Lucas groaned loudly, pacing away a few steps and running his hands through his hair in frustration. “So then what do you suggest?”
Maya took a breath. “Tell her that you like both of us, but in different ways. And that you choose friendship, rather than making a decision right now. That will give us some time.”
“Time for what?”
“Will you please just trust me?” She implored, her mind racing. “I have an idea of how to solve this once and for all, but you’re going to have to be patient.” She met his gaze, her own hard with resolve. “We’re playing the long game here. I’m on your side, but you have to trust me. Got it?”
Every instinct in him was screaming to ignore her, to go find Riley and spill everything. He blew out a hard breath. “Fine. What do I tell her when I talk to her later?”
Maya jumped up and started pacing. “Don’t do it individually. Come over to the Matthews’ house tonight, around six. Everyone will be there. I’ll text you later on what to say.” She strode towards the door, leaving him staring after her in bewilderment.
“Lucas, this is really important. You can’t push too hard, too fast.” Maya warned sternly. “We’re trying to create a diamond, not dust.”
He didn’t like it. Didn’t like that she was out with another guy, didn’t like that he was still firmly stuck in the friend zone. He had waited over two years for this girl, and was more than ready to take the next step. Too much time gave Riley the opportunity to over think the situation and over analyze her emotions—and gave Gardner the chance to get closer to her.