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No matter how much you plan or try to prepare for what’s to come, life always sends you on an alternate path.
We’re taking each curve in the road as it bends.
Except what do you do when you don’t see the curve coming?
We’re struggling, learning to navigate in total darkness.
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As soon as I walk in the door, I see the smile gracing my big brother’s face and know she’s told him. I couldn’t be happier for them and the life they’ve created. This last year has been hard, so they definitely deserve some happiness shining their way.
“Hey, you.” I hear a deep voice behind me.
I don’t need to look over my shoulder to know it’s Tyler, but I do anyway. “Hey.” I smile at him.
“Sister,” Ridge calls out, finally tearing his eyes from his wife and son to notice they have company.
“Brother,” I counter.
“Get in here. We have some news.”
I’m smiling, but I keep the reason why to myself. Yeah, I already know what he’s about to tell me. “If your smile gets any bigger, your face might crack,” I tease.
“Ty, hey, man. Thanks for coming.” Ridge holds his fist out for Tyler as we approach them. Knox concentrates on making a fist and does the same. I’m not surprised; he’s seen his daddy and his uncles make that move hundreds of times.
“Happy Birthday, little man.” Tyler bumps his fist with Knox, who giggles. The joys of being so young and innocent to the world around you.
“So, what’s this news you speak of?” I ask Ridge, keeping my eyes on him. If I look at Kendall, I’m afraid I’ll give away that I received insider information before he did.
“Well, two surprises actually.” He holds out his free arm that’s not supporting Knox. Kendall walks into his embrace, and he tugs her close.
“We should wait to tell everyone at once,” she tells him.
“We’ll tell these two, and then we can tell everyone else together.”
“You can wait.” She smiles up at him.
“I can’t,” he tells her.
“Yeah, the suspense is killing us,” I say, taking Knox from Ridge as he reaches for me. “How’s my favorite nephew?” I ask him, kissing his little cheek. He giggles, and my heart melts. He’s such a happy little boy. That’s not only because of my brother being a kickass dad but because of his wife. Kendall has brought so much to their lives.
“Knox, buddy. Show Aunt Reagan your new shirt,” Ridge says with a shit-eating grin.
“Did you get a new shirt?” I ask my nephew. He looks down at his shirt then back up to me.
“Let me see.” Tyler steps up behind me and reaches his arm around to move Knox’s hand out of the way.
The heat of his body aligned with mine seeps into me. Tyler Justice is sexy as hell. We’ve been spending a lot of time together over the last year, and it gets harder and harder to resist him. It’s a complicated situation. He’s one of my brother’s very best friends. Ridge, Tyler, Seth, Mark, and Kent have been thick as thieves for as long as I can remember. I’ve always crushed on Ty; he just has this sex appeal about him that I can’t resist.
“I’m the big brother,” Tyler reads. His lips are next to my ear, his hot breath causing goose bumps to break out on my skin, so it takes me a little longer to process what he just read.
“What?” I ask, making sure I heard them right. It’s really hard to concentrate with Tyler standing this close.
“Read it,” Ridge says. His smile is blinding as he holds onto his wife, his arms wrapped tightly around her.
I read the shirt, “I’m the big brother,” the same words Tyler just read aloud. “No.” I look up at them and they both nod. “I’m so excited for you.” I jostle Knox in my arms, and he catches my enthusiasm and begins to clap. “You didn’t tell me,” I say to Kendall once I’ve ended my little victory dance. Knox reaches for Tyler, so he steps around me and takes him from my arms.
I watch as Knox grips Tyler’s beard and yanks. Tyler just laughs, causing those blue eyes of his to sparkle. That smile makes me weak in the knees, but then again, maybe it’s just Tyler.
Let me paint the picture for you.
He’s six foot two, blondish-brown hair that he keeps shaved, bright sky-blue eyes, beard, and muscles. His muscles have muscles. It’s from all the time he spends at the gym, plus construction isn’t an easy job. He works hard, and his body shows it. Let’s not forget his ink. Two full sleeves of intricate designs wrap up the sexy package that is Tyler Justice.
“I had to tell Ridge first,” Kendall replies.
“Fine,” I grumble good-naturedly.
“Hey, do you mind keeping an eye on him for a few minutes?” Ridge asks.
“Sure,” Tyler and I answer at the same time.
Ridge takes Kendall’s hand and leads her out of the living room, and their footsteps disappear down the hall.
“Daddy and Mommy need a minute,” Tyler tells Knox. “No, I can’t tell you right now, but when you’re older, Uncle Ty will fill you in.” He laughs as Knox just babbles back to him, still running his fingers through his beard. It’s not overly long, but long enough that the little guy can get a good grip.