Can you forgive lying, infidelity, mistrust when there is no reason? I can be won over if the offender apologies and tries to make up for a slight. In my newest book, Margo's Choice, my characters have issues that would be difficult to overcome.
Margo loved Jay, even when he decided to join the Marines and leave her at home while he sought adventure and danger. Now he is on his way home for their oldest daughter's 21st birthday. Margo hasn't gotten over him, but he has the power to hurt her if she lets him charm his way into her panties again. He knows the buttons to push and she knows she won't like herself if she fools herself into believing he cares for her this time. She can recover, but their youngest daughter has more to lose. Jay doesn't believe the youngest daughter is his. His mistrust of her is bad enough, but if he lets the child know he doesn't love her, Margo will have to hurt him!
Morning slapped me in the face. I opened one gritty eye. Huge mistake. Pounding racket sent jabs of pain through my skull. Light poured in through my bedroom windows. I tried to turn from the light, but even slight movement hurt. My stomach roiled. How the hell could I get to the bathroom and still keep my head on my shoulders?
“Go the hell away,” Carol croaked.
Carol? I turned to see my best friend in the whole world. As the word lesbian eased through my mind, I reached out to grab it and make sense. Even thinking made my head hurt. My face ached when a frown tried to slide over it. Aw, crap!
I snatched the cordless handset from my bedside table and flopped onto my bed. “Carol, you aren’t gonna believe this.” My words came out in a rush, but I couldn’t help myself. “That stinking Marine ex-husband of mine is here to stay.”
Carol laughed. “Sounds like you have a problem.”
“More than one. Electra came home drunk tonight. She met her Daddy for coffee to enlist his help so she could move in her scuzzy boyfriend.” The words spilled out. “I cooked supper and worried myself sick when she didn’t come home. She wants to be an adult, but she acts like an irresponsible kid. She’s screwing her boyfriend and acting like a slut at the clubs, according to Jay.”
“And he knows this how?” Carol asked.
“He followed her to the club where the jerk plays and then to the house where the band guys live. He said it was a dump. Electra came home late and drunk.” I switched the headset to my left ear. “For a man who left me on my own, he acts like he’s concerned that she’s screwing up. He really doesn’t like the boyfriend.”
“Hey, we all think he’s a loser.”
Now, about the title. Could you forgive Jay? You might win a download of The Gift for your comment.