Saturday, February 07, 2009

Tangled Webs

To read the previous Twirl, go here.

For my new Invisible Friends, Twirl is the story of a feisty, sassy ballerina named Vivi and her handsome cowboy named Wade. After falling in love swaying on the dance floor to the sound of a fiddle and steel guitar, the couple have stumbled onto a old Texas legend that might possibly lead to riches! On top of everything, Vivi is fighting her controlling father and over involved dance teacher, who are trying to trap her into a life she may not want. Add in a mysterious secret with her mother, a scheming evil boy in her dance class and regular teen angst and you've got DRAMA!

To catch up in the archives, go here and here. Or e-mail me and I'll send you the word document of what I've posted.


Vivi stared out the windshield, unable to believe her eyes. Damien smirked and she snarled. Wade glanced out the windshield and swore. His blue eyes narrowed.

"What the hell is that creep doing here?"

"I don't know," Vivi muttered. Gritting her teeth together, she jerked open the car door. With the letter still clutched in her hand, she stormed over to Damien.

"Vivi," he drawled in a voice meant to be sexy. "Imagine finding you here in the boondocks."

Vivi shoved her palm into his chest. "What the hell are you doing here?" she barked.

Damien fluttered his long eyelashes. "Is your redneck boyfriend not happy to see me?"

"Answer the question, Damien," Vivi snarled. "I've had a long day and I'm really not in the mood for this."

Damien's eyes dropped and he shifted his gaze. "It's a family reunion," he said in a bored tone. "It's my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary and for some reason, they dragged us all out to this God forsaken hell hole." His gaze shifted to a leer. His eyes traveled up and down her body, lingering on the bodice of her sundress. "What are you doing here? Are you the entertainment?"

Vivi lunged at him, but a warm hand pulled her back. Wrapping around her front, Wade lifted her off her feet and placed her behind him.

"In return for me saving your life," he spat at Damien, "I'll ask you nicely to be polite to Vivi. Next time, guest or no guest, I'll make you pay. Understood?"

Damien threw back his head and laughed, showing the whites of his teeth. "Is this the part where I suggest we have a drawl?" he said in a mocking tone. "Shall I take ten paces and turn?"

Wade's jaw tightened. Through the back of his cotton Western shirt, Vivi saw the muscles in his back ripple with restraint. Without another word, he grabbed her hand and walked away.

"Oh Vivi?" Damien called. She and Wade turned. With a smirk, Damien spoke low enough for them to hear. "I heard you skipped practice today. I wonder what Mrs. Angelson would think of all this."

"Damien, I swear if you say a single word"-- Vivi hissed. Damien held up a hand, his eyes glittering.

"I'll stay quiet," he drawled with a pleased smirk. "For now. But you owe me, Vivi." His eyes flicked to Wade and his smile grew larger. "I look forward to collecting my debt."

It took the promise of peanut butter ice cream and research about the letter to keep Vivi from wrapping her hands around his throat. Fuming, she let Wade pull her through the throngs of people. After passing a large pavilion and barnyard full of prancing horses, she finally trusted herself to speak without screaming.

"Was he telling the truth?" she asked as they walked past the crowd. Wade tipped his hat to a group of ladies and nodded. "I talked to J.W., the manager. My grandpa rents this part of the ranch out for events. Apparently, they're getting a lot of money for this one. That's the only reason I didn't stir up a fuss. He needs it."

Vivi's interest was peaked, but she stayed quiet. "I'm sorry."

"For what?" Wade's forehead wrinkled.

"Everything," Vivi muttered. "My dad, my dance teacher, now seems like every time I finally feel happy, they spoil everything. It's just annoying."

"Ghosts only chase you if you let them, darling," Wade told her. "You just got to learn to run faster." Seeing her nose wrinkle, he pulled her closer to him. "You know what?"

"What?" Vivi asked, biting her lip. She could feel the heat from his chest against her fingertips. The stubble on his chin brushed her forehead as he looked down.

