Standing at my door is a young blond girl, maybe sixteen, holding a Starbucks to-go cup and a single red rose.
“Are you Natalie?” she asks with a smile.
“These are for you.” She’s excited as she pushes them toward me.
“Uh, thanks.” I take them from her, pushing the rose against my nose.
“There’s a note too.” She holds it out to me, then claps her hands. “This is the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen in my life!”
I laugh at her excitement and open my door wider so she can see the dozens of bouquets of roses in the living room. Her eyes about pop out of her pretty little head.
“Holy shit! Wow. You’re so lucky. Bye!” She waves and is off.
I take a sip of the coffee – oh God, that’s good. How did he know white mochas are my favorite? – and open the note.
Good morning, gorgeous. Just a little something to start your day off right. Can’t wait to see you. Luke
Holy Moses, he’s just so sweet. Jules comes down the stairs yawning.
“Who was at the door?”
“Does Starbucks deliver?” I ask.
“Uh, I wish.” She eyes my coffee and the rose.
“A girl just delivered these.”
“Jesus, this is starting to get sickening.” Jules heads for the kitchen and I laugh, following her.
“I’m going to see him this morning.”
“Good. I don’t want the details.” She starts making her own coffee. “Wait. You’re the only one getting laid. Yes, I do want details. And pictures.”
I grin and bury my nose in the rose again. “I’m not going to sleep with him. We’re just going to talk.”
“Okay. Let me know how that works out for you.” She sets the coffee to drip, then smiles over at me. “I’m glad you’re giving him a chance.”
“Just because he’s the Luke Williams?”
“No, because he’s a good guy who finally treats you the way you deserve to be treated.”
“What am I getting myself into?”
“Something fun.” She shrugs. “Stop over thinking it and enjoy it.”
“Okay. I’m going to shower and head over to his place for breakfast."
“Be safe.” She calls after me.
“I always am.” I call back.