My teaser today comes from Whiskey and Moonshine.
They assembly lined their task. Colt pulled the steaming-hot bakeware from the ovens, and Mal transferred their contents to serving dishes. Once everything was arranged on the outside table, Mal took the baguettes down from the warming shelf on the upper grill.
“Oh… ow… hot.” Mal juggled the bread as he hurried to the table. He dropped them into a waiting wicker basket.
“You made all this?”
Mal nodded. “Sure did. A number of the recipes in Kensington’s Place are my creations, or ones I took and tweaked. I understand the potatoes are one of your favorites.”
Surprise registered all over Colt’s face. “How did you know?”
Mal reached over and took Colt’s bread plate. He broke one of the baguettes and divided it between them, then passed Colt the potatoes. “I make it a point to know if people like the food my restaurant serves.” When Colt stopped eating and lifted his eyebrows, Mal confessed, “Audrey told me. I wanted to impress you.”
“You wanted to impress me?”
“Yes, I did. We’re going to be working together, and I’m hopeful we’ll become friends. I don’t want you to be uncomfortable.” Mal passed Colt a small bowl. “The spiced oil you liked for dipping the baguette in. There’s a domestic staff that comes in daily, and I have a driver, but no cook. I have food brought over from the restaurant if I don’t prepare my own meals.”
Colt grinned. “I’ll be sure to thank Audrey.”
They spent a few minutes eating. Mal poured more of the berry lemonade into each of their glasses and took a long sip of his before setting his glass down. “I was hoping we could get to know each other a bit.”
“Meaning I tell you all about me,” Colt said. He didn’t sound offended, but maybe disappointed.
“And if you’re interested, I’ll tell you a bit about myself.” Mal took another sip of lemonade, more to gather his thoughts than to quench his thirst. “You go first. Ask me anything you want to know.”
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