Marcus Aronson specializes in small colleges with problems. His company usually gobbles up the college, lays off people and takes over administration. Jefferson is his latest project. He slips into a classroom to check out if a favorite professor might be the embezzler. What he finds instead is a passionate woman hiding behind a button up exterior. Someone needs to release Teresa from her inhibitions and that someone would be him. There were rules about mixing business and pleasure. Rules he intended to break.
Interview with Abraham Menard
Tell us a little about yourself.
Gladly. I am a graduate of University of Louisville. I teach philosophy and art history at Jefferson College. I am a huge fan of Broadway musicals, contemporary dance and fashion. I enjoy the seashore more than the mountains. My perfect date would be a beach picnic followed by a sunset walk. I am also single. I live life full throttle. You want a fun guy, not you honey, but your readers, who is not afraid to try something new, I am your man.
News is there are some unusual happenings at Jefferson College. Care to elaborate?
(He sits up a little straighter.) How right you are. At first, I don’t think anyone notice money missing because it wasn’t that big. Five hundred here, a thousand there, people assume someone went over budget remodeling their office. Then it became so bad, they brought in help to track the leak down. A stranger came to investigate our little college.
A stranger sounds interesting. What can you tell me about him?
(Crosses his legs and smirks.) Let me tell you if they want to pick out someone who would get noticed then they picked the right person. Might as well put a turban on his head. Not bad looking, not my type, but maybe he’s more my associate Teresa Gallagher’s type. I will say he certainly has her riled up in more than one way.
Well (he gestures with hands out); Teresa is used to things being a certain way. This Marcus guy didn’t get the script, so he is improvising from talking back to making innuendos. Personally, I think the man has what it takes to back it up. The ice princess act she’s so fond of keeps men at bay. I recognize it as a coping mechanism to keep from getting her heart broken. Sometimes though, a person has to take a chance.
Do you think she should take a chance on Marcus?
Ah, there I go speaking from my perspective. Yes, it would be great if she got out of her comfort zone. Since the man appears so interested in her, maybe she could do a little sleuthing, which would benefit all of us at Jefferson College. She could find out what is really going on while enjoying the man. Then on the other hand, what if she gets her heart broke when Marcus disappears? Some of the blame might rest on me if I encourage her. What I think she should do and what she does is two separate things. The real impetus in this scenario is Marcus. If he pushes enough he can break through Teresa’s proper façade.
Do you think breaking down her façade is a good thing?
There you go again asking me the hard questions. (He sighs. Puts head in hands, then straightens up.) I think it would be wonderful for her. She has spent too much time in neutral not fully living her life. On the other hand, this is a small town with small town morals. A single teacher engaged in a noticeable affair could cause trouble with the old biddies at the school board since her day job is at the high school.
Would it work if it were a secret affair?
(Abraham laughs hard, wiping tears from his eyes.) Obviously, you don’t live in a small town. Nothing is secret. Teresa only dates in other cities to keep rumors of her love life quiet. Not much has come out of those dates, except now she has other small towns to avoid too. As a result of keeping her dating low profile, a rumor is circulating that she doesn’t even like men.
Because of the rumor, any interaction with Marcus would be front-page news.
Knowing what you know, do you think anything will happen between the two?
I don’t know. What I do know is that it will be fun watching.
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