Chapter Seventy One
I glance skeptically at my flustered sister, whose cheeks are totally flushed.
"Can you believe that? I mean how weird is that?" Jade whispers, glancing over her shoulder before pushing me further inside the house through the porch door.
"What are the odds I would end up hooking up with my father's ex-fiance son." Her soft whispers comes out as a squeal. "Oh my God!" She exclaims.
Chuckling when I realize what was triggering her panic attack.
"Don't laugh at me," Jade shouts, slapping my chest.
Rubbing the area where she hit me with frown. "My wife will question my bruises." I said with a deep scowl.
"This is not real," Jade started fanning herself as she continues panicking, something she has never done before.
"I'm going to break up with him," Jade starts pacing now. "When he hears why his mom and our dad broke up, he's going to break up with me so I'm going to do it first," Jade says, making all these life changing decisions without taking a moment to breath.
"Yes," turning she smiles at me as if she made a decision. "Thank you J, I knew I could count on you for the best advise." Reaching up, Jade hugs and pecks me on the cheeks, before moving away.
I grabbed her arm and pulled her forward with me and led her towards the sitting room, locking the door behind us.
Frowning at the close door, "we have guests to get back to." Jade remains me.
Shaking my head at her three sixty, "what did you just thank me for?" I asked curiously.
Smiling, "helping me make a decision about my love life." Jade says easily, again she tries to move away.
"Wait, what?" I asked, unable to remember helping her make any decision just now.
"What?" Jade frowns.
"You are not breaking up with anyone and if he breaks up with you after hearing about our parents then that is his loss." I gripped her firmly to get her attention.
"I do not support it and from the way the doc looked and spoke out there, he's really into you." I added with a smirk.
"But, what if he..." Jade tries to make an excuse but I cut her across.
Putting a finger on her lips, "no buts," I continued in a firm tone.
Nodding, "I understand but what if...." she started again and again, I had to shut her down.
Taking a deep breath, Jade averts her eyes and glance downwards at her chest.
Shaking her arm loose, she reaches into her top and pulls out a chain.
At a closer look, I realize that it's her wedding set hanging from the chain.
"I need a favor from you," Jade takes off the chain and slips the rings into my hand.
I accept the rings into my open palm, my heart and voice closing up.
"Jade," I started with my palm still open displaying her rings.
Smiling softly she puts a finger to my lips to silence me.
"Dad was right," she says with a far off look in her eyes. "Something went wrong with Michael but he didn't see it fit to share it with me. He didn't come to me for help." Jade says and for some reason I decided to hear her out.
"He had a chance to take money while you were working from home and he didn't." Jade continued while I simply nod in agreement.
Shaking her head slightly.
"I believe he only came to the office recently because of Evelyn and her brother, otherwise he would have walked away." She continued.
"Jade," I tried again but she shakes her head.
"I'm not done." She laughs.
I nod and wait for her to continue.
"I want you to give Michael a start up in life and give him the same deal you gave Mr. Ambrose," Jade says.
Raising my eyebrows, understanding what she meant.
Touching her heart gently, "I still care for him and I don't want to see him go under but it's over between us." Jade admits. "Not trusting me and trying to set you up..." Jade looks away.
Closing my open palm, "tell him to be happy." She says before wrapping her arms around my waist.
I didn't respond but I just hugged her back.
By the end of our afternoon, Jade and Mrs. Sanchez ensured that everyone went home with enough food for tomorrow and she also made plans for Evie to join her, Leah and Rosie to shop for ballroom gowns.
As I stood in front the mirror undressing, I dipped into my pocket and felt Jade's wedding rings.
I closed my hands around it and turned to see Leah also undressing for a shower we planned to take together.
"You okay?" Leah asks and I nod with a small smile.
Leaving the rings in my jeans pocket for later, I finish undressing under my wife's curious gaze.
I know she doesn't believe that all is well but I need to keep this thing between Jade and I for now.
"Today was a good day," I mused, pulling her towards me and guiding her towards the bathroom tiles.
Wrapping her arms around my neck, "and it's about to get better." Leah blushes coyly tiptoeing to meet my lips that's bending towards her.
The constant pounding on our bedroom woke us up. I turned to my wife whose stirring in my arms.
"What the fuck?" I mutter climbing off the bed in search of a joggers.
Leah tried sitting upright pulling the covers over her naked body.
"Where's the fucking fire?" I growl angrily at my sister's beaming smile.
Pointing downwards, "you have some early morning visitors who came over for an early brunch." Jade laughs at my expression.
Groaning, I push her backwards and out the door.