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“You’re on time. Guess that means I don’t have to turn you away again.” Cleo ushered Adrienne into her cabin. 

“I brought you another book,” Adrienne said as she handed over another thick tome. 

“Oh, I like this apologetic side of you. What have we got this week?” Cleo asked examining the cover of the book. “The Bell Jar, well, I won’t lie, I have read it but this cover is stunning and you get points for finding a book I’d enjoy.”

Adrienne smiled. She wore a simple pantsuit, linen and a little more caribbean than corporate, but she stood just a little awkwardly in the cabin. 

Cleo was inclined to make her wait just a little but ushered her out to the little deck where she had gin and tonics waiting. 

“Room service is bringing us dinner. Should be here soon.” Seeing Adrienne’s nerves, Cleo suddenly realized she was nervous too. The whole thing had been a huge mistake. She knew it.

“Well, this is lovely. Cozy,” Adrienne said, looking to the bed in full view of their dining location. Cleo’s gaze followed and wondered if that’s where they were heading. If that’s where Adrienne thought they were heading. After all, she had invited her to dinner in her room.

Cleo tried to find something, anything to talk about. “So, this whole virus thing. You think it’ll be fine?”

Adrienne shrugged. “I mean, I certainly don’t want to get it. I think we all need to make sure we’re following the CDC instructions. Hand washing and such, but for those of us who are otherwise healthy, I don’t think we need to be too worried.”
Cleo nodded. The truth fought to come out. I tumbled from her lips without warning. “There’s something I have to tell you. It’s… well… I’ve… oh god. I’ve never had sex with a woman.”

Adrienne sat there for a moment in stunned silence then rose from the little table and dashed back through Cleo’s cabin to the door. Cleo watched as she headed out to the hall and the door slammed behind her. Not the reaction she was expecting. 

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