The Best Goodbye(86)

By: Abbi Glines

“Loved her since she was twelve years old. Never stopped,” he replied.

The warmth of his words spread through me, and I leaned into him.

“Does this mean you’re gonna marry her?” Franny asked, clasping her hands together, with wide eyes as she looked at us.

“That’s not—” I started to say, but was cut off when River pulled me down for a quick, chaste kiss.

“Yeah, if she’ll have me. It’d make me the luckiest man on the planet to have both of you in my life, together.”

Smiling against his lips, I turned my head to see Franny watching us with a hopeful expression. “I think it’s safe to say we both love you and want to keep you.”

She nodded her head enthusiastically. “Yes, we will marry you!” she exclaimed.

Captain chuckled and held out his other hand toward her.

She ran over to him and was careful not to hurt him as she let him pull her to his side.

“Got my girls,” he said, kissing the top of her head. “Makes all the paths I took to get me here worth every last mile.”

Franny didn’t understand the depth of that, but I did. One day, she would, too.


Writing a book is challenging. Writing a book without support is impossible. There are so many who deserve my gratitude.

I need to begin with my children: Austin, Annabelle, and Ava. They are the ones closest to me. The ones who deal with Mom being locked away in her office. They give a lot toward every book I write.

My editor, Jhanteigh Kupihea, for putting up with my missed deadlines and forgetfulness. She helps make my books the best they can be. I’d be lost without her.

Ariele Fredman, Judith Curr, and the rest of the team at Atria for being the support I need to put my books out there.

Jane Dystel, my amazing badass agent, who I love. Choosing her is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my journey. Lauren Abramo, for handling all my foreign sales.

Monica Tucker. If she didn’t keep up with me, I’d be in a mess! She keeps my bills paid, food in my pantry, emails answered, and a multitude of other things.

Abbi’s Army, a group of readers who support me, promote me, and make me feel loved, even on my worst days. I love y’all!!

Every person who has ever bought one of my books. Thank you. I get to do what I love most in the world because of you.

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