‘Whoa, chillax, Adeptus! It was just a suggestion.’
You’re playing it too easy, Eddie told Spence. Women need to feel chased but not smothered, or it’s over. And this one . . . He smiled at Colbie, his whole demeanor softening. She’s a keeper. She deserves the best. He shook his head at Spence. You millennials think you have it all figured out, but you don’t.Spence didn’t take his eyes off Colbie, so she saw them flicker with good humor. Should I wait a few more days, Colbie? he asked.
Well . . . Far be it from her to settle this disagreement, but . . . I’m only here until Christmas Eve. I don’t think we’ve got time for games, or to be coy.The smile in Spence’s eyes spread to his really great mouth, and she was reminded of how that really great mouth had felt on hers.Is that a yes? he asked.
Make him wait, cutie, Eddie said.Colbie smiled up at Spence when he sighed at Eddie’s interference. I just think it’d be more interesting if you cooked, she said playfully.
Eddie barked out a laugh. Darlin’, you want him to burn down the building? The boy’s a genius, but trust me, it’s book smarts only. He pointed to his own brain. It’s all up here, see? Not in his hands, if you know what I mean.
Spence cut the old man a look.He looked startled. I wondered whether he’d been waiting for me to open the door for him like some kind of private chauffeur. As if. Belatedly getting the message that I wasn’t going to bow and scrape, he pushed the door open himself and got out. I locked up the taxi and spun away. My duty was done.
‘So did I do the right thing?’ he asked, calling out from behind me.I ignored him and picked up my pace. He had to get the message sooner or later.
‘Ivy…’I marched ahead. Unfortunately, Tarquin’s legs were far longer than mine and I’m rather unused to moving quickly. He caught up within seconds, grabbing my elbow and swinging me around. ‘Get your hands off me,’ I hissed.