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You should have been here

And I would have been so happy

Chapter 20 ~ The Moment I Knew

Max Caldwell

I stood next to my bedroom window, intently staring out the window and biting my lip in excitement every time a car approached the house, but then slumping my shoulders when they zoomed past.

I glanced down at my cell phone to check the time. It was almost nine.

"Where is he?" I asked myself as I continued to peer out the window with the hope of Liam showing up any second now.

The party had "started" over an hour ago, but I insisted that we waited until Liam came. I knew the guests downstairs were getting a little irritated by me, but it was my birthday and my birthday couldn't be complete without my boyfriend.

My gaze briefly drifted away from the window to look at my phone. There weren't any new messages or missed phone calls. If Liam was running late, he would've told me.

I heard my bedroom door crack open, but I didn't bother to turn around to see who it was. "Max," the thick, velvety voice said.

I heaved a sigh and forced myself to look at Jamie. He gazed back at me with sad and worried bright blue eyes as he waltzed further into my room.

"Your parents told me to get you," he noted. "They're getting really pissy."

I shrugged. "Who cares? It's my birthday. They can wait."

Jamie sighed. "Wait for what, exactly?"

I could feel my hands balling into tight fists and my teeth clenching together. "For my boyfriend, Jamie."

He lifted a curious brow. "Your boyfriend? I didn't know you had a-"

"I don't have to tell you everything, you know," I spat back at him. "And why did you bring him with you?"

Jamie's brows caved together for a moment, but he relaxed when he realized who I was referring to.

I had invited Jamie to my birthday party because he was my friend. His boyfriend, however, was not my friend. Then again, I would be asking too much of him if I asked him to spend a minute away from his beloved boyfriend.

He scoffed. "You have no right to be snappy with me. I'm here, aren't I? I can't say the same about that boyfriend of yours."

I shut my eyes and sucked in a deep breath, trying to relieve myself of the anger building inside me. "He'll be here, okay?"

Jamie raised his hands in surrender and backed into the doorway. "Okay, whatever you say. Just know that we're gonna cut the cake with or without you."

I took another deep breath and dismissed him with a simple wave of my hand. When I was sure he was gone, I quickly dialed Liam's number and held the phone up to my ear, clutching it tightly. After six rings, the phone went to voicemail.

"Hey, um, it's me, again. I'm sorry to bother you, but where are you? It's been over an hour. Please just tell me if you got stuck in traffic or something. I really don't like leaving all these messages and not getting a response from you..." I took in a shaky breath, "...just get here soon, okay? Bye."

I stuffed the phone in my back pocket and peered out the window again.

There was no way Liam was going to miss my birthday. Not after he promised he'd be here. Not after we shared that very intimate moment on the beach. Not after I told him I loved him.

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