TITLE: Inside Out
GENRE: Mainstream Fiction
Short Intro: Rick and Laura have been best friends since college. When Laura’s ambitious plans for success fail and she finds herself without a job and no direction, Laura accepts Rick’s offer of a job and a guest room in his home until she can get back on her feet. A short time later, Rick receives a late night phone call of a robbery at his office. Returning home a couple hours later, he sits on the couch with Laura, who has been waiting for him to return. The robbery was an ill-planned attempt by a teenage boy.
Laura felt almost sorry for the boy now awaiting his parent's arrival at the police substation. "If our kid ever pulled a stunt like that I’d tan his hide." Laura’s flushed with embarrassment at her unintended implication.
"Yes," Rick mused, lost in thought. "But not until he knew we still loved him." Rick sat in silent thought for a moment before realizing their joint blunder. But instead of embarrassment, Rick simply looked at Laura seeming, she felt, to search her soul. Then, slipping his arm around her shoulders he changed the subject. "What on earth are you watching?"
More fully aware of the warmth of Rick’s body beside her and the light scent of his aftershave, Laura gratefully focused her attention back to the television screen where Kitty Bennett was again behaving foolishly. "Pride and Prejudice, the BBC version." She said. "Only the best movie ever."
"Best?" Rick challenged. "Nothing is better than Star Wars."
"Having not seen Star Wars, I'll reserve judgment. But don't set your hopes too high."
Rick grasped at his chest, leaning away from Laura in mock horror. "Oh my poor heart. How could you live this long without seeing The Trilogy? Tonight, you and me are having a marathon.
Laura smiled as Rick stood. "Fine, but later this week, you and Me are watching P&P. The whole thing."
"I make no guarantees." Rick teased, leaving the room.