Welcome to Teaser Tuesday! It's a bit gray and damp here, but the temp's are warmer and spring is in the air. :-) And it's time to Lizzie and Dante in sunny Rome...
When we left off, Dante thought that Lizzie was temporary help for his restaurant who had been sent by a friend. He's about to show her to the door when Lizzie tells she isn't ready to go...not yet.
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THE PLAYBOY OF ROME - Part 7
Dante shot her a puzzled look. “If this is about the money, this is the amount I told Luigi I was willing to pay—”
Lizzie shook her head. “It’s not that. I came here to meet with Chef Massimo.”
“You did? You mean Luigi didn’t send you?”
“I don’t know any Luigi.”
Dante reached in his pocket and pulled out his smartphone. A few keystrokes later, he glanced up. “My mistake. Luigi wasn’t able to find anyone to help out. Thank goodness you showed up.”
“And I was happy to help. Now if you could introduce me to Chef Massimo.”
Dante’s forehead creased. “That’s not going to happen.” His tone was firm and unbendable. “He’s not here. You’ll have to deal with me.”
“I don’t think so. I’ll wait for him.”
Dante rubbed the back of his neck and sighed. “You’ll be waiting a long time. Chef Massimo is out of town.”
“Listen, I know I’m here a couple of days ahead of time, but we do have an agreement to meet.”
“That’s impossible.” Dante’s shoulders straightened and his expression grew serious. “I would have known. I know about everything that has to do with this place.”
“Obviously not in this case.” Lizzie pressed her lips together, immediately regretting her outburst. She was tired after her long flight and then having to work all evening as a hostess.
“You’re obviously mixed up. You should be going.” He pulled open the front door, letting a cool evening breeze sweep inside and wrap around her.
She couldn’t leave. Her whole future was riding on this internship, and the money from participating in the upcoming cooking show would pay for her sister’s grad school. She couldn’t let her down. She’d promised Jules that if she got accepted to graduate school she’d make sure there was money for the tuition. Jules had already had so many setbacks in her life that Lizzie refused to fail her.
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