The shoes didn't fit. It was an omen.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A to Z Challenge, Day 19: V is for Vinny

Before I introduce you to Vinny, I wanted to apologize for not being able to hop around a lot since Monday. I have a new house guest, my five month old grandson. He’ll be with me until my daughter gets her life together. PLEASE PRAY FOR US. Thank you.


Okay. Onto Vinny.

Ever meet a guy who was drop-dead-gorgeous but dripped with a creepy-jerk-aurora.

If you haven’t, allow me to introduce you to, Vinny.

“Hey,” a man’s voice said.

My heart jumped in my chest. The rest of me did, too, and I turned. Vinny.

“You startled me,” I said. “I didn’t see you there.”

“I know.” He smiled and studied me with his eyes. It reminded me of a neighbor, we used to have. He’d stare at young girls, and his eyes salivated.

I looked over his shoulder. Red roses trailed up a trellis, and the whole garden smelled like Gram.

He came toward me, walking with confidence, and his posture relaxed. “May I kiss the bride?” He loosened his black bow tie.

“Um.” My cheeks went hot and I looked down. He had the bluest eyes I ever saw, and from what I knew, every girl he knew had been crazy about him.

He put a hand out toward me and closed the space between us. I felt like a bunny facing a pretty fox.

His fingers caught one of my curls, and he played with it. “Too bad it couldn’t have been me.”

I trembled and the air grew warm.

His finger slid along my cheek to under my chin, and lifted it. “Can’t figure why a beautiful girl like you married a loser like Max.”

I kept my eyes down and swallowed billions of tiny lumps.

“Maybe you’re all beauty and no brains,” he said, and his voice went to a whisper. “Look at me.”

I did. His jaw clenched, making it look square and well defined. His dark blond hair was pulled into a pony tail. He looked like GQ material in his jacket open, black tuxedo. Dreamy, but dangerous. Maybe it’s an Italian thing.

“Um,” I said. “Um…I think…um….”

“Max owes me, you know?”

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  1. What a cute little guy! Keeping you all in my prayers.
    I'm behind in my blogging, behind in my hopping and haven't even been able to keep up with my regular blog friends! Yikes!

    1. I've kept up with the blogging because they were pre-planned for the most part but since Monday I've hopped very little. It makes me feel like a real heel.

  2. Your grandson's adorable. I'm sending good vibes your way.

    Nice excerpt. I like that the labels for this post are 'creep' and 'jerk'

    1. M.J.:

      You made me laugh. Thank you. Glad you like the tags.

  3. I especially loved the line, "the whole garden smelled like Gram." Your grandson is adorable! Prayers and hugs. :)

  4. Vinny's a creep of the first order, and you write him well.

    And the cute little guy's the priority for you right now. We're keeping you in our thoughts.

  5. Hugs and good thoughts your way!

    Grandson's a cutie!

    I remember this scene. Slimball comes to mind.

    1. Thank you, Lorelei. He's adorable and I'm pooped out big time. I almost forgot about how much running I did through the house when my daughters were baby. And I don't know how I did it. Really. I'm whipped.

  6. Ew, smarmy! Well written.

    Your family is in my thoughts. I hope she can pull things together. In the meantime, what a doll he is!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    1. Thank you, Shannon. He sits in my lap when I post. He seems to like the computer.

  7. his eyes salivated...i love that!

  8. Replies
    1. Yes. And di you know that your eye-brains can cross, too.

  9. I'm intrigued, though he's the exact opposite of my type ;-) Your grandson is adorable and I hope that all works out in that hard situation. Take care.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

    1. Thank you, Tina. A lot of stuff is happening during this A to Z Challenge other than blogging.

  10. Naked as the eyes of a clown--quotes about eyes are always interesting!

    Good luck to your daughter. Been there, done that.


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