Release Launch and Giveaway ~ Above The Noise by Michelle Kemper Brownlow
hands were on my waist and clutching the untucked flannel she’d told me was a
hot wardrobe choice earlier that evening. I dropped one hand to the small of
her back and pressed her against where I ached for her the most. Both our
chests heaved, and we gasped for air, though neither of us moved any closer.
slid her hands under the t-shirt I had on under my flannel. Her soft, warm
hands swept across my sides and up my back until she was holding onto my
shoulders from behind. Her nails dug in; not enough to break the skin but just
enough to buckle my knees slightly. There was a fire ignited in both of us
during those few moments, one that would be nearly impossible to squelch.
She spoke between a couple deep breaths.
want to kiss you so badly.” She pulled back a little and looked up at me.
I was speechless at how far she’d climbed into my soul without even kissing me.
“I’d like that an awful lot, but I want you to let me know when you’re ready.”
never been too picky about the guys I make out with.” She rolled her eyes and
turned away from me a little as if she was embarrassed.
I drew out the word and chuckled completely out of discomfort. I had no idea
where she was going with that comment.
listen a minute. That gets old. It makes kissing as easy as—as dancing with
someone. And, I read somewhere that kissing can actually be more intimate than
sex. I think that’s what I want. I don’t want it to come too soon. I want to
ache for it.” She blinked away the apprehension I sensed in her voice then
smiled my favorite shy smile.
you ache for me, Becki?” Yeah, I did that on purpose; pulled the sexy romance
novel line right out of my head. She dropped her head back and groaned. We both
burst out laughing, and I continued walking her to the door to the building.
mean it, Calon. You only had to turn me down a couple of times to make me
reconsider giving away something so intimate, so quickly.” She looked away
again and shivered a little in the cool night air. I’d never seen her so unsure
of herself. She was letting down her walls.
took off my flannel and draped it over her shoulders then ducked down to catch
her offset gaze. “Becki, I want you to know I haven’t kissed anyone since
mentioning making out with my best friend just moments after we almost kiss for
the first time just docked you a couple points.” She poked me in the chest.
“Second, dude, that was like two years
ago. You can’t be serious.” She shook her head in disbelief then let it fall
against my chest.
One, I’m sorry for mentioning it. Second, yes, I’m serious.” I needed to touch
her again, so I wrapped my arms around her and pulled her into me, making it
look like it was partially to keep her warm when really it was a sure way to
feel her against my body again. “I have no doubt a kiss between you and me,
whenever it happens, will be worth the wait. You’re worth the wait.”
felt her sigh, and she shook her head against my chest, then pushed herself
away from me slowly. “Look, smooth talkin’ rock star, I’ve got a huge exam
tomorrow, so you need to go home. Now. I won’t be able to sleep if you stay
here getting all deep and shit.”
sorry for getting all deep and shit.”
like your deep shit. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t ask you to take me to dinner
I chuckled at how weird she could be. “Okay, then go! Go study. I’ll see you
tomorrow. For dinner.”
shared one last way-too-sensual hug, then she bounced through the door and she
was gone. I floated home, just me and all my deep shit.
Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.