First off, I want to thank WordPress for not feeding their hamsters last night, ’cause it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to log in today. You gotta keep those critters fed, or they just lay down on the job and tell you to go screw yourself. Free up the sunflower seeds, will ya?
The scene is finished. It took just over a thousand words, and pumped the scene up to over thirty-six hundred words, but it’s over and done.
Everything’s in place and the kids are in bed–both of those statements are literal in every sense. And we get a peek at some twinsy stuff–
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015, 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)
Annie sat up in bed with her feet folded under her in the lotus position. She wore her pajama top but they were unbuttoned to mid-way down her torso, and she held them open with her hands pressed against her breasts so Kerry could see her own glowing monitor. “See? Just like you.”
“Nice.” Kerry chuckled. “We totally have an Iron Man thing going on. I could be Tony Stark, and you could be Pepper Potts.”
Annie began buttoning her top. “Who’s that?”
“Pepper started as Tony’s assistant, then sort of took over running the company. She even got her own powered armor suit at one point, too.”
Coraline softly chuckled as she wait for Annie to finish. “Correct me if I’m wrong, Mr. All Knowing Geek Boy, but wasn’t Pepper a ginger?”
Kerry blushed furiously as Annie examined his face. “Given how red his cheeks are—” She gave him a wild, friendly smile as she slid off the hospital bed. “That must be true.”
“Um, hum.” Coraline stuffed her hands in the pockets of her jacket and stared at the floor. “Maybe a new nickname is in order.”
“Huh?” Kerry’s eyes widened in shock. “No. No way.”
“Well, it’s only for when—” She glanced his way as she touched her long ginger locks. “You know: you and I have a similar style.”
“You are not calling me Pepper.” He shook his hands to emphasize the point. “No way that’s happening.”
But, Kerry: there’s quite a few women in comics and various geek lore that are gingers. You know at that moment he was probably running down a list of characters from comics, TV, and movies, who are gingers and fit in with his geek creed. I know there would be at least two that would spring to mind instantly . . .
He did get to see Annie’s medical monitor, and now they are glowing together. This is another time I’d love to be able to draw, cause a picture of them together, with Kerry maybe wearing a tank top and Annie in a cami, showing the tops of their monitors peeking out of their clothing, would be a cute picture.
Since Coraline isn’t a truly mean person as well as being the school’s doctor, she knows how to handle the possibility of a Kerry meltdown:
“Come here.” Coraline wrapped an arm around the boy and gave him a hug. “I’m just messin’ with you, Kerry. I’d never actually do that.” She patted his shoulder as she released him. “I promise: no nicknames like that unless you’re cool with the idea.”
He allowed himself a moment to calm down and think clearly. “Okay. No problem.” He turned to Annie and then to Coraline. “It’s just—I mean—”
“It’s all going to be new.” Annie slipped her arms around his shoulders and gave him a warm hug. “I know it’ll take time before you’ll get used to being—” She stopped short of saying the last two words.
“A girl?” He sighed. “At least I have time to get ready for that.”
“And speaking of time, it’s twenty-two thirty-five.” She nodded towards the lift. “I need to get you down to the bay so you can get to bed. Gretchen’s gonna start flashin’ the light on us in a bit if we don’t.”
They returned to the first floor and walked to Bay #1 in silence. She set the privacy curtain in place before speaking. “I’ve left out a couple of mixtures that you’ve used before. They won’t knock you out, but they will help clear your mind and let you drift off to sleep. It won’t interfere with your REM functions, so you shouldn’t have problems dream, Kerry.”
He nodded slowly. “You think I’m gonna have that dream tonight?”
“What do you think?”
“Yeah.” His sign was inaudible. “It’s gonna happen.”
“And just let it happen.” Coraline patted his shoulder once more. “You know what to expect.” She turned to Annie. “You have any questions?”
“No.” She stood next to Kerry, taking his hand. “I’ll contact Nurse Gretchen if there’s a problem.”
“Good girl.” Coraline turned before opening the curtain. “Don’t be surprised if I wake you up at three-thirty to see if everything went as planed: we’re jaunting off to Paris at four for the meeting, and they may want to know if you made it through the last phase.”
Kerry scratched the back of his left hand. “Okay.”
A moment of silence passed between everyone before Coraline opened the curtain. “Well, I guess I’ll see you tomorrow.” She stepped into the corridor and smiled back at the couple. “Good night, and sweet dreams.” She waved the curtain shut, sealing the bay off from rest of the hospital.
So, meltdowns averted, medication supplied, and kids left to get to bed. All that’s left are a few words and some serious dreaming.
Annie to Kerry, her eyes soft and not looking a little sleepy. “I think it would do well for us both to get to sleep.”
“That’s a good idea.” He appeared unsure about something, however. “I’m still a little worried about what could happen if I change at home. What if it happens right before I get up and I head out of the room before that thirty minute alarm goes off?”
“You need to do self-examination before you get out of bed. I saw how you’ll look after you transition—” Annie held up Kerry’s hands. “Her fingers are long and slender, so look here before leaving your room. Also—” She touched his head. “She has long, curly hair: you don’t. Feel your hair and if it’s touching the sides of your face—” She touched his cheeks. “—the you’ll know you transitioned. Then all you have to do is stay in your room until Coraline comes for you.”
“I’ll start doing that.” His shoulders slumped as he tried pushing aside the memories of this long day. “I’m ready to get to sleep.”
“I am, too.” Annie pointed to the small cups with the relaxation mixtures. “Do you want one?”
“Yes, please.” He took the cup from Annie. “I’m wound up just enough that I’d probably toss and turn for a while.”
“And we don’t want that.” She touched her cup to her soul mate’s. “Sweet dreams?”
“Why not?” He drank his mixture at the same time as Annie and set his cup on the nightstand next to hers. Kerry pulled back the comforter and walked to the right side of the bed as Annie crawled under covers. He joined her seconds later, getting comfortable under the blankets before rolling over on his right side to face his sweetie. “You’re gonna be here when I wake up, right?”
“I’m not going anywhere.” She leaned in and kissed him. “Now or later.”
“Thanks.” He kissed her back. “I love you, Annie.”
“I love you, too, Kerry.” She glanced up at the ceiling. “Lights off.” Annie rolled around and pressed back into him as he draped his left arm over her torso. “I’ll be dreaming of you.”
He chuckled in her ear as he slowly drifted off. “I’ll be looking for you.”
And there they go, just like a married couple, Annie snuggled back into Kerry while he lays an arm over her like he won’t ever let her go. And the most important dream of Kerry’s life is about to happen.
I wonder if we’re gonna see what will happen there?
As Coraline would ask, “What do you think?”