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Chapter 72 : Madelyn

Chapter 72 : Madelyn
Sunday, September 6th, 2021

“You have to promise you won’t freak out though.” I bite my lip mid smile as I turn my head to look at Hailey.

Even with my words, she seems like she’s about to explode with interest and blatant curiosity.

The spa day Hailey had promised me before my flight to Detroit had been decided to happen today, or more importantly, right now.

“Girl, this is my calm.” She laughs, shaking her head as the colour settings on her pedicure bowl change along with the jet pressures.

Honestly, apart from the excited look in her eyes, I’m pretty sure the both of us were one second away from just melting into these seats and never moving again.

It’s been way too long since I’ve gotten my nails done, and in combination with the lotions and different gels, my body was practically glowing from all of the pampering.

“Remind me again to thank Alec for this after you spill whatever it is that has a permanent smile across your face.” Hailey not so subtly prods, but I can’t help but agree to the first comment.

We had planned to go out to the nail salon this afternoon together and then grab a bite to eat, yet two women showed up at our door instead saying they were a mobile spa service sent here at the request of Mr. Sawyer.

I hadn’t even told him our plans, and yet here they were saying they had been paid to be here until 4:00 for whatever we wanted.

I love that man.

Speaking of which...

“It’s... I guess I’m just really happy.” I grin, my mind going back to that night with Xavier for the millionth time in the last multiple days.

I’m not going to lie, so much of me broke along with him when he chose to open up about his past, but I was admittedly thankful I could understand things a little better now. I meant it when I told him he would never be alone again, not just with me, but with Alec and Caleb too.

And when Xavier eventually fell asleep in my arms, I knew that what we had would be forever.

“Things are just going really good for me right now.” I say, not bothering to try and hide my blush of happiness at the admission. “It’s crazy to think about, but I think these men are it for me.”

In some unreal way, the idea of spending the rest of my life with them feels like a dream that is very quickly becoming a possible reality.

“Yeah?” Hailey smiles, clearly more than happy for me. “You know, I think you’re it for them as well.”

I don’t know why a part of me is shocked by her words, but I guess it’s just easy to forget they were all friends as well for years before I came into the picture. Everything about New York has just felt natural for me to settle into, and while Caleb, Alec, and Xavier didn’t come into my life softly, I can’t think of having things any other way.

On top of bartending at Rush, I’ve still been able to keep up with photography considering I shot yet another wedding two days ago.

Jolene’s become a mother to me, and with Hailey as my best friend, I’ve been able to grow closer with Mila on the side. The only reason she’s not here right now is because Hailey said she wanted my help surprising her with something.

And though I’ve only been able to meet up a few times with them, a slow friendship has also started with me, Aaliyah and her husband Issac.

Everything about New York has become home recently, especially when it came to the three men I couldn’t keep my mind off of.

“A part of me feels like we’re going too fast, but an even bigger part wishes that we never slow down, you know?” I say, nodding to the lady who’s finishing the last of my manicure when she gestures to the kind of hand lotion I want to use.

It felt good to have average length nails again, even if they were just acrylics.

“I get it. Honestly, Mila’s the only woman I’ve ever gone slow with when it comes to relationships, but sometimes moving fast is better if you know what you want.”

Something about her words reassured me, and I’m quite thankful for it.

I think fast just simply works for us.

“And what about you?” I ask, suspecting I already know what Hailey’s been planning to ask her girlfriend for a long while. “The newly copied key on the counter wouldn’t happen to be for a certain someone, would it?”

Their one-year anniversary is coming up in a week, and I couldn’t be more excited for the both of them. For Hailey, I think Mila is her everything just as my men are for me.

I watch as the kindest smile on her face appears, and I know I’m right.

“I wanted to talk to you about it first considering you live here too, but...”

“You don’t have to ask me anything, Hails.” I cut in when she trails off, already knowing where she was going with this. “My living here shouldn’t affect your decision of asking her to move in at all.”

