“So you excited for tomorrow?” Zane grinned at me as he handed me a beer.
“Do I look like I’m excited?” I groaned. “There aren’t many people that go from bouncer/body guard to CEO in a matter of days.”
“Yeah well, there aren’t many people that leave their family business to go work outside a club.” He grinned at me. “I’m surprised your dad let you stay away for as long as he did.”
“Well now he wants me back.” I groaned and took a long chug of beer. “I wasn’t sure I could listen to another ‘I’m disappointed’ speech again.”
“We should go out and celebrate your last night of freedom.” Zane laughed. “Maybe Noah can come as well.”
“Oh no you don’t.” Lucky, Zane’s wife, walked into the room. “You’re not going out and leaving me with the kids. If you guys want to celebrate we can order in a pizza.” She grinned and sat next to me on the couch. “Please, I want to celebrate with Leo as well.”
“You want to laugh at me.” I grinned at her and she shook her head.
“No, but I’m glad you’re making a life for yourself. A life that doesn’t include acting as a bodyguard. Maybe now you can mature in other ways as well.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” I raised an eyebrow at her, though I knew exactly what she was saying.
“I mean, maybe you’ll meet a girl.” She grinned.
“I did, but then she went and married my best friend.” I grinned back at her.
“Hey guys, I’m still here.” Zane’s voice was serious, but his eyes were laughing. “Do I have to ban you both from seeing each other?”
“Zane, you’re not banning me from anything.” Lucky rolled her eyes.
“You wanna bet?”
“Sure.” She licked her lips and folded her arms. “What do you want to bet?”
“Nothing.” He looked sheepish. “You’d just win.”
“You got that right.” She leaned back and laughed. “So actually, I’m starting to feel hungry. Shall I order two pizzas?”
“Shall we see if Noah, Robin and Skylar are coming over?” Zane asked. “We might need more food.”
“I think they went to Malibu for the weekend.” Lucky shook her head. “Noah wanted to show Skylar the beach.”
“I cannot believe that Noah is a dad.” I shook my head and sighed. “And you too, of course.” I looked at Zane. My best friend. My brother from another mother. The guy I’d thought would remain a bachelor for the rest of his days, just like me. But here he was, married with two kids. I still couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t sure what had happened. How had time passed me by like this? I could still remember us in college hooking up with sorority girls and getting drunk. Now, he hooked up with one woman and one woman alone. Though, I hadn’t been joking, his wife Lucky was a gem. If I had ever thought of settling down, which I didn’t, it would be with someone like Lucky. Zane had gotten really lucky meeting her when he was down in Miami. I’d been even more shocked when Zane’s brother, Noah, had gone and adopted a kid as well, that he was raising with his fiancée, Robin. I’d thought that out of everyone I knew, the Beaumont Brothers were the two guys that were guaranteed to remain single, just like me. But now, it was just me. I was the only single guy in the group and I had no problem with that. I never wanted to get married and I didn’t believe in love.
“It’s not so bad.” Zane shrugged and then looked at Lucky. “I mean, it’s pretty awesome. It’s always awesome. Never bad.”
“Not a good save, Zane.” Lucky shook her head. “You’re changing Ruby-Lane tonight.”
“Oh man.” He groaned and made a face at me. “Never have babies. They poop. They throw-up. They smell.”
“Don’t worry,” I laughed. “I have no plans on ever having a baby.” I pulled out my wallet and two condom packets. “I’m always prepared.”
“Leo.” Lucky laughed and blushed as she stared at the Magnums in my hand.
“Sorry, didn’t mean to offend.” I grinned and Zane laughed.
“So do you know what you’re going to be doing?” He changed the subject. “Your dad’s company is huge.”
“I have no idea. All I know is that an account manager left and they were interviewing to replace him when I decided to go back. They turned everyone else away and I got the job. Dad wants me to start at the middle before I make it to the top.”
“There’s nothing like nepotism.” Zane laughed and Lucky frowned.
“That’s so sad for everyone else that was applying for the job.” She said softly. “I feel bad for them.”
“I’m sure they’re fine.” I shrugged. “It’s not like they had the job and were fired so that I could take it. No one else had the job.”
“Yeah, but just imagine if you’d been applying for a job, but you never really had a chance.” Lucky continued and shrugged. “I mean it is what it is. You basically own the company, so it’s your job anyway, but it just seems sad.”
“Yeah, I guess.” I looked at Zane and he was grinning.
“You know Lucky has a bleeding heart.” He laughed and then groaned as one of the babies started crying. “Excuse me, daddy duty calls. Lucky go ahead and order some pizza and cheesy bread. I’ll be back soon.” Zane jumped up and left the room and I turned to look at Lucky. She had a serious look on her face and I could see the concern in her eyes.
“What’s up?” I asked her as she wasn’t speaking.
“I just want to make sure that you really want to work for your dad.” She searched my eyes. “And that it’s not just out of obligation.”
“It’s a bit of both.” I shrugged. “I mean, I’ve never wanted to work for him, but I’m getting older now. I can’t be a bouncer for the rest of my life.”
“Yeah.” She grabbed my hand and squeezed. “A change will be good for you. And I really do hope you meet someone.”
“I wouldn’t count on it.” I laughed. “I don’t plan on meeting anyone for anything other than a night or two.”
“Oh Leo.” She sighed and smiled at me. “What am I going to do with you?”
“Well, seeing as I can’t say sleep with me,” I grinned at her reddening face. “Your husband would kill me if I said or did that.”
“Leo.” She giggled and hit me on the shoulder. “That’s so inappropriate.”
“I’m joking.” I laughed. “Don’t let Zane know though, or he might just kill me.”
“Leo, I hope you meet someone soon and I hope you fall in love.” She gave me a big smile. “I want our babies to grow up together.”