I think you can see where this passage is going!
He still wanted her so bad he could taste it. But she held on to the notion that this thing between them would blow out like a candle in a draft. The longer he knew Jordyn the more he understood that candle would always burn.
Family or not. It wasn’t as if they were real step-siblings who’d been raised together.
He hefted his backpack and the takeout bags from their favorite restaurant and headed to the exit that led to the elevator. She knew he was there and his belly tightened in anticipation.
It was time they talked about where this friendship was going, and he hoped it was to bed.
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Can we say conflict? (discussion with her bff - yes, a heroine for the future)
Jordyn shook her head. “It’s stupid to think about more with him. We’re both too busy, live too far apart and will be related in September.” She couldn’t believe she’d even talked about kids. But it was clear he’d gotten her message. She wanted to settle down, so this was definitely a short-term thing.
“Step-siblings created in adulthood don’t count as siblings. It’s not as if you grew up together. You’re both fully functional adults whose parents just happen to be engaged.”
“Break-ups can be hard on family members. People get attached to their children’s partners and miss them when they’re gone. Except Tom wouldn’t be gone and neither would I. We’d have to see each other at every family event. Tom and I are connected and socializing is unavoidable.”
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