love in the most unexpected of places?
abandoned her for their boyfriends, her mother continues to ignore
her, while her sister, Jules, is sick again and getting worse by the
day. Add in the request Jules has made of her and Livvie feels like
she’s losing her mind, too.
from her life, but also a kindred soul in Bianca, the school “freak”.
Livvie’s always felt invisible, at school and at home, but with
Bianca, she finally feels like someone sees the real Livvie. As the
relationship deepens and it comes time to take the romance public,
will Livvie be able to take that step?
decisions and stand up for herself—for the first time in her life.
I didn’t say a word, but she seemed to hear my thoughts. Her laughter quieted, and she turned to look at me, her eyes glittering in the sodium glow. For a long time we stood there, eyes locked, the warm breeze wafting across our skin.
Bianca bent her head, and her lips settled upon mine. They were warm and soft, slippery with lipstick. I shivered and pressed my own lips hungrily against hers. Her mouth opened a little, and I followed, admitting her inquisitive tongue. It tickled mine, darting in and out, waltzing across my taste buds. The flavor of wine, exotic and sour at the same time, flooded my mouth.
My heart beat a rapid tattoo through my chest. This was wrong. I should not be doing this. But I remained mesmerized, nerves I’d never noticed before singing songs of ecstasy along my spine. Kissing Jesse had been nothing like this.
She pulled away, slowly, as if surfacing from a dive. She licked her lips, smiling in satisfaction. Her lipstick, smeared now, blurred her mouth into something unrecognizable. I ran my tongue across my lips and tasted her there, spikes of electricity igniting in my belly. This was better than I could have imagined.
“Wow…” she breathed. “You’re good.”
“Am I?” I reached for her again, wanting nothing but her mouth on mine once more.
“Yeah, you are.” She pushed me against the wall, and I lost myself in her kisses.
Time held no meaning. It could have been seconds or forever before I drew back. Nothing so good could be wrong, yet my stomach writhed with guilt. “I…I should get home.” My voice was unsteady.
Bianca glanced up at the star-speckled sky and nodded. “Yeah. Me too.”
It felt completely natural when, as we walked toward the bus stop two blocks away, she slipped her hand into mine
residing in Wellington, New Zealand. A marketing executive, film
reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write,
but doesn’t sleep much. As a result, she can usually be found
hanging out near the espresso machine.
Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday
Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and
Residential Aliens, among others.
people are allowed to see. She has also written one very bad
historical romance. She is currently working on a new YA novel and
ghostwriting an autobiography.
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