Ashton shrugged. “We can still play the game.”
“I think that’s enough truth or dare for tonight.” I took a sip of my margarita. “We don’t need anyone else catching on fire.”
Once I was done drinking, Leo grabbed the cup out of my hand and took a long swig. “It kind of saved you.”
“I know when you want to kiss someone, Mila, and you did not want to kiss Cain.” Leo backed away and left.
I spent the rest of the night thinking about what he said, and I wasn’t referring to Cain.
“What if you’re the right girl?”
What did he mean by that?
I drove my four-wheeler over to Mila’s house. It’d been two weeks since my party and I couldn’t remember the last time I drove this over to her place. Since she moved out four years ago, it became a yearly tradition that she stayed with her parents the night before her birthday. Her family had always been close, and she enjoyed time with them whenever she could. She’d often crash at my cabin just to have breakfast with her parents the next morning.
Mila’s old man was a rancher. He owned most of the meat and dairy farms in Monteagle, while her mom ran things behind the scenes of their businesses. She was the face of the company and most of Mila’s uncles and aunts were employed by them as well. People loved their family-operated establishment, it was what kept them coming back.
Driving next door to Mila’s childhood home was always a scenic experience but today, God was showing off. The colors in the early morning sky blended together perfectly, enough to catch my eyes the further I drove down into their property. From the oranges, to the reds, to the bright greens that flowed together in the warm brisk air, it all radiated beauty. The weather would be perfect for what I had in store for her today.
Let’s just say I was finally going to show her what she’d been on my balls about since we started driving.
As soon as I pulled up to her front door, she opened it with a huge smile on her face.
“Happy birthday, Lala.”
“You’re up early.”
“It’s my best friend’s birthday and that calls for celebration.”
“Where are we going?”
“Go get dressed and you’ll find out.”
She eyed me skeptically.
“What? You don’t trust me?”
“I trust you.”
“Then why are you still standing there?”
She stepped back with her hand still on the door. “I’ll be back in ten minutes.”
“I’ll be here.”
Thirty minutes later we were on the road because ten minutes never actually meant ten minutes when it came to Mila and getting ready.
“Are you going to tell me where we’re going?”
“Oh, come on! You know I hate surprises.”
“All the more reason to torture you.”
“But it’s my birthday, you’re supposed to do everything I say today.”
“Is that right?”
“Yep. Those are the rules.”
“Can’t I just surprise you?” I reached for her thigh, but she intercepted my hand at the last second.
“Ohhh! Did you see that, Leo? You have to be quicker than that. I have cat-like reflexes. I’m secretly a ninja.”
I grinned, nodding in front of me and her eyes followed the movement. Using the distraction to my advantage, I squeezed her inner thigh. “What was that?” I mocked, squeezing tighter. “I’m sorry I didn’t catch that? Cat-like what?”
She thrashed, squealing and laughing at the same time until I let go.
“Now what were you saying?”
“You mean before I was rudely interrupted?”
“Yes, before that.”
She shook her head, smirking. “I don’t make the rules, I just follow them.”
“And what other rules are you following, Lala?”
“Oh, you know… a little of this, a little of that. If I told you, I’d have to kill you.”
I scoffed out a chuckle. “You could get rid of me so easily?”
“I mean I’d be sad, but I’d move on.”
Before thinking, I blurted, “With Cain?”
“I don’t know. It depends on where you’re taking me for my birthday.”
“So, you’re wheeling and dealing now?”
“I learned from the best.”
“Would that be me?”
“The one and only.”
“I’m happy to hear that I taught you well then.”
“I’ll let you live if you tell me where we’re going.”
“I’ll make you a deal.”
“We’re back to that?”
“We never left.”
“All right, I’m game. State your terms.”
“If you stop asking me where I’m taking you then I may give you two surprises instead of just one.”
“Hmmm… tempting. Does that mean I get two happy endings?”
“I could give you multiples, but if you only want two, I guess I’ll have to comply, it is your birthday after all,” I replied with a smirk.
“Multiples? Interesting… I guess I will remain silent. Who am I to take away your happiness?”
“You’re my best friend.”
“But you’re also a huge pain in my ass.”
She stopped smiling and turned up the radio, pretending like she was upset when in reality I knew how excited she felt.