Carnages by Maxime Chattam

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Well, I have no idea how I’ll compete with that, but since the standard’s pretty low, I suppose I won’t fall flat on my face. ” Jess grinned back, but then her expression sobered. ” Unexpected tears stung Laila’s eyes. ” “Don’t you dare cry,” Jess ordered. ” “Promptly at two,” Laila promised. Maybe Thanksgiving wouldn’t turn out to be half as depressing as she’d envisioned after all. Or else, once again, she’d feel like a fifth wheel among all those exuberantly happy O’Brien couples. 3 Thanksgiving turned out to be one of those perfect fall days in Chesapeake Shores.

Let’s say I buy that for a single minute,” Jess said. “With whom are you having that turkey dinner? ” “You can’t possibly shove another person around that already overcrowded table,” Laila said. ” Jess regarded her indignantly. “Since when has anyone in my family made you feel as if you were being included out of pity? ” Laila knew what her friend was trying to do, and on some level she wanted to say yes. Spending Thanksgiving on her own would be more depressing than any of the other meals she’d eaten alone since she’d sworn off dating after the whole online dating fiasco, when she’d wound up being stalked and harassed.

You deserve better than that, Susie. You’re an O’Brien, after all, even if you’re not one of mine. ” “Mack and I aren’t dating,” Susie said stiffly. “We’re friends. ” Mick just shook his head. “Damned waste, if you ask me. ” “Not that I asked for it,” Susie said. She’d heard some version of the same advice for a couple of years now from just about everyone in her family, and a few outsiders to boot. It was getting tiresome, mostly because it was sound advice she didn’t particularly want to heed.

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