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Beauty From Pain Teaser (UNEDITED and subject to change...)
This is from Laurelyn's POV: (Addison is her BF. Ben is Addison's brother.)
I walk into the kitchen and there's a floral arrangement on the counter next to a basket of breakfast pastries. Addison is holding a bottle of champagne in one hand and an orange juice in the other. “Mimosas for breakfast. Can you believe that? And this isn’t cheap champagne. It’s expensive. Very expensive.”
She takes the card from the blank envelope and her smile fades after she reads it. “Oh. This isn’t for me.”
I feel a surge of hope. Could this be for me? From him, the man with no name? “What does the card say?”
She holds it up. “You won’t regret saying yes. It’s signed from Lachlan.”
I smile, but bite my lip in a failed attempt to hide my pleasure. His name is Lachlan.
I’m confused by this unexpected confession. He said names weren't part of the game, so what has changed? Maybe he decided he is more interested in a normal relationship than the bizarre one he proposed last night.
I pluck the card from Addison's hand because I want to read it for myself. I rub my thumb over his written words. The penmanship is masculine so I’m sure he signed it personally.
I hear a ‘pop’ as Addison opens the champagne. “Laurie, this guy is jockeying hard for you, girl.”
Ben’s arms are crossed and he looks pissed. “Come on. You just met this guy. Doesn’t this seem like a little much?”
“I’d love it if someone did this for me.” Addison tops her champagne off with some orange juice. “This is a guaranteed panty-dropper in my book.”
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