Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I am Such a TEASE :)

Happy Teaser Tuesday all! Yes, I am still teasing from LOVE IN A TIME OF POPULARITY. You all will be glad to know (ahem, Kelly) that I foresee this being complete within the next three weeks. Three because one of those weeks I am on vacation. WOOT!

Anywho...here you are. Enjoy!!

“Miss Jenna! You’re here!”

I’d just gotten the blanket spread out, and Cindy was cracking open our root beers when I heard Chad’s gleeful shout. Grinning, I turned around just in time to catch him as he launched himself at me, knocking us both to the ground. When I had him set back on his feet, he started talking so fast my head was spinning.

“Whoa! Slow down a little,” I laughed. “I’m not going anywhere. Now, tell me about this outfit. Have you been out slaying dragons?” He was costumed in his normal shorts and t-shirt, but that was topped by a paper crown like what you’d get at Burger King, a pillow case tied around his neck to fashion a dark red cape, and he held a long cardboard sword covered in shiny aluminum foil.

He nodded solemnly. “Don’t worry, Miss Jenna. I’ll keep you safe.”

It took everything I had to swallow the laughter that was fighting its way free. He was just too adorable in his get-up.

“Hey, there’s PJ!” Cindy jumped to her feet and frantically waved her hands above her head. “PJ! Over here!” She shouted, motioning for PJ, Dallas, and Austin to come over.

When they were close to us but not quite within reach, Chad leaped out in front of the blanket, cardboard sword drawn and blood in his eyes. “Villians!” he yelled, jabbing the air around Austin’s stomach. “This village does not allow dragons! I will slay you!”

Austin threw up his hands in surrender and backed up a few steps. “I come in peace, kid.”

“Liar!” Chad jabbed at Austin again. “You and your dragon—“ he slashed at Dallas, who was doing his best to keep from laughing out loud. “—will say anything to filterate the kingdom and kidnap Queen Jenna.”

“Filterate?” Austin echoed, backing up another step when Chad lashed out at his leg, the cardboard just barely missing his appendage.

“Chad,” I began, swallowing back laughter which took more than a little effort. “I think you meant ‘infiltrate’.”

“That’s—“ He swung at Dallas. “—what I said, Miss Jenna. Filterate.” He swung again. “I will slay you dragon! You won’t get Queen Jenna!”

“Dude,” Austin looked over at Dallas. “At least, you get to be a dragon. They can breathe fire and protect themselves. I got nothing.”

I couldn’t help but laugh at that. Neither could PJ and Cindy.

“Arrrr!” Chad lifted his sword overhead and charged at Dallas, who just stood there, waiting to be slaughtered. The boy slammed into Dallas, eliciting a loud grunt from him as they both toppled to the ground.

Austin, not even looking to see if his brother was alright, sauntered over to me, caught me by the arm and yanked me to my feet. He didn’t stop there. He lifted me at the waist and hoisted me over his shoulder.

“Looks like I got me a queen. Thanks for being the bait, Dal.” He laughed as he started to walk away with me hanging halfway down his back.

Chad, seeing Austin carting me away, leaped off Dallas and bounded toward us. “I’ll save you, Miss Jenna. Don’t you worry!”

Of course, by this time, we’d amassed quite an audience, and Austin, being the ham that he was, played this up. He threw back his head and cackled maniacally. “You shall never see your queen again, Sir Chad. You may have gotten my dragon, but you will never get me!”

Chad screeched out a war cry and charged after us.

Austin, seeing the torpedo that was the six-year-old closing in, set me on my feet and shook his head. Then, he whirled around, swiveling his head back and forth to determine the best escape route. “This isn’t over. Not by a long shot!” Dropping to his knees, he rolled out of Chad’s reach right as his sword came crashing down. Then, he was gone, disappeared into thin air.

And, that's it for me on this fine Tuesday. As I said, I am going on vacation, so I may not be able to reply to your comments in a timely manner. But know that I appreciate each and every one of them! Thanks for stopping by!