Breaking Down(The Garage Series Book 2)(6)By: Holly Renee
“Sounds good, but we’re not watching Harry Potter again. I’m going to go ahead and put my foot down now.” He raised an eyebrow at me as if he expected me to argue.
I didn’t know what he was talking about. We hadn’t watched Harry Potter that much. Okay. Maybe we did, but who could blame me. Harry Potter was awesome.
“Fine.” I huffed causing Johnny to grin.
We began unloading the food and passing our orders to each other before we walked into the living room.
“So how was the date with Rebecca?” I asked as I stuffed some tortilla chips and salsa in my mouth.
“It was alright. Nothing special. I probably won’t be seeing her again.” He raised his shoulders as if it wasn’t important.
“Did you get laid?” I asked around the food in my mouth.
“First, it’s not very ladylike to talk with your mouth full, and second, it’s not very ladylike to ask questions like that.”
I flipped him the bird and stared at him expectantly.
He grinned his mischievous grin before saying, “Of course, I got laid.”
I laughed even though I already knew the answer. Johnny was a bit of a man whore. Well a lot of a man whore, actually.
“What did you do today?”
“Kat and I went and picked up my bridesmaid’s dress from alterations then we did some last minute wedding planning stuff. She is getting so excited.”
“I know. I would be freaking out if I was Blake, but he is just cool as a cucumber as if his life isn’t about to end.”
Johnny laughed when one of my chips hit him square in the forehead.
“His life isn’t about to end. Some people aren’t afraid of commitment.”
“Touche.” He saluted me with the same chip I just threw at him before popping it into his mouth.
Kat and Blake’s wedding was this weekend. I couldn’t believe how quickly the date had come, but they didn’t want to wait. Blake refused to let them have a long engagement because he said he had waited long enough to have Kat. It was actually pretty sickening how sweet he was with her.
They were amazing together, and I was honored that Kat had chosen me to be her Maid of Honor. Honored, but worried as hell. The problem? Gabe was Blake’s Best Man, and I was going to have to walk down the aisle with him.
Panic took over every time I thought about it, but I refused to let him have that much power over me. Kat had offered to not make me walk with him. She told me that I could walk with Johnny instead, but I told her no. I needed to be strong when I saw him. I couldn’t let a man that walked away from me without a backwards glance know how much he affected me.
“What’s on your mind?” Johnny’s voice broke through my thoughts.
“Oh.” I hadn’t realized that I quit eating. “Nothing. Just thinking.”
“It’s going to be okay. You know that right?”
I looked up into his eyes, and I knew that he could see straight through me. I had no doubt that he knew how terrified I was to see Gabe again.
I nodded my head at him.
“I know.” My voice was quiet as I tried to keep the pain out of it.
Johnny stared at me for a long time and then smiled softly. “Alright. We can watch Harry Potter.”
I couldn’t stop the smile that overtook my face before I threw my head back laughing.
The wind flew by me as the engine rumbled beneath my body. It felt weird as shit to be passing by the familiar buildings that I hadn’t seen in months. As happy as I was to be back, I knew this wasn’t going to be a big happy reunion .
Erica hated me.
She had every right to. Fuck. I would hate me too, but that didn’t change the feeling I got in my chest every time I thought about it.
I pulled into Blake’s driveway and parked my motorcycle. My hands shook from the miles of holding the handle bars and from nerves I had been trying to hold back. I pulled my helmet off my head and ran my fingers through my hair that was in a desperate need of a cut. It hadn’t been at the top of my priorities over the last few months.
Taking a deep breath, I walked up to the front door of my best friend’s home. I didn’t know why I was so nervous, but I was worried about what they all would think about me. I knew that I hadn’t just hurt Erica. Blake told me how upset Kat had been with me. It killed me. Kat was one of my best friends, and I didn’t want to fuck that up too.