Anyway, what would V-day be without a few kissing scenes? Cassie May and Hope Roberson are hosting the Is it Getting Hot in Here? blogfest. I'm joining in with a scene from the book I am not working on (Earth Song), but I still love this scene so why not put it out there for all the world to see?
"What right do you have to be here? You abandoned me when I needed you the most. I know I said some harsh things, but that gave you no excuse."
Brenton stepped towards her. "Marion, I had good reason. I ---"
"I don't want to hear it," Marion said taking a step back, hoping the sound of the river would block out anything Brenton had to say.
She had been alone, frightened, and unsure of what to make of her new-found powers. She could think of no good reason why they had been bestowed upon her, but she knew Brenton had something to do with it. She couldn't trust him for that reason alone.
"It's about your Aunt."
She looked down the slope to the river. There would be no escape here, not without going around him.
"Could you please move."
He stood his ground, his fists clenched at his sides. "If you'll just let me, I can explain everything. I didn't want to hurt you, but I had little choice."
Marion tried to walk around him, tried to ignore the pleading in his eyes. He took her arm as she walked past, forcing her to take him in. The bronze hair, the dimple in his chin. She wouldn't fall for it, not now. She had to be strong.
"Your Aunt wants to send you back to Falls Church."
Her jaw went slack. Hadn't she been longing to hear those words since the day she arrived in this nothing of a town? But right now, looking at Brenton, she couldn't imagine leaving. They had a score to settle, even if she was resistant to talk it out. She couldn't end things like this.
He closed the gap between them, not letting go of her arm. "I want you to stay."
Three things happened at once -- 1. Marion felt a weight lift off of her shoulders and she let control of everything she had pent up inside. 2. Brenton leaned in for a kiss 3. The earth moved, literally.
Forgetting that her emotions controlled her power over the earth she found herself tumbling, Brenton beside her, down the slope and into the river. It was shallow enough that she landed on her back without the water taking over.
Brenton landed half-way on top of her, his chest to hers.
Panting, Marion said just what she was feeling, "I want to stay, for you."
Fire was the only word Marion could think of to describe how it felt to have Brenton's lips on hers. The water flowing around them would have frozen her to the core had the fire not consumed them.