Here is another snippet from my work in progress, Heartbreak Hill:
“Let me help you with that.” She hurried over to the door and kicked the stopper down to hold it open while she relieved him off the fistful of paper. A quick scan of the parking lot told her Mark’s Suburban hadn’t entered the lot yet. “Do you have an appointment?”
“Your sign said walk-ins were welcome.” His voice had a pleasant timbre. Tara didn’t miss the once-over he gave her. She was used to those. It was one of the side-effects of having breast implants not written in the tri-fold brochure from the plastic surgeon: every male and one-in-three females will have to stare at your chest. At times, Tara wanted to wear a name-tag that said under her name ‘and yes, they are fake.’
“Yes, walkins are always welcome. We have a small break in the rush, right now, so why don’t you have a seat by my desk?” Tara released the door and made her way around her desk.
The man put the two crutches together and gingerly lowered himself into the seat. He kept his left leg extended and Tara could see the outline of a brace around his knee through his wind pants. She dropped the pile of receipts into the middle of her desk and opened a new client file on her computer.
“Have you been here before?” When he answered in the negative, Tara said, “Okay. Then we’ll need to go through the basics first. I’ll need all your vital stats.”
“Name, address, phone number, etc.”
“Oh, I thought you meant age, weight, heart rate and blood pressure. Guess I’ve been to too many doctors lately. Ryan Grant.” He rattled off an address she recognized as one of the Ladies’ Night Out members. Had Yvonne been holding out on her? The last names matched so he must be family.
“Are you new in town then?” she asked as she typed the previous information into his record.
“At least until my knee heals.” He rubbed the thigh muscle on the injured leg. “Had to move back in with my mom for a while. How embarrassing is that?” He flashed a grin that made Tara’s stomach swirl.
“Not embarrassing at all.” Considering she’d done the same two years ago.
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