The wind howled around the
building and blew the snow so thick that sometimes you could
not see across the street. Chlo propped her feet up on the
desk and opened a book, and then stared outside mesmerized
by the snow and the howl of the wind.
A form appeared in the doorway
by her office. Rick leaned against his elbow watching her.
His collar was opened and his cuffs were rolled up. He stood
looking at her long legs propped on the desk.
“You’re not working; you’re
looking at the snow.”
“Snow is interesting.”
“You can look at snow at
“Not this snow. The snow at
home is Eggertsville snow. I wanted to see Buffalo snow.”
“It’s different in the
“Yep. So what are you doing
here? What’s so important that tore you away from home and
family on Christmas Eve day?”
“My wife wasn’t home. I was
“What do you mean
‘baby-sitting’? You can’t baby-sit your own child. You take
care of your own child, you don’t baby-sit your own child.”
“That so?” Rick said coming
over to the desk leaning on it with both hands. He had
wanted her since he first saw her; and all she ever did was
fuss about her ridiculous marriage. Now here she was alone
in a dark building in the middle of a snowstorm.
“Yeah. And all this time you
thought you were babysitting.”
Chlo raised her eyebrow as if
to chide him. “You probably even put it on your resume.”
Rick moved around the desk and
sat beside her foot. Here she was in her expensive looking
pant suit. Not worrying about her husband whom Sandy had
seen and said was seedy looking.
Light shone off the smoothness
of his leather belt and Chlo realized that it was getting
dark. She remembered how she used to be intimidated by him.
That seemed remarkable now.
“So, where’s your husband?”
“My soon to be ex-husband is
in Puerto Largo.”
“And you’re up here in the
snow? How’s a southerner like you going to manage? Down in
Maryland ‘You All’ probably think the snow will go away if
you just stand there and stare at it.”
“Down in Maryland it does go
away if we just stand there and stare at it.”
“Going to be kind of tough
here then, isn’t it? Here even if you swear at it, it
doesn’t go away. But then you probably couldn’t swear if
your life depended on it.”
“That’s not true, Shithead.”
Rick laughed a hearty laugh
from the diaphragm. “Well I always like to see people expand
“That’s why you went into
“Could be. Or it could be that
I went into teaching to meet young women like you. A young
woman with the light from streetlights glistening off her
golden hair.” Rick leaned forward locking her gaze on his,
leaned forward until his lips met hers.