Sunday, July 7, 2013

Undertow Exclusive Excerpt #1

Hi, reader-friends!

I'm home again, home again and digging out like crazy. It's about to be a bizzay two weeks leading up to the release of Undertow...

...and I am SO EXCITED!

To get you in the mood, here's a special Journal-Entry teaser from Bill's diary. Bill is Jack, Lucy, & (secretly) Julian's dad...

See what you think:

I released the breath I didn’t realize I was holding and slowly turned away. I walked to the windows to stare out at the darkness. I was beaten. I could never win this fight with her.

“I know,” I said quietly. “I knew you would say that. I’ve been going over and over it in my mind, but I knew in the end you would always say those words.”

Her voice was small. “I do care about you, and if things were different…”

“But they’re not.”

“They’re not,” she repeated.

I turned back and tried to smile through the pain. “So what now? What do you want from me?”

She tried to smile back, but a single tear hit her cheek. It ripped me in two.

“Nothing,” she said. “I’d like to have this baby if that’s okay with you. You don’t have to do anything. I can take care of us, and you won’t ever have to worry—”

“I’m not worried,” I said. “Whatever makes you happy.”

“I’m sorry if you’re angry,” her voice broke. “I’m sorry if… if I’ve hurt you.”

“There’s no need to apologize. You’re right. Of course, you’re right. About everything.” There was only one thing I wanted. “I just… I hope you’ll stay here. I’d like to be able to see you. Both of you. Even if it’s from a distance.”

Her brow creased. “I’m not sure that’s a good idea.”

“I won’t force you, but I wish you would. That way I could help you if you ever needed it. You wouldn’t even have to ask, just let me know somehow.”

She nodded. “I’ll think about it.”

I walked slowly to where she stood and reached down to take her hand. I looked at it a moment, thinking how precious it was to me now. “I want to know that you’re okay.”

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She slipped her hand away. “You should probably go.”

I nodded and turned to leave. My whole body ached with the knowledge I could never change her mind. She would never allow me to be anything other than Meg’s husband. It was right, but the pain was far worse than I’d imagined it would be. 

For a whole day I had allowed myself to hope a baby might change things for us. But I knew it never would. She was right, we were years too late.

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Pat Hatt said...

Bizzy is better than bored. And way to late, hmm is it or is it not.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Good luck getting everything done. Thanks for the awesome teaser.

Unknown said...

Best of luck with Undertow.

LTM said...

Thank you so much, Tobi! :o) <3