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Forever and Always (Forever and Always #2)(8)
E.L. Todd

“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t want to scare her off, and meeting you might make her run for the hills.”

“You are starting to act like Ryan,” I said. “You are spending too much time together.”

“No,” Cortland said. “I think you are just becoming my annoying sister, too.”

I looked at Sean. “You see what I have to put up with?”

Sean smiled. “I feel bad for them, too.”

I pinched his side gently and tickled him. “I don’t want to lose you, too.”

He looked at me. “Well, if it makes you feel better, I definitely don’t think of you as my sister.”

“I would hope not,” I said with a laugh.

Sean finished his last fry. “I want to order one of these milkshakes now. See what the big deal is.”

“You’ll love it,” I said excitedly.

Sean stared at me for a moment. “I’m sure that I will.”

“I’ll go order them,” I said as I stood up. Cortland was already on his feet.

“So, three chocolates, and what flavor will you be getting, Sean?” Cortland asked.

“Vanilla,” he said.

Cortland walked away to order and pay for the shakes before I could even move. “That guy is such a snob,” I said as I sat down again.

“He seems like a nice guy to me,” Sean said as he shrugged his shoulders.

“And why did you get vanilla?” I asked him. “That is the lame flavor.”

“Well, I didn’t want strawberry.”

“You could have gotten chocolate.”

“But you guys all ordered that,” he said. “I wasn’t going to conform.”

“You are so weird.” I sighed.

“You’re the one that doesn’t share milk products, pours the cereal on top of the milk, and you eat hot dogs off the ground.” He laughed.

“Don’t get me started on that,” Ryan said as he shook his head. “Who doesn’t share milk products? How is that any different than other products?”

I shook my head as I thought for a moment. “It’s just gross.”

Sean stared at me. “You’re the weirdo,” he said. “Sharing a glass of water is just as disgusting.”

I made a gagging face. “But milk is thick and pasteurized—and—it’s just nasty.”

“Okay,” Sean said sarcastically. “Now it totally makes sense.”

Cortland walked back to the table with our shakes when Ryan said, “You really ate a hotdog off the ground?”

Cortland stopped and stared at me. “Is that true?”

I felt all their eyes fall on me, judging me for what I did. “Well, yeah, it was still good.”

“When was this?” Cortland asked.

“When she was in New York,” Sean said. “She dropped it on the ground after the vendor handed it to her, but she ate it anyway.”

Ryan stared at Sean. Now he was judging him. “And you kiss her?”

Sean smiled. “Yeah,” he said. “She’s gross, but I like it.”

Cortland stared at me for a moment, and I knew he was grossed out because he had kissed me too. I couldn’t help it. I started laughing at the look of disgust on his face.

Ryan turned to Cortland. “And she doesn’t share milk products,” he said. “Are you sure you want her to be your sister, too?”

“I don’t get it,” he said. “Why are milk products different than other stuff?”

Sean laughed. “Apparently it’s thicker and pasteurized—whatever the hell that means.”

“You guys are all jerks,” I said as I sat back in my seat.

Sean leaned forward towards Cortland. “And she has to pour her cereal on top of the milk. She won’t eat it if the milk goes on last. She claims that it’s too soggy.”

Cortland started laughing. “So, let me get this straight. You will eat a nasty hotdog off the ground, but you refuse to eat a bowl of cereal because it’s too soggy? And you won’t share a milkshake with your boyfriend because of all the bacteria?” Ryan started laughing so hard that he was heaving with breaths, and Sean was wiping the tears from his eyes. “That makes absolutely no fucking sense, Scar.”

I couldn’t help it; I started laughing at their jokes. My ridiculous habits were amusing, even to me. “You made your point,” I said as I stopped laughing. I turned to Sean. “Does this change the way you feel about me?”

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