WHO: Natalie & Antonio WHEN: Late on Thursday night WHERE: Antonio's home, Padua, Italy WHAT: Meeting her best friend's boyfriend's body double...
Having a job where she was always on the move, Natalie was good at traveling light. At the airport she'd hired a car for a week - she had to be back at the airport most days so it was a necessity - before making her way (with a little difficulty) to the address that she had written down.
Her attempts to find a hotel in Padua on one day's notice had fallen through, and even the hotel associated with the airline didn't have a spare room. Instead of screaming in frustration - something that felt very close to the surface these last weeks - she took a deep breath and forced herself to think of it as an act of fate to meet Antonio... and take over his life in the most annoying manner for a week. She felt a little guilty about it, but he'd been the one to offer and she could entertain herself and keep out of his hair if he preferred that.
When she arrived at his place she was still in her uniform - the tailored navy jacket and pencil skirt, the neatly tucked white dress shirt - with a duffel bag swung over her shoulder. She'd parked the car on the street and hoped that would be okay. Checking her watch, Natalie frowned at the late hour - headwinds had made her late getting in and finding her way through the unfamiliar streets hadn't helped - but there wasn't anything to do except knock and hope he didn't have an early start tomorrow.