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She smiled. “I guess Morgan was right. How does it feel being on this side of things? Have you apologized?”

“Yes, but she doesn’t believe me or that I love her.”

Her eyes widened and a smile lit her face. “Aww sookie sookie now! I thought I’d never see the day. Mom is going to be so excited.”

Brandon groaned. “There’s nothing to get excited about. Didn’t you just hear what I said? She’s going back home tomorrow. It’s over.”

Siobhan angled her head. “Do you really love her?”

“More than I ever thought possible.”

“Okay. I’ll get you another chance.” She stood and pointed a finger his way. “So get yourself together, little brother.”

He lifted a brow. “How?”

“Don’t worry about it. Just make sure you don’t blow it.” And she sailed out.

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He leaned back in his chair. If he got another chance, he was damn sure not going to blow it.

Faith sat across from Kathi Sunday night at dinner pushing the food around her plate. She hadn’t really wanted to go out, but Kathi insisted it would cheer her up. They’d even gone to the local bar and grill that served their favorite appetizer platter loaded with hot wings, loaded potato skins, fried zucchini and shrimp cocktail. However, none of it made her feel better. Faith turned as a loud cheer went up. A group of men sat at the bar watching a baseball game.

“How does it feel to be home?”

“Okay. My parents are glad to have me back and I’ve been working nonstop to catch up on my work.”

“Have you talked to Brandon?”

“He’s called twice since he came by the hotel Thursday. I think he’s just feeling guilty because he didn’t want me to take the job. I don’t want to give him another chance to break my heart. It hurts too much,” she added quietly.

Kathi placed her fork on the plate. “What if he’s really sorry and seriously wants to get back together?”

“I just can’t do it.” She needed to get on with her life. She’d gotten an email from a retirement community wanting her to design their website and that would keep her busy and her mind off Brandon. They continued to eat in silence for a few minutes. “How’s it going with Cameron?”

Kathi smiled. “It’s going great. He’s taking me to meet his family at their summer barbecue next weekend.”

“That’s great. Sounds like it’s getting serious.”

“I really like Cameron and I hope so.”

They finished the meal and, with a promise to talk during the week, parted. On the way home, Faith thought about how happy Kathi sounded. She was elated for her friend, but it reminded Faith that she had another failed relationship to add to her growing list.

Her telephone was ringing when she unlocked the door to her home and she rushed to catch it.

“Hello, Faith? This is Siobhan Cartwright. How are you?”

“I’m fine. Thanks for asking.” Had Brandon asked her to call? “What can I help you with?”

“Two things. One, I wanted to know if you had any questions about your new position and two, I wanted to make sure you were coming to the retirement party for our fathers. I know Uncle Thad will be happy to see you and it will give me and my sister and brothers more time to get to know you.”

“I hadn’t really planned to—”

“This will also be a good time for you to meet some of the other employees you’ll be working with. You don’t have to worry about your flight and hotel arrangements. I’ll take care of them and email you the details. What’s your email address?”

Faith rattled it off.

“If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call. I’ll send you an email in the morning with all of my information. I look forward to seeing you again.”

“Same here,” Faith said, not believing that she had just agreed to go back to LA.

“Have a good evening, Faith.”

“Thanks. You, too.” She hung up, shook her head and remembered that this woman was the PR director and probably did this kind of thing in her sleep. And she was good at it. Faith wasn’t looking forward to seeing Brandon, but reminded herself she was going for her father, not him. Now she needed to shop for a formal dress. Kathi was going to love that.