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Moonlight and Merlot

August 24, 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.


Lela and Nick rode together in comfortable silence back down into town. It wasn’t long before they got to the Diner parking lot.

Lela pulled up alongside Nick’s bike and turned off the engine. The light of the moon streamed into the car and Lela felt the unease rise in her chest once more. That awkward, uncomfortable feeling that something was just not right.

“Nick,” she said, looking out the windshield at the stars. “I think…” she tilted her head to the side trying to find the words to give voice to that feeling.

“What?” he asked, taking hold of her shoulder and turning her so that she faced him. “Lela?”

“I think I might have forgotten something,” she said. This was awful. She couldn’t mess this up. She just couldn’t. She’d been waiting all her life to do this spell – well the last year at least – and everything had to perfect. It had to be right. It had to work.

“Forgotten what?” he asked.

“If I knew that, it wouldn’t be forgotten would it?” she said.

“Whoa,” he said, massaging her shoulder. “Slow down. I don’t know what you’re talking about. What do you think you might have forgotten?”

Lela took a deep breath and tried to get herself back under control. She also tried to ignore the comforting weight of Nick’s hand on her shoulder. It was doing nothing to ease her pounding heart. In fact, it only made it beat harder. “I have this feeling,” she said and pressed her hands to her stomach. “That something is wrong. That I’ve forgotten something and because of that the spell is not going to work.” She looked at him with desperate eyes. “It’s been plaguing me all night and I can’t figure out what it is!” She gave a cry of total frustration and raked her fingers through her hair.

“Hey,” he said. “Don’t do that.” He managed to get her hands untangled from her hair and held them tightly. “That is not going to fix whatever it is you think is wrong,” he said, squeezing her hands for emphasis.  “Let’s go over it together, okay? Maybe we can figure it out.”

“Okay, “she said, nodding her head. This was good. Positive. If anyone could help her figure out what was wrong it was Nick. She trusted him implicitly. “I haven’t done much yet cause the spell can’t actually be done for another couple of days. Not until the night of the Solstice. But I did begin some of the preparations.”

“All right,” he said, his thumbs gently caressing the backs of her hands as she spoke. “What kind of preparations?”

“Well,” she said, looking down at their joined hands. “I anointed the altar with the essential oils, placed sprigs of grapes at the base, said a prayer for guidance.” She paused. What else had she done? “I think that’s it.”

“Good,” he said, and shifted in his seat, moving closer to her. His hands moved up her arms, circling her wrists, her forearms, her elbows. “Is that what you usually do before a spell?”

“Most of the stuff I need to do has to wait until the actual night to be done,” she said. She was really liking his gentle touch, the feel of his hands on her skin. A little too much in fact.

“So there really isn’t anything that you could have forgotten,” he said. He lifted her chin with his finger to meet her eyes. “Right?”

Lela nodded, unable to hold his gaze. His face was really close to hers and her cheeks were getting really warm and her heartbeat kicked up another notch and more than anything else she didn’t want him to know that she was being such a silly, stupid girl when all he was trying to do was help her. Be her friend.

“Lela,” he said, trying to catch her eye. “Look at me.”

She did as he asked. A second later, his lips touched hers.

[Until next Tuesday…]

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2010 4:36 pm

    All right! I love the smooching.

    Very good write, Lisa. Nice tension. I look forward to next week.

    • August 24, 2010 4:40 pm

      Thanks Casey! The whole smooching thing really took me by surprise. Who knows what they’ll do next!

  2. August 25, 2010 4:32 am

    The Diner should get some really good security cameras and then sell tickets to screenings of the goings on in the parking lot. Hot town and hot people. I believe her spell is working just fine.


  3. Madison Woods permalink
    August 25, 2010 1:06 pm

    Loved it Lisa. I’m anxiously waiting for this spell to get kicking, lol. One spot where you’re missing a word, when she cries in frustration and runs her hands through her hair. Looking forward to next week 🙂

    • August 25, 2010 1:16 pm

      Thanks Madison! And thank you for always reading so closely!


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