“This seat taken?” a nicely timbered voice asked. Ally glanced up and took her time looking over him before she answered. He arched an eyebrow and smiled. “Did I pass muster?” “How do you do?” He cocked his head to the side. “I’m good. You?” Ally laughed. “I’m glad you’re good, but ‘how do you do’ is more like ‘hello.’” “Hello.” He smiled, and ooh, he was cute. “So I do pass muster?” He moved to sit down. Ally held out a hand. “Not so quick, chump.” His dark hair was short, military or missionary short, but it was nice—clean and thick and would probably feel good beneath her fingertips. His face was lean and proportioned with a firm jaw, a straight nose, and smooth, tanned skin. She liked the crinkles next to his eyes and mouth as he smiled at her, awaiting her perusal. He’d had some experiences in life, good and bad, if those crinkles told her anything. He was a big guy—broad and at least six-three with lots of lovely muscles peeking out from underneath his T-shirt and board shorts. It was his eyes that finally convinced her to accept his request. Their deep brown sparkled at her, though she could tell he could be very serious. He tapped the edge of his tray. “How about now?” “Okay, no harm in sharing a table.” She winked at him and picked a bite of rib off the bone, savoring the tang of the barbecue sauce and the heartiness of the meat. No, she never took men home, only selectively dated those who passed her intuition test. She trusted her intuition completely and she could have fun with this hot, tough-looking guy. He smiled and dug into his brisket. “Mm. This place is good.” “One of my favorites.” “Have you been on the island long?” She wished. “A few days.” “Oh. You act like a local.” He ate a bite of beans and took a drink of water before asking, “Which part of England are you from?” “London. Kensington, to be exact. You?” “Long Island originally. I like your accent a lot.” “I’ve been in the States for over six years, so it’s faded.” “Don’t let it fade.” Author Cami Checketts Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction. Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. She and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.
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