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“Mmm Ash, whatever you’re making, it smells so good!” I exclaimed as I walked in the door and put my bag down. The smell in my apartment made the air almost edible, and as I entered the kitchen, I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of Ashley cooking in an apron in front of my stove.
“I know,” she replied, grinning. “I don’t forget things that easily.” I reciprocated the smile and went to pour some food in Benny’s bowl. “Already done. And taken out.”
“Ash, you didn’t have to.”
“Don’t worry about it.” I then remembered that I was supposed to meet Carrie at the dog park tonight. I whipped out my cell phone and sent her an apologetic text; she replied a few seconds later, assuring me I shouldn’t worry about it. “Who’s that?”
“Oh, just Carrie,” I answered. She raised her eyebrows, not moving her gaze from the pan on the stove. “I just had to tell her I couldn’t make it tonight.”
“Where were you two going?”
“Dog park… remember?”
“Oh yeah,” she said. Feeling strangely confident, I decided to take this opportunity to shake her up a little.
“Usually after we go to the dog park, she comes back here and we hang out. Normally, it’s just friendly and everything, but sometimes it gets to be a little more than that.” She stared at me, her eyes wide as if she’d just seen a ghost.
“Are you serious?”
“No!” I laughed. “God, you shoulda seen your face!”
“That was evil, Spence. But good one… nicely executed,” she smiled.
“Thank you.” I watched as she flipped a piece of chicken over, allowing its other side to cook. “Can I help with anything?”
“Nah, it should be ready in just a sec.”
And true to her word, a couple minutes later we were sitting down and eating. The food was better than practically any restaurant I’d ever been to. Ashley smiled as she watched me eat… I found that just a little bit odd.
“What?” I asked.
“Nothing… just glad you like it.”
“Like would be an understatement,” I told her. She smiled again as she pierced her fork through a piece of lettuce, followed by a carrot and a tomato. I then remembered that I had some good news to share with her. “Oh I forgot to tell you!”