Thanksgiving didn’t come soon enough to suit Lauren. She toured until the week of the holiday. When Thanksgiving arrived, the celebration was enormous, just as it had been in all the previous years. However, the addition of Jillian, Tommy, and Nick made things feel a little better.
December roared in with snow and ice. Christmas grew near. Lauren strongly disliked the holidays for good reason. Her parents’ wedding anniversary was December twenty-fifth. Each year, Lauren visited her parents’ grave on Christmas morning. She wanted Nick with her this year.
In the short month and a half since the Halloween Party, Lauren found herself feeling more vulnerable around Nick. He drew her in unintentionally. He quickly became her rock, taking Selina’s place.