For the next eleven days all Amelia Adler wants is a nice relaxing vacation on the beach. All she’ll do is drink pineapple margaritas and read sexy steamy romance novels. She doesn’t want to think about the stress of her daily life nor the fact that she doesn’t know what to do with her life.
Craig Patrice just wants to spend his last spring break catching wave after waves during the day in the Pacific Ocean, and relax as much as he can at night. This is his last break before finishing law school and starting at a firm this upcoming summer. He has no desire for a fling or a girlfriend. All he wants is to buckle down and finish this year off right. That is until he gets a glimpse of his vacationing neighbor, and for the life of him, he can’t look away.
Though Craig and Amelia are somewhat reluctant for a relationship, they seem to find comfort in one another and can’t let go of each other. Finding romance on vacation is one thing, but can their relationship withstand the demand of real life and once their past catches up with them will believing in each other’s truth save their future.
Cory is frantically trying to usher the squirrel off his lap and trying not to scream making his face red in the process. Ben and Craig simply gather their food closer to them and keep eating. Feeling a little shocked by their lack of action and help, I rush over, with some bread. Trying to bribe the squirrel away from Cory. Cory stands up and tries to shoo the squirrel off with one hand and the other raising his sandwich high in the air, but the squirrel only clings to his shirt and climb up to his shoulder.
“If you stop moving, maybe I can get him off you.” I try to hurry after Cory, chasing him as he flails around slowly.
“It’s fine, I just can’t lower my sandwich, or he’ll get it,” Cory says, shifting back and forth.
“Just give up your sandwich!”
“No! It’s myyyyyy sandwich! You hear that squirrel? MINE!”
“Let me get the trail mix, maybe tha…”
“No! That’s my snack woman!”
“Give up your snack, or he’s going to eat off your face!”
“I’ve had my SHOTS!” Cory screeches. The squirrel scratches at the arm holding the sandwich high in the air.
“Here squirrelly, you can have my some of my cashews, here squirrelly…” I hold out some cashews in my hand. The squirrel actually takes a second to decide whether to continue his attack or go for the nuts. The nuts win.
“Thanks, I would have gotten him off,” Cory says, taking a big bite out of his sandwich as he sits back down at the table.
I go back to table. “I can’t believe you guys just sat there while he was attacked by a squirrel!”
“Amelia, you think that’s the first time something like that happened?” Ben asks seriously.
“After you’ve been stampeded in the middle of the night by a mama deer and her fawns because he packed food in his sleeping bag, you learn to let him fend for himself,” Craig says while he lightly rubs his left shoulder as if the memory brought back a phantom pain.
I laugh at the idea.
“You think it’s funny?! Pay attention to all the other critters that will appear once they smell Cory coming,” Ben states.
“I can’t believe she gave away some nuts,” Cory pouts.
“Better than you losing yours,” I smirk.
“I could hold my own.”
“Against a squirrellll…” I deadpan. Craig laughs, pulling me next to him and places a kiss on the side of my head. The comfort level that I’m finding naturally with him is both alarming and calming at the same time. I sigh contentedly as I lean into him.”
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