Chapter 18

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I had woken up anxious. The week of constant apology texts and short conversations that I held with Ben made me feel like my nerves were shot. I just wanted a change of scenery and a change of problems. The more Ben talked about it, the more I felt like walking down an aisle in white would be walking towards my own imprisonment. I didn't want to be cruel to him, but there was a part of me deep down that knew we were walking towards our own expiration and I didn't know how to feel about it. 

I tapped my fingers anxiously against my steering wheel as I navigated around the familiar neighborhood of my childhood. Getting my parents house updated and renovated had gone from one of the last things on my to-do list to my top priority. Miles had assured me that he would meet me in front of the house along with their contractor and he seemed to be quite excited about it. 

Once I pulled up to the house and pulled into the the familiar driveway I felt the anxiety of this week drift away. I only had a slight moment of peace to myself before I heard the roar of two engines that pulled in behind my car. I pulled myself out from the shelter of my car and looked towards the first man who graced me with a smile while walking towards me to pull me in a hug. 

"I'm glad to see you. It's been too long." His gruff voice softly spoke in my ear. Much like the previous times I have been around Miles, I felt the peace and familiarity. 

"Hey" I said," I'm glad you're here. I feel like it's been too long since I've seen you too." We've continued to talk often with each other, but it felt different than when we were actually able to spend time together. 

I pulled back from him when I glanced back towards his bike and saw a similar one next to it with its proud owner standing casually next to it, watching us.

"Theo?" My eyes widened and I couldn't help the look of shock that came over my face.

The straight faced look he had changed into a slight smirk, while his eyes crinkled. I had to admit to myself that he looked fantastic. His arms were crossed so I could see the muscle stretch the sleeves of his grey shirt and the colorful designs of his tattoos stretch across both arms. He wore dark washed jeans that fit his thighs nicely and the black cut that displayed his colors proudly. My eyes flicked up to his face as I noticed his smirk widened and his eyes held back laughter. 

Shit, I was blatantly checking him out and he noticed. I turned my face away from him to try and reign in my own embarrassment and looked back to Miles, who seemed to be watching my embarrassing exchange. It's not that I hadn't noticed how attractive Theo was when I first met him, but this was the first time I was really seeing him as someone other than just a guy in the Phoenix MC. 

I let out a little embarrassed cough and inhaled deeply before turning back to Theo. 

"So you're the contractor?" I asked him to which he gave a small smile. 

"Is that a problem?" 

I gave a slight shrug of my shoulders, "As long as you're good and give me a good deal." I gave him a wide grin when his smile grew. I looked back and forth from Miles to Leo before sharing my thought, "I actually am surprised, I thought you're biker name was Ink?" 

Theo gave a slight nod and then Miles spoke up. "It is, Ink has a number of talents. He's more of our specialty tattoo artist. We have another contractor but Ink volunteered for this job when I told him about it." 

 My eyes quickly glanced back to Theo where he still held a slight smile while shrugging at the given explanation. 

"Unfortunately I have other commitments I have to keep, otherwise I would stay." Miles spoke as he glanced between Theo and I. "I trust Ink will be as professional as possible. I'll try to stop by again in a couple hours if the two of you are still here." He looked towards Theo where they seemed to be having a silent exchange of words before Miles gave a sharp nod. "I'll give you a call once I'm finished, but I'll see you in a bit." 

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