Welcome back! I have one more snippet from Operation Rhombus, my short story contribution to the Valentine anthology from Astraea Press called Love and Diamonds. Absent-minded math teacher Paul Cramer picks up English teacher Ellie Hartwell for a special Valentine’s Day dinner:
She grimaced when she stepped down from the car into a snowbank. Hopefully her dress shoes would survive. Too bad she hadn't worn her boots, but she hadn't wanted to carry them around.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I guess I should have dropped you off at the front door before I parked the car. Here, I'll make sure you don’t step into any more snow." Before she knew it he'd picked her up and tossed her over his shoulder, fireman style. Her head hung down and her hair flopped forward. What a perfect way to enter a fancy restaurant.
Here’s the blurb for Operation Rhombus:
Valentine's Day is coming up and all Ellie Hartwell wants is to spend time with fellow teacher Paul Cramer, but he's too busy with his new project. It seems like everyone at Willow Run High School knows about Operation Rhombus and is rooting for his success. Ellie would be happy to offer her support, too—if she only knew what it was.