At risk of disgusting everyone with the ridiculous effervescence typical of a new relationship…I say, Happy One Month Anniversary Amusinghabit!!!
Just be glad I didn’t do a one-week Anniversary celebration. Haters.
To honor the occasion, I wanted to report the word count advance thus far, and I’ll share an excerpt from my manuscript! Are you shaking with excitement? Too much caffeine? That’s ok, me too. Well, I might actually be shaking from all the sugar in my succulent Panera hot chocolate. No matter!
Cumulative Word Count Progress: 5,368! That’s almost a 40% increase!! (For your reference, I began this work in Aug 2010)
Excerpt: Introducing Anne, a love interest for Eli, a main character.
Perspective: Primary main character, Eli’s new guardian angel, taking the shape of a young lioness
Setting: Eli’s living room at his new address
“Your new accommodations are to your liking, Mr. Marsh?” the woman queries from the other side of the couch.
I watch as Eli nods and grins, looking down at his knees. He’s allowing the teasing tones of that voice to flow over the nape of his neck and down his back.
I can’t see the woman from my vantage point, but two beings on my plane accompany her–both looking weary and blistered. They are perched on the back of the couch, one at each side.
One, a once-handsome fox, lifts his ragged head to observe me. The left side of his face has been savaged. There’s a jagged crevice from eye to nose that contrasts the command and poise in what’s left of his countenance. I bow my head in greeting to our guest’s highest Guardian.
The other is a cheetah–tired but comparatively resplendent. She’s small but her presence is ravishing and red. She’s a demon and seduction is in every line of her body. Even the scars interrupting the predator’s-pattern coat only amplify her intensity.
Both angel and demon scare me. Their bodies are tense with awareness and I wonder what tiny infraction will snap the tenuous peace between them. I want to hide, or rather, my cub’s body is scooting away to hide behind a chair leg. I try to comport myself around the obvious fear in my reaction.
I can see the woman from this vantage point now. She’s slender and strong. Her shoulders are poised at a careless slant but her back is curved tight yet supple, like a bow. The thin material of her black dress kisses her in every curve as she breathes. Her neck is long, artful and naked. Dark eyes flash to accompany an inviting smile framed with crimson lips. Long delicate fingers are draped over the breast of a bordeaux glass whose stem presses into her thigh. She tosses her head in a laugh which sends her red curls flying to cast flitting shadows on the pale blades of her shoulders.
I am intoxicated. There’s no beauty quite like this, I’m sure of it.
Pleasure to meet you, Anne.