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Just Jot It January: Day 27 – “Incomplete”

Corrin felt a hand brush over her shoulder then lips pressed to the back of her neck. She closed her eyes and smiled. “Silas,” she murmured.

He moved around in front of her and held out his hand to pull her up from her chair. “You’ve been working for a solid two hours. I think it’s time for a break.”

She just blinked at him. “It couldn’t have been that long.”

He just kept smiling at her. “It was. Come on, I’ve got a movie ready to go and was just about to get the popcorn.”

She turned back to the computer, saved her document then closed it and headed into the living room. Apparently he had been right, it had been a little more than two hours since she’d started.

He settled onto the couch beside her a couple minutes later, a large bowl of popcorn in his hands. He slid one arm around her as she hit play for the movie. she liked the way they could just sit together and watch a movie, but it felt incomplete. It never felt quite right when it wasn’t all three of them there together.

“Jeremiah should be here,” she said.

Silas kissed her cheek then the corner of her mouth. “Pretty sure he’d like to be here, too. Tomorrow night he should be.”

She settled more into him, enjoying his touch. She’d enjoy it even more when Jeremiah was back with them, completing what the three had become to each other.

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Today is Day 27 of Just Jot It January and the prompt is “incomplete”. I think this one will actually take place after the end of the story, but I know what I’m working toward in this one.

Just Jot It January: Day 26 – “Extraordinary”

“That was extraordinary,” Corrin said, licking some of the sauce from her finger.

Jeremiah groaned at her side, and she turned to look at him. his gaze was riveted on her mouth, and she licked her finger again. His gaze finally moved back up to her eyes. And even though they’d just eaten, she saw hunger there.

And it kindled heat inside her.

Jeremiah kissed her shoulder, still bare from earlier. She set the plate they’d been sharing aside then tugged on his arm. He sprawled over her, and she wrapped her arms and legs around him. She thought this might be even more extraordinary than the food Silas had left for them in the fridge before heading out to the lab.

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Today is Day 26 of Just Jot It January and the prompt is “extraordinary”. Did it get a little warm in here? ๐Ÿ˜€ This one was short, but I’m pretty sure you can tell where it’s heading.

Just Jot It January: Day 24 – “Elusive”

Jeremiah stepped into the apartment but stopped when he heard Corrin’s laugh ring out from the kitchen. He’d loved that sound from the first time he’d heard it. But, it had been elusive lately. He wondered how Silas had managed to bring it out.

He shut the door behind him and pulled off his boots before walking toward the kitchen. Exhaustion filled every cell of his body. He wanted to hit his bed, but it would have to be coffee for now. He had a class he couldn’t miss in two hours. Most of his professors understood if he missed a class because he had a shift at the station, but there was always one.

“You are absolutely awful, Silas,” Corrin was saying as Jeremiah stepped into the kitchen, but she was still smiling.

“I try to do my part,” he said, grinning back at her. Then, he glanced over at Jeremiah, and his smile softened. “You look like shit. Hard shift?”

Jeremiah nodded. He wasn’t ready to talk about it, though. “I need to shower, change, and get to class. Is there still any coffee?”

“It’s just about out,” Silas said. “I’ll get some more started while you get a shower.”

“Thanks. I won’t be long.”

“He needs a nap more than coffee,” Corrin muttered.

He smiled a little as he closed his bedroom door to shed his uniform. He did need a nap, but it would have to wait a little longer.

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Today is day 24 of Just Jot It January and the prompt was “elusive”. This one, I think, takes place earlier than the last few I’ve been sharing. I’m going to have to go through and figure out where each will fall.

Just Jot It January: Day 23 – “Compromise”

“Can’t we just compromise on this?”

Corrin smiled at Silas. “I grew up in the middle of a big brother and little sister, both as bullheaded as the other. I would have gotten walked right over if I started compromising. So, I never quite learned the art.”

Silas couldn’t help but laugh. He was the oldest, with two younger sisters, but he’d been starting school when the first was born. He loved both of them but they’d never been particularly close. Not like Corrin was with her family. Of course, he’d never met most of them since he’d turned down all her invitations to any of the gatherings.

He just didn’t know if he’d be comfortable around all of them, or how comfortable they’d be with him. No matter how many times she told him how accepting they were.

“Seriously, though, Corrin, there has to be some middle ground we can find here.”

“I’m not really sure there is. You’re just going to have to deal with it,” she said, grinning across the table at him.

He blew out a breath. No wonder Jeremiah was crazy about her. Even when she was arguing with you, there was something magnetic about her. Even he didn’t seem to be immune to it.

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It’s Day 23 of Just Jot It January and today’s prompt was “compromise”. I really do love writing these two. Can’t wait until I get to the full story.

SOCS/Just Jot It January: Day 21 – “Glass”

“Can you hand me that glass if you’re done with it?”

Corrin glanced over at Silas, standing at the sink full of soapy water. How long had he been washing the dishes? She’d barely noticed him getting up from the other side of the table. She’d finally broken through the block she’d had on this story and had obviously gotten swept up in it.

