Erin Miller

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Intrigued By First Sight Chapter Three

Author's note: I wrote this story back in 2012. However, I am revising it again in order to write the sequel Rougher Tides. Some of the dialogue will be changed although I'm doing my best to keep it to the original story line.  If you are interested in this story, you can read the full version by clicking on the following link and purchasing it. However, the story will be updated once this revision is complete.

Where the hell were you?” Jean demanded as Honey walked through the door. “I was worried about you. We live in a bad area, you know that.”
Sorry Jean. Lost track of time and went out for a bit,” Honey replied and shrugged.
You could have called,” Jean sighed. “Where were you anyway?”
I went out with Jackie,” Honey said and started walking to her bedroom.
Jackie? Jackie Miller? That bitch from our college?” Jean asked
incredulously. “No wonder you had me worried!”
You know, Jackie's not a bitch! She's actually really sweet and I don't appreciate you talking about her in that way,” Honey shouted and stormed to her bedroom followed by slamming the door.
Jean stared at Honey's bedroom door, stunned. What happened to her friend? First, she was mentioning how much of a jerk Jackie was and now she was calling the woman sweet? It didn't make any sense. What was going on? Honey could have anyone she wanted and she chose Jackie of all people? A woman that wasn't even that good looking? Jean sighed again.
Her bitterness towards her rejection from Honey was growing. She wanted Honey to herself and would stop at nothing to have her. Why couldn't Honey see how much Jean ached for her? Heck, they were so comfortable with each other it would have been natural for them to get together. That's what Jean was secretly wishing for when they got the apartment together. But now, Jackie Miller was the enemy.
Jean pondered a way to get rid of Jackie so Honey would come back to her. Honey loved only her right, even if it was only as sisters for now? That would need to change soon. Jean got into her bed thinking of mischievous ideas of how to get rid of Jackie.

Friday came quickly. Jean was watching something on the TV and Honey was straightening her hair in the bathroom. Excitement flowed through Honey about her dinner date with Jackie. She had to be careful not to get distracted by her thoughts while the flat iron was in her hair. Honey didn't really want to get too excited since Jackie would possibly disappoint her eventually. She didn't want to think that, but it was in the back of her head.
Humming a tune to herself, she wondered what outfit she should wear. Keeping Jackie's motorcycle in mind, she considered her options in her head and she sighed. Feeling like she was 16 again, she wondered if that's how she was indeed acting. Shaking those insecure thoughts away, she finished with the flat iron, brushed her teeth, and walked to her bedroom dressed in only a teal colored towel which didn't go unnoticed by Jean.
Inside her bedroom, Honey ransacked her closet for something suitable to wear. Throwing numerous outfits on her bed, nothing suited her current needs. Briefly she was tempted to dress in aluminum foil and smirked as pictured Jackie's reaction to that specific clothing choice. Finally, she settled on her Ugg boots, a black spaghetti strap top with a bluish green blouse she threw over it and a pair of jeans. After doing her makeup she took out a silver chain from her jewelry box that had a heart locket attached to it. Placing that around her neck, she was ready and began to walk out of the apartment but stopped when she saw Jackie. The fact that Jean stared at her longingly went unnoticed or if Honey was aware of it, she didn't let it show.
Jackie stood in the kitchen with her biker leathers on but her jacket was open, revealing a nave blue spaghetti strap top of her own. Around Jackie's neck was a gold chain with a locket in the shape of a dragon pendent, also gold.
How long have you been waiting here?” Honey asked.
I let her in a while ago, while you were getting changed,” Jean answered from her bed, still watching TV.
Honey blushed and Jackie smiled. Walking over to Jackie, she threw her arms around her and Jackie returned the embrace. They seemed perfect together as Honey briefly rested her head on Jackie's shoulder.
Ready for dinner? Hope you're hungry,” Jackie said still holding Honey and running her fingers through the blond's hair.
Honey broke the embrace, smiled at Jackie, and turned to face Jean.
Want anything while we're out?” Honey asked.
Nah, you two have fun,” Jean replied.
Alright, later,” Honey said and linked her arm with Jackie's.
The couple only had eyes for each other. They walked out of Honey and Jean's apartment together, looking at each other like the rest of the world was non-existent.
Jean watched them leave and her jealousy rose. Forcing herself to keep calm, she got off her bed and walked into the kitchen looking for something to eat. She had to protect Honey from Jackie, but how? Jackie was the enemy and it was clear Honey was infatuated with her.
Jean swallowed back bitterness. It was time to find someone new. Shaking her head, she refused to accept that thought. Honey was hers. She had to be. Jackie was no good for her. She began to make herself scrambled eggs and plotted how she would get Honey away from Jackie.

