And then it hit him. It wasn’t that Iris was falling in love with him. He was falling in love with Iris.
What? I said innocently. She hasn’t gone out on a single date, and Mom’s hot. You’re losing your window of opportunity here.Honey, there’s no window of anything. Rose and I are still together. He fished out a slice of radish. And things are serious between us. You know that.
She who shall not be named.Around six months after my parents legally separated, Dad started seeing Rose. He swears to this day, along with Mom, that there was nothing happening between him and his co-agent at the realtor firm. Rose was a good ten years younger than Dad and seriously could pass as a college student.The waitress swung by our table, refilling my Coke. I took a big ole hefty drink of it as Dad eyed me. Is that diet? he asked.
Nope. I gave him a cheeky wide smile. It’s a hundred percent real soda pop with lots and lots of empty calories.His brows furrowed. Do you know how many throw-away calories are in that?
I shrugged, but I did know. One hundred and forty to be exact. How did I know this needless information? Dad had told me already. Like about one hundred and forty times.
Dad wasn’t a health nut. To people on the outside, they’d take one look at his trim physique and the OT he put into the gym, and think he was all about the health and fitness. But, oh no, Dad was a fat nut. In other words, he was petrified of getting the middle-aged paunch.Biting the inside of my cheek, I shuffled forward and into a dimly lit corridor that smelled of . . . apples. I murmured my thanks and, as I sneaked a peek at the off-duty deputy, I got the sense that he wasn’t doing this because he was normally Deputy Helpful, but more likely because he felt sorry for me.
And that made me want to go hide in a corner.So how are you holding up? he asked, closing the door behind us.
He watched me for a second, his expression doubtful as we passed an empty glass case. A lot of officers train here. If you go straight ahead, there’s a gymnasium. Some of us come and play ball. When I nodded, he gestured to a set of closed double doors on his right. His damp white cotton shirt stretched across his arms. That’s where they teach Krav Maga. That will teach you self-defense real quick, but the classes being taught there aren’t for beginners.In other words, not ideal for what I was looking for.