In my upcoming novel, Windsinger, we meet Cecy, who is half-elemental, and in her case, the element is air. She flits from place to place and dances on the breeze, but unlike her other Twixter counterparts (those who are also half-elemental), she has a special ability beyond her lightness of foot.
That ability brings her to meet Brad Wilder, a human man who’s captured her attention and has her seriously intrigued. In this scene, Cecy comes upon another Twixter in an unxpected way, all while trying to reason through her attraction to Brad…
Cecy leaned back against the door of the supply closet, closing her eyes.
Brad. His name was Brad.
She bit back a smile, trying her hardest not to think about the way he’d looked at her. She was used to men being interested – that had been happening since before she reached the four and four, and while she appreciated their regard, none of them had been anything more than a curiosity before.
But this one…oh, this one was special.
She’d heard some of the originals talk about the pull, but had never really felt it for herself yet – not outside of a meteor shower, anyway. And this time was different. He was different.
Cecy let out a sigh and reached for the box of alcohol swabs up on the shelf, nearly dropping it when the door flew open.
Her forehead creased as she stared at the aide.
“Why are you here?” she asked in alarm.
“I have business to attend to,” said the man, closing the door behind him. “And why exactly are you here, windrunner?”
She raised her chin and stared him down. “I have business as well,” she said. “And I’m not a runner. I’m a singer.”
He grimaced slightly. “Of course.” His gaze sharpened. “The old woman in seventeen – you here for her?”
“She ever talk to you?”
“Sometimes. Nonsense, mostly. She’s a dementia patient.”
He nodded. “Ah. Well, I won’t disturb you, then.” He turned to go.
The man looked over his shoulder impatiently.
“What business would bring an earther here?”
The man raised a brow. “My business is none of yours.”
He reached for the doorknob again, but turned back once more. “And you’d better watch yourself. The man is asking about you.”
She didn’t have to ask which man.
“I can manage him.”
“See that you do,” the man warned. “Give him a run in your bed. He’ll forget you soon enough, once he’s worked it out of his system.”
Cecy managed to keep a polite smile in place. Just.
“I’ll consider it.”
“Brightest day,” the man said, with a nod.
“Fair winds.” Cecy returned the nod, and the man took his leave. She stared blankly at the shelves of supplies, suddenly forgetting what it was she came in for. Her mind wasn’t on bandages or latex gloves.
Give him a run in your bed.
He’s said it so matter-of-factly, and no wonder. Among her kind it was common to amuse yourself with humans. That’s what they were made for, after all. But Cecy almost never did, preferring to couple with her own kind whenever the mood arose.
Humans just didn’t have the capacity for the kind of drama and intensity her body craved. She was a creature of the wind. She didn’t want to be grounded for a moment.
But if she were to pick a human…
Of course, Cecy and Brad will find their way to each other, and along the way, they’ll uncover a plot that twines around the lives of a handful of others and will find them all fighting for the fate of the world as we know it. The Elemental Destiny series is going to be one hell of a ride! Look for Windsinger at summer’s end!