The DJ realized what was happening and lowered the music so Caleb could be heard. I stopped dancing to watch. Lauren turned and when she realized what was happening she brought her hand up to cover her mouth. Emily was doing the same thing across the dance floor with tears forming in her eyes. At least she had finally talked to Andrew and they were dancing.
I looked back to Caleb and Angie just as he pulled the ring from its box and held it out to her. “Angelina Powers, will you marry me?”
The tears streamed down Angie’s face as her smile slowly broke through. “Yes, Caleb. Yes, I will marry you.”
The cheering around us was deafening, as Caleb slid the ring on Angie’s finger and pulled her back into him. I was so happy for them. After all the shit they’d been through, they deserved to be happy. I turned back to Lauren and held my hand out. All I wanted was to feel her body up against mine again. She took my hand and moved back into my arms.
Maybe this night was going to get even better.
The party was tonight and there was no way I was going to let that stupid asshole ruin my night. Morgan sat on my bed watching me get ready.
“Are you sure you want to go?” she asked cautiously.
“Absolutely. There is no way I’m letting him ruin my night. Besides, he wasn’t even friends with any of them. He was only going for me.” I shrugged.
She shifted uncomfortably. “Yeah, but everyone is going to know…”
“And?” I turned back to my closet to finish getting ready. “He’s the asshole for cheating on me with Jessica.” Pulling out a long sleeve, red wrap dress, I held it up for Morgan’s approval.
She looked at it for a moment. “Put it on, I can’t tell.” I stepped out of my clothes and threw on the dress. The minute I turned around, Morgan shrieked, “Oh my God! You look amazing. If Ryan gets wind of what you look like tonight, he’s going to regret cheating on you even more!”
I laughed and rolled my eyes. “Thanks… I think?”
Morgan stood up and started to move toward the door. “Sorry, babe, I gotta get ready for work. I so wish I was going tonight.”
“I wish you were coming too. I’ve got a feeling it’s gonna be a great night,” I said with a smile and for the first time since yesterday it wasn’t forced. Nothing could’ve shocked me more than walking in on my ex-boyfriend having sex with a damn baseball groupie. But, I just had this feeling that tonight I’d be able to forget all about Ryan.
“Tell Angie happy birthday and that I wish I could have been there.”
“I will,” I called after her as she walked out the door. As soon as she was gone I dove back into my closet to find a pair of shoes to go with the dress. I knew I had a pair of black strappy heels somewhere in there. Finally, I found them and finished with my hair and makeup before grabbing my keys and heading out to my car.
I pulled up to the hotel and parked the car in the lot. My dad would kill me if he found out I hadn’t valeted it, but who cares? It was only a car.
I walked in, hoping Emily was already there. I wanted to give her the whole story about Ryan before she heard all of the rumors I was sure he was already spreading. Jerk. I found the lounge where the party was being held.
The minute I walked through the door I saw him, and he was hot. Shaggy brown hair and dark brown eyes, he was what dreams were made of. I’d never seen him before, so I wasn’t sure how he knew Caleb or Angie. While I wondered about that, I saw Emily out of the corner of my eye and walked over to say hello.