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Bennett, Cherie - Sunset Island 002 - Sunset Kiss

Bennett, Cherie - Sunset Island 002 - Sunset Kiss

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Sunset2--SunsetKissONE"Isthisthecoolest,orwhat?"CarrieAldenaskedasshestoodbackstageattheSunsetIsIandArtsPavilion."Thisisbeyondcool,"laughedSamBridges,tossingbackherwildredmane."It'slikesomekindofunrealMTVdream.Ialwaysknewmyfirstsummeroutofhighschoolwouldbeablast,butthissummeristurningouttobeevenmoreamazingthanIimagined."Carriesmiledatherfriend.Shewasright.Thisdidseemlikesomekindofwonderfuldream.Amerethreeweeksbefore,shewouldneverhaveexpectedtobebackstageataGrahamPerryconcert-asGrahamPerry'spersonalguest!Oneverysideofher,peopleworkedfeverishly.Thesoundsystemwasbeingcheckedandthelightsadjusted,instrumentswerebeingtunedandretuned.Theenergylevelwassohigh!Carriefeltthatifshereachedout,shemightactuallyfeeltheaircracklewithelectricity."Ooh!Ooh!"SamjabbedCarrie'sshoulder."You'remissingahotphotoop."Carrie'shandsflewtothecamerasheworearoundherneck.Itwasn'teverydayanaspiringphotographergotbackstagepassestoaGrahamPerryconcert.Carriewasdeterminedtomakethemostoftheopportunity.Maybeshe'devengetshotsgoodenoughtoselltoRollingStone.FollowingSam'sgaze,Carriefocusedhercamera.Thiswasagreatshot.Grahamstoodjustoffstage,goingoversomenoteswithhisband.Theamberoverheadlightthrewdramaticshadowsontherocksuperstar'shandsomeface.Hisexpressionwasconcentrated,intense-nottheusualeasygoing,smilingfaceheshowedtothepublic.Itrevealedthedemandingprofessionalbeneaththecasualit's-so-easyfacade.AndCarriewastalentedenoughtoknowinstinctivelythatphotographywasmorethanmereimage.Agreatphotographerusedthecameratounveilthehiddentruthlurkingjustbeneaththesurfaceoftheimage.Carriecomposedtheshotandthensnappedquickly,shootingfromthreeslightlydifferentangles."That'sgoingtobeareallyinterestingphotoofGraham!"shesaid."Thanksforpointingitout.Youhaveaterrificeye.""No,no,noooooo!"Samchided."Iwasn'ttalkingaboutGraham.Youalreadyhaveazillionpicturesofhim.Iwastalkingaboutthatpicture."Sampointedonstagetowherethewarmupband,FlirtingwithDanger,wasalreadysetup.Withtheirbackstothegirls,theleadsinger,BillySampson,andthebassguitarist,PresleyTravis,weredeepinconversation.SamtouchedherthumbstogetherandframedoutthepictureforCarrie."Ievenknowwhatyoucouldcallthisphoto.'HotBunsinConference.'""Sam!Youaresobad,"Carriesaidasshesnappedthephoto."Maybe,butyoudidtakethepicture,didn'tyou?"Samteased."WhatI'mdoingissortofaphotographicessay,"Carriesaidcarefully."Thewarmupbandispartofthestory,too.""Yeah,right,"Samtoldher."Itcouldn'tbethatyou'dliketodosomeflirtingofyourownwiththeleadsinger.Ohno."Samsnorted.Carrietriedtolookcasual,butcouldn'thelpthefaintblushthatroseinherface."LikethekindofflirtingyoudowithPresley?"shesaid."Noway.Icouldneverbesobold.""Don'tworry,I'llbehappytogiveyoulessons,"Samsaid."Thissummerisasgoodatimeasanyforyoutocomeoutofthatdemureshellandbeallthevixenyoucanbe.""Oh,Sam,"Carriesaid,laughing."Younevergiveup."Still,shethoughttoherself,Sam'sremarkshadhithome.HerinterestinFlirtingwithDangerwasmorethanjustprofessional.-FlirtingwithDangerwasalocalbandontheisIand.OpeningforGrahamPerrythatnightmightturnouttobetheirbigbreak.Theguyswerenervousandexhilaratedatthesametime.Theywantedtobesureeverythingwasperfect."Theremustbemusicbigshotsintheaudiencetonight,"Samspeculated."Allthosehonchosvacationaroundhere.I'msuretheywouldn'tmisstheirgod,GrahamPerry.MaybeoneofthemwillpickupontheFlirts.""Thatwouldbegreat,"Carrieagreed."Whenthey'rebigstarswecansayweknewthemwhenthey
 
