Last week Mia, the heroine, and Bootsie, the puppy she's dogsitting, watched the hunky next-door neighbor while he washed a sporty little BMW. After a while, Mia dozes off, and when she wakes up, she discovers Bootsie chewing up her favorite shoes. She does everything she can to get the shoes back before they're completely thrashed, but the puppy is winning the battle, so Mia finally decides to distract him with a ball. She tosses it just a little too hard though:
The dog raised his head, the shoe forgotten, and watched with Mia as the ball flew over the fence, picking up speed.
Mia cringed, praying for a lucky bounce into the neighbor's grass. The ball hit the driveway and then practically leapt into the driver's side headlight. The breaking plastic made a tinkling sound as it drifted to the asphalt, bits of red and yellow glittering in the sunlight.
Mia heaved a sigh, and then bent over and picked up her doggy co-conspirator.
"You better hope he thinks one of us is cute."
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