Sneak peek at book 13

One of my most favorite parts of writing this series are the flashbacks and the flash forwards. This particular scene comes in book 13 and I loved writing it. I hope you enjoy reading it!

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(15 years ago)

“I don’t want this to take too long, okay? I have a big exam and I have to study,” Jack said to Julie as they walked through the mall.

“Don’t rush me,” she said and glared at him. “I need clothes.”

Tommy walked over from the food court and handed him a pretzel.

“Are we done yet?”

Julie crossed her arms and stopped.

“Just give me some money and I’ll figure it out on my own.”

Tommy looked at Jack as he licked his fingers from the pretzel.

“No. You can’t go off on your own. Someone may take you,” he wiped his hand on his shirt.

“You’re so gross. Use a napkin,” Julie said.

Jack grinned and Tommy shrugged.

“He’s a pig, but he’s right. It’s dangerous for you to be in the mall alone.”

“I’m 14 years old. I can walk around at the mall.”

“Why didn’t you ask a friend to come with you? Why did you want us?” Tommy asked her.

She looked at them and her eyes filled with tears. She sniffed and wiped them, trying to hold it together.

Jack looked at Tommy and he shrugged.

“Did something happen at school?” Tommy asked.

“No,” she said softly. “Just forget it. Let’s go home.”

“Okay,” Tommy shrugged and Jack smacked his arm.

“No, Jules, tell us what’s going on,” he looked at her and she played with her hair.

“I need a bra,” she mumbled in a voice no one could hear.

“What?” both men asked.

“I need a bra,” she said a bit louder.

“Oh, okay, so get one?” Jack said.

She looked at her hands and shrugged.

“I’ve never gotten one before. I don’t know what size or what kind.”

“Are you sure you need one?” Tommy eyed her.

Julie kicked him and he jumped.

“Ow,” he said and rubbed his leg. “I’m just saying.”

“Maybe one day you’ll be able to grow a chest hair,” she said.

“Hey, I’ll have you know I’m covered in hair,” he said and Jack rolled his eyes.

“Whatever. I thought since you were doctors you would know what to do.”

Jack frowned.

“We aren’t actually full doctors yet, and I’m focusing on the heart and Tommy on children. We don’t do bra’s.”

She started to cry and Tommy looked at them both.

“You know what? We are all smart people. We can do this. I say we all go buy bra’s.”

Julie looked hopefully at him and Jack shrugged.

“I’ve taken enough of them off, I know what to look for.”

“Gross,” Julie said.

“Come on. Let’s go to the department store and figure this out. How hard could it be?” Tommy smiled.

“Really? You’ll help me?” she asked.

Jack put his arm around her.

“We will get the best bra ever.”

A half hour later, they were all stumped. Julie was in tears and Jack and Tommy kept bringing over bras that were way too big or elaborate.

“Maybe I should just duct tape them down and forget it,” Julie said sadly.

“That wouldn’t be practical,” Jack said and Tommy rolled his eyes. He saw a saleslady and looked at Jack.

“Give me a minute,” he said and walked over, explaining the situation. A few minutes later the woman walked over with a few training bras.

“How about we go into the room and I help fit you?” she smiled at Julie.

“Okay,” she sniffed and Jack and Tommy smiled. They watched her walk in with the sales lady and Tommy looked at Jack.

“I didn’t know there were training bra’s. I mean don’t they know where to go? What the hell are you training?”

Jack shrugged.

“I don’t know. How many should we get? How long does she need to train?”

They both looked up as Julie walked out, glowing. It was obvious that she felt more grown up. The bra stood out under her shirt and she suddenly looked three years older.

Both Jack and Tommy stared at her.

“Take it off!” they both said.

“We’ll take three,” Julie beamed at the sales lady.

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