TITLE: Deadwood Gamble
GENRE: NA Romantic Adventure
Alice wondered if the perfect sorority girls at the next table would shut up if she dumped her drink on the table. Ugh, of all the days to forget her ear buds. If they gushed any more about their perfect sorority spring break plans, she was going to scream. Sighing, she stirred her iced mocha with a straw. That was stupid. She was irritated with herself, not with them. It wasn’t like she’d ever do anything like that anyway.
She read Vance’s email again, looking for any clues between the lines. He said he needed her help with a book. That sounded fishy. She jabbed at a piece of ice. How awkward would it be if he asked her out? She checked the time. He wouldn’t be late, she knew. For all his faults, he was punctual. Actually that was unfair. It wasn’t really his faults it was just, well, his Vanceness.
“Hey Alice, what’s up?” She looked up to see Andy Chen standing next to her table.
“Not much. How are you doing?” She closed the book she had been trying to read. Andy switched his backpack to his other shoulder.
“Just trying to get everything done. You got plans for break?” He adjusted his Chicago Bulls cap.
“No.” Alice shook her head. “I’ll probably just go home for a few days. How about you?”
“I’m going skiing with some guys out in Colorado.” He waved at someone across the room. Alice’s irritation grew. This was her third spring break as a college student.