In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm participating in Cupid's Literary Connection's Kissing Scene Contest. Please comment with any feedback you have! And thank you for organizing, Cupid!
Update: I made it into the agent round! Off to run around with my arms in the air like Kermit the Frog.... Waaahhhh!!!
Lexi is an
alien teen living in a donated human body. Dozens of aliens have been killed by
human mobs, so Lexi's entire life revolves around keeping her distance, keeping her true nature a secret. She's been seeing human Garrett
platonically for a few months when she meets him at a dance. Lexi doesn't realize it, but she's beginning
the intense period of alien puberty, which leads to fever and a new awareness of her physicality. And "tendrils" are parts of Lexi's
alien body, hidden inside her human one.
I breathed in
the fresh air. It was still mild out. Though my legs and arms were bare, I
didn't feel cold in the least.
smiled down at me. "You know, you look beautiful today. You should wear
your hair down more often."
warmed at the compliment. I'd braided my hair a lot lately, so it was probably
the first time Garrett had seen it down since my haircut.
leaned against the brick building wall. I stood in front of him, hearing the
dull thud of music from inside the building.
our slow dances, Garrett slid his hands onto my waist. I stepped closer to him,
my memory bringing up the light kiss he'd given me the day we'd studied at the
felt like the dancer-filled gym had overheated me. With one hand, I lifted my
hair off the back of my neck to let the night air cool it.
I looked up
at Garrett's face, his lips.
For a few
seconds, I turned away, urging myself to think my actions through. Then I gazed
up at him again. Thinking seemed like such a waste of time.
swept softly over my lips, and I didn't care to recall the reasons holding me
I was amazed
I felt so certain.
feel warm-" he started to say when his hand touched my bare arm, but I
stepped forward yet again, tilted my head up and crushed my lips onto his.
hands gripped my waist, pulling me closer. He kissed me back...again and again.
I felt hot
and a little bit dizzy and a lot wonderful. All the tendrils in my body were
humming and melting. Every inch of my human skin was overly sensitive. I wanted
Garrett to touch that skin.
groaned. I leaned closer to him, pinning him against the brick wall.
A couple feet
from us, the door slammed open, hitting the wall on the other side, and one of
the teachers stepped out. Garrett and I jumped apart.