Jackie parked in the lot of a Chili's restaurant. Honey was impressed as it was one of her favorites. A favorite that she was able to afford sometimes anyway. She shook the thought away. Tonight wasn't a night of resentment, it was supposed to be a night of fun. Honey did think that Jackie would make a good cop one day, if she was this adamant about her future criminals to catch.
She dismounted Jackie's bike and unstrapped her helmet. Jackie did the same. She looked at Honey and smiled.
I knew this was one of your favorites but I was torn between here, red lobster, and another restaurant, but that last will be for another time. Suffice it to say that Red Lobster is my favorite restaurant,” Jackie said and winked.
Honey stuck her tongue out and Jackie laughed. Jackie stuck her own tongue out at Honey and made some playful and some sexual gestures with it. Honey laughed in spite of herself.
Oh stop,” she said and slapped Jackie's shoulder playfully.
Better to be pervy, than boring,” Jackie said, putting her hands up in mock surrender.
Honey stared, amused. Jackie let her hands drop and held Honey's hand in hers. They walked into the restaurant and waited to be seated. Honey beamed while with Jackie. It was like nothing else mattered at that moment. A brief thought struck her, but she forced it out of her mind and enjoyed the moment. She didn't even notice the d├ęcor of the restaurant or the numerous people gathered around them.
After the waiter seated them, they thumbed through their respective menus. Honey made a point to sit across the table from Jackie, so she wouldn't be distracted. Although she had to accept that all she wanted to do at that moment was kiss Jackie.
Do you know what you're getting?” Jackie asked.
I have an idea,” Honey replied.
I was looking for a 'yes' or a 'no',” Jackie said stupefied.
What are you getting?” Honey asked, laughing at Jackie's dumbstruck face.
The steak meal,” Jackie said and licked her lips hungrily.
Honey put a hand over her mouth and stifled a chuckle. Jackie was definitely an amusing date. Looking through her own menu once more, she finally decided what she wanted.
I know what I'm getting now,” Honey said.
Their waitress came up to them at that moment as if on cue. Taking out a pen and paper, she poised to start writing down their order.
Hello, welcome to Chili's. My name is Eileen and I'll be your server for tonight. Can I start you off with something to drink?” The waitress asked.
I'll take a coke with no ice,” Jackie said.
I'll have a raspberry iced tea,” Honey said when the waitress looked at her.
Okay, are you ready to order or do you need a couple more minutes?” Eileen asked.
We can order now,” Jackie said and stretched her arms out.
What will you be having,” Eileen asked as she set her pen to paper.
I'll take a medium rare steak with the mashed potato side and a side of brocoli. Oh, I also want the lobster bisque,” Jackie responded with animated gusto.
And what will you be having?” Eileen turned to Honey.
I'll take the chicken alfredo,” Honey answered and handed her menu and Jackie's to Eileen.
Thanks. I'll place your order in now,” Eileen said and walked away with the menus in her hands.
You've surprised me again,” Jackie stated.
I was expecting you to be the type to only order water and a salad. You don't seem the type to like any carb,” Jackie explained.
It just goes to show, the cliche 'Dont judge a book by its cover,' is definitely right in my case,” Honey said and laughed.
Unfortunately, books get judged by their covers all the time. Some of the greatest books written are never read because of a lame cover,” Jackie said and sighed.
I hope when I finish my book it gets a decent cover,” Honey said and her eyes wandered off.
Eileen came back to their table bearing a tray with drinks. She set the drinks on the table and straws next to them. After asking the couple if they needed anything more, they shook their heads no, and she walked away.
I thought you were going to school for child study?” Jackie asked.
Doesn't mean I can't write a book too,” Honey said defensively.
Relax,” Jackie said and placed her elbows on the table and her chin in her hands “You just keep getting more interesting and I mean that in a good way. What type of book are you writing?”
Seeing the genuine curiosity in Jackie's eyes, Honey breathed a sigh of relief.
It's still a work in progress. It's a book to expose corporate conspiracy and how women still aren't equal in today's society,” Honey said.
Wow, sounds like two books,” Jackie said simply.
That's the problem of course,” Honey sighed and looked Jackie in the eyes “I'm so disorganized with it and every time I try to complete the book there is still more to take out. The last version I wrote involved what I just mentioned and included religious and atheist indoctrination and how racism is still in existence today.”
Jackie looked at Honey thoughtfully. She pondered over Honey's topics for a moment. Honey thought she was about to fall asleep when Jackie perked up and snapped her fingers.
I got it,” Jackie said “You have an idea for a series of nonfictional books. There are plenty topics to choose from and you just got to zero in on one at a time. Or submit articles to magazines and web sites.”
You're right but I thought I was able to pick your brain on politics today. Can we go back to that?” Honey asked playfully.
Jackie closed her eyes for a minute and shrugged. She opened her eyes, spread her arms out theatrically and, and smiled widely.
Ask away and I shall answer,” Jackie said, still smiling and she put her arms down.
Jackie's smile was beautiful. Honey couldn't resist the feeling of attraction she had for her. But Jackie was a jerk. No, she couldn't be. The jerk was a facade and Honey was learning quickly that the real Jackie was a sweet heart.
How do you feel about same sex marriage?” Honey blurted and wished she could take that question back.
Panic and anxiety gripped her as Jackie looked at her silently. The brunette's face twitched a little and Honey grew even more apprehensive trying to think of any question she could ask quickly to save herself from her mishap of words. Why did she have to ask such a stupid question to begin with?
Personally, I think marriage is outdated. Still, everyone should have the right to marry. People against love are just voicing their own insecurities,” Jackie replied.
Interesting,” Honey said “Are you into polygamy?”
Please say no. Please say no! Honey was hoping Jackie was monogamous but she wasn't sure. Right now polygamy was in and Honey was old fashioned when it came to dating or relationships. She only wanted to be one on one with someone. Mentally crossing her fingers, she waited for Jackie's response.
Honestly, no, unless I'm single. When I'm single anyone is game as long as no one is hurt in the process. But if I'm committed to someone, I only want that person and no one else,” Jackie replied truthfully.
Honey eased her shoulders unaware that she had scrunched them up waiting for Jackie's response. Looking at Jackie, the brunette only smiled. Jackie winked and placed a hand over Honey's.
If I was in a relationship with you, I'd commit to you,” Jackie stated.
Honey looked at her in surprised. This was only the second date, did they intend to get together more often? She had the burning desire to tell Jackie yes, but she wanted to go slow. Did she really want Jackie to be the first person she could be serious with. Honey didn't know.
Are you asking to be in a relationship with me? That's kind of fast don't you think? I don't want to fall for the U-haul trap,” Honey said, which led Jackie to lean back and laugh while her hand was still on Honey's.
U-haul trap. Ha, that's hilarious. Seriously where do you come up with this stuff?” Jackie blurted between laughs.
Dinner is served,” Eileen came in just then and set their plates down.
Jackie picked up her fork and knife, cut into her steak and started shoveling bites down her mouth. Honey in contrast, cut up her chicken and mixed it with her alfredo and noodles. She looked at Jackie who was now working on her mashed potatoes leaving half of her steak alone for the time being. Honey took a forkful of her own food and chewed slowly. Silence passed between them as they ate.
What's with Jean?” Jackie asked between forkfuls of food.
What about her,” Honey asked and lifted an eyebrow.
She seems possessive. Are two together?” Jackie asked.
Me and Jean? Dating?” Honey laughed. “We've been best friends since high school. We're not dating, we only live together.”
Could have fooled me with the way Jean was obsessing over you while you were in your bedroom,” Jackie replied and spoonful of her bisque.
Really?” Honey grew annoyed “What did she say?”
She was mentioning how beautiful you are and how naive you can be,” Jackie responded “You are beautiful. She also mentioned about you not knowing when someone has a crush on you. Honestly, I think she has feelings for you. Have you ever acted on them? She's not bad looking, not my type, but certainly not ugly.”
Sighing and putting her fork down, Honey looked at Jackie. Jackie looked at her and waited.
I knew Jean had a crush on me ever since our last year of high school but I don't share those feelings. Even if I did share the feelings, Jean is much to jealous and possessive. She'd explode over the smallest mishap and I don't need that in a relationship,” Honey explained.
You haven't even slept with her?” Jackie asked, eyes wide in shock.
No I haven't,” Honey answered.
Have you slept with anyone?” Jackie asked.
That's personal information that no one needs to share,” Honey shot back with ice.
Oh wow, you're a virgin,” Jackie exclaimed.
Having enough, Honey stood over the table and clamped her hands over Jackie's mouth. Jackie's eyes belied true fear and as she stared at Honey, she noticed that the blond's expression was hurt and angry.
Please don't do that,” Honey said, after calming down and sat back down in her seat. “I don't want people to know and I imagine you'll ask me how I know I'm gay next? Do you know how frustrating it is being asked that? I have to lie about sleeping with men just so I can avoid the temper tantrums most people throw at me for being a virgin and attracted to the same sex!”
I wasn't going to ask that,” Jackie said truthfully. “I can't stand when people ask that either. I hate when people do that. It's like asking a man how he knows he's interested in women if he has never had sex with women before. You don't need to have a sexual experience with the opposite sex to know if you are attracted to them and it's the same for same sex couples. People just don't know how to accept differences is all.”
Still, some of the dates I've had in the past always ended in failure once the other person realized I never had any sexual experiences before,” Honey admitted “They think I'll end up cheating on them with some man and then some. I'm not like that at all though.”
You're probably being labeled as bisexual or bi-curious then,” Jackie replied and went back to eating her bisque “Don't sweat it.”
What's wrong with a person who identifies as bisexual or bi-curious?” Honey asked irritated and took another small bite of her own food.
For starters, most of the bisexuals I know want a girl and a guy at the same damn time, and to me that's greedy,” Jackie said and clenched her fist “In my own personal experience, relationships like that never end well. If all parties in the relationship consent it's really none of my business but I don't like being dragged into threesomes I have no intention of doing or being treated like a side dish. As for bi-curious people, most of them need to be honest instead of leading people in a string of games.”
In that case I agree with you,” Honey said “But not every bisexual and bicurious person is like what you just mentioned. Really it's none of our business and there are people who identify as lesbians and gays who do the same thing. I wont take part in a relationship like that but I don't think it's fair to judge someone who does take part in a relationship like that.”
Honey, I'm monogamous. Please tell me you're the same,” Jackie said.
I am,” Honey replied “I guess we would be classified as too conservative for our own good.”
Both of them laughed. Jackie looked at Honey.
Would you like to commit to me, and we can be our conservative selves together while the liberal minded bedroom people scoff at us?”
Honey laughed in turn and looked once more into Jackie's blue eyes. This could never get old to her.
This is only the second date, but I feel drawn to you. I think I'll take the gamble and say yes,” Honey replied.
Okay, so Friday wasn't that bad if you want me to stay,” Jackie teased.
Oh hush you,” Honey said and chuckled.
Oh and Honey,” Jackie said and peered into Honey's green eyes. “Don't feel pressured about sex. No need to rush. And if it doesn't happen with us, make sure it's with someone you trust and will treat you right.”
Honey smiled a warm smile.
Thank you,” Honey said.
Would you two like anything for desert?” Eileen asked when she walked by.
Just the check please,” Jackie answered.

