He added a resource to shared spreadsheet.
This was their first meeting. First week of their weekly conference call. Something he’d been waiting for since he started that literary project so many months ago. Since he decided he wanted to write stories for a living. To be a part of an actual team full of people who shared his literary goals.
Marcey was looking in his direction. Not only looking but staring.
He tried to ignore her but couldn’t.
“Yes?” He asked Marcey.
“Nothing,” She kept staring.
It was something. He knew it was something.
“What is it?” He asked.
The kitchen was cold. Definitely a draft coming from the window.
“You cold?” He asked.
He shook his head.
He considered asking adjusting the temperature. Changed his mind when he remembered Marcey’s sixty six degree rule. Heat only goes on when temperature drops below sixty six degrees. The thermostat read seventy degrees last time he checked.
It felt colder than seventy. At least ten degrees colder.
He caught Marcey staring again.
He groaned. “Stop staring.”
“Sorry,” Marcey said. “Your hair.”
“What about it?
“Your hair’s distracting.”
“You need a cut.”
He’d heard that distraction talk before and promised himself he wouldn’t take the bait.
“Not doing this tonight,” He said.
“Guys? You there?” Stacey asked on the phone.
He almost forgot Stacey, third writing partner and Marcey’s sibling, was on the phone. Ready to work.
“Sorry.” He raised the volume on the phone. “No more distractions.”