True to my word, here is the second part of my still untitled
story. The third is complete, at least in my head, but the fourth and final
part will take some thinking. Comments, please!
Lieutenant Hunter nervously pulled at the front of his black tuxedo
jacket as he walked into the apartment building. He hadn't been able to calm
down since talking to Doctor Slate yesterday morning. He got on the
elevator, pressed the button for the top floor, and leaned back into the
wall, thinking to himself.
Why am I so nervous, anyways? This isn't a date. We both agreed
Yeah, right, who are you fooling? a cynical voice countered.
Here you are, taking this gorgeous, intelligent, charming woman out to a
fancy party. Again. If this continues, are you not dating? Is she not going
to be your girlfriend?
The elevator dinged as it reached the floor and the doors opened.
Dwayne walked toward her door, still lost in thought.
C'mon Dwayne, you've gone out with other women before. This is no
So, why does this date make you so much more nervous than all
those other ones?
Dwayne knocked on her door, considering this.
She's my coworker. It's not like I have feelings for her or
Sure, buddy, whatever you say.
Dwayne started from his thoughts as he heard the deadbolt unlock. He
took a deep breath and clasped his hands behind him, trying to at least
Don't gawk, don't gawk, don't gawk!! his brain screamed at
him. The door opened and Erika, sans glasses, stood before him. Dwayne
After agonizing for hours over what to wear, Erika had finally
decided on a red satin strapless dress. It now wrapped around her body,
flowing gently down to the floor. The color brought out the green flecks in
her eyes. Her hair fell to her shoulders in soft curls.
"Evening, Lieutenant," she said, opening the door wider for him.
"Please come in."
Dwayne stepped through the doorway. "Wow, you look fabulous." he
said. He smiled at her and his brown eyes softened.
"Thank you," Erika said. Her eyes dropped and she blushed slightly.
"I, um, just need to get my purse," she said as she walked into the
back room. She felt his gaze burn a hole through her even though she was
turned away from him and her heart leap into her throat.
Once she had disappeared, Dwayne looked over the apartment as he
focused on breathing deeply. "It's rather cold out tonight," he called out.
"You should probably bring a shawl or something."
"So, where is Rusty this evening?"
"I figured he would be bored by the party, so I bribed him to stay
"With what?" Dwayne asked.
Erika emerged with a black shawl elegantly draped around her
shoulders. "With this." She held up an empty video game box with the title
Magitech Warriors 2
blazed across the front.
"Doc, you sure can pick a guy's weak spot," Dwayne grinned. Like
with me and that dress, he mentally added.
"The car is downstairs. Shall we?" he asked, offering his elbow.
She took it, squeezing slightly. "Sure. Let's go get your
TO BE CONTINUED
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