Another Scene from Promising You (Jade #4)

Promising YouHere’s a scene with Jade and Garret taken from Promising You.

“Jade? Why aren’t you answering me?” Garret is sitting in front of me, a worried look on his face.

“Sorry, I didn’t hear you. What did you say?”

“I think that’s a symptom.” He races over to get the sheet of paper the doctor gave him for caretakers of people with head trauma.

“I’m fine. I just wasn’t listening.”

“Here. Slow response time.” He scans the list. “And difficulty concentrating. You have two symptoms. I’m calling Dr. Cunningham.” He gets his phone out but I grab it before he can call.

“Garret, really, I’m fine. I was thinking about something and I just didn’t hear you.” He reaches for the phone, but I hold it behind me and back up against the headboard. “I’ll prove it to you. Ask me one of your stupid questions.”

Ever since I got the concussion, Garret’s been asking me questions to see if I’m confused or have memory loss, two symptoms on his caretaker sheet that warrant a trip back to the doctor. His questions are over-the-top ridiculous and always make me laugh.

“My questions aren’t stupid.” He sounds annoyed but he’s smiling. “Are you ready?”

“Yes. Go ahead.”

“Do you know what day it is?”

“That’s a boring question. And it’s already on that caregiver sheet. Come on. You can do better than that.”

“Okay. When is my birthday?”

I take a moment to think. “Shit, I don’t know. It’s in August but I don’t think you ever told me the exact date.”

“Strike one. Next question. What’s my favorite color?”

I try to remember but nothing comes to mind so I take a guess. “Blue?”

“Nope. Strike two.”

“Wait. Did you ever tell me your favorite color? Why don’t I know this?”

“Moving on. What sports did I play in high school?”

“Football and swimming. There, I at least got that right.”

“Strike three.”

“What? You told me you were on the swim team and were quarterback of the football team.”

“Yes, but that’s only two. What other sports did I play?”

“How should I know? You never talk about high school.”

“Sorry, Jade. You failed the test.” He reaches behind me and takes his phone, pretending to make a call. “You’re obviously suffering from memory loss. I’m calling Dr. Cunningham.”

I reach for the phone and he lets me have it. “What was that all about?”

“I was testing you. Making sure your head’s okay.”

“No, you weren’t. You were testing me on how well I know you. And I failed. How could I fail?”

“Forget it, Jade. I was just kidding around.”

“Yeah, but still, you’re my boyfriend. I should know this stuff about you. Why don’t I know this stuff?”

“Maybe you don’t want to know.” He smiles and kisses my cheek. “Maybe you’re just using me for sex and have no interest in getting to know me.”

“That’s not funny, Garret. I feel like the worst girlfriend on the planet. Later today, I’m going to make a whole list of questions to ask you and I’m going to keep asking them until I know everything about you.”

“You’re making too big a deal out of this. I was kidding.”

“Doesn’t matter. I need to know everything about you.”

“Not everything.” He kisses me. “You need to leave a little mystery.”

Excerpt taken from Promising You (The Jade Series #4) 
Copyright 2014 Allie Everhart