Jean inwardly cringed when Honey entered their apartment in high spirits. The blond's smile brightened the room and Jean wanted none of it. Honey waltzed around the kitchen, oblivious to Jackie's inner turmoil.
How'd it go?” Jean asked.
It was wonderful,” Honey answered “Jackie's so different from what you'd expect.”
Jean nodded. She turned off her video game and looked at Honey.
What did you two do?” She asked, knowing Honey needed direct questions once in a while.
We ate at Chili's and just talked,” Honey replied and walked into her bedroom, leaving the door open.
As Honey was changing into more comfortable clothing Jean shuddered, realizing she had lost. She pondered convincing Honey to have an open relationship with Jackie so this way she can have her as well. No, that wouldn't work. She wanted Honey to herself. Jackie had to go.
I can't believe all you two did was talk,” Jean said.
Oh we're only seeing each other as well. Both of us are monogamous, so that's awesome and I'm oddly relieved,” Honey said happily.
Jean's eyes widened. She felt like she was stabbed in the heart. Why, oh why, did this happen? Why couldn't Honey realize the feelings she had for her.
Good for you,” Jean said hiding her scorn.
She's really wonderful. You would never expect how sweet she is,” Honey said.
Or maybe she just wants to get into your pants and leave you at the drop of a hat,” Jean retorted.
Oh come on Jean. Don't do this. Why do you always do this?”
Or she'll be like Sarah,” Jean replied.
That's not fair and you know it,” Honey shot back.
Honey had dated a woman named Sarah back in high school. Once Sarah found out she liked men better, she left Honey in a heartbeat. She didn't understand why Sarah didn't just say she was experimenting and Honey wondered if what Sarah said what she felt at the time for her was even real. Honey shook her head. The past was the past and didn't need to be brought up. Anger seethed through her at Jean's blatant disregard for her past lover.
Good night Jean,” Honey said, not hiding her annoyance.

