Saturday, August 1, 2009
Here it is, the "official" book excerpt!
“You have a rock quarry?”
The fresh rain water inside the stone barrier was a glorious mushroom blue, the surface still and unaffected as the breeze was blocked by the large rock walls surrounding it.
“Let’s sit over there,” he pointed to an expanse of grass growing along the side, shaded by several large trees.
We reached the spot and he removed the tote on my shoulder, pulling it from my arm. I watched as he plopped the satchel onto the ground and dug inside, removing a thick blanket and then carefully spreading it out.
I sat down when he finished, laying on my back and lifting my arms over my head. The sky above was gray with heavy clouds, the sun barely visible. Amazingly, the temperature wasn’t as hot, the air far less humid.
“I could spend an entire summer out here,” I murmured, closing my eyes and basking in the serenity of this heavenly warm place.
Caleb nestled next to me, an arm coming around and fingers brushing against my stomach. I opened my eyes and he was leaning over me, weight balanced on his elbow.
“Emma,” he breathed my name like a caress, a promise, face descending and lips brushing tenderly against mine.
I knew then that my surprise wasn’t the quarry but something else all together. This was the last time we would have before I was sent away, the only time we could be completely alone. My heart began to race and my body began to tremble.
“Are you afraid?” he whispered, lifting away.
“I am,” I nodded, swallowing, “But only because I don’t know what to expect.”
“You don’t have to be afraid, Emma. I’ll be as soft as moonlight with you.”