“I still can’t find my cell phone.” Nick was ready to pull his hair out. He hadn’t seen it since the day before when they were getting into their tuxes.
The day had not started well. He awoke to discover Daniel had left with his daughters, claiming he didn’t want any more of Levi’s sons to corrupt them. Nick was devastated. Until he found his phone, he wouldn’t be able to call or text Adele. He couldn’t remember her phone number. He had relied too much on the technology of his contacts list.
As brother of the groom, his job was far from over. He was expected to greet the guests as they were leaving the resort, thanking them for coming and wishing them well on their travels.
Prince Marcos was the first person to razz Nick about making out with Adele on the dance floor. “I knew when I met her that she was smitten with you.”
“That’s all fine and good if I could get in touch with her,” Nick said.
“Let me ask my brother, Jared.” Marcos patted Nick on the shoulder. “It’s a long shot, but maybe in all his conversations with Ruth, he obtained her sister’s number.”
“I’m not holding out any hope,” Nick said.
The young prince pulled his cell phone from his jacket pocket and called Jared. Nick hung on his every word, waiting impatiently while Marcos explained to his brother that, no, Ruth was not interested in dating again. Marcos thanked him as he wrote down a phone number then said goodbye to his brother. He handed the piece of paper like a lifeline.
“Don’t get too excited,” Marcos said. “It’s Ruth’s phone number. Jared assumes she would be able to get in touch with her own sister.”
“Thank you, Your Highness,” Nick said with complete sincerity. “I owe you my gratitude.”
“Now there you go again, throwing around my title like name dropping is going to get you anywhere.”
“It got me a phone number.” Nick shrugged and chuckled.
“Eh, it’s been so good to see you again, my friend.” Marcos reached and wrapped Nick in a hug.
“You as well, Marcos.” Nick pulled away from their hug. “Now I just gotta go buy myself a new phone.”
“Good luck to you,” Marcos said, turning to walk away.
“Let me know if you need anything,” Nick called after him. “Like a new kingdom, or something.”
“You’re one to talk.” Marcos turned but kept walking backward. “An exiled murderer running from the law.”
“And a prince without a throne. We’re quite the pair.”
“Goodbye, Nick,” Marcos called.
“Fair thee well, my prince!” Nick turned and walked the other direction toward the front desk of the resort lobby. “Where can I buy a new phone?”
Book Club Discussion Topic: Do you think Ruth will give Nick Adelle's phone number? Why or why not?