Friday, July 27, 2012

Being Spontaneous

One of the things that's really cool about reading and writing is you get to experience things you normally wouldn't. You do things you normally wouldn't. Honestly, I'm a rather boring person. LOL. I don't do many spontaneous things, even small things. It's something I'd like to work on doing more of.

In my latest book, FREEING CARTER, Kira is this wild, fun, spontanteous girl. I LOVED writing her for that. She wasn't wild in a bad way, but she liked to do silly, fun things and she helped Carter bring those things out in himself.

Whether it was something huge or something little, Kira changed him and made Carter look at things differently. It was really cool to experience with them.

Here's a snippet from FREEING CARTER.

"Let's do something crazy!" She says in reply, turning in her seat to face me.

"Huh?" I totally just missed something.

"You need to relax. I can see it. You're too tense. Let's do something fun! Let's be wild!"

This is what I love about spending time with this girl. She never says or does what I expect. It's so different being with her than anyone else, because even though I have no clue what she means by 'something wild,' I want to do it. With her. Actually, I'm pretty sure I need to.

"Okay. Like what?"

"I don't know. Let me think." She looks around, out the windows like something is going to jump right out at her. I have no doubt it will. Any time I can spare having my eyes off the road, they're on her. Taking in her hair. Seeing her in a jersey with my name. Wishing I could touch her the way the shirt does.

"Oh! Right there!" She points off to the side of the road. "Pull over."

I look, but all I see is a small senior apartment complex. "Where?"

"Coach!" She grabs the wheel like she's going to pull off the road for me. I slow down more, batting her hands away and pulling in.

"Okay, okay. I'm going. Don't make us wreck."

The place is totally dark, I'm assuming because old people live here, and they go to bed early, right? There are a couple big, brown buildings that I'm assuming are packed with...well, senior citizens. "I give up. Why are we here?"

"Do you have a pencil or a pen in here? Oh, and what do you have in your bag for clothes?" Kira opens my glove-box and pulls out a pen. I can't help but stare while she pulls her hair up. Does some crazy, twisty, turny, girl thing and suddenly her hair is held up in a ponytail with a pen. I'm man enough to admit I want to ask how she did it, but I don't.

"Clothes? Um, I have a pair of basketball shorts and t-shirt that I use for practice. There's also shorts in the cab that I keep there just in case." She looks at me funny and I shrug. "Never know when I might want to stop somewhere and play ball."

She smiles widely, and for the first time, I notice a slight gap between her two front teeth. Nothing big, obviously since it took me this long to notice it, but for some reason, it's so her.

"Grab the clothes and be quiet. It's time for a little breaking and entering."

Yeah, definitely not what I expected her to say. I'm jumping out of my truck and behind her in about two seconds flat. "What? Where are we breaking and entering? Grandma's house?"

"Shh." She slips her arm through mine, hugging herself close to me as we walk. I can't believe it, but it almost makes me stumble. That little touch sends all sorts of firecrackers exploding through my body. I like touching her. I want to touch more of her. "Let's not announce to everyone we're here. Do you like hot tubs?" Kira whispers.

"Yeah, who doesn't?"

"Well, most of the time apartments have them. The gates usually close at night, but I bet we can sneak in and we'll have the whole thing to ourselves. You in?"

Hot tub. Gorgeous girl. Totally don't have to ask me twice. It's worth a B&E charge. "I'm in."

I LOVED writing that whole scene. It was so much fun.

Are you spontaneous? What's something silly and fun you've done?

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  1. I try to be spontaneous whenever I can, but life often gets in the way. It's been a while, I must admit. Love this scene!

  2. I love being spontaneous! Unfortunately, with kids, it's a little harder to just decide to move to a new country on the spur of the moment. But I try...

  3. Sometimes I'm very spontaneous, but not always with crazy silly things. Impluse shopping is a definite.

    Once my family had a spontaneous soft serve fight at Hungry Jacks (Burger King in the US). That was hilarious.

  4. I LOVE being spontaneous! I actually thrive on change, especially changes I decide to make as a whim, or on the fly. For example, just this morning I cut my slightly short than shoulder length hair to super short, almost pixie cut. Just because I wanted to. ;)