“Peace, woman. I swear, you have no sense of humor whatsoever. I’ll accept your deal on one condition.”
I wait for him to continue but he doesn’t say anything else. It's like pulling teeth. “What's the condition?”
“You have to go on a date with me.”
“What?!” I ask incredulously. “Are you serious?”
“Serious as taxes. Which is as serious as it gets. You know how the IRS goes ballistic if they don’t get their dough on time.”
I ignore his prattle. “You realize that you’re blackmailing me into a date, don’t you? That’s desperate, even for you,” I say in disgust. “Don’t you have any shame?”
“Yes, I realize that. And no, I do not. The Greeks wouldn’t have won the Trojan war if they had felt too ashamed to hide in a wooden horse,” he quotes cheerfully.
“So you’re comparing going on a date with me to winning a war?”
“Hm…Yeah, I guess I am,” he answers, completely unfazed. “Take it or leave it, it’s up to you.”
I take a deep breath and try to think about this rationally.
One date in return for a chance at winning the Championship.
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