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Excerpt Thursday! Hearts and Flowers

It's raining cats and dogs outside today with snow soon to follow. And yes, while Brush with Desire features Dwayne, the overly-bonded with his owner cat - today's short story, Hearts and Flowers introduces Fred, an eager young puppy who's never met a pant leg he didn't like.

Summary: Jesse knows his love-life is in trouble when his most affectionate relationship is with an abandoned puppy. Somehow, his slacker office assistant, a mix-up in classified ads, and an inebriated telephone conversation lead to the romance he'd begun to lose hope of ever finding.

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Excerpt:

Jesse yawned as he stood, stretching his hands toward the ceiling and enjoying the pull on his muscles. He needed to make time to go to the gym tonight. He had missed his last couple of nights and his slot in the ropes would be rescheduled if he missed another.

He heard voices as he approached his office door and frowned briefly. Dennis was a good enough assistant but he spent far too much time socializing. Jesse was going to have to speak to him again, no matter how much he would prefer not to. There was another noise Jesse didn’t recognize, some strange little … whimpers? Is that what he heard?

Jesse sighed with exasperation and opened the door to see just what was going on now. He stepped out into the open area and gasped as his foot hit a wet patch on the marble tile. His arms windmilled for balance and he thudded into the wall as he struggled to keep from falling.

“What the…”

“Oh my God!” Dennis’s curly head popped up from underneath his desk. “Mr. Pearce, are you okay?”

“Yeah,” Jesse muttered as he stepped away from the wall and straightened his tie. “Why is there a wet spot on the tile?”

“Uhm … yeah. Sorry about that. I was just getting something to clean it up. Won’t take me but a minute.” The young man looked nervously down below his desk again and back up at Jesse. “Is there something I can bring you?”

“I just wanted a cup of coffee,” Jesse grumbled. Now he had to apologize for walking around his own office?

“Why don’t you go back to your desk? I’ll bring it in and then clean up the floor.”

“You don’t have to do that, Dennis. Just call for one of the maintenance staff.” Jesse looked quizzically at his assistant. He knew he had a tendency to be short, but most times he really did try to work around his instinctive lack of cordiality. Was that a word? Look at that, one visit to the shrink and he was already questioning himself.

“Really, it’s no problem,” the young man babbled, practically shooing Jesse back towards his door. “Won’t take me but a minute.”

Jesse paused outside his office as he realized Dennis was repeating himself. “Is everything okay?” he asked hesitantly. He wasn’t normally prone to asking such things but this appeared to be his day for stepping outside the box.

Panicked brown eyes swiveled up to meet his. “Fine! Everything’s fine!” It was more than obvious that everything wasn’t.

The noise was soft and low but even so Jesse heard it. There it was, that small, almost whimpering sound again.

“Did you hear that?” he asked Dennis, looking over the young man’s shoulder.

“What? No! I didn’t hear a thing.”

Even as the denial fell from the young man’s lips the small sound came again.

“It sounds almost like a child.” Jesse’s curiosity was roused and he pushed past Dennis and began looking carefully around the office.

“Don’t be silly…” Dennis began, only to stop when a glance from the piercing blue eyes skewered him where he stood. Shit! he muttered under his breath as he watched his employer walk around the office. He was in for it now.

As Jesse walked near Dennis’s desk he heard the noise again, louder this time. With a grunt he knelt down, looking up to see his assistant cover his eyes with his hand as Jesse pulled a small box towards him.

The movement startled the box’s occupant and Jesse fell back on his rear as a small, furry creature leapt towards the sides and attempted to lick Jesse’s nose with an eager pink tongue.

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Comments

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luscious_words
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Awwww...
chrissymunder
Nov. 4th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I know, right? Puppy fic = Too cute.
luscious_words
Nov. 4th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Puppy fic = cute

Kitty fic = cute overload

That's just a feline petmom talking. ;)
chrissymunder
Nov. 5th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
*icon love*
luscious_words
Nov. 5th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
That is my baby boy. He hopped up and curled up in the sink one evening, so I told the Welshman to grab a picture. :)
chrissymunder
Nov. 6th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Look at that enticing belly... and the claws just ready to get me if I dare try.
stevie_carroll
Nov. 6th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
Another for the To Buy list, I think.
chrissymunder
Nov. 6th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
More icon love. That one's a winner. I hope you like the story.
stevie_carroll
Nov. 6th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
I get most of my icons off sallymn. I love her style.
chrissymunder
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
LOL - That's another great icon. Thanks for the link - I'll have to go visit.
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