Night Honey,” Jean said, oblivious.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Intrigued by First Sight Chapter Two

Author's note: I wrote this story back in 2012. However, I am revising it again in order to write the sequel Rougher Tides. Some of the dialogue will be changed although I'm doing my best to keep it to the original story line.  If you are interested in this story, you can read the full version by clicking on the following link and purchasing it. However, the story will be updated once this revision is complete. 

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Hey Jean,” Honey called out as she walked up to the bus terminal in front of the campus grounds.
Hey Honey,” Jean called back and waved.
Honey walked up to her friend and hugged her. They sat at the bench at the bus terminal. Jean looked at her friend expectantly.
I met someone today,” Honey blurted out.
Really?” Jean asked “Do tell.”
A woman in my comp class. Her name's Jackie. I had no idea we were in the same class until today,” Honey answered.
Ah I see,” Jean answered, hiding her feelings of jealousy.
Yeah, she's beautiful. She has the most amazing blue eyes but she's a bit of a jerk. I haven't decided yet if she's a lovable jerk or not though,” Honey smirked.
Jean looked at her friend and forced a smile. Honey smiled back at her, unaware of Jean's strenous effort.
So, what about this chick?” Jean asked.
Ha, ha, you using those lines always makes me laugh,” Honey responded. “She wants to take me to dinner on Friday night.”
Already? That was quick! Are you actually going?” Jean asked, not able to hide the surprise in her voice. Honey never went on dates with anyone until she knew them on a friendly or more personal level, which probably explained why Honey was still single, although in Jean's mind, Honey was the most beautiful woman on campus.
After some 'persuasion' on Jackie's part I said yes. She's different, you know? She told me if I didn't like how the first date went I never had to speak to her again,” Honey said with a dreamy stare into the distance.
So, Jackie? Jackie Miller is it?” Jean asked.
Huh? How'd you know?” Honey asked snapping back into reality and immensely curious at this new discovery.
She's in my intro to psych class. She's confused for a man a lot and is a jerk. How'd you get mixed up with her to begin with?” Jean responded and sighed.
I don't know how anyone can confuse her for a man. She's gorgeous and although she is a jerk I think there's more to her. I hope I get to find out on Friday. You want to know how it goes?” Honey asked and tucked a strand of blond hair behind her ear.
You're so naive. Definitely keep me posted. I'd hate to see you on the news,” Jean said and crossed her arms to her chest.
Jean, stop being so cynical. Be happy for me please? Perhaps if you weren't so cynical, you'd find someone,” Honey argued back.
Jean flinched as their bus showed up but she didn't say a word. They boarded the bus, paid their fare and sat in the back.
I can't wait to get home,” Jean sighed.
Me too,” Honey agreed.

