They settled themselves on the sofa and Chad pulled the sandwiches and chips from the bag, along with some napkins. “I got you roast beef. That okay?”
“It’s great. So, how’s the new job going?”
They made small talk while they ate. Catching up on the goings on of the ranch and local gossip. When they had finished their sandwiches Chase sat back on the couch, took a long sip of his beer and leveled his gaze on Chad. “Okay, spill. I can tell you have something on your mind, so quit pussy footing around and let me have it.”
“I never could get away with anything around here. I swear, between you, Chance and Ma, a man doesn’t stand a chance.”
“Okay, okay. Well, you remember Doc’s daughter, Megan?”
“How could I forget? That poor girl had such a crush on you. She followed you around like a little puppy.
Oh, no. She’s not still trailing after you, is she?”
“I wish,” Chad muttered.
Chase stuck a finger in his ear and wiggled it. “Did I just hear you right? You want little Megs following you around?”
“Obviously you haven’t seen little Megs in a while. She’s not so little anymore. In fact, she’s a stone fox.”
“Seriously? So, what’s the problem?”
“I don’t know what to do. She runs the All About Animals office now, we work together. I know I shouldn’t pursue her, but I can’t get her out of my mind.”
“Is she still stuck on you?”
“I really don’t know. She always acts very professionally, but every once in a while I think I catch her watching me.”
“So, ask her out. The worst she can do is say ‘no’”
“No, that’s not the worst she could do. We work together. What if it doesn’t work out?”
“What if it does? Are you really such a chicken shit that you’re willing to ignore your feelings for this girl because of a maybe?”
“I don’t know. Julie really—”
Chase interrupted. “Screw Julie.”
“Been there. Done that. Got the broken heart to prove it.”
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