Courtney’s thick eyelashes fluttered open, and she nearly screamed when she saw Duncan’s face merely an inch away from hers. She gasped and rolled of Duncan’s torso, then scrambled to her feet.
“Well, good morning to آپ too, Princess,” Duncan says, “You know, your rude awakening really hurt me. It hurt right here.” He grasps the left side of his chest and calmly stands up.
Courtney’s jaw was hanging open, staring at him in disbelief. But then she regains her composure, smacks him on the shoulder, and glares at him. “What did I do this time?!” Duncan demands. Instead of answering, Courtney just crosses her arms.
Duncan rolls his eyes and leads her back up the stairs. He flicks the lightswitch off, and shuts the trap door behind them. “Hungry, darling?” Duncan asks, walking out of his bedroom and walking down the main staircase. Courtney opens her mouth to reply, but her stomach let out a huge growl. She slaps her hands onto her stomach, trying to cover up the noise, and her cheeks blush a dim pink. Duncan chuckles. “Well I guess that جوابات that.”
They walk past the living room and into the kitchen. Duncan opens the fridge and bends over, inspecting the contents. His black hair falls into his چیتی, نیلگوں ہرا eyes, and he flips his hair back into place with a تیز رو, سوئفٹ flick of his head. “Alright, do آپ want? We have some vodka, whiskey, rum, brandy, gin, ale, bourbon, and scotch,” Duncan rattles off, grabbing some ووڈکا, شراب for himself.
“Alcohol? For breakfast?” Courtney gasps.
“Um, yeah. We kinda smuggle liquor for a living, so we drink it pretty much all the time.”
“Well, do آپ have any water?”
“Unless آپ take a glass and fill it with the water from the shower, then no.”
“Um, okay, what about some Coke?” Courtney asks. Surely gangsters would have a bit of soda-pop around.
“Whoa, you’re a morning person! We usually sniff cocaine مزید around evening, یا late afternoon at the earliest. But if you’re up for it…” Duncan replies, shutting the fridge door and scratching at his five-o’clock shadow. The gray stubble snaked from right in front of his ears, down to his chin, and back up to the other ear.
“No!” Courtney exclaims, stomping her foot. Several shot glasses clink together on a shelf on the dusty wall. “I am not talking about cocaine! I am talking about Coca-Cola! Don’t آپ even have something for a girl to drink? Something that won’t get me drunk first thing after I wake up?!”
“You expect us to drink soda-pop?” Duncan asks. He starts laughing so hard that he has to hold on the دیوار to keep from falling over. Courtney just stands there with her hands on her hips, taking it all. Finally, Duncan composes himself, “Don’t آپ think soda-pop is a bit childish?”
Courtney glares at him. Afraid of being slapped again, Duncan breaks down. “Fine. How about some wine?” he offers, pulling a large bottle of red wine from a wine rack.
“That’s مزید like it,” Courtney says as Duncan pours the blood-red liquid into a tall glass with the thinnest stem Courtney has ever seen. She gently picks it up and takes a نشست in a سٹول at the bar counter, which completely wrapped around the kitchen. Suddenly, the grandfather clock in the corner struck seven a.m. Barely a few منٹ later, dozens of gangsters flooded into the living room and kitchen.
They started bumping fists, making eye contact, and nudging each other’s ribs once they saw Courtney. “Hey, babe, what’s your name?” a brown-haired guy asked her. He was leaning against the bar, right اگلے to Courtney.
“My name is Courtney Pembrooke,” she replies, keeping a straight face. Courtney lifted the glass of wine to her lips and took a dainty sip. The tart taste of fermented انگور رس, جوس swam across her taste buds and کبوتر down her throat.
“Well, Courtney Pembrooke, what does your daddy do for a living?” asks a different guy. They were surrounding her now, like she was a new attraction in the county fair. “Wait, wait, wait. Let me guess: he buys and sells stocks on دیوار Street?”
“Actually, yes, he does indeed.”
“And what do آپ do for a living? Apart from being sexy, that is,” a guy behind her asks. Courtney doesn’t even bother to turn around to look at him. Somebody that crude doesn’t even deserve to make eye contact when spoken to.
“I do not have a job,” Courtney tells them, straining to not spin around and slap them silly. I bet that would teach them some manners, she thinks.
“Are آپ a parking ticket?”
“What?” Courtney asks.
“Because you’ve got fine written all over you.”
Courtney nodded. Now she understood what they were doing. They were all just practicing their pick-up lines on her. Like that would make her like them. But she wouldn’t like a criminal like them, anyway. Not in her life.
“Damn, if being sexy was a crime, you’d be guilty as charged.”
“Hey, I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?”
“I lost my teddy bear, will آپ sleep with me?”
“If آپ were words on a page, then you’d be what they call fine print.”
“If I told آپ that آپ had a beautiful body, would آپ hold it against me?”
Courtney hops out of her bar سٹول with her now-empty glass of wine. The pick-up lines just kept coming. Courtney weaves through the ever-growing crowd of gangsters and places her empty glass in the sink, in the pile of dirty dishes. Duncan slides easily through the crowd and grabs Courtney’s hand. He pulls her towards the stairway, leaving behind his friends.
“Sorry about them. They can act like assholes sometime,” Duncan tells her as he leads her into his room. He shuts the door, and Courtney sits down on his bed. Courtney nods in agreement. Duncan digs through his dresser for a white شرٹ, قمیض similar to his, and a black tie. He tosses these onto the بستر right اگلے to Courtney.
She rubs the fabric between two fingers. “What do I need with these?” she asks as Duncan tosses a short black سکرٹ, گھیرنا on the bed. “And why do آپ have a skirt?”
