It's a Writer Wednesday and today I'm sharing an excerpt from book 3 in my House of BeJeweled series. When a woman is pregnant she needs the love and support of her family surrounding her. But what's a woman to do when her mother and husband refuse to see eye-to-eye?
TRUTH HURTS :
Being separated from Carlos had been the best decision Nikki had ever made. Sometimes, she found herself missing him, but she no longer lived in fear. She was growing in ways she had not anticipated. The hardest decision she had made after leaving home had been to tell her mother the truth about her pregnancy. Briselda was not thrilled to hear her daughter had stepped outside of the marriage. Her mother was a devout Catholic and there were some things that were just unthinkable. Once they were able to move past the screaming and tears, they sat quietly to discuss her future and plans. Her mother’s love won out above the anger, and she stood by Nikki’s side.
“Mami, I’ll be back. I’m heading out to dinner with Carlos,” Nikki called, grabbing her purse from the breakfast bar in the kitchen.
Her mother, still stirring the pot of stew, looked over her shoulder and called out, “Are you sure, honey? I’m making carne guisada puertorriqueǹa with extra capers just like you love for you and Yamile.”
Nikki saw the disappointment etched in her mother’s features. “Mami, you know I’m always hungry. I’m sure I’ll eat some later tonight when I get in. We’re just gonna grab a quick bite to eat, nothing fancy or big.”
“Mm-hmm. Well, he’s always welcome to come in for dinner,” Briselda half-heartedly invited.
Nikki knew that was anything but true, but she refused to argue the point with her mother. She knew Briselda didn’t want Carlos there anymore than he wanted to be there. Although he had been changing his ways, the relationship between him and her mother was still hostile at best.
“We’ll be alright. I’ll see you later,” Nikki called, opening the front door. She knew her mother always worried whenever she left to go with Carlos. But Nikki no longer shared her fears.
Carlos had purchased a 2009 Toyota Camry after she had left home. She was proud that he really was working hard to get his act together.
He opened the car door for her helped her in before running around to his side. She glanced in the passenger side mirror and caught a glimpse of her mother standing in the doorway with her hands on her hips.
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