She stood shivering in the drizzle knowing she had to go in but not sure her body was going to cooperate. She began to cry, everything had just gotten so out of hand and she wasn’t sure she was going to be able to fix it and get it back on track. Kelsey looked through the revolving doors and saw the desk clerk was pointing at her and prepared for the onslaught of questions she was positive would be coming as soon as the manager got her inside.
He rushed out and wrapped a raincoat around her soaking shoulders and guided her back into the lobby. She allowed herself to be pulled into the warm sweet smelling room and collapsed onto the plush armchair. He never said a word as he wiped away her wet stingy hair from her forehead and gave her a pitiful look, much like a father looking at a daughter after she lost a beloved pet. He was clearly a good man but she still wanted to get away from him.
He stalked to the corner of the adjacent room where a coffee maker was simmering and grabbed a packet of cocoa powder adding hot water from the side spout. He came back and presented his gift silently still. She stared at him. She felt like it was a trick, take the hot chocolate and then she would be trapped while she drank it, unable to avoid the prying queries about to spew her way.
The pathetic look that crossed his face made her feel guilty once more. He lowered the cup in failure and was about to take it back when she smiled and reached for it. His grin returned immediately and he took a seat next to her as she wrapped her stiff frozen fingers around the paper cylinder, appreciating the heat. He was obviously bursting with the questions and she gave up sighed and leaned back in the chair.