city lights, part 1
mc (shay delacour)/hana lee.
shay delacour is just out of college, holding down a job, and she can’t get a girl off of her mind. is it really so crazy to think that you might know someone better than they know themselves?
“Did you catch her name?”
Daniel shakes his head. He casts a look over at the girl, who’s playing with her straw as she takes it between cherry-pink lips. Her nails tap gently against the glass and come away shiny with condensation. She hasn’t noticed Shay staring—not yet. “The reservation might’ve been for Lee, or somethin’ like that. But I didn’t hear much.”
Shay groans. A long-forgotten tray sits next to her, stacked with empty glasses and mostly empty plates. “Oh my God, Danny. Do you see how beautiful she is? It’s not just me, right? She’s gorgeous.”
“Gorgeous,” Daniel agrees flatly.
She nudges him. “Hands off. She’s in my section.”
“Actually,” he points out, “she’s in Em’s section.”
“Well, somebody better tell Em she can head home early.”
Arnie appears just then, carrying an armful of dishes. He shoots them a suspicious glance as he passes. “Y’all don’t get paid to stand around, y’know.”
“It’s important business,” Daniel assures him. He turns back as Shay flips her hair over her shoulder and straightens her wrinkled shirt. “Okay,” she says, with a determined glint in her eye. “I’m going in.”