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I love the theme of this blog hop, although I can't help thinking about Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" with its swirls and stars above a small village. Summer nights are fun. This is our first summer along the shores of Lake Michigan so going to the beach and watching the sunset is something we'll do often. In my science fiction romance, The Chameleon, something awesome happened to the heroine on a starry night.
Jileena stayed hidden in the shadows and watched with envy through the windows as the elegant attendees danced and mingled and enjoyed the bounteous buffet and bar. Her attention was riveted on the young Space Fleet Cadet with an engaging smile. How she wanted him to smile at her the way he did to the elderly matrons he whirled around the dance floor.
No one else seemed to notice him slip away from the festivities, except her. She pulled back farther into the shadows as he came out onto the patio. And nearly stepped on her.
“What are you doing out here, little one?” he asked as he tucked an errant curl behind her ear.
“I am not little,” she said in her most sophisticated voice. To her own ears, she sounded like the twelve-year-old she was.
“Of course not. You are a fairy queen in disguise.” Then he gave her such a grin that her heart melted right there.
With a shy smile, she lowered her lashes before looking up at him. “You are very observant. But you must not give me away.”
“Only a brigand would do so, Your Majesty.” With his hand over his heart, he said, “I will not betray you. Your secret is safe with me.”
Caught up in the play acting, she gave him a royal nod. “Thank you, brave knight.”
“If it pleases Your Majesty, may I have a dance?”
When he took her hand and bowed over it, Jileena nearly swooned. In the manner she thought a fairy queen would respond, she lifted her chin. “You may.”
He lifted her into his arms and held her against his chest. “Put your arms around my neck.”
Together they danced, him whirling her around their small portion of the patio, her legs dangling beneath her frothy gown. She had been happy before when he smiled at her. Now she was enthralled.
When the music ended, he set her gently on her feet. Again, he bowed over her hand. This time he kissed her knuckles. A storybook knight to his queen. What had been a disappointment when she wasn’t allowed to attend the ball had turned into a dream.
As he straightened, his eyes twinkled. “I have never met a fairy queen before.”
Stunned by his smile, she couldn’t even speak.
“I heard,” he said most seriously, “that if you kiss a fairy queen in the moonlight, she will grant your dearest wish.”
Without waiting for her response, he leaned down and kissed her lightly on the lips. She could hardly take it in when the kiss ended. Her first kiss!
Before he could leave, she found her voice. “What was your wish, brave knight?”
“To kiss a beautiful lady.”
He strode into the light spilling from the open door then turned around. “Thank you, Your Majesty, for granting my wish.” Before he entered the ballroom, he flashed her a broad smile.
And she fell in love.
What do you like about summer nights?
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