In Too Deep (Doing Bad Things Book 2)(10)

By: Jordan Marie



“Check in tomorrow,” Casey says

“I’ll try. I have a busy schedule here. I’m going to try watching paint dry—that’s if I can find a store that sells paint.”

“Just be careful and don’t sniff it. With your sparkling personality the last thing you need is paint fumes getting to your brain cells.”

“Bye, Casey.” I growl, thinking Gavin definitely has his hands full.

“Bye, Aden,” the little witch laughs, hanging up.

I look out at the small park I’ve been sitting in for hours. I guess I might as well go back and try to write. Casey’s right. I’m not a quitter. I can do this…. if not I’ll sleep.

Hopefully that woman at least changed the sheets on my bed.





7





Hope





“Are you sure you’re okay, Hope?” Daria asks for the hundredth time. She’s the only real friend I have in this little town. She’s a couple of years older than me, single and she’s saved my ass several times. She also loves Jack and he seems to love her. She watches him when I need her to and without her I’d be lost—especially on days like today. I got so upset after Aden left, I shouldn’t have—but I did.

He annoys me, but I haven’t been able to shake the hateful words he said about me on the phone the other night. Which is stupid. I don’t know him and his opinion of me matters not one damn bit. Still, I keep hearing the remarks and the hateful tone in his voice and every time I’m forced to interact with him, I get upset. I also decided to try and save a few dollars and do everything on the pool myself. Normally that would have been okay, but the pollen count is crazy today and being an asthmatic…

It all boils down to the fact that I’m in bad shape. So bad that I called Daria to ask if she would keep Jack tonight. I had to take my asthma medication which makes me extremely hyper and alert for all of two hours, and after that wears off… I crash. I don’t just crash a little, I crash a lot. A herd of elephants would probably not wake me up and it’s one reason I resisted taking the medicine as long as I did—which made the attack worse.

“Yeah. I’m just really tired. After all the medicine and the breathing treatments I crash hard. I’ll be fine. I just need to sleep it off.”

“If you’re sure. Maybe you should come over and stay at the house tonight…” she says, doubtfully.

“You’re a doll to offer,” I reply, though the last word is more of a yawn than an actual word. “But I have a guest in the motel, I can’t leave.”

“I thought you weren’t opening for like another week or so?” She asks, throwing Jack’s overnight bag onto her backseat and slamming her car door.

“I wasn’t, but this guy offered cash up front and I needed the money, to get everything ready for my real opening.”

“The place is looking great,” she says, offering me a smile.

“Yeah, but I can’t help but wonder if I will get any business. Not many people want to stay in Clancy, Idaho.”

“Well maybe not, but you’re right off the interstate so that might help?”

If I didn’t hear the doubt in her voice, that might make me feel better. Instead, I don’t respond and turn my attention back to my son.

“You be good for Aunt Dar and when you get home tomorrow we’ll go for ice cream,” I bribe him, doing my best to bite back another yawn before it can escape. I hug him and his little fingers tangle in my hair as he gives me a wet, sloppy kiss that instantly soothes my heart as only Jack can.

“Go get in bed, you look like you’re about to fall over on your feet.”

“I think one of the new medicines the doctor gave me is making me sleepier than usual,” I tell her yawning again because I can’t stop it. “I may have to talk to him about changing it back, or to something….” I stop to yawn yet again. “Damn it!” I growl, frustrated.

“Mommy said bad word!” Jack giggles. My baby is so smart. He’s starting to put together whole sentences. I don’t know if that’s normal for other two year olds, but I’m very proud of him. Now if I could just get him to pee in the toilet and not outside.

“Mommy is—”

“A stinky-butt!” Jack fills in before I can finish and I laugh along with Daria.

It takes a few minutes to click him into his seat and make sure Daria has it secured properly in her car. I give her a quick hug and watch as she heads back out of the parking lot. My eyes are getting really heavy and I’m yawning so much that my eyes are watering. I really just want to go crawl in bed and start over tomorrow. I start to do exactly that and I remember my guest from Hell. Who knew a man who looked that good could be that rotten on the inside?

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