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“Oh my god, it is you!” Ashley exclaimed. She ran towards him in a heartbeat, but immediately stopped when she was a foot from him, suddenly realizing that she’s no longer the young girl from before. The fact that they haven’t seen each other for so long would also make it weird.
“I…” she began, suddenly forgetting what to say. Leon looked as dashing as ever, if a little rough around the edges…
Oh, yeah! “I may dress like one but no, not a boss. At least not yet. And I certainly have no intention of being a politician,” Ashley replied with a dismissive wave of her hand.
“But you… You’re looking good, rocking the shadow and all,” she said, going back to her earlier train of thought and gesturing to her chin. “Still breaking hearts?”
He smiled in response to her cute attempt. ‘I’m glad to see you too Ashley’ he teased. She looked more of a woman now, still a little awkward though.
‘I heard about some of your progress. You’re doing a good job. Glad you’re doing the right thing.’
Did he sense a hint to find out about his personal life? He hated that field of questions, no one could understand why he was still infatuated with some Asian spy he met only several times during these 15 years and couldn’t find a better girl. Not that he didn’t try. ‘You could say that’ he said vaguely. ‘What are you doing here by the way?’
Ashley grinned from one big ear to another, feeling like a girl all over again in his presence. She felt her cheeks warm at his compliment and fervently hoped it wasn’t so obvious that she was blushing.
“Well, I sure hope so,” she replied, tone hopeful. After her ordeal in Spain, she decided that she would give back by participating in talks and conferences about bioterrorism. It was all she knew she could do and do well, having had first-hand experience at being infected and on the brink of losing herself to the parasite.
You could say that.
Ash caught the dismissive way Leon had responded to her playful question and realized immediately that she hit a nerve. Distantly, she wondered if it still had something to do with the woman in red all those years ago. He had told her the story when they got back and though Ashley knew he purposely left some details out, there was one thing she knew for certain: the woman had Leon, hook, line and sinker.
She steers the topic away from Leon’s special friend lest his mood sours, then, pretending as if she hadn’t even asked. “I just met with the foreign affairs guy. We needed to iron out some details for our — my — trip to India. The UN is holding another conference on The Effects of Bioterrorism to the Society, and they want me as a guess what? Yep. A guest speaker.”
“How about you, though? Haven’t seen nor heard of you in a looooooooong time,” Ash said with emphasis.