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, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Continuing from last week, Abbey was volunteered by Lisa, the PTA President, to chaperone the Harvest Ball. It was a night that promised to be long and boring. Then the handsome Bradley Mauer walked in. They spent the evening in friendly conversation, but nothing more. Abbey was, after all, an overweight divorcee, and he was sporting a wedding ring. Nothing more could come of the evening…right?
“Shall we dance?”
I looked into his eyes, trying to determine if he was being serious – he was.
“We can’t do that,” I argued.
“Why not?” he asked, “No one’s going to say anything; and Lisa hasn’t been back this way for an hour…she’s probably harassing one of the parents on the other side of the gym.”
I wasn’t convinced and didn’t know how to respond, beyond ‘no’.
“Surely you don’t want that to be your last dance,” he said, his tone more enticing than before; the temperature in the gymnasium rose about five degrees (at least that’s what it felt like) and I was flustered by this beautiful man – this beautiful married man.
“Won’t your wife mind?”
Bradley paused for a moment and looked down at his ring, before responding, “My wife passed away six years ago.”