Hello Manic Followers! Do you know what day it is? It’s WIPpet Wednesday! This is almost my favorite day of the week! What’s your favorite day? I love sharing my WIP with you and this week I’m sharing another excerpt from Divorced White Female, book three, Finding Myself. It’s one of my current WIP’s.
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Context: Lylah is at Ben and Pam’s for Pam’s birthday party and Andy and Jeff have arrived early by mistake. Andy is rather innocuous and friendly. Jeff is not.
Jeff rests his hand on my elbow. It is amazing how comforting that gesture can be when it comes from someone you like. His hand is burning through my shirt like it’s coated in acid and I twist my arm away from him.
“Are you and Ben an item?” He whispers to me.
“What?!” I turn to face him planting my feet firmly and widely before him. “Ben is my best friends husband. I don’t know what strange ideas you have acquired since we met but Ben and I are not involved.” I point to the door in front of us. “Here’s the bathroom.”
Jeff smiles at me and then closes the door behind him, yelling through it. “I’ll only be a moment.”
When he opens it he’s apologetic. “I think we started off on the wrong foot, Ly.”
“My name, it’s Lylah.”
“Sure.” He wrinkles his brow at me. “So what have you been up to? Did you become an engineer like you wanted?”
“I did. And you became a lawyer.”
He brushes his hands down his chest. “Well, the world deserved this talent. And it gives me plenty of money to do the things I want to do.”
“Good. I hope you’re happy.”
“I am.” He’s facing me and suddenly his hand is on my waist and he’s pressing me back against the wall. “I’ve never forgotten you, Ly.”
His eyes meet mine and I’m reminded why we only had a few dates in college and why he never met Pam. “Jeff, let me go.” I push my hands against his chest.
“I will, just hear me out.” His thighs are pressed tightly against mine, the heat of them burning through my jeans. “I’m serious. I was a kid and I didn’t know how to behave, but I’ve grown up now. I’ve thought a lot about you. I can’t tell you how many times I wish I hadn’t blown it with you.”
I lay my hands on his chest, palms splayed wide and push away. He’s so much more mature now that he is in fact still forcing himself on me more than ten years after the last time he tried this same approach. “I can see that.” My words are cool as I consider bringing my knee up to get him to move. “But you did blow it, and it seems you haven’t learned a thing in all these years.”
He backs off so we’re not touching, but I’m still trapped by his much larger form. “Ly, come on, give me a chance.”
I gaze up at him, my arms are stretched out now, hands still pressed on his chest. “No, you lost that chance in your dorm room.” The glint of handcuffs flashes through my mind and I shudder at the memory and what he’d asked me to do on our third date.
“I never meant to scare you. I just wanted to know what you were in to.”
“And offering to handcuff me to the bed so you could introduce me to your friends was a joke?” My pulse is pounding in my ears and I want to punch him. Unfortunately, my punch is unlikely to accomplish much more than offending a guest of Ben and Pam’s, though they might cheer me on.
“Jeff. My name is Lylah, you have not earned the right to call me that. Now get out of my way and let’s go to the dining room.” I grind the words out through gritted teeth.
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