Mimi was crouched down on the kitchen floor barefoot next to the radiator in a tank top and shorts. Edie and Maria had went out to breakfast together, promising to bring her something back.
Mimi banged on the AC angrily. Sweat had collected at the back of her neck, so she tied her hair back, frustrated.
"Goddamn it. Fucking piece of shit," she swore, banging on the side of it noisily with a screwdriver.
"Need some help?" a male voice said behind her, making her jump.
"Sorry," he laughed, holding his hands up. "I'm not a burglar. I have a key," he said, showing her. "I'm Andy. Edie called me this morning to help with the AC."
"You scared the shit out of me," Mimi said, standing to her feet.
"Sorry. Um, I don't mean to sound rude, but who are you?"
"I'm Mimi. I'm staying with Edie and Maria for a bit. Until I can find my own place."
Andy raised his eyebrows. "How do you know each other?"
"We met on the subway," Mimi admitted.
"Well, that's Edie. Always hospitable," Andy said, wiping his hands on his jeans. "Anyway, it doesn't look like you're getting anywhere with that air conditioner," he said, smiling.
He was cute. "How could you tell?" Mimi replied, grinning.
"Mind if I take over?" he asked.
Mimi stepped aside. "Sure. I don't know what I'm doing anyway."
She climbed onto a barstool and watched him quietly while he fiddled with the radiator.
"So, how do you know Edie?" she said, after a while.
"I guess you can say we're old friends," Andy grunted, as he kicked at the radiator with the toe of his boot. "We used to go out. Before Edie turned out all, you know…"
"Lesbian?" Mimi finished for him.
"Yeah. Anyway, we've still stayed good friends. It's cool. I guess it explains a lot," he shrugged. "Do you have a boyfriend?"
"Me? No," Mimi said quickly, feeling her face flush.
"Really? That surprises me," Andy smiled.
A whirring sound came from the AC, just then, and slowly the kitchen began to feel a lot cooler.
"Well, it's working," Andy said, as he stood up.
"How did you do that?" Mimi said.
Andy shrugged. "I don't know. My dad's a mechanic. My whole family has a knack for fixing shit."
"Hel-LO?" Edie's voice sang out from the other room. "Anybody home?"
"In the kitchen, Edie," Mimi called.
Edie entered the kitchen a few seconds later, followed by Maria.
"So, I see you've met Andy," Edie said. "Isn't he a dream?" she said, grinning.
"Edie…" Andy gave her a warning look.
"Oh, it's alright Andy, nobody here's uncomfortable. Except you. But that's okay."
Andy rolled his eyes. "I got your AC working."
"Oh my god. You're amazing," Edie declared. "It's been like, dead for a month now."
Andy shrugged. "Well, I brought it back from the dead. "You might want to keep it off during the night, though."
Edie turned to Mimi. "Isn't he smart? You guys should date."
Both Mimi and Andy turned red.
Maria nudged Edie. "Edie, I think you're making them uncomfortable," she said, with a hint of a smile on her face.
"Sorry. What can I say, I'm loud and obnoxious," Edie grinned. "Anyway, Mimi, we picked you up one of those scone things from the bakery, if you're hungry."
"Thanks," Mimi said, "I'll have it in a bit."
"We ran into Angel there," Edie told her. "She really likes you. I think you two are soulmates or something."
"I hate to interrupt, but I've gotta get going," Andy said, clearing his throat.
He looked at Mimi. "It was nice meeting you," he said.
"You too," Mimi said, quietly.
Andy waved at Edie and Maria, and slid his hands into the back pockets of his jeans, and left.
"You know, Andy's single," Maria teased.
Mimi rolled her eyes. "Please, I just met him."
Maria shrugged. "Can't you at least admit he's hot?"
"I think I'll have that scone now," Mimi said, hiding a smile as she took the paper bag from the refrigerator.