Another piece from my class with edits.
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He’s hot. Go join him.” Jacklyn filled Yasmin’s coffee.
“Sam’s weird. He keeps perfect running pace behind me at the park. Even worse, he comes in here for coffee.”
Yasmin pulled her sleeves over her hands. “He makes me skittish.”
“Talk to him.”
“I’m scared to, I think.” Yasmin adjusted her ponytail as Sam ambled to the front counter. He paid for one of Jacklyn’s gourmet Cinnamon buns. He caught Yasmin’s eye and winked.
Jacklyn’s eyebrows raised. “He was ogling you. That’s why he’s been running behind you. Oh, and he’s always had his morning coffee here.”
Yasmin peered at Sam. He smirked, inclining his head. “What’s so good about him?”
Jacklyn winked. “He tells me he loves my buns.”
Yasmin smirked. “Oh, yeah? He rubs ‘me’ the wrong way.”
“You’re thinking about him rubbing you?”
Yasmin rolled her eyes.
Jacklyn sighed. “Sam doesn’t have a creepy bone in his body, and he’s intriguing and well built; you have to admit that. It must be those long runs chasing you.”
“He asked Robbie about you. Sam sees you every day and thought you’d be more comfortable with him by now.” Jacklyn prodded.
Yasmin squeezed her fists tight, her breath rapid.
Jacklyn kneeled. “What’s wrong? Sam’s not trying to hurt you. Why does he make you so anxious?” She clasped Yasmine’s hand. “Robbie said that sometimes women have a good reason for reacting how you do. He’s a retired cop.”
Yasmin froze. Fractions of memories flashed through her mind. “There was someone. I didn’t expect it; he came from behind.”
“Do you mean?” Yasmin nodded, and Jacklyn wiped at a tear. “I’m sorry. Have you talked to anyone?”
“I have, and I’m okay. Robbie’s right. Sam’s brings back bad memories.” Yasmin chewed her bottom lip. The tang of blood made her halt. “I was walking home when the other guy attacked. Sam looks nothing like him. But, he makes me nervous, both in a good and bad way.”
“Maybe, you should chat with Sam? If only to see he’s harmless? Robbie says he wants to get to know you. He knows Sam because they play Rugby league together, and ge’d kill him twice if he hurt you.” Jacklyn squeezed Yasmine’s hands. She moseyed behind the front counter to help a harried barista.
Yasmin stood and stretched, she tossed her ponytail. Sam’s glinting eyes remained glued to hers. She sat across from him.
“Hi, I’m Yasmin.” She quivered and her pulse soared.
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