With Every Breath I Take


Chapter One

Brooke groaned as she tried without success to tie her hair up once again. She pulled it back down and let out a growl of frustration. This is just the icing on the cake, she thought as she tried to put her hair back again. She jumped as she felt a pair of hands on the back her head.

"Having problems, Kates?" a voice asked from behind her.

Brooke turned around and saw Linz, her fellow bridesmaid and best friend.

"Let's not go there," Brooke groaned.

"Tell me," Linz encouraged.

"Well, for one thing, our best friend is getting married," she began.

"Tell me about it."

"Not to mention this damn bridesmaid dress is too tight and I can't get my hair to look right," she added.

"Well, why didn't you tell me?" Linz then proceeded to tie Brooke's hair up perfectly in a matter of seconds.

"How the hell did you do that?" Brooke asked in amazement.

"I've just got the touch, I guess," Linz replied with a dry smile.

Brooke smirked. "That's what Jason told you last night, right?"

Linz glared at her friend in the mirror, which only made her laugh more. "Actually, Jason is out of town right now."

"Business?"

"What else?"

"When is he not away on business?" Brooke remarked.

"When he's at my house," Linz replied with a suggestive grin.

Brooke laughed.

"So what about you?"

Brooke shrugged, checking her now flawless hair in the mirror. "What about me?" she echoed.

"It's been how long now since you dumped Joseph?"

Brooke let out a long groan. "Let's not get into that, Linz. I am so damn sick of men and their lying and cheating, and...just everything about them! I mean, you're lucky, you have Jason. But let's take a look at the guys I've been with in the last year."

"Okay..."

"First there was Vic, the drunk. Then there was David, the poet with severe emotional problems. And then finally, we have Joseph, the amazingly sexy guy with the ego to prove it." Brooke sighed. "Face it, Linz. When it comes to men, I have no luck at all."

"You'll find someone, Brooke. Just hang in there," Linz encouraged.

"Yeah, yeah," Brooke muttered.

* * *

"Man, I can't believe you're actually getting married," Howie mumbled to Kevin as they combed their hair in front of the mirror they were sharing.

He laughed. "You'd better get used to the idea, since the ceremony starts in..." Kevin checked his watch. "Fifteen minutes."

"Nervous, Train?" Kevin's cousin Brian asked from behind him as he, A.J., and Nick walked into the room.

Kevin shrugged. "Not really. Unlike some people, I want this to happen." Kevin looked meaningfully at Howie.

"Kev, you know I want the best for you and Sara. I justó"

"Cool it, D, I was just playin' with ya," Kevin laughed. "And hey, maybe you'll meet someone at the reception or something."

"I don't know if I want to meet anyone," Howie replied softly. "After Lissy..."

Kevin's face turned serious. "Right. I'm sorry," he said quickly.

Howie nodded and looked down sadly.

"Sooo...anyway...we have to get out there soon," A.J. reminded everyone, exchanging a nervous glance with Brian and Nick.

Howie finished with his hair and nodded. "All right. I'm ready."

"Me too," Kevin seconded. "Let's go."


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