“Hey, Martinez,” I said, leaning on the doorframe once he buzzed me up. His eyes popped out of his head when he saw what I was wearing.
“I can’t believe you didn’t get accosted on the street looking as hot as that.”
“I can take care of myself,” I shrugged, checking him out. He looked damn good in a blue shirt and black slacks. We matched! “You gonna let me in, or shall we have the date out here in the hall?”
“Come on in. Your mother is a great cook, by the way.” Martinez stood back and let me enter. I cased out the joint as I took off my shoes. He was wearing his, but he didn’t seem to care that I took mine off. If he strongly objected, I would wear them, of course, but I really couldn’t get comfortable in a house if I had to wear shoes.
“Nice décor,” I said, glancing at his walls which seemed to be filled with abstract paintings. I didn’t recognize any of them, but they gave the apartment a warm feeling.
“Reminds me of home,” Martinez said with a smile. “They’re my mother’s work.” I gave them a second glance, appreciating them more now that I knew they were personally connected with Martinez. “Come to the dining room; it’s almost ready.”
I followed him to the dining room where the food was already on the table. Everything smelled wonderful, and I wondered how he found time to cook with the case being as convoluted as it was. I supposed, though, that it was just an average day in the life of a homicide detective. I wondered how he was able to stay sane when he had to face so many atrocities on a daily basis. Speaking of Daily, I wondered if she’d gotten over my stealing her man yet. Somehow, I doubted that she and I would ever be bosom buddies, but it’d be nice if we didn’t have to go to war every time we met, either.
“This is great,” I said, inhaling the food. I had eaten a light lunch in anticipation of the spicy goodness I’d be feasting on for dinner. “This bread is out of this world.”
“Fry bread, from my Indian side. Pure fat, of course, but it tastes so good.” Martinez ripped off a hunk and scooped up some beans with it.