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"Unfortunately?" she asked him.

 

Alice gave Celeste a look. "Fine I'll stop poking at him but I like meeting new people and you know it," she said giving Alice a smile and poking her sore face. Alice pulled away from the poke when the waitress came over.

 

"Bourbon," Alice said.

 

"Screwdriver," Celeste said.

 

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"I'm from Florida originally but now live where Alice is from," Celeste said.

 

"Small town in Arkansas," she said, "It's called Heber Springs," she responded looking up momentarily before she looked back to the table.

 

"What's your favorite thing about living here? Since you hate the snow."

 

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Seth nodded slowly in acknowledgement. The awkwardness radiating between himself and Alice seemed, to him, almost palpable; but Celeste seemed oblivious to it.

 

"Eh, its kind of nice having both the beach and the mountains right in your backyard," he answered, "and the hunting is pretty good."

 

 

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"I like those woods too," Alice agreed. "But what I miss most is dodging nans traps," she smirked to herself. "The pups haven't run into any of them yet have they?"

 

"No thank god," Celeste laughed.

 

"How is nan?"

 

"Still as crotchety as ever," Celeste responded with a laugh.

 

Alice smiled.

 

"What's your favorite thing to do around here?" Celeste asked Seth.

 

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Seth twisted the bottle in front of him against the table. He listened somewhat absently to the exchange between the two women as he found himself looking across the room, trying to remember who all had been in the bar when he and Alice had been there.

 

"Hm?" he looked back at Celeste when he realized she was addressing him again, "Oh... This time of year I like taking the horses out on the trails," he answered, "not that I really have much free time anymore," he chuckled.

 

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"That sounds like fun," she said. "I thought when I moved to Arkansas I would get to ride more horses. It turns out that it is not the case," she said.

 

Alice ran a hand through her hair and heard one of the songs that they had danced to the other night came on. While she regretted it she also kind of wanted to do it again. It's what made sitting across from Seth more difficult. She could only focus on the smell of him.

 

To try to forget she flagged down the waitress to get herself another round. "Make it a double.

 

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If he wasn't already distracted by Alice's proximity or the setting, the song that began playing was enough to throw him for a new loop. Didn't help that his thoughts immediately turned to how good it had been.

 

"It usually is. The coastal trails make for great riding," he said, trying to stay distracted with the conversation.

 

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Celeste grinned. "If I was staying longer I'd ask if you'd let me come ride with you but I'm leaving tomorrow night," she frowned. "I'm going to be right back. I need to go to the restroom," she said hopping up and walking away.

 

"Fuck," Alice muttered under her breath as she traced her finger around the rim of her drink focusing on that.

 

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Once they were left along Seth shifted uneasily in his seat, huffing quietly at the expletive Alice muttered. Fuck was right.

 

He tapped his fingertips against the surface of the table, then reached into his pocket to withdraw his phone. This kind of shit was usually where he'd send a quick message to Matt and his cousin would bail him out with a phone call about some kind of fake emergency.

 

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Alice glanced to him when she saw him take out his phone. Why was she such a big fuck up that she would do something like that? And want to do it again.

 

"Sorry about Cele. She came from a place that it was always new faces and now she lives in a town where she knows basically everyone. So she is excited to meet new people."

 

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"I kind of get it," Seth shrugged the apology aside, "I moved to Vegas for a couple of years after high school. Coming back to small town life was rough. I'd probably be the same way if I liked people," he shook his head as he fidgeted with his phone.

 

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Alice nodded to him as she glanced up, Celeste was out of the bathroom but she was chatting to the bartender. "I don't stay many places long. I prefer to keep moving," she advised him almost like she couldn't smell him and that she didn't want to kiss him again.

 

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"I used to be that way," Seth answered, at this point talking mostly to avoid letting another awkward silence fall because he didn't like where his traitorous thoughts kept wandering, "sometimes I wish I still had the option... but I learned the hard way not to take pack and family for granted. Its not the same out there for us as it is non-shifters," he murmured.

 

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"Yeah.. they're alright," she said glancing to Celeste. "I'm mostly friends with them because they know how to cook and I burn water," she laughed. It was a joke between her and Celeste that she was a terrible cook ans when she was home she was always at their house to eat.

 

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"Can't fault you for that," Seth snorted humorously, "I've got everyone convinced I'm the same way just so no one ever asks me," he laughed.

After almost a decade of kitchen and bar work, Seth was actually not half bad in the kitchen but god he hated it with a passion.

 

 

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"I can cook a four course set over a campfire," Seth answered, amused, "but I started working at the local diner when I was fifteen and worked in a high end casino restaurant for a few years in college so I'd be just as happy never meal prepping again.Kind of a shock no one's ever called me on my bullshit."

 

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Alice couldn't help but laugh and shake her head. "Good to know," she said to him with a smile. She likely should have been concerned that Celeste wasn't back yet but she appeared to have taken up residence at the bar and was drinking and chatting with the Bartender. "Your secret is safe with me," she said to him as she took another sip of her drink.

 

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