Matthew always considered himself to be a verbal ninja, but every time I heard him talk, all I wanted to do was cringe. I had trained myself to stay away from the full body cringe.
“You know, I’d never thought I’d see you in a place like this.” I heard Matthew’s voice from behind me and I hoped my reaction wasn’t too obvious. I couldn’t help but have a negative reaction every time I heard his voice. Now he was here. In my bookstore.
“I own this store. You know I do.” I turned to face Matthew and hoped he would just disappear. “What can I do for you today?”
“I’m just here to look around.” Matthew casually looked around my small bookstore like he had never read a book before. I’m still not sure why he picked my store out of all the booksellers in town. I know he’s here for something else. There has to be a reason he is in my store. I just needed to figure out why.
“Let me know if I can help.” I turned around and tried to get away from him as soon as I could. I hoped he would either get the hint or get bored and leave. When I turned the corner ten minutes later, I had a split second to stop myself from running straight into Matthew. By the smile he had on his face, I knew he was turning on his charm and age-old bullshit.