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Moonlight and Merlot

July 6, 2010

The continuing saga of the lives, loves and heartbreaks of the residents of Dion Valley, CA.

As with all the best things in life, this is for adults only.


“Bored, bored, bored,” Phoebe softly sang to herself as she lay sprawled out on her bed, staring up at the ceiling.

The Xanax was kicking in nicely and the bottle of her family’s Reserve Zinfandel made it even better. But, it was no fun being all alone. There was nothing to do. No one to talk to.

In truth, there was a party going on downstairs and the drawing room, the den, the library, the sunroom and the atrium were all filled with her parents’ friends and business associates. If she left her room, she’d have plenty of people to talk to. Not that she wanted to talk to any of them. Even if her father wasn’t in one of his usual anal snits. They were all so boring.

“Boring, boring, boring,” she sang.

She should go out. Do something. It was early – barely nine! – and there was no reason she should be stuck at home.

“Zack,” she said, and reached for her cell phone. The phone refused to open and Phoebe beat it against her bed. “Come on you bitch,” she muttered, trying to pry it open. It finally heeded her command and opened, but instead of dialing, she sat staring at the glowing screen.

Maybe she didn’t want to see Zach. She’s just seen him less than an hour ago. Maybe that was enough for tonight. She frowned at the phone. So, then, if she didn’t want to see Zach, what did she want to do?

“Nick,” she practically purred and hugged the cell phone to her chest. Yes, definitely Nick. She laughed out loud picturing the look on his face if she showed up at the Diner. Oh, he would totally hate that!

“Too much fun,” she giggled and rolled out of bed. She stood up too quickly and the room swam, but after a few deep breaths, everything was copacetic once again.

“Copacetic,” she said aloud, liking the sound and feel of the word in her mouth. She swallowed the last of wine in one large gulp. Everything was good. Going to see Nick was a fantastic idea. She wished she had thought of it earlier.

Phoebe pursed her lips, trying to remember the last time she had seen Nick. It had been a long time. Months at least. Maybe not even since the Harvest Festival. Her face screwed up at the thought. That was a night she did not like to remember.

But seeing him tonight would make it all better. And she knew, underneath it all, he wanted to see her too. Of course he did! How could he not?

[Until next Tuesday…]

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2010 3:46 pm

    I enjoyed this excerpt very much! It flowed perfectly, and was very real and easy to picture. You gave great details re: her desperation. I’d love to know what happens next!

    Julie Johnson

    • July 6, 2010 3:51 pm

      You are very kind. Thank you so much for stopping by this week!

  2. July 6, 2010 5:00 pm

    This is my first time reading “Moonlight and Merlot”. I actually found it very easy to jump right in here! That’s definitely a strength for a serial. I found this excerpt quite humorous, and I can definitely tell that Phoebe has drugged herself up a little too much. Can’t wait til next Tuesday! I may actually go back and read the rest to find out what happened at the Harvest Festival…

    • July 7, 2010 8:30 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by Ruth! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Madison Woods permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:31 pm

    Copacetic. Love that word and haven’t ever seen it used in writing. Only heard it in speech, so it was like seeing an old friend here now 🙂 Great scene and I didn’t see anything to suggest unless you didn’t mean to use ‘board’ in the first line with the other ‘bored’s’ 🙂

    Looking forward to next week’s teaser!

    • July 8, 2010 8:18 am

      Crap! So much for my proofreading skills. Thanks for letting me know. And thanks as always for stopping by!

  4. Jess Schira permalink
    July 10, 2010 9:15 pm

    I know, I’m late. But I swear I read this as soon as I could. That being said, I loved this teaser Tuesday sample. It’s very fluid and relatable. I loved the part about beating the cell phone, that is something I’ve done a million times.

    I’m looking forward to reading your next excerpt.

    Happy Writing.

    • July 11, 2010 6:28 am

      Late or not, thank you for stopping by! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  5. July 12, 2010 1:46 pm

    I have the feeling that Phoebe is up to no good.
    Looking forward to the next installment!


    • July 12, 2010 8:55 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Casey! I’m so glad you are enjoying it!


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