“I’ll bite,” I said. “Why vote down women’s membership?”
Now Nikki smiled. She rose smoothly, crossed the space and sat on the couch facing me. At some point, the zipper on her skirt had moved from just above the knee all the way up to her hip, showing off a very generous amount of leg.
She arched her back as she leaned towards me, presenting a fabulous view of cleavage. It was completely intentional, she was trying to distract me. I didn’t know why, and until I did, I felt justified in looking where she wanted me to look. After all, she was taking the time and effort, it would be rude not to look.
“On your way here, you ran into Theresa, did you not?”
“Sure, I guess.”
Nikki rolled her eyes. “You know, Dumpling, for a supposedly observant detective, you have difficulty with salient details.”
“Yup,” I said, continuing to leer down Nikki’s blouse, letting my eyes slide to her leg.
“Really, Matthew, must you be so obviously distracted?” Nikki chided.
“The young redheaded woman.”
“The one who decidedly didn’t fit the standard physical or behavioral model for Fairhaven Club. Decided glimmer of intelligence, but she’s not as good at hiding her contempt for people as she thinks. You let her wait on any of the big wigs and even they’ll figure it out eventually no matter how good she is at showing legs and cleavage.”
Nikki blinked, then the smile went from simply flirtatious to genuinely fond.