Lunch with Miles is not going to be easy. He has stuck with me through everything. He's basically my best friend, but I don't think I can handle another case like Sabine's. The only thing I can hope for is for him to approve. And that is my biggest wish for today.

Cleaning the house took my mind off of things, even though it was already clean from yesterday. I just needed to heat up the food and set the table. Really, it only took about 5 minutes, but the hardest part was deciding what to wear. Miles is quite obsessed with the way I keep myself these days. I decided on a white dress that is modest but fashionable paired with the horse bracelet Damen gave me when we went to the races.

When the doorbell rang, I hopped to the door and opened it wide. Miles looked dashing in a casual shirt and a pair of nice jeans. "Ever! You look fabulous!" He leaned toward me and kissed my cheek. "Thanks, so do you! Come on in!" He stepped through the door and whistled. "Jesus Ever, this house is kickin' ! I bet you throw some mean parties here! Oh, wait, I forgot who I was talking to." Miles grinned and moved me aside and headed to Damen who grasped him in a friendly hug. "Good to see you, buddy."

"It's always a pleasure, Miles. Thanks for coming."
"You know I wouldn't skip a chance to come hang with my two best buds!" Miles sat down on our couch as we assumed our position on the loveseat.

Chatting with Miles was always effortless. Whatever comes up, we just talk about, no awkwardness and no questioning. It's a very nice thing; to be able to share everything with someone. It's relieving.

When a sudden pause came in the conversation, I suggested that we all go to the kitchen for lunch. Everybody agreed, and we made our way to the table. Miles sat down while Damen and I went to get the food. I'm ready, I thought to Damen. He nodded and lifted the bowl with the pasta in it. I grabbed the tomato sauce and garlic bread. We brought them to the table and Damen sat down. "Oops, I forgot the salad. I'll be right back." I barged into the kitchen and prepared myself, taking a couple of deep breaths. Snatching the salad bowl, I hurried back to the table before I lost my courage and made a run for it.

After we all finished eating and a pause came to the conversation, I reached towards Damen and clasped his hand. He nodded and said, "Miles, we asked you to lunch today because we wanted to tell you something."

Miles looked me up and down. "Um...okay." He chewed his lower lip worriedly. "What is it?"

I glanced up at him and smiled. "We're getting married."

"Oh my GOD!" He stood up and danced around the table to hug us. "I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!" Miles grabbed us both into a bear hug. "Oh, my gosh! Congratulations, you guys!"
"Thanks! Miles, you've been there for me since freshman year, and I'm so excited that you get to be..."

" best man." Damen finished. What? When did he decide that?

"Oh. My. God!" Miles exclaimed. "I would be honored to be your best man!" We all gathered in another hug. "So, what colors are you thinking about?"

"Oh, geez Miles, I don't really know yet."

"Well, I'll help you with that." He grabbed my hand firmly and dragged me to the couch. We sat down and discussed wedding details for the rest of the evening.

At around 9 o'clock, he started yawning. "Go home, Miles. We will be here tomorrow, I promise." He stood and hugged me. "I'm really happy for you Ever." I hugged him back tightly. "Thanks for all these wonderful years, Miles. You're my best friend."

"Love you, Ever." He stepped away and shook hands with Damen. I linked my arm with his and we walked Miles to the door together. As Miles made his way to his car, I leaned my head on Damen's shoulder, exhausted. We waved together as Miles drove away.

I shut the door and turned to Damen. "That was really nice. About how you made Miles your best man. That meant a lot to him."

He shook his head. "I didn't do it for his sake. I really like Miles. He's my first real friend. I used to never keep friends. I figured that was easier. But now that I have one...I can't believe what I missed out on. But then again, I never had a soul mate." He gathered me into his strong arms as I tucked my head into his shoulder. We stood there for a while, just rocking back and forth.

"I love you." I said. He lifted his shining eyes and gently pressed his lips to mine.

"I will love you forever."

Another chapter closer to the end! At this rate, the last chapter will be the 15th. There might be more, there might be less. Anyway, review my pretties!

~ Lynn

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