They said they would try. They said they would give their love a chance.
But when the mistakes of Gabriel’s past clashed with Nicole’s hopes for the future, they realized love wasn’t enough. They tied up the loose ends of their broken hearts and walked away.
Now, Gabriel’s career is on a meteoric rise and he is back to his bachelor ways. He told Nicole he couldn’t promise forever and did his best to let her go, but these days he wonders if he spoke too soon.
Nicole has a new life, a new man, and she refuses to look back. To everyone around her though, not looking back looks an awful lot like running scared from the past.
With Jackie and Ian’s wedding approaching, a reunion between the best man and the maid of honor is to be expected. What they don’t expect is for the olive branch of friendship to catch fire with a love and need that is stronger than even their best intentions.
They called it quits. But is it really over? They still love each other. But does that even matter when they’ve made up their minds that there’s no going back?
*Author’s Note* Mind Over Matter is the third and final book in the Loose Ends series.
We said we’d try…
They’d promised to be friends, a superficial attempt to salvage what was left of the dream now that they were both awake.
“Dude, what the fuck are you doing out here?! You got sixty candles to blowout,” Q roared, a little beyond tipsy, reminding him this was a party and not an introspective retreat.
Nuke was by his side, that ever observant gaze fixated on him. He gave him a broad smile, a pat on the back and said, “C’mon. Everybody’s waiting on you.”
Gabe smiled in spite of the leftover heartache.
It was what got him by, what kept him from feeling like he’d made the biggest mistake of his life that night. His boys, a good party here and there. A good-looking girl… though these days, that worked less and less. Life was a whirlwind, people surrounded him, and work was always on the brain and flourishing.
He had everything he wanted except one thing, one person. But when you already had everything you could want, perhaps that was the price you had to pay.
They sang a warbling and boisterous rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ and then yelled, “Make a wish!”
Jackie and Ian, Trish and the guys, their manager and friends from the label. Nicole, even if her boyfriend was by her side. They were all here. He’d block Travis’ steady gaze out, because here in this room, was everyone he loved, next to his family, celebrating his life. Here was proof he hadn’t lost everything just because he lost the girl.
Yet, even with all that, he couldn’t resist. He couldn’t help but make a small request on this one occasion.
He knelt down, looking up with a grin at all his friends and thought for just a second about his wish. Across from him stood Nic, her eyes beaming, her full lips spread into a soft smile. He held her eyes as he bent down to blow out the candles.
And he wished for her. For Nicole Langley.
For a second chance.
He wished for the love he couldn’t release, even though he’d tried to bow out in the most graceful way he could. Even though he’d tried to let them both move on with life, he held her eyes and let her see.
Then he lowered them and blew the candles out in one breath. Everyone cheered, cameras phones flashed, a handful of cake, courtesy of Jonny, was slapped on his face. He couldn’t help but smile and laugh, and try to enjoy what he had. He was thirty now, a grown man. Wishes were for children.
And even if they weren’t, they didn’t come true. There was proof of that when he turned to seek out Nicole’s smiling face. She was still with him, still by Travis’ side instead of his.
He was still left with only a wish.