I’ve been working on my first love scene in the sequel to Coldfire, and have needed to consider a few things such as what is appropriate for a Young Adult novel and what is not. Many YA novels I’ve read have used the “fade to black” technique where, while it is clear the characters have sex, none of it is shown and time generally skips forward to the next morning. I tried this at first, but it didn’t work for me. Instead I’ve adopted a non-explicit approach that focuses more on the emotions than the physical act itself. So far, I’ve been happy with the result. Here’s a quick snippet from the first draft:
The world had reshaped itself again, as it often did around Valora, to encompass the two lovers and their bed, the covers kicked to the edge where Darian’s toes could barely reach. Valora’s skin was smooth and strangely powerful under Darian’s hands, her Amazonian form barely illuminated by the single streak of light escaping through the curtains.
She was beautiful and otherworldly in this moment. Darian told her he loved her over and over again, using air he didn’t have to spare, until she gently shushed him, brushing a finger against his lips.
“I know, baby,” she whispered, caressing his cheek, his throat, his chest. “I love you too.”
I wrote this last night, so it’s very new, and I’ll probably end up rewriting as I always do. However, for now, I am satisfied with what I’ve written.