Thursday, April 19, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Letter "Q" - Questions

Time stood still.  Midnight sky eyes snared my attention.  The pained expression he held upon seeing my tattoos, it's now replaced by a look of...peace?

I fought my feet's glee to run and throw myself into an embrace I knew he'd openly give to me.  Each stutter-step brought me closer.  Closer.  Apples.  My stomach pretzeled into a knot, a hunger no food could satisfy.  We haven't even kissed...just his presence fills me with everything beautiful.  Damn it!  I'm supposed to be done with him, angered by him...and my body betrays me.  My heart flutters traitorously.  It's all maddening, confusing...and exciting.  Because he came back.

His lips curved ever so slightly.  His fingers twitched.  Nervous, maybe fighting his own desire to reach out for me and hold me close.

I stopped a foot from him or I wouldn't be able to speak.  "What do you want?"  What the heck was that weak, whimpering sound?  Where was the conviction in my tone???

"You."  A one word answer, his voice husky.

Tears burned the back of my eyes.  Something wet defied my will and trickled down my cheek.  If my heart galloped any faster it would bolt right out my chest.  "Why did you walk away like that?  How could you?"  Ridiculous!  Even with the strength of fire flowing through my veins, pulsing beneath my marks, covered by my cloak, my Cleanser training crumbled, leaving me...just a girl.

"I was stunned.  It was unfair."  He undid the top three buttons of his shirt, pulling fabric aside, exposing a horizontal infinity mark with a shadowy butterfly trapped in the middle.

I gasped and stepped back.  "You!  A Harvestor?"  Time sped up and slammed into my senses.  I stumbled forward into his arms.  The pained expression from showing him my tattoos made sense.  I looked up into his face.  So at peace.  "You know what I am."  A statement, not a question.

His sweet breath warmed by cheeks as he said, "Yes."  He shivered, fixing his gaze with mine.  "I love you, Abby."

A lump blocked my throat.  I couldn't breathe, think, nothing.  So...I dropped everything...

And ran.*****

Whaaaat??  Now I have a million more questions.

36 comments:

Donna Martin said...

Thanks, Angela, for stopping by my blog. Lovely post you have hear...it makes me want to read more! Good luck in the A to Z Challenge...

Donna L Martin
www.donasdays.blogspot.com

Cristina said...

I have goosebumps all over!!!!!!!

when all he says is "You" i seriously got chocked up. LOL ..... Abby and Basil are one of my favorite characters EVER! I can't wait for you to make this a full length novel because I'm so interested in knowing more about what their lives as Harvesters and Cleansers are like.

Anonymous said...

Great writing as always, Angela.

Nadja Notariani said...

Favorite sentence...
'My stomach pretzeled into a knot..'

Talli Roland said...

Wow! Keep going, keep going! Fab stuff.

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Donna. Glad to have you stop by as well :-)

Angela Brown said...

You just made my day, Cristina. So glad you're enjoying my little blog opera.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Linda. Every day is a new letter, a new writing exercise and a new challenge.

Angela Brown said...

Cool. And do use it if you'd like :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Talli. So glad you're enjoying it.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Noooo! I mean, yes, it's awesome writing, but no I don't want her to run, but then yes, it makes sense given the shock of his revelation to her . . . you've got me hooked on your story. Great writing!

Angela Brown said...

LOL!!! I'm humbled. Thank you so much. I'm thrilled you're enjoying the daily posts.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Oh no, I want them to kiss and love and be together. WHAT! I want to read this.

Angela Brown said...

We'll just have to see what the next letter holds. :-)

Raelyn Barclay said...

:shiver: Brilliant Angela, simply brilliant! It's almost torture to have to wait for the next installment. This just keeps getting better and better.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She ran??? Why do women have to play hard to get?

Sherry Parker said...

I sure have enjoyed reading the A-Z posts! You'll just have to start over at 'AA'...so it'll continue. : ) More...more...more!

Lady Gwen said...

*sigh* How romantic:)

Rae said...

Loving this! Will it end with the challenge?

Angela Brown said...

*blush*

I'm so thrilled you've been enjoying each little episode, Raelyn.

Angela Brown said...

It's in our nature, Alex. The good ones are always worth the chase :-)

Angela Brown said...

Well, with the wonderful encouragement I've received, I've decided to take the characters of this challenge, their issues and interactions, and turn them into a novella or maybe a full novel.

Angela Brown said...

Star-crossed love is like that. Le sigh :-)

Angela Brown said...

Glad you're enjoying it :-) I will be turning these episodes into a novel so there will be that.

Candilynn Fite said...

Hey! I took a week off from blogging to stay with my father in Chicago. I've got all your posts from last week saved up to read, but I peeked and read this one today!! Have I told you lately, that I love the way you write?? "My stomach pretzeled into a knot, a hunger no food could satisfy." & "Even with the strength of fire flowing through my veins, pulsing beneath my marks, covered by my cloak, my Cleanser training crumbled, leaving me...just a girl."

Lovin' it, woman!!

Angela Brown said...

Cool beans! Glad you were able to spend time with your father. Family is ALWAYS the most important. Also glad you enjoyed today's post. If you'd like, you can hit up the Abby and Basil page I created so you can go from link to link to read each episode of their blog opera.

And I'm blushing over here at you compliment. Thank you.

farawayeyes said...

Hey Angela, nice to finally meet you. (I see you comment at some of the same blogs that I follow)


Excellent selection. I'll have to come back and start at the beginning.

Candylynn Fite said...

Cool, I'll look at it!

Anonymous said...

Great piece, Angela. I missed a few of your posts. I'm going to backtrack and read.

Shelley Munro said...

Well, I didn't see that coming.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

NO!!! Why did she run? Where's the kiss? Great writing!!

Angela Brown said...

Glad to have you stop by and that you enjoyed the post. Please feel free to check out the Abby and Basil tab I set up to read their blog opera from the beginning.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Medeia. You can hop on the Abby and Basil tab to make the backtracking easier.

Angela Brown said...

I'm thinking Basil didn't see it coming either.

Angela Brown said...

Susanna, the kiss? I reckon we have to let the letters decide if there will be a kiss or not ;-)

Thank you for your compliment.

Leslie Rose said...

Great heart palpitating moment. *sigh*

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