Meetings? Bleh.

Since I forgot to get this together last night, being otherwise occupied by one of my muses, I’m going to forego any chit-chat and get straight to my WIPpet. Herewith, the first 9 paragraphs (short) from Chapter 4 of Crossing Paths: Which we haven’t visited in quite some time. Rainie has just arrived at her boss’s office for a morning meeting she’d rather not be at.

A new girl sat behind the reception desk. She looked the type who would snap her gum while waiting for an answer, except that Richard Longtree didn’t allow gum chewing by his office personnel. As a matter of fact, he allowed nothing but extreme professionalism, which explained the look of disdain Miss Holier Than Thou swept over Rainie’s attire. Jeans, t-shirt, leather jacket and biker boots were obviously not high on her list of acceptable clothing.

“Richard’s expecting me,” Rainie said.

“Mr. Longtree is currently unavailable.” She directed a glance at her monitor. “What did you say your name was?”

I didn’t, priss. “Rain Kallister.”

The woman studied her monitor without wrinkling a single part of her face. Rainie wondered how that could even be possible without the use of Botox. “I’m sorry, I don’t see anything on Mr. Longtree’s schedule. If you care to take a seat, I can see if he has any openings this afternoon.”

“Forget it.” Rainie headed back to the elevator. “Tell him I was here. I don’t really feel like playing games today.”

The elevator doors slid open before her finger reached the button and Rainie’s stomach did that little flip-flop thing it always did when she came face to face with Richard. Even after all these years, he made her feel like a school girl crushing on the drop dead gorgeous professor. The fact she knew every inch of his toned body with or without clothing didn’t help any. And the possessive way his dark blue eyes traveled across her sent every one of her nerves into an aching, tingly mess. Similar, she guessed, to wrapping up a bunch of live electrical wires and turning the juice on.

Pull it together, woman.

“You weren’t leaving, were you?” The barest hint of an Irish accent touched his rich voice, and slid down Rainie’s spine turning to gel any part of her not already a mushy mess.

I really need to spend some more time with Rainie and Ethan. They’re languishing.

Okay, now go forth and WIPpet!

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35 Comments:

  1. I love that description of the effect Richard has on Rainie! And he’s Irish? Don’t blame her for being mush!

  2. Guess I must’ve missed something you posted earlier. My bad. Does this excerpt mean you’ve switched to writing contemporary romance, or that you’re expanding your fantasy horizons a bit? Or is this part of a different genre all together? Curious minds, y’know….

  3. My stomach did a flip-flop too reading paragraph number 7. Plus Richard has a slight Irish accent – turning up the heat good and proper there! This is a really vivid and great scene. I love the way you switch between WIPs and you certainly have enough to choose from. 🙂

    • Sometimes I think I have too many to choose from. 🙁 But I’m consistently writing, so that must be a good thing.

      I’m glad Richard gets to you as well. Hee, hee.

  4. Wooo weeee. I agree with what everyone said about Richard. I wonder if she’ll actually get on that elevator or just melt right there as I would have done. Though I love this: “Forget it.” Rainie headed back to the elevator. “Tell him I was here. I don’t really feel like playing games today.”

    • I won’t ruin it for you by telling you what happens. Hee, hee. Richard was supposed to be a minor player in the book, but he’s being rather assertive.

  5. Ooo… Do we get to see the boss scold the snotty receptionist at some point? That would be fun. Does Richard know he does that? Is it intentional and manipulative? Or is he just clueless? Or maybe cluefully clueless?

    • Does Richard know his effect on Rainie? Yeah, I’m sure. Well, not 100%, but they did have a fling. He would have liked it to go on, Rainie . . . it’s complicated. He cares for her deeply though which makes it hard all the way around. Especially since he’s the boss and the line of work she’s in . . .

      • Aah… I see. I gathered the fling bit. After all, there are only so many ways you can get to know someone that thoroughly, and most people don’t find convalescent care sexy. 😛 Complicated makes for good stories. 🙂

        • LOL Yeah, although there might have been some reciprocal convalescent care in their history, it certainly wouldn’t account for the attraction. 😉

      • Aah… I see. I gathered the fling bit. After all, there are only so many ways you can get to know someone that thoroughly, and most people don’t find convalescent care sexy. 😛 Complicated makes for good stories. 🙂

  6. I’m just sorry I don’t get the chance to see Miss Priss’s expression as Rainie walks back to Richard’s office–clearly expected and ON the calendar, despite her “distressing” appearance, 😉

    And yea… I think I would probably melt some in Rain’s shoes too. If only because there is so much history there.

  7. Wow! I’m always impressed on Wednesdays here on your blog. Well done! I was easily absorbed into your story. 😀

  8. Nice excerpt, very well written! I don’t usually like paranormal fantasy, but I really like Rainie. Go with it!

  9. S.m.o.k.i.n.g.
    Did the air conditioner cut out. Whew!

  10. LOL, I loved the lines “The woman studied her monitor without wrinkling a single part of her face. Rainie wondered how that could even be possible without the use of Botox.” I have to admit, when Richard appeared at the elevator and Rainie turned to mush, I was thinking “Hmm… fifty shades-like?” 😛

    • I actually saw a woman like that once. It was fascinating. Most people have varied facial contortions while looking at a monitor, even if they’re just playing solitaire. Her . . . nothing.

      50 Shades, huh? Well, can’t say I ever read it, or I ever will, but I do find it interesting how much of that response this scene generated.

  11. I may have melted a bit there too. Mmmmm. Sorry, I was lost at Irish accent. 😉 Great excerpt

  12. I loved this! The description of Miss Priss was awesome, and I was strongly reminded of Emily Blunt’s character in The Devil Wear’s Prada. I really enjoyed Rainie’s reaction to her and don’t blame her for behaving that way one bit. And last, but not least, I think my stomach may have flip flopped a little as well. If I could figure out how to insert gifs in comics there would be one of a girl fanning herself right here.

    • It’s been a while since I saw Devil Wear’s Prada — I’d have to look that up, but I’ll take your word for it. If you ever figure out how to put gifs in comments, let me know. Sure would come in handy!

  13. I must borrow two words from Mr. Takei. “Oh, my…” I want this. Now. I wants it all. I wants to read. Here’s all my money. Take it. (Okay, maybe not all of it, but a good chunk.)

  14. yummy…mmmm yummy gooblie glob of a mess lol I do like that she’s so out of place in the beginning yet still so strong and confident and doesn’t feel awkward. She just kind of knows who she is and doesn’t give a crap if anyone else doesn’t like it. That’s good…gold good =D

  15. Great scene, Kathi. Glad to see you haven’t lost your stuff while I’ve been away. 😉

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