Oh my gosh. I can’t believe I’m posting an excerpt from the epilogue of The Taste Of a Smile! 😱 But here we are: very close to those two words that I always record with so many mixed feelings. ‘The End.’
Luckily, we still have a few more moments with Lex and Mary to go…
Hope you enjoy this excerpt today!
“It’s freezing outside!” Lex yelled from the hallway.
Mary stretched out her arms and legs sleepily, enjoying the warmth and comfort of her bed, before replying, “That’s what happens in winter.”
“I know,” Lex replied, in the living room now. “But it’s here too soon.”
Mary smiled and rolled onto her side, keeping an eye on the door. Lex walked in a few moments later.
“Shit, I’m cold,” she muttered, carrying two paper cups.
“Oh, that smells so good,” Mary groaned.
“Espresso from Willie’s,” Lex grinned, placing the smallest cup on Mary’s nightstand.
“You’re a goddess,” Mary sighed and immediately reached for the coffee.
“And you’re still a traitor,” Lex quipped. “But I’ll take the compliment.”
Mary sipped her espresso with her eyes closed. She was used to Lex teasing her about being a regular at Willie’s, even though he was technically a competitor in the coffee business.
Lex slipped under the covers and propped up her pillow against the bed’s headboard. “He told me you should send me more often.”
Arching an eyebrow, Mary looked at Lex over her shoulder. “Oh, really?”
Lex, lifting her own cup of coffee, nodded solemnly. “Willie likes me.”
Mary huffed. “I guess I’ll have to keep you around then since Willie says so,” she teased.
Unperturbed, Lex nodded. “Yeah, I don’t think Willie would forgive you if you got rid of me. He might put something in your coffee.”
Mary laughed. Lex was such a goofball sometimes, especially in the morning. It had been one of the many surprising discoveries she had made about her over the course of this year.
Mary emptied her espresso and put the empty paper cup back on the nightstand. She rolled back onto her other side so she could face Lex.
“Fine, you can stay,” she sighed, continuing the banter.
“Wise decision,” Lex grinned, lifting her arm so Mary could snuggle up. Mary happily obliged and scooted closer.
“What do you want to do on our day off?” Lex asked, slipping her hand under the covers.
“Oh no,” Mary startled, “Cold hand!!”
“Right, sorry,” Lex giggled, retreating.
“I want to stay in bed,” Mary grumbled, “Our warm bed.”
“We can definitely do that,” Lex said happily. “We don’t have to leave for Hannah and Millie’s until 6 tonight, right?”
“Yeah,” Mary said, frowning at the prospect of having to get up at some point later today. “Let’s focus on the bed for now.”
“Alright, alright. Doing absolutely nothing for now,” Lex said. Her chest moved up and down slowly, relaxed.
“I didn’t say *nothing*,” Mary replied immediately, her voice playful.
Lex took another sip of coffee. “We’re both on our period and mine *hurts* this month.”
Mary wrinkled her nose. “Right, forgot about that.”