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20 Dec 2014
Alexi Lalas doesn't understand social nicety or personal space, nor would he know an admission of defeat if it clobbered him in the face. In a way, it reminds Michael of himself.
It's all Twellman's fault, he decides around midnight. Twellman with his keen observations, Twellman with his hints dropped like dumbbells during unsuspecting elevator rides, and Twellman with his bloody generosity that sees him buying everyone yet another drink to wrap up the evening.
Michael should have said no. To all of it.
The hotel lobby has begun to feel like something of a minefield. Returning or leaving, any hour of the day, one wrong step and—
Michael nods hello but doesn't stop walking; the elevators are in sight, and the number one rule to defusing unwanted situations is to stop them from forming in the first place.
Sadly, his least-favorite redhead in the world does not share the same view. The man practically saunters up to him. Michael heroically desists from breaking into a dead run. It's not the first time he wishes he were back on a football pitch: because in this kind of one-on-one situation, there is no alternate universe in which Michael could not beat a defender like Alexi Lalas.
"Me and the guys were gonna go shoot some hoops," Lalas says, because apparently one lifetime of sporting mediocrity is not enough for him. "Wanna come get schooled for a bit?"
"You make it very tempting," Michael returns, and somehow that makes Lalas grin. Americans are inexplicable. "But today, no. I have another commitment already."
Lalas raises an eyebrow as if commitments were something unheard of.