Teasing is fun, it can be light and friendly or mean. No matter what, it should be a part of a story at some point. At least in my opinion, why? Because people tease, they joke and they banter. It is in human nature to want to laugh or improve our environment by introducing joviality.
Fun and light friendly banter is a great way to knit relationships together a bit more but what about flirtatious teasing? Or even sexually charged banter? Between strangers it can be challenging or come across as “tacky pick-ups” or between two pre-sexual relationship it can make for some fun chemistry and tension building. For a sexual couple it can spark a lot more than just a giggle when teasing becomes innuendo.
Anne looked up from the menu at the nurse who swept her off the very feet he helped her on to when she sprained her ankle. Since then, Tony had pursued her like a man plucked out of a historical romance novel.
“How was your day?” Anne set the menu down carefully.
“Pure hell until about ten minutes ago.” Tony looked at her through his extraordinary dark lashes from across the small intimate table setting. “And yours?”
“Oh.” She licked her lips and straightened the fork and knife on the napkin. “Boring and predictable as always.”
“Maybe we can change that.”
She stopped fidgeting and looked at his lips then finally his steel-blue eyes. “It would have to be something very out of the ordinary.”
“I can be unconventional Anne.”
“I bet.” Anne tucked a strand of auburn hair behind her ear. “But it would take a lot to shake my day up.”
“Hmm.” Tony eyed her flushed cheeks as he sipped his water.
Valery sighed heavily, plopping her chin in her hand and resting her elbow on the table. He hunger was sated, but not her appetite.
Jackson glanced at her pretty pouty face as she drummed her manicured fingers on her lips. “What’s eating you Val?”
“Nothing.” She smiled through her fingers. “Or rather no one.”
“I can be.” She giggled and stood to put the plates in the sink.
“You make it too easy.” Jackson got up and stopped in the doorway to the hall.
“I can play hard to get.” Valery’s sultry smile made him chuckle low in his throat.
“So can I.” He looked down then back up as she followed his gaze, her mouth opened as her tongue darted out to wet her lips.
It is easy to make conversation stiff and boring, so I steam it up with some heated banter. From simple flirting to outright suggestion getting the right chemistry is key. Finding the right balance is key, too much and someones going to come across as slutty or creepy. Too little and it might be missed. I make sure I know the characters and work within their parameters.
My advice about innuendo.
Find a good balance and don’t overdo it. Oh and it doesn’t have to lead to sex, they could be interrupted by drama or danger or it could be just plain old-fashioned flirting.
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