the early 80s and Janet Yarkowsky is in finishing up her college
degree at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas. She's not really
looking for love, having a high school sweetheart whom she loves. But
he's in the service and she hasn't heard from him in months. So when
another man makes a play, she's not entirely averse.
sat in the chair to her right. His scent drifted to her nose. He
smelled like outdoors and hot, sexy male. Janet squirmed
uncomfortably, hiding it as shifting her position in the chair.
fan, huh?" He had a deep, husky voice laced with an Southeast
Texas twang, not the West Texas drawl. "I was a little
disappointed with that one. I have to say Slaughterhouse-Five
was my favorite."
glanced at him over the top of the book. He wasn't looking at her, he
was staring at the fountain.
far as war books, I found Catch-22 much more interesting. But
I think Heller had some serious problems...."
you want something?" Janet tried to keep her voice level,
neutral, but the more she looked at him, the more interesting he
A chance to go out with you."
laughed loudly, muffling it when people shushed her. "You're
gonna get me in trouble."
could get you in all kinds of trouble, but only in private," he
replied with a cocky grin. "Theodore Macy. Most folks call me
Tex." He held out his hand to her.
that a little redundant. We are in Texas, after all." She didn't
take the hand or introduce herself.
did my undergrad in New York. Wasn't quite so redundant there."
He shrugged. "Hello, Tex," he said in a silly, girlish
voice. "My name is...?"
she took his hand. "Janet."
Janet will do."
Janet, I'm a persistent cowboy. When I see the prettiest girl in the
library sitting by herself, I have to ask why."
I like being alone," she said quietly, going back to her book.
maybe you just didn't have the right guy come up and talk to you."
maybe," she said sternly. "I like being alone."
really likes being alone. You wouldn't come here if you wanted to be
alone. You'd go lock yourself in your dorm room."
live in town."
Suddenly my pants ain't smilin'...."
an unfriendly eyebrow, she eyed him. He was good looking. Sandy brown
hair, body bronzed by the sun, eyes the color of sage, chiseled jaw,
nice physique.... She glared at him and went back to her book.
come on, Just Janet. Cup of coffee.... You're a college student. We
live on coffee."
you ever going to go away?"
I told you, I'm a persistent cowboy. Come on. How bad can it be
having coffee with me?"
had to admit that the idea held appeal. He was good looking,
friendly, charming... persistent.
Coffee. But that doesn't mean I'm giving you my number."
chuckled, standing up. "Doesn't mean you won't...."
grabbed her backpack and they walked together to the front doors.
There was a coffee shop within walking distance, so they headed
there. Sitting together at an inside cafe table, they watched the sky
turn dark and nasty. The wind picked up and they laughed as a dozen
tumbleweeds chased one another down the street.
have brought my umbrella," Tex said with a sigh. "Can't
offer to keep a lady dry if I don't have the means."
can sit here and try to ride it out," she suggested.
shook his head. "This one's got staying power, believe me. Could
be a few hours."
can you possibly tell?"
myself a feeling. And almost six years of meteorology studies behind
me." He grinned as he took a sip of his coffee. "Born
during a hurricane, I grew up in Corpus Christi and I've watched the
weather for over twenty years." He stared at the gloom with a
soulful smile on his full lips. "Something about Mother Nature.
You can't tame her, you can't predict her. Got to give up and let her
do her thing, ride it out, let it happen...."
watched him watch the weather. The color of his eyes picked up the
gray and yellow in the sky, turning them a dark, mysterious brown. He
felt her stare. Smiling nervously, his bronze skin took a rich copper
For me, this is a rush. I do storm chasing."
a storm cell and follow it. Not even sex gives a rush like following
that tornado, waiting to see where it will go."
follow tornadoes? Are you high?"
laughed loudly, setting his cup down with a click. "Not at the
don't do drugs. Never have."
you have any vices?"
or two," she flashed a secretive smile over her coffee cup.
baby, would I like to find out what they are."
2017 Dellani Oakes