Art & Words Duet: Day 5
"I'm so nervous, Gigi," Amanda said, gripping her best friend's arm tightly.
"Honey, you're cutting off my circulation," Gigi said.
"Oh, yes, sorry,"
"You have nothing to worry about. Your book was awesome, the publishing house surely accepted your proposal,"
"Don't jinx it. You've also been trying to get your photography book published, and you're still looking for a publisher," Amanda began to nervously play with her blonde braid.
"True," said Gigi. "But your book rocked."
A woman in a clean gray suit emerged from a side office. She walked up to Amanda and Gigi, a professional smile on her face, "Ms. Lorence?" The woman glanced between both young ladies.
"That's me," Amanda piped, raising her hand as if she was in school. She blushed and put her hand down.
"Congratulations, Penguin has accepted your cookbook proposal. We will discuss details in the coming weeks and send you follow-up emails. In the meantime, congratulations," The woman extended her hand, and Amanda shook it, her eyes wide, her grin stretching from ear to ear.
Something curious happened for Gigi. It was only a moment, but she felt this flash of heat in her chest and across her face. A frown formed across her brow. Animosity towards her friend filled her mind. Not fair.
As soon as the fire swept through her, she hurriedly pushed it aside, shaken. She took a quick breath, smiled, and faced her friend.
"Congratulations, Amanda, I told you, your book rocked," She hugged Amanda tightly.
"Yeah, the very first publisher we approached, and Penguin, no less! These guys are huge. Amazing."
"Yeah, amazing," Gigi couldn't help it - her voice fell flat. Amanda suddenly noticed and fell quiet.