Eddie turned. His eyes widened and a slow smile stretched across his face.
“Uh, the usual,” he replied.
“Oh, well, I’m new here,” Isabella felt heat rise to her face as she stumbled over her words. “Sorry, what is your usual?”
“Whatever Doc’s making,” Eddie replied with a wink.
Isabella’s blush deepened. She tried to hide it by glancing back at the kitchen.
“I think it’s scrambled eggs and bacon all around today.” She managed to keep her voice even as she looked at Eddie again. “Can I get you something to drink?”
Isabella nodded and began to turn.
“Wait,” Eddie said, reaching out a hand. “What’s your name?”
His fingers brushed against her arm as she turned back a bit too quickly.
She paused and glanced out the window before meeting his eyes again.
“Snow,” she replied. “My name’s Snow.”
“Nice to meet you Snow. I’m Eddie.”
Isabella couldn’t stop herself from smiling as she replied, “I know.”
Eddie cocked his head slightly and then glanced at the table of old men. They all turned quickly back to their plates.
“Um, I better get that coffee.”
As she walked to the kitchen, her arm still tingled where his fingers had brushed her skin.
“You will tell me where she is.” Isabella’s stepmother placed a finger under Hunter’s chin and forced him to look at her. “If you don’t, you and your family will be out on the street. I promise.”
“The last place I saw her was the gas station off exit 70. I drove all over town, askin’ if anybody’d seen her, but no one had.”
The stepmother narrowed her eyes and searched his face for answers. Finally she lowered her hand and stepped back.
“All right, then that’s where we’ll start. My husband believes the police are searching for her so we’d better act fast, before he starts making phone calls on his own.”
Hunter nodded and studied a small chip in the tile floor.
“That means move. Now.”
Hunter nodded again and headed for the garage. He didn’t know what would be worse, finding her, or never seeing her again.