Max's entry was loud to say the least. The group glanced his way and shared a few looks but their conversation grew louder when they noticed his direction. Tancred fell silent.
"Emma, darling, you look…astounding. Sexiest woman in the room, as is required of the bride. And, look-I came prepared- a gift for the lady all in white." His voice was louder than necessary and a couple of people clapped Tancred on the shoulder.
"Really, Max." Emma shared a look that was meant to look disapproving but only managed to look delighted with her friends. "I'm not the bride yet, silly. Anyway, I can't be the sexiest woman in the room. That actress you like is here somewhere. I'm sure she's far sexier than I am."
"Damn right bitch." Livvy muttered to Lysander who looked shocked.
"Li-Fae! Sorry, she gets like this at events. Bad childhood and all that. Give me that." Frowning he pulled the shot from her hands.
"I was drinking that. And anyway, I can still hear you. My childhood was not bad, just…yeah. I was drinking that."
"Too bad. Now shush." He glanced apologetically at Tancred.
"Oh Max!" Emma trilled. "You shouldn't have!" She held the necklace up for the room to see and lifted her hair. Max came round behind her and put it on, taking longer than was really necessary.
Tancred gave a wry smile as he watched them and Lysander bit his lip.
"I can sleep with him if you like. Could probably drag it out for most of the honeymoon period." Livvy told Tancred, eying Max up and down. Lysander stared at her.
"Thanks but I wouldn't force that fate on anyone. I'll bear it in mind though. How much have you had to drink?" Tancred looked down at her, noticing how she was using Lysander to hold herself upright.
"Oh Honey. You and Ly-Adin are so sweet. I can totally take care of myself. By the time he's over here I can seem incredibly sober. I should probably stop drinking though. It's just that that doesn't seem as easy. I never did go in for hard work. Still, until he gets here, I am drunk enough to ask how many of you are single without being embarrassed."
"I'm totally single and also totally drunk so you are welcome to hook up with me. However, I should probably warn you that I play rugby which has to be one of the gayest games ever thought up. Basically, I sit on Tancred's shoulders in the scrum. I'm Adam." The guy who'd been in charge of Max was grinning and Lysander noted the name so he could quiz a few people later.
As if understanding his thought Tancred smiled and nodded at him-Adam wasn't a bastard.
"I'm Jack. I'm totally single too but unlike Adam, I actually am gay so I'm probably not what you're looking for." He smiled at her, gently, as if welcoming her into the conversation.
"Ooh. You and Adin should get together." Lysander coughed, embarrassed and thanked the Gods that he didn't blush easily.
"Really? You think?" Jack gave Lysander the once over and Lysander struggled not to look away. They guy was very hot. "Suddenly the reason he became an older brother figure to you is much clearer."
"I think you need to work on that whole sober thing, Fae." Lysander glared at his friend, ignoring her pout.
"But you'll thank me in the morning. Now, go dance with Adam and stop making things awkward. You don't want to give Max the idea that you're available, do you?" Lysander smirked and Jack purred opposite him, muttering sexy.
"Yeah, come dance with me Monroe. When your protector can't see you I'll find us some alcohol and we can go back to my place after so you don't have to hear him say I told you so in the morning." Adam grinned, leading her away, mouthing don't worry to Lysander.
"I like that idea."
"Wow." Lysander couldn't help but be a little bit worried. "Livvy must have a had a lot of really strong booze. She never gets this drunk."
"Livvy?" Tancred's voice was suddenly very very clear and Lysander cursed himself. Idiot!
" Lizzy. Just a nickname between us. After Elizabeth Taylor." He smiled brightly, praying Tancred wouldn't start connecting the dots.
"Quit being nosy, Tanc. I want to know who drunk I have to get Adin here before he'll take me back to his place."
"Both very and not very. You wouldn't need to supply that much drink, I can't hold it. I leave the serious drinking to Fae. But my place is really Fae's so you'd have to get me very drunk to get me back there. I'm sure she can smell sex." Lysander admitted before realising what he'd said. Dammit he was losing it!
"Doesn't have to be your place. This place is big enough that nobody would hear us of we snuck of to my room here after the party." Jack waggled his eyebrows.
"I'm beginning to regret offering you guys rooms here." Tancred muttered, the pensive look gone from his face.
An. I updated! Aren't you proud of me? I promise there will be more in the next chapter. I can just never work out how to end things. Useless, I know. I'll try my best.