Wings

  • “So there’s magic? Real magic? It’s not just all scientific like David says?”
    Tamani rolled his eyes. “David again?”
    Laurel bristled. “He’s my friend. My best friend.”
    “Not your boyfriend?”
    “No. I mean…no.”
    Tamani stared at her for several seconds. “So the position’s still open?”
    Laurel rolled her eyes. “We are so not having this conversation.”
  • “And do you really think someone’s going to look at you and say, ‘Hmm, I think that girl’s a plant’?”
  • “It’s your call,” he said softly, “but whatever you decide, I’ll help you.” He placed a soft, warm hand at the back of her neck and Laurel’s breath caught in her chest. “Whatever you need, I’ll be. If you need the science geek to give you answers from a textbook, I’m your guy; if you just want a friend to sit by you in bio and help you feel better when you’re sad, I’m still your guy.” His thumb slowly stroked across her earlobe and down her cheek. “And if you need someone to hold you and protect you from anyone in the world who might want to hurt you, then I am definitely your guy.” His pale-blue eyes bore into hers, and for a second she couldn’t breath. “But it’s all up to you,” he whispered.”
  • “If your clothes are enough to drive would-be friends away, they’re not the kind of friends you want.”
    Typical mother advice. Sweet, honest, and completely useless.”
  • “It didn’t matter to her that Tamani only had weak magic, he was magic.”
  • “Tamani paused and mulled this over for a few seconds. “If I say no, are you going to follow me anyway?”
    “Of course.”
  • “There’s always someone who secretly believes in myths and legends; or at least parts of them. Those are the people who will look beyond the obvious and see things in this world that are truly wonderful… But they won’t say anything, even if they do. Because the rest of us who view the world as logical and scientific wouldn’t see the truth if it was posted up on a billboard. “
  • “She started to turn, but before she could step away, Tamani grabbed her hand. Without breaking eye contact, he raised her hand to his face and brushed his lips over her knuckles.”
  • “Tamani?” she asked, even though she knew this was the wrong time. “How is a plant supposed to beat a superstrong troll?”
  • “Laurel, David? Would you like to share the joke with the rest of the class?” he asked, one hand on his skinny hip.
    “No, sir,” David said. “But thank you for asking.” The students around them laughed, but Mr. james didn’t look pleased. Laurel leaned back and grinned. David, one. Teacher who wishes he was as smart as David? Zero
  • “How do you… we… you know, faeries pollinate?”
    “The male produces pollen on his hands and when two faeries decide to pollinate, the male reaches into the female’s blossom and lets the pollen mix. It’s a somewhat delicate process.”
    “Doesn’t sound very romantic.”
    “There’s nothing romantic about it at all.” Tamani replied, a confident smile spreading across his face. “That’s what sex is for.”
    “You still…?” She let the question hang.
    “Sure.”
    “But faeries don’t get pregnant?”
    “Never.” Tamani winked. “Pollination is for reproduction- sex is just for fun.”
  • “Tamani?” she asked, even though she knew this was the wrong time. “How is a plant supposed to beat a superstrong troll?”
  • “I’ll think of you, just like I promised.”
    “and I’ll think of you, just like I have every day,” Tamani said.”
  • “Then he was there, turned half toward her with a guarded expression etched across his face. She didn’t stop or even slow her step. When she reached him, she grabbed the front of his shirt in both fists, pulling him to her, pushing her mouth up into his. Heat swirled through her as she pulled his face even closer, tighter. His arms wound around her and their bodies melded with a rightness she didn’t bother to question. Her lips filled with the sweetness of his mouth and Tamani held her against him as if he could somehow pull her inside him, make her part of him.And for a moment, she did feel like a part of hi. As if their kiss bridged the gap between the two worlds, even if only for that one brief, sparkling moment.

    A sigh that held the weight of years shuddered out of Tamani as their faces drew apart. “Thank you,” Tamani whispered, almost too quiet to be heard.”

  • “Laurel look up at him in question, but he wouldn’t meet her eyes. She always wished she had more time to draw secrets from him. “I’ll wear it always,” she said.”And think of me?” His eyes held her captive, and she knew there was only one answer.
    “Yes.”
    “Good.”

    She started to turn, but before she could step away, Tamani grabbed her hand. Without breaking eye contact, he raised her hand to his face and brushed his lips over her knuckles. For just a second, his eyes were unguarded. A spark went through Laurel at what she saw there: raw, unbridled desire.

    Before she could look any closer, he smiled, and the flash was gone.”

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