For today’s blogfest I’ve decided to share a scene from my novel Hello Again that takes place between David and Lexie.
The sky was black, the yellow light of the street lamps glowed against the postcard perfect view of downtown. Lexie was in her bed, listening to the sounds of the hotel. Trying to relax and fall asleep. She had a major scene to film in the morning after all. Yet something was keeping her awake. Something was brewing inside of her.
It was different, something she couldn’t put her finger on. Her heart was racing, her toes were wiggling. She could feel a pit in her stomach. She wished that David would knock on her door. That something would pull them together. That something would begin.
She was trying to wish for something to happen, when she suddenly felt a chill wash over her. She sat up in the bed; sure she’d just felt something touch her. Something felt unsettling. Something felt as though it had just happened. Her stomach knotted even more as she grabbed for her key and her hoodie. She quickly made her way into the hallway and found herself outside of David’s door, knocking like a mad woman.
He opened the door, his eyes heavy with the start of sleep as he saw her, looking at him, as if begging him for help without any words. “This is going to sound silly, but I think my room is haunted.”
David studied at her for a moment before opening the door wider, “Come on in, it doesn’t sound crazy at all.”
“It doesn’t?” Lexie was surprised, “Why?”
He showed her the screen on his laptop, where he’d been reading about the hotel and the reports of ghosts. “See.”
“Whoa, that’s just, yikes.” She felt a chill ripple through her body; she wished he would wrap his arms around her.
David sat in the chair and looked at her, “You can take my bed, and I can sleep on the floor.”
“I can’t put you out.” She was sitting on the bed, thinking of how soft if felt, how easy it would be to fall into it. “We could share the bed; Joey and Dawson did it all the time on Dawson’s Creek.”
David couldn’t believe she made that reference. “If you’re okay with it so am I.”
Lexie wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to fall asleep but maybe if she did it could be the best night’s sleep of her life.
David stood on the other side of the bed, pulling down the blankets, as he mirrored Lexie’s movements. It was a moment that felt oddly comfortable as they both got into bed.
Lexie turned on her side, looking at David. Thinking of how silly it was to be nervous about lying next to him. Thinking of how easy it would be right now to give in to temptation and kiss him. Wondering if it was possible for him to kiss her back, for them to make love, for whatever she was feeling to be felt by him as well.
David couldn’t believe how amazing Lexie looked, even though she was in pajama pants and a hoodie. She was beautiful. Part of him wanted to pull her closer, to kiss her. To remove each layer of clothing and explore her body the way he’d been thinking about a lot lately.
But he knew he couldn’t; well that he shouldn’t. It would be a terrible thing if he tried, even fathomed doing so. “Sleep tight.”
“You too,” They both rolled to their other sides, their backs to each other as they tried to fall asleep, even though they both had the same dreams, desires and fantasies. Neither could bring themselves to ruin the friendship in the still of the night.
Now go and check out the other awesome No Kiss scenes from the rest of the Blog Fest hosted by Frankie Diane Mallis.