Janet and Diego are kissing at her house, when Sookie arrives. Mrs. Thompson tells her that Lonnie is sick, and might not be in school Monday.
Mrs. Thompson ruffled Sookie’s hair. “Can’t leave my best travel buddy stranded.”
“If there’s ever a problem, please call me at school. I can make arrangements….”
“Sweetie, it’ll be a cold day in hell when I can’t do a favor for a neighbor. Your mom works wicked hours, and you can’t drive yet. I don’t mind. I know you’d do the same for me.”
“I sure would. If you ever need to drop Lonnie here after school, let me know.”
“Thanks, honey. I’ll let your mom know about Monday. You might have to pick her up, if your mom can’t make other arrangements.”
“You gonna introduce me to your young man?”
Janet blushed. “I’m sorry. I thought you knew each other. This is my boyfriend, Diego Hernandez. This is my neighbor, Mrs. Thompson.”
“Nice to meet you,” they said in chorus, shaking hands.
“I hope Lonnie feels better soon,” Janet said.
Janet closed the door, leaning against it. “God, I hope she doesn’t get sick. I’m the one who has to stay with her, if she does. Mom can’t take the time off.”
“We’ll figure out something. I bet Mom would watch her.”
“I can’t ask your mother to do that for me….”
“Yeah, you can. You’ve been Mona’s friend forever. And you’re the woman I….”
“Shh,” Janet cautioned. “Little ears,” she whispered.
“Sorry,” he replied just as quietly. “Don’t forget. Tomorrow….”
“I can’t forget something that special. Our first real date.”
He gave her a last kiss before leaving. “I’ll call later.”
“How late can you stay out?” she asked abruptly.
“Me too. Want to come by after the Hell Spawn goes to bed?”
“Why not?” She couldn’t hide her disappointment.
“Cause, nighttime, a nearly empty house, beds…. I’m gonna get all the wrong ideas,” he whispered, tracing the line of her breast with one fingertip.
Janet swallowed her disappointment. “I didn’t think of that. Sorry.”
“No, I am. I’m a guy, that’s how we think. I’m so hot for you I can hardly stand it. I’d turn into a caveman and fornicate your brains out.” Diego nipped her lower lip.
“I’d just keep telling you no.” Janet tried to play tough, knowing it was an act.
“Only so long that works. When the primal takes over, that’s it. I’m unstoppable—and you won’t want to stop me anyway.”
“Sure of your charms.” She shoved him playfully away.
Diego took a step back, grinning. “You have no idea. Some women have found me particularly charming.”
“How many women?” She withdrew slightly, pouting.
He blinked. “Mona asked me that too. What’s the deal? So I’ve dated a few girls, got some experience. Is that a crime?”
“No. It’s just that girls talk, D. They talk a lot….”
“Ten,” he said quietly. “Only ten. I’ve dated more than that, but I swear, I haven’t been to bed with them all.”
“That seems like a lot,” she said, rather hurt by his honesty.
“That’s only five girls a year,” he complained. “That’s not that many.”
“I suppose not.” She still wasn’t convinced.
“Do we have to argue about this?”
She shook her head.
“Good, cause I don’t want to argue. I do need to get going,” he said. He gave her one last, quick kiss. “Carlos is visiting. I promised to spend some time with him.”
“Tell him I said hi.”
“I’ll do that.” He kissed her hand and left.
She closed the door behind him with a sigh.
“So, are you dating him now?” Sookie asked loudly from the hallway.
“What if I am?”
“Does Mom know?”
Janet didn’t answer.
“I bet she doesn’t. I bet she has no clue he’s kissing you in the living room.”
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