Honey and Jean shared a one bedroom apartment. Jean turned the living room into her room and Honey took the bedroom. The two had been living together ever since they graduated high school. Jean worked as a cashier and Honey did odd jobs here and there but always managed to bring money home and come up with her portion of the rent.
I'll be back around nine or ten,” Jean said after she changed into her work clothes.
See ya,” Honey answered as was custom.
Honey focused on her homework assignments and then she checked her e-mails for job notifications. Perusing through the e-mails , she saved some of interest and then opened up a Microsoft word file. Secretly, Honey was writing a book but like all most writers, she just couldn't finish a manuscript. As she was typing away, her cell phone rang and Jackie's name was displayed across it.
What the-” she said and answered her cell.
Hey, Jackie. A bit clingy aren't we? I'm starting to get creeped out,” Honey said.
I was just testing to see how you sounded over the phone,” Jackie replied.
Nice try,” Honey laughed. “What do you want?”
Jig is up! Just wanted to talk is all, honest.”
Yeah sure,” Honey said and rolled her eyes. “Tell me that and I'll believe another. Now, what do you want?”
Want to go for a cup of coffee instead? You can tell me then if you still want to come with me on Friday or not,” Jackie answered.
Okay, we can do that,” Honey answered pulling her cell phone to her face and looking at it in disbelief.
Cool. I'm in front of your apartment.”
Wh-what? How the hell do you know where I live? I haven't given you directions or anything,” Honey answered flabbergasted.
I'm a criminal justice major remember? Oh, I'm also on a motorcycle,” Jackie answered.
Sure you didn't follow me this whole time? And a motorcycle? As if I'm stupid enough to not wear something that would end up making me get wiped off the road with a squeegee. I'll be right down you stalking jerk,” Honey could have sworn she heard Jackie laughed at that but she hung up the phone too quick to tell.
Looking at her watch, the time was 7:30. Sighing, she dressed in a pair of leather pants which she hoped would be enough. She put on a hot pink tank top and a leather jacket over it, followed by a pair of brown Ugg boots. Honey hoped Jackie had an extra helmet.
Jackie stood outside next to her Harley Davidson. It was black with flames across it and two green dragons. She held two helmets in one hand and her other hand was on her side. Honey breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of the extra helmet.
Hi Jackie,” she said.
You don't look half bad in leather,” Jackie smirked.
Honey looked at her incredulously. Neither do you, she wanted to blurt out but managed to give a half smile instead. Jackie handed Honey the extra helmet.
Where are we going?” Honey asked.
A neat little coffee shop. I figure it would be less stressful than dinner for a first date, and you seem to the type to need to take things slow,” Jackie responded and Honey just held her helmet in her hands.
Are you saying I seem retarded to you?” Honey asked annoyed.
No. Let me make a correction. I want to take things slow with you as you're intriguing and I don't want you as just a one night stand,” Jackie replied smiling.
That makes me feel, oh, so much better. Next you claim you won't want to get in bed with me right away because you feign respect for me. I know your type,” Honey answered looking at Jackie and not relenting.
As Honey looked into Jackie's eyes, she saw the same look of pain from earlier and quickly turned away. Why did Jackie have to be so open with her emotions? Why did she even care about Jackie's emotions? They only just met today, but something inside her was giving way and she had no idea what.
Jackie placed a hand under Honey's chin and lifted her face to meet hers. Staring into Honey's emerald green eyes, the blond blinked.
Well, Honey, just give me a chance tonight. If it doesn't go well, I'll leave you alone, but I really would like just one date with you,” Jackie said and a tone of uncertainty didn't escape Honey.
Honey's breath caught as she realized she didn't want Jackie to leave her alone. Confused as to why she felt this way about someone she only just met, she nodded meekly. Jackie let her hand go from under Honey's face back to her side.
Put your helmet on. We got a way to go before we get there,” Jackie said cheerfully.
Jackie strapped her own helmet on and mounted her bike. Honey followed suit. She wrapped her arms around the brunette's waist and Jackie started the Harley and they sped off.
Holding on tight, Honey had to fight panic attacks for each suicidal turn and whenever Jackie did a crazy stunt. Jackie jacked up the speed and Honey was incredulous at each move and started praying to a god she didn't even believe in.
It seemed like a long time to Honey was actually only 15 minutes. The drive was over and Honey was holding onto Jackie for dear life not realizing Jackie had already parked. Jackie placed her hand on Honey's arm.
Honey,” Jackie coaxed. “It's alright. We're here now and you're safe.”
Honey looked up and saw they were at the coffee shop that her and Jean usually frequented about once a year during the summer months. Slowly, she let go of Jackie and got off the bike. Her legs wobbled a bit but she quickly regained her balance and started taking off her helmet.
Quickly following suit, Jackie took both their helmets and placed them on her bike. She linked her arm in Honey's and they walked inside the coffee shop. Directly in front of them the counter was situated that held pastries in the display shelves and workers behind it making coffee and other things. Inside the store a few orange couches and coffee tables were strategically placed. Only a handful of patrons sat on some of the couches drinking from coffee cups and munching on small cakes. For the most part, the place looked deserted and it was odd to Honey, but it was fall, and business boomed in summer. She shrugged.
The couple walked to the counter, arms still linked. The counter clerk gave a curt nod and Jackie looked at Honey.
Order whatever you want,” Jackie said, grinning.
Honey looked at the menu and noticed her favorite drink wasn't listed. She shrugged mentally and figured what she got was seasonal anyway.
I'll have a chamomile tea,” she ordered.
The counter clerk typed in the order and looked at Jackie. She stood there a moment, glancing at the menu herself and had her hand under her chin and her arms together in a thinking pose. Honey forced herself not to laugh.
I'll have a regular tea with three sugars and a drop of milk. And three rainbow cookies,” Jackie ordered.
The counter clerk rang them up and Jackie paid the total. She waited patiently at the counter and carried their order to one of the empty coffee tables. Jackie leaned back on the couch. Honey sat down next to her and began sipping her tea.
