“I’m telling you, that man wants more.” Martha was staring over Kaley’s shoulder.
She looked behind her to see Quinn still gazing back at her, not moving.
“He hasn’t taken his eyes off you since he walked in. You’re the only one he’s interested in.”
“Quinn’s not interested in me like that.” He was too good-looking to go for someone like her.
“Whatever you say, honey. He’s interested.”
She picked up her purse, trying to ignore Martha’s words. “I’ll be back in an hour.”
A customer came in, stopping Martha from saying anything more.
“I saw a great burger place outside of the park.” Quinn held the door open for her. She walked beside him, folding her arms underneath her breasts.
She refused to believe Martha’s words. There was no way Quinn wanted her. He could have any woman, probably had already had any woman.
“Are you dating anyone?” she asked, blurting the question out.
“Why not? You’ve been working a hell of a lot. Surely you’re looking for female company.”
Her gut tightened at the thought of another woman getting close to him. She didn’t want him to find any pleasure in another woman. The only person she wanted him to get to know was her.
Whoa, hold on. You don’t want to get close to him.
She was confused by her own thoughts. None of them were making sense.
“I’ve got all the company I need.”
“I’m Dorothy’s best friend.”
Biting her lip, she looked at him to see he was staring straight ahead. Before she could ask further questions, they entered the park where the burger place was. They stood in a long line, waiting for their food. Quinn ordered for both of them. She was shocked that he knew exactly what she liked. The more she thought about it, the more she became aware of his attention.
At night, Quinn moved closer to her on the sofa so she didn’t have a choice but to hug against him when the movies scared her. He kept them supplied in ice cream, cooked her favorite meals. When she woke up in the morning, he was the first person she saw.
No, she couldn’t believe what Martha was trying to say. There was no way he was looking at her with anything other than friendship.
They took a seat at one of the smaller tables away from the crowd. Quinn placed her burger and fries in front of her. Taking a fry, she took a bite, moaning at the salty taste.
“I’m not going to lie to you, Kaley. I’ve got all the company I need.”
She picked up her burger, taking a large bite. “You’re hanging out with your sister and her friend. Aren’t we cramping your style?”
Kaley wanted to ask more, but she was afraid to find out the answer. His gaze was on her intently.
“When you open your eyes, you’ll see exactly why I’m here.”
She dropped her glasses down to cover her eyes. Most of the time she didn’t need them, but they helped her to think clearly when they were on.
“Eat your burger,” he said. She would have argued, but he pointed at his watch. Kaley saw they’d been waiting a good twenty minutes to be served. She’d talk to Dorothy.
There was no way Quinn had come for her. He’d never shown any interest in her before. What could have changed?
Quinn entered the empty apartment after dropping Kaley back at the library. He’d be there to pick her up in the afternoon. The last week he’d not made any headway in getting to know her. She kept him at arm’s length, apart from when she was too afraid of the movies they were watching. Dorothy wasn’t helping either. His sister was using every opportunity to be out of the house.
Without thinking about what he was doing, he entered Kaley’s bedroom, closing the door behind him. He opened her laptop, waiting for it to load. When it asked for a password he sat back, thinking about her. He tried typing in her birthday, Dorothy’s birthday, password, their names, but then he wrote his name and birthday. The computer opened up to him.
He was thrilled that she used his name and birthday to lock her computer. Quinn saw three files open. Opening the first document, he saw it was labeled “Story One”. Frowning, he scrolled to the top of the fifty-page document and began reading.