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SPONTANEOUS CHOICES SHORTS features short serialized fiction by author Shannon Muir, that may be later released as part of e-book or print collections. In 2019, these serials will appear every second and fourth Thursday (and fifth Thursdays as they occur) beginning January 17, 2019. The story line featured over the next sixteen days is “A Spontaneous Kind of Mystery,” featuring the return of Marnie and Zane. This is part 3  of 16.

“Zane?” she finally asked hesitantly, afraid maybe he’d hung up on her.

“I wanted to make sure you were done talking or I’d never get a word in edgewise. I’m not a big fan of poetry.”

“Oh, that’s ok,” Marnie replied, surprising herself how sad she was. “I’ll probably get Sophia to come with me. Not like I will be alone.”

“There you go, cutting me off again, Marnie. I never said I wouldn’t go. And I have all of today off, so I can come. I might need some coffee to stay awake though.”

“It’s a literary cafe. Coffee should be easy.”

“Great! That will help keep me from falling asleep at all the bad poetry – kidding! Maybe I’ll discover something good.”

Marnie decided not to be discouraged about the situation. At least Zane was willing to come along, which meant he must like being with her… or, perhaps, he felt comfortable in going because his friend Sophia would likely also be there. Right now, she decided not to press her luck and find out if he thought Sophia was already going, given she hadn’t asked yet. She gave Zane the time, as well as the address to meet up at.

After that, she got in touch with Sophia and gave her the run-down.

“Zane’s coming? Then I really shouldn’t crash your date,” Sophia insisted.

“But Sophia, I think he’s coming because he thinks you’ll be there,” Marnie admitted. “I don’t want to risk him coming and leaving because you’re not there. Please say yes.”

“All right, all right, I will show up. But if he comes and stays, don’t expect me to play chaperone every second.’

“Thanks, Sophia. It means a lot. See you tonight!”