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Where the Rainbow Ends (Summer Lake Silver #4)
Author: S.J. McCoy

Chapter One

 


Diego looked around the crowded bar. It was much busier than usual here in the Boathouse tonight. It was a younger crowd than usual, too. He wasn’t above admiring the younger women, even flirting with them, but that was as far as he would take it. He shuddered. Most of the women here tonight looked to be the same age as his son, Zack—perhaps younger. Some men were attracted to women half their age, but Diego wasn’t one of them.

His friend, Ted, raised an eyebrow at him. “I’m not sure how long I’m going to stay tonight. I think it’s going to be too busy and too loud for my taste.”

Diego smiled at him. “I don’t like to admit it, but I think I’ll be ready to leave whenever you are. Zack and Maria aren’t coming, so I don’t think we need to sit here propping up the bar all night—” He stopped when someone elbowed him. He turned to see what was going on.

The woman gave him an apologetic smile. “I’m sorry.”

He smiled. “That’s okay. No problem.” He was pleased to see someone his own age here—and an attractive someone at that. As he started to turn back to Ted, he caught sight of her companion. Another woman his own age, but if the first one was attractive, this one was gorgeous! He forced himself to turn back to Ted.

He grinned at his friend and jerked his head, indicating that he should take a look for himself.

Ted couldn’t get a good look around Diego, so he turned to check them out in the mirror behind the bar. His expression changed when he saw them, and Diego could only hope that he preferred the one who’d elbowed him. He smirked and mouthed, wow!

To his surprise, Ted shook his head rapidly.

“What?”

Ted looked stunned. “That’s her.”

“Her who? Oh!” Diego grinned. “Your friend from the gym? Your beautiful mess?”

Ted nodded.

“So, what are you waiting for?” Diego began to turn around, but Ted caught his arm.

“Give me a minute.”

“If you say so.”

They both stayed quiet, and Diego felt bad eavesdropping on their conversation. It seemed that the one who’d elbowed him had her ex-husband here tonight. And the gorgeous blonde was being supportive. He liked her for that. In his experience, women were sometimes less than supportive of each other. He could only guess that was due to their own insecurities. He wanted to believe that the blonde didn’t have any of those.

He, too, was now watching the pair in the mirror behind the bar.

When the song ended, the blonde waggled her eyebrows. “Come on, Audrey, you can’t tell me you’d turn the drummer down if he asked you? He’s hot!”

Diego pursed his lips. If he had to compete with another man for the blonde’s attention, he’d rather it wasn’t the drummer—who just happened to be Ted’s son.

He watched her friend, wondering whether she also would be interested in a much younger man.

“You know me, Izzy,” said the friend.

Izzy? It wasn’t a name he’d heard before; he wondered what it was short for.

“That guy is your type,” the friend continued. “I, on the other hand, wish I could meet his father.”

Well, that was good news for Ted, at least! Diego spun around to look at him with a big grin on his face. “Sorry, mi amigo, but I must.” He turned back toward the women, put his hand on the friend’s shoulder, and said, “Wish granted.”

She looked confused, and Diego realized that she must think he meant he was Eddie’s father. He leaned back so that she could see Ted sitting beside him.

There was no mistaking the moment that they shared. Diego had never seen Ted look so smitten.

Ted got down from his seat and went to shake the woman’s hand. “It’s a pleasure to see you again. I’m Ted.” He jerked his head toward the stage. “And that’s my son, Eddie.”

She cleared her throat. “It’s nice to see you again.”

It seemed that she was as smitten as Ted. Diego saw Izzy kick her foot, startling her back to her senses. “I’m Audrey, and this is Izzy.”

Finally, the blonde looked at Diego, and his heart began to race. She grinned and leaned forward to shake first his hand and then Ted’s. “How do you two know each other?” she asked.

“We met briefly this morning,” said Ted.

“Oh! You’re the guy from the gym!”

Diego grinned. Ted had mentioned earlier that he’d had a moment with a woman in the gym this morning. And it seemed that fortune had smiled on them so that their paths now crossed again. He could only hope that Lady Luck was feeling as benevolent toward him.

He held his hand out to shake with Izzy and nodded at Audrey. “I heard about this brief meeting, too.” He gave Izzy a conspiratorial smile. “I’m Diego, by the way. Since Ted seems to have forgotten to introduce me. Can we buy you a drink, ladies?”

Izzy waved a bottle of champagne. “We’re fine for drinks, thanks. But we’d love for you to join us.”

“Another bottle, then.” Diego grinned. He was thrilled at the invitation. “And tell us what you’re celebrating, so we can join in?”

“It’s my—” began Audrey.

“Audrey here is beginning a new chapter,” Izzy spoke over her.

Diego waved the bartender, Kenzie, over to order more champagne. They were drinking Veuve Clicquot, and he was happy to join them.

“What kind of chapter?” asked Ted.

Izzy answered the question for her. “Audrey’s had a tough time for the last few years, and now she’s coming into her own.” She raised her glass and smiled at them. “She’s ready to have some fun.”

Diego held up a fresh bottle of champagne and two more glasses. “May I suggest that we move to a table? The band is about to take their break, and that will mean a rush at the bar.” It wasn’t purely self-interest that made him want to move away from the bar. Of course, he was hoping to get to know Izzy better, but Ted and Audrey had hardly taken their eyes off each other yet.

Izzy slid down from her stool with a grin. “I was just thinking the same thing. There’s a booth open over there, see?”

Ted and Audrey hung back while he and Izzy made their way to the booth. Diego hesitated for a moment, then decided that sitting opposite her would be best.

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