“Sooo, you’re supposed to meet him when?”
Chase slapped some aftershave on his face and checked his appearance. He hated suits, but the restaurant had a strict dress code. “In about an hour. Feel free to make yourself at home,” he smirked.
“You know that’s not the main reason I came over here,” Jennifer added. “We had to finish our conversation about the loan. I will say, having your rich date buy the Miles Davis imports was a big help. He gave us enough to be out of the red for at least a couple of days.”
Chase shrugged. “Yeah, nice, but that’s not why I’m into him.”
“Yeah, yeah, I know why. He is pretty hot. Why do attractive men have to be into each other? That kills it for us straight women, you know.”
“Sorry, born this way, and I’m guessing he was too.” Chase ambled out of the bathroom.
“Yep, and it’s hurting our chances of getting laid or married. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the community, but I can’t be alone, living with two cats forever.”
“I know, Jenn. You gotta get out there and meet some men.”
“We have to. Now, you can tell me about the new place in Lincoln Park.” Jennifer rubbed her hands together.
“It was Wicker Park. Maybe I’ll see if Micah wants to go with us. You and Daphne could pair up and double-team a hottie or two.”
“That’s supposed to be your job,” she pouted and folded her arms over her chest.
“Well, I can’t be your wingman if I got a man already.”
“What the hell, Chase, you just met this man like four hours ago!”
“Yeah, I did and I plan on being under or on top of him really soon. And you know what happens after that.”
“Chase, c’mon. How do you know this guy wants a relationship that quick?”
Chase plopped on his couch, causing a few shirts and jeans to fall on the floor. He picked them up and threw them across the room onto his recliner.
“Jenn, I could see it in his face behind those nerdy glasses that he wants me just as much as I want him. I’m already thinking of how he looks naked.”
“Ugh. Can’t you wait until you learn more about him? Like what he does for a living, his family life. Likes and dislikes?”
“Well, whatever he does, he’s paid well. I bet he’s some hot-shot accountant or something. He looks like the studious book type.”
“Maybe you’re right. If he is, we should ask him to look over our books to help us with some financial planning. We’re gonna need it when we’re forced out of this place.”
Chase clicked his teeth, shaking his head. “There you go again. Killjoy. We’re gonna find a way to pay the rent this month, all right? Besides, the owner loves our little place. He wouldn’t dare sell it to someone.”
“Um, have you noticed the other places on the block changing from abandoned or mom and pop places to condos or expensive salons and boutiques? This is prime real estate, Chase. We’re one of the last dinosaur businesses in Lincoln Park. Liv’s only got to keep their lease when they changed their menu, name, and owners, and started charging more.”
“Yeah, I know. I hate that Micah wanted to eat there because I’m not too crazy about the new ownership. I heard the food isn’t all that either. I’m guessing my date can afford it, though.”
“Apparently he can. Maybe it’ll be a good thing for you guys to get together. Perhaps he’ll help you—”
Chase held his hand up in front of her face. “No, no, no, Jennifer. Don’t even suggest it. That’s not why I’m dating him, all right? I don’t want his money.”
“You may not want it, but …”
“No buts, Jenn. We’ll make it, okay? I wrote the check out to you for the loan. Just give me the other two hundred and we’ll be in the clear.”