Kara stood at the door, her hand clasped in Adam's.
"Are you ready?" She murmured out loud, looking up into his blue gaze that was focused on her.
He brushed his thumb across the back of her hand. "I am. What about you?" She thought she saw a hint of worry in his eyes.
She took a deep breath, tightening her hold on his hand. "Let's do this."
"I bet she's going to throw me out," he muttered as Kara slipped the key into the lock and turned the knob.
They entered the room to the scent of good food and wine.
Kara looked around the room questioningly.
She spotted Meagan at the stove, her back to them as she stirred something in the pan.
"Hey, beautiful, you're early today-"
She broke off when she turned around and spotted them. Her eyes darted between Kara and Adam and then dropped to their hands clasped together.
She placed the wooden spoon back on the counter and then folded her arms across her chest, her face scrunching into a frown.
"Well, well," she looked pointedly at Adam, narrowing her eyes, "look who's here."
Kara looked up at him and saw that he looked sheepish. "Hey, Meg." He waved lightly, rubbing the back of his neck.
Megan came over to where they stood and pulled Kara to her side, effectively breaking their hold.
"Explain." She demanded, looking between them and emphasizing with her hands.
Kara swallowed, "Megan, Adam said he was sorry-"
Her mouth flew open, "Sorry?!"
"That's not fucking enough, Kara. He hurt you. He was a jerk-"
Kara tried to cut in again but she held her hand up, indicating that she be silent.
"Sorry? Where was he when you were crying your heart out?"
She turned fully to Adam and stepped up to him.
"Where were you when she couldn't eat or sleep, Adam?"
To Kara's mortification, Adam's eyes had been riveted on her from the moment Megan had begun speaking.
She stood still when she saw the emotions flicker across his face.
Guilt. Shame. And then, determination.
Megan stepped even closer to him, staring up at him.
"If you can't handle it, cousin, if you don't have the balls to be there when you should be, then leave. Right fucking now." Her voice was loud at the end, harsh and commanding.
Kara watched Adam's blue eyes get dark.
She saw him look down at Megan who was little lesser than a foot shorter than him.
"You're absolutely right, Meg."
Kara felt her hear skip a beat.
"I was a selfish bastard and a prick."
Megan stepped back, a skeptical look on her face.
Adam continued, "I hurt you when that's not what you deserved." He looked at Megan and then back at Kara, "I promise, Kara, I'll make up for it all. I'll do it right."
He turned his focus on her best friend, "Give me a chance to win your trust again, Meg. Because I love Kara."
Megan stood stiffly, her back ramrod straight and looked back at her. She was silent for a long moment, scrutinizing her and then Adam.
"Fine." She pursed her lips.
"But remember, Adam, hurt her again and I will make you pay dearly." She said it in a matter-of-fact voice.
Adam looked down solemnly, and nodded his head once.
Then she looked at the door, "Now could you two please get out? I have Rae coming over."
Suddenly she smiled, the scowl vanishing immediately.
Kara almost laughed.
She looked over Megan's head at Adam.
"What do you say?" She asked him.
The corner of his mouth lifted.
"I say, let's get the hell out of here," he grinned.
Kara laughed and took his offered hand, entwining her fingers with his. When she was close to him, he bent his head and kissed her forehead.
"Can you stay over?"
Kara paused, turning around to look at Megan.
She saw her roll her eyes, "I heard that. Just pack a bag already," she smiled at her.
Kara felt happiness bloom in her chest.
Rushing to her friend, she wrapped her arms around her tight and hugged her. "I love you, Megan."
She kissed her cheek hard and then turned to go to her room.
Adam stayed behind in the living room, while she packed a couple of shirts, jeans and some underwear along with a few necessary toiletries.
Then she shouldered her backpack that had her laptop and the books she'd need.
When she returned, she saw Adam nodding his head at something that Megan said. Before she could ask them what was going on, Adam reached out and took her bag, holding it in one hand while he took her hand in his other.
Kara modded, blowing a kiss to Megan.
They made their way out of the building in the direction of Adam's apartment.
They didn't speak on the way. Kara replayed the scene that had just taken place, in her head.
Adam looked at her, “Hey, you okay?”
Kara looked at her feet, “Yes, I suppose I am.”
“Everything that Megan said was true, Kara.” He gave her a slight smile. “I know I screwed up. And I swear I’m going to make up for it all, I promise.”
He brought her hand up and kissed the back of her palm.
She smiled up at him, “We just need to work on communicating with each other, Adam. I know we haven’t done a great job so far, but I know that we’ll get better if we try. And I’m positive that we can.”
Adam squeezes her hand, “Megan’s right. You’re too good for me.”
Kara opened her mouth to argue.
“But there’s no way in hell that I’m going to give you up.” He said in a firm voice.
His blue gaze searched hers.
“There’s no one that will love you more than me, Kara. You’re the first and last woman I’ll love.” He shifted his arm to her shoulder and brought her closer to his body, dropping a kiss on the top of her head.
Kara slipped her arm around his waist, holding on to him.
Around then, she saw heads turning to look at Adam. She watched as one girl’s mouth formed a perfect O as she pushed her sunglasses down her nose to stare at him.
In the middle of that, Adam bent his head and kissed her mouth and the sprout of jealousy withered away.
A/N:- Hey guys! Please vote and comment if you like the story! And if you do, check out the story of Kara’s parents - Gage And Emily Price in my book HER PERFECT REBOUND- which is now available on Amazon!! You can find a short sample of it on my profile! ♥️ Do take a look and I can’t wait to hear from you all!