Saturday, January 2, 2010

The No Kiss Blog Fest!

Today is the day in which we celebrate all of the kisses that should have been. The kisses that never were. The kisses that miss.

It's the No Kiss Blog Fest, brainchild of the fabulous and slightly unhinged, Frankie. Tons of writers are participating, so be sure to check out all of the almost kisses today.

Our non-kissing scene is from She's Leaving Home. Poor Sarah, she has a nasty case of acid reflux and is smoking her very first cigarette desperately trying to impress Australian hottie, Luke.

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“So you've been here for three months?” I looked over at Luke.

“Graduation present,” he said, taking a long sip of his beer. “All of my brothers came for a year. The last hurrah before your real life starts, yeah?”

I stared at him for a second watching as disco lights danced across the angles of his profile. His nose was crooked in a tough-guy-who’s-been-in-some-fights kind of way.

“Yeah.” Wow, copious amounts of alcohol apparently made me very profound.

“You?” he asked, turning to look at me for the first time.

When I met his eyes, they held real interest. In me. Acid burned the back of my throat, but thankfully no burp followed. I stared down at my hands trying to think of something interesting to say; something to keep his flicker of interest burning.

“Just needed a break from everything,” I slurred. “I was supposed to come with my sister,” I began, reaching in front of him toward the ashtray to put out my cigarette, “but …” I saw it all happening in slow motion. My arm hit the sweaty neck of his beer. The beer tipped, my cigarette dropped and suddenly Luke was on his feet.

“Oh shit!” he yelled, throwing his hands up. The beer soaked his pants and somehow the cigarette managed to burn a hole in the knee. If I was lucky, the beer would have at least put out the cigarette, saving me the humiliation of catching him on fire, but when I saw the small charred mark on his knee, I remembered my luck had run out a long time ago.

“I’m such an idiot. I’m so sorry,” I began mopping up the beer on the bar, which caused even more to spill off the bar, splashing his shoes. “Oh God, you’re all wet.” I grabbed a fresh napkin and began vigorously wiping at him. He shielded himself from me, but even that didn’t make me stop.

40 comments:

Sara Tribble said...

OH how cool! I like this idea! Is everyone else labeling their blogs "No Kiss Blog Fest"?

And yes, Happy 2010 and here's to kisses missed! Not to mention the drinks we didn't get to share! I promise, we're gonna meet and have some! =D

storyqueen said...

Hahaha!! I can soooo relate. Poor Luke!

This was very well done.

Happy New Year!

Shelley

Jemi Fraser said...

Great scene - very real! My heart goes out to them both :)

Jill Wheeler said...

Sadly, I've had almost-kiss experiences nearly as humiliating as this one!

Happy 2010!!

Kimberly Derting said...

That's awesome! Now I need to go back and read everyone else's NO KISS posts. Hilarious, ladies!!!

Melissa said...

hahaha I absolutely love this

Robin said...

Haha! Love this!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Hahaha awwwww! Poor girl and Luke! Yikes. This is like this one time when I was on a date in college and I got a snapple and you know how your supposed to shake it before you drink it? Well I popped the lid and forgot I had and then I started to shake.

The juice went everywhere. My date literally just looked at me and said, "I'll get napkins."


Thanks so much for participating in the No Kiss Blogfest!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

LOL. Poor girl. Drunk and can't control all her blunders. Hopefully Luke thinks it's kind of cute :)

Mariah Irvin said...

I can relate to Sarah's awkwardness. Nice job!

Sarah said...

Yeah, STILL love this scene. Poor Sarah! Hi Luke! *waves/swoons*

You know (on an unrelated note), I was sure Ashlee Simpson had singlehandedly ruined "acid reflux" and other related ailments, but Sarah totally makes it work.

Karen said...

Ha ha! Great scene! Is it bad that I like the no-kiss scenes more than the kissing scenes?

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh poor Sarah indeed! Could she be more humiliated??? You guys are tough on your characters, but the scene is cringingly (if that's not a word it is now) hilarious. Happy no-kiss day to you, too!

Alissa said...

Great no-kiss scene, and almost a little bit too realistic!

Megan Petty said...

Awesome scene! How humiliating for her though. LOL

Donna Gambale said...

Oh, Sarah... so close. Well, she can hang with Jenn, SeeHeatherWrite's No-Kiss MC who has intestinal problems and Natalie, my No-Kiss MC who's also a bit tipsy!

And bahahaha Frankie's "fabulous and slightly unhinged" ... pretty accurate!

Love reading your work, ladies!

PS - For Kim and Sara, the links to all the No Kiss entries are on Frankie's blog, which is linked in the post!

Shannon Messenger said...

Heh. I should have known you guys would crack me up. Awesome snippet. There's so many things I love that I can't pick one thing to highlight. So I'll just say "perfect" and leave it at that. :)

Lisa Marie said...

great scene- feels like something I would have done when single... hahha!

The Blogger Girlz said...

Wow, great excerpt, guys! :) Luke sounds super hawt! Can't wait till this book hits the shelves! :) Come check out my almost-kiss at: http://thebloggergirlz.blogspot.com/

~Ella

V. S said...

Thanks for sharing your scene! It was great!

Lori W. said...

Well done! Love it. Poor girl and poor Luke.

JennyMac said...

LOVE this!!!! Happy New Year. Hope you are having a great weekend.

And I always love the name Luke. LOVE IT.

Melissa said...

LOL! Thanks for making me laugh so much that my kids think I'm crazy now:)

Kat O'Keeffe said...

Ha, poor awkward Sarah, and poor lit-on-fire Luke!

Amalia T. said...

Poor Luke and Sarah! That's a lot of fumbling to recover from!
Thanks for sharing this!

Christina Lee said...

Ha--fantastic! I can so picture it! Poor Sarah. Sounds too achingly familiar to my awkward youth- I am so much more cool now LOL!! Great job!!

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Oh what fun! Great non-kiss scene! Yea any chance of a kiss went up with smoke with Luke's jeans...yikes!

Simon C. Larter said...

Boy, she missed that kiss by a mile, didn't she? You're pretty rough to your characters, aren't you, ladies?

(Not that I have any room to talk or anything, given my own entry. Oh, fine. I'll be quiet now.)

Nicely done, LiLa!

Hayley said...

Poor Luke, and I feel bad for Sarah, alcohol and smoking do not mesh well if you're unexpirienced. Tragic really because he sounds hot.

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Oh man. Poor Sarah!! That's so embarrassing... reminds me some of my own teenage years, sigh. Thankfully I can look back on them and laugh!

jessjordan said...

Awwww, I am SO embarrassed for poor Sarah. Sadly, I have no almost-kissing moments to share just yet. I think I missed the deadline, anyway. (Note to self: work on almost-kissing scene like, yesterday.) Thanks for this--it's been awhile since I'd heard from Sarah!

C R Ward said...

LOL I really enjoyed this scene. All too realistic. :-)

sunna said...

Hah!I love this scene. I am having junior high flashbacks right now...

ann foxlee said...

Ha, loved it! It felt so tragically like my real life experiences!
Well done, sisters :-)

Katie said...

I LOVE this no kiss fest!!!!! Genius!!!!!

And great scene!

Loretta Nyhan said...

Love this scene! Poor Sarah!

Lizzy Mason said...

What a fun (and sadly familiar) scene! Great job guys!

LittoMiss isuet said...

Sounds like something that would happen to me with my luck.
Great Scene, very realistic. (:

Danyelle said...

*grin* I love reading your snippets. :)

Daisy Whitney said...

Don't you love kiss teases in books? I do!