Welcome to Monday Morning Fika! Today we have some special guests…Kat and Natalie! You’ll be able to read their story in book form next April when Lazy Day publishes The Way Home, and you’ve also seen short snippets of their life in the Love Our Lurkers Day, Spank or Treat, and Fantasy Friday stories. Today, however, I convinced them to join us in person as a special Christmas Eve day treat. Please welcome Kat and Natalie!
Natalie: Thank you for inviting us, Ana. I’m not sure why you insisted on Kat coming, too. She wasn’t crazy about the idea.
Ana: Sorry if that made you uncomfortable, Kat.
(Natalie nudges Kat.)
Kat: Um, it’s okay.
Ana: How about if you introduce yourselves to everyone?
Natalie: Hi. I’m Natalie Mestecom. I just had my birthday over Thanksgiving break, and I work in marketing. Kat and I live in a little town called Naperville just outside of Chicago.
(Kat stares at Natalie in shock.)
Natalie: What’s wrong, Kat?
Kat: You got mad at me for meeting Cassie online, but you’re telling everyone where we live?
Natalie: We’ve known Ana for a long time. Plus, I know where she lives and can make her miserable if she doesn’t use our information appropriately.
Ana: Hey! I brought you into this world, and if you think you can boss me around…
Natalie: I don’t think so. I know so.
Kat: Um, I brought cinnamon rolls for everyone. It was my mom’s recipe. Does anyone want some?
Ana: Thank you, Kat. Mm, these look good. Would you like to introduce yourself, too?
(Kat looks at Natalie, who nods.)
Kat: I’m Kat, I guess. Kat Astra.
Natalie: And you work at a department store.
Ana: What are you doing for Christmas this year?
Natalie: We’re at my parents’, and Kat’s been busy making every single Christmas cookie in the history of cookies.
Kat: Only eight.
Natalie: Eight! Plus the fudge and the covered pretzels and…
Kat: You’re the one who keeps saying we need more Christmas lights.
Natalie: We do! What’s the point of having lights if you can’t see them?
Kat: We could have gotten the net lights. Or the icicles.
Natalie: Just like you could have gotten a smaller turkey?
Kat: It’s not Christmas if we run out of food.
Natalie: But fifteen pounds?
Kat: You, me, Mama Jane, Dad, Jason and his girlfriend…that’s six of us. Two pounds per person plus extra leftovers to make turkey tetrazzini. And turkey soup.
Natalie: You can’t cure the world’s ills with food, you know.
Kat: Why not? You think you can cure the world’s ills with spanking.
(Ana turns purple trying not to laugh; Natalie turns purple trying to answer.)
Natalie (whispering): We’ll talk about this when we get home.
Ana: So! Shall we let readers ask questions?
Kat: Yes, please! That sounds great.
Natalie: We’re still going to talk about this.
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