She pretends to work, like she is doing something extremely important, something that demands her full attention and brain capacity. Even throws in a long sigh or five just to make it more authentic.
But her focus is somewhere else. On someone else. She can’t stop looking at him as he’s talking to a co-worker.
Her eyes drink him in. The grey suit with no tie does wonders to his body that has never seen the inside of a gym. His hair could use a haircut but she just wants to run her fingers through it and make it even more messy. After she cleans his glasses for him.
He smiles and draws her attention to the lips no one would describe as anything but average. But that smile is disarming. That smile charms her socks and sneakers off. It would charm her clothes off if it came to it. When he smiles, she sees the glimpse of his positive and caring nature that they all have come to rely on. If you have a problem, he is the one that saves the day.
“Hmm?” She looks up right into the eyes she was fantasizing about. Those warm hazelnut eyes that always gleam like they have a secret joke no one else is privy too.
“We’re going out for drinks later, want to come?”
“I’d rather go for drinks with just you.” She practically shoots it out of her mouth before she can change her mind.
“Hmm?” It’s his time to be confused.
“I’d like to go on a date with you, if you’re up for it.” Her heart is beating in her chest, working its way out past her ribs.
He smiles warmly and she can sense the rejection before she hears it. “Nat, I thought you knew. I have a boyfriend.”
In a puff of air her crush evaporates and she really, really wishes it would take her with it.