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Birthdays to remember? I’m going to lead out with my most romantic birthday ever. I’m a July baby (yup, Cancer, you guessed it), and this happened the summer my husband and I had just begun dating. We’d already had a skittery first date with not even a kiss, and a passionate second date that made up for lost time :). Then he took off on a one-week vacation – turns out he was tying up “loose ends,” but I didn’t know that then.
I picked him up at O’Hare on my birthday and we went out to dinner. He’d brought me a lovely opal on a gold chain that is still one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. My birthday celebration went on for at least two more days – theater tickets, another dinner out, a dinner I cooked and we ate out on the back patio at my apartment…
Maybe that should have been a clue that three decades later we’d be pouring some of our romantic energies into writing erotic romance together!
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It turns out we haven’t written very many birthday scenes into our published fiction, so here’s one from a WIP. We’re in the middle of creating a four-book series set in the horseracing industry. In this scene, our young herione, a racehorse trainer, has agreed to a week-long vacation with the hero in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, where he’s testing a prototype of his high-end hand-crafted canoes.
“So are you glad you came along?” Nick asked. It was their last night on the water.
Nick warmed at the sight of Daisy’s soft smile. “Yeah,” she admitted, “you were right. This was great. Just to know that a place like this exists is a treasure.”
As she stared into the fire, Nick saw a wistfulness etch her frame, as if she were trying to hold onto something, but knew she couldn’t. Without looking at him, she asked, “So how was it for you? You found out everything you needed to know about the prototype?”
“That I did. But that was secondary. Having you with me is what made this trip exceptional. Watching you embrace the unknown. The eagle. The loon. The bluebird. Fishing. Sleeping in a tent. Paddling. The stars.
“You’re a very expressive person, Daisy. You breathe new life into old things for me. How many eagles have I seen? Watching you totally amazed with your first fish. How many fish have I caught? Yet, your first will be one of my most memorable fish stories. You bring freshness to the wilderness. Maybe it’s those first encounters that are the most pristine and the most lasting.” Nick hunched over before the fire. “Maybe I’m just showing my age.”
Continuing to concentrate on the flames of the fire, Daisy said softly, “By the way, you should know that you’re now making love to a twenty-one year old.”
Nick turned his head sharply. “What?”
Daisy chuckled. “Today’s my birthday. I told you it was soon.”
“Why didn’t you tell me earlier?” He couldn’t believe she hadn’t let him know about such an important day. “We would have done something to mark it.”
Daisy reached over and squeezed his thigh. “Nothing you could have done would be better than this past week. Being out here. Just having this time alone with you. No cell phones. No responsibilities. It’s been beyond my wildest dreams.
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Just because we can, we’re going to have Nick buy her an opal like mine :). So we’d like to hear from you – what’s your favorite birthday memory or gift?
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