Here’s a little taste to get you through the long, dark night. 🙂 I actually had time to write today, which means Chapter 10 is nearly done (except for edits, which always take me a while), and Chapter 11 is coming along nicely. 🙂 I can’t promise any writing time for next week…ah, the holidays.
Eric stopped at home to change before heading to the bar. As he pulled on a fresh pair of jeans, he caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror. He looked happy. It had been years since he’d felt like that.
When he came in the back door, Pam turned toward him, looked him up and down, and laughed. “What happened to you?”
He smiled. “Sookie.” Her name came out on a sigh.
“Did you talk?” she asked.
“A little.” His smile grew. “I’m going back tomorrow.”
“Of course you are.” She turned back toward the customer in front of her and mixed his drink. “Does this mean I’ll be eating alone?”
Eric nodded. “Yes.” Saturday nights were always the best to find easy meals, especially when they provided alcohol, but easy meals weren’t necessarily his favorite. “Although, I might be home before you finish.”
“I’ll keep the party small,” she promised.
* * * *
Sookie’s name was on Eric’s lips the next evening when he awoke. He showered and dressed quickly, bumping into Pam as he left.
“Have a good time tonight,” she said.
His stomach tightened as he drove down Hummingbird Lane. Why am I so nervous? And then he saw Sookie standing on the front porch in a tight white dress, her hair bouncing against her shoulders as she came down the stairs to greet him. His nerves settled and were replaced with desire. He moved out of his car quickly, surprising her.
“Oh,” she said. “I didn’t know you could move so fast.”
Instead of answering her, he kissed her. She kept her hands up, against his chest, separating their bodies, pushing away from him after a few moments.
“My gran is inside, waiting to meet you.” Sookie smoothed the front of her dress and tucked a blonde lock behind her ear. “Won’t you please come in?” She smiled wryly.
He touched her hand as he followed her inside, and she reluctantly took it, but as soon as they entered the front room, she pulled away from him, putting distance between them.