He walked with her to her desk in the outer office. She took her seat and shifted to one side so he could reach the keyboard. He clicked a few keys on the computer and an image formed on the screen. Cyrillic characters spelled out “Russia On-line.”
“How did you do that?”
He typed some more and the screen went blank. “You click here, and then — ”
He took her hand and placed it on the mouse. Putting his hand over hers, he guided her through the steps. The warmth of his hand together with her active search for Nadezhda’s cure sent a thrill through her, and she could feel her cheeks warm.
“Because you speak English, this will be easier.” He turned to her, his face inches from hers. She noticed he’d had wine with lunch.
“Now, what is it you wish to research?”
She handed him the piece of paper. He struggled to type the words while finding the right letters on the keyboard.
After he made several mistakes, she laughed. “Here, let me do it.”
She moved even closer to him. His arms encircled her as she typed on the keyboard and he moved the mouse.
“You’re much better at this than I am,” he whispered in her ear.
Heat flooded her face again, but she quickly dismissed it as another image formed on the screen. Line after numbered line appeared.
“Read through these,” he said, moving even closer to her. She could feel his cheek touching her hair.
“And when you find information you want, you just click on it like this…and you will see more.”
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