Baby, Be Mine (Life, Love And Babies Book 3)(5)

By: Samantha Chase


“You can’t be serious,” Mike called out to her. “You said that you would help!”

Facing them as she threw her purse in the car, she said, “No, I said I would come over. I never said that I’d help or that I’d stay. That was your assumption and your mistake. I’m sorry that you believed otherwise.” She hated how heartless she sounded and yet couldn’t stop herself. “Make sure that you change them, and you’re going to need to get some real baby furniture soon – particularly some cribs.”

“But…Liv…” She had to give her brother credit; he wasn’t willing to take no for an answer.

“I’m sure that you each know some other females that would be willing to come over and help out and give you direction.” Without looking at either of them, Olivia finished climbing into her car and had the key in the ignition before her brother was crouched down beside the open car door.

“Why are you being this way?” he hissed. A million plausible reasons played through her mind and yet she couldn’t voice one of them. “I get that you’re on some sort of mental break, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help out a friend.”

She didn’t mean to snap; she had every intention of just driving away and forgetting about everything that she had seen here. But Mike just wouldn’t let her be. Turning toward him, she gave him a bland look. “Jake is your friend, not mine. And if one of my friends called with a real emergency, I’d be there.”

“This is a real emergency!”

Olivia shook her head. “No, Mike; it’s not. There are two babies in there and two of you. It looks like their mother left plenty of supplies for them. Surely the two of you can fumble through one night with them before Jake hires a nanny?”

His eyes narrowed at his sister before he stood. “I don’t know what’s happened to you. You never used to be like this.”

“Mike…”

“No,” he interrupted. “Maybe this is the way you people treat one another in Hollywood, but around here we look out for one another.”

She almost wanted to point out that his drama skills were perfect for the Hollywood lifestyle but decided to keep that to herself. Rather than argue, she simply agreed. “I guess you’re right. Maybe that’s why I left here and moved there. Obviously I don’t fit in here anymore. My mistake for wanting to come home for a while.” With that she reached for the door handle and waited for him to step aside so that she could pull it closed.

Without a wave or a smile, Olivia pulled out of the driveway and vowed to not look back.

****

Jake wasn’t sure which was more of a shock right now – finding out he was the father of twins or seeing Olivia again. It had been eight years since her birthday party, and he hadn’t seen more than glimpse of her from a distance since.

Not that he blamed her. He could have reacted with a little more finesse back then, but she had shocked the hell out of him. For years she had simply been Mike’s sister; then she had blossomed into an incredibly attractive young woman and she was off limits. There was no way he was going to risk his friendship with Mike; they were like brothers. He shuddered as he realized that that would make Olivia technically like a sister to him. That was certainly never the image he’d had of her.

As her taillights disappeared down the driveway, he felt completely defeated. She barely looked at him, and when she had it was with disgust. Not that he didn’t deserve it, it was just not what he was expecting or needed right now. With his head thrown back, Jake closed his eyes and took a deep breath. What the hell was he supposed to do now? When Mike had suggested calling Olivia, he knew it was a mistake. The only problem was that there didn’t seem to be any alternative.

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