Chapter Nine.

“I thought you were my friend.”

“I am!”

“Then why the hell are you laughing?!”

Sandra looked into Amanda’s eyes, studied the annoyed, exhasperated look on her face, and doubled over laughing for the fifth time in the last twenty minutes.

“I’m sorry,” she gasped between chuckles. “It’s just... dude, I’ve never seen you so.. well.. not in charge of things. It’s funny as hell.”

Amanda scowled as her so called best friend continued laughing at her. She was NOT helping; if anything, she should be across town convincing AJ to let her get the damn divorce.

“San, shut it already,” she groaned. “I don’t laugh at you when things aren’t going your way.”

“That’s bull and you know it,” Sandra laughed. “What about the time I set the kitchen on fire? Instead of helping me extinguish the thing, what did Amanda do? She pointed and LAUGHED. Hard. For DAYS.”

“That was different,” Amanda shrugged. “I thought you were smarter than that.”

“Jerk,” Sandra stuck her tongue out at her friend. “I’m leaving you to AJ’s mercy. Just for that.”


“Nope,” she held her hands up. “I’m not getting in this mess. I’ve got my own fights to get through. See, Nick thinks he’s getting first choice of movie picks tonight, but he’s oh-so-wrong.”

“You would do this to me,” Amanda sighed. “Choosing a stupid movie rental over your best friend.”

“Damn straight.”

Amanda threw a pillow at ehr friend, who gasped in mock-shock and threw it right back. That had started it. By the time Nick walked into his living room, the two were exhausted, out of breath, and yet still fighting, their laughter coming in short gasps as they clobbered eachother with pillows.

“What’s going on here?” Nick asked, stepping cautiously into the living room.

“We’re settling our differences,” Amanda said over her shoulder as she took another swing at her friend.

“Just a friendly discussion, Nick,” Sandra laughed. “We’ll be done in a while.”

Shaking his head, Nick turned to leave the living room. “Crazy women,” he muttered.

A pillow ht him square in the back of the head, and when he turned around, both girls were seated side by side on the couch, staring back at him. He looked from one to the other, and they burst, simultaneously, into laughter.

“You two are definitely weird,” he sighed, heading upstairs, and only until he was out of their sight did he let his smile shine through.

AJ was right. Amanda was definitely the light he needed in his life. Why he was determined to win her over wasn’t a wonder anymore to Nick.

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