The Aroma Next Door
The crows feet that etched his face gave away to a nasty divorce. Moving to a new state far from his ex was the right thing to do. Although, now he spent all his time in front of the television with his bulldog, Man. When he wasn’t watching his favorite shows he spent hours in his wood shop designing furniture. Lucas never dated, didn’t know any of his neighbors, and never planned on getting acquainted with any of them, especially the opposite sex.
An enormous growl echoed the house. Man jumped out of his oversized bed and barked. Lucas opened his eyes wide as he glanced at the clock. “Are you hungry, Man?” Lucas’s hunger gnawed at his insides as he opened the freezer door. A puff of cold air took his breath away. “What will it be Man, Hungry Man fried chicken? Or Hungry Man Meat Loaf?”
Man sprang forward and barked, then sat in his bed. With pricked ears he yawned, laid down and stared in a full doggy snit.
“I know, you’re tired of T.V. dinners.” The resignation was in his voice. Lucas didn’t think he could even eat one. He opened the pantry and glared at the empty shelves.
Suddenly an enticing scent waffled through the opened window. It caused his mouth to water and his stomach to let out another growl. Lucas sniffed deep into his nostrils. He plastered his nose to the screen, a wacky expression across his face. A curvy shadow appeared. He knew it was a woman by her shapely silhouette.
Man scratched at the door, howling.
Lucas grabbed the leash and hooked it on Man’s collar. When they stepped onto the porch, the scent escalated. Man went crazy. He jerked and bucked until his head came out of his collar. He ran across to the house next door. A man and woman in fancy clothes was at the door.
“No, Man! Stop!” Lucas yelled. He ran, stumbling. He army crawled until he was back on his feet.
The door opened, and Man busted in between the lady’s legs into the house. Everyone gasped in surprise.
Lucas stood dumbfounded. His breath sucked into his chest as he looked into hazel eyes that sparkled like the sun. “I’m so sorry,” his voice trailed off. What happened was inescapable.
The beautiful lady stood staring into his flushed face. He wanted to turn and run to the safety of his house, and he would have until he heard a loud crash coming from inside. One by one they ran toward the noise. A gasp came from the hazel-eyed lady. Lucas covered his abashed face.
“Guess we won’t have fried chicken tonight,” The gentleman with the black mustache said with a glint of humor.
Man appeared unconcerned about his rude behavior as he chewed on a chicken leg. Lucas sniffed the aroma, and his stomach protested with a growl. The room was quiet except for man smacking on the last piece of chicken. A burst of laughter started from the pretty lady, and it became contagious.
Lucas put the leash back on Man. “I’ll pay you for the chicken.” Lucas fumbled for his wallet while trying to keep Man tamed.
“That’s unnecessary, I’m Avery,” she said holding out her feminine hand.
Her voice sounded soft as a feather. She fixed a friendly gaze on him. Lucas tried to appear calm, but sweat beaded in between his shoulder blades.
“I’m Lucas, and this rude fellow is Man,” He placed his hand in hers. He felt a flutter of fascinate course through his system. Avery took a step back. A slow murmur escaped her parting lips.
“Want you join us for supper?” The question came from the other lady.
“I believe I’ve caused enough trouble for Avery tonight.”
Disappointment flashed in Avery’s eyes as he walked home.
After her guest left, she couldn’t get Lucas off her mind. She loved the way his voice quickened when he felt the chemistry between them. She rather enjoyed it herself. Avery opened a window for some fresh air but an awful aroma coming from Lucas’s house caught her attention. The poor guy can’t cook. Without a minute hesitation she fixed him a basket of leftovers.
Lucas opened the door.
“I brought you some supper.” She handed him the basket and her hand brushed across his.
“You didn’t have to do that, but thank you,” he said as a smile spread across his face.
Man howled his approval, and they both shared a laugh. Lucas decided that maybe he would give the opposite sex another try. He guessed he could say the aroma next door brought them together.