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Here to Win (Walker Boys Sequel)

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“Welcome to London,” Caleb said, as I stepped off the plane.

“Look who finally woke up,” Samuel said, ruffling my hair.

I let out a grumble in response.

“Alright boys,” Coach said, approaching us, “follow me.”

We stopped at Starbucks, for my sake, and then loaded into a van with a few other athletes.

“Where do we stay?” I asked, taking a sip of my coffee.

“It’s called the Olympic Village,” Samuel explained.

“What’s there?” I asked.

“Apartments, shops, restaurants, medical facilities, media, and lots of open space,” Caleb explained. “And somewhere for you to chill with your family.”

“And places to relax,” Samuel said. “Not just with your family, but also just, you know, you.”

“And can meet up with other athletes,” Caleb said, shooting a smile at some women athletes.

“Aren’t you married?” I asked.

“Nope,” he said, popping the ‘p’. “Single and ready to mingle.”

“Not with that kind of lingo,” Samuel muttered.

“He’s just upset because he won’t be mingling this year,” Caleb said.

“It’s really not all that it’s cracked up to be,” Samuel said. “Most of the athletes have curfews and stuff.”

“Yeah, like the gymnasts,” Caleb said. “But they’re all teenagers, it’s not like I’d be mingling with them. That’s pedophile status.”

“That’s who Mason would be mingling with dumbass,” Samuel said, shaking his head. “The world doesn’t revolve around you.”

“I think I’m good,” I said, taking another sip of my coffee.

“You’re good?” Caleb asked.

“Yeah, I’m pretty good without a girl right now.”

“Because of that red head the other day?”

I didn’t answer the question. I’d tried to stay busy to keep myself from thinking about Zoe and how stupid I was. Why would I turn her away? She flew across the country to tell me that she loved me, and I sent her home.

“It’s Mason Walker,” Lolo Jones said, taking a seat in front of us. “Can’t say that I’m surprised to see you here. Although the last time I saw you that arm was pretty beat up.”

“You’ve met Lolo before?” Samuel asked.

I nodded. “I met her at one of my dad’s functions.”

“Who’s your dad?” Caleb asked.

“Robert Walker.”

“No way,” Samuel said. “Your dad is Robert Walker? Holy shit.”

“That means your mom is Emma Walker,” Caleb said. “The designer?”

I nodded.

“Anyways,” Lolo said, interrupting us. “I saw you in a commercial the other day.”

“He accepted his first sponsorship,” Samuel said, with a smirk.

“Killed my chances for a scholarship to college,” I said. “But it was worth it.”

“I didn’t know you had Diabetes.”

I nodded. “Sure do.”

“Well I’m sure you’re an inspiration to little kids everywhere,” she said, pinching my cheek. “Dang you’re cute.”

“Thanks,” I said, wiggling my eyebrows.

“Too bad you’re half my age,” she said, standing up. “And taken.” She went back to her seat.

“Taken?” I asked, looking at Samuel. He shrugged. I looked at Caleb, who shrugged as well. “Well that’s news to me.”

“Google it,” Caleb said, pulling out his phone.

I tapped my foot, my lips pressed together, while I waited for Caleb to tell me who I was supposedly dating.

Caleb burst into laughter. Samuel looked over the seat and Caleb showed him his phone. Samuel burst into laughter as well.

“What?” I asked. “Who is it?”

Caleb showed me his phone.

There was a photo, blatantly photoshopped, of Taylor Swift and I involved in a deep kiss.

“Wow,” I muttered.

“In your dreams,” Caleb said, laughing. “She’d never even look twice at you.”

“What does she say about the relationship?” Samuel asked, pulling out his phone. He opened up Google.

“This is bullshit.”

“This could actually be to your benefit,” Caleb said. “With that red head?”

“I wouldn’t lie to her.”

“Because he’s in love with her,” Samuel said.

“Shut up.”

“Are you really?” Caleb asked. He studied my face, which was turning red. “Then why the hell would you send her away?”

“It’s complicated.”

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Chap. 29

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Robbie Amellas Mason Walker
Ariana Grande as Zoe Baker
Josie Lorenas Amy
Cassie Scerboas Brooke
Lucy Haleas Courtney
Chelsea Staubas Kara

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