Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Give Me Love ~ Part 8
Amorette gave Gerwyn an ornery smile. “I bet you say that to all the women you try to pick up in the bar.”
Gerwyn laughed lightly. “I have to admit, I don’t pick up women in bars very often, but if there’s a beautiful lady, I make it a point to let her know I think she’s lovely. But I have to say Amorette….” He gently brushed a hair off her cheek. “I get the feeling you’re not like other women. I know I’ve just met you but there’s something about you I just can’t put my finger on. All I know is I’d like to get to know you better.”
Amorette’s heart raced as she looked into Gerwyn’s eyes. She knew they were pretending for Todd’s sake, but she couldn’t help but long for someone to speak to her as Gerwyn was. She wanted someone to be drawn to her, to believe in a connection before they even met. Her heart not only desired it, but needed it.
“Wow,” said Todd, breaking Amorette out of her thoughts. “That was amazing. Holy cow, I’m a straight guy but I totally want to give you my number.”
Gerwyn grabbed his drink and sat back in the booth. “See it’s not about pickup lines, it’s about talking to the lady like a real person, like you’re genuinely interested in her as a whole, and make sure you are before you talk to her or she’ll see right through. Women are not fish to be caught, they are someone you can share your soul with.”
Amorette stood, her heart pounding so hard it threatened to burst right out of her body. “I’m sorry I have to go.”
She didn’t wait for a response from Gerwyn or Todd, but ran out of the bar. She looked down the street, hoping to find some place to hide. She knew her friend would come after her. Gerwyn was a cupid and a gentleman, but she didn’t want to talk to him. She didn’t want one more person telling her that love was something that cupids weren’t allowed to have. She couldn’t stand the thought of her oldest and dearest friend acknowledging the thing her heart most desired was impossible.
She spotted an abandoned warehouse and bolted down the alley to it as she heard Gerwyn call her name. As she approached the building she noticed one of the doors had been pried open a little, she shimmied inside and hoped that Gerwyn hadn’t seen her and if he had that he would be too big to get through the opening.
She wandered away from the door, hoping to find a spot away from the door where she could just think and not hear Gerwyn looking for her. Walking into a back office she found a mattress on the floor. It looked dusty and worn, but she didn’t see any questionable stains. She sat down and sighed heavily. She knew she shouldn’t have run out on Gerwyn like that, but she also knew she could explain it to him later and that he would not only accept her apology but understand.
She pulled a golden arrow out of her quiver and fingered it gently.
She thought of everything Gerwyn had said to her during Todd’s lesson. Pretend or not, Gerwyn had made her heart stir in a way it never had. She knew she wasn’t feeling romantic for her friend, but for what his words had represented.
She looked at the arrow and her heart ached. She just wanted a little bit of love, just a taste. Her mind raced with excuses she could use to justify her actions with the elders and then it hit her. She would use Tris.