She would have just stepped into the traffic. “Ma’am!” I catch hold of her arm at the last moment.
She turns around, a look of annoyance on her face. Then she suddenly smiles at me. “You were concerned that I would get hit by traffic weren’t you?”
Well, duh. “Yes, I was.”
“Good. That means I am allowed to reward you. Make a wish.”
Definitely cracked. I step back a bit further from the edge of the sidewalk, taking her with me. She does seem genuinely pleased. No harm in playing her game and playing it like we’re really in some fairy-tale. If it was a fairy-tale, it would be about finding love in some improbable way. “Alright, I believe ‘love’ is traditional.”
The annoyance returns. “I cannot change othe— Wait.” Her eyes glaze over for a moment. “Yes, it could be arranged in this case.” She leans forward and looks into my eyes for a moment. “And you would be alright. So, it is love you want, love? Are you certain?”
She’s amazingly convincing. An actress? “Yes, I am.”
She opens her purse and takes out a small scroll case. “There you are, dear. Take good care of it today, and it will be as you have wished.”
I watch her back as she turns around and walks off. Guess that was the weird thing for the day. Time to head back.
I get back to my room, smile at Elwing and go in.