Sydney looked into Dean’s eyes and felt the warmth and sincerity within them. She’s had friends and some family members give her encouragement before but he was the first that made her feel she could climb Mount Everest wearing her best Prada heels. She leaned over and kissed him, sweeping her lips across his. “What did I ever do in my life to deserve you?”
“You know I ask myself the same question about you.”
After the ice-skating stroll, Dean and Sydney went back to his home where they cuddled on the sofa and watched the fireplace. “I don’t want to leave,” she admitted.
“I don’t want you to go,” he kissed her temple, “the offer for you to move in stands.”
“We haven’t been dating that long for such a long-term commitment,” she politely argued, “I have to think about it.”
“Okay,” he agreed.
Sydney turned to him. Her boyfriend just asked her to move in and she turned him down without an ensuing argument. He truly was a unicorn. “That’s it?”
“What did you want me to do?” Dean chuckled. “Go back and forth and show you diagrams and illustrations on why moving in is a good idea? You’re ready when you’re ready.”
“Yeah, but…” Sydney pouted. “I mean, you’re not going to argue just a little bit?”
“Okay,” Dean humored her, “Syd, do you want to move in?”
“No, not yet.”
“Because it’s too soon.”
“Okay,” Dean got up and led her to the man cave. He wiped down the whiteboard and began scribbling on it. Above the notes, in capital letters, was SYDNEY’S MOVE-IN PLAN. “Okay, is this better?”
“Yes,” Sydney laughed, “it is!”
“All right,” Dean smiled before he made bullet points. “The things a man does for love…”
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Faceoff (tentative title), the last part in the Breakaway trilogy will be out August 2015.