Liar! He was in the same soccer team as Pete, and his eyes were always on her whenever he talked to Pete. Pete had introduced them a few weeks ago but their only communication was a smile or a nod.
“Pete?” Rosalind laughed. “He’s like a brother to me.”
“Really?” Benedict said. “So who is your boyfriend?”
“Haven’t found the right guy yet.”
“A pretty girl like you? I’m sure there’re a lot of guys after you.”
Rosalind’s smile widened when Mabeline glared at Benedict. Rosalind sighed. “That’s quite true. But the thing is, all the good guys are not available.”
“Oh?” Benedict glanced at her from the rear-view mirror. “Who are the good ones?”
“Mabeline has one,” Rosalind said. But not for long.
Benedict laughed. Mabeline placed her hand on his lap to show her ownership.
Must have already spread her legs for him, Rosalind thought. She would soon regret that.
Two days later, while Rosalind was queuing up for her food during recess, Benedict appeared behind her, minus Mabeline.
“Hi, I seem to be bumping into you so often these days,” he said.
Rosalind smiled beautifully. “Just make sure you brake in time.”
Benedict laughed. “Let me buy you lunch. To apologise for the other day.”
“No, thanks. You didn’t do anything wrong that day.” She bought her food, ignored him and walked away to join her girlfriends.
“I heard Benedict gave you a lift home the other day,” remarked Brenda.
“Yeah,” Rosalind said.
“Beware,” Liv warned. “That guy’s a wolf.”
“How do you know?” Rosalind asked.
“Everybody knows that,” Liv replied. “Ask Joy. They dated once.”
“I don’t find anything wrong with him,” said Joy.
“Then why did you guys split?” Liv pressed.
“Well,” Joy shrugged. “We just couldn’t get along, that’s all.”
That was a lie, they all knew.
(This is an excerpt from one of Douglas Lee‘s earlier books, A Rose Has Thorns, which is no longer in print. )