Hi everyone! And Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you all had a wonderful day. 🙂
Since this week is my anniversary week, I decided to do something great and post a bit of news each day up until Thursday, when I have my HUGE anniversary celebration!! For today, I will be sharing an excerpt to my upcoming new series, which is the spin-off from Love, Life, & Happiness. This will be Kevin’s story and it will be a three-part series.
Kevin’s story will be VERY different from the LLH series because instead of focusing on a couple and their journey to love, Kevin’s story will focus on the issues he’s having with his wife, Jennifer, and his college best friend, Carla. For those of you who read Love Always, I gave a little preview of their story, so you have an idea of how things will go between the three in the series.
Without further ado, here is the prologue and the first chapter to book one of Kevin’s story. The excerpt is unedited, since my publisher has not started on the edits. So, I hope you enjoy and tell me what you think! 🙂
I walked into my house still upset over everything that has happened. How could I had been so damn stupid? I knew something was there, but I couldn’t face it. Or maybe I didn’t want to. After years of neglecting the truth, I done everything I could to live by the book. I was married, have a wonderful son, and have a high paying job that could set me off for life. Hell, I’m 29 and successful. I’m living the fucking dream. Well, I was, until Carla came back into my life.
Ever since I saw her at my sister’s house that night, I felt something was missing in my life. We had been through so much together, and now, I’m curious to find out if what we had was still there. I still couldn’t get that image of her out of my mind. The way she said my name in that sexy tone, how her hips swayed when she walked passed me. Damn, I know I shouldn’t be thinking about her, but it wasn’t hard to considering Jennifer and I haven’t done shit in weeks. That’s probably another reason why I’m pissed. Even if I wanted to go there with her, I couldn’t, especially after what she’d done. Now, I don’t think I could ever forgive her for keeping that from me. If she would had told me, I would had understood; but since she decided not to, I don’t want to be around her.
I went further into the living room and saw it was dimly lit. Soft jazz was playing on the Bose system and there were candles everywhere. I looked at the coffee table and saw two wine glasses sitting there. One of them had a lip gloss stain, which looked like Jennifer’s favorite shade. I looked around the room, wondering where she could be. I walked into the kitchen and saw that there were some type of meal that was prepared. It looks like gumbo, which was my favorite. With the atmosphere that was going on in the house, it had to mean one thing. Even though I should be pissed at her for everything she has done, a tiny part of me was kind of surprised she was doing all of this. But there has to be a reason: Either she was doing it because she wanted to or because she felt guilty about something.
I pulled out my phone and went to my calendar, just to make sure if it wasn’t an important event coming up.
“Fuck.” I whispered.
Now, I knew why Jennifer planned all of this. Our anniversary of the day we first met in college was approaching. Throughout the years, no matter how busy we were, we tried to celebrate it, since to Jennifer, it was sentimental. But between my job and the issues I was having with both her and Carla, I guess I forgot.
I shook my head, trying to figure out a way for me to save this night. Even though I probably shouldn’t do anything for her. Hell, after what she has put me through these past few weeks, I deserved being catered to; but being the man that I am, I would still show some type of appreciation for her. She is still my wife and the mother of my son; that, I can’t erase. Maybe, if a store is still open, I could get some roses for her.
I was about to head to the door when I heard moaning coming from the bedroom. At first, I was going to ignore it and go to the front door, but when I heard it again, I figured I needed to find out what was going on.
I went to the bedroom door, slowing opening it. What I saw completely surprised the hell out of me.
There I saw my wife in our bed with her damn co-worker. The two were too busy into each other to even realize I was even in the room.
I completely froze, not knowing what to do or say. I had two options: Turn around and walk out of the house, or I could kick this dude’s ass.
Before I could react, Jennifer finally turned around and saw me standing by the door. She jumped off of him with a scared look.
Now, I wondered how the hell she was going to explain this….
Four Weeks Earlier…
“Congratulations, you two!” My sister, Elise, exclaimed as she hugged my other sister, Cheryl. Her and her husband, Marcus, were celebrating their one-year anniversary at his and his brother’s club, The Phoenix II, which to all of us was a big deal. Honestly, I didn’t think the two would have a party for their anniversary, but with Marcus, he’ll have a party for just about anything.
