It took Hyde about an hour to do his basic admin before he pulled up the chapters they’d recorded last night to work on. After running them through his own edits, so that they were to his exacting satisfaction, he uploaded the files to the system then composed a quick update to Sami on what was included, how he and Kendall were working as a team, and what his current expectations for the project were. There were still some menial tasks he wanted to get checked off his list before he went and did a workout, but he needed a break first. He used the bathroom then went down to the kitchen for a coffee refill.
Kendall was in the living room, her attention buried in her phone while some morning talk show blared from the ignored television. He shook his head at her entitlement, and kept going.
Part of him still wished Sami had chosen the sample he’d sent of him and Gypsy, but the logical part knew they were too volatile for that. They could barely make it through a few hours without it turning sour or becoming awkward in some way by the end, which wouldn’t be good for a business project. No, it was better that he do this with Kendall.
Or a long-distance associate, the way I usually fucking do it, he thought with a grimace, and then found himself once again longing for the peaceful solitude the old schoolhouse had once provided. He had no idea how his home had become Grand Central Station this summer.
Back in the studio, a barrage of recent memories, all including a certain smiling raven-haired beauty, hit him, reminding him it hadn’t been all bad. Driving, chasing each other with the hose while washing the car, kitchen mishaps, boiled peanuts, pizza, and movies…
The ding from an email alert made him sigh as he released the indulgent thoughts to fade away. Seeing that it was from Sami surprised him. Given how quiet she’d been of late, he’d thought it would take a day or two for her to respond. At the very least, more than the ten minutes it had been since he’d sent the chapters. She couldn’t have logged in and listened to them this quick. Not sure what to expect, he opened the message:
Hyde! It’s perfect. I love the two of you together. Can’t wait for more.
Short, sweet, and oddly enthusiastic. He didn’t get time to analyze her words much longer because his computer began dinging and chirping with alerts from the various platforms he had open—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.
“What the..?” Hyde clicked on the first couple, and then a few more. “Has she lost her goddamned fucking mind?”
She’d just social media blasted the world that her “lusty linguist lad” had manned up, at last, and made an honest woman out of her. And her profile picture, which he’d never seen her change, now displayed a generic “out of office until further notice” graphic. What the fuck did that even mean?
A shiver went up his spine as he looked around his office and thanked the powers that be that he lived in seclusion. Seemed Ms. Jackson was leading the crazy revolution these days, and he didn’t want her anywhere near him.
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