BEJEWELED: A BEAUTIFUL BLEND_A STRANGE ENCOUNTER EXCERPT
Raymond speared a chicken breast chunk with his fork and put it in his mouth. He wore a thoughtful expression, and his mind appeared to be a million miles away.
“What is it, Ray?” She set her fork down on the side of her plate. She removed her napkin from her lap and walked into the kitchen to grab the pitcher of tea from the refrigerator.
Walking back into the dining room, she noticed her husband was still far off in thought.
“Hey, what’s on your mind?” Olivia refilled his glass with tea and then her own.
“I’m heading out of town this weekend,” he murmured, and then took a sip of his tea.
“What?” She looked up from her task and inadvertently spilled a few drops.
“I said, I’m heading out of town this weekend,” he repeated, a little firmer and louder than she thought was necessary.
“To Boston?” she asked quietly, wiping her spill with a paper towel.
His trips back to Boston to visit his ex-wife and kids had become more frequent lately. He had visited two weekends prior. She believed the only reason he hadn’t gone last weekend was because he had to speak at a seminar for fire professionals. Each time he returned home, he came back in a bad mood.
“Why do you have to keep going up there, Ray?” Olivia whispered. She suddenly had lost her
appetite and removed her plate from the table.
As she entered the kitchen she turned to look back at her husband through the breakfast nook. She thought she saw a glimpse of guilt on his face.
BEJEWELED: A BEAUTIFUL BLEND_FRIENDS TO LOVERS EXCERPT
Slick with sweat and spent, they collapsed onto the bed. She rolled over and lay her head on his chest while they caught their breath.
“Ro, when was the last time you had sex?” he asked as he watched her muscles twitch while she lay next to him.
“Too long, baby.”
“Just over a year and a half.”
“Damn! Whatchu do in the meantime?”
“I got my toys. But hopefully after tonight, I won’t need ‘em no more. What’s this tatted on
your arm?” she asked, propping herself up on an elbow and tracing the curlicue letters on his right bicep with her other hand.
“Psalm twenty-seven and one.”
“What’s that Scripture?” she asked, looking into his dark brown, hooded, bedroom eyes.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
“Why that Scripture?”
“It’s one of those Scriptures I keep close to my heart to get me through times in my life when I’m weak. It’s just one of many. But I got this one when I was sixteen.”
“Your dad didn’t mind.”
“Uh-uh,” he replied, shaking his head.
“You always been spiritual?”
“So, whacha doin’ here with me tonight?”
Wesley smiled back at her, but it didn’t quite reach his eyes. “Guess I lost my way, huh?"
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