She passed the glass over to him and returned her gaze back to her computer screen. She was getting close on this one, just a few more threads to pull together, and she’d know how to end it. As long as she didn’t get in her own way again.

“You ever going to tell us the rest of what happened in January?”

She was almost distracted enough that the words were close to pouring out of her. But, she snapped her mouth closed at the last minute. “I already told you,” she said.

“Not everything. I can tell you’re still holding something back. Even Jer thinks you are, but he’s not going to press you on it.”

“Then, why are you?” Her fingers trembled as she set them back on the keyboard. She didn’t want to talk about this, didn’t really even want to think about it.

He finally turned and leaned back against the counter. “Because I can see it still eating at you. I may not feel the same way he does,” his lips tilted up slightly at that, “but I still care about you. What happened, Corrin?”

She shook her head and even though she kept her fingers on the keyboard, she couldn’t type anything. She didn’t want to go into it. Didn’t want them to see her that way. Especially not Jeremiah. He wasn’t here right now, but she knew he and Silas shared just about everything. Still, if anyone, Silas was the one she could be open with. Her relationship with him was different than what she had with Jeremiah. “This stays between us?” she asked.

“If that’s what you need. I promise.”

She nodded. Silas had never made a promise he hadn’t kept. So, she started talking and felt some of the weight she’d been carrying these last couple months melt away.

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Today is Day 21 of Just Jot It January and also another Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Today’s prompt for both was “glass”, either using the word in the post or finding something made of glass and using that. This is going to happen sometime during Playing with Fire. I know what happened with Corrin, but I’m being evasive about it for reasons. You may just have to wait until I finish writing the story to find out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just Jot It January: Day 20 – “Transcendent”

“That was aย transcendent experience,” Corrin said with a sigh.

She felt one body hit the other end of the couch. Then, a pillow smacked her in the face. “Turn off the internal dictionary already,” Silas said.

From the other end of the couch, Jeremiah said, “Bet you’ve never had a woman tell you that, Silas.”

Another pillow went flying, this one hitting Jeremiah on the side of the head. He laughed even harder. It always amazed her how easy and even playful these two were with each other. She’d gotten along with her roommate when she’d still lived on campus, but it was more of a tolerating and not an actual liking.

“At least he’s good with his hands,” Corrin said, still feeling good from the foot rub Silas had given her when she’d gotten home from work.

Jeremiah snorted again. “Again,” he started, but Silas picked up the pillow on Corrin’s face and threw it at him, too. Jeremiah fell off the arm of the couch but didn’t stop laughing. She knew Silas wasn’t really upset. This was the way they always were with each other. And when Jeremiah came back up off the floor, Silas was grinning back at him.

Yeah, sometimes she was downright jealous of what she saw between the two of them.

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Today is Day 20 of Just Jot It January, and the prompt was “Transcendent”. I had initially thought this might go another direction then the boys started joking around in my head. And this is what came out. Silas is gay(though he may realize it’s more fluid than that), Jeremiah’s bisexual. The two have been friends for nearly a decade.

 

Just Jot It January: Day 19 – “Rubbish”

“That’s rubbish, and you know it.”

Silas shook his head. “I don’t know any such thing, Corrin. My vision might be crap without corrective lenses, but I can see what’s between you two.”

“Yeah, well, I don’t even need glasses to see the way he looks at you.”

Silas shook his head, but a soft snort escaped. “It’s not the same. I know he likes me. We’ve been best friends for nearly a decade now. But, it’s not what he feels for you.”

Corrin wasn’t really sure what else she could say to convince him. She knew it was the truth, though. Jeremiah might like her, but she could see it in every look that passed between the two of them; he loved Silas. And that was something she definitely didn’t want to get in the way of.

Once she had her own life settled again, she’d step out of their path. Even though it made her chest ache to think of not having both of them so much in her life anymore.

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Today is Day 19 of Just Jot It January and today’s prompt is ‘Rubbish’. Isn’t it amazing how we can see things better between other people than with themselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just Jot It January: Day 16 – “Impenetrable”

“Corrin, will you look at me?” Jeremiah asked, studying the top of her head.

“I am,” she whispered.

“My face, not my feet,” he said.

She finally looked up, and he could have sworn he saw the wall come down. An impenetrable wall, even though he’d thought he was starting to get through to her. “Please don’t shut me out. Even if you won’t tell me exactly what’s going on, please don’t shut me all the way out.”

“You can’t ask that of me. To open up then once you know…”

“What?” he asked when she didn’t finish. “What am I going to do when I know everything? Still want you the same way I have since the first time I saw you in the campus library. Or, God forbid, feel some sympathy for whatever happened to you.”

“Sympathy isn’t what you’re going to feel,” she said.

“Why don’t you let me be the judge of that?”

She stared at him for a long moment before dropping her gaze to the floor again. “I can’t, Jer. I just can’t do it. Not right now.”