werejustalocalband.""Yeah,andwe'llhavestandinginvitationsbackstage.We'llgoeverywheretheygo.OurpictureswillbeinPeople.We'llbefamous,too,"Samsaidexcitedly."Sam,wedon'tevenknowthemverywell,"Carriepointedout."Well,we'lljusthavetoworkongettingtoknowthembetter,won'twe?"Samsaidconfidently.ThatwasoneofthethingsCarrieadmiredaboutherfriend.ToSameverythingseemedsimple.Ifyouwantedsomething,youwentafterit.Simple.SamandCarrieknewBillyandPresfromaroundtheisIand,thoughthey'dmetthemonlyrecently.Still,PreshadmostdefinitelyflirtedbackwithSamthelasttimetheymet.AndCarrieknewBillylikedher.He'devenlentherthecamerashewasusingthatnight,hisnewCanonEOS-.Shewassurehewouldn'thavedonethatforjustanyone.Whatshedidn'tknowwaswhetherhelikedherasafriendoriftheattractionwentdeeper.TherewasonethingCarriedidknow:BillySampsonturnedheron.She'dfeltittheminutethey'dmetinfrontofWheels,thebikeandmopedrentalshop.Partly,itwashislooks.Hewastall,withlong,sun-streaked,sandyblondhair,whichheworetiedbackinaponytail,andbig,soulfulbrowneyes.Oneearwaspiercedwithasmallsilvercrescent-moonearring.Itwashislooksthatattractedher,buttherewassomethingelse,too.CarriehadfeltanimmediateconnectiontoBilly.Itwashardtoexplain.Itwasdefinitelywhatpeoplemeantby"chemistry."Asifhefeltherwatchinghim,BillyturnedandlookedtowardCarrie.Foramomenttheireyeslocked,anditwaslikeatouch.AtouchthatsentanelectrifyingtinglethroughCarrie'sentirebody.Thenthemomentwasgone.Billysmiledandwaved.Carriewavedback.Didhefeelthat?Carriewondered.Orisitjustme?Theconnectionseemedsorealtoher.Hehadtofeelit,too.Atthatmomentastunningblondgirlinaredleatherminiandmatchingshort-croppedjacketjoinedCarrieandSam,Samsteppedbackandappraisedtheoutfit."Allright!PrincessGracebreaksouttheredleatherforthebignight!"shecheered."Waytogo,Emma!".".EmmaCresswellblushed."IfiguredifI'mevergoingtowearthisoutfitagain,tonight'sthenight.AndstopcallingmePrincessGrace.""Why?Shewasbeautiful,andyoulookjustlikeher.DidyoueverseethatHitchcockmovie,RearWindow?GraceKellyhadsuchgorgeousclothesinthat.It's,like,thisancientmovie,butherclotheswouldbeinstyletoday.Weird."Sam'slargeblueeyesnarrowedinthoughtforamoment."Idon'tthinkGracewouldhavewornredleather,though.""Good,"saidEmma,liftingherdelicatechindefiantly."Idon'twanttolooklikeGraceKelly.I'mdumpingthedesignerroyaltylookforever.FromnowonI'mburning.""You'resupposedtosayburrmin'withkindofasexygrowl,notburningasin'Jeeves,Ibelievethechateauisburningdown,'"Samcorrectedherfriend.Emma'sblueeyeswentwide."Howdidyouknowourbutler'snameisJeeves?Idon'tremembertellingyouguysthat.""Iwaskidding,"repliedSam."Jeevesisthenameofthebutlerinpracticallyeveryoldmovie.""Areyoujoking?"CarrieaskedEmmaincredulously."Tellmeyoudon'treallyhaveabutlernamedJeeves.""Sorry,"saidEmmawitharuefulsmile."Butthatreallyishisname.Anyway,tochangethesubject-please,pleaselet'schangethesubject-youladieslookextremelysizzlingtonightyourselves."SamspreadherlongarmswidetoshowoffherblackT-shirtdress.Thesleeveshadbeencutintostripsatthetopofthearm.Thestripswerethenbeadedandknottedintofringethatfellfromeachsleeve.Thesameknotted,beadedfringefellfromtheshorthemline.Withher
 
