AN: I hope you guys like the final chapter of Couples Retreat. It started off as a prompt request and quickly became one of my favorite stories I’ve written so far. I wanted to bring it full circle and I think you’ll know what I mean by that when you read the ending. Hope it’s okay. Enjoy xoxo. Word Count: 2,128.
”Welcome home!” Zay says pulling Lucas in for a hug. The two
hadn’t seen each other since Lucas left to London to win Riley over three
Lucas promised Zay a tour of the house before the three of
them flew to Texas for his sister’s wedding that weekend. The plan was to get
the house unpacked before their departure at JFK Friday morning. While the boys
bonded in the empty pad, Riley wanted to spend the day with Maya catching up.
“It’s good to see
you, man.” Lucas pats the boy on the back. Even though he was happy in London
with Riley, he still missed the city and his oddball friends.
“So I see things worked out?” Zay laughs. “I was almost
worried she turned you down when I didn’t hear from you for the first two
Lucas bites down on his lip and raises his eyebrow. “Yeah
about that…we were kind of…occupied.”
“Atta boy!” Zay wraps his arm around Lucas’ neck and tussles
It wasn’t like Lucas to brag about his personal life, let
alone his sex life. But even he was impressed with how much time he and Riley
spent in bed together when he arrived in the UK. He liked to joke they were
making up for lost time.
“So details?” Zay insists, taking a look around the empty
“C’mon man I’ve already said too much.”
“Uh no.” He stops him. “You only implied that you two were
doing it nonstop. That’s hardly a detail.”
Lucas Friar is in dire need of a promotion when his boss announces an important position is opening up. But of course, there’s a catch. His boss is only hiring someone who is a responsible family man and encourages his employees to try to impress him at their companies annual couples retreat. Lucas, afraid of letting the opportunity for a promotion pass him by, signs him and his wife up to attend the retreat. The only problem is…he’s not married. So he turns to one of his oldest friends for help and she agrees to be his fake wife for the weekend
Lucas couldn’t think straight. It was like he was
overcome with adrenaline. All he could hear was his heart pounding and the
sound of his feet hitting the gravel as he ran to his office building. It was 5
o’clock, he knew his boss didn’t leave the office until around 5:30 so he had
just under a half an hour to catch him and tell him the truth. He didn’t know
what he would say and he didn’t care.
Up until early he hadn’t realized how selfish he was
being. He thought he was ready for a big promotion after just six years of
being there but the truth was; there were so many more deserving candidates.
Men and women who have given their whole life to
that company. Employees who have been there since he was in middle school. It
wasn’t fair. He got so caught up in the job that he forgot what was really
He wanted more than just financial stability. He
wanted to make people happy, take care of animals, he wanted to be his own boss
and run his own practice, he wanted happiness and more than anything he wanted
Riley. So much so that he was willing to give up his promotion and his job just
so he could tell her that.
Lucas Friar is in dire need of a promotion when his boss announces an important position is opening up. But of course, there’s a catch. His boss is only hiring someone who is a responsible family man and encourages his employees to try to impress him at their companies annual couples retreat. Lucas, afraid of letting the opportunity for a promotion pass him by, signs him and his wife up to attend the retreat. The only problem is…he’s not married. So he turns to one of his oldest friends for help and she agrees to be his fake wife for the weekend.
Waking up to Riley felt like a dream. Lucas had a hard time
distinguishing what was fake and what was real. He knew she was playing the
part he asked her to, the problem was she was playing it too well. Back in high
school when they were a couple Lucas would always think about what it would be
like when or if they ever got married. After they broke up he had to let go of
that idea and it was hard but eventually he did. Or so he thought. Seeing her
lay there against him, peacefully sleeping, he wasn’t so sure he ever really
let it go. He tried to remind himself, she’s
your fake wife for the weekend and then she’s back to being just a friend on
Monday. Just get through the weekend.
Lucas quietly slips out of bed trying not to wake Riley. He takes
a shower and gets ready all before she even opens her eyes.
“Riley…Time to get
up.” He shakes her softly.
Riley rolls out from under the covers, still sleeping. She
was lying on her stomach now which caused her shirt to rise up and expose her
bare back and panties.
