“I might just leave it,” he said. “I’ll see you soon.”
“I doubt it,” I muttered beneath my breath, hoping he wouldn’t hear me, but he did.
He opened the limo door and stepped out. The driver made sure he was inside the house before he took me home.
The following morning, I got out of bed with a slight headache, though surprised at how quickly I sobered up considering what I drank the evening before.
I took a deep breath and rubbed my tired eyes. A yawn escaped my mouth as I glanced over to the clock which hung on the wall.
“10:30am? Fuck!” Jumping out of bed, I almost tripped over the thick blanket. “Shit.” I ran into the bathroom and frantically removed my clothes before I stepped into the shower. After a quick wash and rinse, I stepped out and dried myself off before I found something comfortable to wear. Since there was a cold chill outside, I decided on blue denim jeans, white converse shoes and a light pink off the shoulder oversized sweater. I grabbed my bag and took out my phone to call a cab when I noticed a text from Jax.
I narrowed my eyes at the cryptic message with no idea which part of the night before he had apologized for. Perhaps it was for not wanting to hang out with me, or how rude Amber was. They had seemed fine before we went to the party, but on the way back, I swore I could cut the tension between them.What the fuck had changed?
I decided not to respond to his message and give him the space he clearly wanted.
When I arrived at Ezra’s place, the cab dropped me off at the front gate, which was locked. I paid the driver and stepped out before I found myself at the intercom. After pressing the buzzer, I waited patiently for a response.
“Oh, hi. It’s Beth Connaway,” I greeted. “Ezra’s expecting me.”
“One moment please.”
Suddenly, the gates swung open. I tucked my hair behind my ear as I made my way down the path to the front entrance of the house. When I arrived, Ezra already stood and waited for me.
“Morning,” I greeted
He glanced at his watch and raised his brows before shifting his attention back to me with a cheeky grin. “Almost afternoon.”
Ezra’s smile was completely infectious, and I couldn’t help but reciprocate. “I know. I’m sorry. Am I late?”
“No,” he replied. “Just in time.”
I walked up the few steps to greet him. As I was face to face, he smiled again and leaned in to gently press his lips on my cheek. I bit my lip when E pulled away then reached for my hand which I gladly accepted.
“You look beautiful,” he complimented.
I glanced at myself and swallowed my embarrassment. “Thanks.”
We walked into his home, and again was in awe of how beautiful the place was. High ceilings which made the rooms look even bigger. Expensive artwork hung across the walls in the hallway which led to the kitchen. I noticed a maid cleaning and a stunning woman stood against the kitchen island with a newspaper spread across the marble benchtop as she drank coffee from a Christmas mug.
Her eyes glanced up at Ezra before she lifted her head and smiled. I recognized her immediately, as I was sure I’d met her a few times before.
“Hello, son,” she beamed then shifted her attention to me. “Hello, Beth.”
Well, I guess she remembers me too. “Hello, it’s nice to see you again.”
“Same to you,” she replied. “Ezra tells me he’s taking you out on a date.”
I blushed at her forwardness. She seemed open like my own mom, who had no filter. “Yes, he is. I’m not sure where we’re going though.”
My attention turned to Ezra who shook his head. “It’s a surprise.”
“Okay, I like surprises.”
“We should go.”
“It was nice seeing you again,” I smiled to his mom.
“You too, dear.”
“I want to show you something before we go if that’s okay?” Ezra said.
Ezra took my hand in his and led me to the backyard, which looked completely different during the day, but still incredible.
“I would have shown you this last night, but our evening as cut short by your house guest.”
“Oh, yeah. Sorry about that.”
“Not your fault.”
We walked through the gardens until we found ourselves inside the stable.
“Wow, you have horses?” I smiled, turning to him.
Ezra nodded. “Yeah, we have two and a new born foal. She gave birth just before the party.”
My eyes widened in excitement. “Can we see them please,” I begged.
I adored horses and always imagined owning a large property with a shit ton of pets. Ezra guided me to the last stable. My smile widened when I noticed the two horses and the foal standing very close to its mom.
“She’s beautiful, right?”
“Incredible,” I replied.
“How are you feeling this morning after last night?”
“I’m okay. Woke up with a bit of a headache, but it seems to have gone now.”
Ezra squeezed my hand. “I’m glad you didn’t get too sick otherwise you wouldn’t be here with me right now.”
Ezra was a sweet talker, and that trait scared scared me. I hated I had trust issues after what Layton put me through. People are always guarded when they have their heart broken, but I didn’t want to miss out on the possibility of finding love. I owed it to myself to give it a chance with Ezra.
“We should go,” Ezra said.
I nodded and said goodbye to the horses before we made our way back inside the house, where I could hear bickering between a man and woman. I recognized the female voice as Ezra’s mom, and the man had a deep husky voice, and I assumed it was his dad.
“You need to tell him to hurry up. He doesn’t have much time,” The man said.
“Sorry about this,” Ezra apologized.
“It’s okay,” I said. “Parent’s fight.”
We stepped into the kitchen and his parents turned to me, looking flushed. Obviously slightly embarrassed I’ve heard the tension between them.
“Hello, son,” Ezra’s dad greeted.
“Dad, this is Beth.”
His dad’s eyes moved up and down my body before locking together with mine. “Hello, Beth. Nice to see you again.”
“Yes. Same to you.”
His dad shifted his attention to Ezra. “Son, we need to talk.”
“Sure,” Ezra replied. “When I get back from my date with Beth.”
“Of course. No rush.”
I smiled at Ezra before he led me out of the house to his car, which was conveniently parked just outside the entrance.
“Wow,” I gushed at the red Maserati.
I knew they were rich, but this was beyond crazy.
Ezra walked over to my side and opened the door. I stepped in and immediately felt the comfort of the leather seat.
“I love the way the car sounds,” Ezra said when he sat down and turned on the engine. “Are you ready?”
“Where are we?” I asked Ezra. We had driven into a parking garage and were led through a back entrance into a building. He blind folded me the rest of the way.
“I’m going to remove the eye cover. If this is something you’re not interested in, I can take you somewhere else.”
“Not after you’ve gone to all this trouble. I’m sure I’ll love it no matter what it is.”
“Okay, you ready?”
I nodded in excitement. There were no clues by the chatter going on in the background.
Ezra stood behind me and removed the blindfold, causing my mouth to drop.
“Are you serious?” I gasped before shifting my attention to him. “You brought me here!”
“Do you like it?”
“Love it!” I exclaimed. “We get to watch it, right?”
“Yes, we’ve got special seats for the both of us.”
Ezra took my hand and led me to the VIP booth where we sat down next to each other. He moved in closer, so our legs grazed against one another. Suddenly, the lights dimmed, and the show started. Ezra held my hand the entire time.
Towards the end, he glanced at me and smiled before leaning over to whisper. “I love how invested you are in this production.”
I chuckled lightly; our lips almost meeting. “Aladdin is one of my favourite Disney films.”
His eyes moved from mine down to my lips, then he whispered gently. “Can I kiss you?”