He's partial to anything with chocolate and peanut butter. Though I was apparently born without a sweet tooth, I do enjoy the occasional chocolate-covered marshmallow egg.
The conversation got me thinking about a line in my new book, Believe it or Not. It's one of my favorite lines in the whole book, for reasons I can't explain but still cling to like a favorite sex toy that's faded and cracked but still runs fine if you jiggle the batteries and–
About that line.
It's an early scene in the book when Violet first meets the man she wants to like. He's kind and smart and normal and everything she thinks she wants, but soon learns isn't what she needs at all.
She looked up into a pair of warm-brown eyes the color of Cadbury milk-chocolate eggs.
"Can I help you find something?" he asked, his eyes filled with concern rather than creamy fondant.
I originally wrote it as "creamy nougat," but the line editor flagged it and provided a link to a website that explained the actual content of a Cadbury milk-chocolate egg. There was much debate about the proper way to describe it without ruining the line. "Vanilla cream" almost won out over "creamy fondant," and at a certain point in the proceedings, I teetered dangerously close to not liking the line much anymore.
But I still do. It makes me giggle. It surprises me a little each time I read it. It captures the tone I wanted to create, with Violet over-thinking the situation and trying way too hard to find this guy appealing.
What's your favorite candy for whichever holiday you happen to celebrate this time of year? If you don't have one, how about sharing your favorite line from a book?
Or if all else fails, share you chocolate-marshmallow eggs. I didn't get one this year, dammit.