characteristicflairforfashion,SamhadbeltedthedresswithanIndian-beadedbeltthatshowedoffherslenderwaisttofulladvantage."Doyoulikeit?"sheasked."ThemonstersandIsatontheporchlastnightandeachmadeourselvesone.Wecutthefringe,putthebeadson,everything.Ofcourse,minecameoutmuchbetterthantheirsdid."The"monsters"wereBeckyandAllieJacobs,thirteen-year-oldidenticaltwinswhomSamwastakingcareofthissummer."Itdoesn'tlooktackyoranything,doesit?"Samquestioned,herbrash,self-assureddemeanorfadingforjustamoment."Youlookfabulous,asalways,"saidEmma.Fivefeetteninchesandwillowy,Samrarelylookedanythinglessthanspectacularinwhatevershewore.Herlong,curlyredhairandherbeautiful,perfectlymade-upfacemadeSamaknockout."Forgetit,"scoffedCarrie."I'mnotstandingnexttoyouguysanymore.Iwouldhavetopicktwobeautyqueenstobemybestfriends.Goodgoing,Carrie.""Getoffit,"saidSam."Youareseriouslyadorableandyouknowit.Oratleastyoushould.AndifIcouldjustgettheteeniestlittlebitofmakeuponthatIvory-girlface,you'dhaveeveryguyonthisisIandfallingdownstonedeadinhistracks.""Nothanks.That'snotme,"saidCarrielightly."Besides,Iwouldn'twanttohavetostepoverallthosedeadbodies."Despiteherjokingmanner,Carriedidhopeshelookedgoodthatnight.She'dcombedoutherlongchestnut-brownhairuntilitshoneandwornherbesthammered-silverhoopearrings.Shewaswearingacalf-length,yellow-and-bluestripedpinaforejumperoverayellowT-shirtwithrolledsleeves.She'dlikedtheoutfitwhensheputiton.Nowshewonderedifitlookedbabyish."Doesthisreallylookokay?"sheasked."It'ssummeryandcasual,butpretty.It'sveryyou,"Emmaassuredher."Youlooklikeyou'velivedonSunsetIsIandallyourlife.""Thanks,"saidCarrie,turningbacktowatchthefreneticactivityallaroundher."Let'sseeifwerecognizeanyoneintheaudience,"Emmasuggested.Thegirlswalkedtothefrontofthestageandpartedthethickvelvetcurtains.Theseatswerefillinguprapidly."TherearetheHewitts,"saidEmma,spottingJaneandJeffHewitt,thehusband-and-wifelawpartnerssheworkedfor."Theyseemso,youknow,oldtome.It'soddtothinkofthemlikingrockandroll.""I'llbetGrahamPerryissomewherearoundtheirage,"CarrieremindedEmma."That'sunbelievable,"saidSam,shakingherheadasthoughthiswassomehowsadnews.Unbelievable,Carrieechoedinherthoughtsasshegazedoutatthethrongofpeopletakingtheirseats.Yes,thatwasaprettygoodwordtodescribeallthathadhappenedsincethey'darrivedonchicSunsetIsIandtoworkasaupairsforsomeofthewealthyfamilieswhovacationedthere.ThefirstcompletelyunbelievablethingwasthatCarriehadbeenhiredbytheTempletons-asinClaudiaandGrahamPerryTempleton.ItturnedoutthatTempletonwasGrahamPerry'sreallastnamebutCarriehadn'tknownwhoheremployersreallywereuntilshearrivedontheisIand.Mr.Rudolph,theTempletons'businessmanager,hadhiredherattheaupairconventioninNewYork.Theconventionwasactuallyabigweekendmeetingheldatahotel.Duringtheweekend,girlswhowantedsummerjobsasmother'shelpers-alsoknownasaupairs-hadmetprospectiveemployersfromallaroundthecountry.ItwastherethatCarriehadbeeninterviewedandhiredbyMr.Rudolph.NowCarriewaslivinginafabulousmansion,takingcareoftherockstar'stwoadorablechildren,andhavingthesummerofherlife.

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