It’s time for another Sweet Saturday Samples! Here’s another snippet from Climbing Heartbreak Hill. Ryan’s first meeting with Minnie. Do you think he’ll survive the encounter?
Minnie’s gaze swung to Ryan, and he suddenly wished he had ducked out the door as soon as she came in. She gave him a
once-‐‑over thorough enough to read the numbers off his credit card through his wind pants. Her evaluation stopped at his left hand
and her eyes narrowed.
“And I see you’ve met this fine young man.”ʺ She winked at Tara.
Ryan pushed himself to stand and held out his hand. “I’m Ryan. I don’t believe we’ve met.”
“Grant, right? Yvonne’s son. Your mother and I have been friends since she moved over from Glendale. I heard about your knee. Wasn’t there some big race coming up?”
Ryan’s stomach churned just thinking about it. He was going to miss it. Again. “The Boston Marathon. It’s in four weeks.”
“Isn’t it the one with the nasty hill everyone cries about?” Minnie smoothed her hair down.
“Heartbreak Hill,” Ryan murmured more to himself than to the women. It had broken him last time. This year was supposed to be different. He trained to be a contender, but his body had failed him before he’d set foot on the course.
“Well, your mom enjoys having you around.” She clapped her hand on his arm, then squeezed the muscles. “I guess running does something for your arms too.” She raised her eyebrows, and Tara shrugged. Minnie reached for her hip. “Shoot. I left my phone at the exercise class. I’m going to make some phone calls. If Leslie’s at the hospital, I’ll skedaddle. And let you two get back to…” She waved her hand and Ryan wondered what she expected them to get back to besides his tax return. His imagination supplied some ideas, but they weren’t on the agenda.
Tara waved as Minnie bounded through the door.
“My mom’s friends are so weird,” Ryan said when the door whipped shut.
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