JUST THE WAY I LIKE IT
With friends like these... they may never date again!
A Bradfords series short story.
Out of their entire group of friends, Kevin Campbell and Doug "Dooley" Miller are the last bachelors standing. And if their friends' wives have anything to say about it, they're both going down-the sooner the better.
Sure, sometimes it's torture to stand by and watch their friends enjoy true love. But all that touching, teasing, and goo-goo eyes? It gets old. Plus, Kevin and Dooley have their reasons for staying single, and a trio of meddling women can't change that.
Or can they?
That's the question that's making them nervous. Very nervous...
Warning: This Bradford series epilogue contains six meddling friends, two sworn bachelors and a bunch of crazy set-ups. It's also a sneak peek at the next two books where Kevin and Dooley do find true love...without any help from their friends.
© copyright Erin Nicholas, 2012
Mac leaned back, linking his hands behind his head. "We don't need encouraging. The girls insist that you two need girlfriends now that the rest of us are tied down, and you know I don't say no to Sara."
They all rolled their eyes in unison. Truer words had never been spoken. Sara Bradford Gordon could get Mac to do anything she wanted with nothing more than a bat of her eyes. It had always been that way, but since she'd married him and he was having sex with her on a regular basis, it had gotten downright ridiculous.
"So, you either let us set you up or you let the girls set you up." Sam reclaimed his seat on one end of the sofa in the St. Anthony's Hospital break room. "I'm thinking we know you better."
Kevin groaned. "I don't want any of you setting me up."
"Don't worry. We'll make sure she knows all the words to 'Jesus Loves Me'," Sam said.
Kevin threw a French fry at him too. "You really would, wouldn't you?" he asked. "You really would make that one of the first questions you asked."
"Is that not how you do it?" Sam asked, his eyes wide with mock innocence. "How else can you be sure she's a good, God-fearing woman?" He lowered his voice to a whisper. "Do they have a special tattoo somewhere?"
Kevin threw another French fry. Sam caught this one and ate it.
"Sorry, bud, even church-going guys have to have a date at our group dinners," Mac said. "Or so I've been told. Frankly, I don't care if you two date each other. As long as you don't grope each other where I have to watch, it doesn't matter to me."
Kevin had become a Christian a few years before and was trying hard to live a conservative lifestyle. Which did make it difficult to set him up with most of the girls his friends knew. It seemed that the only wonderful, sweet women Mac and Sam knew were the women they'd married. And Dooley tried not to hang out with anyone too sweet or wonderful as a general rule.
"I think maybe your girls have too much thinkin' time on their hands," Dooley said. "Maybe you boys need to come up with some better ways to keep them busy so they don't worry about my love life so much."
Nobody needed to worry about his love life. Including him. It was exactly what he wanted it to be. Well, it was exactly what he needed it to be. Uncomplicated and fun. He couldn't take on a commitment to a woman on top of everything else going on in his life.
But nobody needed to worry about that either. Except him.
"She's gotta catch her breath sometime," Mac said with a grin. "I can't help that you finding the true and everlasting bliss she's found is her new obsession."
"Maybe I'll get her a gift certificate for Scandalous Somethings," Dooley said, naming Sara's favorite online erotic shop. "That should keep her-and you-busy for a while."
"Um, we're getting kind of close to talking about my sister's sex life again," Sam said in warning.
They all knew that Sam was thrilled that his little sister had married one of his best friends, but there were drawbacks as well. Like hints about her being anything other than the sweet, innocent virgin he preferred to picture.
"And how come no one ever buys Danika gift certificates like that?" Sam asked.
Kevin grinned. "It'd be better to buy her a gift certificate to Home Depot. That's what would keep Dani busy."
It was true that Danika's hobbies tended more toward home improvement than fuzzy handcuffs, but edible body paint truly was for everyone.
"Anyway, Ben and Jessica have a girl they think would be great for you, Kev," Sam told him. His sister, Jessica, was a nurse and head of the ER department at St. Anthony's where her husband, Ben, was a trauma surgeon. They'd been tasked to keep a lookout for eligible girls as well.
The problem was, they worked in the same hospital and knew the same girls the guys knew. The same girls that Kevin and Dooley already knew and had either dated or didn't want to date.
"Ben and Jess are in on this too?" Kevin groaned, tipping his head back.
"Jessica knows nicer girls than Sam and I do," Mac said. "Not that that should surprise you."
"It doesn't. Not at all," Kevin agreed.