Crimes Past(94)

By: Lauren Carr

Gabriel’s eyes grew wide. His mouth dropped open upon seeing the stunning woman. She showed off her long legs in a short red skirt.

“How is my favorite patient?” She breezed around the bed and bestowed a kiss on Bogie’s lips.

“I’m in dire need of a sponge bath.” Bogie pumped his eyebrows while grinning up at her.

“Well, we need to do something about that.”

Taking that as a cue, David made the excuse that they needed to catch up with Hope and Archie.

“Doc Washington sure is hot.” Gabriel practically skipped sideways down the corridor next to David while stealing one last look at Doc Washington. “Is she his doctor?” Seeing that David had continued down the hall without him, he rushed to catch up with him.

“She’s his girlfriend.”

“Really? An old guy like that has a hot girlfriend like her? What is she? Twenty years younger—”

“Twentyfive years younger,” David said.

“What kind of doctor is she? Whatever she treats, I want to get.” A wicked grin crossed Gabriel’s face. “I want it real bad so I can go see her.”

“I don’t think so.”

Gabriel was still drooling over Doc Washington when they turned the corner into the lunchroom—where David came to an abrupt halt.

“There’s Mom and Archie. You did tell Mom that Harrington made me drive, didn’t you? She made me promise not to.”

Without waiting for his response, Gabriel weaved through the tables to where Hope and Archie shared a table with a petite woman with platinum blond hair. A white German shepherd wearing a service animal vest rested next to her chair. The three women’s giggles reached David on the other side of the room.

What could they possibly be laughing at? Bracing himself for turmoil, David made his way across the lunchroom.

Hope stood up to take Gabriel into a warm hug and introduced him to her new friend. By the time David reached them, he was petting Molly, the German shepherd.

“David,” Archie said, “look who we ran into! It’s Chelsea!”

David brushed past her chair to grasp Hope’s hand and plant a warm kiss on her lips before turning to Chelsea Adams, his exfiancée. “Hello, Chelsea. What have you been up to?”

“Not much really.” With a giggle, she stood to reveal her pregnant tummy and planted a kiss on David’s cheek.

His open mouth was enough to prompt another round of giggles around the table. When he found his voice, he said, “You’ve been very busy.”

“Chelsea and Seth got married almost a year ago,” Archie said.

“Are you still in law school?” David asked her.

“I’m going to take a few years off,” Chelsea rubbed her stomach. “We’ll get this little one off to school first.”

“You look happy,” David said.

“I’m very happy,” she said in a soft voice. “Dumping you for Seth was the smartest thing I’ve ever done.”

David saw Gabriel waiting behind her. “Have you met my son, Gabriel?”

“Your son?” Chelsea turned around to look up at the boy who stood several inches taller than she. “I guess I’m not the only one who’s been busy.” She shook his hand.

“He’s Hope’s and mine,” David said.

“We only just recently reconnected,” Hope explained.

“I’m glad you’re together. Families need each other.” Seeing her husband, clad in a white doctor’s jacket, appear in the doorway, Chelsea announced that her dinner date was there and gathered her things. “It was so great catching up with all of you again.”

She grabbed Hope’s hand. “You’ve got an awesome guy here—not as awesome as my guy.” She winked up at David. “But he’s still awesome. Hang onto him.” With that, she waddled across the lunchroom with Molly by her side.

At the door, the couple greeted each other with a warm hug and kiss. Then, with their arms wrapped around each other’s waists, they left.

“She was sweet,” Hope said as David pulled the chair Chelsea had vacated around to sit next to her.

“She used to be engaged to David,” Archie said. “They called it off like the day before the wedding.”