Dating can be a difficult road for singles. The woman is dating in hopes it will lead to marriage, and the man might be dating in hopes it will lead to his or her bed. Although, that's not always the case, it does make it difficult when two people who are attracted come together, with different goals in mind.
That's where Olivia finds herself when she meets up with her old friend and secret love, Raymond Ellsworth, in BeJeweled: The Flight of an Angel. Take a peek at today's #writerwednesday.
"I think people need to stop getting married unless they’re in it for the long haul. Sometimes I have regrets about the way my situation went. I should’ve thought long and hard before jumping into a marriage. I don’t think I’ll be doing that one again.”
"Why not? You plan on being single the rest of your life?” Olivia asked, feeling her stomach tighten in knots. She was dreading and anticipating his answer at the same time.
“If that’s what it takes,” Raymond replied in a somber tone.
“Takes for what?” Olivia was becoming exasperated as she realized getting an answer from him was like pulling teeth.
“To keep my heart protected. I don’t want to screw up anyone else’s life the way Bethany and I screwed up ours and our children’s lives. Had she been honest from the beginning none of this would have ever happened,” Raymond stated, taking another sip from his wine glass.
“Yes, but your children wouldn’t be here either,” Olivia observed.
“You’re right about that, but I hate the way we’re screwing their lives up, too. I mean we spent over a decade arguing about nothing and that’s only if we weren’t ignoring each other. It’s all futile. I mean, two mature adults can have a relationship without the paperwork. If you love each other and are committed to supporting one another be the best you can be, you don’t need nothing else. On the other hand, if you’re wanting to engage in sexual relations with numerous people, that’s fine, too. I mean, who am I to judge you? I say to each his own, but at least have the decency to notify the people you’re involved with that’s what you want and that’s what you’re doing. That gives them the option to do the same, or get the hell out of dodge. I can’t stand when people take away other people’s choices.”
Olivia watched as Raymond had his glass of wine refilled and almost downed that one, too. She had not seen this side of Ray and she didn’t know if it was the wine speaking, his pain, or a combination of both, but he was being very cynical.
“Ray, you know what it sounds like to me?” Olivia ventured to share her opinion.
“What’s that, Ivy?”
“It sounds like you’re bitter over your divorce and you need to heal.”
Raymond shook his head and laughed before replying, “Is that what you think?”
“Yes, that’s what I think.” Olivia sat her elbows on the table, clasped her hands and pressed her chin on top waiting for his response.
“Yeah, and you’re entitled to your opinion, too. Come on, let’s go dance,” he said, standing up and reaching for her hand.
“I don’t want to dance right now. Let’s finish this conversation.” Olivia sensed she was treading on dangerous territory, but she wanted and needed to explore where he was emotionally with his
“Alright, you sit this one out, I’ll be back.” To Olivia’s surprise, Raymond walked up to Kianna, said a couple of words, and led her out onto the dance floor. Smiling and giggling, she followed him all the way.
About Chelle Ramsey...
Women's fiction author and blogger, Chelle Ramsey brings a refreshing perspective into the lives of her readers and wants them to find entertainment, healing and inspiration in each novel. Using real problems and challenges faced by ordinary people, Chelle wants readers to become empowered to rise above life's adversities, with faith in God, and belief in themselves.
Her stories are relatable to individuals of diverse demographics, who have suffered a loss, been hurt, have low self-esteem, have lost hope, or need a word of encouragement. She strives to take your emotions on a roller coaster ride, one page at a time. Chelle holds an MBA in Human Resource Management, which she puts to use in her Human Resources role by day, while she writes her fiction novels at night. And in her spare time, she’s a blogger, freelance writer, and ghostwriter.
Her most important roles are those of a wife and mother of three. During her “me time,” she becomes enraptured with the enthralling stories of Terry McMillan, Nora Roberts, James Patterson and Stuart Woods. Chelle Ramsey resides in a rural community in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys writing, family time, and watching NBA games.
She hosts the annual 20 Days of Love authors’ blogging campaign, March Madness authors’ giveaways campaign, and showcases other authors on her blog at www.chelleramsey.com/beautifully-inspired-blog. Her novels can be found online at Chelle Ramsey Amazon.
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