Bytown e1c2: A Quiet Life
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CRACK! The sack hit the counter and a bundle of frozen carrots tumbled onto the floor at Maggie's feet. She knelt down to collect them, returning with a smile warmer than made any sense on a day as frigid as this.
The shopkeeper, a younger man with square jaw and sky-blue eyes, shoved the carrots back in the sack and pulled the drawstring tighter. "Big plans tonight?" he asked.
Maggie practically glowed when she said: "Romantic dinner. My special stew."
The shopkeeper raised an eyebrow at this. "Can't say I've ever heard 'stew' and 'romantic' used like that before."
Maggie set a coin down on the counter and slung the sack over her shoulder, giving him a nod. "Everything's romantic on a day like today."
"If you say so," he laughed, then paused and said: "Where you from, anyway? That accent of yours is—"