I was standing in line at Starbucks, tapping the toe of my Justin cowboy boot impatiently. My first meeting at Aerodyne Alliance was in thirty minutes and , because I was unfamiliar with the route to the building, I had wanted to allow myself extra time. Instead, I was standing here waiting to buy a four-dollar cup of coffee.
"Long line, huh?" the guy in front of me commented, turning around and smiling. In once quick glance, he had "checked me out."
"Yeah, and despite the fact that patience is a virtue, it's one I really don't possess!" I laughed, casually surveying him as well.
He wasn't very tall—about my height, with dark hair cropped close. Military was my guess, but I couldn't be certain. He was handsome and had the air of someone who was slightly cocky. Almost like a fighter-pilot.
"Do you come here often?" he asked me. "Cause I'm here every morning at the same time, and I've never seen you."
"I'm new in town," I told him, shifting the strap of my knock-off Prada handbag. "I have a business meeting in half an hour and I wanted some coffee before I went, but I think I may have to do without."
The line moved slowly and I realized that the only thing between me and placing my order was two people. That included the man in front of me.
"Nah, don't do that. It'll move faster than you think, and once you order, they'll get it out to you really fast," he told me. Then, he stuck out his hand "I'm Charles Grey."
"I'm Elle," I introduced myself, shaking his hand firmly. "And thanks for the advice.
The line moved again and the guy in front of me gave the young woman working there his order, then turned around to me. "What'll you have?" he asked.
"What? Oh no, I couldn't let you pay for my coffee," I objected.
He smiled and his dark eyes twinkled. "Sure you could. Now, tell her what you want or I'll order you the craziest thing they have."
When my cup of coffee came out along with Charles', I thanked him again for buying my drink. I knew it was just a nice way to make a move on me, but it was nice. Starbucks coffee wasn't cheap.
"Hey," he called to me, coming out the door as I got into my Ford Focus. "Would you have dinner with me sometime?"
I blushed slightly and laughed. "I might."
"Here's my card," he said, handing me a small white business card. I scanned it quickly and nearly choked on my coffee. "You okay?" he wanted to know.
"Yeah, I'm fine," I replied. "So, you work at Aerodyne Alliance. That's cool."
Okay, so this was just a beginning. I've always felt like Grey needed a good love interest—someone that he really had to pursue. Let me know what you think! More coming VERY soon.