ETHAN PARKER FINALLY UNDERSTOOD. He blinked, feeling a smile spread across his face, as a puzzle he had been trying to fit together for almost a week finally clicked. The woman sitting across from him leaned back in her deep, brown leather chair with a satisfied look on her face. Her name was Sunny Bonaventure, CEO and owner of The Grove, and she was currently saving Ethan from certain disaster.

“I’m embarrassed to admit this, Sunny,” Ethan said, “but I’ve never thought about trust like this before. I always thought it was something people just had—either they have your trust or they don’t; you are a trustworthy person or you ...

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