It’s time for another WIPitup Wednesday, and I have another excerpt from Christmas is Coming, my story in the Seasonal Shenanigans anthology, which is out now, and on sale for only 99c! 🙂
Here’s the blurb for my story:
It’s almost Christmas, and Abby decides to decorate the tree, despite Will, her Dom, telling her to wait. But when she drops his toolbox and all the parts scatter like confetti, she’s left wondering if she’ll be able to sit down by *next* Christmas.
What will happen when Will gets home?
Excerpt from Christmas is Coming:
He headed out into the hall, his voice trailing back to Abby as he went.
“If I get a hammer and a couple of bits from my toolbox, I can tack up something permanent to fix the streamers to every year. Back in a minute.”
“Oh but…” Abby tried to think what to say to stop him, but words failed her. All she could think about was the mess she’d made in the garage.
As he closed the front door behind him, she called after him, “But I’m putting dinner in the oven.”
Too late. He’d gone.
Abby stood frozen in the middle of the room for a moment and then collapsed onto the sofa.
Maybe I should run away, she thought. This is bad. This is very bad. I could get a ticket to Rio. I could do that. Go on the run, become a hunted woman, a fugitive… And then Tommy Lee Jones would run after me and hunt me down everywhere I went. She grinned. Actually, I don’t think I’d make him run very fast.
The front door opened and shut again, and Abby gulped.
Come on, think. I’ve got about forty-five pounds in my bank account and maybe a hundred air miles. That should get me as far as… Skegness? Fat lot of good that would do me. I’d still be stuck in the UK.
Will’s footsteps sounded in the hall and Abby tensed, waiting for the inevitable.
He carried in the second box of decorations, then took some sort of technical gizmo out of his pocket and smiled at her.
She looked at him warily. He was smiling. Was this an evil ‘I’m going to get you but good’ smile or a normal, happy Will smile?
“Look at this,” he said, still smiling.
Abby looked. Yes, still a techy sprockety whozit.
“I can’t believe I’ve found another one of these,” he said. “I must have missed it when I tidied the garage the other day. I thought I only had one and now I’ve got enough to finish fixing my bike.”
Oh no, you haven’t, Abby thought. “Yes, you have. That’s fantastic,” she said ever so brightly.
“Isn’t it?” Will stretched and pulled back his shoulders. “You know, I suddenly feel a lot more awake. I’m going to nip back to the garage because I forgot about the tacks and tools when I found this.” He put the bike part back in his pocket. “And I’ll get the hooks for the Christmas cards. Then I’ll help you put everything up.”
“But…” Abby tried again, to his exiting back.
His footsteps went down the hall and out the front door.
Oh great. He felt more awake now. Just what she needed for when he realised what she’d done.
Okay, a few steps to the garage, a few seconds for him to open the door. Even Will would need the step stool to reach that high shelf at the back, so another minute or so to pick the step stool up, open it up against the shelf and then climb it. Add on a little longer for him to pick up the toolbox, climb back down the step stool, put the box on the bench and open it.
Right on cue.
What will happen next? Want to read more from Christmas is Coming and find out what Will does to Abby? Seasonal Shenanigans is out now, and on sale for only 99c for 14 hot holiday stories :).
If you’d like to read another excerpt from Christmas is Coming, where Will is getting Abby all hot and bothered, check out my earlier WIPitup Wednesday here!
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