"This is the first day we've been together we haven't danced," Wade murmured. "And I was thinking..."

Vivi swallowed, unable to speak. Wade's blue eyes locked on to hers, the edges crinkling as he smiled.

"Ol' Bullet Bill would have done anything for one last dance," Wade said in a low voice. "And I'd hate to miss my chance with you."

"This isn't our last dance," Vivi blurted out. Her cheeks flushed and she looked away. She had never been very good at intimate moments. "And there's no music or dance floor," she muttered.

Wade laughed and took his hand in hers, than put his arm around her waist. "Did you ever just think I wanted to dance with you?" he asked. Spinning her around, they settled into a gentle sway in the middle of the dusty yard.

"What about dinner?" Vivi asked. "What about the letter?"

Wade grinned. "We got all the time we need," he said.

And for that moment, all Vivi cared about was twirling.

Stay tuned, Invisible Friends! Tomorrow you'll hear of a fabulous new celebration here at the Pond! Then we have a whole week of whimsical fun coming up! Stay tuned!


Cindy said...

I'm so glad I decided to follow you :)

Ingrid said...

Thank you!

Pearl said...

oh wade.


you want to send your cowboys over to san diego?

Kelly said...

I'm waiting for this one to become an actual paperback....someday, huh?

I like this: "Ghosts only chase you if you let them, darling," ....

You are a wonderful writer! Keep it up!!

Linda said...

I do hope you are looking to publish!

joanofalltrades said...

what a great idea to have a "soap opera" on your blog! I love it!

Debbie said...

Vivi has always been just a twirler at heart.

Complicated Mama said...

OO! It does look like I have some reading to catch up on!! Cant wait to get up to speed!

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Never a dull moment here at the Pond.

Happy Saturday!


Kristina P. said...

I like to twirl my hair. Does that count?

Anonymous said...

I want to twirl too!

kathy said...

love following the cowboy story - happy weekend

Reeni♥ said...

All I care about is twirling with Wade, too!!

Jane said...

Ah, swept off her feet. Perfect Jane x

Marjie said...

And who wouldn't just want to twirl?

Pietro said...

This is really a "soap opera". Very nice and fanciful!

Lauren said...

I'm new to your Twirl story. I read some of the back stuff. It's great. I want to know what happens next!

Molly said...

Oh, I just love it!

Sara said...

This is great, you are quite talented!

jenjen said...

Wade is the perfect man! And Damien is a great villain!

I hope you are having a great weekend Duckie!


Eli's Lids said...

I gotta just come back and read all the back story. Tell me you are hoping to (or are already) get published!

Grace said...

um...i like handsome cowboys with a southern drawl. can you send one or two up my way?

Anonymous said...

And then..... Am I impatient?? LOL!

Cakelaw said...

C'mon Vivi - you've got all the hints you're gonna get!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Thanks for keeping this updated. I was away last week, so I was so glad to fit in a block of time to read your story updates!

Michelle said...

Wade is so romantic. *sigh*

Meg said...

Ah, so freaking awesome!

Pam said...

Damien is a creep. Wade is such a stud.

The Cookie Girl said...

Just rolling in to say thanks for visiting my blog. I have decided that following you will be a lot of fun. :)

PS Being a Southern Gal myself,
Handsome Cowboys that say Yes Ma'am melt my heart.


Kalei said...

fantastic! I kind of have the hots for damien and that wrong of me? ahhhh, Love....Happy Valentines weekend!

Lori said...

thanks for stopping by. aawww. . .if you were close by, I sure would make you some chicken and stuffing. . lol. have a wonderful week ahead!!

Lisa Petrarca said...

Why doesn't Wade just punch Damien and get it over with. Oops sorry...I've been watching too much UFC.

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Anonymous said...

"What the hell is that creep doing here?"
(I've said this more than once...LOL)

Grand Pooba said...

Great post!

