Page 24 of Stealing the Bride

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“Don’t be a brat.” Jisa rolls her eyes at her son but doesn’t deny that she might become annoying. A giant ball of emotion forms in my throat because this is a family. A real one.

“Oh shit. Are you going to cry?” Mack jumps up from his chair.

“I…ah,” I sniffle, and Jisa grabs another tissue for me. “I won’t cry.” I hold it back, but being a part of this is surreal.

“Good. I don’t need Law losing his shit again.” Mack lets out a breath.

“Why am I losing my shit?” Lawson appears in the hospital doorway, and now I can stop the tears.

His name comes out of me in a sob as I reach for him, and he doesn’t hesitate to come to me. His big hands cup my face as he looks me over, and all of my panic from before evaporates.

“You okay?” He brushes his mouth against mine as he asks the question.

“I’m okay if you’re okay. I don’t need to be in the hospital.” I want to get out of here and be with him.

“They only wanted to check you over. Mom, can you see about getting Vanna released?”

“Already did. They are about finished with her paperwork.”

“Thanks,” he tells her, never letting go of my face.

“You’re really okay? You’re not in trouble?” I ask, and he nods.

“They kidnapped me. Why would I be in trouble?”

“I’m sorry. I pulled you into this whole mess.”

“Don’t apologize, babe. You’re my girl. I will always do what I need to do to protect you. I love you.”

“I love you too. You’re the only person I’ve ever loved,” I admit, and Lawson kisses me. When I wrap my arms around him and try to pull him closer, I hear Mack groan.

“God. They’re going to be as bad as you two.” Mack motions to his parents, and I grin.

“I’m just happy I’ll have a girl around for once. All these men…” Jisa huffs.

“You like it when I’m around.” Her husband tucks her under his arm, and she winks at him.

While they talk, I sit back and listen, and eventually Ari shows up. Not too long after that, a nurse comes in to discharge me, and I’m out of the hospital. Outside, I give everyone hugs and Jisa makes us agree to dinner in a few days before Lawson helps me get in his car.

“They’re all really nice,” I tell Lawson when he takes my hand.

“Give it time. They’ll start to work on your nerves.” He gives me a playful smile.

“Where are we going?” I ask.

“I was going to take you home, but if you want to go back to the lake house, we can.”

“You were going to take me home?” I start to pull my hand from his, but he doesn’t let me.

“My home. Our home,” he clarifies. “You’re mine, Vanna, and I can’t let you go. Does that make me as bad as him?”

“No.” I’m quick to defend. “You’re nothing like my ex. You truly love me, and when I told you what I wanted most in life, you didn’t hesitate to try and give it to me.”

“Try.” He glances over at me and to my stomach. “It might be too early for a test, but I’m sure your dream is about to come true.”

“Dreams,” I correct.

Lawson didn’t only give me a baby. He gave me a whole family along with his love.



Ten years later…

“How long are we going to be out here?”

“Until you catch a fish.” I give Vanna a hard look, and she huffs.

“So we’re never leaving.” She falls back dramatically in her seat, and the boat rocks a little.

“Have I told you how much I love your positive outlook on life?” She smiles at my teasing, and I put down my fishing rod. “Come here and kiss me.”

“Fine, but I won’t like it.” She pretends to scowl as she sits up, and I pull her in my lap.

The little boat is perfect for the two of us to get some fresh air on the water while the family stays back at the lake house.

“You can lie to me all you want, babe, but don’t you dare lie to yourself.” I hold her face as my lips connect with hers and she moans into my mouth. “That’s better.”

“You brought me out here knowing I wouldn’t be able to catch anything. I’m terrible at fishing and just get mad.”

“Yeah, but for some reason your pussy tastes sweeter when you’re aggravated.” I tickle her side, and she squirms.

“Prove it.” She pushes her ass into my hard-on, and I bite her neck.

“Your wish is my command.” I lower her to the floor of the boat and move on top of her. The sun is shining down on us, but we’re in the hull low enough that if a boat happens to pass, they won’t see anything.

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