. “I like it.”

“Good,” he said. “Get used to it.”

I showered then changed my clothes, wearing a tight fitting dress that accentuated the curves of my body. After I applied my makeup, I looked in the mirror and felt satisfied. I looked like a million bucks.

When I came back into the living room, Ryan and Cortland were sitting on the couch with Sean, and they all looked at me when I walked into the room. Sean was blatantly staring at me with a hungry expression.

He stood up and walked towards me. “You look—”

“You better get it right this time.” I smiled.

Sean smiled at me. “Like a wild, sexy beast.”

“Thank you,” I said. “That was just the compliment I was looking for.”

Sean laughed. “Are you ready to go?”

“Where are you guys going?” Ryan asked.

“Well, since this fatty already ate and stuffed herself with a milkshake, I am taking her out for a drink.”

“My sister can be a garbage disposal,” Ryan said.

“Now look who’s being a brat,” I said to my brother.

He laughed then looked at Sean. “Good luck with her.”

“Thanks.” Sean laughed. “I think I’m going to need it.”

“When did this turn into a Scarlet-bashing?” I asked.

Sean kissed me on my head. “It’s only because we love you.”

I looked at him. “Well, maybe you should try hating me instead.”

“Let’s go,” Sean said. He turned to Ryan. “I’ll have her home in a few hours.”

“She’s your problem now,” Ryan said. “The weight is off my shoulders.”

I rolled my eyes and Sean wrapped his arm around me as we walked to the street. We took a cab to the main strip. Sean and I arrived at a classy piano bar and we took a seat at a table in the corner. A waitress stopped by and took our drink order. I ordered a glass of wine and Sean ordered a beer.

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