By Lynn Emery
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Good-bye, Ms. ” Perrilloux walked toward the door with Pete. “Good-bye,” Talia said. She smiled at him, then glanced at Derrick. ” “I’ll see you later, Talia,” Derrick said. Perrilloux stopped and looked back at them. “That’s right, you two know each other. ” His wide smile transformed the serious “tough on crime” man into an affable Cajun gentleman. One of Pete’s eyebrows went up. Two sets of keen 52 Lynn Emery eyes gazed at them for several seconds. Both men seemed to expect an explanation. “Sure is,” Derrick said with a placid air.
In the interim her brain kicked back in. He seemed to know quite a lot about her. ” “Not really. But you can’t blame me for being curious. After all we’ve—” “Right,” she broke in. ” They stared at each other in silence. The only sounds were the hum from her computer and the muted horns from trafﬁc below. Talia tried not to think of him as a tall serving of mocha latte. She didn’t want to imagine his hips pressed against hers as they rocked together. Before she knew it he was across the room. When the phone on her desk rang, he paused, and she breathed a sigh of relief.
Me, the girl with raggedy clothes and a crazy mama. ” Derrick managed to smile at her through the sadness that clutched at his heart. They held hands in silence for a long time, just watching people pass by. A breeze from the Potomac blew a thick lock of hair across her face. Derrick smoothed it back before Talia reached up. She looked at him, her eyes shiny. A tear slid down one cheek. He pressed his lips to it and tasted the sweet saltiness of her skin. They embraced. He felt the farewell in her touch.
All I Want Is Forever by Lynn Emery