13 Snippets from
Ask Me if I'm Happy!
“Oh, what happened to him?”
“Sì,” he grinned, “but it’s quite charming.”
There was no reason to resist, yet she felt the tugging at the corners of her mouth as though it was happening to someone else, somewhere else. The piazza, so bustling and noisy moments ago, seemed to have gone silent, or might have been drowned out by the rhythm of her heartbeat as Davide moved closer to her again.
The waiter arrived to take their orders and Davide was grateful for the chance to focus on something else for a few moments. Still, his eyes were drawn back to hers. Each time he found it harder to breathe, harder to focus on the world around them. Each time, he realized all he wanted was to be able to look into those eyes uninterrupted for an hour, or perhaps for a lifetime.
He imagined twining his fingers in her hair, then, holding her in place and tilting her head back, her mouth opening to receive his, willing, wanting…
“Sì, sì…” He shook his head to clear away the images, although he would have liked to see the vision through to the end.
“Are you all right?”
“Oh, sì, sì; I just, how do you say… ‘stumped’ my toe on the carpet.”
“‘Stubbed’ your toe,” she corrected with a small laugh. “You ‘stubbed’ your toe on the carpet.”
He offered her an embarrassed smile in reply. “Right.”
Smiling at him, Emily watched him go, turning her eyes back to her computer screen when she realized she was paying more attention to his retreating khakis than was appropriate. A belated blush finally rose in her cheeks and she gulped down some of her cooled-down drink before logging in to her e-mail.
“I fall in love with this place every time I step out of the airport. Even the people who drive me crazy make me want to grab them and give them a hug. Well, except for the guy peeing under the overpass.”
“Who is that?” Davide laughed harder than ever and Emily did the same.
“Seriously, you haven’t noticed? There’s always a man peeing under the overpass—especially when you leave the airport.”
“Oddio, Emilia. This is too much.”
“It’s true, Davide! Watch the next time you go to the airport—I’m telling you, you’ll see him! It might even be same guy.”
“So you think there’s a serial overpass pisser? Really?”
“Well, okay. I’m not sure it’s him every time. I don’t look that closely, to be honest.”
“She speaks Italian, Miki,” Davide interrupted, knowing where the next words were likely to lead.
“–ragazza,” his friend finished. “What a sweet girl she seems to be—that’s what I meant to say.”
“She’s a woman, Miki. Not a girl.”
“And an attractive woman, at that.”
“You thought she wouldn’t be?”
“A volte si fanno trottare anche gli asini,” Michele said, making a gesture as though pulling back on reins.
At times, even donkeys can trot. Davide sighed. There goes Miki with his charming sayings again.
There - and I hope these bits and pieces have intrigued you enough to convince you to have a look at Ask Me if I'm Happy when it comes out this November.
Or, at the very least, I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the pretty pictures which provided inspiration for some of the characters.
And speaking of pretty pictures...