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The Scientific Method of Getting Luckie
Stephen discovers how to perfect relationships–until his experiment goes off the rails in a big way.see full description
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When Stephen kisses a girl at a party, he discovers that his tics caused by Tourette’s Syndrome stop immediately. Using the scientific method drilled into him by his scientist father, Stephen begins an experiment to see if kissing could be a very pleasant treatment for his Tourette’s Syndrome.
The experiment leads him to Pilar, who quickly thinks Stephen is her boyfriend, but Stephen isn’t sure he’s ready for that, not now that Joan has dropped back into his life after a deep conversation in a dark projection room. Stephen will have to be honest with Pilar if he wants to win Joan’s heart, and the kissing experiment will have to end before it spirals out of control.
“I’ve never kissed a girl.”
I blurted that out. Go me. Smooth operator.
Sylvie smiled, her pale lips shiny with gloss. She sat on the edge of the bed and patted the place beside her. I sat and listened to my own heart. The music was quiet up here. Sylvie was wearing a red sundress, her hair long enough to fountain over her shoulders and frame the first set of breasts I’d ever been close enough to touch.
I imagined touching them. I bet they’d be soft and light, like Sylvie.
My foot jerked.
My fingers flexed.
And she kissed me.
I didn’t have time to make an awkward first move. Her lips were sticky from the gloss, and she tasted like raspberries and mint gum. She put her hands on my wrists and pulled them out of my pockets. Without a thought spared for potential finger flexes, I wrapped one arm around her waist and pulled her closer. I touched that white gold hair and it felt like feathers.
She pushed her tongue against my lips. Her fingers curled into my hair and I pressed against her, tilting her back. My body was ahead of me, brain picturing her lying on the bed, how it would feel to peel her shirt off.
That didn’t happen.
Instead, she resisted my push and our lips parted. She looked me in the eye and gave that same sweet smile from earlier.
“I hope your first kiss was pleasant,” she said.
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