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from Love via SMS by Amara Blackstone

Chapter 2
The First

Eva originally met William at one of those exceedingly boring fundraising events. Not being able to recall the cause for which the funds were being raised, Eva remembers she was the new girl among a crowd of well-acquainted people with whom she was unfamiliar. The event commenced under a white plastic tent at dusk, on the grounds of the park. The attendees were milling around, gripping mini plastic high ball glasses half-filled with cheap box wine or glass bottles of beer. Trinkets and hastily assembled baskets of various goods lined the 6-foot plastic tables. Silent auction sheets and pens beckoned for the items to be bid upon. Eva easily chatted with several ladies, making small talk about the silent auction items. One of the ladies pointed out William Sterling, a hot-shot attorney that was the emcee of the forthcoming live auction. Apparently, he was well-known for his quick wit and dashing good looks. Unfamiliar, Eva slyly glanced across the tent, only to have her eyes lock with William.

Eva's heart stood still as his icy blue eyes locked on her big hazel eyes. William was as dashing as the ladies touted: a strapping 6 foot 1, with thick dark hair, a goatee, and very well-dressed in a dark gray suit complete with a vest. Not many men can pull off a lavender dress shirt and sage green tie... but wow, he certainly was one of them. William was devastatingly handsome, well-spoken, and a bit cocky. And, here they were, locking eyes across the crowded tent.

Eva quickly looked away - certain the la...

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