They kissed. They kissed for a long time. They kissed as if they had been waiting to kiss their whole entire lives…
She saw his closed eyes. She saw the dream inside his head.
“Sam…” she said nervously, “if I kiss your lipstick off, will you take me to bed?”
Blackout. Excerpt from chapter 37.
‘Haunting sounds from invisible night creatures called across the black mountains as Tessa climbed ghostlike, directionless.
… turn away, Tessa, turn, turn away. Down there he’s texting, surfing, watching without listening. The machines are on – he is not. Turn away Tessa. The machines are on – but not for long.
Thunder. A flash. A momentary clash. And Tessa thought tonight is the night. Technology versus Mother Nature – Ready for a fight.’
–Blackout on Audio. Week 14. Chapters 31-34. Subscribe
A man in a Valentino suit – easy to spot up the Angel. Who did he think he was, dressed up like that? Looking a right twat!
“I tell you what,” Bronwen said, “gimme a lift home and you and me can talk in my house.”
The factory girls watched in disbelief… John poured another brandy… Bronwen, the biggest slag in the valley, was walking out of the Angel with the best looking stranger they had seen for years.
in Blackout: Week 13. Chapters 28-30.
‘Pregnant. Mother. Mother. Pregnant… The future stood waiting. The past stamped and pissed all over it… she imagined Bronwen… down in the belly of The Angel… relentlessly destroying a nameless child for all eternity… until Tessa knew… nothing was going to change anything…’ —- Blackout on Audio. Week 12: Subscribe
“Remember this… I am not your puppy or your slave or your personal whore… and I am not one of your machines… I am a real, live, walking, talking, eating, shitting, fucking, snorting woman. And I am more alive than you will ever be. And… cut!” — Blackout on audio, Chapter 19: subscribe
There are some men with whom women find it easy to flirt, Tessa told Sam. And there are other men with whom women find it impossible not to flirt…
Tessa & Men in Blackout – The Dark Side of the Valleys. Audio Serialisation, Week 10, Chapters 16-17. Subscribe: Blackout on Audio