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TWISTED--A Love Story
By Debwood
Part 2

An hour and a half later, Sami tapped on the door to her father's office at the police station. "Door's unlocked," he said, not looking up from his paperwork.

Sami smiled and walked in.

Roman Brady smiled broadly at the sight of his younger daughter. "Hey, Peanut! Good to see you!" He took the paper bag that Sami brought and set it on his desk. Then, he threw his arms around Sami and gave her a warm hug.

Sami smiled, mischievously. "So, Daddy. Where's my tip?"

"The hug was your tip," he answered.

Roman worked as a detective for the Fort Collins Police Department. On some days, work was slow. On others, he was swamped. Tonight, however, the cases he was working on were wrapping up, and he was simply catching up on last minute paperwork. "I'm sure glad Marlena and I are getting away for the weekend," he thought. "Idaho Springs will be a nice place to unwind."

"So, what did you bring me, Peanut?"

"Hamburger casserole, Southwestern Beef flavor. A spinach salad, which I made myself. A big piece of bread, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert."
"Can't wait to eat it. Sounds great. It's a much, much better choice than a stale donut and coffee that tastes like mud."

Sami laughed. "You ready for your trip this weekend?"

Roman sat down and took out the casserole. "Your mom and I have looked forward to this trip for quite some time, Peanut. We'd have left today, but I wanted to finish all of my work so that I could start fresh on Monday. We've never been to Idaho Springs before, and we've heard nothing but good things about it. You think you can look after the house and take messages while we're gone?"

"Sure. I can handle it. I've done it before." Sami paused. "What time are you coming home tonight?"

"Hopefully, before ten. You might see me before you go to bed."

"If I don't, have a safe trip."

"I will." Roman took a bite of casserole. "Mmmmm. This is very good. So, Peanut. Where are you headed off to tonight?"

"I'm going over to Carrie's place to watch videos. I told her to get something with Brad Pitt in it."

Roman laughed. "Sami, thanks for bringing me supper. I won't tie you up any longer. Have fun."

Sami gave her father a peck on the cheek. "I will. See you later. Love 'ya."

She walked briskly out of the office and found a pay phone outside the building.Sami glanced over her shoulder, then dropped a quarter into the pay phone. Then she dialed a number. Two rings.

"Hi, Alan. Guess who this is. It's Sami, you dweeb! Hey, what are you doing right now? How about meeting me at Coffee Connection for some coffee? Great. Meet me in ten minutes.

****

Sami met her boyfriend at a small shop called Coffee Connection. It was a popular place for high schoolers, college students, and other young, single people. Their coffee was outstanding, and their atmosphere couldn't be beat. The place was furnished with a mishmash of chairs and tables. There were even church pews near the windows. This was where Sami and Alan sat.

"Sami, what are you doing this weekend?"

Sami set her coffee cup down on the table and looked up at her boyfriend. "Mom and Dad are going to Idaho Springs for the weekend, so I'm looking after the house. Other than that, I haven't got anything planned. Maybe I'll go to the mall and spend money on cheap stuff I don't need. Why do you ask?"

Alan flashed a disarming little smile. "Well, my frat buddies and I are throwing a party on Friday night, and I was wondering if you'd like to go."
Sami's answer was immediate. "Sure! I've never been to a frat party." She smiled and gazed into Alan's eyes. "Why is Mom so leery about him?" she wondered. "I mean, he's not too much older than I am. He's always been a gentleman around me, and he's never demanded anything of me that I can't give him.

"Besides, he's totally gorgeous!"

Alan finished the last of his latte and set the cup down. "It'll be fun. There's gonna be music, dancing, pizza, stuff like that. There's gonna be alcohol there, too. I thought I should let you know that ahead of time. That won't make you feel uncomfortable, will it?"

Sami shook her head. "Can I bring a friend?"

"I don't see why not. You do know how to get to Phi Sigma, right?"

"I think so. I know the campus pretty well. I mean, I spent so much time working on my term paper. By the way, thanks for helping me research it."
"Sure. Did you get a good mark on it?"

"I got an A on it. Mr. Killen said it was well-written and thorough."

"Good for you." Alan wrote some directions on a napkin and gave the napkin to Sami. "Here. In case you get lost on the way to Phi Sig. Say, what are you doing tonight?"

"I'm going over to Carrie's place to watch videos."

"I ran into her in psych class today. Tell her I said hi."

"I will. Tonight's the last time I'll see her before she goes up to the mountains."

"Weekend trip?"

"Yeah." Sami finished her latte. "She and Austin rented a cabin in Estes Park for themselves." She shook her head, happily. "I never expected them to get so serious."

"What cabins are they going to?"

"Thompson Valley Cabins, I think." Sami cocked an eyebrow, curious. "Why do you ask? You planning to drop in unexpectedly?"

"No. I spent time up there last summer. Those cabins are perfect for two people. Your sister will love them."

Sami glanced at her watch and gasped. "I've got to go! Carrie's expecting me at six-thirty." She kissed Alan on the cheek. "See you Friday. And thanks for the coffee."

Alan watched Sami sprint out the door and hop into her car. "Can't wait for Friday night," he thought, as he watched her drive away. "It'll be unforgettable."

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