Author’s note: While I write these two long Eva chapters, here’s a deleted scene from Tony’s last chapter.
Riley walked out the front door of the strip club and took a deep breath. If he was being honest with himself, he was glad Tony had said something. He’d found himself watching his friend more than the strippers; something that had begun to happen more often than he liked.
He’d known Tony for eight years and the ghost thing aside, the man had always fascinated him. He was the reason Riley had gone into engineering. Dre and Tony were always building things when they were younger. More times than not, he’d been dragged along to find the parts Tony needed for his inventions. While Dre did most of the searching, he and Tony would sit and figure out how each new discovery could be re-purposed. They’d made a good team. Tony would come up with an idea, Dre would go looking for the right parts and he would put it together.
It was Connor, the twins’ father that got him into the advanced engineering program at APU. It was also his recommendation that had landed him this job at uGenex. Riley suspected part of Connor’s motivation was so someone could keep an eye on Tony. And he’d definitely been doing that, a little too much actually.
They made it to the lounge without speaking to each other. He didn’t know what went down with Tony and Franco, but he did know they weren’t together anymore and that Tony had taken it really hard. Riley had tried this last year to make Tony better, to get their friendship back on track. He hadn’t expected to start feelings things. Oh, who was he kidding. Had I ever stopped feeling things?