The sound of a bell made the young man's stomach twist. That tiny little sound meant one of two things – he had a customer, or he had a special customer. Normal customers annoyed him to no end, with their endless demands and unfair expectations; it didn't help that the man, named Neil, wasn't a very good people-person to begin with. At the end of the work day, Neil was always exhausted and fought constant, pounding headaches. He just wanted to be alone.
But then someone new moved into Echo town and started coming to his shop. She was cute, she was nice, but she also didn't take any of Neil's crap. She was strong. He had never met a girl that didn't back off from his rough manners and brusque attitude, so he knew she was something really special.
Every time the bell rang, Neil wanted to turn around and see the girl. But then he told himself that he didn't want to see her, that he didn't want to fall in love. He didn't want to invest his heart into something that had