Please Note: This is just a snippet of the story. It isn’t finished yet.
© 2017 A. B. PANELL
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What began as mild flirting turned into something more. Lucius and I moved around the dance floor, eyeing one another while exchanging knowing smirks.
I hadn’t anticipated seeing him tonight. Jodie never told me he was an expected guest. Then again, if she had, I wouldn’t be here.
Balls and parties weren’t my thing. I preferred the cool atmospheres of the greenhouses and plants in my care. Mingling with others was foreign to me, yet here I was, offering my best friend support. Tonight was her engagement party.
“A penny for your thoughts,” a deep, masculine voice whispered in my ear.
Startled, I turned and bumped my left elbow against the pedestal behind me. I looked up to find Lucius towering over me.
The left corner of his mouth tilted upwards. “Caught you at a bad time?”
“No.” I rubbed my aching elbow. “Can I help you?”
Lucius snorted and rolled his eyes. “I’d rather help you.”
“With what?” I asked in a condescending tone. “I’ve no pressing matters right now. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re at a ball.”
“You call this a ball?”
I glanced at a group of people waltzing across the dance floor. “What else is it?”
He shrugged. “Hell if I know, but this isn’t what Jodie wants people to think it is.”
“Yes, well . . .”
Lucius’ smirk deepened. “Why are you here, Anna?”
I narrowed my eyes and pursed my lips. “Jodie’s my best friend.”
“And nothing. What do you want, Lucius?”
He grinned. A light of mischief flashed in his eyes.