e didn’t want his friends thinking about Cass in this manner. “She’s my father's wife!”
“Heck, I’d sleep with my stepmother if she was hot,” Ross said.
“She’s not my stepmother!” Liam was getting annoyed now and it showed. Ross and Corey knew him well enough to drop the subject. Niall on the other hand didn’t.
“If I had my chance with her… I definitely would,” he said, nodding his head like ‘yeah man’. Liam got up and stormed from the room. He could hear Ross and Corey chastising Niall. However when they thought he was out of earshot a lot of questions were asked and comments passed.
He made his way into the kitchen just as Cass came in to get a bottle of wine. She asked him if his evening was going well? “I’d forgotten how juvenile men my age are,” he said still fuming over the comments made by Niall.
“Well, you’re only young once so enjoy it..” she said; movement by the door made them turn as Ross made his way in swiftly followed by Corey and Niall.
“Hello Mrs Schneider,” Niall said nodding his head slightly.
Cass knew he was an employee but didn’t know his name for which she felt bad. She looked to Liam for introductions.
“Cass, this is Niall Simmons; Ross Everson and Corey Midhope. Boys this is…” and he faltered. He didn’t want to call her his step mother or even his father’s wife. Cass started at his blank expression and smiled; holding out her hand to Niall first she introduced herself, “Cassandra Schneider.”
The boys all greeted her and she left them to it. Ross turned to say something and Liam warned him not to with a simple look. Although he knew plenty would be said when he was out of earshot and it made him bristle. He was glad when the game was over and the boys left. It hadn’t been planned that way but he made his excuses and called for a taxi for them to go home. He couldn’t shift his mood.
Cass had been going away for Christmas before the arrival of Liam. Even though her mother and father had died some time ago she still had a sister, a niece and a nephew in her homeland of South Africa. Her accent had all but gone, occasionally though it could be detected, especially when she was tired or drunk. She decided to broach the subject of Christmas with Liam; she didn’t want to leave him alone.
Liam hadn’t thought that far ahead even though it was already December twelfth. He didn’t really have anywhere to go. Cass didn’t mention her trip to him she simply cancelled it. Liam, however, did find out when he overheard her on the phone to her sister explaining that she wouldn’t be coming. When she got off the phone he rounded on her.