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See that girl kneeling next to the bookshelf in the library? She's whispering the book titles to herself. That's me. Back away slowly, and then run.

Dialogue #2

October 5, 2019


    “Put the milk on the table.” Ben obeyed and then began to walk out of the room.
    He turned around slowly.“I have to get back to work-”
    “Oh, work can wait. Just for five minutes?”
    He hesitated for only a fraction of a second. “All right.”
    “Sit, sit, sit.” She patted the chair next to hers.
    He hovered over the chair. “Is Mr. DeLand not here today?”
    “No, Dad’s at the club, playing golf. He told me to tell you he wouldn’t need you today.”
    “Oh-” Ben stepped away from the chair."Then I suppose I should-”
    “He also said that you’d still get paid for the day.”
    He released a tiny sigh. 
    “And I told him that you didn’t care about that, but he said I had to tell you, so there it is. Don’t go yet, please.”
     It was the please, Ben knew, that made him stop hovering and take a seat next to her.
    “So,” Elle said, leaning forward on her elbows. “Tell me about yourself.”
    He laughed. “What do you want me to tell you?”
    “Absolutely everything. We are really only at the beginning.”


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