Chap. 27

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My phone went off across the room, and I reached out and paused my Netflix with a sigh.

Who was calling me in the middle of Breaking Bad?

I hopped up off my futon, retrieving my phone to see Parker's Caller ID on the screen.

"Yeah?" I asked, leaning against my desk as I answered the phone.

"So Thanksgiving is next week," he stated.

"I'm aware."

"I only get Thursday and Friday off," he informed me. "Which kind of sucks."

"I have the whole week off," I informed him.

"Yeah well shut the fuck up, okay?"

I couldn't help but laugh.

"So I know last Thanksgiving sucked."

"It didn't suck," I declined.

We spent last Thanksgiving in a hotel room down in Miami, while Parker puked his insides out with the stomach flu.

"I booked a hotel down at Cocoa Beach," he informed me. "So after I'm finished with classes on Wednesday, we'll drive down there and stay through Saturday."

"Really?" I asked, feeling the excitement grow inside.

I hadn't been surfing since I moved from Miami.

"Yeah," Parker said. "And I'll pull your surfboard from storage if you remind me."

And then the excitement dropped.

"I'm supposed to meet McKenna's parents next week," I reminded him.

"Well you have Monday, Tuesday, and most of Wednesday to do that," he reminded me. "Won't they be there?"

Yeah I'm sure.

"I'll talk to her. I'm sure it won't be an issue."

"Okay, good. I promise I won't spend Thanksgiving barfing this time."

I couldn't help but laugh. "How did your appointment go?"

"I passed my baseline concussion testing," he informed me. "So I'm going with Emily this weekend and we're going car shopping."

I felt my heart clench in my chest.

"I'm just going to test drive," Parker added. "After that the car will remain parked at the campus until I get the all clear from my physical therapist."

"Do you promise?"

"Yes," Parker said, with a bit of an exasperated tone. "I said I wouldn't drive, so I won't."

I knew that it slightly pissed him off, but I was grateful for it. Parker's accident had rattled me, and I didn't want him driving again until he had two hands to do it with.

"Alright, I'm gonna go," Parker informed me. "I've got some boring adult stuff I have to take care of."

"What boring adult stuff?"

"I think we're switching insurances," he said, with a sigh.

"Like health insurance?"

He hummed in agreement.


"Because the current one is a pain my ass, and the new one will be slightly more expensive, but easier to deal with. So I think that's a fair trade off."

I knew that Parker had a hard time with the current health insurance. But I don't know the extent of it, mostly because he doesn't tell me.

"I'll go with whatever you say," I agreed.

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