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Today I’ll be continuing to share an excerpt from my new release, Saying Goodbye.
This scene takes place about a two weeks after Michael’s death, and we see that Erica might have a surprise coming her way.
That Saturday, the first thing Erica did when she got home from work was go for the boxes, which her father had shoved into the downstairs closet. Neither parent said a word. Erica didn’t open the boxes right away. She ordered a pizza, snatched a few beers from the fridge—her dad scowled, but promised not to tell her mother—and a pint of cookie dough ice cream out of the deep freeze, then locked herself in her room.
A few times her mother knocked on the door to check on her, but Erica promised her that she was all right, and she heard her dad tell her mom to leave her be.
Erica cried like a baby as she flipped through photos. Later, she stripped down naked and put on one of her favorite shirts of his so that all she could smell was him. She stuffed her face, got a little tipsy, and mixed those random items of his she kept in with her own stuff.
When she finally got everything put away but that box of condoms it was late. She held the box, wondering what she should do with it. She didn’t plan to have sex ever again—couldn’t imagine herself letting anyone be that close to her. That act was too personal, too soul touching to do with just anyone, and she couldn’t believe she would ever find another person whom she could love so deeply.
Erica remembered the day they had first gotten condoms. Natalie, a friend of hers from high school had gone to the health department to get on birth control. As she was leaving, the nurse at the desk gave her a bag of condoms. She in turn gave them to Erica. Natalie hadn’t gone on the pill because she was having sex. Her periods were bad, and she had heard that getting on the pill would help. Natalie’s mother was one of those people who would have automatically assumed she was sleeping around if she asked her mother to take her to the doctor, so she went to the health department.
Michael and Erica had just started having sex, so they jumped at the chance to get free condoms, and since Erica really needed to be on the pill, they made themselves an appointment. They had been embarrassed to ask for condoms at their first visit to the same health department, but the lady at the desk had given them some as they were checking out.
The memory sobered her. Erica looked into the box to see that it was two-thirds full. Over the last year or so, they hadn’t been as careful as they had been in high school. Children were something they were no longer afraid of having. No, they hadn’t wanted them so soon. They had wanted them after Michael was running his own restaurant and they were married, but they weren’t as actively trying to prevent them, as they should have been.
She clutched the box to her chest and fell back into her pillows, thinking, What if? Had they used protection that last time they had had sex? Had they done anything else? She was no longer on the pill. She’d forgotten to get her prescription renewed and had missed her last yearly checkup. Between classes and working, she had let it slip her mind.
Could I be pregnant? she thought. Could I be lucky enough to have one last thing from him? Something that would mean more to me than the world.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed it.
***Saying Goodbye, a paranormal love story, is LIVE. $1.99***
Childhood sweethearts, Michael and Erica, thought they would have the prefect life together—the career, the house, the kids, the grandkids, the dying old holding each other’s hands. What they hadn’t planned for was for a car accident to take Michael’s life and leave Erica to face her future alone.
However, after discovering that Michael’s spirit has the ability to occasionally interact with the human world, they begin to wonder if they can’t make his presence on Earth permanent.
Although, with so many years gone by, can they reignite the flame that had fueled their teenage romance and more importantly can they live with the sacrifices they must make in order get back the future they lost?
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