She lets out a soft breath at my words, visibly allowing the weight of her worries to escape along with it. It was clear she was worried about bringing up the idea to me, but I don’t think she realizes just how much I want this for her too.

Things are getting pretty serious with them, and while I’d never tell her this, I’ve already come to terms with the fact I’m probably going to be moving out soon myself.

“Really, because I don’t want you to feel like your space is being invaded by bringing another person in?” Hailey says, speaking a little louder as the lady working on her fingers turns on one of the tools to begin shaping her nails.

My eyebrows raise slightly in surprise that she’d think that I’d be against this, but I could tell she was overthinking this just as much as I do other things.

I know she’s dominant behind closed doors, but right now she is being the cute, nervously excited girlfriend I know Mila isn’t going to say no to.

“It might actually just be the two of you by the end of the month.” I explain. Whether the possibility of moving into the mansion is where things will take me or if I end up in some small apartment around town, I want to give the two of them the space they deserve.

Mila’s never expressed having a problem with me living here, however I’m sure things would just be easier with me in my own space.

“Are things getting to that point with them for you too?” Hailey asks, hinting at the thought of me living with Xavier, Caleb, and Alec.

While I can’t exactly just invite myself into their house, it’s still something I could see happening in the near future.

Biting my lip, I nodded as I lifted my hips from the seat I was on, pulling down the waistband of my shorts slightly to show her where I’d spent the main portion of my Friday afternoon.

After Xavier had fallen asleep with me there, I’d gotten a bit of a chance to look at where his initials had marked my skin. I’d been wet just looking at them, and the memories that were brought with it was enough to tell me I never wanted them to fade.

“You didn’t.” Hailey gapes, her mouth quite literally dropping open at the sight of the small design of black ink on my left hip.

Smiling, I nodded.

“It’s called an ephemeral tattoo. The lady who did it says it’ll last anywhere from nine to fifteen months if I care for it properly, and then fade away back to my normal skin like a temporary tattoo.”

It really wasn’t a hard decision for me to make. It’s not permanent, and while the needling still hurt like a bitch, I’ve had it for a few days now with no regrets.

“Are you going to say something?” I grinned at her reaction, knowing she wasn’t judging as she stared.

That’s one of the reasons why we’re friends.

“Two things.” Hailey begins, looking up from the tattoo and back to my eyes. “One, I suggest you prepare yourself because after Xavier sees that, he’s going to tie you to his bed and never let you out again.”

I laugh at that, but I know she’s probably right. Hell, I’m almost counting on it.

“And two, I hope you know Caleb and Alec’s initials are coming next when their dicks get jealous and demand to mark you themselves.”

For a small moment, I just stare at her in complete silence. Her seriousness is laced with the humor of an amused friend, but when she’s the first one to crack a smile, we both burst into a fit of giggles like a couple of teenage girls.

“I can’t believe you just said that.” I laugh, doing my best to keep my hands still from the happy shake of my body. When I glance down, I find the two women doing our nails wearing small smiles as well at our conversation.

“You can’t tell me I’m wrong, though.” Hailey counters, giving me a look that dares me to challenge her knowing damn well I won’t.

“The best kinds of love tend to carry no limits.” The girl named Ayaka says, skillfully finishing up the final touches as she gives me a knowing smile.

I didn’t tell Hailey about the I love yous that Xavier and I had shared multiple times since Thursday, but I’m sure she’s derived enough from the fact his name is currently carved into my skin.

All three of my men are currently away for business right now in France since something they apparently couldn’t tell me came up, however I’ve already finally figured out a plan to tell Caleb and Alec how I feel too.

They get back on the tenth which is a Friday, meaning the days for our scenes are going to be decided by Sunday. Once Caleb lets me know his and Alec’s nights, I’m going to take each of them out myself instead as a surprise and tell them then.

However the rest of our evenings play out can still be their call, but for now, I just let myself relax with my best friend at my side.

“That they do.” I say in agreement, lifting my hand and smiling at the pretty shades of red that are now painted across my fingers.

That they do.


- End of Chapter 72 -

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