Picking up a rainbow cookie, Jackie threw it in her mouth ate it and washed it down with her tea.
So what was the main reason you decided to become a teacher?” Jackie asked.
I always loved school and got along with my teachers. It made sense. If my future students become successful in their adult lives as well as their academic careers I will know I'm a good teacher,” Honey answered and shrugged. “What about you? What made you want to become a cop? Why not a lawyer, or even political science since you say you want to try your hand at politics eventually?”
Jackie smiled and tucked a loose strand of hair behind Honey's ear. Secretly, she loved that Honey didn't pull away from her. She had her alright.
I was always drawn to cops. My family expected me to be creative but I don't have a creative bone in my body, at least not for literature and art although I certainly appreciate it. I'm more practical and being a cop gives me a steady income and I can get a great workout. Of course, helping people is a plus. Although studying to become a lawyer may be something I'll do in the future, and maybe make a better criminal justice system,” Jackie responded and shrugged.
Honey took a sip of her tea and watched as Jackie wolfed down another rainbow cookie. “Is your family creative?” Honey asked.
Yeah, I guess you can say that,” Jackie said and shrugged again, followed by taking another sip of her tea.
You'll have to tell me about them eventually,” Honey said.
Jackie smiled at Honey and Honey flashed a genuine smile back. Jackie pecked Honey on the cheek and Honey blushed.
So what's your stance on politics?” Honey asked, in an effort to veer away from imagining Jackie without her leathers. Jackie laughed.
Depends on which issue you want to know about,” Jackie answered.
Honey sighed. She sipped her tea and searched for a topic. What was popular right now?
How do you feel about abortion?” Honey asked without skipping a beat.
Jackie looked at her stunned. She sipped her tea and calculated thoughtfully.
I don't how to answer that since I'm afraid to. I wasn't expecting our conversation to get this heavy,” Jackie said. “I'm also afraid you might reject me, if I do answer you.”
Honey looked at Jackie, also stunned. Seeing Jackie's expression of angst, she laughed.
Why would I reject you for an opinion? I'd probably agree with you or not. Besides you said I can pick your brains on politics and you of all people should know that two people don't necessarily have to have the same opinion on something,” Honey explained and leaned her hand on the side of Jackie's face. Jackie took her own hand and held Honey's hand there against her face for a few minutes. Eventually she let go, and Honey took her hand back.
Honestly, it's none of my business,” Jackie said. “What a woman does with her body is her choice. Why does anyone need a say in what someone else chooses to do with their own body?”
Interesting,” Honey said “I feel the same way although many pro-lifers would disagree with out viewpoint on this. How about men's reproductive health?”
That doesn't affect me, so why should I care?” Jackie asked and drank another sip of her tea, followed by placing her leg over her other leg. “Let's leave politics alone for right now, and go with something light. What kind of music do you listen to?”
I'm eclectic and listen to a little of everything. I just can't stand rap or classical,” Honey said in between sips of her own tea. “My favorite is rock and grunge.”
Wow, wasn't expecting that. I was expecting you to say pop and R and B,” Jackie laughed.
Oh hush,” Honey said and slapped Jackie's shoulder playfully. “Do you read books?”
Yep. Law books, science journals, things like that.”
How original,” Honey gritted her teeth “No fiction at all?”
Stephen King, Tami Hoag, John Crisham, Dean Koonts, Joyce Carol Oates, the list goes on. Some lesbian fiction authors too but I can't remember all of their names. You?”
Honey swallowed and looked at Jackie with surprise. There was more to this jerk than she had originally expected.
I do like the authors you mentioned. I have them on my e-reader.”
Nothing wrong with e-readers,” Jackie clapped. “I have some myself.”
Honey smiled at Jackie. Most of the people she talked to hated e-readers and said some excuse or other to not use them. Jackie was proving to be different. She looked into the brunette's eyes and Jackie leaned closer to her. Before Honey was aware, Jackie's lips met hers. Eyes widening as Jackie's closed, Honey relented, closed her eyes and responded to the kiss and wrapped her arms around Jackie's neck. Still kissing, Jackie wrapped her own arms around Honey's waist.
Heart racing as she kissed Jackie, her heart stirred and it went down to her groin. She felt like she was having her first kiss all over again, but with Jackie who not only was a great kisser in her mind, but she also didn't want the kiss to end. Suppressing a small moan that wanted to escape from her lips, as a tingling sensation went up and down her body, she began wondering what the bedroom would be like. Honey held Jackie even tighter as their tongues played in a rough manner.
After a while, Jackie pulled away from Honey breaking their kiss. Honey breathed and didn't bother to loosen her grip from Jackie. Instead she looked into Jackie's eyes and pecked her lips. Finally, she pulled away.
Closing time is in five minutes,” the counter clerk called and both of them snapped back to reality.
Honey glanced at her watch and it was 11:00. Shoot, she knew Jean would worry and she didn't leave a note. The couple stood up and linked their arms again as they exited the coffee shop.
Guess it's safe to say I'll pick you up Friday night,” Jackie said and chuckled.
Honey smiled and then pulled Jackie into her arms. It was a bit awkward, Jackie's five foot ten to Honey's five foot five but it worked. Honey kissed Jackie deeply. The same feeling from before tingling through her body, her knees growing weak, and this time she couldn't suppress her small moan. Hoping it went unnoticed, the brunette only held her tighter. Honey broke the kiss this time around.
Friday should be more interesting. I shouldn't have kissed you though, not on the first date,” Honey lamented.
Jackie placed a hand on Honey's shoulder. Honey looked up at her and Jackie only smiled.
I believe every moment of our kissed worth it and I hope we have many more in the future,” Jackie said and winked.
I hate you,” Honey answered, and Jackie only laughed.
Let me get you home. It's late and it's a school night,” Jackie said and started strapping on her helmet.
What are you, my mother?” Honey asked and heard a muffled laugh from Jackie's helmet.

