Celebration – Book Two Release

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Thumping his hands on his desk, Cole pushes his master’s chair back and jumps to his feet.  It rams into the wall and James looks up from his book.

Cole:  Break out the drinks.  We’re celebrating.  *heads for the door*

James: What?

Cole:  *sends a telepathic message to everyone*  In the parlor. Now!

Rushed footsteps pound from the floors above.  The twins dart from the kitchen.  Birdsong fills the receiving hall as a sparrow dives past them and into the family room.  Dressen lets himself in the front door, followed by several reporters.

Vincent:  *eyes Dressen then leans on the hearth*  What’s going on?

Cole:  This isn’t just a family counsel.

James:  *smiles, dimpling his cheeks*  Is this what I think it is? *pours Ambrosia.  Linda and Elaina pass them out.*

Cole:  *Leans back into the sofa, pulling Mianna with him*  I’ll let Charlene do the honors.

Reporters poise their cameras at the door and wait.  Mandy and Mechenzie squeal and wiggle into a chair.  The doorknob turns and twitters pierce the air.  Dressen cocks a grin, glancing at his little friend.  Charlene enters.

Charlene:  Wow.  That was fast.  Is everybody here?

Cole:  I believe so.  *big smile*

Charlene:  Kyle, you even brought the press?

Dressen:  Most certainly.

Charlene:  *clears throat. Pats hair.*  Um…  I’m not a public speaker.

Dressen:  Allow me…

Cole:  Wait!  *tries to jump up and Mianna shifts to allow him to his feet*  If anyone’s going to announce this it’s going to be me.

Dressen:  This is my story as much as yours, Cole Shilo.

Vincent:  What?  Wait.  Charlene, is this about what I think it is?

Mianna: *jumps up*  It’s about book two, isn’t  it!  Our story is getting published!  That’s it isn’t it?  *twirls and the twins giggle and join her*

James laughs and pulls Linda into a hug.  Vincent jabs his fists toward the ceiling and sparks fly.  Elaina throws her arms around his neck.  The bird launches into wild flutters around the room.

Dressen: *looks at Cole*  To be released on February 15, 2012.  *folds him arms, a satisfied grin on his lips*

Cole: *scowls but can’t stop the smile that follows*

Cameras flash.

Charlene:  *looks around and her heart dances at the sight of her character’s joy*

A tap sounds at the door and Ray enters.  He ups his brows and leans to Charlene.

Ray:  Am I late?

Charlene:  Let’s let them have some fun before I tell them you’re here for book three.  I have a feeling there are going to be some very mixed emotions when they find out.

Ray:  *folds his muscular arms and looks at James*  Well, I know of at least one that won’t be too happy.

Charlene:  Give it time, Ray.  Give it time.

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