"The usual. Thanks Dan."
I hand my old friend the money for my coffee and wait for it to be made. I try to stay out of sight, but I think I'm noticed. A brunette is sitting on her phone, staring at me, at one of the tables. I smirk and walk over to her.
"You know" I begin. "If you want a picture, you can just ask."
She looks shocked at first.
"Oh uh sorry. I just, didn't want to disturb you I guess?"
"It's fine. Do you mind?" I ask, pointing to the chair across from her,
I pull it out and sit down, placing my phone on the table.
"So what's you name?"
"Oh, uh, it's not important" she says, tucking her hair behind her ear.
"Why not? I want to know you're name."
I grab the coffee Dan walks over with and wait for her answer.
"I'm Aubrey" she finally replies.
"Nice to meet you Aubrey. Your boyfriend is very lucky!"
"How'd you know I have a boyfriend" she asks.
"I just assumed. No gorgeous girl like you could ever be single" I compliment.
"Nah but thanks. Anyway, I'm not sure how much longer it'll last."
"Oh. Why not?"
She hesitates for a moment but then responds.
"Our work. I didn't want to get into the business, but he forced me to, and I don't enjoy it. I never truly liked him either. I think of him as my friend only, but, of course, because of work, we were forced together."
I move my chair next to hers and wrap my arms around her shoulders, giving her a hug.
"I'm so sorry. If there's anything I can do, and I mean anything, just let me know."
I give her my phone so I could get her number, and she hands me hers.
"No problem. I'm here for you."
How the hell am I going to get this guy.
What am I doing, getting close to him?
Maybe this isn't a good idea anymore.
Maybe I should back away before it's too late...