Preston looked up from his clipboard, frowning absently before giving his head a shake. "Nope. I have it on good authority that it's your day off and you’re here to participate. I suppose I can let you skip the sign-up line, but you're not allowed to help."
He unclipped a four-by-six index card and scrawled my name across the top, his pen hesitating before checking the box for Daddy or boy. Preston’s lips spread into a slow smile as he glanced back up. "Did you decide to listen to your friends, or are you staying in your comfort zone?"
"Bitch, please. If you're going to bust my balls, I don't have to be here." I brushed an imaginary piece of lint from the loosely tied black necktie that hung a few inches below the open collar of the purple button-up shirt I'd finally decided worked with the leather skinny jeans I was wearing.
Preston wasn't impressed. He simply stood there leaning on one hip as he tapped a pen against the clipboard. "Well? I'm waiting. Which group am I putting you in tonight?"
I rolled my eyes as I straightened my posture. "Fine. If you must know, Sammy and I decided this would be a good chance to test your silly theory since I've probably already dated any of the Daddies who’ll show up for this thing."
"See? Was that so hard? Say it with me, Davey. I'm here as a Daddy." Preston's teasing was stopped short when a hand settled on his shoulder. He looked up with a sappy smile. "Hello, Daddy. Guess what I'm doing? I'm signing Davey up to attend the mixer as a Daddy himself, can you believe it? He's not sure whether or not he's really a Daddy, but at least he’s agreed to give it a shot tonight."
Bryan's expression was way less surprised than I would've expected. If anything, he looked slightly amused. "I probably should've seen this coming, to tell the truth. I mean, you definitely do bratty well but you aren't exactly the type to follow directions. God, can you remember that awful date we went on? Nope. You definitely don’t like to submit. But hey…good for you, dude. I wish everyone was open-minded enough to step out of their box and try something new. Good luck tonight, Davey. I think you'll find this might be a better fit for you."