In book three of my Elemental Destinies series, Earthsinger, we meet Matt – a long haul trucker who finds himself caught up in a mystery that’s been millenia in the making. All of his new friends are talking circles around him, and Manni – the girl he was sent to fetch on a top-secret run – is bewitching him with her body every time he tries to get a solid answer about any of the strange happenings around him.
In this scene, he’s finally had enough…
“Hold up!” Matt called out as Manni disappeared down the path and through the trees. With a muttered oath, he set out in a jog to catch up to her, glad to see that the campground was relatively deserted down at this end. Wash was content to sniff the grass along the path, taking his time as he followed.
Manni turned as Matt approached, dropping her bag and gesturing widely with her arm.
“Nice, isn’t it?” She inhaled deeply. “Smell those trees.”
“Hey,” Matt said, reaching out and grabbing her arm. “We need to talk.”
Manni’s hand closed over his. “Come on,” she said, stepping closer and looking up at him through her lashes. “It’s a beautiful night…the stars are shining….” She pulled his hand up, setting it lightly against her breast, stroking her fingers over it. “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty mellow…”
“Goddammit!” Matt exploded into action, shoving her backwards until the bark of the tree behind her ate into her back. She looked up at him with startled eyes.
“You’re tryin’ to distract me,” he said heatedly, still gripping her upper arms. “You know I’m not done with this, and you’re trying to derail me.”
“I’m only offering a little stress relief,” Manni said, with more than a little temper behind her eyes. “And from the way you just body-slammed me into a tree, I’d say you need it.”
He had the grace to look chagrined by that. “I didn’t mean to…did I hurt you?” His hand came up to cup her face as she shook her head.
“I’m sturdier than I look. And I happen to love the feel of trees.”
“Is that so?” he said thoughtfully. His thumb brushed her jaw. “Maybe it’s time you got out of the driver’s seat.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“It means for once, I’m calling the shots. Put your hands over your head.”
“You heard me. I’m in charge this time. . .”
Earthsinger is coming soon (I promise!) – I just have to put this YA novel to bed and then it’s a done deal. Stay tuned!