Undercover Groomsman

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Chapter 20

Declan and I stood there for several moments staring each other down. All of this was happening so quickly that I honestly didn’t know what to think. One minute I find out he’s orchestrated whatever the hell just happened and now she’s standing on my doorstep, something I never imagined in a million years.

Crossing my arms over my chest, I did my best to steel my nerves before clearing my throat. “What are you doing here Declan?”

There was a lost look in his eyes as he somehow shoved his hands further into his pockets. “Derek told me that he told you- everything?”

“Yeah, he did. But honestly, some of it is shit you should have told me Declan.”

“You mean about Derek and Me being twins? Honestly, I don’t see that as something I have to share. As for the rest of the stuff, you weren’t exactly talking to me.” Declan winked at me as an attempt to clear the air between us. When he saw that it didn’t work, he let out a sigh before pulling his hands out of his pockets.

“I got the job, so I’ll be in town for the next couple of weeks. I want to get together Margaret and clear the air between us.”

I couldn’t help but grow irritated as the conversation continued. “Declan, you lied to me. You couldn’t even tell me that you had a twin brother! I’m not interested in clearing the air.”

“Please Maggie.” Declan pleaded with me as he gestured his hands outwards. “Just do this one thing for me. I promise that afterward I’ll get out of your hair and you’ll never see me again.” There was no mistaking the sadness in his voice as he finished his thought.

After staring into his eyes for several moments, I let out a sigh as my arms fell from their crossed position. “Alright. Let me know when you’re available.” Without letting Declan respond, I stepped back inside my house and proceeded to shut the door.

I stayed there with my back pressed against the door for quite some time thinking about our conversation. Declan was reaching out and attempting to make things right. Whether he means it or is just doing it because he thinks that’s what I want him to do is a different story. Thinking back, I probably shouldn’t have agreed to meet with him. Every fiber of my being screamed at me to still be mad at Declan. Yet when I watched his blue eyes become light with vulnerability, my tough exterior couldn’t help but crack. Vulnerability never made me sit well when I saw it in other people. And seeing it in Declan didn’t help.

Eventually, I found myself stepping away from the door as I walked back towards my bedroom to get my cellphone. The only place Declan could have gotten my address was Audrey. She may be on her honeymoon, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to pick a bone with her.

After reaching my phone, I called Audrey. The other line rang for several moments before she eventually picked up.

“You’re calling, I’m surprised. Can you make this quick Thomas and me- “

“You gave Declan my address, didn’t you Audrey?” The pause from Audrey told me that she in fact did give Declan my address. “Audrey, you’re my best friend! You're supposed to be on my side, why the hell would you give him my address?!”

“Because Margaret, he seemed really apologetic! The way he explained things to me is you didn’t give him much of a chance to explain himself.”

“Audrey that’s bullshit, and you know it.”

“Look- “She let out a long breath “You know me well enough to know Declan’s not my favorite person in the world, but you are. He genuinely seemed apologetic to me. What I said to you the night before the wedding is true Margaret. I know how happy he makes you and I know how much this lying thing destroyed you. If there’s a chance I can make my best friend happy again I’m going to take it.”

It wasn’t long before I drew out my own breath. Damn it. Why does Audrey have to be right? “You know I’m still going to hate you for this. At least for a little while.”

My eardrum rumbled as Audrey chuckled. “I plan on it. I’ve got to go. Let me know how the whole thing with Declan goes, because you know I’ll open a can of whoop-ass on him if it doesn’t go well. I don’t care if I’m out of the country.”

“If that’s the case, you’re going to have to get in line behind me Audrey.”

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