Rosalind used one of the oldest tricks in the world to hook Benedict.
As she was walking out of the college gates, her books slipped out of her hands just as the Datsun 120Y was about ten metres behind her.
Benedict braked just in time to avoid running over her Business Management textbook. Seconds later, he was squatting beside her, helping her pick up the books.
“Are you all right?” he asked.
Without looking at him, Rosalind said, “Yeah.”
After he had placed the books in her hands, she looked into his eyes, smiled and said, “Thanks.” Now, please ask if you could send me back.
“I’m sorry,” Benedict said. Wow! She’s gorgeous!
“It’s alright,” Rosalind said. Her heart sank when she noticed a girl in his car. She added softly, “I think.”
“Let me send you back,” Benedict said.
Rosalind said, “But … but you have company.”
“Are you sure?” I mustn’t push him too far.
“Sure.” He was already opening the back door for her. Rosalind climbed in.
In her eighteen years, this was the first time Rosalind had ever sat in a car. The seat was very cozy, unlike those hard ones in the bus.
“This is Mabeline,” Benedict said as he fastened his seat belt. “Er, I don’t remember catching your name.”
Mabeline turned back and nodded without smiling, her eyes telling Rosalind, “Hands off, or else …”
Good. Rosalind smiled.
“Where do you stay?” Benedict asked.
“You can drop me off at the Alexandra Market,” Rosalind said. “Do you know where it is?”
“Sure.” Benedict drove off.
Mabeline said, “Aren’t you Pete’s girlfriend?”
(This is an excerpt from one of Douglas Lee‘s earlier books, A Rose Has Thorns, which is no longer in print. )