***Today is the last day of sharing snippets from my latest release, ALONE. Instead of sharing eight lines, I decided to share the final lines of Chapter 3. Enjoy!***
Derrick is in the kitchen with Kelli and has just cleaned up a mess that spilled on the floor. Instead of leaving, he jumps in to dry the dishes. Could what happens next possibly be the beginning of a new relationship?
“Do you have any towels for drying dishes?”
Kelli handed me one from her side of the sink.
We worked together in silence.
I wanted to have a conversation to pass the time because working side-by-side in silence was rude. Then again, it wasn’t as if we ever had a civil conversation. From the moment we met, we bumped heads. I didn’t know her well enough, but I’m assuming the initial hated came because she was pregnant and the scheduling conflict with our project messed up her plans.
Now, I guess it had to do with her getting divorced.
Only one way to find out.
“It’s obvious you don’t like me.” I shrugged. “It’s not like we were properly introduced. Somehow our paths seem to keep crossing when you are not in your happy place and I get the side effects. I’d like to think you’re not a bitch by nature, so─”
Her hands stilled as her head turned toward me. “Excuse me?”
I continued to dry the plate in my hands, not looking her way. I could only imagine what evil look she was shooting at me right now. Her reaction was what I was aiming for. Anything else and she’d probably ignore me.
“Did you just call me a bitch?”
I glanced at the dishes in the drying rack, thankful that the knives were on my side of the counter. At least I hoped they were.
“No, weren’t you listening? I said you’re not a bitch by nature, meaning right now you’re acting bitchy. There’s a difference.” I risked a glance. Oh yeah, I had her full attention.
Kelli’s eyes were shooting daggers and armor-piercing rounds in my direction. Her normally latte complexion was now red.
“I don’t think I ever apologized for the delay at Tre’s restaurant. I know that left you in a bad place, and I get it,” I reached for the next available dish. “Just like I get the divorce isn’t a good spot to be in life either.”
Her skin paled and mouth parted, but no words came out.
“Believe it or not, I’ve been where you’re at, though I wasn’t the one getting a divorce. I was a kid when my parents separated and it wasn’t easy watching what my mom went through when my father left. It’s not going to be easy for you, either.” I paused to let my words sink in. “Believe it or not, you’ll be okay. My mother made it, even found a man who loves her. I turned out okay.” I glanced her way and noticed her side-eyed glance in my direction.
Satisfied the ice between us had been broken, I went back to work.
“Can I ask you a question?”
I looked her way. “Shoot.”
“Did you mean what you said the day we met?”
My hand froze on the plate for two seconds before I forced it to move again. “I said a lot of shit that day. Be specific.”
Kelli didn’t say anything, so I looked her way.
She looked away and shook her head. “Never mind; it’s not important.”
Like hell it wasn’t.
“Kelli,” I waited for her to look my way.
“Keep your head up.”
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About the novel….
When Derrick’s brother drives the family business into bankruptcy, Derrick is left without a job and only one choice: start over. With a new job waiting in Atlanta, the only other thing he’s looking for is a woman who’s willing to fit his no-strings-attached relationship policy. But then he runs into Kelli, a woman with a smart mouth who challenges him in every way. She’d be perfect … if it weren’t for the fact she had kids.
Shortly after giving birth to her son, Kelli’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce. Forced to move in with her newlywed sister, Kelli is faced with raising two young children on her own, finding affordable housing, and landing a job that will pay her bills. The last thing she needs or wants is a man in her life. But when her brother-in-law’s best friend shows up for dinner, it’s impossible to ignore the sexual attraction.
Fate and finances have another plan, though, forcing them into living under the same roof. Despite their differences, Derrick finds himself breaking his own relationship rules. But as his luck would have it, just when he thinks he’s ready to make a commitment, tragedy strikes close to home and, with it, issues from his past that force him to risk it all.
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