“Woah! Okay now it’s really
time to get up.” Lucas shakes her a little more vigorously, trying not to
stare at her backside.
She groans a little before sitting up and tying her hair out
of her face. “Good morning.” She grumbles.
Cate thought Andrew was arrogant, Andrew was apparently not impressed with Cate and concluded she was aloof. While playing a late night game of poker and talking about his attraction to a friend of hers, they kissed. Three weeks later he proposed. Cate described it as an extraordinary adventure saying “It was a leap, but I wasn’t leaping by myself. It was a leap into the future” with someone she could discuss her work with and who could share her creative life. Andrew said they clicked.
Lucas Friar is in dire need of a promotion when his boss announces an important position is opening up. But of course, there’s a catch. His boss is only hiring someone who is a responsible family man and encourages his employees to try to impress him at their companies annual couples retreat. Lucas, afraid of letting the opportunity for a promotion pass him by, signs him and his wife up to attend the retreat. The only problem is…he’s not married. So he turns to one of his oldest friends for help and she agrees to be his fake wife for the weekend. Chapter 1 [x] Chapter 2 [x]Chapter 3 [x]
Lucas didn’t know what to expect when he woke up this morning. What he wasn’t expecting was waking up to an empty bed. He rolled over and reached his arm out to the space where Riley laid last night but there was no one there, just an empty bed and ruffled sheets.
He replayed the events from the night before, over and over again in his mind. It was the perfect night.
He glances over at the alarm clock on their bedside table, it read 9:30 am. Shit…I overslept. He was supposed to be up by 8.
Lucas hastily gets dressed and makes his way downstairs to the breakfast buffet. Once he arrives he spots Riley in a far corner by his boss.
“Speak of the devil.” Mr. Anderson teases as Lucas approaches the table. “We were just talking about you.”
“All good things I hope.” Lucas smiles, but he’s surprised by Riley’s lack of response.
“I was wildly attracted to him and his work, so I said something cheeky as he was about to walk out. I said, ‘Don’t you want my digits?’ Because I couldn’t possibly say, 'Would you like my phone number?’ It made him laugh. He texted me five minutes later saying, 'Would you like to go for a drink now?”
Any teases for the new Unbroken chapter? I am DYING with excitement for it to be posted!!
I got 5000 words done today! Since the chapters average about 10,000 a pop, it’s about half finished.I’m not sure how fast I’ll be able to finish it, since I have a couple RL things to take care of this week. But I’m really excited about it. I can tell when I’ve neglected the Swan Jones trio too long, since they are a little extra…into each other? LOL
Here’s a little tease:
Faslane was a short drive from Glasgow, but if he ever
visited that city, he wanted his family with him. He loved seeing Emma’s
delight every time they went somewhere new. The town was quaint, the people
nodding respectfully as he passed. The homes were mostly two stories,
whitewashed with colorful shutters. A few small shops lined the main road. One
was a sweets shop; curious, Liam entered. The strong scent of boiling sugar and
chocolate assaulted his nose; he coughed involuntarily. “Blimey.”
“Might I help with something, sir?” The woman’s Scots brogue
was thick, but Liam understood her.
He thought for a moment. “Do you have any specialties? Something
I could only get here?”
The woman nodded fervently. “Aye. For your sweetheart?”
Liam smiled. “My wife actually. She’s in London.”
“Just passing through?”
“Inspection of the base. I leave tomorrow.”
“That’s good. Handsome fella like you would get snapped up
in a minute ‘round here!” The woman laughed at her joke and hurried off to
fetch Liam’s request. Liam blushed, unused to such compliments from anyone but
Emma. He wasn’t a fool; he’d never had trouble finding dates in the past. He
simply didn’t bother most of the time. Now all he wanted was Emma.
As he left the shop, bag in hand, he felt his phone vibrate
in his pocket. With his gloves on, it would be pointless to try and check the
message. Deciding it was time to get in from chill, he headed back to the base.
The shopkeeper warned him to keep her creation chilled as much as possible
until he returned home, lest it lose its shape. Fortunately, his room had a
small refrigerator. Coat hung, bag safely in the fridge, Liam finally fished
out his phone. It was a text from Emma. ONLY
OPEN WHEN YOU’RE ALONE. Well, that was cryptic.