My submission for this week is from my 5th book, Acting Lessons.
He was a strict and demanding college professor turned professional director who excelled at giving acting lessons. She was his shy and uncertain former student who became a professional actress under his tutelage. They fell in love, married, and won two Tony Awards before tragedy struck and a simple kiss ripped them apart.
After a six month separation, Peter Thorton decides to take matters into his own hands by making his famous wife, Kate, an offer she wouldn't refuse. Plainly put, he wants her back and he intends to do whatever is necessary to achieve his goal, even if it means giving his stubborn, willful leading lady a daily reminder over his knee that she promised to obey him.
In this scene, which occurs at the beginning of Chapter Four, Peter Thorton is attempting to get his wife ready for a trip to a college camp ground in upper New York, where they will appear together in a summer stock production of "Kiss Me Kate." Kate has agreed to help Peter teach the drama students who have auditioned and been selected personally by him for the course he is teaching. Though Kate isn't sure she can trust Peter with her heart again, since she believes he's been unfaithful to her, she's never stopped loving him. And despite having Domestic Discipline originally play a part in their marriage, their last two years together had them living like polite strangers sharing the same house.
Now, however, they are temporarily reconciled and Kate has agreed to appear with Peter in a college summer stock production of Kiss Me Kate. She only hopes she isn't making a huge mistake. The place looked like it was made up of log cabins, and Kate does not like camping. However, when she tells Peter she wants him to honor their contract and let her have her own place, he is not the least bit happy about it. What Kate wasn't prepared for, however, were the primitive conditions of the cabin he assigned her, so when he tells her his cabin is for a highly paid staff member so it has much better amenities, she asks him to show her his.
With a nod, Peter assisted Kate down the steps and kept hold of her arm as he walked her to his lodgings. Though his place was far below Hilton standards, the cabin had glass windows with pull down wooden shades; a king-sized bed, with its substantial mattress already made up with sheets, blankets and a comforter; two wooden night tables with lamps; a large woven rug, which almost took up the entire cabin floor; two polished wood dressers, a desk, one chair and an attached private bathroom with a tub and shower.
"In addition to electricity, the cabin is equipped with air-conditioning and heat."
"I think I hate you right now," Kate murmured with a scowl.
"This place is more than large enough for two, and I'm willing to share. Your choice."
Kate walked over to the bed, sat, and let out a soft little groan. "You do realize how badly I want to tell you to stick your invitation up your--"
He wagged a finger. "Language, darling. Same rules apply here."
She slipped her hands under her thighs, most likely to keep from giving him a one-fingered salute, since she knew he'd take action if she did. Yup, she was pissed.
Though Kate is putting on a good face, the sight of the camp where they'll be performing fills her with dread. Her idea of roughing it is staying at a three star hotel, and from what she's already seen, her cabin should be condemned as inhabitable.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed this brief excerpt and wish you and yours a very Frisky Friday.