A Twin Dilemma

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Chapter 2

“Mandy?” The familiar male voice echoed through the lobby.

Molly paused in her conversation, shocked to hear him here in her building. She turned around to see the tall brunet in a gray suit walking towards her. This was the last thing she expected during lunch on Monday.

“Phelix, what are you doing here?” She asked her sister’s boyfriend as he came over to them.

Molly’s coworkers giggled at seeing the handsome man that had called out to her.

“I just stopped by to see one of the doctors here.” Phelix looked around the lobby of the building that house several medical practices. “He’s an old friend of mine. What are you doing here?” Reaching out, he touched Molly’s arm as he looked her over. His eyes trailed over the light-blue, fitted blouse and dark-blue, flowing skirt to the foot she had hurt over the weekend. “Is your ankle still bothering you?”

Molly had gotten a support brace for it and was wearing it along with her low heels. “Oh, no.” She looked down at the medical device. “That’s so I don’t twist it again as it heals. It really is much better now.”

“That’s good.” Phelix smiled. “So what are you doing here?”

Molly swallowed trying to find a good excuse for her sister to be in this building. Mandy’s office was across town. “I’m going to lunch.” Molly said the only thing she could come up with.

Molly’s friends giggled and one of them patted her on the arm. “We’ll see you later.” Her friends backed away leaving Molly to fend for herself with the handsome man.

Molly’s mouth gapped open as her coworkers abandoned. They were her only means of escape at the moment.

“It looks like you’re on your own for lunch,” Phelix smiled at the two women walking away. “Would you care to join me?”

Molly let out a sigh and plastered a smile on her face. “I would love to join you.” She said. It would have been the answer Mandy would have given.

“Good.” Phelix leaned in and kissed her lightly on the cheek. “I know of a really nice place just down the street.” Taking Molly’s hand, he wrapped it around his arm and led her from the lobby. “So what are you doing here?” He asked the question for the third time.

“I’m filling in.” Molly’s mind spun up a plausible story. “One of the girls in our sister office is out on medical leave, so I was sent over to help take up some of the slack.” It wasn’t completely untrue. One of the girls in her office was out on leave after a bad car wreck, and someone had been sent from Mandy’s office to help with the extra work load.

Phelix thought about this for a moment as they walked. “It’s nice of you to help out.” He nodded his approval.

“Thank you.” Molly smiled. “But it’s not a matter of being nice. When the boss says jump, I jump.”

Phelix laughed at the joke. They walked on for a little while in a companionable silence. “You look very nice today.” He complemented her.

Molly blushed. “Thank you.” She was definitely going to have to warn Mandy about this. Her sister had a tendency towards more trendy clothing with high heels, but Molly liked her classic looks with more comfortable shoe.

“You would look even better with your hair down like it was on Friday night.” Phelix leaned over and whispered into her ear. The heat on her skin increased at the suggestive tone in his voice. Grinning to himself, he opened the door to a small café where they were quickly seated in the busy lunch crowd. “So what would you like?” Phelix asked as he picked up his menu.

This was one of Molly’s favorite places for lunch and she usually got the ruben, but she couldn’t do that today. Looking over the vegetarian options, she wrinkled he nose at the mention of tofu. “I think I’ll have the garden salad.” Molly finally decided on the only thing without meat that looked good.

“Good choice.” Phelix agreed. “The fried tofu here doesn’t have much flavor.” He made a slightly disgusted face that made Molly laugh. When the waiter came around he order the ruben.

Molly sighed deeply. She was going to have to a long talk with her sister. This man had the same tastes she did and she was already starting to like him. If she wasn’t careful, she could easily fall in love with him.

***

“You will never guess who I ran into this afternoon.” Molly complained as soon as her sister had shut the front door. She slipped out of her shoes and found a seat on Mandy’s couch. The layout to Mandy’s apartment was identical to Molly’s with the exception of the furnishing. For a long time Mandy and Molly had had the same tastes, so most of the large pieces were the same, but it was the accents touches and color schemes were difference.

“Who?” Mandy asked and went to get her sister a drink. She could tell there was something bothering Molly.

“Your boyfriend.” Molly huffed and curled around one of Mandy’s throw pillows.

Mandy stopped and looked at her. “What.”

Molly sighed. “I ran into Phelix in the lobby at work.”

Mandy continued over to the kitchen. She was going to need something to drink too. “What was he doing in the medical center?”

“He said he was there visiting one of the doctors.” Molly explained. “Said he was an old friend.” Looking over the back of the couch, she watched as her sister opened a bottle of wine. “But that’s not the part that worries me.” She went on. “He took me out to lunch.”

Mandy looked up from the wine at her twin. “Really?”

“Yeah.” Molly nodded. “And the girls in the office gave me no end of grief about it.”

Mandy poured out the wine and brought the glasses over to join her sister on the couch.

Molly accepted the drink and took a sip.

“So what did you tell him?” Mandy asked so she would know what cover story to use the next time she saw Phelix.

Molly shrugged. “That I was covering for one of the girls that was out of the office.”

Mandy nodded at her sister’s words. “What else did you talk about?” Mandy asked. She hadn’t spent a lot of time talking with Phelix.

“Did you know he has a brother?”

“A brother!” Mandy sounded shocked. They had never gotten into the subject of family before.

“Apparently he has a brother that’s just a little older then he is.” Molly nodded and sipped her drink. “He’s a pediatrician.”

“Oh, really!” Mandy liked that. “Maybe we should look him up and see about setting the two of you up.”

Molly laughed at this idea.

“So what else did you talk about?” Mandy took another sip of her wine.

Molly smiled at her. “I told him that you had an older sister.”

Mandy huffed at her. “You’re my twin.”

“But I am still older!”

“Yeah, by like two minutes.”

“That still makes me older.” The two girls laughed about the old conflict before going back to the discussion at hand.

“So where did you go for lunch?” Mandy asked.

“That café down on the corner.” Molly answered. “The one with the really good rubens.”

Mandy wrinkled her nose in disgust. “Please tell me you did not eat meat in front of him.”

“No.” Molly reassured her. “I had a salad, but he had the ruben.”

“Good.” Mandy nodded. “You should try their fried tofu, it’s not bad.”

This time it was Molly’s turn to wrinkle her nose up. “No thank you.” She shook her head. “I prefer my food to have a flavor of its own.” The two laughed at this old disagreement. They talked on for a while as Molly recounted the conversation with Phelix. “I really had a good time at lunch.” She finally admitted. “I would say this one was a keeper.”

“I know.” Mandy smiled at her. “I plan to hold on to him for as long as I can.”

“Good luck.” Molly said and drained the rest of the wine from her glass trying to burn out the twinge of jealousy that shot through her. She should be happy for her sister, but she just couldn’t help it. Phelix had hit every one of her perfect guy buttons. He was handsome, kind, educated, and good in bed. Molly sighed and set her glass down on the table. “I’m going to go take a bath. It’s been a long day.”

“Have a good night.” Mandy called as Molly left.

Molly nodded her head and headed up to her apartment. Now if she could just avoid any more contact with Phelix she would be fine.

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