Smed was focused on that meat slicer. He was doing his best to act as if he didn't even know Megan. What could he say now? God, you're the most sexist creature I've ever met in my life.
No. Don't look at her. He kept reminding himself. It must have been an accident. What if she wasn't thinking of him at all? But someone else. She must have. It was sinking in that maybe Megan had a problem. But he wasn't sure what that problem might be. Yet the hours ticked on. He thought his shift would never be over.
"WHAT IN THE HELL HAPPENED?" OK, he couldn't keep his mouth shut. He didn't ask until after they were closed and outside as she was getting ready to leave, and he was fixing to walk home. "Who? Who was that?" He winced.
"Shut up." Megan winced. "Like you didn't enjoy it."
Smed didn't smile. He shook his head.
"You're fucked up," he said.
"No, I'm not." She frowned.
"What? If the cable guy had shown up, or I dunno, a neighbor, they'd just get lucky, right?" He wanted to know. Maybe she had this extra personality that came out only in the wee morning hours like a vampire.
She shook her head, no.
"We could have had sex, you know." She stared at him as if she'd done him a favor.
He shook his head, no. Well, it was sex. And he felt like a fool that he hadn't stopped her. He'd let it happen and now he felt rotten about it.
"God, you're such a jerk!" She told him then and opened her car door. She sat there, just looking at him. "Are you going to get in or what?"
Smed hesitated. Finally he went to the passenger side, but it was locked. Guess that meant, no. She unlocked it. He got in.
She spun out of the parking lot in the trusty old Mercedes and drove down the street, but not to her house.
"You are not in high school, anymore." She informed him.
Smed nursed his upper lip.
"You're not like anyone I know."
She drove to his house.
Smed found himself holding his breath. Megan looked at him then. "I feel safe with you."
He listened. She didn't sound like she was on drugs. But when would she wake up and realise it was him that she was talking to.