I still couldn’t believe my youngest sister was married and had a son. I still remembered her as the little girl who followed me around and played with Barbies. Now, she was a young woman who was in her second year of med school. After everything she had went through in her life, I can say I’m extremely proud of her.
“Thanks, Elise! Maybe it’ll be yours and Jared’s turn soon.”
“Please, we have to get married first.” She said and smiled as her boyfriend, Jared Morris held her. I rolled my eyes at the sight of those two. I still couldn’t believe my best friend went after my sister. Now, I’m all for being happy, but the idea of those two together kind of irritated me. Although Elise is three years older than me, I still try to be protected over her. I just hope Jared treats her right. I already mentioned if he doesn’t, friend or not, I will hunt him down and beat his ass.
“You know that will happen one day, right?” Jared said and he kissed Elise.
“We’ll see.” I mumbled. Jared glanced at me and I smiled.
“I’m sure we’ll have a lot more anniversaries to celebrate, right baby.” Marcus said and kissed Cheryl. She blushed as he kissed her again. Marcus Walker was the true definition of a player. He practically slept with every woman that set foot onto our Alma Mater, Shaw University; but when he met Cheryl, he completely changed from being a womanizer to a one-woman man. I’m proud of him and I can say not only is he my brother-in-law, but also a really good friend.
“Congrats, man.” Marcus’ brother, Shawn, said as he gave him a brotherly hug. His wife, Riana, also hug Marcus and Cheryl.
“This is great, all of us together. Since we’ve all been so busy, it’s hard to have everyone in the same room again.” Riana said.
“Where’s Elis? I wanted to see him.” Elise asked regarding their one-year-old son.
“With my parents. We needed a night out. With Shawn being at the news station and me busy writing, we don’t have time to do anything.” Riana said. While Shawn is a reporter for a local news station in the college town, Baker, Riana decided to forgo her degree in communications to become a writer for Harris Publications, in which Elise is her editor.
“That’s why tonight, while Elis is having fun playing with his grandparents, we’ll have our version of playtime, right baby.” Shawn replied and kissed Riana’s neck. A slight moan came from her lips.
“You’re trying to start something, are you?”
“I could.” He said as he kissed her neck again.
Riana smiled and grabbed his hand. “We’ll be back.” She said, taking Shawn towards the office.
“I better not catch you two having sex on the balcony again!” Marcus yelled.
Shawn turned around and shrugged when Riana pulled him to the hallway.
I shook my head at them. Those two have always been blunt about their sex life, which everyone pretty much got used to. My wife and I used to be like that, but those days were long gone.
“That’s nothing new with those two. Anyway, I was thinking since Daddy’s birthday is coming up next month we can throw him a surprise party. He’s been really busy with his business, so I think he needs to have some fun. What do you all think?” Cheryl asked.
“Cool, count me in.” Elise said.
“Me too, but I must warn you, my job is getting ready for their annual audits, so I might be caught up in business.” I said.
“That’s nothing new.”
I looked over and saw my wife, Jennifer, standing beside me with a displeased look. I didn’t even know she came over to us. From the time we’d arrived, she either was at the bar or sitting at a table drinking what she got from the bar.
I had to admit, she did look sexy dressed in a blue and white striped halter dress. Her medium brown hair was pulled in a tight ponytail as her perfectly shaped lips were in a pout. Her light brown eyes were cold towards mine as she ran a hand down her pecan-colored shoulder.
“You know this happens every year, Jen.”
I looked at everyone and saw the confused looks on their faces. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The two of us has been like this for months. Either we’re ignore each other or get into an argument. We even got into it while our son, Thomas was present. That’s something I never said I would do, especially since my parents had done it when me and my sisters were younger. I tried to be the opposite on how I was raised, but no matter what I do, Jennifer would find a way to provoke me. Hell, I think she’s trying to do it now.
“Start what? I’m only saying that you do. It’s nothing new and I should expect it.”
“Do we really have to do this here?”
“You started it by bringing up your job. Now, I’ll drop it.” She said. She went back to the bar to get what I’m assuming was her fourth drink.
“What was that?” Cheryl asked.
I glanced at my sister and sighed. “My life at the moment.” I said. I shook my head and walked off. After that, I think I needed a drink as well.