Saturday, April 28, 2012

A to Z Challenge - Y is for Yes

This is part of an ongoing story throughout the Challenge.
If you're just joining me now, please start with A is for Abby.

Y IS FOR YES

Burrows howled and tackled Abby. The two fell to the floor, but Abby felt none of the dreadful strength of the monster. The shadows melted or fled from her touch.

Abby rolled them until she was on top and put her hands on either side of Burrows' head. She held her in place with surprising ease.

"I'm sorry, Myrtle, that no one could save you from your monster. I'm sorry that you lived so long with such darkness within you, but you don't have to be afraid any more." Abby's voice was tender. The tips of her glowing fingers dipped into Burrows' head as if it were made of pudding.

The beast screamed, cursed, and then pleaded. The big bad wolf would not win this time. Abby would make sure it never won. That was no world for children.

There was silence.

The monster was obliterated. Not a trace of it left. Abby was certain of it as she removed her hands from the writer's head. The glow faded from her body.

Burrows was breathing. She was unconscious, but she was alive.

Abby didn't pause to wonder about it. She crawled across the room until she could take Demetrius' hand in her own. She tried to will her full body glow back, to demand it bring him back to her, but it didn't come. The ache in her chest came back and she could do nothing for it.

For several minutes, Abby sat there hugging his hand to her chest. It was only when she heard a soft snore coming from Burrows that she snapped out of her sorrowful trance.

"Your debt is paid. Thank you." Abby kissed the back of his hand. It twitched, and with her surprise, she dropped it.

"Don't let go of me yet, darling. I've got several other bits that need kissing too." Demetrius' voice was weak, but he was talking. He was alive.

Abby laughed and scooped up his hand again to kiss it. Then she bent forward and kissed his swollen lips. Her body tingled with sudden elation. "I'll kiss whatever you want. I thought you were dead. That thing had stepped on your head--"

"Yes, my head." Demetrius chuckled and winced as he did so. "It'd take more than a woman stepping on my head to kill me."

"You are pretty damn hard headed," Abby said and kissed his forehead. He was alive. There was still a great mess to clean up and wounds to heal, but Demetrius was alive. She wanted to laugh, cry, and kiss him all over at once.

What kept her from giving fully over to her emotions before was gone. The next time he tempted her into bed, she would say yes. Only if she didn't take him there first.

58 comments:

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    1. You didn't think I'd disappoint, did you? ;)

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  2. Phew! You have just made me very happy! :D

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    1. I can hear you shouting YES yourself. :)

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  3. they are all hard-headed--great part!

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  4. Yay!! "Yes" is a perfect title for today...

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    1. I did a happy dance after this post. :)

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  5. Yay!! Another great Y word for this post. :)

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    1. Yay is definitely another wonderful word for this one. :)

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  6. I have only read bits and pieces of this tale over the month, but one thing is clear: kisses are quite healing and magical. Lovely scene.

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  7. How cool is this, I'm so glad I came by. Love the hard-headed riff. One geek mom waving to another. Happy home stretch of the A to Z. I have to go check out your Return of the Jedi post.

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    1. Hello, beautiful space, passing to say hello, nice to read your text.
      if you like the poetry I invite you to my space, thank you.
      happy day.

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    2. Thank you! Hope you enjoy more. :)

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  8. Nice Prose. I really enjoyed it.

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  9. This line here "I've got several other bits that need kissing too" is full of great character! Great snippet :)

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    1. Thanks! Demetrius has some great lines. :)

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  10. I'm sad that it's taken me so long to find your blog, but I love what I see here and will definitely be back!

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  11. Ouch...I sure wouldn't want that "thing" to step on my head. :D

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  12. Wonderfully done. I love happy endings, except for the stepping on the head part!

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  13. Loved the last line... how very cool.

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    1. Thanks! Gotta give Abby her very happy ending.

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  14. I think you've done an incredibly good job with this story so far.

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  15. I'm new to the site, but even jumping into the story at this late date I enjoyed it and am intrigued.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad I could hook you in. :)

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  16. What a great idea for a monthly challenge. I hope to make time to start at A. :)

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  17. What an excellent last line. Loved reading this piece. I would read on and on and on. *waving*

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    1. Thanks! Some stories I wish I could write on and on and on!

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  18. Great story! I am new to your site and went back to the letter T before I had to stop. Love the story. Great job, lady. Definitely a new follower here!

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    1. Ha! Looks like I already follow you. I went back to A and I recognize that post. I have just been clicking down the list on the A to Z site. Definitely going back to read the entire story.

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    2. Thank you! I'm happy you enjoyed it. :) The Challenge has been so much fun. I can't believe it's over with tomorrow.

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    1. You didn't think I'd let Abby get rid of him that easily! ;)

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  20. I jumped in at the end of this, but it sounds like an exciting story. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Oh phew! We get a happy ending? I guess I'll find out ...

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