It had been far too long since she'd felt this way, far too long since a man had looked at her the way Tom was looking at her now. So what if it didn't last forever? She'd survived a broken heart more times than she could count. She knew she could do it.
"I can't run your life for you. I can only nudge," Maddie replied.
"And it's killing you, isn't it?" Jeanette teased.
"You have no idea."
"You hurt Jeanette," Cal declared.
Tom blinked at his somber tone. "And now what? You have to hurt me?"
Ronnie grinned. "Something like that. We're supposed to have a come-to-Jesus talk with you."
"Though for the life of me, I'm not entirely sure why any of this is your fault," Erik said. "You told her you love her, didn't you?"
"I did," Tom agreed, not the least bit surprised that they knew that.
"Hey, Jeanette, if you decide to strangle him, don't do it before we get there, okay?"
"So you can protect him?"
Cal shook his head. "No, so we can watch."