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When I looked up from my menu to order, I saw him standing at the counter. Gage. Looking right at me. Well, not me exactly but at Dom’s arm lying on the back of my chair specifically. I saw his eyes narrow for a moment. He looked up into my eyes, and I froze to the chair. I couldn’t look away. What was he doing here? He was even hotter than I remembered.
The teenage hostess came rushing up smiling and fawning all over him. He finally turned to her and paid, smiling sweetly at her. She needed a bib for all the drool. I could relate.
When he grabbed his to-go bags, he looked at me one more time. He then smirked and walked out.
Why did I want to jump up and run after him? Why did I feel like I was doing something wrong right now?
“Who was that, Rory?” Dom looked confused. He had seen him too. “Do you know him?”
“That was Gage Maddox,” I said, looking down at the menu and trying to sound casual.
“Oh, that guy? My dad said he got into so much trouble at his last school they kicked him out,” Dominic said.
Holden mumbled something with his mouth full of the bread that they had set in front of us.
“Oh yeah. I heard that too.” Dominic nodded.
How did boys understand each other when their mouths were full?
“Th-th-the st-st-stutterer,” Holden said.
“Shut. Up. Holden.” I glared at him. Holden was the epitome of a spoiled rich kid. He had been a brat when we were kids and had teased Gage back in the day. He’d gotten better since elementary school. Most of that behavior had stopped, but sometimes he reverted back to that bully mentality, and I just wanted to kick him.
“That’s right. Didn’t you have a crush on him back in the day?” Holden looked at me and smirked.
I kicked him in the shin. Hard. “You’re just mad because he used to beat the crap out of you every week.” I glared at him.
“Ow, Rory.” He huffed and turned to talk to Veronica.
Dom turned in his chair to look me in the eye. “Do you know why he moved back?” He knew me really well, and I would need to tread carefully here.
“No.” I hedged. “I’ve seen him, but it’s not like I grilled him for information. I didn’t even know it was him.” I wasn’t exactly lying, but I didn’t want to tell the whole storm drain story now.
Laken looked over from where she was gazing into Walker’s eyes, obviously having something to contribute to the gossip. “I heard he went to a really expensive prep school that his rich uncle paid for. He got kicked out because he got caught with the dean’s daughter and got her pregnant.”
Veronica chimed in. “I heard he stole the dean’s car, and cheated on all his tests. And there was some kind of scandal with his parents a long time ago.”
“My uncle, the police chief, said he heard he was dealing meth,” Holden said. “He says they are going to be watching him real close.”
My heart sped up. That couldn’t all be true. Small-town gossip ran wild here. It could be any of that, none of it, or somewhere in between. And on top of it all Holden was a jackass. He always liked to stir up trouble. As if he didn’t get into plenty of his own trouble, his uncle or his rich parents had to consistently get him out of. I decided I wouldn’t believe any of the Gage rumors until I heard from a more reliable source.
“Yeah, well maybe we shouldn’t judge people before we know the truth.” I was getting even more irritated. “It sounds like Wynter gossip out of control to me.”
I was angry. Why couldn’t people mind their own business? Obviously no one had anything better to do than make up stories about him. Good grief. If he was moving here to get away from his reputation, I am pretty sure he picked the wrong place. Every time I thought about him or someone mentioned him I got a weird feeling in my stomach. Like a party was going on and the squirrels were leading a conga line in there. Not in a good way. All of a sudden I wasn’t hungry anymore.
Dom was looking at me in a way that made me uncomfortable. Everyone thought of him as this typical jock. Only interested in sports and working out, but then at the most inopportune moments he could be incredibly astute. It was inconvenient.
He looked concerned. “You okay, Ror?”
I just nodded. I couldn’t seem to get a handle on my feelings today. Any thoughts of Gage made my heart beat faster. My skin felt itchy, and I was having trouble concentrating on what everyone was saying.
I tried to focus and hoped I didn’t have my feelings all over my face. I wasn’t really good at hiding them. I was a pretty straightforward person. I didn’t want to lie, but I didn’t want Dom to feel bad either. He was at the very least a great friend and at most someone I cared a lot about.
He didn’t talk much the rest of lunch, but his arm never did leave the back of my chair.
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