in the world would name their daughter December?” Lennox laughed. It was the
second time he said that. He hadn’t stopped saying her name in the elevator,
trying to nail the pronunciation.
parents, clearly” she gave him a condescendant look. “And, for your
information, it’s Irish.”
not even Irish” he looked at her over his shoulder when the elevator doors
opened and they stepped out onto the aisle. “I can’t place your accent but
not Irish, for sure. Were you even born in December?”
was” she pointed with frustration. “And I grew up in Germany.”
would some German parents name their child-”
we going to have this conversation much longer? You’re making my head hurt.”
at it with the insults, are we?” Lennox voice was tinted with everything but
sorry- wait, no, I didn’t-” she moaned. “You brought it on yourself.”
“So much for the nervous rambling
before” Lennox seemed way more amused than she felt. “Seems like the ‘i just
met a star’
effect has passed.”
me-” she froze in place, speechless. He hadn’t only noticed about the coffee
incident. He knew this too.
it hasn’t gone away after all” he looked back at her. “Or maybe is just
the overall effect of my brilliant personality. I’ll never know” Nollaig
pressed her lips together at that, arching an eyebrow. It only made his smirk
grow wider. She couldn’t keep the tips of her own mouth from tilting
upwards. “See you next week, coffee girl.”
“You’ve said my name fifty times at
least in that elevator; do not go
with the coffee girl nickname.”
Lennox took a few steps to the door, laid his hand on the handle and looked at
her over his shoulder. “Neel-ig. Nell-aig? Nollaig. Nell. Nells. I have
you next week, Lennox” she smiled.
just nodded, waving a hand in the air until he completely disappeared behind
the kiss ended, Nell felt like her heart was going to jump out of her mouth.
She was still processing what had happened as the newcomer pulled her to him,
his hand pressed to her back.
who’s your friend?” he asked. Nell stared at the boy, then at Lennox. She
doubted she could talk properly with the knot that had settled in her throat
with the embarrassment. What had that been?
uh- Lennox” she looked at him when she spoke his name. His frown was getting
deeper by the second, though he again had that smile that talked of unspoken
challenges. “Lennox, this is Mathias.”
“Her boyfriend” Mathias added, just in
case the kiss hadn’t made it clear enough, she guessed. Nell saw the two boys’
hands frozen in place, as if none of them was willing to offer it first. They
were still hanging at their sides five seconds later, and she gave up on
expecting them to be cordial. “You’re not that Lennox,
are you? The guy from that music group?” Nollaig gulped, and she and Lennox
exchanged a look. “No shit. Babe, why didn’t you tell me? Are you one of
those crazy guys she insists on looking after?”
smile didn’t go away at that, though she heard him snort.
they’re not crazy. Stop saying that. It’s disrespectful and based on prejudices” she pressed her lips tightly together. Her
boyfriend just rolled his eyes.
we should be going now” he took her hand, pushing her forward. “Nice
meeting you, man.” Lennox
nodded, though his gaze drifted away, to Nell, one second after.
next week” he brought two fingers to his forehead as a sign of farewell, and she
merely waved her hand at him while Mathias pushed her away.
shouldn’t correct me in front of people, it makes me look bad” he muttered when
they were far enough for Lennox not to hear them.
didn’t tell me you were coming” she changed the subject.
“Did I have to? I thought you were glad to see me” he smiled at her sweetly, and she
General Motors Heritage Centre, Sterling Heights, Michigan. (middle pic, Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez gets behind the wheel of the 1969 512 Electrical Experimental vehicle, January 22, 2016)