Chapter 20

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"I'd like for you to spend some time with me at the club." 

Miles was true to his word and brought over their normal contract to sign before they would do any work on the house. He insisted that we get business all over with before we sat down for a nice casual lunch, and I was only too eager to agree. 

Theo had taken his position into being more as a part of the background behind Miles as he sat at our table while we all had ordered our food. I hadn't even gotten a chance to take a bite out of my sandwich before Miles had said that one sentence. 

"I'm sorry?" I sputtered. 

"I'd like for you to spend time with the club, get to know them." His response was said so casually, but there was also an intensity hidden within the depth of his words. I knew that his club meant a lot to him, and somewhere I knew I meant a lot to him too. It was only natural for him to want two things that were meaningful to him, to be brought together. 

I reached over and took a large sip of my water to prolong an answer. I wanted to glance over at Theo to see what his reaction would be, if it was encouraging, disapproving, anything. I knew that I needed to take a step in this direction when I was ready for it and I just didn't want to disappoint anyone. 

"You mean you want me to go to the bar again?" This I could do, I could make a casual appearance. Talk to a few people, observe, stay within a partial comfort zone and do minimal damage. 

Miles' eyes narrowed only slightly before he shook his head. "No, I'd like to introduce you to the club as my daughter. It wouldn't be going to the bar with everyone else. It would be an introduction for you and the closest members." 

This time I did glance over at Theo, who looked like the epitome of cool, calm, and collected. This didn't seem to trouble him in the slightest, which I guess was really an improvement on his part, or maybe he felt that I would keep to what I said a week before in wanting to keep away from the club. 

"I don't know if I'm ready for that." I said hesitantly. "The club means a lot to you, to the both of you, you both have known me for just a short time..."

"That's bullshit." Miles stated his eyes piercing my own. "You are my daughter. From the moment we met, we have spoken every week, multiple times a week. We don't talk about superficial things, we have deep and meaningful conversations. I know who you are and you are my family. I want you to get to know the rest of my family." 

I felt torn in half. A part of me, a very large part of me felt awed. This was the man that I was really getting to know, this is the kind of man any little girl would have loved as a father. The other half felt weary. I knew the importance of family and having them be ripped away. Right now things seemed to be going great, but if there were differences, if they didn't like me, if they saw me in the same way Theo did... it would just bring anger and heartbreak. I didn't want that. 

I already knew that I was far different than those that Theo and Miles kept in their life. Seeing that difference and having Miles still want to bring me into his fold, his family, warmed my heart. I just didn't want to disappoint him. 

I fiddled with the pendent on my necklace once again before I spoke, "When would you like this to be?" 

A warm smile stretched across Miles' face and I felt my own beginning to reflect it. "Sunday. We're having a BBQ that night behind the club house." 

"I thought the bar was your club house?" 

From my question I was greeted with a hearty laugh from Miles and a slight smile from Theo. 

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