Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my book, The Best Love (the full synopsis is below). Last week, Julieta learned the truth behind Alex’s actions. What was it? Well, I can’t share that, but there are at least two sides to every story. Unfortunately, no one wants to hear Alex’s, especially Julieta, who feels betrayed by him. With nowhere else to go, he heads to a bar where he runs into a coworker.
She continued filling him in on the events of the day, but Alex stopped listening after a while. He wanted to be alone; but more than that, he wanted to forget. So, when the bartender came back with Lisa’s order, he requested another beer. Then another. And another. With each beer that followed, he waited for the numbness to set in, so he could forget Julieta. It never happened though. The more he drank, the more he remembered: how she looked, how she felt, how she tasted.
“Ever since the accident…”
Julieta cringes every time she hears those words. Everything lately is a result of ‘the accident’, and she is so over it: after almost losing her life, Julieta’s had to make adjustments to deal with some of the challenges she now faces – physical therapy to regain use of her leg, lost school time and lower self-esteem, among them.
However, none of those changes compare to the ones in the people around her: her brother Manny is pushing her like he’s never done before; her sister-in-law Sonia is nesting and treating her like a daughter; and Manny’s friend Alex is now offering her the attention she’s been craving from him for years. So maybe good things do come out of bad situations…
Except that when Julieta finds out why Alex has been so attentive, her world comes crashing down. With her already-fractured family now at odds with each other, she is ready to give up on the notions of fate and love and happily-ever-after’s, when another accident shows them that sometimes the best love is one that begins accidentally.
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