|I'm suddenly really hungry for some cookie-robots|
This draft took a little bit more to write. While the character didn't argue with me too much, Effie is incredibly bitter and stubborn. The middle part of the book fought me until she agreed for the romance to progress and wow, I wrote an incredible first kiss! If I do say so myself. It's smexy! I really enjoyed writing Effie, who is a siren, and her eventual love with Galen, an extremely rare genie. They were great characters with some wonderful chemistry! The ending got incredibly dark and I scared myself a little bit with it, but it's a shocker!
Here's a little sneak peak of "The Damned":
I hung my head slightly before heading over to the register, feeling a bit ridiculous when I realized I'd skipped over. Galen's eyes shimmered in the light from the handing bulbs and the sunlight hitting the glass of the display case.
"How can I help you today?" I bit my lip to keep from grinning like an idiot.
"Hmm... I don't know if you can help me, but I would like a half-caf double espresso latte with skim milk, two pumps of vanilla flavoring, one pack of Sweet and Low, and two pumps of coconut. Think you can make it?"
"I don't know, sir. You did order a very complicated drink. I'm not sure my old tremor ridden hands can make such a delicate drink. Would you prefer a pure sugar IV with a dose of caffeine?"
Galen laughed warmly. His hands folded together on the counter and I had a strong urge to grab his fingers, just to feel his warmth. The light scent of his cologne hit me as he adjusted his position and a slight breeze came in from the window. "Nope, I'd like to change my order. I'd like a regular dark roast coffee with four pumps of caramel. Yeah, that's much easier and a bit sweeter."
I couldn't stop the laugh from escaping my lips. "You have a bit of sweet tooth."
"Hey, if I were ever a criminal, I make it my goal in life to steal all of the sugar in the world and I'd call myself 'The Sweet Tooth'. It sounds very official."
I rang up his order, taking his card from between his two fingers. My fingertips gently brushed his and I swore I saw actual sparks. Galen stood up straight and tucked the card back into his wallet when I finished.
"When are you finished with your shift? I thought we could have dinner."
"I'm done in an hour. You wanna wait for me?"
Galen nodded. "I've been waiting for you for a long time. I just didn't know it."
Yes, Galen is a bit of a smoother talker, though once you find out more about him, he is totally allowed to use those cheesy lines. :) Hope you liked it! I still need to celebrate finishing writing it - maybe I'll have some ice cream later and watch The Goonies. I love me some Chunk and his great lines.
Now, I have two weeks to relax until November 1st and National Novel Writing Month - coming in a post soon!