Honey strapped her own helmet and mounted the bike after Jackie did. On the ride back home, Jackie didn't pull any cray stunts and Honey was relieved.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Intrigued By First Sight Chapter One

Author's note: I wrote this story back in 2012. However, I am revising it again in order to write the sequel Rougher Tides. Some of the dialogue will be changed although I'm doing my best to keep it to the original story line.  If you are interested in this story, you can read the full version by clicking on the following link and purchasing it. However, the story will be updated once this revision is complete. 
"Chapter One"
Biting into her tuna fish sandwich, Honey chewed quietly. Her blond hair swayed in the light spring breeze. She was sitting at a picnic table across from her friend Jean Hunter who had wavy jet black hair and was currently immersed in her laptop. Both women were attending the local community college and in two different majors. They had also attended high school together and Jean had a crush on her friend, though she would never tell her. Honey was aware of her friend's feelings but did not reciprocate them. So their relationship was that of sisters, and nothing more.
Jean typed away at her laptop cursing under her breath. Honey looked up at her companion after placing her half eaten sandwich back on her plate.
What's the matter Jean?” she asked.
Jean sighed. Running her fingers through her hair, she did a quick calculation on her fingers.
I've rewritten this paper ten times so far and it's still not right!” Jean answered, defeated.
Honey looked at her thoughtfully. She pushed her paper plate to the side and grabbed Jean's laptop. Jean let her do this as was custom when she was struggling with an assignment. Honey read through the document nodding thoughtfully when a certain paragraph caught her interest. She looked up at Jean once she was done reading it.
Aside from a few grammatical errors I can't find anything wrong with it. Your article is very thought provoking, honestly,” Honey said.
Jean stared at her blankly. She took her computer back from Honey. Then she gave Honey a cynical look.
Are you sure you're not saying that because you're my best friend?” she asked.
Honey flinched, hurt by the question Jean put forth. She always did her best to answer Jean truthfully, and sometimes took painstaking care to word things so Jean wouldn't get upset. It was a painful process and one that only recently developed in their last year of high school. Right now, they were both in their freshman year of college.
You know I always answer you truthfully,” Honey explained for what seemed like the millionth time that year. She patted Jean's hand and looked sincerely into Jean's flashing emerald eyes.
I know you do,” Jean answered. “I love you.”
I love you too Jean. You're the sister I never had,” Honey stole a glance at her watch. “I have to go now, my comp class is in ten minutes.”
Jean nodded and threw herself back into the virtual world of her laptop. Honey picked up her books and purse as well as her plate with the half eaten tuna sandwich and walked away. She threw her plate out in the nearest trash can and walked across campus grounds into the building her class was in.
On the campus grounds there were five large buildings and three smaller ones. The campus grounds also contained a football field and a track. There was a baseball field and a small pond in which numerous Canadian geese and sometimes fowl or turkeys gathered.
Honey walked to her class which was on the first floor of one of the five major buildings. The building she was in contained the English department which also contained the foreign languages cluster. Once inside her class, she took a seat at one of the desks in the front of the room. She placed her purse under her chair and the books on her desk and silently waited. Glancing at her watch again, there was only five minutes left before class began.
Opening her notebook she started doodling to pass the time. Hearing footsteps she looked up from her doodle. The footsteps belonged to a woman with shoulder length light brown hair which complimented her eyes, blue as the ocean. She wore masculine biker clothing and held a helmet in one hand. A black backpack was slung over her shoulder and chains dangled down the sides of her pants. Her outfit was complete with black steel toe combat boots.
She slumped down in a desk beside Honey and dumped her pack to one side of her, and after trying to fit her helmet under her desk, decided better of it and placed it next to her backpack. The woman took a few books out of her pack as well as a pen and placed it on her desk. Placing her hand over her mouth to stifle a yawn, she turned to face Honey.
Hey, I'm Jackie Miller,” she introduced herself.
I'm Honey Elizabeth. It's nice to meet you,” Honey answered politely as possible.
Ha! Ha! You sound so formal, love it,” Jackie said, leaned back and chuckled.
Still chuckling, Jackie looked at Honey. Her blue eyes sparkled and Honey was forced to test her resolve and not stare or lose herself in those eyes.
I'm just not in the mood,” she stated coldly.
What's your major?” Jackie asked dryly.
Child study. What's yours?”
Criminal justice,” Jackie said and stretched her arms out.
So you're going to be a cop?” Honey asked, unimpressed.
What's with the attitude? At least I'd get paid more than a teacher,” Jackie replied.
A waste of tax dollars,” Honey said irritably.
So is teaching in a manner of speaking,” Jackie shot back forcing herself to keep her voice low.
No it's not!” Honey shouted, frustration growing on her.
Yes, it is,” said Jackie and she cracked her knuckles.
How do you figure?” Honey asked and placed her arms on her desk.
It's rare to find a kid who can read properly or doesn't have some sort of learning disability. What's your problem with cops?”
It's rare to find an honest cop.” Honey answered truthfully and stopped herself from shivering.
I imagine you'll say you want to change the reputation of teachers next and claim to be a good one,” Jackie retorted unaware of Honey's inner struggle to not stare at Jackie.
I don't think you understand the whole story behind the bad reputation of teachers but to answer you're question I plan on trying. I imagine you say you'll be an honest cop.”
I can say the same to both things,” Jackie answered and shrugged.
What made you decide to become a cop, aside from the obvious?”
Jackie laughed and ran her fingers through her hair.
I can ask you the same about being a teacher.”
I asked you first,” Honey said adamantly, refusing to let Jackie win.
Okay, okay,” Jackie chuckled once more. “I want to help people and one day try my hand at politics.”
Honey looked at Jackie thoughtfully. She couldn't deny she was fascinated by her and she couldn't afford any distractions. She sighed.
Interesting. Good luck getting into a male dominated institution such as the police force,” Honey said, still not wanting to stop the verbal play.
How about you go to dinner with me on Friday and we can talk about it more?” Jackie grinned.
Why would I want to go on a dinner date with you?” Honey asked and rolled her eyes.
Why not? It's obvious you find me irresistably attractive and intriguing. You also have the chance of a free dinner since I pay for my dates and you can ask me whatever you want. Not to mention what woman can resist riding a motorcycle,” Jackie replied still grinning, knowing she had already won.
Keep dreaming you psychopath,” Honey screamed and Jackie's grin was not to be erased.
Honey Elizabeth, I advise you to keep your socializing to a bare minimum during class time.”
Honey looked up and flushed with embarrassment but shook it off.
I apologize Professor Abernathy.”
Honey stole a quick glance at Jackie who only winked at her and went back to her books. Honey gave Jackie a look of annoyance although she didn't see it. She handn't noticed until now that the class was filled with the rest of the students in the class. Remembering to breathe, Honey focused on her school work.
So when should I pick you up?” Jackie asked as both and her and Honey walked out of the class.
I'm not going on a date with you so just forget it,” Honey replied and tried to walk away quickly but was prevented by a bustle of other students rushing by.
Why not? I already said I'd pay for you and you can't deny your attraction to me. I can read it all over your face,” Jackie answered.
Why can't you accept 'No' for an answer? This is one of the problems with people like you who become cops. None of you know the meaning of 'no' and then you wonder why people don't like cops,” Honey explained and as soon as she saw the look of pain on Jackie's face she regretted her last comment.
Well, why not just one date? After that, if you don't want to talk to me anymore I'll leave you alone,” Jackie said flatly.
Honey sighed and looked at Jackie in surprise. She was certainly persistent but was willing to compromise. To her, Jackie's type only wanted one thing which was why she always turned people like that down in the past. Honey was still a virgin to both males and females, although many people believed otherwise. Although Honey was attracted only to women, she knew letting anyone know that she was a virgin was a big mistake. Still, it seemed Jackie wasn't interested in just sex. Breathing a sigh of relief, Honey hoped her feeling was correct.
Okay, I'll go on one date with you,” Honey answered and she saw Jackie beam with happiness. Honey suppressed a smile, forcing the thought of Jackie being cute out of her mind.
On Friday then, I'll pick you up. I'll need your phone number and your address though or are you one of those extreme facebook users?” Jackie asked.
Honey chuckled.
I'll give you my number and you can call me when you want to pick me up. I'll give you directions to my house then.”
Okay, sure thing,” Jackie said and pulled out her cell phone from her belt clip.

