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A Perfect Bloom 21 – Alex Ankarr
Linnet ambles over to him, arms folded, and she nods. “Right. Didn’t think so. He doesn’t strike me as the homicidal type,” she says.
“You’re assuming –” Cory begins, but Linnet interrupts him.
“Yeah, I’m assuming,” she says, her voice quite exasperated. “Seriously, who else is it going to be? And operating on that assumption – why don’t you look happier? If you’re not in fear of your life, then why aren’t you bounding up and down with glee, Cory-boy? I mean, you’ve been gazing at him worshipfully from afar for weeks, now…”
“Oh, give it a rest, missy,” Cory mutters, sulkily, toeing at the floor-level frame of the window. “I have not.”
And Linnet lets that one go, giving full credit to her – although Cory possibly wouldn’t pass a lie-detector test with it. She hasn’t let up altogether, though. “Well,” she says, and the way she won’t drop her gaze from him might as well be a prod right in his ribs, with how close up to him she’s standing. “However you like it. But I’d expect you to be happier than you are – now that we strongly suspect that the object of your alleged affections is setting about an epic, Regency-style courtship. Even I’m impressed with it. And I’m not easy to impress in the romantic arena, Cory. As we know. So why aren’t you impressed? Why aren’t you dancing with glee and all ready to get wooed and romanced, flushed and happy? Why do you look like a thundercloud just opened up over your head, boom, and you forgot your umbrella?”
Her tone is critical, now, and it isn’t helping. Cory puts his hand to his brow, where his headache is developing. He sighs. “Look, I…” he begins, and chews his mumbling lip over the false start. “Let’s say it is Sam. Well, that’s very nice. As far as it goes. I mean,” he says, voice suddenly, rapidly picking up sharpness and sarcasm, as he gets up a bit of velocity. “Isn’t it great? I’ve got a crush on an ex-con, who has probably noticed how pole-axed I was on our first meeting. And has done a back of the rolling papers packet calculation, and come up with a nice round figure for what it’d be worth, to get me in the bag. In the sack. Under the thumb and lovesick. However you want to put it.”
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