Sleepy and alone at dawn, the thought didn’t feel ridiculous.
"Right. But Hitchcock beats other horror directors by turning a nightmare into a fantasy, all by giving order to it. When you’re done watching, his characters make sense."I nodded at Jax, musing the information as I soaked in the sight of him in bed next to me. I noticed his muscles bulged through the thin grey t-shirt, and I found my eyes idly tracing his shoulder’s curve.
"So no scary movies," he said. "Should I download Sleepless in Seattle for next time?""Ugh, gag me." My face contorted with mock disgust. "Screw that boy-meets-girl, boy-marries-girl stuff. Who cares? They’re always so boring." It was only after I’d answered that I realized I’d gone along with the idea that there’d be a next time.He raised a brow. "No scary movies, no romcoms. Well, Riley, what do you like?"
I grinned. "Action movies! The more over-the-top, the better. Kill Bill is my favorite, but I’ll watch basically anything with a crazy revenge plot and a lot of broken glass.""Revenge?" I thought Jax would laugh, but he didn’t. "Seems like that could be terrifying, too."
"But action movies really are fantasy. The bad guy almost always gets what’s coming to him, and the good guy’s basically magic," I said. "It’s my personal favorite brand of escapism."
"I’ll bring something with more explosions next time." He grabbed the remote and hit pause just when it was getting to the good part.Mom smiled as if Maggie were the perfect daughter she never had. They were good for each other. Mom was the kind of mom who needed a daughter, and Maggie had lost her mother tragically. They weren’t as close as a mother and daughter could get, but I expected over time they would fill that hole in each other’s lives.
Maggie sat down across from me and yawned. Just a couple months ago this would have been a very silent table. It was nice that Maggie actually spoke now. Fun game last night, huh?Her comment sounded innocent, but I knew what she meant. She was the only person who had an idea of where my head had been that first half. I looked up at her as I put a bite of pancake in my mouth. I wasn’t amused. But the smirk on her face said she was.
It about gave me a heart attack, Mom said with a chuckle. Lord, I’ve never been so nervous over a game in all my life.The games are going to just get harder. Winning the championship isn’t meant to be easy. I realized I sounded annoyed and wished I hadn’t said that.