Today's excerpt is from Asya in the Tilt of the World by Effie Molina.
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Asya’s eyes filled with tears as her mind flooded with scenes of a dozen small misfortunes. No, not small misfortunes, she chided herself, petty revenges. They were petty revenges she had caused! She thought back on the bully with the gushing bloody nose, right at the moment he was going to go after the gay kid, and the obnoxious man with road rage who lost control of his car and swerved onto the median, damaging his fancy rims.
For the first time, she was afraid. How would she ever be able to trust herself around people? How many other calamities had she caused?She didn’t exactly remember wishing bad things on people, but she was happy when they happened…. She’d thought she’d been witnessing karmic justice.
“I can’t believe it,” Asya said in a choked voice. “I am karma!”
Christian and James exchanged confused looks.
Asya went on. “I caused all that. It was me!”
James pulled her close as they leaned against a fragrant redwood, gently rocking her in his arms. “It’s okay, beautiful,” he murmured, nuzzling against her. “You’re a good person, and you make good decisions. That won’t change, just… now you have more…information.”
Asya shuddered, tingling from the hint of his mouth on the back of her neck, her body suddenly alive from the feel of her body leaning up against his. She sighed, reaching up to grab onto his forearms crossed against her chest.
“You’re just trying to distract me from a well-deserved meltdown,” she told him, her tone audibly lightened from moments before.
“If you want a distraction, just look up,” James said.
Asya did as she was told, and was rewarded with what looked to be miles and miles of trees heading straight up into the perfectly blue sky above them. Her breath caught in her chest at the sight, and as her head fell back against James’ shoulder she let out a sigh, took a deep breath and felt immediately better.
“You call that a distraction?” Christian’s voice sounded from directly in front of her. “Look down,” he commanded.
Asya dropped her head and her lips were immediately met with his. Her mouth widened under his, his tongue finding hers. Asya could hear James’ intake of breath and could feel an appreciative sound come from deep in his chest as his arms tightened around her. Asya released James’ arms, reaching forward to grasp hold of the straps of Christian’s backpack, pulling him closer. Christian reached forward, bracing himself on the tree, his arms on either side of James' head, encircling them all. Christian continued kissing her, pulling back to bite her gently on her lower lip.
“Now you, lover,” Christian told James in a gruff voice. James lifted his head to comply, and as Christian leaned in to kiss him he pushed the entire length of his body against Asya, pushing her back against James. James moaned, leaving one arm around Asya, snaking the other to reach the back of Christian’s thigh, pulling him into them.
Christian pulled back from the kiss, breathless. “I need no further distraction than the two of you.”