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Friday, November 9, 2012

Autumn's Harvest - Chris and Josh

A touching fall moment from Josh and Chris from Dear Diary

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“I have a present for you,” Josh said in a soft voice. He sounded excited and I swear, his excitement was always contagious. I’d been sneaking tiny slices of Mom’s homemade apple pie. I felt his arms wrap around my waist and his body press against my back. It made me stop what I was doing because hugs from him were better than any kind of homemade anything.
“A present, huh?”
I turned around—still in his arms, still feeling his warmth, even through my fleece pullover—and I saw him grinning. The smile was so genuine, so sincere and full of life, it made his green eyes sparkle.
“I don’t see anything… unless a kiss from you is my present.”
“You’re such a cornball, Chris,” Josh said, rolling his eyes. “Come on. It’s in your room.”
“Even better,” I teased.
Josh grabbed my hand and pulled me away from the hot apple pie I’d just cut into. I think I might’ve whimpered a bit, but he didn’t notice. Whatever this present was seemed to be a lot more important than my watering mouth.
Our feet thudded in unison as we pounded up the stairs to my bedroom. My dad was lying on the couch watching the game and didn’t even notice. We charged down the hall, past the noise blaring from my little sister’s room. It sounded like Cassie was watching cartoons. Mom always took Saturday to go shopping, so she was nowhere in sight. Everyone was completely occupied and suddenly, I felt a whole lot more excited about this “present” Josh wanted to give me. Not saying my boyfriend was some sort of horndog or anything, but his “gifts” usually ended up with one or both of us naked. We just usually didn’t mess around in my parents’ house.
Since I’d become so much more comfortable in my sexuality and where we stood as a couple, I didn’t mind those surprise interludes with him. In fact, I sort of looked forward to it. And now that I’d graduated from high school and we were all set to go to the same college, I knew I could look forward to even more playtime with the guy who’d made me realize what love and sexuality was all about.
After we were both safely inside my bedroom, I closed and locked the door behind us. Josh stood in front of my bed, still grinning from ear to ear. I couldn’t resist going in for a kiss. There was something about the glistening of his lips, something about their softness and fullness, that made me crave a taste almost as much as I’d been craving that pie.
I grabbed him by his denim-covered hips and pulled him toward me so hard he stumbled, and when he did, his lips planted directly on mine. He purred the moment our mouths connected. Both our eyes closed immediately. I licked across his lips and he opened wide enough for my tongue to slip inside his mouth.
The coolness of his palms collided with the warmth of my skin as he slid his hands up the back of my pullover. The feel of it made me hiss against his mouth, and that stupid hiss made him pull his lips away from mine.
“What?”  he asked, with a tone of worry that was absolutely unmistakable.
“Nothing,” I responded, leaning back in for another taste.
“Your present.” His lips fluttered against mine as he spoke those few airy words.
But I thought I already had my present. Wasn’t it in my arms?
“Chris,” he said as he pressed his palms to my pecs and eased me back before I could devour his mouth again. “Don’t you want to see what I got for you?”
With a sigh, I resigned myself to the idea of not being able to taste his mouth again until I let him give me this present… whatever it was. Not that I didn’t appreciate the gesture, but with the two of us getting ready to start our fall semester in a few weeks, I didn’t want to lose any valuable time with him. I was starting as a freshman and Josh a sophomore. He’d already warned me that freshman year was tough and I wouldn’t get to be with him as much as I liked, so I valued every second I had with him now.
“Okay. Okay,” I finally said. “Give me the present.”
He beamed and bounced over toward my bed. There was a large cardboard box waiting there, with a big maroon bow on top. He grabbed it by the corners and whirled around to put into my waiting hands. It was weighty, but not incredibly heavy, and I gave it a little shake.
“Just open it,” he said.
Holding the box steady in one hand, I peeled back the corner and inside was a huge mound of that thin white papery stuff people packed in shirt boxes to either hide a smaller present or to protect the clothes inside. I carefully lifted one flap back, and beyond the paper I saw a maroon swatch of cloth with the word “State” in gray letters. It was from the school Josh and I would be attending together.
“I couldn’t let you go off to college without something warm and school-spirited to wear,” he said.
The box fell away, and in my hands was a thick hooded sweatshirt . “Oh my God, Josh,” I gasped. “You didn’t have to do this.”
“I knew how bad you wanted one.”
“But they were so expensive.”
“No, it wasn’t too bad. I’m a student so I get a decent discount.”
“Thanks, Josh,” I said as I pulled him into a tight hug.
I held on to my boyfriend for a long while, not only because I loved how holding him made me feel, but because I really wanted him to know how much I appreciated what he’d done for me. Sure, it was a small token of his love, but wasn’t it the small tokens that always had the biggest impact? It seemed to be between us. I suppose that was one of the many things that made him so incredibly special to me.





