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writing update

I have been very busy. It’s mid term for my graduate class and there’s this research paper due Thursday. But I have also been sneaking in a few fiction writing minutes over the last few weeks. Finally finished another scene for We Fit, the sequel to We Three, an erotic romance, emphasis on the romance.

inspiration cover for We Fit
creative inspiration cover for We Fit, sequel to We Three

Thought I’d share a preview.

Elena and Jess walked out of the bedroom. Collecting her laptop from the living room, Elena returned to the dining table to set out breakfast items and found colorfully wrapped packages and envelopes at her place and where Jess usually sat when they ate together. She frowned, but then, lifting the card, she remembered a conversation with Eric about taking a spring trip. He must’ve been able to swing it, she thought. “Jess, come out here for a sec.”

“What’s up?” Jess appeared at the space between the dining table and kitchen entry. “Presents?”

“Presents,” she confirmed. “You’ve got a card.”

“What for?”

Elena had already opened her envelope with a card. “It says ‘All That Jazz’.” She caught a piece of paper that fell from the card. “Oh. I think–oh!” She quickly pointed to Jess’s package. “Jess, open yours.”

Jess stood behind her chair and reached for the package first. Elena could feel her own excitement building as she anticipated the blonde’s reaction to Eric’s gift. Out of the clown-wrapped paper, Jess removed a green and gray sweatshirt.

“When am I going to be able to wear a sweatshirt in Miami?” Jess asked. She turned it around holding the sweatshirt with a big Shamrock between the words “Not Irish, Just Drunk.”

“The card,” Elena said, finally unable to hide her impatient excitement. “Read his card.”

Jess lifted the flap out of the unsealed envelope and removed the card. “All That Jazz,” she read aloud then flipped open the front cover. Elena held her breath. “A plane ticket?”

Elena held up her own. “To Chicago!”

“What’s in Chicago?”

“Eric started as a commercial pilot out of O’Hare. He likes to go back every so often.”

Jess read the ticket information. “March 16. 18. That’s three days?”

“Over St Patrick’s Day,” Elena explained pointing at Jess’s sweatshirt then her own, now unpacked, the gold letters splashed over a green shamrock read: Too cute to pinch. “Eric and I have gone a few times. Now you’ll get to experience it, too. They dye the river green and everything is just…” She stumbled to explain. “You’ll love it,” she finished.

Jess slowly smiled and lifted her gaze from the ticket, meeting Elena’s.. Her green eyes filled with bright sparkles. “I’ve …wow. They put dye in the river? How? I’ve never…This is….he got me a ticket.” She sank to the chair still holding the ticket and shirt.

Yep, I decided the trio needed to take a vacation. Must be all this stuck inside I’m feeling from the pandemic.

~ Lara

making room

In the very beginning, when you’re attracted to someone, just making a space and encouraging them to sit there, next to you, is a wonderful way to show care. It can also be nerve-wracking.

cover for We Three book; three pairs of feet under bedcovers with a window above
We Three book cover

Here’s that very brief moment of Jess seizing upon opportunity in We Three:

Jess looked from Eric to Elena and sipped her shot of chocolate wine. Make a move if you want something, Jess’s mind whispered. She shifted and suggested, “There’s a spot here.” She was glad she had spoken up when Elena accepted the invitation and settled beside her.

In a polyamorous relationship, “making room” can also be shown in feeling comfortable, even loving, toward a metamour — the other person a partner loves. You recognize that the metamour makes your partner very happy, fulfills something in them. And you see love not as a competition.

In We Three, while Eric is also attracted to Jess, he recognizes that her relationship with Elena makes Elena happy and supports that by “making room” for them to have alone time and a good relationship. This exchange shows Eric’s awareness of Elena’s feelings for Jess — and his support of them:

[Elena said] “Awkward. I stayed around here, had a couple drinks, a salad. But… there was no more… I know she would have come back if she could have.”

“So Jess is another you, huh?” Eric knew it was painful for Elena, but he admitted to himself he found it a bit amusing.

“She apologized. She wanted to see me again. I know we already said we’d come out tonight, but…” Elena glanced toward the bar, where Eric saw Jess working, rapidly filling drink orders, standing next to a male bartender. “I don’t know how to start again. The mood changed so fast,” she said.

Elena’s distraction tonight was now fully explained. She’d been trying to watch Jess, to gauge when she could possibly approach her again. It occurred to Eric that he hadn’t seen Jess leave the bar once all night. Their drink orders had been taken and delivered by a redheaded waitress wearing fishnet stockings, a skintight black skirt, and a pink button-up that strained to contain her ample cleavage. He knew Saturdays were probably the busiest night of the week here, but surely the blonde should’ve had a break at some point, like she had the night of the gallery opening?

“The bar’s last call is 2:00 a.m. We can stick around until things close up and she’s off the clock. Then maybe we can talk with her? She had such a good time with us at the house on Monday. I can’t imagine she’s not still interested in spending time together.” He led Elena back to the table. “You like to keep work and play separate. It’s not really hard to imagine she does the same.”

