I kept looking, far longer than a polite glance.
"You're staring," he said.
"I'm sorry." I blushed. "You look like someone I knew when I was a kid."
"Could be." He scratched his chin. "I've lived here my whole life. My name's Robert Briddle."
"I'm Stephanie Maypeace. I lived here until I was six."
His eyes went wide, and I remembered where I knew him from. A cashier started to open a new line next to us, and he made a motion as if to join it.
I shook my head. "You go ahead."
"Next," the cashier said. She began ringing up my items. I handed her my credit card and turned to Rob who was already finished.
"You look good," I said.
"You too. All grown up. How old are you now? Twenty-four, twenty-five?"
"Twenty-six in a month."
He shook his head. "It doesn't seem like it could have been all that long ago."
The bag boy handed me my items, and I gave Rob a little wave. "It was nice seeing you."
"Hold up a minute." He reached into his pocket and pulled out his wallet. "Here's my card. Call me sometime. If you'd like."
I snorted. As if! Sure, he was cute, but no way was I calling a guy I'd met in juvie.
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