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“I say something wrong?” Gavin asked. Teeth clenched; I held steady, giving him nothing. He tipped his head to the side. “Hey, I’m not the bad guy. The bad guy’s the one hiding between the buildings, circling you in a low-rider. You shouldn’t be alone on the streets this late.”
I straightened up, trying to look taller as he closed the space between us. My nipples pulled tight. “You can’t hurt me.”
“Hurt you? Why would I do that?” He put his hand under my chin and asked me my name. I wondered if he could tell I was shaking when I told him. He said, “Pleased to meet you, Angelica. I’m Gavin Schirrick, protector of lost women and stray cats. Or is it lost cats and stray woman? You make me forget. You make me forget everything.”
I saw the flash of his teeth as his lips caught mine before I could turn my head. Maybe I didn’t want to turn away. He was 80 proof—smooth, clean, and potent with a peppery bite. His hand went to the back of my neck as he teased his tongue inside my mouth.
I didn’t think to ask what he wanted to forget.
1. What is your birthdate?
I came screaming into this world on June 30, 1958, weighing a mere 6 pounds and 5 ounces.
2. Where were you born?
I was delivered by midwife Rose Rumble at my great aunt’s farm in Wisconsin.
3. What’s your favorite type of pet?
I grew up with a gorgeous fluffy collie named Cookie, so I’m awfully fond of dogs, but at this point in my life, I’d rather have something low maintenance. I’m thinking goldfish, canary, or a rock. Yes, a pet rock would be swell.
4. Who is your significant other?
The “Gypsy King” or Hungarian heartthrob Joe (Jozsef) Vadas will always be my first and only love.
5. What is your favorite food?
That would be the tuna casserole my mother used to make with Cream of Mushroom soup, canned tuna and peas and white rice. Whenever I eat it, I’m right back at home.