“Fine,” he snapped. Then, he forced himself to gentle his voice. “Fine, Corrin,” he said again. “But, don’t forget that I’m here whenever you decide you’re ready to talk.”

She nodded, even though he didn’t think she was convinced. He brushed his thumb over her cheek then stepped back, turning to go to his room. He’d prove it to her. That nothing she could do would ever make him walk away from her.

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This is Day 16 of Just Jot It January and today’s prompt was “impenetrable”. Things are getting a little intense.

Just Jot It January: Day 15 – “Mercy”

“Can’t you have some mercy on me?”

“I was thinking the same thing.”

Corrin glanced over her shoulder at Jeremiah, whose brown eyes looked darker as he took in her leaning over the table. She gave a shake of her head and turned back to the map she was looking over with Silas. “Look, it couldn’t happen that way,” she argued. “There’s no way mounted soldiers could get from here”–she moved her finger across the page–“to here.”

Silas shook his head. “They did, though. That’s exactly how it reads in the text.”

“Then, the text is wrong. It just couldn’t have happened.”

Jeremiah laughed. “Are you two seriously arguing about a fictional world? Isn’t the point that an author can make it work however they want?”

“Not if it doesn’t make sense,” Corrin insisted. “And this doesn’t.”

Jeremiah laughed and shook his head. “Well, maybe you can pick up the argument later. You two are usually pretty good at picking up where you left it. “But, right now, we’re going to be late if we don’t get moving.”

Corrin practically jumped back from the table. She’d almost forgotten about the birthday party. “I’m ready, I just need to grab the gift.”

She hurried off to Jeremiah’s room to get that, but slowed when she heard Silas say, “You’ve got it bad, Jer.”

“Jealous?” Jeremiah asked.

“Hell yeah.”

Silas’ voice was almost too low for her to hear, but the whispered words still had her pausing to look over her shoulder. And she almost swore it looked like the two men were ready to devour each other. Well, now. She practically fanned herself as she headed into the bedroom to grab the wrapped present out of the closet. Things around here could get really interesting.

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This is Day 15 of Just Jot It January and the prompt was “mercy”. That first line has been floating through my head since I saw the prompt, or at least variations of it. And I’m pretty sure Corrin is right. Things are going to get interesting. ๐Ÿ˜€

SOCS/Just Jot It January: Day 14 – “Probably/Patience”

“Probably not going to happen,” Corrin muttered, hitting the backspace key a little harder than necessary.

From the other side of the table, Silas snorted. “You talking to your characters again?” he asked, looking up from whatever he was working on. “What is it this time? Zombies? The apocalypse? A zombie apocalypse.”

She couldn’t help smiling and felt heat flush over her skin. She really liked it when he smiled like that. Especially when it made his crooked dimples pop. “Steampunk western, actually,” she informed him. Well, that was what she’d been working on. If only she could get her dream from the night before out of her head. It wasn’t ever going to happen. But, she’d thought if she could write it down, she could erase the images from her mind.

“Must be getting pretty steamy, the way you were blushing.”

Well, that didn’t help the matter at all. He wasn’t supposed to notice that. Usually he was too absorbed in his work to even notice her enter the room.

“Silas, quit teasing her,” Jeremiah said as he came into the kitchen. He was still buttoning his uniform shirt. Which meant he’d been called in to work at the fire department today. And it reminded her of the beginning of her dream. She tried to casually close out the document she’d been typing in. Unfortunately, she’d forgotten she hadn’t saved it yet.

Silas stood and went to grab a coffee cup down for Jeremiah. She couldn’t help watching the two of them. The way they moved around each other, almost touching. It was more than them just being roommates. She thought that might have been what fueled the dream. As well as her desire of being part of that.

Jeremiah touched her elbow as he passed, and she had to suck in a breath. Then, she caught Silas watching her and did her best to look unmoved by the touch, no matter what it had ignited inside her. He turned toward the counter then seemed to freeze. After a moment, he said, “He wants that, too, you know, even if he won’t admit it.”

She didn’t know what he was talking about, until she realized at the angle, he could se her screen and just what she’d been working on. Oh, God. “You’re being ridiculous,” she said, but her face was on fire. No one else was supposed to see that.

“I don’t think so. I’ve watched the two of you. This dance you’ve been doing.”

“And I’ve watched the two of you,” she said. “You’ve got your own intricate steps going.”

He glanced down at his feet and sighed. But, he didn’t deny what she’d just said. “Just have some patience with him. He’ll come around to it.”

She shook her head and made herself close the document. After saving it, this time. “Right,” she muttered, “patience.” As if that was all she needed.

“Yes,” Silas agreed, going back to his work across the table. “Patience.”

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This is my offering for today’s joint Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January post. The prompt was to use a word starting with ‘p’. And bonus points for starting and ending the post with a ‘p’ word. I’ve always tried to shoot for bonus points. And if you’ve been reading my Just Jot It posts and haven’t figured out there’s going to be something between these three, well there is ๐Ÿ˜‰

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