Well, Girls' Night turned out to be a bust. Ashley was off with Sean, and Mary Margaret had left, making some excuse about not leaving Emma alone tonight.
Ruby took another long sip of her martini, relishing the taste of the alcohol as it slid over her tongue. She could think of better uses for her tongue, but the bar was slowing down, and the cute guys she'd been talking to were busy with their cell phones.
Probably busy with actual girlfriends, she thought. Shrugging, she knocked back the rest of her drink before paying her tab and grabbing her coat; she didn't bother checking behind her to see the looks she knew she was getting. It was always the same when she wore her red halter dress.
The clock above the library chimed ten times. Ruby tucked her chin down against the cold and turned in the opposite direction of the inn; the night was still young, and there was no way she was going back home without a little bit of excitement tonight. She just had to find somewhere better than the Rabbit Hole to spend her Valentine's night.
Franklin's Towing and Salvage was closed, but Ruby spied a light on in the shop's office. She slipped to the back door and was pleasantly surprised to find it open. Someone was expecting her.
She crept up behind the mechanic closing up and slipped gloved hands over his eyes.
"Guess who?" she asked, giggling.
Billy froze in the middle of checking receipts and covered one hand with his own.
"Leather gloves…extra seams on the fingers, which means there's probably a different color, which, in this case, is probably red…it's gotta be Ruby."
"Right!" She pulled her hands away and took off her gloves and coat. "You always get me."
"You make it too easy." He couldn't help staring at Ruby in her tight red halter dress as she leaned against the counter. "What are you doing here so late?"
"I should be asking you that." She idly picked up receipts and began stacking them on top of the cash register. "What are you doing working so late? Don't you know it's Valentine's Day?"
"So what?" Billy replied, a grin spreading over his face. "Not like I had anyone to spend the night with."
The double entendre definitely didn't go by without Ruby's notice, and she smiled right back.
"That's OK," she said. "There's nothing to do here anyway…" She finished stacking the receipts and leaned back on her elbows. "So, how much longer until my car is ready? I'm dying to take her out for a ride."
"Just a few more weeks. Ashley banged it up pretty good when she crashed it."
Ruby licked her lips then rubbed them together to even out her lipstick. "That's a shame; even if Granny doesn't let me leave town, there's a lot you can do in a car."
Billy gave her a look. "We're not talking about driving any more, are we?"
"What gave you the impression we were in the first place?"
He didn't waste any time picking her up and setting her down on the counter; as he flicked off the lights, she reached up and pulled his mouth to hers, kissing him fiercely.
Closing up could wait; after all, it was Valentine's Day.