So here’s a fun little teaser. I’ve written so many different types of things in this novel this week that it’s hard to believe that this was one of them, but once I went back that far I wanted to share with you.
Previously on Taylor-Made: Taylor found out he was a Simulant/BOIS-friend–an android programmed to be the perfect boyfriend. He is the one and only Simulant recycled from another one, who was named Justin and belonged to Malinda. Taylor has been having dreams of Justin’s life with Malinda. Taylor is actually programmed for Rosie.
“Taylor?” Malinda says softly. She’s looking at me now, and her eyes sparkle in the flickering of the TV’s light. She’s closer too, and she folds her knees under her on the couch, leaning in towards me. “This is so stupid, and I know it’s going to ruin everything…”
“No it won’t. Just say it.” My mouth feels dry. I don’t know what I think she’s going to say.
She says nothing at all. She sits up on her knees, putting her face just higher than mine. She pushes my hair back and leans in to kiss my forehead, but before she can, I tip my face up and meet her lips with mine. Her eyes widen in surprise, but she clenches her hands in my hair and practically melts into me. I wrap my arms around her waist, like I’ve been wanting to do all night, to be honest, and I pull her tight against me. Her body against mine, I can’t stop thinking about it that night, her naked body in the moonlight.
She lets out a soft moan, but I push her away. My face is on fire, and my body’s warming up quickly. I push myself off the couch and run to the kitchen for some water. Oh, god, is my body punishing me for kissing someone other than Rosie?
I find a glass exactly where I know it is and pour some water from the faucet. I take a great swig from the glass. It’s not cold enough.
“Taylor?” Malinda hugs the doorway, watching me.
“Malinda, I can’t. I physically can’t. I– God, I’m burning up.”
“Oh,” she says softly. She enters the room and puts her hand against my cheek. Her fingers are cold. “No, Justin did the same thing. It’s okay. You’re okay.”
Justin? I look at her like she’s crazy. There’s no way he kissed another woman. “The same…”
She hesitates and looks around. “Maybe I’m wrong. What… what were you thinking in there?”
I flash back to her body and feel another wave of heat. I get some ice from the freezer and put a cube against my forehead. “I don’t really feel comfortable telling you what I was thinking.” Right now the flush in my cheeks might be unrelated to the rest of the heat in my body.
“O-Oh. No, I mean, that’s right. That’s what happens when you’re not programmed for…for making love.” She twists her hands together and looks down at them, blushing. “When Justin and I– But he was okay after he got some sleep. His system needed to recharge. You don’t want to hear about this, I know, but that’s what he needed. Anyway, that’s what’s happening. I think. I mean, right?” Her eyes flick up to my face.
Sex. Holy smokes, it’s sex.
Hope you enjoyed 🙂
Lots of love,