Page 26 of Hopeful Hearts

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“Well, we can trial it for the rest of the week and see how you feel about it then,” Lennon offered.

“At least you can keep working this way,” Callie chipped in. “Plus, we get to catch up with our friend.”

He popped his shoulders. “Yeah, we can try it.”

“Does this mean we can fit a fishing trip in before the wedding?” Emmet asked.

“I mean, it’s not the bachelor party I had in mind, but it would be good to get back out there.”

“Hell yeah, it would. Living with these guys is no joke.”

“Don’t pretend you don’t love being surrounded by hot women, Emmet,” Paige dropped a hand to her hip and they all laughed as Emmet’s cheeks flushed a shade of hot pink and he simply rolled his eyes.

Kate cleared her throat, covering Daisy’s ears with her hands. “Small ears around.”

“About that,” Emmet started up.

“You’re good, Emmet. It was so sweet of you to let us stay here, but your parents have kindly offered us their guest room and I think it’s best for everyone if we take them up on the offer.” Kate smirked.

“You don’t have to do that,” Emmet was quick to reassure her.

“I know, but I think it will be good to keep Daisy in some kind of routine. She’s barely slept since we got here.”

“We get it, Kate,” Lennon smiled at her friend. “It’s not like you’re far away.”

“My mum will love fussing over Daisy, to be fair. So will Dad, although he won’t admit it. He’s a big softie at heart,” Emmet said.

“Well, we can all share babysitting duties, so you still get to spend as much time with Sophia as you want,” Callie offered.

“Thanks girls. Daisy’s not used to being around people. I’m surprised how well she’s taken to you all already.”

“Of course, she has,” Paige grinned. “Don’t people say that kids are the best judge of character?”

Everyone chuckled, and the energy in the room shifted. Brodie couldn’t explain it except to say that everyone’s shared love of one another and commitment to making this crazy situation work for the sake of his fiancée created an unmissable buzz.

Even though he wanted to spend every waking moment with Sophia, something told him that this plan her friends had put together was exactly what she needed.

“Alright, we need to get going. You ready Emmet?”

“Sure,” he stood and tucked his phone into his pocket.

“Wait, should I print out the plan for you then? How’s it going to work? I don’t want you to have to constantly check when everyone’s turn is.”

“How about you just text me if it’s your turn? You all have my number now.” Brodie fidgeted with his keys.

“Perfect. I’ll set up a group chat,” Jayda offered. “Do you have WhatsApp?”

“Yeah,” Brodie replied as he headed out.

“I’m setting up a chat for us,” Jayda said without looking up from her phone.

“See you later, girls,” Emmet sounded relieved to get out for a while.

The girls’ arrival in town had flipped his entire life upside down, but Brodie still got a feeling it was really only Callie that had gotten under his skin. He was relaxed around the others, with banter flowing back and forth between them all, aside from her. She was more reserved around him than the first night Brodie had met her and Emmet was definitely holding something back from her, too. Maybe there was more to their fling at camp than Sophia had told him about. Or perhaps he just didn’t pay attention.

He hated himself for that now. For letting all the meaningless distractions impede their conversations. She’d babble on for hours while cooking dinner or riding shotgun next to him on a lengthy road trip and he’d drift in and out of listening to her, his mind wandering to a million different places. Now, if they had the chance to take a trip, he would hang on her every word, and if she cooked him dinner, he wouldn’t be scrolling through news feeds or playing computer games. He’d be helping her or simply sitting and watching her.

“You, okay?” Emmet asked as they strode uphill to his parent’s place.

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