Preface: Cynthia has already become acquainted with her neighbor, a San Francisco Police Officer. They've met on the way to the dumpster, and Alex is now helping her take out the trash. As you can see...Cyn's mind is elsewhere at the moment:
Once in the alley, Cynthia flashed back to the building Superintendent and his suspicious behavior. She fought the urge to dig for the bundle he'd deposited, and almost laughed. Wouldn't dumpster diving make a great first impression on her handsome neighbor?
Alex snapped his fingers in front of her face. "Can I have your other bag or have you become attached to it?"
"I'm sorry," she said, handing it to him. "I guess I drifted off somewhere."
Alex took hold of her elbow. "Garbage delivered, mission accomplished."
She chuckled as they walked back into the building. "Next time I hope you take me some place that smells a little better."
She noticed the slightly ajar first-floor apartment door as they ascended the stairs, but didn't mention it. For the first time since she'd arrived, she felt safe.
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