pat nelson said...

Beautiful excerpt! I love it! ;)

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michelle lopez said...

Ali as always you bring the character to life and love Chis and Josh. It's such a pure sweet love.

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Urb said...

Soo romantic! A hug is better than homemade anything!

Thanks for the excerpt!

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Eva said...

Love it!!

Thank you for the giveaway!!


Catherine Lee said...

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Elie said...

I love reading about things that go bump in the night this time of year. Thanks for the fun!


Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
I love fall!
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Cassandra said...

I love what I read :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Shar Simms said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


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Thanks for the awesome excerpt and giveaway!

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Sassy Chassy said...

Loved this! I want to read more!


gigi said...

Love the excerpt! Have to read this one.


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Kaci Verdun said...

I love the fall because of the football games and tailgating with friends and family! And of course having a campfire with roasted hotdogs! Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!

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JanD said...

Sweet excerpt.
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Liese2 said...

Great excerpt!
I love the cooler weather and the changing colors of the leaves in autumn.
Thanks for the chance!

Patches said...

I love the crisp air as it wraps around you and adds that extra step


Nay Nay said...

My favorite thing about Autumn/Fall is the changing color of the leaves, orange, yellow, red, even purple. They are so pretty. My least favorite thing is raking up those pretty leaves. LOL I love to curl up by the fire and read a hot romance book on a cold fall evening. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
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Miriam Whitewolf said...

where i live i love to watch the mountains changing colors. thanks for joining the hop. Miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

Loveless3173 said...

OMG... This was so beautiful. Ooh~ please count me in! I'd just love a chance to win to read their story!! please~~ lol...

Thank you!
Ah, I love the colors of Fall. They're just beautiful. And the air is like... relaxing. I don't quite know how to explain it... it gives me a sense of Melancholy but.. in a good way.. LOL.


Sharon Goodenough said...

I love autumn with all the brilliant colors: oranges, yellows and reds of leaves. I love crisp, cool mornings where the sky is so blue it looks endless and the air is so fresh in your lungs. I love snuggling up in a warm throw on a cold autumn day with a good book. Of course, I love snuggling up with a good book about anytime of the year. I love Thanksgiving because it is a time to remember all the many blessings in my life and express thanks. I love baking spicy pumpkin pies with dollops of cream.

I like stories of the unexpected. I also love the steamy passion but I hate mentioning favorite authors because the list is long. I appreciate the many styles authors use to weave stories of mystery, love, intrigue, preternatural and inspiration. I love reading because I can go anywhere, any time in my mind and imagine indescribable things.

Thank you for this contest and the opportunity to be introduced to new authors.

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Carla said...

Thanks for joining in the hop. It was great to be introduced to your work.
My favorite part about autumn is that the cool weather gives me the perfect excuse to keep my oven full of yummy deliciousness that I really can't do during two of the three other seasons. I love the feeling of being able to have yummy stuff baking while I nestle in with a good read.

LisaRayns said...

It looks awesome!

I love the colors in Autumn. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Jyl22075 said...

I LOVE the excerpt!

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ellasmommy06 said...

I love the excerpt, thank you for sharing!

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Michelle said...

I think this is very good...



Cindy Hardwell said...

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing!