My Tuesday Teaser is from Whiskey and Moonshine!
The aromas swirling through the air made Colt’s mouth water and his stomach grumble. He detected something sweet and nutty mingled with the scent of seasoned meat and other odors he’d gotten a whiff of in Kensington’s Place. A cheese and potato casserole he loved for one, roasted vegetables for another.
Off the kitchen was a small eating area just large enough for a round table with two stools with cushioned seats and iron backs. The tabletop was covered in a mosaic of brightly colored tiles. The floor was a similar tile design. At the end of the room was a sliding glass door.
Audrey slid the door open and dipped her head outside. “Mal, it smells wonderful, as always.” They walked onto a huge wooden deck.
Mr. Kensington was standing near a brick-and-metal monster of an outdoor grill and oven. Colt watched his movements as he put something in the oven. Everything he did was smooth and graceful. A second later, he turned to them. The somewhat pleasant expression he wore morphed into one of utter surprise. “Colt?”
“Catching him off guard is nearly impossible.” Audrey leaned closer to Colt and spoke in a low voice. “You get an extra cookie for letting me see that.”
Colt’s cheeks warmed. He glanced down at himself, smoothing his hands over his legs. “Does it look okay?”
“Okay? No.” Mr. Kensington took a deep breath. “You look amazing.”
Colt couldn’t help the grin that spread over his face. “Th-thank you, Mr. Kensington.” He glanced sideways at Audrey. She seemed very pleased.
“Mal,” Mal corrected.
“Mal,” Colt repeated softly. He liked how at ease Mal made him feel with almost no effort at all.
“I believe my mission has been accomplished. I’ll leave you two to your dinner.” Audrey turned to leave.
“Wait.” Mal took a few steps forward. “You’re not staying? I made plenty.”
“You always make plenty, and the staff will enjoy the leftovers. I’m going home to have dinner with my husband,” Audrey said.
“Call Martin. He can join us. There’s—”
Audrey flipped her hair over her shoulder and smirked. “Have a good dinner, gentlemen.” She turned smartly on her heels and slipped back into the house, leaving Colt alone with Mal.
For something to do, Colt turned and looked out over the deck railing. “Oh wow, this is…. I don’t even know how describe how beautiful it is. You sure can’t see this from the front of the house.”
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