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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 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 17 – “Complaint”

Silas pulled his glasses off by one ear piece, keeping his gaze on Jeremiah the whole time. Then, he blinked. “Wow,” he said, “you’re…fucking blurry.” And he put his glasses back on. “That’s better.”

Jeremiah laughed. “You’re such a dork, Silas.”

“I’ve never heard a complaint before.” Which wasn’t exactly true. He’d had more than one boyfriend use the term ‘nerd’ as if it was the worst thing in the world. But, he was who he was, and he’d never been ashamed of any of it.

“Didn’t say I was complaining,” Jeremiah said, pushing away the textbook he’d been reading.

Principles of physics, Silas noted. His own focus was toward biophysics, but Jeremiah was more interested in anything that would help in fighting fire. “Having trouble with the material?” he asked.

Jeremiah shook his head. “Just can’t concentrate on it,” he said, standing up and leaning closer to Silas.

Silas looked up, and saw Jeremiah’s eyes were still on him. his lips parted slightly, drawing Jeremiah’s gaze to them. “Think I could help with that?”

“Yeah,” Jeremiah said when his lips were only a fraction away from Silas’. “I think you could.”

“Thank goodness,” Silas said before their lips pressed together.

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Today is Day 17 of Just Jot It January and today’s prompt was complaint. And this piece was inspired by this meme/prompt/picture(whatever you want to call it)ย I found on Pinterest the other day.  : I don’t think either of these two are complaining right now. 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˜‰

Just Jot It January: Day 13 – “Hospital”

“What do you mean Jer’s in the hospital?” Silas demanded. He kept the phone pressed against his ear even though his whole body felt numb.

“I don’t know that there are too many meanings to that, Silas,” Kayla said, her voice somehow still calm. “He’s fine, though.”

He didn’t see how that could be. Jeremiah had been at work. If he was at the hospital, that probably meant there’d been a fire, and any number of things could have happened. “How bad?”

“I just said he’s fine, Silas.”

“He wouldn’t be there if he was fine. How bad is it?”

“I haven’t seen him yet. I stepped out to wait for our parents to get here and figured you deserved a call, too. But, Jaya insisted it wasn’t that bad.”

He’d met the paramedic before, but her word didn’t mean much when his mind was racing with all the possibilities. “I’ll stop and get Corrin, and we’ll be on our way.”

“You don’t have to rush here-”

“Kayla-”

“But,” she spoke right over him, “I’m sure he’d be glad to see you. Both of you.”

He almost thought he heard something else in her tone, but no, that couldn’t be. She couldn’t know.ย “We’ll be there as soon as we can.”

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The prompt for day 13 of Just Jot It January was “hospital”. My characters seem to be well acquainted with that location. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And Kayla may know more than Silas thinks.

Just Jot It January: Day 12 – “Tingle”

“Corrin.”

Jeremiah stepped into the kitchen, but she didn’t turn away from the counter. She’d hoped she hadn’t woken anyone else in the apartment before she woke from the dream. Apparently she hadn’t been that lucky, though. Or was it just a coincidence he was awake at the same time as her? She glanced at the clock. Too early for any sensible person to be awake.

But, she’d never been all that sensible.

“What’s wrong?” he asked when she didn’t say anything.

“Nothing,” she told him. “Just woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep.” Not after the dream she’d had. “Figured I’d make some coffee and try to write.”

She could feel him close behind her now. Not too close so that she felt trapped. But, certainly close enough to send a tingle over her skin. That only increased when he reached out to touch the back of her hand.

“You can talk to me, Corrin. I thought I’ve made that clear. I want you to talk to me.”

Talking was really the last thing she wanted to do. But, still, she found herself turning toward him. “What am I supposed to say, Jer? I had a bad dream. It happens. Just because it doesn’t happen to you-”

“It does,” he said. “Almost every night. Ever since…” He shook his head hard, but she knew what he was thinking about. Since one of his fellow firefighters had fallen in a house fire. “Every time, it’s you and Silas I can’t find. And it nearly destroys me.”

Of course she was lumped with his best friend. That’s all she was to him. It was all she’d ever be, no matter how her feelings for him were growing.

The coffee had finished brewing, so she poured a cup and took it to the table where she’d set up her computer. She heard the rattle of another cup being taken down from the cupboard then Jeremiah dropped into the chair across from her. He let out a heavy sigh. “I swear the both of you,” he muttered. “You’re going to drive me to need something stronger than coffee.”

She glanced up at him, but his gaze was on his cup. He couldn’t mean what she thought he did. No, that was just silly. She focused on her computer screen and tried to push thoughts of everything else away.

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Oh, Corrin, if only you knew ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, this is Day 12 of Just Jot It January and today’s prompt was “tingle”. I’m getting excited to start these characters’ story. Some of these may even make their way into it. I’m going to have to make a timeline so I know where they all fall.

Just Jot It January: Day 10 – “Danger”

“I don’t like it.”

“Well, I don’t really like you running willingly into danger,” Silas snapped out at Jeremiah. “Yet you do it anyway.”

“I don’t run into anything. That would be stupid and dangerous. And I never go in alone.”

Silas shook his head, and Jeremiah was pretty sure he caught an eye roll, too. “You’re smarter than that. You could do anything.”

“Do you really think anyone is a firefighter because they can’t do anything else? Nolan was going to school for psychology before he joined the Marines. And trust me, he could have gone back when he got out, but he felt called to do this instead. Is my sister stupid? Pretty sure she wouldn’t be able to put the pieces together to investigate how they started them if she was. And Uncle James says she’s one of the best investigators he’s had.”

“I didn’t mean anything like that,” Silas said. “I just…I worry about you, Jer. I see the stories of firefighters getting hurt or killed doing their job and can’t help but think if it were you. And that nearly kills me.”

That took most of the fire out of his anger. “I know,” he said quietly. “I grew up with a father then a sister who answered the call. I know it can be hard to be the one who stays behind. I’ve never seen Mom so relieved as the day Dad retired.” He smiled then. “Even if it’s been a rough adjustment having him home all the time.”

Silas managed a laugh at that, though from the turmoil in his eyes, everything wasn’t fine yet. And Jeremiah didn’t have time to make it better unless he wanted to be late for the shift he’d picked up. “Try not to worry,” he told Silas. “I’m trained, and so is everybody riding on that truck with me. We’re as safe as we can be. And now I have to go.”

But, that didn’t make leaving Silas and his worry behind any easier.

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This is day 10 of Just Jot It January and today’s prompt was “danger”. As the wife of a firefighter(volunteer), I can certainly understand Silas’ worry here.

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