Today’s Brew: I bought some Mayflower Autumn Wheat last night, which I may crack open during the Patriots game (I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon).
Break open the local brews! Bree is having a book birthday. If you’ve read Secondhand Heart, you’ve already met Bree. The most common question people asked me about that book was, “What happens with Bree and Josh?”
Now, you know. Bree is Daisy’s best friend, and a young mom. She’s got a big heart and makes bad decisions, but she can totally laugh at herself. She wants better for her family, but as we all know, that’s easier said than done. Especially when you’re carrying a lot of baggage.
Josh hasn’t had it so easy, either. He seems like he’s got his collective crap together, but sometimes he still makes bad decisions. But it makes them a great couple, because they can understand each others mistakes, and they want to make each other better.
How about an excerpt?He ran a hand through his hair. The curls didn’t go back to the exact same place. “Does it bother you? To have someone so new be in charge of Landon’s school?”
“Are people giving you a hard time because you’re young?” I asked. I did some quick math in my head, and settled on Josh being twenty-five.
“Yeah.” Josh looked a defeated. “The administrators wanted someone fresh, but then they’re not always open to new ideas. It’s a struggle.”
“This is what I think. I’ve been in charge of Landon up until now, and something tells me you’re a couple years older than me. I’m a little biased, but I like to think I’m doing all right. So if I can do it, you can totally handle him three mornings a week.”
Josh leaned back on the couch, relief washing over his face. Maybe his age did bother some other people. Whatever. People judged first and asked questions later. I stopped letting it bother me when I had to bring Landon with me to high school. “I knew I liked you,” he said.
“Did you?” A smile spread across my face.
“You were the best fifteen minutes of my day.” He nodded. “Those evaluations can be pretty stiff, but with you guys, I felt like I was talking to friends. That’s why I asked if I could see you again. To be honest with you, I shouldn’t be doing this.”
And there it was. The catch. “Why?”
“It’s against school policy to have a relationship with the students outside of school related activities. That includes their parents.”
“That makes sense.” There were so many creeps out there, in most circumstances, I’d be one hundred percent in favor of that rule. But now I was wondering what the loophole was.
Josh had gone back to the kitchen for a second round of food, and dropped another Rangoon on my plate when he came back. “That’s actually why I didn’t get in touch with you right away. But I just moved here, and you were the first girl I couldn’t stop thinking about.”
My heart stuttered in my chest, confused. He couldn’t stop thinking about me, but he already had his doubts. He was putting a lot on the line by just being here. “I’d said on the way to the meeting that I was never going to date again.”
He raised an eyebrow. “So we’re both breaking the rules.”