Connections Jan 2015 - Page 9

barefoot in the soft sand. She lifted her face to the late afternoon sun, whose bright sunshine made the sand sparkle and shine, and the ocean reveal its varied shades of blue and green. She sat in the sand to watch her friends play volleyball on the beach. Shana Logan was running to hit the ball over the net, her long red hair flying in the wind. She was tall and graceful. Her long-lashed, pretty bright green eyes were intensely focused on the game. Linda felt small in comparison…with her own petite frame and less flamboyant brown hair. Linda shook her head at Shana’s need to be in control at all times. Shana was too competitive and serious about everything;including sports, which she didn’t even care about. Shana hit the ball to Todd Morrison, who returned the ball over the net—right into Louise Cannon’s stomach. Louise squealed in pain while Todd rewarded her with one of his devilish grins. Linda dreamily admired Todd’s ruggedly handsome face…with his thick black wavy hair and dark brown, almost black eyes. He ran smoothly like an athlete, despite being tall and muscular. His muscles beneath his white t-shirt rippled suggestively as he dove to hit a ball. His muscular thighs beneath his denim cut-off shorts tightened and flexed as his legs pounded the hot sand. To her he looked perfect in every way. Not being talkative, she often found Todd observing everyone from a discreet distance, causing her to wonder what was behind those dark, enigmatic eyes. Those two black pools to his soul allowed her only very brief glimpses to his true feelings. What she wanted was a deeper access to his thoughts, to understand how his mind worked—and to find out if he liked her. On the other hand, Louise didn’t appear to be too happy with Todd right now. She clutched her stomach as if she were in extreme agony from the ball hitting her. Her stomach was flat and she looked stunning in her tiny blue bikini. Louise looked great in everything she wore, with her doll-like features and her toned body. Her hair was long, straight, and blonde and her eyes were light cornflower blue. She looked like a small doll, Linda decided —but one with an angry and mischievous expression on its face. Todd rushed over to soothe her, causing the game to break up. Mike Aaronson and David Deer walked over to greet Linda. Shana stood back from the others with an annoyed expression on her pouty face. David asked Linda, “Did you receive that strange invitation in the mail today?” She kept a careful eye on the ongoing interaction between Todd and Louise, which seemed much too flirty in her opinion. Even though she wasn’t giving David her undivided attention, she tried her best to act interested. “I didn’t get a chance to go through the mail yet. What is it an invitation to?” “It’s for a private party at one of those huge mansions.” His voice rose in W