“Does that startle you?” he asked with a smirk on his tiny lips.
I pushed my lips together to buy me a second. “Not at all,” I replied a little too weakly. I cleared my throat, “I thought you were going to say yes for a second. Now that would have shocked me.” I said that last part a little too boisterous trying to cover up the fact that I felt startled all the way to my toes.
What happens next? You be the judge!