Well, now, it was writing time, but I wouldn’t say it was one of my finest moments. It’s so difficult to get back into the swing of things when you’re tired and you know you have a few thousand words ahead of you to get done before you get into your personal stuff. Yeah, busy weekends mean it’s busy catch up time on the novel front.
This means I was able to get just a few words over five hundred into the bank before I decided they weren’t coming any more and it was time for bed. That’s not a lot, but I think–think, mind you–that things will go better tonight. Besides, I have a goal to shoot towards–
Yes, I’m one thousand, seven hundred, and fifty-five words away from hitting one hundred thousand words for the third time, and I’d like to hit this by Friday night, because that will stay with my current rate of cranking out about five thousand words a week. As if it, it looks as if I’ll reach that milestone in the next scene, because this one is just about over.
So . . . Annie talking about sex–you know, that sex. When I was last here I left off with a question by Deanna that, to me, feels like a good place to start up once again–
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
Deanna chose her next words carefully, because she didn’t want to make Annie overwrought. “Do you think it’s possible that either you or Kerry will have—sex with someone else before your marriage?”
Annie’s calm expression never changed. “No.”
Deanna leaned towards her. “I can understand you knowing your feelings, but Kerry—”
“You don’t think he would?”
This time Annie’s calm began to shift into one of slight disbelief. “I said no, Deanna.” Before the seer could query the matter further, Annie shifted around so she was looking over the back of the sofa. “Do you see Kerry out there?”
Deanna spotted him right away, dancing in his own clumsy, flapping about with the rhythm way with Nadine. “Yes.”
“You noticed how Nadine asked me if she could dance with Kerry?”
“How could I not?”
“She did that because she respects our relationship, because she respects us both—” Annie turned back to her normal seated position so she was once again facing Deanna. “She did that because she respects me, because she didn’t want to impose herself by violating our personal boundaries.
“But did you notice what Kerry did? He waited to see what I would say. If I’d have said no, he’d have been as good with that answer as he was when I said yes. He did that because he not only loves me, but he respects me.” She slipped her hands together and rested them against her thighs as she now leaned towards the seer. “There is only one girl Kerry will lose his virginity to, and I am that girl. There are no others.”
I know what you’re saying: “She’s only thirteen, how the hell does she know that?” Because, I know, hormones and all that, Kerry has them, and they’ve been known to lead even the strongest willed boy astray.
But Annie is a different kind of thirteen year old girl. There is something I know that you don’t–which is my normal mantra, “I know something you don’t”–and this very adult understanding of her soul mate might seem strange in other girls her age–who are often losing their shit over the fact that some guy they like was seen hanging out with another girl–it’s not strange for Annie.
And in case you’re wondering, “When will we learn why Annie is so different from other thirteen year old girls?” I can tell you: sometime in the beginning of the D Level novel. Say . . . four hundred thousand words from now? Hang in their, kids.
This last statement has Deanna asking another question . . .
She appreciated Annie’s conviction in feeling that Kerry will be her first, and he hers, but Deanna knew there were other pressures at school that could skew that dream. “You don’t believe there’s anyone here that could tempt him?”
Annie glanced over her right shoulder towards where Emma stood speaking with a group of girls. “There are no other distractions—” She turned back to Deanna and deftly crossed her legs. “—worth mentioning.”
Ding, Ding, Ding. What’s that, Emma? Oh, that’s the elevator, ’cause you’re not on the same level as Annie. In short, she just laid a bit of, “Bitch can suck it,” smack on her, and that’s that. She gives zero shits about The Ginger From Bolder and doesn’t consider her a concern. And in case anyone has any questions–and I know they’ll come–watch Chapter Twelve. It’s coming. Yes, it is.
Where does this leave us?
Deanne decided not to press the issue further because she knew the discussion would return to the same point each time, and now that Annie’s beliefs were out in the open, there was little point in continuing to examine them. “If that is true, then we’re back at the beginning: you’re afraid you’ll both falter and give into weakness.”
Annie cast her sight downward for a moment. “Yes. That second vision seemed to indicate the possibility exists.”
“But you’re forgetting something—” Deanna held up her finger for emphases. “The second vision could be wrong. You weren’t far enough along in that vision to witness the outcome, so it is entirely possible that you weren’t going to engage in . . .” She cleared her throat. “That act.” Deanna expected the girl to respond, but saw something in her body language that indicated that whatever she was going to saw, it wouldn’t come without prodding. “You felt something, didn’t you?”
Almost five seconds passed before Annie nodded slowly. “This last summer was far more difficult than I expected.”
Deanna said nothing; not asking questions at this moment was the key to getting her to open up. “Please tell me.”
Yeah, tell us, Annie; tell us how difficult this last summer was. Because it sounds like The Chestnut Girl isn’t completely immune to her own feelings, which is why she’s having this conversation.
Looks like I have a summer to recollect ahead of me . . .