Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales again. This week I`ll be sharing an excerpt from my WIP (Work In Progress) All I Want for Christmas, a holiday themed M/M romantic comedy that was born from a previous picture prompt here on Tuesday Tales. This story is completed and is now in the first round of editing.
This week our word prompt is ‘Sand’. Since this is a rough draft there may be some mistakes. I do apologize for any boo-boo you may find.
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I stared at him over my steaming mug. “You`re such a damned contradiction of a man,” I admitted, at a total loss as to how to proceed. “I`ll be honest and say that you have got me spinning right round, baby, right round.”
“Yeah, I`m dizzy myself,” Coop confessed. “I`m not going to promise you anything that I can`t deliver, Alex. I would like nothing better than to take you upstairs and love you until I work off this clawing need I seem to have for you. If you`re willing to spend the night in my bed with no strings attached, then I`m more than happy to have you there. If you`re looking for more….”
“Thank you for your honesty,” I said. He inclined his head minutely and took another swallow of his hot chocolate. I turned from him to gaze out into the night. We drank together in silence while I mulled things over. He didn`t push and for that I was very grateful.
“Okay, so here`s what I`ve come up with,” I announced after what felt like ten minutes had passed. I inhaled deeply and turned to face Cooper. “Since we`re being honest I`m not going to pull punches,” I paused to give him time to say something. He remained silent so I rambled on. “I am very attracted to you. I mean, so attracted that I have been fighting with myself over what to do next. I`m not the decrepit old man that you are…”
“Touché,” he smiled sardonically and sipped his cocoa.
“.... But I`ve been around the block a time or two. I`m well aware of what it feels like to want someone, although I`ve never wanted a man as intensely as I do you. That being said,” I quickly sliced off whatever he was going to say, “I am also aware of who I am and what I need. I`m not a man that falls into bed without some sort of relationship in the works,” I explained, the steam from my hot chocolate wafting up to tickle my nose. “If I sleep with you I will hate myself in the morning,” I confessed then ran an appreciative eye over him. “I`m pretty sure sleeping with you would make the self-loathing almost worth it.”
“Almost, but not quite,” Coop said. I nodded. “Well,” he coughed, “At least you`re honest. I`d much rather spend the night alone than have a weeping Mary on my hands in the morning. I don`t do relationships, not anymore. I would like to see you again though. I find myself incredibly drawn to you.”
I had to stick my left hand under my armpit to stop myself from reaching for him. It would be so damned easy to let my body do the thinking. He was like the ocean and I the sand. Each look or word from him swept a few granules of my determination out to sea.
“I don`t see how that can work, I`m sorry.” I smiled weakly, handed him my half empty mug then turned to climb the stairs to the loft.
“It would if you relaxed a little and just tried to enjoy this attraction we have for each other. I`m willing to see where it will take us,” he called after me.
I shook my head. Not looking back was torture.
Copyright ©by V.L. Locey
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