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A Lesson In Spanish is a short story I wrote for Women's World Magazine.  It was not accepted for publication; however, I love the story and want to share it.  I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks.

I've missed the Chamber readers.  I have been away for a few months.  I'm currently working on several writing projects.  I will be posting an excerpt from a romance novel I am writing which comes from my RED VELVET DELIGHT series, entitled BLANK SLATE.  I can't wait to post it.  Sincerely,

Elizabeth Griffin





Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.


A LESSON IN SPANISH


            Kimberly Evans only spoke two words in Spanish— hello and goodbye.  That was the extent of her foreign vocabulary.  She hadn't been offered a language in high school, but did not consider it a disadvantage until she heard the man speaking on his cell phone as he unloaded a basket full of groceries.


            The way he smiled and laughingly spoke into the device sparked her curiosity.  What was he talking about?  Who was he holding a conversation with?  Could it be  his wife?


            She glanced down at the man's wedding finger.  She didn't see a ring.  Maybe it was his girlfriend or his mother.  Kimberly liked the last possibility the best.


            Weren't Latin men extremely close to their mothers?  Kimberly hoped she wasn't stereotyping the man.


            She thought again about the words hola and adiós.  Those two salutations could also be used to describe her last relationship. It had started with a brief flirty introduction and ended with an abrupt quick finale.


            The young cashier's head still riled at how effectively she'd been dumped.


            “Hola,” she said with a smile while reaching out to take the offered discount card.  It was attached to a ring of keys.  She scanned it and handed them back to the man. 


            “Alo,” greeted the dark haired stranger.


            Kimberly blinked in surprise as the deep tremor of his voice vibrated  through her.  The feeling was pleasant. 


           Was he an exchange student?  Did he attend the nearby University?  Question after question tumbled around inside her head.


            The handsome man stood inches above Kimberly and had the most amazing smile.  “How are you today?” he asked.


            “Fine,” she gushed.  “Did you find all of the items you were looking for today?


            “Absolutamente,” he said charismatically.


            Kimberly smiled.  Now she knew three words.


            “I'm glad to hear that.  Would you like your groceries in paper bags or plastic?”


            “Paper.”


            The man was also Eco-friendly.  Did he have any imperfections, the cashier wondered?  He definitely believed in eating fruits and vegetables.  The conveyer belt was loaded down with them.  He  didn't seem big on sugar.  She saw no sodas or sugary drinks— only water.


            “No meats today?” she asked.


            “Only fish.  I am going to cook it for dinner,” he confided.  “This will be my first time.  Always, my mother prepares the meals.  Now I have to do it.   I am going to need luck.”


            “I wish you lots of it,” she said while scanning several more items.  Her hands quickly moved them along as she reached the end of his purchases.


            “Do you cook?” he asked.


            “A little,” she beamed thrilled at being asked a question.


            “That must mean no,” he concluded with humor and shook his head in feigned sadness.


            “I didn't say that,” she said in a high pitched voice.  “I know how to fix oxtails and rice, fried plantains— you name it.  I just didn't want to brag.  Especially since you practically told me you can't cook.”


            “Did I sound that pitiful?”


            “Yesss!” she teased.


            “Maybe one day you teach me how to prepare—” he paused. “Oxtails and rice?” he finished hesitantly.  It sounds good.”


            “It is,” Kimberly agreed.


            Was he flirting?


            She tried to focus on her job instead of his twinkling eyes, “Do you have coupons?”


            “Yes,” he said handing them over.  They were neatly clipped and within the expiration dates.  The man was going to make a good husband.


            Kimberly completed the cash transaction quickly and returned his change along with a printed receipt.  Their hands touched briefly.  She felt a slight heat sensation move up her arm and spread throughout her body.


            She glanced up and into his eyes.


            Was she blushing?


            “T ú eres muy simpatica y guapa,” said the gorgeous man. 


            Kimberly frowned slightly. She had no way of translating his words.  She assumed he had complemented her based on his facial expression, but she couldn't be certain.


            Then he spoke again, but this time in English.  His smile was genuine, transparent. “You are a very kind and beautiful woman.”


            “Thank you.”


            Kimberly was flattered by his words and accepted them graciously.  She also quickly memorized the sentence.


            How many new words did that make, she wondered?


            The cashier and the customer bagged the groceries in silence.  The produce was placed in one paper bag.  His fish was packaged separately.


            Kimberly handed over the bags to the Latin stranger, “Adiós,” she said warmly.


            “Hasta Luego, Kimberly,” he said reading her name-tag.  “Until we meet again,” he promised as he collected his groceries.


            A stunned Kimberly followed the man with her eyes as he exited the line.  Would she see him again?  For some inexplicable reason, she believed so.  The young cashier couldn't stop smiling as she decided to contact a local college and register for Spanish classes...


 






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I hope you enjoyed A LESSON IN SPANISH.  THANKS. E.G.







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Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.