Double or Nothing – Bonus Chapter
Willa tugged the sheets up around her as she scooted back on the bed. She’d spent the entire day tangled up in Hank and Trenton’s arms, ordering room service, learning more about them, and ignoring the outside world.
Now that evening crept toward the city, the fading glow of the sun was replaced by an artificial rainbow below. Willa itched to hit the streets and see a bit of sin city at night.
She’d gambled, eaten incredible food, even seen a few Vegas shows. Now she wanted to do something wild and unique. Something to push her even further out of her comfort zone.
As she ran over the possibilities in her head, Hank padded back into the bedroom, a glass of bourbon in one hand. He smiled and Willa’s insides flipped. It didn’t matter that she’d kissed her way down his body not an hour before. The sight of him still quickened her pulse.
He stopped a foot from the bed, a question in his eyes. “You’re thinking something.”
“What if we got out of here for a while and had some fun?”
“Sounds like music to my ears.” Trenton strolled in, hair dripping wet, skin still moist from the shower. He leaned over and stole a kiss before reaching for a shirt.
“Trenton Beauchamp, sick of the bedroom? I didn’t think it was possible.” Willa smirked as he tugged his shirt over his head.
“There’s more to me than good looks and orgasms, I’ll have you know.”
He tossed a pillow at her and Willa laughed. “Then tell me, what do you want to do?”
Trenton thought it over. “Do you want wild or mellow?”
Willa shifted on the mattress. If Mark had asked her that a few months ago, she’d have said mellow. He always preferred a night in to a night on the town and she’d learned dragging him out only made them both miserable.
But Mark was long gone and the Beauchamp brothers had shown her time and again that they wanted her to be happy. She tossed the pillow back at Trenton. “Exciting.”
“Then I’ve got a fabulous idea.” Hank downed the rest of his drink and set the empty glass on the dresser. “It’ll take a few calls, but everything should be ready in an hour.”
Willa raised an eyebrow. “What are we doing?”
“What you asked for.” He smiled before walking toward the door. “Wear jeans.”
After she’d showered and dressed, Willa piled into an elevator at the Stratosphere Hotel with Hank and Trenton by her side. Hank hit the button to the top floor.
“What are we doing here?”
Trenton smiled. “Still want exciting?”
“Then that’s what you’re going to get.” Trenton smacked his brother on the back. “I only wish I’d thought of it first.”
The elevator slowed and Willa turned toward the doors. Something told her that whatever they had in mind didn’t include dinner and a movie. The doors opened and they stepped out into a lobby.
Giant lettering proclaiming Welcome to Sky Jump filled the opposite wall and pictures of countless people outfitted in blue and yellow jumpsuits, hair blowing in the wind, covered every empty space.
A tremor ran through Willa’s body.
“Welcome to Sky Jump. We’ve been expecting you.” A man in a black and gray outfit covered in metal carabineers smiled at them. “I’m Joe, I’ll be your jump coordinator this evening.”
Hank shook the man’s hand and Trenton followed suit.
“What are we doing here?” Willa hissed the question in Trenton’s ear.
His hand landed on the small of her back and he leaned in. “Something exciting.”
“I meant playing quarter slots or sitting front row at a show, not… this.” Willa gestured at the room, her voice catching on the last word.
Joe smiled at her. “Everyone gets the jitters before jumping, miss.” He motioned at Hank and Trenton. “Even the tough guys.”
Great. That makes me feel better. Willa exhaled as all three men headed toward a wall filled with jumpsuits. She had to hand it to Hank, jumping off a giant tower was exciting… and terrifying and death defying and a million other adjectives that all screamed completely certifiable.
Joe pulled out a jumpsuit for Hank and Trenton and both men clambered into them, the baby blue suits turning their chiseled forms into shapeless blobs.
“Not the sexiest, are they?” Hank glanced up, a laugh in his eyes.
Willa conceded. “No. But they keep you alive, right?”
Joe nodded. “And give you the thrill of a lifetime.” He picked out a third suit and held it up. “Ready? We can only close the jump facility for an hour, so if you’re not sure…”
The technician trailed off as Willa frowned at him. “I don’t understand.”
“I tried for all night, but Randall would only agree to an hour.” Hank shrugged. “Casino moguls, what can you do?”
Willa looked around. While she’d been internally freaking out about jumping to her doom, she hadn’t noticed the entire facility was empty. Oh my God. She swallowed. “You rented out the Sky Jump? For me?”
Hank shrugged. “Us too. I’ve always wanted to free fall, just haven’t had the time.”
Get it together, Willa. She inhaled and let the breath out in a slow stream. Exciting is what she’d asked for. It’s what made her come to Vegas in the first place. It’s why she’d ended up in bed with Hank and Trenton and stumbled into not just a fling, but possibly her forever.
The new Willa wasn’t going to let fear or complacency or comfort stop her from living life to the fullest.
No. Chickening out wasn’t allowed. Besides, Hank had a point. Jumping off a building was the closest to flying a person could get. She smiled and took the jumpsuit from Joe.
“Guess what superpower I wanted most as a kid?” She stuffed one leg in the jumpsuit and then the other.
“A lasso of truth?”
She stuck her tongue out at Trenton as she slid her arms into the sleeves. “No. Flying. My best friend moved away when I was ten and I always wished I could just hop out my bedroom window and fly across the county to see her.”
“We’re only jumping off a building, Willa.”
“I know.” She zipped up the jumpsuit with a grin. “But when I jump off you’ll be down there waiting, right?”
“Then this is as close as I’m going to get.” She clapped her hands together. “Let’s do this.”
Twenty minutes later, Willa couldn’t stop the tremble in her limbs. She’d watched first Hank and then Trenton jump off the edge of nothing and land a million feet below. Now they stood on the ground, arms crossed across their chests, staring up at her.
She exhaled as Joe hooked the cable to her harness. The view from the Stratosphere was even better than the rooftop Hank had taken her to all those nights ago. In every direction, lights stretched out from Vegas like little fingers reaching for the desert beyond.
“All right. You are good to go. Just grab the railings on either side.” Joe motioned at the blue rails and Willa did as he’d instructed.
“Good. Now scoot out until the tips of your toes are over the edge.” He stared at her feet as she scooted forward an inch. “A little more… more… there.”
She looked down. It was so very far.
“I’m going to count to three and you’re just going to let go and fall forward, okay?”
Willa tried to speak but the night wind stole her voice. She shouted to be heard. “You’re sure everything’s hooked up right?”
“Yep. I’ve triple checked.”
She turned back to face the ground. Hank waved up at her. Trenton gave her a thumbs up. The two men she’d fallen head over heels for stood down below, waiting for her to jump.
Joe released the safety clip behind her. “All right. On the count of three. One, two, three, jump!”
Willa let go of the railing, of her fear, of all the doubt and insecurity her ex had given her. Hank and Trenton Beauchamp were better men than Mark could ever hope to be. They didn’t put her down or tell her what to do.
They gave her hope and courage and above all, love. Her future was waiting on the ground, ready to catch her if she fell.
With a final breath, Willa spread her arms, tipped her body forward… and flew.