Room for Just a Little Bit More(3)By: Beth Ehemann
“Well, last night I asked your mom to marry me.” His hand slid over and covered mine, squeezing it gently. “And guess what? She said yes!”
A tiny gasp sprang from Lucy, and Piper’s mouth dropped open, both of them looking stunned. Their big brown eyes looked back and forth between Brody and me until Lucy turned and threw her arms around Piper’s shoulders. They started hugging and jumping up and down excitedly.
I frowned and looked curiously at Brody. While I was happy they were so excited, their reaction was unexpected.
Then I learned why they were so thrilled.
“We get to live in a castle! We get to live in a castle!” they sang out as they jumped in circles, pumping their little arms up and down.
“Wait, wait, wait.” I held my hands up, trying to get their attention.
“Do they think—”
“Yes,” I interrupted Brody, quickly turning back to the girls. “Guys, guys, listen.”
They stopped jumping, but their smiles still clung to their faces.
I sighed, not wanting to crush their sweet little dreams, but unless Brody was the prince of some faraway country in Europe and forgot to tell me, we were most likely not gonna live in a castle.
“Ugh, I don’t know how to break it to you guys, but we aren’t gonna live in a castle,” I said quietly.
Their faces fell like someone had just given them a puppy and then quickly taken it away, or in this case a castle.
“But… in Cinderella they live in a castle,” Lucy whined.
“I know they do, baby, but we don’t have a castle,” I explained.
“Where are we gonna live, then?” Piper asked.
“Well… um…” I looked at Brody, desperately searching his face for an answer. “We’ll probably live—”
“We’ll get a castle,” Brody blurted out, a huge grin spread across his face.
“Yay!” they cheered and started dancing again.
“Wait.” I reached out and tried to stop them, but they’d moved too far out into the room. They spun round and round as I turned toward Brody, staring blankly at him. “You know they’re six and they remember everything, right?”
“I know.” He confirmed proudly, his mischievous green eyes smiling at me.
“Brody, you just promised them a castle. Like… a castle!” I repeated incredulously, thinking he must not have heard me the first time.
“I know.” He laughed as he watched the girls celebrate. “But look at them. How could I not? Don’t worry. I’ll figure something out.” He reached over and patted my thigh.
Oddly enough, I believed him.
“What the fuck is this, man?” Viper bellowed as he walked into Scooter Joe’s Café and dropped the newspaper on my table.
“Good morning to you too.” I laughed, picking it up.
Front page. Top story. Bold letters.
SORRY, LADIES! MINNESOTA’S MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR IS OFF THE MARKET:
BRODY MURPHY PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND KACIE JENSEN
“What the hell? How do they know already?” I growled in frustration as I slammed the paper facedown on the table. As annoyed as I was with the headline, I was even more annoyed with the picture they added below it of Kacie and me at the zoo with the girls. Lucy and Piper were facing the other way, so thankfully no one could see their faces, but it still pissed me off. Kacie and I had talked long ago about my life and how it’s in the spotlight more than I’d like, and she swore to me that we were worth it and she could handle it, but when they start posting pictures of her daughters, all bets are off.
Viper pulled the chair out and plopped down across from me. “The question is, how do they know before me?”
I smiled at him and shrugged. “Sorry. It just happened a couple days ago. I wanted to tell you in person. That’s why I asked you to meet me for breakfast.”
“Well, congratulations.” He reached across and shook my hand.
“You sure you’re ready for this?”
“I’m more than ready.” I sat up, looking him straight in the eye. “I want to marry that girl today, before she realizes she can do way better than me and changes her mind.”