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“What movie did you pick?” I called from the kitchen as I twisted the cork out of the bottle of wine.

“Well, I was thinking 13 Going on 30 or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Jessica’s voice floated in from the living room.

Hearing the satisfying pop from the cork, I pulled two glasses from the shelf. I picked up the bottle of wine and moved into the living room.

“I love 13 Going on 30 but How To is also a classic chick flick and I haven’t seen that in forever. Let's toss that on.” I poured both glasses and flopped onto the couch beside my best friend.

“Mhm,” She pulled the glass close to her face, smiling as she took in the aroma. “This is exactly what I needed to start off the rest of this week.”

This was our tradition. Instead of girls night on Friday or Saturday nights we took turns hosting on Monday nights. Monday’s gave us a reason to drink wine, eat shitty food, and bitch about the dynamics and decisions being made within the pack.

Monday’s were always the worst at the office, and today was even worse than normal.

“Any idea what crawled up Daniel’s ass today?” I sipped my wine. “He seemed more pissed than usual with the rest of his company today.”

“Daniel is always an ass with the enforcers on his team. That’s nothing new.” Jess shrugged before she turned and looked at me. Her eyes were evaluating my mood and body posture to determine if she should continue speaking or not.

“Daniel’s just an ass in general, Jess. Let’s not sugar coat it.” I smirked. “He was an ass before we dated, while we dated and somehow grew into an even bigger one after we broke up.” I shook my head, rolling my eyes.

“That stupid boy is becoming an even bigger jackass the more you keep turning him down.”

“It’s been over a year. There’s no way I’m getting back together with him.” I stuck my tongue out in disgust. “Besides what’s the point? We’re not mates and I have no desire to imprint on him either. He needs to move on.” I shrugged. “Susan in accounting would be happy to help with that.”

Jess laughed. “You see it too? I thought I was the only one. That girl has got the oogly eyes for that man.” She shook her head. “Why? I will never understand.”

“Same. She knows how bad it got towards the end with Daniel and I.” I fiddled with the glass in my hands. “Not my problem though.” I took a satisfying gulp from my glass.

“So what got shoved up his ass today thats got him all wound up?” I asked still curious if she heard something at the office today that I didn’t.

“Well, I think it has something to do with the all-day meetings everyone is in tomorrow.” She pulled the bag of chips off the coffee table and opened them.

“Yeah, I got a message about being in the meeting around ten tomorrow.” I sighed, hating the idea of all-day meetings. “Guess it’s a good thing I don’t have anything else that’s more important to do at that time.” I said sarcastically. “Any idea what it’s about?”

“Yeah…” She hesitated. She put her wine glass and bag of chips back on the table. I raised an eyebrow in question. “Kaine’s back.” She bit the bullet.

I stared at her, my mind trying to catch up with the words that just came out of her mouth.

“Oh…” I finally said. “Well, I think that would explain why Daniel’s so wound up.” I tried to keep my voice even.

“Probably, I mean he clearly still wants to be with you and Kaine coming back is a threat to him.”

“Why would Kaine coming back be a threat?” I almost snapped.

She sighed. “I mean, it’s no secret within the pack what happened in high school with you guys or at the Christmas party before he left.”

I cringed at the thought of the staff Christmas party five years ago.

“Look, high school was forever ago. We were just dumb kids, and the Christmas party was a few too many glasses of champagne for the both of us.” I tried to make my excuses seem logical to explain away what had happened.

Jess rolled her eyes. “You and I both know that’s a load of shit.” She pulled her dark hair back from her face. “Look, I know it’s been five years since you’ve seen him, but I know him, Liv. He’s my cousin, he isn’t going to walk back into the office and pretend you don’t exist.” She shook her head.

“Exactly, he’s your cousin and he always likes to remind me of that and that I’m your best friend. He likes to use that excuse and I like to use alcohol as mine.” I reached out for the remote to finally press play.

“Do you think he’s going to care about that once he finds out you dated his second in command for two years?”

I turned to her, my patience for this conversation dwindling. “Why should he care? It isn’t any of his business.”

“It's not?” Jess looked at me.

I turned away from her and pressed play.

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