I arrived at the park a few minutes late, but I didn’t care. I wasn’t even supposed to be at work, but I had to find out what was happening with the park. There was an unfamiliar car parked in Eddie’s usual spot. I wondered who had the gall to use his space. I glanced at the license plate which said PHILLIP. There weren’t any employees named Phillip as far as I knew, and besides, none of the employees could afford a vintage Jag. Black. Very well taken care of. Whoever had bought it obviously had money and time. I admired it for a few minutes before reluctantly deciding that I better get inside.
“Bea! Thank God you got the message,” Antoinette said to me, gushing as I entered the green room. “You’re ten minutes late, but that’s ok. Oh, isn’t it terrible about Eddie? I’m just all broken up about it.” She didn’t look broken up to me, but what did I know?
“What message?” I asked, scanning the room. All the characters were there, as well as one man who I didn’t recognize. I gave him the once-over, liking what I saw. He was almost six-feet tall with dark, wavy brown hair and ice-blue eyes. The cleft in his chin and the smile on his face warmed his whole visage. There was a ruggedness about him which I associated with the outdoors. He appeared to be in his late thirties or early forties, which put him at the outer edge of my age-range. He was dressed sharply in a nice suit, however, and I couldn’t help but notice the Rolex on his wrist. Whoever he was, he came from money. I gave myself a mental shake. What was I doing drooling over a guy I didn’t know when I had a great boyfriend at home? Besides, he had a wedding band which made him firmly off-limits.
“I left a message on your cell!” Antoinette squeaked, looking at me disapprovingly. “Don’t you ever check your messages?” Actually, I didn’t. I hated being a slave to my cell phone. Antoinette didn’t wait for me to answer, but waved in the direction of the stranger. “That’s Phillip, Eddie’s brother. He’s taking over the business.” I gulped, sneaking another look at Phillip. This gorgeous creature was related to the repellant Eddie? I found it exceedingly difficult to believe. Wait a minute. Phillip? Of the Jag Phillip? Phillip with a Rolex? If Eddie was so hard-up for money, why hadn’t Phillip loaned him any?
“Um, what’s the meeting about?” I finally asked, once I wrenched my mind away from the fascinating Phillip.