Girl you are everywhere! I noticed you commenting on alot of blogs that I visit daily so i had to stop by and check you out!

Glad I did!

Faye said...


Navita said...

Hey long time...sorry was away for a while...seems like some 'bee' is very

How are u buddy?

Lilly's Life said...

This way better than the Bold and Beautiful. When is the book coming out?

Anonymous said...


Yes, even here in houston the only easily found authentic food is tex mex as well, but with a good hunting the unexpected come out occasionally.

Thanks for the comment!

kookie said...

Thanks for checking out our kookie blog! Can't wait to read through yours!


Miss Eve Bognar said...

Thanks for stopping by on my page...have great day and keep up the good work! Love, Evi

Shauna said...

Awesome post! I miss you! Hope you are doing well! ♥ Hugs :)

Kristen said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your blog is adorable!

Southern Rose said...

Thanks for stopping by and saying Hi. Love the little snippet. Now I'm gonna have to go back to find out what happened first as well - and looking forward to what happens next.

casual cutie said...

this is great. i want to twirl too..

Colleen said...

OOOOO! Love this! It is like Serpico, but for my life in Texas. Totally going back to the beginning.

And that little puppy, Star, is just too stinkin' cute!

MommaYoung said...

You have me hooked. Now I have to wait patiently for more.

ps. you have an award over at my blog.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hey there! You sound like a lot of fun! How did you find me? You are similar to me; I love to write, Iwas a dancer, I am creative and I love being crazy!!!! Welcome back anytime and good luck on getting published...I dream too. Anita

whymsicalmusings said...

I am so glad you stopped by my blog. I do hope you will be published! I have had such fun reading your blog.

Rahul said...

Really nice one...I really liked this point of view u shared...
Adding u in my blog list to read more from you!!!

My blog is :)

Jennifer said...

Stopping by to say hi and thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I am enjoying the story on yours!

Leila said...

Just dropping by from SITS to say hello and have a great day...AGAIN :)


That's Who I Am said...

Stopping by to say hi from your blog it's adorable!

Anonymous said...

HAhaha. Love your blog.

Angela said...

Wow! I love your blog!!! Seriously I cannot wait to come back and do some serious reading. In fact I've made actually made a list and Saturday, while my husband is fishing I'm so reading blogs and commenting like a fool all the day long! Your blog is at the TOP of that list! I'm only sorry it took me so long to get over here!!!!

Have a fabulous day!!

We SITS have to stick together!

Faith- Inspired Designs by Faith said...

I found your blog through SITS and just had to follow! I really enoyed some of your posts! I will soon have a spot where you can advertise for FREE on my page so if your interested keep checking back... or become a follower so that you will know when I make that feature available!

Have a blessed day!


natalee said...

im so glad you found me.... now im a definite follower!!!

Helen McGinn said...

I like me a cowboy! x

The Redhead Riter said...

I am telepathic and I know something...I know that at 12:01 a.m. on 9/7/09, there will be TWO things for you at my blog ♥

Thanks for being my bloggie friend.

sarah said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm hooked!

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What a great blog! If you are ever interested in a blog makeover, I'd love to work with you!

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love lives in the kitchen said...

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Nishant said...

like this: "Ghosts only chase you if you let them, darling," ....

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Prudy said...

I love it.BRAVO!!!-sailor

Anonymous said...



Gloria said...

Love your blog!!! alot!!!! gloria

5thsister said...

Popping over from SITS. Nice place you got!

Smileyfreak said...

What a cool blog :) I must drop by again soon.Thanks for the great story!

prashant said...

I like this: "Ghosts only chase you if you let them, darling," .... How to make a website

Padhu said...

You have a wonderful blog. New here.
DO drop by
when time permits

That's Ron said...

great read

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Isabella | THE PILE OF STYLE said...

Really nice post, I got so much to learn from you!
Followin each other right? :)

Isabella | THE PILE OF STYLE said...

Really nice post, I got so much to learn from you!
Followin each other right? :)

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