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I told a judge I was engaged to my best friend.
Now weâ€™re faking it.
How hard can it be?
My life has room for exactly two women: my daughter Rusty and my best friend Charlotteâ€”known to everyone as Charlie. One is a feisty, tomboyish firecracker. The other is my seven-year-old. I canâ€™t imagine life without either.
So when my ex springs a custody hearing on me, I find myself telling the judge that Iâ€™m engaged to Charlie.
The only problem? Iâ€™m not. Time to fake an engagement.
Pretending weâ€™re a couple will be no big deal. Weâ€™ve been friends for years. We used to sneak cigarettes behind the bleachers. We turned cans of hairspray into flamethrowers. We got drunk on stolen malt liquor.
Sheâ€™s beautiful, vivacious, spontaneous, and she loves my daughter to death. Itâ€™s the perfect answer: we fake it for a few months, then go back to our lives.
Until we touch, and sparks fly. Until I canâ€™t take my eyes off her. Until I canâ€™t stop thinking about what sheâ€™s got on under her coveralls.
It takes one kiss. One touch. One shared secret and suddenly, Iâ€™m not pretending anymore. I want her, I need her in ways I didnâ€™t know I could.
But thereâ€™s a lifetime of friendship between us, and falling in love with Charlie could mean risking everything.
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