The Bet (18+)

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Chapter 22

I hated coming to my parents, but I figured I should every now and then. It was also perfect timing to get away after hearing Damon had made out with Ryan’s sister. I can’t get it out of my head. I’ve tried to, but it’s haunting me.

“Earth to Taylor,” my little brother said, snapping his fingers in front of my face. “Mom and Dad want you dressed and downstairs in ten minutes. The guests are starting to arrive.”

“Get out of my room, you little shit!” I threw a shoe at him, nearly missing his head as he slammed my door shut.

I could hear him screaming for my parents as he ran down the hallway. That little prick loved tattling on me and getting me in trouble every chance that he could. I hated him.

Getting dressed, I wanted to get this evening over with so I could come back upstairs to my room and hide away from everyone.

But as soon as I descended the stairs and saw all the guests piling in, my eyes landed on one particular guest and I froze.

Tommy stood there with his parents, wearing a perfectly fitting tux and I couldn’t stop glaring at him. What the fuck is he doing here?!

I forget that his father and mine are tight in the business world, but I didn’t expect Tommy to be here this weekend. Fuck me!

“Ah, there she is!” My dad announced when he saw me, opening his arm to invite me over.

I reluctantly went, still glaring at Tommy.

His mom cheered and patted his cheek.

“You’ve heard that these two are getting along nicely up at college, right?”

Oh, no! Please, no!

I haven’t said a word to my parents about Tommy and now it would never end. They wanted me to be with a prominent guy from their inner circle and Tommy fit the bill.

“Really?” Dad asked, looking at me with surprise. “We had no idea!” He clinked his wine glass, grabbing everyone’s attention.

Jesus christ. This can’t be happening right now.

“I’m pleased to announce that my daughter has finally found someone to settle down with! I’ve just been told that she’s seeing Tommy Terro.”

The crowd cheered and grinned at me as I felt Tommy slide up next to me, placing his hand on my lower back before he leaned into my ear.

“I’m sorry. I thought they knew.”

“There’s nothing to know, Tommy.” I pushed away from him and marched out onto the back patio, needing some air.

“Why are you fighting this?” Tommy’s voice came, making me roll my eyes.

“There is no this,” I growled, pointing between us. “We fuck off and on again at school. That doesn’t mean anything.”

He ran a hand through his hair and blew out a breath.

“Nothing? It means something to me, babe.”

There he goes with that pet name again. Fucking hell.

“Yeah? And what about all the other girls you’ve fucked? And the other guys I’ve fucked?”

He flinched at my words.

“Babe, you know we’re meant to be together. You and I both know those other people don’t matter. We always end back up in each other’s beds. Just admit it. We’re both fucked up and perfect for each other. I know our families are cool with this.”

I scoffed. “Well, I’m not.”

“Is there someone else I don’t know about?”

Yes.

“No,” I lied.

He stepped up to me and placed his hand on my lower back again.

“Come on. Let’s go get a drink, put on a good show for everyone, and we can figure this all out later.”

Fuck! I really didn’t want to, but I knew I would. When it came to Tommy, I could never say no.

He led me back inside and straight to the dance floor, wrapping me in his arms as we danced to the light jazz music playing from the live band.

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