Nick and Noel's Christmas Playlist by Codi Hall

Nick and Noel's Christmas Playlist by Codi Hall

Author:Codi Hall
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Published: 2021-07-27T00:00:00+00:00

Chapter 18


Nick stepped inside Kiss My Donut, and the noise level in the bustling café made his head pound with the aftereffects of too many shots with his little sisters last night. He had no idea when Merry and Holly developed the skill to drink him under the table, but even after a shower and what seemed like a gallon of water, his pores still oozed Crown.

He shouldn’t have drunk so much, but as far as birthdays went, last night took a turn he hadn’t been prepared for. Nick, floating on air, ready to tell Noel he wanted to dive into something real with her, had the wind knocked out of him when Amber walked in. His whole family staring at him, waiting to see what he’d do. He wasn’t going to humiliate her in front of a room full of people, so he’d casually followed outside, feeling the eyes of everyone he loved on his back.

When they reached her car, Amber spun around, staring at him earnestly.

“I wanted to come by tonight and apologize. Everything you said to me the other day was true. When we got together, we were both kids and we didn’t have time to really get to know each other before you left. I should have been a better girlfriend, a better person, and I’m sorry I couldn’t be that for you. I hope you can forgive me.”

He’d been so thrown by her sincerity, he’d simply nodded.

“I didn’t mean to cause a scene. I actually hoped you’d be the one to answer the door and we could avoid anyone else knowing I’d come by.”

He’d laughed. “Yeah, no chance of that. They’re going to have questions.”

“I just hated us leaving things on such a sour note. You’re the kind of guy a woman needs to be ready for, and I just wasn’t.”

“I get it, Amber. No hard feelings. We’re both happy with how things worked out.”

“Yeah. Happy. On that note, I suppose I’ll go.” Before he could react, she hugged him hard. “Have a great birthday.”

As soon as he’d come back inside, he’d been bombarded with questions. So many voices speaking at once that he didn’t have a chance to catch Noel before she snuck out.

Nick couldn’t blame her for ducking him last night, considering her feelings for Amber, but he was still disappointed. He’d wanted to speak to her about how stupid keeping their distance was. That they had feelings for each other they should embrace. Jump all in and see where things went. Considering the tension caused just as many problems between them, why not give being together a go?

The fact that she’d taken off without giving him a chance to speak his piece irritated him though.

No one understood her gift but him. She’d given him a box of bulk flash drives with Nick’s Playlist printed on them. Inside was a card with a music gift card.

Now, throw away those CDs!

It was hard to stay mad at her when her gift was absurdly adorable.

He’d opened Amber’s gift afterwards.


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