Running Into Love (Fluke My Life)(82)

By: Aurora Rose Reynolds



“Olivia.” I raise a brow as she pretends to put another piece in her mouth and drops it on the floor.

“Yes, Mama?” She looks at me with wide, innocent eyes that you would swear were the eyes of an angel, that is if you didn’t know her. Only her father and I know different—our baby girl is a monster. Yes, she’s sweet, loving, cuddly, and so damn adorable that you just want to squeeze her, but she is also a hellion who pushes the limits every chance she gets.

“You know Muffin doesn’t like vegetables, honey, so now when you’re done eating, you are going to have to clean up the mess you made under your chair,” I tell her, and she looks at Muffin, who is sitting at her side—where she is every second of the day—and frowns.

“Muffin, you need to eat your vegetables. They’re good for you,” she scolds before muttering something under her breath, reminding me of her father.

“How are my girls?” Levi asks, coming into the kitchen and stopping to kiss Olivia before making his way to me. He kisses my forehead and lips, then places his hand on my very large, very pregnant stomach, over our son.

“Daddy, did you know Muffin doesn’t like to eat her vegetables?”

“I didn’t know that,” Levi lies, and I roll my eyes at him.

“She doesn’t. I tried to feed her some, but she just didn’t like them.” She points at the ground, and I bite my lip to keep from laughing at the put-out look on her face.

“Maybe you should eat some to show her how good they are.”

“Great idea,” she says before going about pretending to eat her vegetables.

Shaking my head at her, I look at Levi and catch him smiling at me. No matter how much time passes, no matter how crazy life gets, there is never a day I regret running into him with my eyes closed.

Two years later

FAWN

“Tamara Albergastey,” the speaker calls, and I stand and start to yell and clap as loudly as I can as I watch Tamara head across the stage. Her eyes meet mine for a brief moment, and she grins, then continues walking. I’m so damn proud of her. Not only did she graduate, but she did it at the top of her class.

“I’m so proud.” I smile, taking a seat next to Levi, and he wraps his arm around my shoulder and tucks me against his side.

“She’s a good kid,” he says, and I nod. Olivia and Lucas love her and are both sad that their favorite babysitter is leaving the state to go away for college after the summer.

“I’m going to miss having her over as often as we do now,” I confess, and his arm tightens for a moment.

“Boston is close. We can visit her whenever you want,” he says, and I lean my head against his shoulder. He might not admit it, but he’s going to miss her, too. There are people you meet in your life, people you just know are going to do amazing things, and Tamara is one of them. I’m lucky to know her and even luckier that I have gotten to witness her growing up into the beautiful woman she is becoming.





Acknowledgments

First I have to give thanks to God, because without him none of this would be possible. Second I want to thank my husband. I love you now and always—thank you for believing in me even when I don’t believe in myself. To my beautiful son, you bring such joy into my life, and I’m so honored to be your mom. Thank you, Mom, for being here and stepping in when I need you. Thank you to my agent, Susan, for believing in me. I’m so grateful to have you in my corner.

Maria, thank you for taking a chance on me, and Melody, I loved working with you on this book. Thank you for all your help and advice. And thank you to the rest of the Montlake editing team—you are all amazing.

To every blog and reader, thank you for taking the time to read and share my books. There would never be enough ink in the world to acknowledge you all, but I will forever be grateful to each of you.

I started this writing journey after I fell in love with reading, like thousands of authors before me. I wanted to give people a place to escape where the stories were funny, sweet, and hot and left you feeling good. I have loved sharing my stories with you all, loved that I have helped people escape the real world, even for a moment.

I started writing for me and will continue writing for you.

XOXO Aurora

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