“Valerie!” I hear Amelia’s voice pulling me from my thoughts. “What do you think?”
Amelia holds up the new dress she bought herself for Friday’s party. It’s the first party of the year and Amelia believes that first impressions are everything.
“It’s beautiful,” I say with a faint smile.
“Ok, spill, what’s going on with you? You’ve been off since you got back yesterday.”
I think twice about telling her of the two men. I decide it's harmless. “I’m sorry, yesterday I just saw these two guys at the coffee shop across from campus. They were staring at me in a way that made me feel very… strange.”
Amelia raises her eyebrow. Curiosity clear in her face. “Two guys hmm? What did they look like?”
I do my best to explain and as I go on I realise that they are hot as hell.
“I think you’re talking about the Strauss brothers,” Amelia says, seeming pleased with her statement.
“The Strauss brothers?” I ask.
“That’s what I said. They are quite popular around here for being so mysterious and attractive. They were the main topic of a conversation between a group of girls in one of my classes yesterday.” That explains why she knows so much. “Anyway, apparently their family has lived in this town for decades. Why did they have such an impact on you?”
I sigh before my lips start forming the words: "I don’t know, it was something about their presence.” Their presence - what about it? Did I find their presence unnerving? Exciting? Unwelcoming? Erotic? I don’t know. All I know is that I need to stay as far away from them as possible.