After the Ex Games(41)

By: J. S. Cooper & Helen Cooper

“I can’t believe we’re family men.” I shook my head. “How did this happen?”

“I don’t know.” He took another gulp of beer. “We were supposed to dominate the world, not be dads.”

“How does it make you feel?” I asked him softly.

“It makes me feel like I won the lottery.” He looked up at me and smiled. His eyes were bright, and I could see the happiness and excitement shining through. “I feel like we finally got one thing right.”

“We’re ruling the world in our own way.” I nodded. “We’re ruling the world with love.”

“And I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

We stared at each other for a few seconds and then left the kitchen to join our fiancées. We’d come a long way, Greyson and I. When we’d first met, neither of us would have predicted that all we needed to make us happy was the one thing we’d never believed in. It was ironic in a way, but it was the best kind of irony. Greyson and I were brothers for life and now we had the families that completed us. We’d done so many things wrong in our lives, but now we were finally getting something right.



I sat on the couch with Harry on my lap and I closed my eyes. This moment was perfect. I stared at Brandon as he kissed Katie, and I couldn’t believe that I’d ever thought about trying to bring him down. He was my father and I loved him.

I hugged Harry to me tightly. I couldn’t believe I’d ever been jealous of him. He was my little brother and I’d loved him on sight. The fact that he obviously adored me hadn’t hurt either. I was finally happy and content. I felt like every part of my life was complete. I had my family and I loved them—every single one of them. It almost made me forget about him—the one who’d broken my heart.

I knew I had college to look forward to and I knew that I had the most perfect dysfunctional family I could ask for, but I still thought about Hunter every single night. Hunter was the one I couldn’t stop thinking of. I knew my dad wouldn’t approve. Hunter wasn’t the sort of guy anyone wanted their daughter to be with, but that was part of the reason why I wanted him so badly.

“I love you, Nancy.” Harry leaned back and kissed my cheek, and I held him tight.

“I love you too, Harry,” I whispered back to him and smiled.

I was going to enjoy this moment. I was going to enjoy my family. I was going to try and forget Hunter once and for all. This was my life now and I was going to enjoy every second of it.