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An excerpt from TWO OF A KIND by Susan Mallery...
Felicia reached for something on the counter and picked up a small brightly-colored card. "Do you want to—"
The smile faded and as Gideon watched, uncertainty filled her big, green eyes.
The battle was clearly visible. Her shoulders drew back as she steeled herself to continue what she'd been about to say.
"My friend Charlie and her fiancé are having a party in a couple of weeks. At the new casino and hotel. It'll be open by then. She said I could bring a date." Felicia paused. "I've never been on a date before. I'd like to know what it's like, if you'd like to go with me."
He would rather she'd shot him. Or immobilized him with a Taser. Or cut out his heart.
No. His answer was no. He didn’t date, didn't get involved, didn't...
The card shook slightly in her pale fingers. The woman who had calmly removed her shirt and bra and put his hands on her breasts only a few days ago had never been asked out by a guy? How was he supposed to ignore that? Ignore her? How was he supposed to squash her hopes and dreams?
"I'm not that guy," he told her. "The forever guy."
"I assume you're referring to marriage and not immortality."
One corner of her mouth twitched in amusement. "It's a party, Gideon, not a socially recognized eternal commitment."
"Yeah, I know. Sure. I'll go."
Relief joined amusement. "Thank you. I look forward to it."
"Me, too." Which was actually kind of true. He started for the door, then turned back. "Felicia?"