dedicated to becca

Ah-ah-yes! You see — you see — there may be aliens and, well, yes, they are certainly dangerous, but - ah - why, why would you sacrifice fashion simply because aliens are, as you know - and of course you know - simply because aliens are attacking and landing and hovering. Oh, oh yes, you must never ever abandon who you are simply because life looks dire. Look at me! Yes! Just look at me! I am only a man, a man named Jeff, wearing plaid and Lisa Frank. Plaid and Lisa Frank! So, you - ah - see, don’t give up. Why would you sacrifice what you love? Ah-ah-always remember: life finds a way.

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30 days of Krista and Becca Ritchie: day twenty four ~ a shakespeare quote

Connor slides beside me on the bed, his legs nestled against mine. He fingers my diamond necklace, smoothing the thin chain and inadvertently tickling the hollow of my collar. I glasp his hand before the sensation makes me squirm.

He stares at me deeply, whispering. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

One of my favorite quotes. I turn a fraction, just enough so that our lips don’t suddenly collide. “Shakespeare,” I breathe.

“Very good.”

My thoughts migrate to my heart. A kiss is at a breath’s distance, and despite my sore body, I want a repeat of last night.

Love all. Love. I’ve accepted Connor for who he is, even his anti-love beliefs. But why the hell did he have to choose that quote?

“You can’t seduce me with Shakespeare.” I command my thoughts to return to my brain. Come back, Non-Gooey Rose. I put considerable amount of distance between our lips, scooting to the right. “Especially with a quote about love.”

“Darling, I don’t need to seduce you,” he says, “I already have you.”