Friday, January 21, 2011


Being bad was exciting! Maybe she should feel guilty? She couldn't dredge up the emotion, especially not when she felt so free.

She liked Jack Moore and not because of his traditional good looks, fabulous body, brown hair and warm brown eyes. Although a jock—which she equated with primitive barbaric cavemen beating their chests—Jack came across as a big ole' teddy bear; not what she envisioned. It was a good lesson in not judging a book by its cover.

"You know what I can't figure out is why such a hot girl like you doesn't have a boyfriend?" he asked, his eyes eating her up as quickly as he slurped on his milkshake. That look warmed her belly because no one ever looked at her this way.

Except for Nikolas at church, her evil inner-self reminded. After three weeks of lost sleep because of him, she refused to think further on Nikolas.

She swallowed and forced her thoughts off the blond church hottie. Contemplating, Jack's comment and his wide-eyed, eat her up stare, she feared she waded into waters deep enough to drown her. Excitement poured through her at the prospect!

No one in her own age bracket undressed her with their eyes and according to Daddy all the old folks in the church were perverts. She still wasn't sure she believed him. Lately, she'd begun to think his perception skewed and he needed a new filter.

Ridiculous really for someone as spectacular as Jack to think someone as gawky as her even passably hot. Madison wouldn't tell him the truth, that no boy had ever shown any interest in her. He might think she fished for compliments.

Either way, she liked the way he stared at her. And she liked that he thought her hot. Inside she preened, but played his comment cool—or hoped she did—with a small smile and casual shrug. "My daddy doesn't allow me to date," she said as she slathered a French fry with ketchup.

"Too bad."

Yeah, too bad, because she thought getting to know Jack Moore would lead to a whole lot of fun.

And a whole lot of bad, Madison Wescott, her sanctimonious inner voice chided.

Madison watched him watch her, his eyes following the fry from the plate to her mouth. She licked ketchup off her finger and his eyes grew shiny with some emotion her naïve mind couldn't process. Jack reached across the table and took her hand. A hot flush slithered through her body and she stared at his hand laid over hers.

He turned her hand over, palm side up and touched the tips of each fingertip. Tongue-tied, her other palm grew sweaty. Madison couldn't decide if she liked this new feeling or if it ranked right up there with puking. Nikolas breached her mind, how flushed and jittery she had grown from his simple touch. Nikolas's much simpler than Jack's, and, yet, her reaction to his way more potent. So potent she couldn't get him out of her mind even three weeks later.

"Do you think you could talk your daddy into letting me see you again?" He created lazy circles across her palm.

Doubtful. Instead of answering with the truth, she attempted a casual one-shoulder shrug she'd seen Momma pull off a million times and said, "Maybe it'd be more fun if he doesn't know about us."

Oh, good Lord, she would be in a load of trouble when Daddy discovered her sinful behavior. She had no doubt he'd discover her actions.

At least you'll be guilty of it this time, the devilish inner-voice murmured.

Jack Moore grinned. He obviously liked being bad too.

He walked her out to his pickup truck. Proving chivalry wasn't dead he opened the passenger door for her. He halted her by slapping his hand on the doorframe, barring her entrance into the cab. She met his eyes and caught more of that puzzling shiny-eyed glaze. He stared at her mouth for a long time before asking, "Would you object if I kissed you, Madison?"

Not trusting her voice, she shook her head hard. Nerves ripped through her nervous system and she forgot to breathe as she watched his head lower. His mouth struck hers and she stared at him, his eyes closed, and his forehead furrowed as if in deep pain.

His hand dropped from the door and cupped her neck, while his other hand landed on her hip, pulling her closer. She was in danger of her heart ramming out of her chest. She flinched in surprise when his tongue licked her lips and the thumb at her neck, relocated to her chin and tugged downward, parting her mouth.

Madison sucked in a hard shocked breath when his tongue touched hers. She knew about French kissing, she wasn't that big a dweeb, but she hadn't expected him to try it on her.

Madison jerked out of Jack Moore's embrace. Breathing hard, she touched her lips and stared at him.

"I'm sorry if I went too fast." He released her as if she burst into flames, took a couple of steps away from her and raked a hand through his hair. "You just…enthrall me with your beauty and innocence. The combination is attractive." No idea what to say, she stared at him mute, with diverse emotions chugging through her. Finally, he cleared his throat and asked, "Can I see you again?"


Time to play coy like Momma, she decided and executed what she hoped came across as one of Momma's sultry smiles and said, "If you're lucky."

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Cindy L said...

Hmm...Jack is attracted to her, when none of the other boys notice her. Is he genuine or is there an ulterior motive? It seems like men lust after her but not boys or am I reading too much into this?
I so hate surprises!
Looking forward to Lesson 6!

Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect said...

I'm enjoying Madison's lessons. Keep them coming. Now we're hooked.

Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

Gracen i love it!!! I am still stuck on Nikolas, but I think all these boys are interesting. I can't wait to read more :)

If you ever want to come on my blog let me know, okay!!!


Gracen Miller said...

LOL @ Cindy. I actually enjoy reading how much thought you put into the lesson. Almost every lesson is hinting at something.

Kathleen, I'm glad you're hooked!

LOL @ Brandy. I'm stuck on Nikolas too. *sigh* I will take you up on your blog offer. I'll be in touch soon!


stina6891 said...

I love Madison's attitude in this one! :) Onto the next one!

K.T. Bishop said...

I repeat: I am loving this!

Mindy fangedmom said...

YOU GO GIRL! TEAM MADISON all the way!!!!

Gracen Miller said...

LOL @ Mindy. It's easy to pick Madison over her psycho parents. But who'll you pick when there's other goodies to choose from? ;-)


Mindy fangedmom said...

If history repeats itself, I will pick the most PERFECT wrong one for sure!!! Yes Def team madison against her parents. I cant wait to see where this goes!!!

Heather Powers said...

choices choices....too much candy in the candy jar:)

Heather Powers

Nicole H. said...

ok must read on to see if she managed to stay "sultry" or if Nikolas comes back! These are addictive!

Andie said...

I Hope our mysterious Niko will come back soon, i still have no faith in Jack.

Gracen Miller said...

Just keep reading, Andie, he returns very soon!

Nicole, you have me giggling at your posts. lol

Thanks for joining the read along, Heather! =D


rhonda said...

My thoughts are that Nikolas is going to be the good boy and everything madison needs and Jack is going to be the bad boy full of himself and tons on temptations! lol, man poor girl, I am starting to feel her pain!

Robin said...

She seems so sweet and innocent and typical teen entering the world of love, romance, sexual interest and dating!

Robin D
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