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Taking Chances

The davis twins series

Chapter 3 The next morning when I stumbled into my bathroom, I found a message scrawled in pretty, light pink lipstick on my mirror. “Say ‘Hi!’ to a cute guy today.” The words were followed by a huge, winking smiley face with long eyelashes. Oh, Courtney, I thought, I just came to the conclusion that I don’t need a man. I left the message on my mirror, though, as a reminder to have fun and not take things so seriously. Since I had the whole day off, with no special plans, I decided to go for a workout in the park. After a quick shower, I donned my capri yoga pants and a sports tank, then I coated my exposed skin with sunscreen. I knew my mother was smiling down on me for that. She had always insisted on moisturizing and protecting. I pulled my thick, brown hair back into a simple ponytail, skipped makeup (other than cherry Chapstick, of course), and tied my bright purple tennis shoes. Looking at my reflection in the mirror, I decided that I was a solid six with my glossy, chestnut hair and big brown eyes. I wasn’t going to win any beauty contests, but with make-up and a sexy dress, I could pass for a six-and-a-half, maybe a seven. At least I wouldn’t scare anyone off. “Ready as I’ll ever be,” I said to no one in particular, since Courtney likely wouldn’t roll out of bed until it was time for the lunch shift at Joe’s. Buster, one of Courtney’s strays that she was constantly taking in, shifted his head along the floor to watch me go. I told myself that it would be a much better workout without him, but the spotted basset hound had such sweet, sad eyes that I couldn’t resist him. “Do you want to go?” ‘Go’ must have been the magic word because he thumped his tail twice and started to maneuver his squat little legs in an attempt to gain enough traction to stand up on the hardwood floor. It was such an operation that I was tempted to go help him, but instead I grabbed the leash and waited for him to join me at the door. Looking at his pudgy little body, I decided that a lack of food was definitely not a problem in