On this Blogtober day, I bring you…
An excerpt of my book! ❤
I hope you enjoy and please feel free to leave me a comment here.
You can find out more about it on Goodreads if you’re interested! I will be releasing it January 1st through KDP, so you can access it through Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!
I walked over to a table at the side of the room, sitting next to one of the only patches of wall not covered by old, peeling band posters. Even so, the paint peeling off the wall was enough to inform me that this place probably hadn’t changed much since it opened in 1968. A fact that was proudly displayed on a piece of wood haphazardly nailed to the wall above the cash.
To my surprise, as I settled myself into the chair an old man limped his way over to me.
“What can I get you Doll?” he asked in a gravelly voice.
I smiled politely at the gray haired man, “Just a coffee is fine. Thank you.”
With nothing more than a sharp nod, he disappeared back behind the counter.
As I waited for him to return with my drink I looked around the room again. From my new vantage point, I could now see that I had skipped over someone during my initial observation. Tucked away in a back corner of the room in front of me was a man. His long dark hair fell over his shoulder shielding most of his face but my heart sped up as I realized it was Cole. His hands were wrapped around a mug and he looked to be zoned out.
I took a breath and steeled my nerves trying to decide if I should actually walk over to him. With our conversations only happening over social media lately, I didn’t know if it would be appropriate. It had been two years since I said goodbye to him with tears and rain coating my cheeks and I wasn’t sure I knew how to act around him anymore.
As I was about to stand up, the gruff man walked over and set a steaming coffee cup in front of me. “Anything else?” he asked.
“Uh…” I pointed to Cole, “What is he drinking?” I asked quietly.
He rattled off the name of some sort of latte with a roll of his eye, as if the drink was out of place in his establishment.
I pulled out my wallet and handed him a couple bills. “That’s all for me, but can you get that guy another drink on me?”
The man grinned and winked at me before retreating back behind the counter.
I waited nervously as he made up another latte for Cole. My heart was nearly beating out of my chest and I could feel my palms getting slick. I took a deep breath and wiped my hands on the front of my fitted jeans.
This was just Cole, whom I had been friends with forever. It would be exciting to catch up in person. But I couldn’t help but look him over, which was a huge mistake on my part.
What used to be a scrawny frame was now anything but. His arms were muscular, tanned, and dotted with tattoos. His black hair which used to be always cut short, nearly military style had grown out to brush his broad shoulders. He looked like some sort of bad boy rock star, almost as if he walked straight off the stage of a concert. If it wasn’t for seeing his pictures on social media, which did not do him justice, I never would have believed it was him.
When the old man walked up to Cole I was able to get a good look at his face. A strong jaw covered with stubble, broad cheekbones, and an expressive mouth. His lips looked so soft, marred only by a thin hoop of metal pierced through the right side of his lip. I wondered what it would be like to kiss him. Would I be able to feel that ring?
I shook my head, trying to rid myself of those thoughts. This was my friend. Not some random guy I could check out.
It almost worked, until Cole’s brown eyes met mine and I nearly melted in my chair. His eyes widened before a huge grin split his face.
Thanking the cashier, he took the coffee and walked over to my table. I thought he was going to sit down across from me, but he placed his cup on the table and pulled me out of my seat before hugging me tightly to his muscled chest.
“Kail…” he whispered into my hair. “God, I have missed you.”
Well.. there you have it.
I’m going to go run away now.