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What You Value The Most

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I let out a laugh. I’m not sure what I’m laughing at exactly. Maybe it was something that Vince had said or maybe it was the way that Dominic was lecturing Brian on how to properly drift around a corner at high speeds. Whatever it was, I found it funny. I look at everyone else. Tej Parker was talking to Ramsey about computer systems and other high tech things that I didn’t understand and Mia and Letty were in the kitchen making us dinner. Everyone looks over at me and I quit laughing.

“What’s so funny?” Everyone asks.

“I’m not even sure.” I say.

“Oh, so we’re just in a laughing mood then?” Brian says, cracking a smile.

“Yep, that’s about it.”

Dom smiles at me. “Do you remember the time that I was teaching you how to drift?” he asks.

I laugh. “Are you talking about the time that I almost crashed into Brian’s car when I went around the corner?”

“Yes,” he says. “and the time that forgot to brake and you ran three red lights in a row?”

“Hey,” I say. “you guys were right on my tail. I had no choice.”

“Come on guys, stop teasing Christine.” a new voice says.

I look over my shoulder and see Mia Toretto standing in the doorway. She smiles at me and looks over to everyone else. “Dinner’s almost ready,” She starts to walk back to the kitchen. “What kind of beer would you like Christine?”

“A Corona, please.” I say.

Mia nods and goes back to the kitchen.

I catch Dom looking at me out of the corner of my eye. “What?” I ask, looking at him.

“Corona’s are my favorite.” Dom says.

“Come on, Toretto,” Brian says. “Its not the end of the world.”

Dom stares at me for a moment longer and then starts laughing. “I was kidding,” he says, bumping Brian’s shoulder with his elbow. “Come on, O’Conner you need to lighten up.”

Moments later Mia and Letty walk into the living room and set down our food and Mia hands me the bottle of Corona.

I take a bite. “Wow,” I say. “I love your cooking guys.”

I take a swig of the Corona and let out a sigh.

“First Bite! Christine’s got Grace!” Brian says, pointing at me.

We all sit down and hold hands. “Father, thank you for food and most of all thank you for family.”

We all start to eat, but moments later we hear another voice. “I’m sorry to interrupt,” Vince says. “But I need to talk to you guys.”

“What is it?” Dom asks.

“I’ve got a job for you guys, it’ll be quick, all you need to is steal some cars and it looks like everyone here could use a payday.”

“Alright,” Dom says. “How much do we get out of this.”

“Ten thousand dollars,” he says. “each.”

Roman’s jaws drops.

“All we need to do is steal some cars and then you guys get your cash.”

“Alright,” Dom says. “Let’s do it.”

Vince looks over at me and smiles. I smile back. But I can’t ignore the worried feeling in my stomach.