Hello and Happy Friday, my dears!
As promised, now that I have OVER 100 followers of Twitter, here is the bonus teaser from Taking Flight!
“Oh my God! Dan! Look at you!” Willa says, the shock evident in her voice.
“That bad?” I ask, handing her her coffee—an iced hazelnut with skim milk. She looks like an updated version of Princess Peach in her pink dress, the front strands of her long, red hair falling into her eyes. I know that Peach has yellow hair, but for some reason I always think of her as a redhead. Probably because her name is Peach.
I realize my heart is beating faster.
“Are you kidding? I didn’t even recognize you without the glasses. And,” she pauses, peering closely at me, “ . . . did you finally get your braces off?”
“You are a keen observer, young grasshopper.”
“Well. I’ve known you and your braces for three years. Their absence is something I’d notice.” She sits down and starts in on her half of the bagel. “I can’t say I miss them,” she says between bites.
“Thanks. So how are you?” I ask, trying to be nonchalant.
“Oh, you know. Can’t complain really. I’m ready for this school year to be over, that’s for sure,” she says, before adding, “You let your parents know you landed, right?”
I roll my eyes. “Yeah. But thanks for checking.”
“Of course. What would you do if you couldn’t pick up the newest Iron Man issue for two weeks in a row again? Would you go all Hulk and yell ‘Dan Angry!’ and turn green and rip off your clothes in a fit of rage?”
I laugh so abruptly that I choke on my coffee. After I compose myself I say, “Not quite that bad. But close.” She gives me a sly smile before taking another bite of her bagel. Then I realize she mentioned me ripping my clothes off and suddenly I’m wondering if she’s ever actually thought about me sans clothing.
And now I’m wondering about her sans clothing.