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NEVER TOO FAR - The Bonus Chapter

(YES, I have agreed to write Rush and Blaire ONE MORE book. So this is not an epilogue. It is a special bonus chapter that will lead into book #3. I am not sure yet when that book will release.)


It was a kid. A baby. Rush’s baby. How fucking crazy did that sound? It wasn’t something I ever imagined I’d see. Rush, a father, sounded like the most ludicrous thing on the planet. Sure he’d been Nan’s stand in parent all her life but this was different. This was an actual baby.

I stood across the bar watching him as he showed anyone who would stand still long enough the picture in his hand. He and Blaire had been to get one of those things where you see the baby in her stomach. Now, Rush was armed with pictures of his kid and he was showing them to the world. Who knew a damn woman could make him go so soft. Not that I was complaining. I liked the new Rush. He had something he wanted to live for now.

I was itching to go outside and sneak a smoke. My nerves were on edge. I’d called Nan twice in the past two days and she still hadn’t returned my calls. Since she’d been released from the hospital she’d been different. Everything had been different. I wasn’t okay with it. And if she kept this up, I’d chase her down.

“What put that snarl on your face?” Blaire asked as she came to stand beside me. Her voice always had such a thick drawl to it. You couldn’t decide if she was going to go all southern badass on you or sweet talk you into doing naughty things when you heard it.

I forced thoughts of Nan out of my head. I’d deal with her later. Tonight was about my brother, his fiancée and the baby they would be bringing into the world in a few months. “Sorry. I need a smoke. Guess it shows,” I whispered. Blaire knew my secret. She also knew Rush hated for me to smoke so I hid it. A pinched frown touched her forehead but she didn’t scold me.

” I begged as I reached down and squeezed her hand. You’ve got to know that. it was you he chose. Please. Rush may change his mind if I’m waddling down the aisle. A soft laugh escaped her lips and she sniffled again then wiped away the tear that had escaped. I liked seeing him happy. “I hear there’s gonna be a wedding in just a few weeks instead of months.” Tears pooled in her eyes and she sniffled. You’re good for him Blaire.” I said nodding toward the man we were both looking at while he retold the story of the baby kicking during the ultrasound. His life had been about being available for everyone else and holding down the insane that ran in his mother’s veins. When he had to choose. Think of me and how badly Rush will hurt me if he sees me making you cry. I hadn’t meant to upset her. “I never expected this of him… you know this kind of reaction.“That baby has got him all kinds of wrapped up. I get those a lot lately. I was just being honest.” The teasing tone in her voice was masking a real fear.” . I could tell by the way her voice cracked. “It’s happy tears. I’m proud of him for thinking of himself for once and taking what he wanted. He’s never had anyone to care about him the way you do. “Don’t cry. He chose you.” she replied in a dreamy voice. The man was in deep with this girl. “I hope you’re kidding. The guy needed her like he needed air. Rush as a smitten daddy was one thing but Rush getting married was another. “I don’t want to be big and fat in my wedding dress. He’s amusing as hell to watch. I mean… I love him and all but it’s different with you. It’s the pregnancy hormones. With Blaire he was just happy. If I didn’t already love him completely this would make me love him more. That’s exciting. Because nothing could send Rush running away from you. I looked away from my brother and down at Blaire.” Yet another thing that baffled me.

Jimmy. Right now that was all I needed. He was acting like a proud daddy. Blaire was like a wounded little bird that needed special care. “I need to go rescue Rush. He does this just to make Rush squirm. But I did need a distraction. was openly flirting with Rush. I just wanted Rush to take care of her. strong. With the stress my dad was laying on me with this job and the need to prove myself to him. bad girl distraction. Even if it means you get a gorgeous blonde in the package.” she said with a small smile before going over to Rush. The amusement in them had me following her gaze.Blaire shifted her eyes from me back toward Rush. . He’d wanted the girl and he’d won her. The male gene wants to protect. It wasn’t right for her to deal with all this alone. I didn’t want a chance. He wasn’t being serious. WOODS Rush Finlay was actually doing this. wild female that just wants a good time. Hell. I couldn’t deal with a woman who was fragile. but if you need to take a break I’ll cover for you. Once she was pregnant. But the responsibility that comes with it isn’t something we all want. I hadn’t ever stood a chance. Jimmy has a naughty streak. A sexy. Men were drawn to that. I was drawn to it. a server at the club. long-legged. He should be. At least not me. I wish you wouldn’t smoke. He knew Rush was taken and it was obvious Jimmy adored Blaire. I was glad. I’d rather go shop for a fun.

Taking a sip of the bourbon I’d poured myself. Either of those work. It was time I properly congratulated them and saw the pictures they were so happily flashing around. “Let me see this baby.” . “Smoking hot or fucking sexy. He was protective or either crazy jealous of Blaire. I didn’t miss the way Rush’s arm slipped around her waist and pulled her closer to his side while he shifted his focus off of the conversation he was having with Jace to watch me. You never said I couldn’t call you pretty. I just hope he’s as pretty as his daddy.” Blaire sighed and shook her head in exasperation. Baby. The girl lucked out in the gene pool because her dad wasn’t that attractive.” I said as Blaire’s face broke into a grin and she held the picture in her hand out to me. Stop calling me that.” “Both are off limits. Maybe a little of both but I couldn’t blame him. Blaire’s green eyes lifted to meet mine as I approached them. “Then what do I call you?” Rush smirked. “I’m not pretty. You think you can handle two Rush Finlay’s?” I asked Blaire. “Let me see him. it’s a boy. That was my first mistake with Blaire.” Rush cleared his throat. She giggled. “So. They were hard not to get lost in. Blaire shifted her feet and stared up at him. “You said to stop calling you beautiful. Getting too taken in by her looks.” he replied. “Yes I think I can manage.” I repeated taking the photo she held out to me. It was surprisingly clear. I walked out from behind the bar at the club and toward Rush and Blaire. Rush had obviously paid to have that 3D thing done I’d heard about.

It looked like he had come to find me this time. A little. Blaire’s pain. Rush’s dad. The same silver eyes that I saw every day in the mirror were focused on me. I envied them. I would have seen him walk in. A new born. They had a world of issues still to overcome. I hoped their future was a happy one. Glancing down at Blaire who was still talking to Woods and didn’t notice the change in the room. RUSH If I hadn’t been so taken in by Blaire and the way she lit up the room. “That’s your father. It was work. It wasn’t until the talking surrounding me went silent and eyes all stared at the door my back was to. It had been awhile since I’d seen my dad. The list went on.Blaire laughed and slapped his arm. Normally we kept in contact more but with Blaire coming into my world and completely turning it on its axis I hadn’t taken the time and energy to track my father down so I could talk to him. I moved her behind me in a protective measure before turning around to see what had captured everyone’s attention. . Blaire’s father. She’d moved from where I’d tucked her behind me and was holding onto my arm now.” Blaire said quietly beside me. Even if it seemed as if they had a mountain of obstacles in their way. But I hadn’t. Nan. Rush’s mother. Not enough to want that too.

” .“Yeah. it is.

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