The Lives of Others (4)

Samantha Flint sat at the bar of the Walden Luxe Hotel, frowning over an Old-Fashioned. Trying to regain her calm, she compulsively lit a cigarette.

“Ma’am, there’s no smoking in here,” said Foley the barkeep.

“Honey, does it look like I care? How often do you see a girl like me alone at a bar drinking this nasty… whatever this is!” Samantha flipped the glass and laughed, taking a long drag on her cigarette.

“Why the hell’d you do that! Crazy broad…,” the bartender barked.

“Hmpf. Useless,” she scoffed

“Get out,” commanded Foley.

Samantha Flint flashed him the smile that had ruined hundreds of men. “Make me,” she said. Her voice was disgustingly, arrogantly confident.

“No wonder your boyfriend there left you. You’re psychotic. Absolutely freakin’ nuts! Get out.”

Samantha, still smiling, leaned across the bar and grabbed Foley’s arms, and planted a kiss on his fat face. His anger melted away in her lips.

“You like a strong woman, I take it?” she asked coyly.”Mhm,” was the only response from the floored barkeep.

“Why don’t you take a break?” she cooed.

Plans were falling into place for a woman scorned. Redmond Gardner would pay. He would pay dearly.

***

“I’m glad you were able to tear yourself away to see me tonight!” said Elaine Gardner, embracing Teddy Burke as he entered her apartment. Dressed impeccably, the couple was ready for a night on the town.

“You know I wouldn’t miss this! It’s all that’s kept me going all week.” Elaine’s policeman flashed her a smile, which she gratefully returned.

“I got a call from my brother this afternoon,” said Elaine.

“Oh yeah? What’s he doing now? Not back on Wall Street, is he?” said Teddy, alluding to one or two ill-fated investments Redmond Gardner had made as an otherwise successful broker.

“No, nothing like that this time. He just needed some advice, which I’m always too ready to give.” She smiled as she looked at the man before her. “How can I be so lucky?” she thought to herself.

“Ready toots? I made a reservation at Mancino’s. You do like Italian, don’t you? I mean I don’t have anything against Chinese food, but I’m grateful I got to pick this time,” he joked.

“Stop it! You know I don’t care where we go. I just have a taste for sushi is all. Is that so wrong?”

“Well no, if you don’t count salmonella. I suppose it’s okay if you’re into that sort of thing,” said Teddy. Elaine was the girl he had looked for all his life. She had it all. Her dark hair nicely complimented her deep green eyes, and her sense of style didn’t hurt either. The girl in the black dress before him had a sense of humor too. Not too many of them to be found these days. “Perfect,” he thought.

Elaine Gardner and Teddy Burke had made it. They had managed to evade all the gossip of Huntsport and have a good, old-fashioned romance. Yes, they had made it, or at least they hoped they had.

END

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