Everest by S.L. Scott

Everest by S.L. Scott

Author:S.L. Scott [Scott, S.L.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781940071589
Publisher: S.L. Scott
Published: 2017-12-06T16:00:00+00:00

20

Singer

Two glasses of pinot noir are waiting on the white marble island when I enter.

“The Crowe Brothers?” he asks, eyeing my shirt.

“I liked the design.”

“My brother sent me that shirt from one of their gigs in Austin. If you like The Resistance, I’ll play some music by The Crowe Brothers. I think you’ll like them.” Ethan takes his phone, and within seconds music filters through the apartment though I don’t see any speakers.

This place is so uber-fancy. I love it.

He’s unloaded the bags. The contents cover the rest of the large island, and he seems to be taking inventory. “What are you making?”

“Spaghetti and meatballs.” I look his way to catch his reaction.

When he smiles I do, too. “I love spaghetti and meatballs. It’s been a long time since I’ve had it.”

“I figured living in this castle in the sky all by yourself you might eat takeout a lot.”

He pulls a pasta pot out from under the cabinet and sets it on a burner. “I actually eat out most nights. I have a lot of dinner meetings.”

“Is that set in stone or would you like to eventually be home for meals?”

I’m not as sneaky as I thought. He uses the fancy pot filler to fill the shiny copper pot I suspect has never been used for something as basic as pasta. His eyes catch mine on him and he does a terrible job of hiding that wry grin that’s forcing its way out. “I’d be home more if there were reasons to be.”

I’m not one to generally hold back my thoughts, and I feel so comfortable around him, that I lean against the counter, and come right out and ask, “Do you want to get married and have kids one day?”

There’s no flinching or cringing, and I love the smile that remains—genuine and sweet. “One day, I would. It’s always how I saw my life.”

“Is that why this place is so big?”

That makes him laugh, reminding me of the first time I saw him. Laid-back and magnetic. I hope I’ve contributed to this glorious side of him. “This was purchased out of ego and stubbornness.” I start on the meatballs and let him continue telling his story. “My mom wanted me to buy a smaller place in SoHo. I wanted a bigger place with better resale. My more practical side. I saw this penthouse and my ego loved the exclusivity of the building and the entrance. But sure, I hope I find someone to live here with me.”

“How long do you plan to stay if you’re worried about resale?”

“You should always worry about resale, Singer.”

“Not if it’s your forever home.”

“Do you want to live in an apartment for your forever home?”

“No,” I reply, rolling a ball and coating it in breadcrumbs before setting it on a tray with the others. “I want to live in a home with shutters and a front porch, so I can sit out and wave to the neighbors or watch my kids play with the other kids on the street.



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