The two exchanged numbers and each walked to their own respective classes. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Introduction (MUST BY LGBTQ+ Friendly)

Erin Miller holds a BA in visual arts and graphic design with an honors track and a special interest in art history. Two honor societies that she has been inducted into are the International Distinguished Scholars Society and the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. While she was an undergraduate, she was the vice president of Spoken Word (Poetry club) and president of the Art Club. As a leader, she gained a small following and created numerous events and field trips for the Art Club. All these efforts led her to winning an award for "Most Improved Club" for the year of 2015.

Erin has interned and volunteered in numerous art galleries and museums on Long Island. These places include but are not limited to; Islip Art Museum (IAM), The Phoenix Arts Gallery, The New York Art Connection, The Anthony Giordano Gallery, and Artspace Patchogue. Art is what brings communities together and Erin is always seeking opportunities in this field.

Aside from Erin's academic achievements, she is also a writer and a poet. She has been published a few times in Lesbian Connection magazine and as US poet in "The Daily Star," a newspaper in Bangladesh. Erin is also the co-owner of Diamond in the Rough Publishing and plans to do more with that in the near future.

She runs three blogs; a book review blog, an art and poetry blog, and a story blog. Erin also has an etsy shop in which she sells ready made and custom art work, a fiverr account where she sells custom art work and tarot and oracle card readings, and a smashwords account that she sells novels, short stories, and poetry collections. You can also find her on facebook.

Zombie Erin's stories was an idea she had in her head for a while before putting it into practice. Ever since Erin got into an accident where she had to get surgery in her leg so she would be able to walk again, one of her brothers nicknamed her 'Zombie' and the name stuck. So, Zombie Erin's stories was born. Erin writes stories that revolve around lesbian characters or at least have lesbian characters in them, no matter what. It is her hope that one day, labels will no longer be a necessity and true equality will be had for all.

The Novels coming up for this blog are as follows:

1. Updated and Revised Intrigued by First Sight

2. Rougher Tides

3. For the Love of Family (Novel and not the free short story currently on smashwords.)

4. Aeryin and Lanya (A science fiction novel that will need to have a better name. Erin is open to suggestions.)

5. The Dragonfly Sword

The short stories are still in the works but they will be posted as they are finished. Please note that the above list is tentative and it is not necessarily in order.

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