Suddenly, Finally- Chapter 1 preview
He’d just grabbed a fork and knife from the cutlery drawer when he heard a knock at the door. Tim wasn’t expecting company, but a glance towards the front window showed Lopez’s car in the drive. When he answered, she greeted him with a grin and a six-pack of beer.
“Mea Culpa?” she offered, but he knew her well enough to know she didn’t really come to apologize. She wanted to hear about his day. Namely, his rookie.
He let her in without a word and took the beers. “You couldn’t have warned me?”
“And miss that stupid look on your face?” she teased, then mimicked it for him. Her already large eyes went extra wide, and she pursed her lips together while breathing in sharply, a pretty decent imitation of his tense face that did not amuse him at all.
Tim popped the the caps off of two bottles before responding. “I did not look like that,” he said, and handed her a beer.
“Sure you did,” she replied. “I don’t blame you though. I mean… Lucy is very pretty.”
Bingo. He knew she’d come over to talk about Chen. He didn’t agree, because that was a bad idea, but he didn’t disagree, because that was worse and also a lie; he wasn’t interested in her, but he wasn’t blind. Tim decided his best course of action was to keep his mouth shut, knowing either answer would give Lopez some level of satisfaction. He kind of hoped she’d drop the subject if he didn’t engage.
She took one sip of beer, then asked, “What happened when you saw Chen?”
So much for dropping it. He stared at her blankly before answering, “Why do you ask?”
“Call it curiosity. I was right beside you when she turned around.” A smirk crossed her face. Lopez concealed it behind the neck of her beer bottle, then said, “You stood up first, you know.”
Yeah, I was there. He couldn’t really tell her everything that happened, mostly because he couldn’t make sense of it himself. How could he explain that Chen was all he saw without sounding like a lunatic? How could he describe the tugging feeling without coming off as a sap?
So he told her, “Soulmates don’t exist. The timers are bullshit,” but it came off flat; false.
“Yes, I’m well-versed on the ‘official’ Tim Bradford position on the matter. Now tell me what really happened.”
“It wasn’t what I expected.”
Lopez rolled her eyes. “Well, duh. You expected nothing.”
“I know.” He’d heard of people having “reactions” when their timers went off, but like the rest of it, he’d written it off as nonsense. There was no way he could’ve guessed he’d feel how he did.
The image of his rookie in Grey’s office flashed through his mind. The curves of her hips bending toward her waist; pretty mouth, piercing gaze. Fuck, he thought as his throat went dry. Even if he’d known the day and the hour, he was starting to feel like nothing would’ve prepared him for Lucy Chen.