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MH finished his drink and gestured at the bartender clear across the room. The man shot forward with a tray bearing fresh glasses, an ice bucket, and a whole bottle of very nice tequila. While he replaced glasses, poured, and wiped off the table MH just watched me with an amused grin and didn’t speak a word. The man ran off with the tray, but left the bottle.
“I have to know. How do I remind you of your husband?”
“I can’t. Oh God, this is so embarrassing.”
“We are like old friends,” he said, sliding his hand into mine slowly and caressing my palm with his rounded, blunt fingertips. “There is no need for embarrassment.”
“What the hell.” I took a long drink and shrugged. “You were my celebrity-free-pass.” He looked confused so I continued. “You know. Sometimes couples joke about what celebrity they reserve as their one chance to cheat without repercussions. His was Penelope Cruz, mine was you.”
He frowned and lied badly. “I think this must be an American thing.”
“Maybe,” I said, but I was thinking that more than one little honey has probably curled up to MH and told him about a deal she has with her husband.
“So if he had met Penelope Cruz on the street, and she agreed, they could have had sex and you wouldn’t have been upset?”
“It didn’t really seem like a possibility. I agree that in light of recent events, I probably shouldn’t have joked about sleeping with other people. But it seemed harmless at the time.”
“I wonder how he’d feel knowing that you’re here with me.” His eyes slitted with mischief and he took my hand again.
Ah, and we’d come full circle. “He wouldn’t care. And even if he did, you’re not here with me. We’re just sharing a drink.” I tried to sound nervous over my tequila buzz. “You’re here with your … girlfriend, right?”
“Nope.” His eyes seemed darker, calculating. His knee was touching my leg under the table.
“Oh.” I waited a few beats, then raised my eyes to his. “Oh…”
“I bet he would care a lot.” His eyes roamed all over my body and occasionally lit on my face. “Why are you still wearing your wedding ring?”
“So that men won’t bother me while I’m traveling.”
He laughed loud and long at that one.
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