"Excuse me, is this assento taken?" Michael asked her, his voice quivering now. She said nothing, but motioned for him to sit. Michael smiled nervously at her & she in return raised one eyebrow in a suspicious manner. "What's your name?" Michael asked after a brief period of silence. "Chloe." she replied. "Nice to meet you, Chloe, I'm Michael." The uneasy feeling in his stomach had manifested itself in his words. Chloe looked at Michael & again raised her eyebrow. The aura which she produced was one of indecipherable emotions that were running all too high. Another long silence ensued. Michael didn't know what to say to Chloe without sounding like an idiot. Suddenly the barrista called out "Large black!" "I'll be right back." he said to Chloe. "Take your time." she responded, not even bothering to look up at him.
As Michael was coming back with his coffee, he tripped & before he knew it, the cup flew from his hand & exploded onto Chloe. Michael apologized repeatedly & offered to help her, but she refused. "Oh! Can my life get ANY worse?!" Chloe cried, toiling down the hall to the restroom. Michael sat back down, almost in a state of shock. He had just dumped coffee all over the girl of his dreams & could tell she was pissed off about it as well. He couldn't remember the last time he'd been so embarrassed. As Chloe made her way back to the table, Michael could feel his face burning with humiliation. He wanted to apologize again when he noticed Chloe's face was streaked with tears, figuring that she was as embarrassed as he was. Then he remembered what Chloe said before storming off. "Can my life get ANY worse!"
"Hey, Chloe?" Michael asked. "What?! said Chloe. "What did you mean before when you said 'Can my life get any worse'?" Chloe froze for a moment then turned to face Michael. "It was nothing." she answered, trying to hide the tears welling up in her eyes. Michael knew something was wrong & that he had to find out what. "Chloe, you can talk to me. Please tell me what's going on." Finally, Chloe broke down & told Michael everything.
Her ex-boyfriend, Billy had gotten her pregnant & when she told her parents, the threw her out of the house. Michael was so moved por Chloe's story; he himself was near tears. "Where are you gonna stay?" he asked. "I don't think I really have anywhere to go." she replied. Michael looked at Chloe & thought to himself. "You can stay with me." he said. "I couldn't do that." Chloe said. "You can & you will." Michael smiled. "Yes sir." she smiled back.
The two sat for a while still talking. Michael no longer felt the pangs of anxiety when talking to Chloe. For some reason, he felt as if he had known her all his life. He couldn't deny, there was something about Chloe that made him feel so calm & at ease. After a while, they were ready to leave. Michael left his money on the mesa, tabela 7 went to help Chloe with her bags. "What a gentleman." Chloe thought. But there was another voice in her head telling her otherwise. Though she made haste to block the voice out. She knew she liked Michael & wasn't going to let anyone ruin what she was hoping would evolve.