Elena’s eyes gleamed a little then; he’d returned some of her hope. “Yeah.”

“I’m sure it was just a misunderstanding. But being off-balance after an interruption doesn’t make it easy at the time to see all that.”

Her smile was more genuine this time. “I guess you’re right.”

Eric gave his chest an exaggerated pat. “Of course I am.” She did laugh, as he wanted, and he mentally patted himself again for knowing her so well.

What did you think? Share your thoughts about “making room” for someone as a way to show love.

~ Lara

close your eyes

Giving presents are a wonderful indicator of deepening feelings. And a little “close your eyes and hold out your hands” shows you want the recipient to be pleasantly surprised, see the joy of the gift on their face. And it usually means the present is unwrapped, or spur of the moment.

So this is a scene from Valentine’s Day in my WIP, titled We Fit, the sequel to We Three. Eric loves both Elena and Jess, so both of them receive the treatment. Enjoy the polyamory feels.

inspiration cover for We Fit
creative inspiration cover for We Fit, sequel to We Three

“Hello!”

“We’re in here,” Elena said, as she paused the movie she and Jess had decided to watch.

“I want you both to close your eyes, okay?” Eric’s voice was clear, but there was a bunch of sounds like paper rustling in his hands.

“Eric?” Elena asked.

He didn’t come into view. Instead he answered, “Humor me. It’s Valentine’s Day.”

Jess looked at Elena and the two shrugged. “Okay,” Jess replied as both she and the brunette closed their eyes. 

Jess felt a presence behind her shoulders. Mustache-topped lips brushed hers. 

The lips moved to her ear. “Open your eyes.”  

Jess opened her eyes and smiled up at his blue eyes. When she dropped her chin she saw his arm had come around her and he held a bunch of flowers, tangerine colored roses mixed with golden yellow daisies. A tiny golden bear clung to one of the stems. Jess reached out with both hands to gather in the flowers to her chest. A glance to her left showed Elena was smiling softly at her. 

“Thank you,” she whispered to Eric, her smile wide and her cheeks pink with pleasure.

He kissed her head. “You’re welcome.” He straightened. “El, eyes closed.”

Jess laughed as Elena rolled her eyes before closing them. Eric moved to the other side a moment of rustling occurred behind the couch as he stopped and bent before continuing. Jess held her breath as she watched him drop to a knee to present a bunch of red roses interspersed with purple flowers.

“Okay, open your eyes.” Jess watched Elena’s eyes opened and warmed herself at the bright light that came into brown as Elena gathered in the flowers in the same way Jess had. She buried her nose in the bouquet, then lifted her head out with a frown. Rustling in the center with her fingers, she found and withdrew a foil-wrapped nugget on a stick. Elena squealed, “Dulce Tipicos!”

“What’s that?” Jess asked. 

“Puerto Rican traditional candies. This is Pilones Ajonjili, lollipop with sesame.” She held it out to Jess. “Doesn’t it smell wonderful?” Jess sniffed and smiled. Elena popped it in her mouth, lips widening around the stick. 

With Elena’s mouth full, Eric explained, “I found them on my last flight. We branched out with a Puerto Rico leg from and to LaGuardia.”

Elena smacked his shoulder. Eric laughed easily; Elena was clearly teasing.

“I also made reservations at La Taberna Tapas for dinner tonight.”

Elena passed Jess an unwrapped lollipop. Unwrapping it, Jess pressed the lollipop against her tongue. Satisfied by the flavor, she continue to suck on it.

“What time’s our reservation,” Elena asked.

“Seven,” Eric replied. Elena kissed him again then got up from the couch disappeared into the bedroom.

“She’ll be in there until we leave,” Eric said as he settled onto the couch next to Jess.

Leaning back Jess took the lollipop out and said, “It’s good. is it hard to get reservations at this Taverna place?”

“Oh, yeah. But I’ve been planning it since we missed getting in on our anniversary.”

“Wow. Okay. You guys have a great time. Thanks again, for the flowers.”

“Oh, that’s not all for you either,” he said. “I thought you and I could see a Panthers game at the BB&T in a couple days,” Eric said. “I got tickets in a company drawing.”

“I’ll enjoy that.”

He asked, “Are you doing anything with Elena for Valentine’s Day?”

“We sat home today with movies today, and I really liked the relaxing together. But I’m taking her to see an all-women’s band tomorrow,” Jess said.

If you’re wondering, after what I’ve already shared from my WIP, why does this have Eric, Elena and Jess making plans, going out and doing all sorts of things, it takes place before any “pandemic context” scenes. It is an unfortunate fact that Florida (and most of the U.S.) didn’t start closing down to fight the virus until March 2020. This is a scene from mid-February (Valentine’s Day) when things were not yet closed. Let me know in the comments what you thought.

~ Lara