Forbidden Chapter 2

Forbidden is a serial fiction.
Each chapter will be posted as it is written.
For previous chapters click Forbidden.

Chapter 2
by Andi Lutz

“I think the potatoes are done, you’ve been mashing them for the last 20 minutes. Why don’t you go tell the guys to have a seat at the table.”

Adam's eyes have been all Beth could think about since he walked into the kitchen and now she’s going to have to walk out there and talk to him. Why didn’t they just have a dinner bell she could ring or couldn’t her mom just yell ‘come and get it!’

She walked to the doorway, straightened her pretty dress her mom made her wear, and walked toward the living room. She could feel the cool air going in her nose and down her throat, her palms started to sweat. She stopped in the doorway of the living room and looked at her dad and said flatly, “dinner is ready,” turned around and walked back to the kitchen as fast as she could. Her heart was pounding out of her chest, she was sure they could see it drumming. At least after tonight she won't have to worry about seeing Adam again. Her dad never has return visits from his employees, it's just a one time thing.

Now she had to help her mother serve dinner, she carried two plates and her mother carried two. She was forced to sit across from Adam because her parents were at each end of the table. And of course her mother sat her father's plate down and her own plate down so she had to stand right next to Adam and put his plate on the table because they were already seated. Luckily she didn’t spill it on him. “Thank you, Beth,” he said as he looked up at her. She didn’t make eye contact, she’d have to do that enough with him sitting across from her and watching her try to swallow every bite while her throat closed up. “You’re welcome.” Beth walked back over to the other side of the table and plopped her plate down noisily.

They all started eating, drinking, making small talk, and laughing. Adam got along well with Beth's parents and they seemed genuinely interested in what each other had to say.

“I think these are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had,” Adam said and smiled at Beth. She looked up and they stared at one another for too long. But Beth's parents hadn’t noticed the connection between them. Beth’s mother said, “Beth made them, it’s one of her specialties. I think she has a secret ingredient that makes them yummy.” Beth hadn’t even noticed that her mother had said a word as odd as yummy to someone over the age of five. She was too busy trying to cut her steak without flinging it across the room because she knew she was being watched.

“Love,” Adam said and Beth locked eyes with him again. This time Beth's parents looked at the two and each other. There was no denying that they were acting strangely now. And everyone realized it and both Beth and Adam realized that they saw it.
"They must be made with love," said Adam.

Adam covered it by saying, “ You know I thought you looked familiar and I’ve been trying to place you ever since I met you. Where is it that you work?”
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