Gina had just put on her dress which she was going to wear to a friend’s dinner party when the doorbell rang. She rushed to answer it and when she opened the door, her mouth tightened when she saw who it was. “How on earth did you get this address?”
“I got it from Natalie.”
Damn Natalie. “I’m on my way out.”
“I promise I won’t stay long,” he said. “May I come in?”
She stepped aside for him to go inside. He removed his jacket and shoes. They went into the living-room. She remained standing while he sat on the sofa, facing her. His eyes traveled slowly over her, making her face feel hot.
“That’s some dress,” he remarked.
“What do you want?” she demanded rudely.
“Now, is that any way to talk to an old and dear friend?”
“You’re not my friend,” she retorted. “What do you want?”
“Do you have a date or something?”
“That’s none of your business.”
“Well, you’re all dressed up so, I figured that you must be going on a date. Who’s the lucky man?”
“Why are you here, Tanner?”
“Isn’t it obvious? I’m here to see you, my lovely Gina.”
“Don’t call me that.”
“Why not? You are lovely.”
“I’m not your Gina.”
“That can change now that you and Matt are no longer together.”
“Does the whole of Canada know about the divorce?”
“I heard about it from Natalie. I’d be lying if I said that I was sorry. Don’t get me wrong, I like Matt. He’s a really nice guy but he wasn’t right for you.”
“And what kind of man do you think is right for me?”
She laughed. “You must be joking.”
“I’m not joking. I’m very serious. You married the wrong man, Gina.”
“I agree with you about that. I shouldn’t have married Matt. We weren’t right for each other.”
“I know that you had your eye on his brother, Joel but, Joel wasn’t interested so you settled for big brother. Poor Matt. No man likes to be the one the woman settles for because she couldn’t get the one she wanted.”
“How do you know about Joel?” she demanded.
“Natalie told me.”
“Natalie has a big mouth.”
“Now, that’s not a nice thing to say about your cousin.”
“Well, its true. She talks too much. You can’t trust her to keep a secret. I learnt that the hard way.”
“Well, it doesn’t matter now. You and Matt are history. You’re a free woman again. Free to date again–“
“I’m not interested in dating and if I were, I’d rather end my life than to date you.”
“Now, what do you have against me?”
“You’re obnoxious, arrogant and infuriating.”
“I’m not boring, though. I think you were bored with Matt.”
“I don’t want to talk about Matt with you.”
“Was he boring in bed?”
Her face turned red. “That’s none of your damned business.”
“I can promise you one thing, Gina. You wouldn’t find me boring at all–especially, not in bed.”
“Get out!” she yelled at him and looked around wildly for something to throw at him.
He stood up. “No need to lose your head. I’m leaving but you and I are going to see more of each other. That’s another thing I can promise you.”
She marched out of the living-room and to the foyer. Glaring at him, she wrenched open the front door. “Don’t bother showing your face here again,” she warned him.
After putting on his shoes and jacket, he walked over to her. He gazed down into her flushed face for several minutes. “Goodbye, my lovely Gina.” He took her hand and raised it to his lips. She snatched her hand away and her expression thunderous. He winked and smiled before he stepped out onto the porch.
Incensed, she slammed the door shut. Insufferable man. Fists clenched, she marched upstairs to finish getting ready.