It's a wonderful #writerwednesday and I'm sharing a snippet of book 2 in A Woman's Design series. In Book 1, A Woman's Design: Afflictions, Naomi has sacrificed her personal life to raise her daughter. As a single mother, her love life was always pushed to the back burner, but with Sasha off at college, she's ready to stir things up a bit. She's got a new attitude!
In this excerpt, she's at a sports bar and she's approached by a good-looking brother, who...well read on...
Strut Your Stuff...
By the time I made it out of the restaurant and to my car, a tall, dark-skinned brother was approaching me.
“Excuse me, Miss. Can I speak with you for a second?” he said, smiling down at me. Whereas, Felix was about my height, this gentleman was easily seven inches taller than my five foot, six inches.
I turned around with all the strength that I could muster after being offended. There was no politeness left within me.
“What is it that you want? To offend me more, by telling me that I just stormed out of there like an angry, black woman, and made a fool of myself to the astonishment of the entire establishment?” I huffed.
The smile on his face and in his eyes never left, as he released a soft chuckle. “No. I wasn’t going to say that.”
“Good. Because I think I’m doing a swell job of raking myself over the coals.”
“Actually, I wanted to apologize on behalf of my friend Felix. I noticed you sitting alone at the table and was preparing to approach you when I came up with a brilliant idea.”
“Yeah. I thought about Felix and all the misery he’s been going through. You seemed like a strong, beautiful woman. Something that he needs after all he’d been through and I suggested he come over and talk to you. I was kind of leery about it at first, because I know how he can be. Sometimes he comes off offensive without meaning to. I warned him about it before he approached you, but obviously all of my advice went out the door.”
“And his good sense along with it. So, why are you here?” I asked, clicking the lock on my key fob.
“To apologize for his behaviors, apologize for sending him, and to ask you to give me one more chance.”
“One more chance for what?”
“To be the right man to approach you. I knew all along that it should’ve been me and not him. I didn’t go with my first instinct. I’m Larry,” he said, extending his hand.
I looked down at his hand for a few moments before I grabbed it.
“Can we walk to the end of the block and grab a cup of coffee?” he asked, pointing to the Corner Stop Café at the end of the street.
I hesitated for a moment, wondering what his true intentions were. A part of me feared being rejected and ridiculed. The insecurities that rose up in me, made me feel like that overweight teenager again. The one that Jaime first approached after his basketball practice, when some of his teammates teased him about hollering at the big girl.
I pushed that former fear and teen Naomi down deep inside, thrust my girls forward and with a smile on my face and pride in my spirit, I said, “Sure.” I looped my arm through his and we strutted down the block together. Not once did I look back to see if his crew was watching or teasing.
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