I got home from vacation last Sunday after a week wandering through the Southeast and was hit with chaos during the work week. Everyone asks me how I can stand to work with high school kids, but really it’s those elementary kids that wear you out! I think I need another vacation back to the mountains.
My women’s fiction novel The Lone Wolf is set in Asheville, NC, near where I was traveling, so I’m pulling from it all month.
When Kasey’s marriage falls apart, she turns to Andrew, a soldier she just met, for help. But their friendship pulls up a past he’d rather avoid. Can Kasey save Andrew from himself while saving her marriage too?
In this scene, Andrew’s girlfriend, Lauren, is trying to convince him to move to Asheville with her, where she’s headed for a new job.
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“And who knows, maybe this’ll be a great opportunity for you too,” she asked. “Don’t you wanna see the world?”
“I’ve seen the world, and quite frankly, North Carolina doesn’t really count when I’ve been
all over Europe and the Middle East.”
“We could get a little cabin in the mountains,” she said as she came over and wrapped her arms around my neck, pressing her body close to mine. “We’d be all alone, able to do whatever we want, whenever we want. Just the birds and the bees watching.”
Smiling in spite of myself, I leaned in and kissed her. Lauren had a way of defusing our fights, of winning me over to her opinion.
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“Just the birds and the bees watching”–a nicely subtle allusion to another of the cabin’s entertainments!
O_o Lauren doesn’t fight fair, does she? I had to laugh, first she challenges him to see the world (which his response was perfect) and then she talks about hiding in a cabin with just nature…fun snippet, albeit a serious moment.
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