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Cupcake Kissin’ 55 – Alex Ankarr
But no, no, turns out shooting is cancelled, and it’s Sara and Mack as a package deal. Along with take-out ordered in, and a slyly casual slide into a purely social evening, or at least Caspar can tell that that’s the plan. He’s not an idiot, he can feel out a vibe like anyone can, especially when every strictly businesslike query about whether Mack would like the chocolate or the coffee nibbles, if he wants the band to start up with the easy listening early or late, is countered with a suggestion that they deal with it tomorrow. And, ‘God, Caspar, just relax, here, have a drink, come look at the new painting Mack just bought, oh see, Mack wants you to come taste the salad leaves, I might just nip into the little girls’ room and powder my nose and I’m getting really tired…’
Oh hell no. Because Sara is clearly, absolutely complicit in intending to foist Caspar off into Mack’s waiting hands. And – whatever end this whole dance comes to, what comfortable fall on a mattress or awkward friendly distance – Caspar isn’t falling dupe to anyone else’s machinations. He has plenty of machinations of his own, thank you.
So he plays just dumb enough to frustrate, but he gets the bare bones of what he came to do, with or without Sara’s assistance – the specifications and the measurements and the choices – done. Even though it means weaving around Mack and his subtle drawings into chats, even with two beers he hadn’t intended to imbibe inside him, even with Sara repeatedly dragging him back to the kitchen, the seating area. Even with Sara finally actually shoving him down amongst the cushions and sitting on him for a minute or two. (But he’s ticked off his tick-sheet by then, so it does her no good.)
And then he makes his excuses and leaves, because no. Maybe not no permanently, maybe not a no that’s unqualified and comprehensive. But a no to anything he has to be tricked and shoe-horned, cozened and flattered into. No, to all of that. He needs to think this through, and he needs… He needs to know that it’s a good idea.
When she accepts that he’s going and there’s no dissuading him, then Sara storms out ahead of him, mightily displeased. ‘If he gets back with Adam I’m holding you personally responsible,’ she manages to breathe out almost inaudibly in his ear, as she passes. It’s a little bit chilling. Sara is a lovely woman. And also a little bit ruthless. But he brushes it off, because he has other concerns, right about then.
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