When Bella comes to the door, she’s rubbing her eyes and squinting. For the briefest of moments, he feels bad for waking her, until he sees what she has on—or more specifically, that she doesn’t appear to be wearing anything under her enormous T-shirt.  Because he can plainly see the shadows of her areolas through the thin white cotton, he feels something similar to how he would have felt when as a young boy,  he caught an unintentional glimpse of ankle under a petticoat. It’s the same dirty rush, but with the marked absence of shame. If the past hundred years or so have taught Edward anything, it’s the extent to which he likes to feel dirty.

Self-conscious under the heat of his gaze, she folds her arms across her chest, blushing. He’s dumbfounded by her modesty, and though it makes no sense to him given the liberties she’d permitted him the previous evening, he finds that he likes her ability to surprise him.

“Good afternoon,” he says, grinning.  “Aren’t you going to let me in?”

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  1. on 10 Aug 2010 at 6:03 pmPitterpatt

    Fascinating preview. I’m glad to get the teaser and my appetite for more of this story is whetted. Just wondering, since this is for chap. 7, are there other parts of this story on your website or maybe posted elsewhere. I would love to read what comes before this teaser. Thanks so much for sharing your work, which is always wonderful.


    Colleen reply:

    Oops. FFN has me all messed up with the numbering. Technically, this would be chapter six, if you don’t count the prologue. But FFN counts the prologue as chapter one, so there it would be chapter seven. Does that make sense?


  2. on 10 Aug 2010 at 6:37 pmpatty

    of course edward likes feeling dirty. now you’re making me curious how things will be post date ;) thanks for this teaser!