Well, I must admit the timing on this week’s theme is PERFECT. Today we are trying to lighten the mood created by last week’s dark moments with a little HUMOR. As luck would have it, my romantic comedy, Friday I’m in Love released yesterday at Ellora’s Cave and I thought I’d share an excerpt of it with you.
“Okay, everybody ready?” Riley yelled, fighting to be heard over the ear-piercing music. Drunken lunatic was probably an apt description of his pixie of a sister. She passed around limes as she spoke and Ewan marveled that she willingly subjected herself to this torture every Saturday night—all in the name of fun.
“One, two, three!” At Riley’s prompt, he licked the salt off his hand, drained the shot of tequila and popped the lime in his mouth. He grinned as Natalie winced.
“Fuck that burns.” She wiped her mouth off with the back of her hand and shook her head, looking at him. “Tell me again why we’re here?”
He had to fight back the grin at her monotone question. He wasn’t quite sure why he got such a kick out of her sarcastic wit, but one of the reasons he enjoyed her company so much was simply because she made him laugh.
“We’re here to have fun.” He had to practically shout in her ear to make sure she could hear him.
“Ah. Be sure to let me know when that fun shit starts. Okay?”
He laughed. “Liar. You’re having fun and you know it.”
She shrugged noncommittally but her eyes, as always, told him the truth.
“Another round.” Riley placed yet another lime in front of everyone except Aaron—who, as designated driver, was sipping on a Coke. Ewan wondered where his tiny sister was putting it all. This was their fourth shot each since arriving at this particular club. At the others, they’d merely consumed a couple beers each. “Laying a base,” as Riley called it. Ewan had a feeling this wasn’t going to end well. He never drank this much.
At the last minute he remembered the camera and handed it to Aaron, who took it as Riley waved the waitress over to set them up with another round of tequila.
“Last one, Riley,” Aaron said. Riley rolled her eyes, but Ewan suspected that of everyone at the table, Aaron was the only person she’d actually listen to.
They went through the ritual one more time, each of them slamming their glasses down as Aaron snapped a picture.
Natalie looked at Ewan, blinking rapidly. “Should I be worried that I can’t feel my lips anymore?”
Ewan grinned. “They’re still there. Want me to try to kiss some feeling back into them?”
Natalie started to lean forward and Ewan felt like pumping a fist in the air in victory.
“Oh my God!” Riley shouted. “I love this song. Let’s go dance.” His sister grabbed Natalie before he could make good on his offer and Ewan sighed.
Aaron patted him on the back sympathetically. “Welcome to my weekends.”
“How do you do this week in and week out?” Ewan was suddenly eyeing Riley’s friend with a newfound respect.
Aaron shrugged. “I’ve done this so often with Riley, I’m starting to think it’s normal, and God help me, even a little bit fun.”
Ewan shook his head. “That’s not good. You know that’s not good, right?”
“Come on.” Aaron pointed toward the dance floor. “You better go stake your claim. A woman as pretty as Natalie won’t be alone for three seconds out on that dance floor before the wolves descend.”
Friday I’m in Love is available at Ellora’s Cave.
Now, why don’t you go laugh with these authors too?