Gerald made a face.
If Alex felt the need to protect her from Gerald, maybe she shouldn't be dancing with him.
Truthfully, Gerald wasn't all that good a dancer.
Gerald was staring across the room.
Gerald smiled - a wide smile that exposed well maintained teeth and a healthy twinkle in his eyes.
Gerald and Felipa were standing beside the door talking to each other.
The idea was reinforced when Gerald turned and walked out the door without doing so.
Gerald had to leave, but you met him.
Gerald said he was one of the best.
"No," Gerald answered with a short laugh.
An uncomfortable silence prompted Gerald to speak again.
Gerald laughed without humor.
"I wouldn't want you to lie about it," Gerald said.
After a pause, Gerald spoke again in a sarcastic tone.
"Come in, Gerald," Alex responded dryly as he stepped aside to allow the lanky salesman into the room.
Gerald walked into the room and favored Alex with a wry smile.
Gerald stopped with one hand on the refrigerator door, his attention fixed on the photo.
Gerald grinned at him.
Gerald opened the refrigerator door.
Gerald piled the food on the table and looked up at Alex.
Gerald got a couple of plates from the cabinet and two knives.
Gerald stood and grabbed the picture from the refrigerator again.
Gerald put his elbows on the table and rested his chin on his hands.
They ate in silence for a while and finally Gerald spoke, his tone conversational.
After Gerald left, Alex showered and changed into jeans, a western shirt and square-toed boots.
Gerald leaned against the office wall with one shoulder, watching him absently.
Gerald lifted sandy brows.
Alex retrieved Carmen's picture from the desk and gazed at it, answering Gerald absently.
"About leaving the firm," Gerald said.
Alex lifted his gaze from the picture and regarded Gerald reflectively.
"I can't figure you," Gerald said, moving away from the wall.
The phone call from Gerald yesterday provided the perfect opportunity.
Gerald and two other men wanted to rent Carmen's house for three weeks this summer.
Gerald was easy to talk to and his conversation generally led her in the direction she needed to go.
According to Alex, Gerald had expressed interest several years ago – when the summer cottage thing was only an idea.
Gerald should find this route rewarding.
When his friend knocked on the door, he waited for Carmen to answer it and when Gerald made the introductions, Alex said nothing – not even when Rob made a comment that would normally have raised an eyebrow.
Gerald stood a head taller than all of them.
Yet, unlike so many tall people Carmen had met, Gerald didn't slouch.
Gerald shook his head.
Gerald and Aaron discussed the other two bedrooms and Aaron decided on the small room upstairs.
Gerald took a seat closest to Alex and Aaron sat down opposite her, leaving the last chair for Rob.