February 10, 2011
Storyline: New Beginnings
…Continued from Chapter 27
Leah stared at the gorgeous man before her, dumbfounded that he had just asked her out. She knew she'd opened the door for it, but the fact it had actually happened was surprising. Well, surprising wasn't really the right word given she'd blatantly told him that was what she wanted. No, surprising in the sense she'd openly flirted with some guy she'd never really talked to other than giving him her daily coffee order.
She looked at him, standing against the counter with a half smirk on his face. He really was sexy as hell with his green eyes blazing and a jaw that made her insides quake a bit.
"So, what time should I pick you up, Leah?" he asked again.
Leah blinked at the mention of her name, loving the way it rolled off his tongue. "What?"
The smirk on his face grew as he pushed himself off the counter and walked over to her. Standing right in front of her and looking down, he asked "What. Time. Should. I. Pick. You. Up?" deliberately pausing after each word.
She went from stunned to irritated in a matter of two seconds. "I'm not stupid! I just didn't hear what you said. You don't have to be a douche about it, okay?" Leah snapped as she took a step forward in a show of force.
He held his hands up defensively. "Easy there, killer, I was just messing with you."
She took in his hands, stretched in front of him, and started to calm down.
"Okay. What time do you get off?" she asked and then clamped her mouth down as red heat colored her cheeks at the realization of what she'd just asked.
The smirk was back in full force, and Edward chuckled.
"Don't even answer that," she said, cutting him off as he started to open his mouth.
He reached out and grabbed her arm. A shot of something coursed through her body. It felt like a bubble of something magical had enchanted her, turning the blood in her veins to fire. It roared through her, and she felt her whole body flush with heat and want and need. She hadn't felt like that in a long time… ever, and hot damn if she didn't love it.
Edward stared into her dark chocolate eyes before he quickly dropped her arm and stepped back. She couldn't be sure, but Leah guessed he must have felt it too by the look of intrigue and wonder on his face.
"I was just going to say six. I get off at six."
"Right… okay… so, how about seven at McCarty's?"
He nodded. "Give me your phone."
She pulled it out of her bag and handed it to him. She watched as he dialed his number and grinned when she heard it ring.
"There," he said, handing her phone back to her, "now you have my number. I'll see you later tonight."
The bell on the door rang as a group of people walked in. Leah turned, without ordering a thing, and walked out. As she made her way down the sidewalk, she couldn't believe how ridiculously out of it she felt from having his hand on her arm. She was going on a date tonight with Edward. Wow.