Katie and Cash met Rocky and Ruby for breakfast the next morning in the hotel’s restaurant. Ruby took one look at Katie’s crazy curls she’d tried to hide with a brain and started grinning. Ruby knew her hair only got like that if she slept with wet hair instead of taking the time to dry it.
“You kids have a good night?” Ruby asked, trying to sound innocent and failing miserably.
“Shut it,” Katie warned. Ruby just laughed as Rocky smiled and shook his head. Ruby was pouring glasses of orange juice for everyone from a pitcher on the table. Breakfast was set up as a buffet and Ruby grabbed Katie’s hand, dragging her over to the food.
“So...”. Ruby left the question unsaid, just staring at Katie as she grabbed pancakes and bacon.
“Don’t you have anything better to do than wonder about my sex life?”
“Nope.” Ruby started filling his plate. “I’m living vicariously through you, sugar, which means I need all the hot and heavy details. That is my best friend right. See, I’m trying to figure out just what makes sex oh so appealing and you are my answer key.”
“I’ll tell you later,” Katie said, laughing. “When we’re not in a hotel, surrounded by families.”
“You’re ruining my fun, sugar,” Ruby said, pouting. “Part of living vicariously through you is shocking people with your naughty escapades!”
Katie just shook her head, smiling, and headed back to their table, Ruby following closely behind.
“Are you done interrogating her?” asked Cash, scowling at Ruby as he stood to pull out Katie’s chair.
“Nope,” Ruby replied, “but she’s being annoyingly prim about not discussing sexy times in front of families.”
“Shocking,” Rocky said sarcastically as he got up, joining Cash to go get their food. Ruby just stuck his tongue out at them.
“At least confirm my suspicion,” Ruby begged, using his fork to gesture at Katie’s wild hair.
“Yes,” Katie said, chuckling.
“Eee!” Ruby squealed, excited. Kate and Ruby had reached the point where they could have full conversations with a few words and significant looks. Katie had never had a friendship like that before, which made Ruby all the more special to her.
“Oh, no. You didn’t tell him, did you?” Cash sat down next to Katie, shaking his head at Ruby’s obvious excitement and Katie’s embarrassment.
“I didn’t say anything,” protested Katie. “It’s not my fault he inferred.” Rocky laughed, setting his plate down and settling himself into the chair next to Ruby.
“Let’s be honest,” Rocky said, “the two of you could just look at each other and he’d figure out what you’ve been up to.” Katie and Ruby stared at each, then started cracking up, knowing Rocky was right.
“All right, all right, can we please change the subject?” Cash was flushed a deep red, which made Katie and Ruby laugh more.
“You’re not gonna win against the two of ‘em, Boss. You might as well surrender now and accept it,” Rocky said to Cash.
“Sorry, cowboy,” Katie said, still laughing. She leaned over and gave him a peck on the cheek, causing him to smile and shake his head resignedly over both Katie and Ruby.
“I swear,” Cash said, “the two of you turn into giggly 12 year olds when you’re left alone together for too long.”
“I’m afraid you speak the truth, boss man,” Ruby said, grinning. “But c’mon, no one can be super mature and adulty all the time.”
“‘Adulty’? Seriously? Oh, lord,” said Rocky, shaking his head. They all laughed before starting to eat.
After breakfast, they quickly packed everything up and loaded it into the truck, setting off for the Christmas tree farm.