"… I don't want you to ever promise me the moon and the stars and all that unrealistic mumbo jumbo. All I ever want is for you to promise me that you'll come to me; that you'll let me in fully, ok?"
Those words would come back to haunt Brooke.
. . .
"Does 3:00 pm work for you?" Zeke asked as he chopped garlic for the pasta they were preparing.
"Yeah, that's fine," Brooke responded, lost in thought.
Zeke had reached a point in his therapy where her presence as his fiancé was required. Although she knew this time was coming, she was nervous about it. She didn't want anything to destroy the newfound love they reveled in.
These last six months had been perfect; so perfect that she could look at the five years they'd spent apart as a blessing.
She understood now all too well now why Zeke had refused to discuss his past with her all those years ago. Maybe if she'd just left well enough alone, she wouldn't be facing the situation she'd soon find herself in once she walked through his therapist's doors.
Will the secret she's keeping destroy them forever?
Can their love survive yet another breach of trust?
Or will there be no Return for either of them this time?
"Baby you're shaking like a leaf. What's wrong?" Zeke asked.
"Just a bad dream, that's all. I'm fine," Brooke said.
"That's the third one this week. What's going on Brooke? I've never known you to have bad dreams like this."
"Honey it's nothing, really. I think I'm just a little stressed with work at all. I'm adding some new material to my YouTube channel and I'm nervous about how subscribers are going to react," she said.
"Go back to sleep. I'm fine. I'm just gonna go get a drink of water."
Kissing him lightly, Brooke slid from the bed and went to the kitchen.
She hated not being completely honest with Zeke. Part of her stress was work-related, but she knew that it had nothing to do with the dreams she was having. Ever since his proposal, she'd been having horrible dreams. There was one in particular that haunted her.
A baby was playing on the edge of a body of water. She yells for the baby to come to her, but it laughs and backs deeper into the pool of water.
She runs, but can't get there fast enough. She keeps reaching for the baby, but he's always just out of reach. And just when it seems like she's about to get ahold of his little hand, she wakes up.
Brooke knew it was her subconscious talking to her. Zeke's proposal had shaken loose the false sense of security that she could keep her secret hidden. It had made it all too real – the fact that they were going to be sharing a life together.
She'd just gotten him back. She couldn't risk losing him, and she feared that her secret would do just that – tear them apart … again. This time forever.
About the Author
I've been a freelance writer since 1993, an ebook writer/publisher since 2002 and an internet marketer since 2008.
TRAVELING FREELANCE WRITER
I'm American but live in Jamaica most of the year (in Negril). I visited for the first time in 2009 and started going back on a regular basis. After so many trips (and so many expensive hotels) I thought, "It's cheaper to rent."
So I did!
THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT MY CAREER
The thing I love the most about being a writer is that it allows me to live and work where I please. As long as I have an internet connection, I'm good to go.
I've worked everywhere from a hotel room in Barcelona, Spain; to a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden; to a farm house in Cordoba, Argentina. As far as work, I feel like the luckiest girl alive most days.
THE THING I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT BEING AN EBOOK WRITER/SELF PUBLISHER
In a phrase, "income stability." As long as I can write (ie, produce new products), I can make a living. How much I earn is entirely up to me. Thanks to places like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, you don't have to be famous to make a living as a writer.
RUNNING, RUNNING, RUNNING!
I'm also a marathon runner. I've completed almost a dozen marathons and am always training for the next one. One of the most fun ones was the half-marathon in Negril, Jamaica in December 2013 (I've done this marathon three consective times (in 2011, 2012 and 2013). It's a ton of fun and you meet so many interesting people from all over the world.
Just do it! (As a runner, of course Nike's philosophy fits who I am :-)).
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME
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