When I dated in college, a young man asked me if I wanted to see his hamster. The instantaneous thought I had was "weirdo with something else up his sleeve" and maybe my radar hadn't been working.
Seeing the skeptical look on my face, the guy said, "No, really, I have a hamster."
Again, I waited. I'd heard about the etching line used to lure girls to a guy's place with the hopes interesting things could take place under the covers. I still leaned toward a big fat no.
I asked, "Why do you have a hamster?"
He shrugged. "Can't have a cat in the dorm." Then he added, "I know what you're thinking..."
Damn right I was.
"The hamster is for real."
I sighed and decided to go. I could use my pretend karate if I had to. FYI: the hamster was for real.
When I wrote Temporarily Employed, my heroine, Hattie Cooks, knows hero cop Allan Wellborn. He's her best friend's brother. But we're all aware people change over time. Here's a fun dialogue run between the two: