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Gabriel Hernandez

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Gabriel Hernandez was many things. Ready to live with someone he had never met was not one of them. Not that he meant to sound ungrateful, he was very happy for his former roommate and good friend, Tamsyn Collingwood, and he thought Tamsyn’s new wife was perfect for him. He was lucky in that Alessandra (the aforementioned bride and another friend of Gabe’s) knew of someone who was looking to move to the city to take Tamsyn’s place and save Gabe from having to try and find a roommate.
But naturally, there was a downside. And the downside came in the form that the person in question was one of Alessandra’s good friend’s sisters. Which normally would not be a problem since Alessandra herself was a level-headed woman on her way through law school, the issue was that the friend in question was decidedly nothing like her best friend. Adalae Ward was Wild. The ‘w’ was capitalized even in his thoughts. Adalae was Alessandra’s childhood friend and she was very much into the party and clubbing scene. Gabe was very much into staying at home and working on his projects or reading. Adalae was a stripper. Gabe was an aspiring carpenter and worked full time in the grocery on the first floor on their apartment building. They were overall completely incompatible and the idea of living with someone like Adalae (although he truly did like her as a person!) gave him hives.
The upside was that Alessandra assured him Evalyn was nothing, nothing at all like her sister. Gabe had trouble believing this, but he also had absolutely no desire to interview any number of people in the city and run the risk of accepting someone he knew nothing about. At least with Alessandra’s approval, he knew she was unlikely to wreck his apartment or throw too many big parties, Tamsyn’s wife knew Gabe’s preferences after how often she had been over to visit.
Now Gabe was making sure all his projects looked as uncluttered as possible (pretty impossible with six in the works right then, but he tried) and opening windows to try and get the wood varnish smell out. He had a ventilation system in place, of course, but it was a smell that lingered regardless. He had just settled on this couch and opened his book when the knock on the door finally came. He ran his fingers quickly through his black curls and toyed with the ends of his olive green tee shirt before he opened the door.
“Good morning, I’m...Gabe.” He trailed off, eyes widening as he took in the young woman on the other side of the door.

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