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“Then you’re ready.” He takes one of my hands in his and lays the other on his shoulder. “Step back with your right foot and follow my lead… And right-left-together. Right-left-together…”

The pressure he puts on my hand is just enough for me to know where to move and when to turn. Just as I’m starting to feel confident, I see Edward out of the corner of my eye.

Barefoot and wearing glasses, he’s leaning against a gilded wall eating Cheetos from the bag. He sees me watching him and, with his eyes fixed on mine, slowly sucks the orange powder from each of his fingers.

I trip over my feet.

Miraculously, I manage to keep dancing.

“Good!” the instructor says. “That’s exactly how you do it—no one will notice if you flub a bit unless you make a big deal out of it.”

Yeah, right. Then why is Edward laughing his ass off?

I lift my hand from the dance instructor’s shoulder just long enough to give Edward the finger.

He mouths the word, “Sorry.”

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