//Secret Deleted Scene from Tempest/Vortex

This scene was originally published here

An exclusive deleted scene from Tempest that was removed but referenced in the 2nd to last chapter. A few readers have asked me about the “picture of Jackson and Holly on the beach” that Jackson looks at just before calling Holly and saying his final goodbye to her.

In Tempest, it has Jackson, his dad and Holly deciding to go on the boat the following day and then it jumps to noon the next day and they’re getting on the boat. But before that the couple spent some time on the beach talking . . .

            “Hey…” I touched Holly’s cheek after rolling over on my stomach in the sand. “What are you thinking about?”
            Her face held all the signs of some deep thinking though she was trying to give off the appearances of someone relaxing on the beach. “Nothing. Why?”
            “You just look…pensive.”
            She gave me half a smile. “I have some questions.”
            I glanced around at the near empty slab of beach we were currently occupying. I doubted anyone would hear us, but I still didn’t want to take any chances. “Maybe it could wait until we’re on the boat…?”
            “It’s not those kind of questions,” she said quickly.
            Okay, so not the CIA stuff. Something else. “I’ll give you twenty questions. How about that?”
            “Perfect.” We propped ourselves up on one elbow so our bodies were nearly pressed together. “Promise you’ll answer honestly? I’m so done with being told what I want to hear rather than the truth.”
            My heart was already racing. “I’ll be honest or I won’t answer, deal?”
            She nodded and glanced down at her hands. “Did you plan it? Our first date? Kissing me…any of that?”
            Honest. Be honest. “No. None of it. Adam told me about you and David breaking up earlier that day and then I was completely confused. I didn’t know what to do because it scared me…getting what I wanted. Then at the club, I tried not to look at you and then I even debated a random hook up just to get all those thoughts out of my head.” Holly laughed under breath. “And then suddenly I was dragging you out of there and eating dinner and then all I could think about was not letting the evening end.” She lifted her eyes to look at me. “That’s how it always felt with you. I tried to go on with my normal stuff and then somehow I’d just end up wherever you were. Before now, I’ve never let myself think about what that meant. I’m sorry I’m such an idiot.”
            “You’re not an idiot,” she said, giving me a sad smile. I let out a breath waiting for a more difficult question. I could feel it coming. “So…since that night we first kissed…you haven’t…you weren’t with anyone else?”
            I had to pause and then I felt like a huge dick because she was holding her breath, waiting. My problems was that all the versions of Holly…all the relationships blended together and it felt I’d been with a bunch of girls, but it was all the same one. “No…no one else. Which might actually be a record for me.” I took a deep breath. “But I have to be honest and tell you I didn’t plan that. I didn’t get tempted and think about how you’d get pissed off. I just thought about you so much that there wasn’t room for anyone else. With everything Adam and I had going on…”
            Her eyes had gotten all watery and she looked down at her hands again, a couple tears falling onto my fingers. “I can’t believe you…Jackson Meyer, the guy Brook told me would never make good boyfriend material.”
            “She probably had good reason for saying that,” I admitted, swallowing the doubt forming in the back of my throat. “Hol, I’m sorry…there’s so much I love about being with you. So much. I could live on those memories alone for a hundred years and not get sick of them…not want anyone else. But I was too stupid to put that together in my head and form it into words that I could actually say to you. I know you must hate my version of a relationship–”
            She shook her head immediately and leaned forward, kissing me on the mouth. “You’re way is better than mine. It’s the most real thing I’ve ever had…you are, anyway.”
            And now I couldn’t do anything but kiss her, over and over saying, “I love you” between kisses. I wanted to do this forever, I wanted to wake up every morning for the rest of my life to the sound of Holly’s deep, sleepy breathes and feel her hair tickling my face, her head buried between my shoulder and my neck. And since I had just become aware of this, maybe I needed to find a way to put words to it. Something that said, “I’ll give you tomorrow…I’ll give you more than just today.”
            “Does it scare you?” I asked her. “The fact that everything’s different now? We’ve ditched the carefree attitudes?”
            “I’m not afraid of you.” She grinned and pressed her hands against my chest, forcing me roll onto my back. “And it wouldn’t have mattered what you told me today…even if you’ve hooked up with a dozen girls since kissing me that first time. Like you said, everything’s different now.”
            I reached up and tucked her hair behind her ears, then rested my hands on her face. “Yes, it is.”


So, what did you think?



P.S. Has anyone read Vortex yet????[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]


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  1. Anonymous January 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Vortex blew my mind!! I was literally jumping all over my bed with excitement while reading it.

    Although I always knew where you were going with Holly, it broke my heart to actually see her change like that. Gah, I wish Jackson had just locked her in his aparment and forced her to read the diary =)) Or does he have it with him on Misfit island????

    Agh, reading this scene makes it all hurt so much more though 'cause I just realized they're never gonna get back to this 🙁

    I can't believe I have to wait an entire year for the third book. </3

  2. Julie Cross January 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Yay!! I'm so glad you liked this and VORTEX! I won't answer specifics about the diary and it's whereabouts but remember, Jackson has that photographic memory thing going on…

  3. Anonymous January 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    What's he gonna do? Recite it to her while waltzing? jk.

    Any chance you're gonna be releasing more bonus content/short stories before the third book? I'd love to hear Commando Holly's thoughts or maybe even Courtney's. Courtney was already jumping before she died right? That was what you meant with "But we never meet here. I usually go to see you"?

  4. Julie Cross January 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    hahaha!! Recite it while waltzing…omg that's awesome! funniest thing I've heard all day 🙂

    and I'm sure bonus content will be released now and again. Maybe even tomorrow…

    and yes, you've read very carefully! Courtney was doin' some time jumpin' as hinted in Tempest.

  5. Anonymous January 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Glad I got the creator of this awesome series to laugh. 🙂

    Coolio! I'll watch out for that.

    Last two questions? And I'd totally understand if you don't answer either of them: How much of Holly/Stewart's memories can seep into Commando Holly/009 Stewart? and does Jackson still have Emily's ring?

  6. Julie Cross January 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Yes, Jackson still has that ring though he's not yet sure what it's purpose will be. I can tell you it's not what he expected.

    and it's 007 memories that are seeping into the versions of Holly and Stewart that exist in Vortex. This will be addressed in Tempest 3 and answered fully.

  7. Anonymous January 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Alright, thanks for being so nice! 🙂 Congrats on this awesome series and good luck!

  8. Anonymous January 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Just finished Vortex. Amazing. You made my week. Can’t wait for book three.

  9. Anonymous January 22, 2013 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Hey Julie!! Just finished reading Vortex!! Couldn't wait for it to be released in Brazil so I downloaded from Amazon!! Loved it!! Do you have a name for the third yet? Will it be released in January 2014?

  10. sorairo January 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Liked a lot! But To read Vortex I must wait. We are in Italy u.u" grrr Just finished in 3 days….in Italian…To exciting Tempest!

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