I had someone send me an email requesting a different sample from one of my books, saying that the samples she’d read weren’t ‘detailed’ enough so maybe this will fix that.
Nataly Conner finally married the love of her life; Nate and Cat Goretti, the two main characters in the book ‘Sunsets In Virginia’, married on May 11, 1996 and they went to Hawaii on a two week honeymoon. This is an excerpt from Part 4 of ‘Sunsets In Virginia’.
Kahuku Point, HA 5/19/1996
The surf rolled softly onto the sand as they looked up and toward the north. Cat had pulled a sheet from the linen closet and took a small cooler to Nate, who was sitting in the living room and reading a book.
“Here, you carry this and follow me.”
“Sure thing, darlin'; I like it when you’re bossy.”
Nate grinned at Cat as she turned and left the room. Cat looked back to be sure Nate was with her as she picked up a couple of outdoor cushions and stepped off the deck.
“Where are we goin’, darlin’?”
“Just out here. The rain has stopped and the skies are so clear. I’m taking you comet watching.”
Nate snickered, “Cool, I’ve never called it ‘comet watching’ before.”
The stars were close and twinkling. The temperature was in the mid seventies and Cat spread the sheet over the cushions and Nate lay down beside her. The Hale-Bopp Comet was visible with the naked eye; just looking to the north, there was no way to miss it. It had been visible for some time and was getting brighter.
“How did you find out about this, darlin’?”
“I heard it on the news. I’ve seen it before, but it was very faint. It’s getting brighter as it gets closer to Earth.”
“What are comets anyway?” Nate asked.
“They’re balls of ice, gas and dust. Most are visible with a telescope when they’re close to the sun. Some compare them to dirty snowballs, and the nuclei can be a mixture of most anything.”
“How far away is that one?”
“That I don’t know but it depends on the orbit. The lifespan of a comet depends on the orbit too. They could last twenty to two hundred years, maybe millions. They can disintegrate and lose their tails, too. Year before last, the comet called Shoemaker-Levy9 crashed into Jupiter.”
“How big are they?”
“Well, that depends. The nuclei I mentioned is the part that looks like a ball but the shape is irregular and the tails can be different gases. Some are thirty miles across.”
“Really? That would barely fit in the beltway that surrounds Washington DC.”
“Yeah, and comets have been watched since ancient times; the Great Comet of 1811 was visible for months and the scientists predict this one will beat that record.”
“I’ve only heard of Halley’s Comet. I was reading about Mark Twain or really Samuel Clemmons and he was born and died with the comets appearance.”
“Wasn’t Halley’s visible on the day of his birth and death?”
“Not exactly; he was born November 30, 1835 which was two weeks after Halley’s closest approach to Earth and he predicted his death by the return of the comet; he basically said he’d come into this world with the comet and he’d go out with it too. He died one day after the return of Halley’s on April 21, 1910. I love Sam Clemmons; I have always wanted to go see ‘Mark Twain Tonight’, it’s a show that Hal Holbrook does about him. I’ve heard it’s great.”
Cat opened her mouth to say something, but closed it again.
“Has Halley’s been around long?”
“Yes, it’s been seen at least as early as 240 BC and mentioned in ancient texts in China and Babylonia.”
“That is so cool, but I see comets all the time,” Nate said so seriously.
“When have you seen a comet? You never said anything to me about it.”
“I see comets and stars every time you kiss me, sugarbottom. I see planets collide and galaxies born when you make love to me, too.”
Just when Cat thought Nate couldn’t be any sweeter…she burst out laughing at her and Nate reached to grab her before she could get away.
“What are you laughing at?”
“I just, -that was almost too sweet.”
“Really? Well, let me see if I can demonstrate. Maybe I can show you a few stars.”
“I brought you out here for comet watching.”
“All right, then.”
Nate fell back onto her side of their beach bed, leaving Cat alone on her side. Cat rolled toward Nate and Nate rolled away again, and pouted.
“Nope, nope, you had your chance, darlin’. I’m watching a comet.”
“Nate, don’t be like that.”
“Be like what? You turned me down and I’m on my side not pestering you.” Nate took a deep breath and said, “I knew it would be like this; I marry you then show you the will and you’ll only have sex with me once a month from now on. That’s what wives do; they trap you and you can’t catch ‘em, ’cause they’re always out runnin’ with someone else.”
Cat stayed in the middle, propping her head up and staring a hole into Nate’s head. She didn’t move away, she just stared at her. Nate started glancing in Cat’s direction, just out of the corner of her eye. Nate turned back toward Cat.
