Hello, my friends
How’s life going for you today?
Here’s a big chunk of excerpt for you on this Excerpt Wednesday! I’ve got a little more fun for you on Saturday, though. Don’t forget to come back. 😉
Lea slowly became aware of birds singing in the tree near her window. She smiled and stretched out lazily. After blinking a few times, she saw that Emily was already awake.
“Hey,” Lea yawned, pulling up the sheets a little. A cool morning breeze tickled her skin.
Emily glanced to the side, her lips curving up. “Good morning.”
“Whatcha doing?” Lea asked, narrowing her eyes at the phone in Emily’s hands.
“Just checking my mail,” Emily replied, a bit sheepishly. “Sorry.”
Lea frowned. Emily usually didn’t check her phone in bed. When they were here, at Lea’s parents’ place, Emily even kept it switched off most of the time. She always said that her phone reminded her of the old life too much.
“It’s okay,” Lea croaked, her voice still gruff from a long night of sleep. “Anything interesting?”
Emily nodded slowly, showing Lea her screen. “That email from Full Circle Games arrived.”
Lea had to think for a second before she remembered what Emily was talking about. She rubbed her cheek. “Oh, right! What does it say?”
“Eh, it says they’d be happy to arrange two plane tickets for us on Monday,” Emily said, shaking her head. “Business class.”
“Woah,” Lea giggled, “Fancy.”
Emily huffed and swiped down. “They’re also offering us a small suite in the theme park hotel.”
Lea snuggled a little closer to Emily, wrapping an arm around her waist.
Chuckling, Emily continued, “We get to choose between the space suite or the fantasy suite.”
“For real?” Lea asked, lifting her head so she could see the email. The letters were too small, though.
“Yup, for real,” Emily replied.
Lea tried to imagine what the space suite would look like. Would there be a bed in the shape of a UFO? Or a rocket?
“I told them I don’t have kids, so I have no idea why they sent me this,” Emily continued.
Lea grinned. “Hey, those rooms sound like fun. I wouldn’t wanna go there with kids. I would go there and have fun *like* a kid!”
Emily lowered her phone. “Are you saying you want to go?”
“No, no, I’m not saying that,” Lea said, but then hesitated. “I think.”
Emily pulled Lea closer. “You sound like you want to go,” she teased.
“It does seem like a fun trip,” Lea admitted, thinking out loud. “What kind of rides does the park have?” she asked, a little giddily.
Emily’s brow furrowed. “I don’t know. Probably lots.”
Lea fidgeted with the hem of Emily’s shirt. “I do enjoy a good rollercoaster. And I haven’t been on one with you yet.”
“What?” Emily asked slowly, widening her eyes.
Pushing herself up on an elbow, Lea said, “But we can go to a different park! I mean, you’re not interested in that job, are you?”
Emily huffed. “No! I mean, it’s a gaming company!”
Lea lifted a shoulder. “And?”
Emily stared at Lea with her lips parted.
“Gaming companies do really cool stuff,” Lea continued.
Emily frowned, confused. “You think I should hear them out?”
Lea thought for a second. She wanted to make sure that she wasn’t talking Emily into something for the wrong reasons. She didn’t want to push her into attending a meeting so they could go on a trip to sunny Florida.
“I think only you can decide,” Lea said slowly. “Is there any reason you would want to go?”
Emily tucked some of her dark hair behind her ear. “I’d be curious to meet Jahani in different circumstances, I guess.”
“What sort of circumstances?” Lea asked.
“I don’t know,” Emily replied, still looking confused. “At a conference or something? I mean, we’ve got plans next week!”
“Wait, you refused because we’re going apartment hunting?” Lea asked, eyebrows raised.
Emily shook her head. “No, no,… Not just that!”
Lea tugged at her shirt. “Why didn’t you discuss it with me first? We can go look at apartments later!”
Emily sighed. “I know. But it wasn’t just that. I’m…” She blew out a breath. “I just don’t see myself working at a gaming company.”
“It’s definitely the weirdest offer you’ve had so far,” Lea grinned.
“Yeah,” Emily said, her lips slowly curving up into a smile. “It’s different, alright.”
“You think I should give it a go?” Emily asked again.
Raising her hand, Lea said, “I’m not saying that. But they really want you to go over there. I don’t understand why you won’t even consider it.”
She tilted her head. “You said Jahani invented this cool chip? Maybe talking to her will inspire you?”
“Like, not go there for the job, but just to meet her?” Emily asked, scratching the back of her neck. “Isn’t that a bit misleading?”
“Hey, they’re practically *begging* you to come over,” Lea said, pointing at Emily’s phone. “You’ve told them you’re not interested and they’re still sending you plane tickets.”
Emily chewed on the inside of her cheek. “That’s true.”
Lea plopped back down and rested her head on Emily’s shoulder. She loved the feel of Emily’s body so much. She wanted to spend the whole day lying just like this. They couldn’t. Her mom was already working in the kitchen downstairs.
“Would you come with me?” Emily asked, surprising Lea.
“To Florida? On Monday?”
Lea wiggled her hips a little. “Of course! I can’t miss out on that UFO bed.”
“The what?” Emily responded.
Lea explained, “I totally want the space suite if we go.”
“No way,” Emily joked, “We’re taking the fantasy suite.”
“What?!” Lea squeaked. “No! I bet that one’s super girly or something.”
Emily laughed. She slid her hand under Lea’s shirt, brushing the sensitive skin of her side. “No, I think it’ll be filled with trolls.”
“How is that any better?!” Lea asked, incredulous.