“Tap Life on the shoulders and fall a little more in love.”
“I'm not confused anymore.I know what I want."
"Me,too.What I've always wanted since I first saw you."
"Why didn't you kiss me again after that first time,that night on the deck?"
"You didn't give me any hints that you wanted another one."
i wiggled up a little closer to him and looped my fingers behind his neck. "What would a hint entail?"
He held my gaze."Exactly what you're doing."
"Then why aren't you kissing me?"
He touched his nose to mine."It's cold out here.What if our lips freeze together?"
"I'll chance it.”
“I can't believe you'd rather hold handle bars than a girl."
He angled his head thoughtfully."I hadn't considered that."
"Maybe you should."
He hopped over,gingerly swinging his bad leg over to the other side and settled down behind me on the seat.
"You got rules on how I can hold you?"
"Nothing distracting while I'm driving," I tossed over my shoulder, meeting his gaze."We don't need another accident."
"And when you're not driving?"
"The Kate-have-a-good-time fund is getting low.Maybe you should think about making a deposit.”
“Hot chocolate should be sinful, and I don't believe in sinning in half measures.”
“Do I have clueless tattooed across my forehead?"
Narrowing my eyes,I leaned toward him. "Yeah,I think maybe you do.”
“Hey, ya'll,can we go?" Leah asked. "The cute guys are gonna be taken by the time we get there."
"No,they won't be," Sam said,"Because you'll be ariving with them.”
“You're my favorite sister."
I snorted. "Gosh,I'd hate to be your unfavorite sister. I might not survive."
"Hey,Kate,you know I'm just teasing when I give you a hard time."
"Yeah,right,and the teasing just keeps me laughing.”
“Do you need anything?"
"I would say just you but that sounds way too corny.”
“What can I get you guys?" Another lie, maybe?”
“Don't wait for life to tap you on the shoulder.Go out and tap it.”
“It's just that,well,I'm gonna pull a Brad on you."
"You're going to start totally ignoring me?”
“I'm trying to figure out how much I need to deposit into the Kate-have-a-good-time fund," he said.
"It's pretty empty.You might have to make a substanial deposit." I couldn't believe how breathless I sounded,like I'd been running beside a snowmobile instead of riding on it.
His grin grew."I'm still strapped for cash."
"You're torturing me,you know thst? Did you take lessons from Sam?"
"I'm torturing you?Geez,you've been torturing me since the day we got here.”
“Caught in a lip-lock that I thought might require the expertise of the mountain rescue team to break apart'.”
“She won't reveal your secret handshake."
"It's not my handshake I'm worried about."
"Pretend it is.Because as far as I'm concerned,thats all the two of you do. Shake hands.Even if I see you kissing? In my head,I'm going to tell myself that you're shaking hands.”
“Tell me there's more to it than just adding water," he said.
I gave him a pointed look. "Nope. that's all there is to it."
he looked over his shoulder at the doorway that led to the living room, then back at me. "Matchmaking?"
I grimaced and nodded.
"You don't look thrilled."
"It's my love life, and everyone treats it like it's a community project.”
“I'd made myself some hot chocolate, located a book with a lot of murder and mayhem,curled up on a loveseat near the fireplace, and was happily envisioning Joe as the corpse of this tale.”
“I finally got it.Allie and Sam..heavy duty secret handshake going on.”
“Great.My brother was an entertainer and I was a sleeping pill.”
“After all,how long could it take to fix a garbage disposal? He could have built her a freaking new one by now. With his teeth.”
“My brother," I said with emphasis, in case the snow had blinded her and she hadn't realized exactly who she'd been standing there with.”
“Even if the cables hold,your heart might not.”
“He kicked me out,okay?"
"How can a guy who only has one good leg to stand on kick you out?"
"He doesn't want me around."
"I find that hard to believe, Katie."
"Yeah,well,he threw snow at me and told me to leave."
She looked astounded.As well she should be.
"Where did he get snow?" she asked.
Okay,I'd obviously misread the reason for her astonishment.It wasn't that he'd thrown snow at me,but that he'd had snow to throw.”
“But I just couldn't seem to get excited about the fact that we were sorta having a date.I mean, he'd asked me to go skiing with him, and so here I was, and my heart should have been pounding.
But it wasn't.
I could have been going to the grocery store to pick up a bag of potatoes for all the thudding it was doing.”
“The weather,I finally thought.The weather was always a good topic of conversation. "That was some blizzard we had last week,wasn't it?" I asked, since he'd been at Cynthia's instead of with us.We could talk about the blackouts,the shrieking winds-
He perked up, looked around. "There's a Dairy Queen in town?I didn't know that.Where is it?"
I heard Allie snicker.
Sam took up for his friend. "It's an understandable mistake.”
“Dolly Parton to my..well, ;et's just say that the greatly endowed wagon had passed me by.”
“Cynthia ordered Guilty Pleasure-why was I not surprised?”
“He was more of a cut-a-wisebrack-and-run-for-cover kind of guy.”
“Switch places," Sam ordered me.
"What are we doing, playing musical partners here?"
"I didn't know we were playing with Foosball sharks here.We're starting over.”
“If I didn't know better,I'd think she arranged this snowstorm just so we'd all have to stay indoors for a while.”
“I've totally fallen for him. Really bad.I don't know how I'm going to go back to Texas,Kate."
"On an airplane."
She scowled at me. "I'm serious.I don't want to leave him.”
“Wise words are like arrows flung at your forehead. What do you do? Why, you duck of course.”
“His eyes shot back to Zoe and damn if his cock didn’t twitch happily. Trevor swallowed hard as realization hit. There was something wrong with his dick.”
“No matter how much you know, no matter how much you think, no matter how much you plot and you connive and you plan, you're not superior to sex. It's a very risky game. A man wouldn't have two-thirds of the problems he has if he didn't venture off to get fucked. It's sex that disorders our normally ordered lives.”
“Do you guys even realize that you’re not really playing ultimate?” Megan asked. “I looked it up online and you’re doing it entirely wrong.”
“We’re doing it McGowan style,” Doug replied with a knowing nod.
“What does that mean?” Megan asked.
“It’s football with a Frisbee,” Finn told her. “And at the end of the game we like to high five a lot and make barking noises. No one knows why or when we started it; we just did.”
“Allow me to translate, Twitchtip said, not even bothering to move. "She said if you don't stop your incessant babble, that big rat sitting in the boat next to you will rip your head off.”
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