TWHW: Another short excerpt

First off, isn’t this a cute picture? I found it on Pinterest from an article about proposal stories, but couldn’t find the couple.


“You might be lying to me,” Kellen said, “but I think it’s better that you do, at least for now. When the time is right, you’ll tell me. I hope that when that time comes, I still don’t want to kill them for what I can assume they did.”

She held onto him for a few moments longer. They didn’t exchange any words. His words made her feel protected, but she wasn’t sure that she wanted any harm to come to either of them. She simply wanted the strength to forgive them, and a life without ever having to see them again. All she wanted was to be strong enough to have more power over herself than they held over her.

“I picked up dinner,” she said, hoping to insert some levity into the atmosphere to neutralize the effects of their conversation. “I noticed the Chinese food pamphlet on your refrigerator for the place around the corner. You had the coconut curry chicken circled.”

“That’s what you got me?”



“Do you mind, though, if we sat here a bit longer?” she asked. “If you held me for a bit more? Not too much. I know you’ve had a long day and you’re probably hungry—”

“Bailey, I wouldn’t mind even if you asked me to sit here and hold you forever.”

Her heart tripped and she wondered if he could feel it, as close as they were. She could definitely feel his, thundering wildly against his rib cage, thrashing harder each time she touched him, or he touched her.

“I have a really stupid question,” she said. “When you asked me before if I thought things were moving too fast, what exactly are things moving towards?”

He grinned. “You’re right. It is a stupid question.”

His smile plucked one right out of her.

“Bailey, I’m going to show you how people are supposed to treat people,” he said. “I’m going to show you how a man is supposed to treat a woman. His woman. And when the time is right, when you’re ready, that’s exactly who you will be.”

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