Severride threw his head back and laughed. “Casey, she makes some excellent points.”
Casey huffed in resigned exasperation. “A three bedroom is still too much space for me by myself though,” he pointed out.
“So split it with Brett.” Severride suggested again. He shrugged as she turned to stare at him in surprise. “What? It’s the perfect solution. You were just talking about having to find a new place anyway before Cruz and Chloe get married in a couple of months, and this way you get a roommate to help share costs and you’re in a much better neighborhood than what you were in when you first moved here.” He raised his brows pointedly as she glared at him in betrayal. “Don’t glare, you know I’m right.”
After the wannabe thug had broken into her home and Harrison had left for the final time, she had called Severride for help and had sworn him to secrecy. He had agreed only after making her promise to find a roommate and a better solution as soon as she had saved up the money.
Mrs. Fielding chuckled softly. “Why don’t you go discuss things, and come find me when you make a decision,” she said, ushering them out the door. “I’ll have cookies when you come back.”
Casey raised his eyebrows at Brett, silently leaving the decision up to her. She frowned at him and huffed, not quite stomping back down the hallway.
Severride grinned, watching them leave. “Thanks, Katherine.”
“Mm-hmm.” She eyed him shrewdly as he leaned down to peck her on the cheek. “Don’t think I don’t know what you’re up to, you troublemaker,” she said fondly, nodding towards the couple as they disappeared. “Just like my Damian did with his younger brother Jordan. Protecting his heart, not just his back. You’re a good man, Kelly Severride.”
He flushed slightly, rubbing the back of his neck. “Trying to be.”
“And still as unable to take a compliment as ever,” she teased gently, waving him away. “Go on. I’ll be here when you are ready.”
Severride grinned as he pulled out his phone to call his girlfriend. “It’s done. They’re out furniture shopping as we speak,” he greeted her, his smug tone filling her ear. It wasn’t quite the truth yet, but he knew his friend well enough to be confident that it was essentially a done deal.
“Kelly Severride, the matchmaker,” Stella teased. “I’m impressed.”
“No, no,” he corrected immediately. “This is merely…putting them on an equal playing field. What happens after this is completely up to them.”
“I mean it Stella,” he warned, infusing a slightly harder edge to his voice. He was confident in his belief that Casey wouldn’t hesitate to act, once the situation and opportunity presented itself, but he and Brett deserved a chance to explore whatever was between them without the nosy eyes and ears of their well-intentioned friends trying to help.
“Yeah, okay.” She sighed. “I’ll tell Foster to back off a bit.”
“Mm-hmm. Love you.”
“Love you too.”