#Excerpt from “Batting Practice,” in Virtual Harmony and Other Short, #Sweet #Romances @lsfabre @romancestudio
Richard studied the woman laughing at six-year-old Josh’s terrible joke. Emily almost choked on her soda but continued to chortle between coughs. Was this really the same woman who looked away or seemed not to hear him when he talked to her at work? Whatever was in her drink, he wanted some of it.
She had confused him all day.
When organizers paired them up for the firm’s annual charity event, he’d almost asked to be reassigned. Since she’d started working in the cubicle next to him three months ago, she’d declined all his invitations to join their fellow workers for lunch; and at the end of the day, she was the first one out the door. He’d decided she had little interest in her job, and even less in him.
Given her apathy, he’d been surprised to see her name on the list of employees volunteering at the annual fun-day for children without fathers. He hadn’t thought she would want to spend a whole day playing games with two rowdy boys at the local amusement park. But so far, she’d been a good sport, goofing around with the two brothers assigned to them through mini-golf, the bumper cars, and even a spin on the whirly-gig.
“Earth to Richard,” she said, waving her hand in front of his face.
Heat climbed from his neck to his hairline. He had no idea what she’d just asked. The two boys giggled, and she repeated the question. “What did the acorn say to the oak?”
His face grew hotter. “I don’t know.”
The boys rolled their eyes. “Everyone knows that one,” said Josh.
“Even I know it,” said Bryan, his younger brother. “Geometry. Get it? Gee, I’m a tree.”
He forced a chuckle. “You’re right. I forgot.”
Gathering up the wrappers and paper cups scattered about their picnic table, she asked, “Who wants to try the batting booth?”
The boys jumped from their seats and took off toward the batting cages. Josh called out over his shoulder, “Last one there wears girls’ underwear.”
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