So about an hour ago, as I was wrapping gifts and watching the Ravens pull out another squeaky (but not squeaky clean) victory, @BookishlyMalyza tweeted me this
"You should tweet like the best shine line for a Christmas present to your fans!! :)"
But I don't like to do what I'm told, so instead of a SHINEline, here's a short excerpt from Shine
, from a serene scene in Ireland. Zachary and Aura are having dinner at a pub/restaurant, modeled on the Black Bull Inn in Drogheda
, where my husband and I ate and drank a couple times during our stay last April.
Photo #6 in the slide show is where the scene takes place. Zach and Aura are at that booth in the back left-hand side, with the little couch, sitting side-by-side. Imagine it at night with Christmas lights, and a three-man band playing carols right about where the camera stands.
How could I leave him to go back home? It scared me to need anyone so much. If our souls became inextricably tangled, would mine still be mine? Did I care?
Zachary leaned in, and I thought he was going to kiss me. Instead he pressed his cheek to mine and held it there. It felt more intimate than a kiss.
"What did you say to me before?" I asked him. "[...] In Gaelic."
He sat back and looked away. "Oh. That. There's no exact translation."
Zachary rubbed his lips, as if to keep them closed. "Naw, you'll think it's too much."
His gaze came at an angle, slightly guarded but full of hope. "It means 'soul mate.'"
His words made my world spin faster. We weren't the type to believe in destiny or soul mates or anything that took away our choices. But sitting here, seeing the gazebo's glistening white lights dance in his eyes, I could believe in our magic.
Happy Holidays, everyone, and thanks for making this the best year ever.
(The phrase in question, by the way is Mo anam caraid
, pronounced roughly mo AN-am CAR-idge
Labels: holidays, SHADE series, SHINE teasers