“You don’t believe me do you? That I’m so in love with you that you are my world, my stars and sunshine. You have become my solar system that everything I am and everything I have or will ever do revolves around you.”
Cat only smiled slightly.
“Ok, I won’t bother you anymore.” Nate started to get up but Cat jumped her, lying on top of Nate, she teased her bottom lip. Cat ran her tongue up the side of Nate’s jaw and kissed her ear.
Cat whispered softly, “Don’t ever accuse me of that again; that’s not nice and you know it’s not true. You know I love you more than anyone and always will. You know I will never be anything but yours.”
Nate looked sharply at her wife, “Darlin’, surely you don’t believe I –”
Cat didn’t answer.
“Cat, please tell me you don’t think I was serious. Darlin’?”
Nate reached to touch her cheek and felt for tears, but there were none. Cat put her hand over Nate’s and kissed her palm. Nate was almost to the point of tears, believing she had hurt her. Cat was still close to Nate’s ear.
“Cat, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.”
It was the quietest whisper, more of a breath, but Nate caught it and Cat was on the move as soon as it escaped her lips.
“You’d better come back here, dammit!!” Nate grabbed the bottom of Cat’s swimsuit and yanked her back.
Cat screamed and laughed, but Nate had her. Nate covered her quickly and kissed her for all she was worth, until Cat settled in and returned the kiss. Nate wouldn’t let her go and in the next moment, Cat didn’t want to get away. Nate sat up over Cat’s abdomen, holding her down and pulled her t-shirt over her head. Cat raised her arms to Nate, asking to be held. With her clothing tossed aside, Nate leaned down to kiss her and remove her swim suit. Cat was trying to pull Nate closer but Nate resisted enough that Cat ran her hands over Nate’s back and down around her sides as Nate untied the top piece of Cat suit, releasing her breasts and Nate bent to kiss and fondle them.
Cat was breathing deeply and wanted Nate to lie down with her but Nate was still holding herself above Cat on her hands and knees.
“Baby, lay down here so I can hug you.” Nate snickered at her. “Please.”
“Nope, I’m gonna make comets but right now I’m playin’ with lollipops.”
Cat laughed as Nate continued the attention, before becoming completely engrossed in what Nate was doing, but she still wanted Nate to be closer.
“Baby, you feel so good, please come down here. I want to kiss you, too.”
“No, I’m busy.”
“I’ll give you a Yankee dime.”
“I got half dollars right here.”
“I’ll share the wine I brought with you, pretty please.”
“I’m getting drunk here, too.” Nate was hearing Cat’s breathing getting deeper.
“Baby, if you don’t come down here, I won’t be –”
Nate switched to trailing kisses over her shoulder, pausing at one spot over her collar bone that was especially sensitive and the more Nate sucked and teased it, the more Cat pleaded. Nate was only concentrating on what Cat’s breathing and whispers were telling her. Cat slowly moved her hands up Nate’s thighs and over her hips. She could barely reach Nate’s cheek and ear to kiss her. Cat was still moving her hands over Nate’s skin until she decided to go after Nate another way.
Nate was licking her breasts again and Cat had one hand behind Nate’s neck, but she slipped her other hand between Nate’s thighs and felt of the heated liquid waiting there. Nate released a groan of pure pleasure as Cat moved her fingers, using two fingers to enter her and her thumb to massage the clitoris that was demanding attention. In less than two minutes, Nate had to abandon the kissing and teasing of Cat’s breasts as she lost herself in Cat’s movements. Nate’s breathing spiked as she felt the climax begin to zing through her head and her heart.
“I love you so much,” Nate whispered to her.
Cat held the back of her head, running her fingers through Nate’s hair as she whispered to Nate, “I love you, baby. Let it go, Nate.”
In another moment, Nate was so close to coming and she dropped her head onto Cat’s shoulder and let go; the racing blood in her veins making Nate lightheaded ran faster as she whispered to Cat she was coming.
Nate was so short of breath but breathing so hard, she couldn’t hold herself up any longer and she slowly fell into Cat’s arms. She stretched out next to Cat with her eyes still closed, trying to slow her breathing. Cat loved the feel of Nate so close to her and she wrapped her arms around Nate and held her there.
“Yeah,” Nate breathed, “Definitely comets, darlin’. You want to try some?”
“I’m very close to stars right now,” Cat told her.
Nate rested for one minute and slid down to share her comets and added some lightning too.