Sample Sunday: Did You Tell Him?

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Here is another excerpt from the upcoming release To Build a Vow which is book 2 in The Vow series. These words are unedited and all mine. Enjoy!

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I was outside and halfway across the lawn when I heard my name being called. Turning around, I saw Sabrina making her way toward me. The determination on her face made me want to roll my eyes. After what had gone down with Jeremiah, I wasn’t in the mood to be fussed at by his mama. Sabrina reached me and decided to forgo all pleasantries and small talk.

“Did you tell him?”

I shook my head, my shoulders sinking. “No. He didn’t give me a chance to.”

She propped her fists up on her hips. “He’s not going to give you a chance to talk, Lisa. He doesn’t even owe you that. But you can’t use that as an excuse to keep this from him. You have to make him listen!”

It didn’t matter that she was right, I wasn’t in the mood to hear it. I narrowed my eyes. “I’ll tell him when I tell him, Sabrina.”

Sabrina stepped one foot back and cocked her head to the side. Her entire demeanor screamed that she wasn’t one to mess with. “Let me tell you something, little girl. Do not play with me. I’m giving you the opportunity to be the one who shares this, because it’s your news to give, but make no mistake; if you drag your feet, I will tell him.”

That time I did roll my eyes, and from the look on Sabrina’s face, I was lucky she didn’t slap them right out of my face. “Well, it seems like the work will get done either way. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.”

Sabrina scoffed and gave me a look of disbelief. “You and I both know that J will not be pleased if he has to hear this from anywhere but the horse’s mouth. And you know what else? From that show you put on last week, I thought you really loved my son. This mess that I’m seeing right here, is showing me something completely different. I didn’t want to believe it at first, and it took me seeing the damage done to my baby with my own two eyes, but now? I have no doubt that the woman standing in front of me could break his heart so carelessly.”

She stepped forward until we were nose to nose and I could clearly see the fury in those chestnut browns that all three of her sons had inherited from her. “It may have been a while since I was pregnant, but I vividly remember the constant emotions coursing through my body, making me think I was crazy. On the strength of that, and the love I have for you as the mother of my only grandchild, I’m going to let this attitude you’re having right now roll off my back. But, please don’t take my kindness for weakness, Lisa. I will break your little ass into two unrecognizable pieces if you try to keep this baby from Jeremiah. Know that.” She spun on the heel of her bedazzled tennis shoes and was ten feet away before she spun around again.

“Oh, and make sure you drive safe, you hear!” I nodded slowly and—seemingly satisfied with my response—Sabrina continued on, back into the house.

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