Katrina Ellsworth grumbled as she walked down the street looking for the bridal shop she was supposed to be meeting her sister and mother in. She looked up and glared at a huge group of young women standing in front of a store. She pushed through them, ignoring their protests. Once past she looked around, completely lost. She turned when she heard the throng of girls scream and giggle and was almost blinded by camera flashes. She saw a man emerge from the store and the girls pressed in towards him. Kat watched amused as he fought his way through but frowned when she saw him shoved out into the street in front of a speeding car. Without thinking she rushed him, tackled him to the ground, and felt relieved when she felt him roll with her, telling her he had done this before. The group of girls tried to rush them but five big men stood in their way. The man lay under her for a moment and looked up at her expectantly.
"Can I get up?" he asked and Kat grinned and sat back letting him up. "Thanks," he said and Kat noticed the almost bitter sound in his voice.
"Sorry about the tackling thing," she said trying to stand but her knee gave way and she collapsed into his arms. "Shit!" She swore, wincing in pain.
"Are you all right?" he asked and she could tell he did not care.
"Yeah, fine," she said standing and limping to the curb and sat down rubbing her knee.
"Look, are you going to be all right, do I need to call an ambulance?"
"No, it's just an old hockey injury," she smirked at his look of disbelief, she got that a lot. "You could tell me where Annie's Bridal Shop is if you know." The man glared at her.
"It's over on Orchard; you're a long way off."
"Damn," she cursed again and stood gingerly. Her knee felt wobbly and the man's hand darted out to help her stand. "Thanks, if I'm that far off I'll need to get going." The man sighed and raised his hand and a limo pulled up next to them.
"Let me give you a ride, it's the least I could do for saving my life." He helped her into the car and he told the driver where to go.
"Is there ice in here?" she asked, looking around. The man gave her an annoyed look, pulled out a rag, put ice in it, and handed it over. She gingerly unzipped her knee-high boots and hissed at the swelling.
"Damn," she looked up to see the man staring at her knee.
"Yup, with this baby I can tell you when it's going to rain, how hard and for how long." The man gave her a ghost of a smile and she grinned at him. "So you can smile, that's good." She quickly unzipped the boot the rest of the way, knowing that walking in the three inch heels would not be good and placed the make shift ice pack on her knee, hissing again. Once the ice pack was in place, she removed her other boot. They pulled up to a shop and she opened the door and stepped out.
"Thanks, here," she said handing over a business card. "if you ever need to get a hold of me about today," she started to close the door put poked her head back in. "Or to know if it's going to rain." She grinned at his smile, closed the door, and turned to the shop as the limo pulled away. The shop was all pink and frills and it made Kat's teeth hurt looking at it. She limped to the door and pushed it open.
"Katrina, where have you been?!" her sister's voice shrieked at her and she sighed.