He waited until she was only inches away, nearly within his reach.
“Excuse me,” he said in a pleasant baritone.
Looking annoyed, she raised one eyebrow while leaving the other stationary.
Smiling brightly, his teeth glistening, he raised his well-manicured hands in resignation.
“Can you tell me where,” he asked, glancing down at the shopping bag she carried, “Belltown Market is?”
The look on her face said ‘idiot’, but she replied politely, “It's over on the next block.”
She raised her bag. “I just came from there.”
He smiled again.
“Actually,” he said moving in close so she could smell his spicy cologne and the mint he’d just finished chewing. “I was wondering if I could take you to lunch.”