Chapter 23: [REMOVED]

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When I'm kissin u it all starts making sense

And all the questions I've been asking in my head

Like are you the one, should I really trust

Crystal clear it becomes when I'm kissin u

~"Kissin U" Miranda Cosgrove 

“Is there something wrong with your food?”

Adriana looked up from her perfectly cooked steak to where Parker’s jade-green eyes were assessing her quietly.

“No, my food’s fine,” she answered, taking a sip of her wine. “I’m sorry, I’m a bit distracted tonight.”

The candlelight flickered over Parker’s sculpted features as he nodded in understanding. “Let me guess. Roman and Maya?”

“Bingo.” She sighed. “Those two are way too stubborn. I’ve never had so much trouble playing Cupid.”

“If it makes you feel better, you’re the hottest Cupid I’ve ever seen.” Parker smirked.

She rolled her eyes at his cheesiness but smiled. “I bet you’ve seen a lot, huh?”

“Well, I don’t mean to brag…” he bragged.

Adriana snorted. “Ok, player. We all know you’ve had your fun. If you cheat on me though…” She waved her fork threateningly in the air.

“I would never. I waited too long for this,” Parker said seriously.

She almost melted in her seat. Who knew there would be a day when she’d succumb to Parker Remington’s charms? As she’d learned in the past few weeks though, those charms were just too irresistible.

“I just wish they’d admit their feelings to one another. Being in a relationship isn’t as horrible as some make it out to be,” Parker half-joked, cutting into his own steak.

Adriana nodded in agreement. “How’s Rome? Still moping like a baby?”

Parker shook his head. “He’s even more bipolar now than before. One day, he’d be cleaning out his bar and muttering about how much his life sucks. The next, he’d be flirting with every girl in a skirt.”

“And Maya refuses to even go near him. She practically runs away whenever someone brings him up.” Adriana threw her napkin on the table. “This is ridiculous. There are friends. We have to help them.”

Parker cleared his throat. “Trust me, we’ve all tried talking to them. I would do it again, but I’m not suicidal. I’m far too young and good-looking to die.”

“You’re not too young and good-looking to go without sex for a month because your girlfriend is mad at you,” Adriana said sweetly.

Parker froze, then straightened up. “Ok, what’s your plan? I’m all ears.”

1 hour

“Talk to him? That’s your plan?” Parker exclaimed as Adriana rang the Fioris’ doorbell. “That’s the worst plan I’ve ever heard. We tried already, remember?”

“Yes. You, Carlo, and Zack tried. I haven’t yet.”

“What difference does it make?”

“I’m a girl,” Adriana said simply.

The doors swung open, and the couple blinked in shock at the beautiful, elegant woman before them. Her black hair tumbled past her slim shoulders, framing a heart-shaped face with gold-flecked hazel eyes, high cheekbones, and red lips. She wore a pair of sleek satin Christian Louboutin pumps and a black silk Prada cocktail dress that stood out in stark contrast to her creamy alabaster skin. A pair of diamond studs glittered brightly under her earlobes, battling with the foyer’s chandelier for eye-catching brilliance, and for once, she looked sober.

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