Today’s Sweet Saturday Sample continues June’s story from I.O.U. Sex. When June reads her old high school diary with friends Kiki and Peggy, her thoughts travel back to the 1960s. In this scene she relives memories of Denny, her former high school steady, and remembers their dates at the local drive-in theater. (This excerpt has been edited so that it’s PG-13.)
That evening, June lay in bed listening to the wind whistle outside her bedroom window. She yawned and tugged the quilt up to her chin, her body exhausted from the previous night and her mind as unsettled as the wintry weather. She turned on her side, then her stomach, but thoughts of her pact with Kiki and Peggy kept tumbling through her brain. At two in the morning, she gave up and threw back the covers, then crept to the living room, feeling her way along the shadowed hallway.
She lit a lavender-scented candle, placed it on the coffee table, and slid into the lotus position on the floor. She closed her eyes.
Breathe in through the nose, out through the mouth.
Let the breath flow freely.
High school. Dating. Dennis James Reid.
Hair the color of dark chocolate. Dark eyes. Big gentle hands.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Denny on the football field. Denny in his letter jacket. Denny in the back seat at the drive-in.
“Mmmm, Junie. You drive me wild.” Denny reached across the vinyl-covered seat and pulled June closer.
She snuggled against him and stretched up to whisper in his ear. “Wild, huh?” She inhaled his unique scent—Brut aftershave mixed with the faint aroma of Lava soap and motor oil from his dad’s garage.
Denny’s laugh sounded nervous. When he shivered, June giggled and stroked his wavy hair, then tickled his earlobe with her tongue, making him gasp.
“Whoa, baby. You better slow down or you’ll get more than you bargained for.” He turned and grasped her shoulders, staring into her blue eyes. “Or have you changed your mind?”
June scooted away, her warm feelings cooled by Denny’s question. She pushed her long blonde hair off her face and anchored it behind her ears. “You know how I feel about going all the way. Why can’t we just have some fun?”
Denny groaned. “Junie, baby, you really don’t understand, do you?”
Of course, good girls didn’t go all the way. She’d had long discussions with Kiki and Peggy on the subject of how far to go without getting a bad reputation. Peggy said once you did something, boys seemed to expect it every time. And Kiki sure had a lot of information for someone who claimed virginity.
June smiled and unbuttoned Denny’s shirt.
What do you think? When June’s mind comes back to the present, will she contact Denny? And if she does, will she find the courage to tell him the secret she has kept for so many years?
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