Bruce had just taken a big mouthful of energy drink. He froze for a second, looking wide-eyed and guilty. Liza raised her eyebrows and tried to look annoyed, but the smile kind of ruined it. Bruce swallowed and smiled back at her. “I tried to wake you up, but you were sleeping so heavily that I thought you were dead at first. I was going to just toss you in your car like you said, but I felt bad leaving you. So I found your address on your license, used your lip balm, stopped and bought some things with your credit card on the way to your house, put you in bed, made myself dinner, read your mail, cleaned some vomit off your sofa, took a shower, used your toothbrush, tried on your panties, and then caught a bus back.” He took another gulp of energy drink, set it down, folded his arms, and leaned back.
Liza burst out laughing. “Is that all true?”
“Some of it.”
“Wouldn’t you like to know.” Bruce looked amused. Liza just shook her head. For some reason, she was the most freaked out at the thought of him cleaning up Casey’s vomit. She had a feeling that part was true. He’d obviously noticed. She decided not to question him on it because she still wasn’t ready to go into that whole story with him.
“Where did my pen come from? I thought I lost it.”
“You don’t want to know,” said Bruce.
“The answer might freak you out.”
“After saying that you wore my panties, you’re worried about freaking me out?”
Bruce grinned, thought for a minute, and shrugged. “I saw you in Adams Square drawing. I didn’t want to disturb you, but I wanted to make sure no one bothered you, and I liked watching you draw. I walked by where you were sitting after you left and found the pen.”
Liza let that sink in for a minute. She wondered again if she should be freaked out, and decided that she wasn’t. If Bruce wanted to do something to her, he’d already had plenty of opportunities, and what had he done? Sat and talked to her. Watched over her. Driven her home and tucked her into bed. Anyway, they had only met in the first place because she’d stared at him in class and then followed him in her car like a psycho.
She leaned over and kissed him on the cheek. He looked surprised. She reached up and turned his head toward her. His expression was neutral but his dark eyes were smiling down at her. When she kissed him, he unfolded his arms and wrapped them around her. They sat like that until it was time for class.