Todd asked. He and Amanda had been having breakfast together in her apartment.
Amanda said slowly, “One day, I can't write fast enough to keep up with my
thoughts, and other days, I'll sit there in front of my laptop with no ideas.
The last few days have been 'other days'.” Amanda sighed. “It's not as easy as
it would seem.”
Todd nodded again. “Yeah, well, the publisher is breathing
down my neck now. I did quite the job selling your book, if I do say so myself”
self-publish,” Amanda said thoughtfully.
why I've gone into inventing,” Todd said. “I thought I would convince you later
to self-publish. You keep the majority of the proceeds and,” Todd paused for
dramatic effect, “I probably would be fired.”
Amanda nodded as she finished the last drop of her shake.
Then she started to focus on the bar that Todd had given her.
you going to tell me what you are working on?” Amanda asked as she held up the
bar between two fingers in front of her eyes.
yet,” Todd responded, “I will when I'm ready.” Then he pointed to the bar that
Amanda was holding. “Try it already! It's very good.”
Amanda grabbed the bar and took a bite. It had almost a
dense texture, and a nutty flavor. It was sweet, but not too sweet. Amanda
thought she had this particular protein bar before.
friend made this?” Amanda asked finally.
what do you think?”
actually quite good, but I think I've had this before.”
Todd, at the moment stopped fidgeting and leaned forward.
Amanda thought hard. “Not sure,” She said finally. “It
certainly seems familiar, but I've had plenty of protein bars before I settled
on this shake.”
Todd leaned back into his chair, seemingly disappointed.
Amanda ate only a few bites and wrapped the rest up. “It's
too bad I already had my shake,” She said with a smile, “Otherwise, I would
Todd pushed the bag of bars towards her. "Here, have
these." He saw that Amanda was about to protest and said, "No, it's
okay. The person who makes them owes me a huge favor and a lot of money. This
is kind of a deal we worked out."
Amanda slowly dragged the bag towards herself without
breaking eye contact.
Todd winked and Amanda chuckled. She was glad that Todd
decided to move in down the hall.