Saturday, March 28, 2015
Alien Indiscretions - The Missing Scene
I hope you are all enjoying the newest book in the Clans of Kalquor series. Here's a little bonus for you: the girls' night out scene that I had to cut from the book during edits. I loved this scene with Cissy, Tasha, Jessica, and Lindsey at Vax's restaurant. Unfortunately, it didn't add anything to the storyline, and bogged the book down. It had to go.
So here it is, the deleted scene. Enjoy!
As Cissy had expected they would, they ended up at the restaurant owned by Lindsey’s Imdiko Vax. Cissy was amused to see it had an Earther name: A Taste of Home. It specialized in a fusion of Earther and Kalquorian dishes.
“There isn’t anywhere better to eat,” the elder McInness said with no shortage of pride as they were ushered straight to an intimate table. “Vax is a culinary genius. The wait for a table is four months now.”
“He needs a bigger restaurant for this area,” was Jessica’s opinion. “Councilmen are always complaining to me that they can’t get in, as if I would presume on my family to give them special treatment.”
“It could be a good bargaining point at council meetings,” Lindsey teased. “Have them buy Vax the new meat smoker he’s had his eyes on, and he might go along with bumping up their reservations.”
“I heard my name and new meat smoker,” a cheerful voice said a second before Vax poked his head around the corner. “Do I put my order in or is it already on its way?”
The women laughed as the sweet-faced Imdiko walked into their high-walled private dining circle. “I’m bargaining hard with your sister-in-law,” Lindsey told him as she rose to greet him with a kiss. “Why are you working so late?”
Vax looked surprised at the question. “You brought your cousins. I wanted to cook for them myself and make sure they got a proper welcome to my restaurant.” He smiled at Cissy and Tasha. “How are you liking the Matara Complex?”
Tasha smiled at the handsome Kalquorian who looked almost too young to be clanned. “We like what little we’ve experienced so far. Today was all about the shopping.”
“Is that a new dress? Very nice.” He turned his attention to Cissy. “You look lovely as well, Cissy.”
“Sure I do,” she snorted. Her blouse, while new, wasn’t nearly as prissy as Tasha’s dress. Cissy had also opted to pull her hair back in a simple ponytail. She’d made a slight effort with her makeup, having swiped on some mascara and lipstick.
“You do,” Vax insisted. “I appreciate women who don’t paint themselves unnatural faces.” He beamed at Lindsey, who wore no more makeup than Cissy did.
The comedienne in Cissy wanted to pretend to gag at the besotted way Vax looked at her cousin. Instead, she found herself envious of the outright adoration in the Imdiko’s expression. Nearly four years wasn’t long to be clanned, but did people really still look so in love after that amount of time?
Cissy wondered what it would be like to be loved as much as Vax obviously loved Lindsey. On the heels of that, she tried to imagine loving a man with that much devotion.
I’m too damned ornery, she decided. No man, much less a clan of three men, is going to get that kind of reaction from me. I know how to love my family to the point of doing anything for them, but I’m never going to be sappy like that. Too bad. I’d like to know what that kind of love feels like.
Vax took their orders himself, gave Lindsey a kiss, and left to make their dinner.
And what a dinner. Afterward, Cissy and Tasha agreed their meal was magnificent. Cissy went into paroxysms of delight over her bacon-wrapped ronka strips in a creamy honey and spice sauce. She followed it up with a tart pastry that reminded her of key lime pie. She also had more than her fair share of alcoholic leshella, ordered by Jessica just for the occasion. Cissy was giddy by the end of the meal. Thoughts of propriety had quietly exited when she wasn’t looking.
“Better than sex,” she told Vax when he came by to check on them, slurring her words slightly. “I’d tell you the state of my panties right now, but that would be crude.”
Vax’s eyes went wide. As Jessica and Lindsey howled their laughter, Tasha crossed her arms on the table and laid her head down, hiding her face as if she would die of embarrassment. However, her shoulders shook, letting Cissy know her twin laughed as hard as the other two women. Vax stammered his thanks and beat a hasty retreat.
“You – you are terrible,” Lindsey gasped, crying just as hard as she guffawed. “And drunk. My poor Imdiko. He may be scarred for life.”
“That’s what he gets for cooking so damned good,” Cissy sighed as she spooned in the last bite of tart. “How are you not 200 pounds, woman?”
“I work it off.” Lindsey grinned. A bit drunk herself, she added, “Naked. In fact, I think I’ll insist on a workout tonight and make the boys late for work tomorrow.”
The leshella kept flowing and the women kept laughing. It was a wonderful night.