I love to cook, so a lot of food and cooking end up in my books. I'm not a "fancy" cook, but Tyne and Paula are chefs. They cook for the guests at Ian McGregor's resort, In this scene, Tyne's getting the food ready for the supper buffet, but his thoughts keep straying to Daphne:
Paula and Ian had asked him to be a friend to Daphne, so that she’d have a shoulder to cry on. But he’d taken it a step farther. He’d signed himself up to be her social director, too. He did enjoy spending time with her, though. And he was pretty sure Shadow had to be missing him by now. That was one cute cat! He enjoyed jostling Daphne out of her comfort zone, but his brother, Holden, would say that was due to his perverse nature. It was true. He did love a challenge.
Daphne was beautiful in a classy, understated way with her thick, wavy, light-brown hair, hazel eyes, and willowy figure. Tyne could understand why Chase had a thing for her a while back. Her skin glowed like fine porcelain.
Tyne removed the tossed greens from the refrigerator and added black olives, anchovies, and feta to the other ingredients for his Greek salad. Tonight, he’d added pickled beets for fun.
He frowned, his thoughts returning to Daphne again. Maybe Paula was right. Maybe he was spending time with too many happy couples, and it was warping the way he viewed things. Normally, he wouldn’t have even noticed Daphne. She was too subtle. But hell, everyone he spent time with in Mill Pond had already said their “I do’s.” The only guy who still hung out with his buddies was Jason Baxter, and he was an idiot. He’d gotten Jodi pregnant, and they were living together, but Jason still acted like he was single.
“Maybe when Jodi has her baby, he’ll change,” Ian had said. “Holding your kid in your arms changes everything.”
For Ian, sure. Ian couldn’t wait until Drew was born. Ian was an upstanding, family man. Tyne doubted fatherhood would affect Jason, but for Jodi’s sake, he hoped the baby would make some difference. Tyne remembered when Ian had handed him Drew to hold. He’d tried to finagle a way out of it, but once that baby looked up at him, all serious and concentrating on his features, he’d felt a direct hit to his gut. And the kid wasn’t even his.
Was he getting too settled in Mill Pond? Or had he reached a different stage of life? He’d passed thirty, and most people his age were married with kids. He’d focused on his career, traveling. They’d focused on meeting and settling down. He thought about starting a new restaurant. They thought about paying their mortgage and signing up their kids to be in sports.
The doors to the dining room opened and closed. The buffet groaned with food. Guests flooded to the square tables and lined up to fill their plates. Gratefully, Tyne pushed Daphne out of his mind. He needed to concentrate on his job, but the night flew by, and it ended sooner than usual.
When he locked the kitchen doors behind him, he wasn’t ready to go home. A good book waited for him there, but he was too restless to concentrate. Someone had mentioned that there was a football game on TV. He could miss that, so he jumped in his Jeep and drove to Chase’s bar. Would it be different if he had someone waiting for him at home? Where had that thought come from? Ian couldn’t wait to drive home to Tessa and Drew, though. Paula got antsy to see Chase, Aiden, and Bailey. Even Cody, a senior in high school, couldn’t wait to hang up his dishtowel to drive to his girlfriend’s house.
Tyne shook his head. Nope, not for him. He still had more mountains to climb, more things to achieve.
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