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Your choice for V was go on Vacation!
Even though she had only just met Sevy, she felt like she would like to go away with him. It wasn’t just that the sex was great. She enjoyed spending time with him, and she would love to get away from work, even though she had just started her job. It was starting to sink in that she was going to have to make some adjustments to her lifestyle from before she moved. In her rush to leave Iowa, she hadn’t had time to process how much her life would change when she ran away. Now that she was facing the relative monotony of work and a life without a huge, active secret, she feared she would get bored. Sevy seemed to have the solution to that.
Still, work was a big sticking point for her. “But how am I going to ask off of work the same time you do?”
“I’ll get it all fixed. We can go a Tuesday-Thursday or something. It doesn’t have to be over a weekend, you know. We aren’t using paid time off or anything, since we don’t get that, we’re just taking our “weekend” together.”
“Do you think that will work?”
“I know it will.” He grinned at her, a boyish look on his rugged face. She reached over and gently traced the stubble on his chin. He was beautiful. She could just look at him all day.
“Well, if you think it will work, I’m up for it,” she said.
“I can’t wait!” he exclaimed. “We’ll have to think about where we want to go…” he let his voice trail off in careful contemplation. “I’ll do some research. This is exciting!”
Aralyn giggled at him. He was so silly that she couldn’t help it. She loved his boyish charm.
Their bodies were just barely touching, and he pulled her closer to him so that their chests were pressed tightly together. He kissed her, and she melted into him. “Mmm,” she murmured against his mouth.
He nipped at her lip, and she felt herself bucking her hips gently against him. “Again already?” he asked, pulling back from the kiss.
“Maybe,” she said with a grin she wasn’t even attempting to hide.
He laughed heartily and pinned her to the bed. “I might be able to do that…”
The next day, Aralyn and Sevy were working together. She had eventually gone home for the night and grabbed a few hours of sleep before needing to be back at work for a shift at the bar. She hadn’t even thought to ask Sevy if he was working, too, but she felt that 10 am was too early to send him a text since they had been out so late the night before.
She had only been at work an hour when she saw his car roll into the parking lot. She had to suppress a grin to keep anyone from noticing how happy she was to see him. She wasn’t sure if it was wise to advertise their relationship where they worked.
She made sure to find things to keep her busy, so she wasn’t tempted to run into Sevy’s arms when he walked behind the bar. She was just cleaning the far side of the bar when he entered. She realized it was a poor plan when he walked all the way to where she was standing to fold up his sweatshirt. She had forgotten that he had done that for as long as she had known him. If she had been thinking about it, she would have found another place to stand to attempt to avoid him. Not that she was trying to avoid him, but more that she didn’t want to blow it.
He reached the part of the bar she was standing by, and he purposefully brushed against her as he put his sweatshirt in the small space under the bar. She realized he had essentially pinned her to the bar with his body. “Hi,” he said in a quiet voice.
She glanced left and right as quickly and surreptitiously as she could and saw that there were hardly any customers in this area of the bar and there were no other staff. “Hi,” she murmured back.
“How are you this morning?”
“Okay, a little tired.”
“That’s not a surprise,” he said with a wink. Sevy pulled Aralyn to him and gave her a quick kiss on the lips that left her cheeks flushed. He let her go then and stepped away from her.
“So, it’s like that, is it?” a familiar voice said from behind him. Aralyn couldn’t see who was speaking, but she was pretty sure it was Devon, the restaurant manager, and her boss. Shit.
Sevy turned around slowly, looking completely calm and collected.
“Yep,” he said, and she could hear the smile in his voice.
“Humph.” Devon seemed disgruntled that there would be a relationship between two of his employees. “I need to see you both in my office.”
Aralyn looked around. There were no patrons at the bar and Sevy wouldn’t have any tables, so there was no harm in her walking away. She grabbed a waitress she hardly knew on her way through the kitchen. “Watch the bar for me, please.” Aralyn knew she sounded desperate, but she couldn’t help herself. She was so scared she was about to lose her job that she could hardly think straight.
When they walked into the manager’s office, he shut the door behind them and then sat down behind his desk. Sevy lounged in one of the two chairs opposite Devon. Aralyn moved slowly and nervously to sit next to Sevy.
“So, a relationship already?” He directed his statement to Sevy.
“Yeah,” Sevy said.
“You know there’s no policy against it.”
Aralyn watched the two men like a ping pong match. “And if things go bad?”
“We’ll be professional.”
At that comment, Devon looked at Aralyn. “Of course we will,” she agreed quickly.
“Keep your distance at work. Don’t let it interfere.”
“Of course,” Aralyn said quickly.
Sevy just shrugged. When there was a silence as Devon waited for him to answer, he said, “Sure, you got it.”
“Okay then,” Devon said, a smile playing just behind his eyes. “Go about your business.”
“Thank you,” Aralyn practically whispered.
It was evident that Devon was dismissing them, but Sevy wasn’t having it. “Actually, before we go, we wanted to ask something…”
Ten minutes later, they walked out of there having secured three days off in a row for the two of them. Aralyn hadn’t said a word during the whole conversation, and Sevy had been, surprisingly, right. Devon had agreed with no trouble when Sevy volunteered them to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when they got back from their vacation.
When they got back out to the bar, things were picking up, and they hardly had time to talk. By the time Aralyn was ready to take a break, she was exhausted. She got some food for lunch and sat at the far corner of the bar out of the way. Sevy was waiting on her, even though she could have just gotten her own food.
When he brought her a drink, he placed it on a napkin, and when she looked at it, she noticed there was writing on the otherwise plain, white napkin. What was that?
On the napkin were two small check boxes with two names next to them:
In which city should they vacation?
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