This excerpt is from Directionality, the sequel to Duality. It is currently a work in progress, but you can purchase Duality right now.
EXCERPT FROM Directionality
“Seriously, you just have to give Shrek a chance. I think you’ll really like it.” Kat leaned forward and touched the monitor screen.
Melody laughed, burying her face in her hands. “What is it with you and animated movies?”
“This isn’t just an animated movie, Melody. This is a cinematic masterpiece.”
Melody laughed again and swatted Kat playfully, who giggled in response. She picked up the bottle of rose off of her mahogany coffee table and pointed towards Kat’s glass.
“Please.” Kat picked up her glass and passed it to Melody, who promptly refilled it and passed it back.
She swirled the liquid around in the glass, but made no move to drink it.
“What’s that look?” Melody asked.
“The I-feel-guilty look.”
Kat laughed, incredulous. “What? What do you mean?”
“You bite your lip and look down at the ground when you feel bad about something, but don’t want to admit it. So. What’s on your mind?” Melody smiled gently. “You brought dinner over. I’ve forgiven you for your transgressions … Say it.”
Kat nodded slowly; her eyes focused on the ground. She sipped from her wine glass.
“Thinking about how you said that I need to focus more on trusting people. And trusting myself.”
“You do. To be quite honest, I don’t think you’re going to make it as an agent if you’re not able to do that. And I know that you lack confidence –”
“Hey. Well, wait, that is true.”
“You lack confidence,” Melody repeated, “and sometimes I believe it’s a good thing, to be suspicious of one’s own abilities. But not when it makes you freeze up or freak out.”
“I don’t know how to get over that, though.”
“It takes some soul searching.”
“That sounds like work.”
The two of them giggled. Melody took another sip from her glass, nodding slowly.
“It is. I’m not going to lie to you, it is. But I know that you’re capable of a lot of things, Kat. You have a lot of strength inside yourself, and you just need to figure out a way to channel it.”
Without thinking, Melody reached across and tucked a strand of Kat’s brown locks behind her ear. Kat caught her hand, gently, just before she pulled it away. She pressed it against her cheek, feeling its warmth. At first, Melody appeared a little shocked, but then her body relaxed. She leaned in, painfully close; Kat could feel her breath against her lips. Melody smiled teasingly, pulling back, but Kat leaned in and kissed her softly. She forgot how it felt to have Melody’s lips against her own.
Melody murmured her name, eagerly leaning back into the kiss, pinning her against the couch. Her fingers placed with the buttons at the top of Kat’s shirt, yearning to break them open and uncover the beautiful body that lied beneath.
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