Looking For Henrietta

Page Count: 66
Word Count: 16450
Rating: Sensual (PG-PG13)

(MSRP: 3.0000)

Class of 85

His twenty-fifth high school reunion is in less than thirty days and Henry still has no date. Not willing to be the object of his classmates’ sympathy after his divorce, he turns to an online dating service for help. But things aren't looking good.

Rita has been there for Henry for a long time, hoping their relationship might change, but he only sees her as his friend the bartender. Now Henry has this crazy notion that the answer to his dilemma is a dating service. After watching several unsuccessful attempts—in her bar, no less—Rita decides it's time to take Henry's love life into her own hands.

Maybe all Henry needs is a little push in the right direction to fall in love...

Rating: Sensual
Page Count: 66
Word Count: 16450


“Aren’t you from the East Coast? Will you go back? Maybe rekindle a flame with someone special?”

I decided to tackle her questions with a beer.

“Soooo.” She placed a napkin down in front of me, but no beer.

I tore at the corners of the paper napkin. “The twenty-fifth reunion is in Summerville, New York. I’d like to go back, but not alone.”

A forced laugh split her lips. “Oh, Henry. You haven’t been hanging out at the dry cleaners or trolling the aisles in the grocery store to find a woman, have you?”

I should have never told Rita about the first few months after my divorce when, because it worked for Katrina, I took my clean shirts to the dry cleaners hoping I’d meet my soul mate. Her gaze locked with mine, and before I could blink I blurted, “I placed an ad and—”

Her elbows jutted out, making her look more roller derby queen than friendly bartender. “Brides from Russia?”

I fixed my eyes on the beer tap. Maybe, if I stood and stretched out my arm, I could reach around the bar and pour my own draft. “No, I figured I’d try online dating. Everyone is doing it.”

“Better be careful. Last week a man answered an ad on the list and the whole thing was a set-up. When he got to the woman’s apartment, a man with a baseball bat was waiting. He stuffed the guy into his car, drove around to ATMs, and forced him to withdraw all his money.

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