Duncan chuckles at her last question. “You need to put those on, since I’m bringing آپ rum-running. And I have a black سکرٹ, گھیرنا since I kinda had to dress up as a girl one time,” he tells her.
“You? Dressed up as a girl?” Courtney starts laughing.
“Hey, I got away with it,” Duncan smirks. “Now آپ better hurry up and get dressed, since I’m coming back in three minutes, whether you’re still in your bra and panties یا not.” Duncan shuts the bedroom door and Courtney immediately gets to changing.
She slips the blue dress over her head, and she takes of her knee-high tights. She leaves on her white tank سب, سب سے اوپر that was underneath her dress, because Duncan’s white شرٹ, قمیض looks pretty thin. Courtney slips the white, cotton, لمبی بازو, طویل بانہہ شرٹ, قمیض on and slowly starts buttoning it up. Then she slides the tie around her neck and she wrinkles her nose. I’m not a guy. Why do I have to wear a tie, like the rest of them? She leaves the tie a bit loose, due to her dissatisfaction. Then Courtney bends down to reach the سکرٹ, گھیرنا off the floor. But right as her fingertips touched the fabric, she heard the doorknob jiggle. Afraid of being seen in her underwear, Courtney just pulls the سکرٹ, گھیرنا on.
Duncan strides into the room, hoping to have seen her in her bra and panties. Instead, what was standing right in front of him seemed to be the most gorgeous girl he had ever seen. She wasn’t pretty like a flapper-slash-prostitute, but she was pretty like she wasn’t even trying. The black سکرٹ, گھیرنا only went down half her thigh, midway between her butt and her knees. The white شرٹ, قمیض didn’t reach all the way down to the سب, سب سے اوپر of the black skirt, since Duncan had دیا her a شرٹ, قمیض that shrunk in the wash -- he thought it might fit her better than any of his big shirts. Between the سب, سب سے اوپر of the سکرٹ, گھیرنا and the hem of the white shirt, a strip of tan stomach was peeking out. The white شرٹ, قمیض was tight over her torso, but not too tight, judging سے طرف کی the few wrinkles. The سب, سب سے اوپر few buttons of her شرٹ, قمیض was unbuttoned, دکھانا the tiniest bit of cleavage. Duncan doubted Courtney knew it was showing. His پسندیدہ black tie was dangling from her neck.
“Hello? Are آپ just going to stare at me all day, یا can we get going?” Courtney asks, crossing her arms and cocking a hip.
“Uh… right. Let’s go,” Duncan tells her, waking up out of his daze. They go down all the way to the first floor, and Duncan grabs a black fedora off the coat-rack. He spins it in the air and places it over his head. The part of his hair where it flips up sticks out from under the hat. “Guys, me and Princess are going rum-running real quick. We’ll should be back in a half hour. If we’re not, come with backup,” Duncan calls to his comrades.
“Mm-kay,” they call back in a monotone. Courtney gulps. How could they be so ‘blah’ about this, if backup might be needed? And what the heck is rum-running anyway?
Duncan leads Courtney down the cement-block steps that led to the front door of the apartment building. She hears a dead-bolt lock behind them. “So… what are we doing?” Courtney asks.
“Well, what is rum-running?” she demands, attempting to keep pace with Duncan so that she could look at his face while he answered. The short سکرٹ, گھیرنا was making that difficult, however, as she kept having to tug it down so it wouldn’t ride up. After all, no way in her life had she ever worn any لباس, پوشاک that showed her legs like this. Duncan led them down the sidewalk and into an alley on the side of the building.
“Rum-running is when I deliver liquor to a speakeasy here in Chicago. It’s really easy, except آپ have to out-run the cops. That is, if the cops even دکھائیں up,” Duncan explains as he opens a large wooden gate. Sitting on the cracked pavement was a 1920’s Rolls Royce. Courtney’s jaw dropped open. Not even her Daddy could afford that.
“Wha-- How-- Hmm?” Courtney sputters as Duncan climbs into the driver’s seat.
“We spend all our money on cars and liquor,” Duncan explains. He reaches over the نشست and open’s Courtney’s door. She climbs in اگلے to him and slams the door shut. Duncan slides the keys into the ignition and the car… it silent.
“Uh, is it not working right?” Courtney asks nervously, glancing over at Duncan.
“Of course it working right. Actually, it’s مزید than right. We tricked it out so that the engine is merely a purr. Take a listen,” Duncan tells her, pointing to the dashboard. Courtney hesitates, but slowly lowers her ear to the dashboard. Duncan was right… there was a slight rumbling going on, but it was hardly noticeable until آپ got within an inch of it.
“Whoa!” Courtney exclaims, pulling back from the dashboard and smiling at Duncan. “That’s amazing! How did آپ do that?”
“I’d tell you, but you’d probably fall asleep. After all, آپ are a girl,” Duncan teases. Courtney rolls her eyes. Then Duncan pressed a button, and the roof started to fold back. Courtney grabbed the armrests and squeezed until her knuckles turned white.
“Duncan, stop, you’re breaking the car!” she cries.
“Calm down, Princess, it’s the first-ever کونویرٹئبل, متحول سیار car. Now we can drive around with no roof,” he explains. Courtney looks at him like he’s crazy.
“Well, what’s the purpose of that?” she asks.
“You’ll see,” Duncan says. He grips the steering wheel, barely taps the gas pedal, and they zoom out of the parking space. Courtney slaps a hand over her mouth to muffle her scream, so as to not attract attention, as Duncan spins the wheel and the tires slide as the car turns. Then he rockets down the street, wind whipping Courtney’s hair back. He blasts through a red light, much to Courtney’s protesting, and speeds on down the road.
“Dunnn-cannn! Slowww downnn!” Courtney screams, but her voice is lost in the wind.