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I couldn’t help but tease him. “And who might that be… this love of your life?”

He smirked and my entire body shuddered.

“It’s you. I love you so much.”

His eyes teared up and I held him close for a moment. Then I said, “I love you, too. I love you so much, Mickey Finn.”

“That must mean you forgive me for acting like such a jerk.”

“It’s okay. You’re here now, and that’s all that matters.”

I didn’t want to tell him that yes… he was a true jerk. I’d save that confession for some other time when we were in a more private setting. Right now, I just wanted to enjoy the fact that he’d come back… for good this time.

“Are you sure you don’t mind sharing the love of your life?” I wanted to make sure he knew I was in love with all three of them, and I had no intention of choosing just one.

“As long as I’m sharing you with my two brothers, I couldn’t be happier.” His face lit up when he spoke, so I knew he was telling the truth. We were all in for it now… for better or worse.

“So, does this mean I can believe that napkin you left me in the bar in Cheyenne?”

“Refresh me. What did it say?” I pulled it out of my back pocket of my black jeans and unfolded it. “You actually have it with you?”

“I was hoping you’d show up tonight. It was my sort of good luck charm that you would and that I wouldn’t pass out onstage.” I opened the napkin and read it to him. “I’m in love! Meet me in the parking lot after your shift.”

“The offer still goes,” he told me.

“And the love part?”

He leaned down and kissed me, while I stood on my toes. The kiss said everything I’d been wishing for. I could feel it this time. He was all in this time, and nothing would ever change that.

“Get a room,” I heard Tammy say.

We broke the kiss and stared at her.

“Just not now,” Emily said.

“We’re on in five,” Liberty chided. “But that kiss was so hot!”

“Yeah, almost way too hot,” Colt said, then he took me in his arms and competition kissed me until my knees when weak.

“Wait a minute. Wait a minute,” I heard Scotty say from somewhere in my kissing fog.

I didn’t get time to even catch my breath before his lips crushed mine.

“Okay. Okay. So we’ve got yet one more polyamorous relationship going on in this town,” I heard Tammy say. “Pretty soon us one-on-one folks will be outnumbered. Now, let’s get a move on. Those paying customers out there are getting’ mighty restless.”

With those words we broke the kiss, but not before I managed to tell each of my guys how much I loved them. And you know what? They managed to tell me the same thing.

“Love you,” Colt whispered.

“With all my heart,” Scotty said in a low raspy voice as we walked back onstage, holding hands once again.

And as I gazed out at everyone waiting to hear us sing, I knew for certain my baby girl was responsible for all of this… her and Mickey… who I had every intention of meeting out in the parking lot after my shift.

“Now, let’s do this…” And the room filled with cheers and whistles as the girls with guitars, and one fiddle, entertained the crowd inside this magical place known as Dirty Coyote, a country music dance hall like none other.

Colt – Epilogue

Christmas Eve