Today’s theme is the “Black Moment”. Could there be anything more vital to a romantic plot? That moment when it seems all is lost? When the reader has that tiny fear there really won’t be a happy ending? I think one of my books with the blackest moment was actually my very first published story, Erotic Research and I thought I’d share just a bit of it here.
“Christ, the first time I give my heart and soul to a woman and she thinks it’s all a fucking game.”
“Heart and soul?” Julia whispered. What the hell is he talking about?
“After everything we’ve done together, shared with each other, you still don’t get it, do you?”
She shook her head slowly as her knees began to tremble. Afraid they would buckle, she glanced behind her for a chair. He was the one who’d called it research. Led her to believe they were indulging in casual sex. Everything he’d done had been done to instruct her so she could write the book. Right?
“How can you not know how I feel about you?” He rose and gripped her upper arms. “Every time I look at you, I see my past, present and future. All I want in the world is wrapped up in you, Jules. I love you. Dammit, I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Horrified, Julia broke free of his grasp. “What? What the hell are you talking about?”
Glancing around, she was amazed by how the spacious room suddenly felt stifling, as if it were shrinking. All she could feel was Ross’s gaze burning into her, his words still stinging her ears. She felt hot and dizzy and perilously close to passing out.
He loved her? Yeah, right. Nervous laughter erupted from her lips before she could call it back.
“You think this is funny?” Ross whispered, his face pale, his voice strained. “I bare my heart to you and you think it’s a joke?”
Julia fought to restrain the hysterical laughter bubbling up inside her. Never had she felt so afraid, so confused. Stark terror raced through her veins. She knew she should get herself under control, try to talk to him, but all that came out was uncontrollable laughter, ringing out in cackling peals until she was gasping for breath, tears streaming down her cheeks.
Oh my God. I’m having a breakdown.
Check out some more black moments by these great authors!