Both of them were still snuggled together on the couch watching a late-night movie when they heard the apartment door open and the unsteady click clack of Annie’s heels on the hardwood flooring. Carrying an open bottle of champagne, Grey’s mom swept into the lounge.
“I won!” she declared, swinging the bottle high into the air theatrically. “Won big!”
Trying not to laugh, Jake looked up, noting that she was drunk, and asked, “How much?”
“Fifty thousand dollars!”
“Congratulations!” said Lori, wriggling into a sitting position. “I didn’t realise the prize fund went so high for that event.”
“Oh, I ditched your lovely David,” laughed Annie, setting the bottle down on the edge of the coffee table. “I met a friend. Someone I know from Atlantic City. He got me a seat at the table for a private game. Much more interesting stakes.”
“Annie!” gasped Jake sharply. “You need to be careful.”
“Don’t start to lecture me, Jake,” she scolded, her words slightly slurred. “I won!”
“So, you said,” said Lori, stifling a giggle. “Do you want a glass for that champagne?”
“Who needs a glass, my dear!” laughed the older woman, lifting the bottle and taking a swig from it.
“Annie,” said Jake firmly. “I think you need to go to bed. You’re going to regret this in the morning.”
“What’s to regret about winning fifty thousand dollars?” she asked before drinking deeply from the champagne bottle again.
“Nothing to regret about the win,” acknowledged Jake, getting to his feet and taking the bottle from her. “Plenty to regret about this though. Let’s get you down to your room. Time to call it a night, Mrs Cooper.”
“You taking me to bed?” teased Annie with a mischievous gleam in her eyes.
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Amazon.com links –
Stronger Within – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VXDSC1M
Impossible Depths – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C0GS30K
Bonded Souls – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSQHG71
Shattered Hearts – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZY8ZSDM
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Stronger Within – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VXDSC1M
Impossible Depths – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01C0GS30K
Bonded Souls – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XSQHG71
Shattered Hearts – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZY8ZSDM
Long Shadows – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08RR1FGLG