This is exactly how it would be…
“Remember how we used to play that game, “Would you rather?” Samantha asked, before taking a sip of her mocha latte. After one beer too many back in college, she and Abby would giggle for hours over ludicrous topics. Maybe that’s what her friend needed now before she headed to the Caribbean. The tea didn’t seem to be lightening her mood.
“Oh, god, yes! I felt like Spin the Bottle wasn’t as charming as it used to be, so we ended up spending many nights playing that game. It was me us, the occasional suite-mate and beer pong.” Abby shook her head and cringed at the thought. “Pabst Blue Ribbon? Ugh! What the hell were we thinking?”
“What was the one you’d slur all the time?” Samantha narrowed her eyes. “Oh! I remember. Would you rather be a giant hamster or a tiny rhino?”
Abby giggled as she took a sip of her chai tea latte. “Yes – a giant hamster was always my go to. Cause I’d be cute and fluffy and more likely to get away with things…like ducking out of responsibility!”
“And I always said a tiny rhino so I could avoid my father. If something isn’t at eye level, he usually misses it.”
“Okay,” Abby’s lips were twitching as she felt her question mojo coming back. “I got another one for ya: Would you rather be able to hear any conversation or take back anything you say?”
Samantha lifted her elbows off the small round table. It teetered, the folded napkin under one leg no help in the balance department. “Take back anything I say. I don’t want to know other peoples business.”
“Love it!” Abby gleefully toasted the air with her cup. “I feel the exact same way. Plus, if someone was talking about me, I’d really rather just not know.”
“How about, would you rather go about your normal day naked or fall asleep for a year?” Sam asked.
“Naked. I would totally go about my business naked. I can’t even imagine missing out on 365 days of my life!”
“I knew you’d say that! I’ll go naked, too. I’ve got too much to do to sleep for a year. I’ll just make sure on that day my normal routine is out in the field at some remote heritage protection site where no one can see me.” Samantha rested against the back of her chair. Then they both cracked up. It had been awhile since she laughed with a friend. It felt good. “Would you rather be able to stop time or fly?”
“Stop time, but not in a harmful way. Kind of like the one sister on “Charmed.” I’d do it so I could take a moment to think.”
“I’d take flying. I’d love to feel free and unencumbered and travel the globe with the wind in my face.”
Abby held up her hand. “My turn. Would you rather find true love or ten million dollars?”
Samantha had found true love once, or so she’d thought. Even after years apart, her heart still belonged to Dean. No other guy had come even close to erasing her memories of him and the summer they shared. “Ten million dollars.”
“You are such a liar! We both know you’d be happier with true love!”
Samantha tried to blank her expression, but it seriously didn’t work. Not with Abby staring at her like she could read her mind. “Fine. True love. If it even exists. I’m all about the job now.” She took a deep breath and tried to ignore the ache in her chest. “Would you rather have one wish granted today or three wishes granted in ten years?”
“Three wishes over ten years. You know it takes me a lot of time to sit and think about things. And wishes? No way I could decide on just one right now. What about you?”
“I’d rather have one wish today.”
“And what, pray tell, would that be?”
Samantha sat up taller. “To win the Route 66 contract.”
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Their love was ancient history…until their paths crossed again.
Samantha Bennett put Dean Malloy out of her mind five years ago, when he broke her heart after a summer fling. But now he’s back in her life, and ready to steal a heritage protection contract that could make or break her career–if he doesn’t steal her heart first. Samantha’s vowed to hate him, but it’s more than anger heating the competition between them.
With sparks flying across the conference table and sizzling in every touch, Dean proposes a weekend liaison. Anything to have Sam again; anything to get her out of his system. But the unresolved feelings between them complicate both their personal and professional lives, and one wild weekend could turn into a disaster that would destroy the one job that means more to Samantha than anything. For a shot at love…is it worth the risk?
Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing, or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much caffeine, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers. You can find her online at www.robinbielman.com and on Facebook and Twitter.