Serial Story: Fit to be Chai-ed, Ch. 4

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Fit to be Chai-ed

Chapter 4

“Are you ready?” Erik asked Anna the next morning as they stood in the parking lot at The Trusty Mug. He’d arrived early and ordered a coffee, timing his exit so it would look natural for him to run into Anna coming in as he was leaving.

Anna nodded. “I guess so. What do I do?” She rubbed her hands together nervously, shifting from foot to foot. He reached out to steady her, squeezing one arm.

“Relax,” he said, smiling when she looked up at him. “Just be yourself, and order a tall Chai latte. Smell it just like you would any other morning but don’t taste it – it’s normally too hot, right?” He waited for her nod before continuing. “That’s good. Tell him what you think, and take it to your office. I’ll meet you there. Easy.”   

She thought for a moment. “So you think the tea might have something in it? Is that why I shouldn’t drink it?”

Erik shrugged. “Like I said, I doubt he’s our guy, so it’s probably perfectly safe. But we’d like to test it just in case. I’ll bring you a cup to trade when we meet up. Wouldn’t want you to go without your caffeine fix just for helping me out.”

“Smart man.” She chuckled, glancing around him at the coffee shop. “I’d better get in there – he’s watching us. Probably worried that you’re going to kidnap me or something.”

She waved and smiled, and Erik turned in time to see Will wave back before he returned to the counter. He seemed like a nice kid. For Anna’s sake, he hoped he was right and Will was just a college kid making a little cash. There was something about him that didn’t sit quite right with Erik, but it was probably the way he looked at Anna with those puppy love eyes. Poor kid was way out of his league there.

Erik watched Anna walk into the store and fell back to the vantage point he’d chosen earlier. With a clear view of all the exits he waited for her to emerge. It shouldn’t be too long. Pulling a set of binoculars out of his jacket, he trained them on the big windows and scanned the main counter. Anna was chatting with Will as he made her drink and pushed it across the counter to her.

She lifted it to her nose, and breathed in deeply. The sensual way she moved was unexpected, and Erik sucked in a breath as she opened those gorgeous brown eyes and turned a full smile on Will.

“Damn,” he whispered as he watched her turn to leave. Then she stopped, and he frowned as she turned back toward the counter with an odd look on her face. Erik panned the binoculars toward Will, who was still behind the counter, saying something Erik couldn’t make out lip reading.

Moving back to Anna, Erik’s heart jumped as she lowered the cup from her lips.

Son of a bitch.

Shoving the binoculars back into his jacket he sprinted for the door, praying he wasn’t too late.


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