Excerpt from the unfinished novel, Leaving September, by Sandra (Xanii@aol.com)
continued from previous installment
Silent moonlight accented the dark contours of the Kia as it hummed along the semi secluded road. The passengers sat quiet, afraid to wake the night. Hundreds of feet below, small waves lapped at the rocky shore, while hundreds of stars twinkled in the sky.
M'Taii leaned into the drivers seat and turned an eye toward her silent guest.
"Hey, you okay over there?"
Sam nodded her head slowly, gazing out of the window thoughtfully.
"It's just so quiet out tonight is all." She looked at her companion and smiled briefly.
"This is where I go driving to clear things out. Up ahead there's this old clearing, nothing fancy. " M'Taii's voice trailed off as she finished the sentence and neared the clearing. Sam looked over and hesitated.
"No, no one else knows about this place except for you and I didn't take her here."
M'Taii exited the door, leaving it open and made her way to the center of the clearing.
"I found this place a few years ago, when I first found out that I was pregnant with my daughter. I used to drive here and put out a blanket and play music and read to my belly, you know, cause they say the kid can hear you even before they are born."
She walked around the perimeter of the coral stone circle and sat on one of the few remaining walls that hadn't yet crumbled from neglect. Sam remained in the center, pivoting only to face M'Taii's direction.
"I didn't know you had a daughter."
"Not a lot of people do. She passed away as an infant."
Sam placed her hands through her hair and squeezed her eyes shut.
"How do you do it and keep going? If anything ever happened to Ashley I don't think I could continue to live. " Her eyes teared softly. M'Taii approached her and rubbed the sides of her arms gently. She looked up at the sky.
"See those three stars all in a row? It's supposed to be Orion's belt but I see it as Dora on the left, Ashley in the middle and one day, maybe when I am old, I will be on the other side. It's kinda spooky to think about, so I don't too often. I just know they are all there for me, watching over me."
Sam looked into M'Taii's eyes.
"So there is a soft side to you."
"Did I ever give you reason to doubt? " M'Taii exaggerated her facial expression to read, As if!
"Terrible, simply terrible!"
"And I get worse. " M'Taii smirked, drawing Sam to her. She cheeked her forehead, then kissed her nose, then divinely teased her lips.
An aching moan escaped Sam's lips before she whispered, frustrated, " Don't tease. " M'Taii came close as if to kiss her, then stepped back at arms length.
Sam stood for a moment, dazed.
"Wha...What are you doing?"
"Dance with me."
"It's been nearly an ice age since I last danced with anyone. Do you Salsa?"
Sam threw her a bewildered look.
"I take that as a No. " M'Taii sprinted to the car and tuned into a Latin station before Sam had time to respond.
"Don't worry, we don't have to Salsa, we can just improvise and dance. Follow my lead."
M'Taii placed her arms beneath Sam's and laid her palm flat on Sam's upper back and lead her on a relatively medium paced song.
She whispered to Sam to close her eyes and just feel along with the movements. She followed and soon found herself gliding along with M'Taii and the unfamiliar lyrics. She felt M'Taii's hands slide their way from her back to her thighs then back up to her shoulders. She struggled against her impulse to give in as M'Taii pulled her into herself and periodically made her feet leave the flooring, which meant that her weight was supported by M'Taiis' thigh and her middle. She held on to M'Taii's shoulders and bit down on her lips.
M'Taii slowed the fast pace down and stopped suddenly. She brushed Sam's hair away from her sweat damped face and stroked her cheek. " You can open your eyes if you want."
Timidly, Sam opened her eyes, afraid that the sensations would go along with her warm darkness.
"What were you doing?"
"We were dancing. " M'Taii looked at her Matter of factly.
"I've never danced like that before."
"You seem kind of flushed. Maybe I should take you home."
"Hmmm...home. " They walked supporting each other, back to the car.