In celebration of St. Valentine's Day,
I've entered a Romance Blogfest.
We're supposed to post a scene where two people meet who will eventually get together and fall in love.
My post is from the third book of the original series titled:
Taming the Heart
After many revisions and a plot change, it is now known as The Crystor and this part of the story will never be published. I still like it and might work it into another book some day. Warning: This is rough and not my best. Enjoy.
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One sluggish step after another, I pushed myself as quickly as I could until the sweat running down my face began to freeze. I was on the outskirts of town now, a barren stretch of road that had little traffic. Desperate to quicken my speed, I stepped from the side of the road and walked in the rut left by a single vehicle that had passed moments before. I’d only taken a few steps, when I heard the engine of another vehicle approaching. I hopped up on the curb, just in time to be caught in the blizzard caused by a red jeep. The mixture of clean fresh snow mingled with the muddy slush underneath hit the side of my body with enough force to send me into a snow bank.
Without thinking, I jumped to my feet and yelled. “Idiot!”
The brake lights on the jeep lit up as he slid to a stop. When he threw it in reversed, I swore. “That’s just great. Now you’re gonna come back here and kick my butt.”
I tried to brush some of the damage off my coat and pants, but it was already beginning to freeze. I pulled my stocking cap further down over my ears and when the jeep pulled up next to me, I turned and walked away.
“Hey, are you alright?” A deep male voice called from inside the jeep.
I pretended not to hear him, but as I kept walking I continued listening behind me. I heard him pull on the emergency brake and open the squeaky door. When the snow behind me crunched under his footsteps I turned around to face him.
“Leave me alone.”
He put his hands up in surrender. “I just wanted to make sure you’re okay. I didn’t see you.”
“Are you blind? I guess I should feel lucky you didn’t run me over.” I spun around on the ice and started walking again.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “If it would help, I can give you a ride.” His voice seemed kind and sincere.
I stopped and took in a cold breath of air. I was tired, I was late and now I was wet. If I didn’t get my car I would have to walk all the way back to the house like this. I wasn’t sure I had it in me. I slowly turned around to find his warm brown eyes watching my every move. Could I trust him? Would I once again be making a mistake that would ruin my life? I had to smile inside at that question. What life? How much worse could this possibly get?
“Do you have the time?” I finally asked.
He looked at me curiously then pushed up the sleeve of his coat. “I have 1:52.”
I motioned to his jeep. “Can that thing get me to C & D Towing before two?”
“Sure, as long as I don’t find anymore women walking down the middle of the road,” he teased.
I didn’t respond, just walked past him, opened the passenger side door and climbed in.
Well, that's it. Not the best writing I've ever done, but I didn't want to post something that might be published some day.
Now, go visit these blogs and read what the other participants wrote for the Blogfest.