Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Blog Tour Excerpt: Next August by Kelly Moore
"Would you just get in before we are swept away?"
She squints at me. "Say please."
I want to throw her over my knee and spank her for being so defiant, but that’s probably not the best way to win her back. "Please. Will you get in the truck?"
To my surprise, she climbs into the truck. I close the umbrella and throw it in the truck bed. When I get in, she’s leaning against the passenger door. She looks ready for battle.
"Why are you here?" she asks.
For a moment, all I can do is stare at her. She’s that beautiful. I wonder if she’s been as miserable as I have been. God, I have missed her.
"Did you come all this way just to gawk at me?" she asks. "Or do you actually have something you want to say?"
"I was an idiot."
"I behaved very poorly. I’m very sorry."
I should have known she wasn’t going to let me off easy. "I’ve been desolate since you left."
"Desolate." She snorts. "Try another word."
"I know what the fuck it means. I want you to say something more human!"
I grit my teeth. "Heartbroken." She’s not giving me an inch, so I refuse to give her a centimeter. "Watch your mouth."
To my surprise, she burst out laughing. "What’s so funny?"
"You. You come here to apologize, yet you still want to control me. Telling me what to say. Please. Whatever comes out of my mouth, it’s my choice."
I move closer to her. "You know how to do better things than say nasty words. I know what that mouth can do. And it’s not always about what comes out of it. What about what goes in it?"
She leans in closer. "I don’t think you want my mouth on any part of your body right now." She tries to open the door. I grab her from behind and pull her toward me.
"I’m sorry, Nash. I love you." When I whisper, she stops moving.
"I need you," I continue. "My life is worth nothing without you. I was a total asshole. But I recognize it. I’ll try to change. For you, I’ll do anything."