The theme today is family. I'm sharing an excerpt from my upcoming release, Sam's Promise. The Jennings family is turning out to be quite fun to write. I hope you enjoy it!
Note: Sam's Promise releases on Tuesday, December 13th from Samhain Publishing.
“Sammy, don’t badger the girl,” his mother reprimanded.
Sam smiled, despite the gravity of the situation. “Even from a hospital bed, you’re scolding me.” After the nurse left, Sam moved next to the bed to receive his hug. As he pulled back, he grumbled, “You scared the daylights out of us.”
“I’m sorry, honey.” She patted his cheek, but her hand shook a little. “I’m going to be okay, though, you’ll see.”
“Yeah, you will be,” he confirmed. “The first step is getting you to slow down.” Sam could see the pallor in his mother’s cheeks, and there were dark circles under her eyes. Retirement was definitely on the horizon. When he looked over at Vance, he could tell his thoughts were running along the same lines.
“I’m with Sammy,” Vance said, his voice leaving no room for argument.
Wanda laughed. “How’d I raise such bossy men? Must be your father’s influence.”
“Ha!” Sam exclaimed. “We all know that when push came to shove, Dad always surrendered to your stubborn will.”
“It was my sweet smile that always had him melting.” She paused, then said, “Speaking of sweet smiles, did Julie go home?”
“No,” Vance quickly answered. “She’s in the waiting room.”
“She should be a nurse,” Sam admitted. “Didn’t lose her head one time through all this.”
“Yeah,” Vance agreed in a soft, faraway voice. “She’s something else.”
“Pretty too,” Wanda said. “Don’t you think, Sammy?”
Sam narrowed his eyes as comprehension dawned. “You wouldn’t be trying to fix me up with her, would you?”
She shrugged. “All I did was invite her to dinner. Would you rather she spend the holiday alone with a microwaveable meal instead?”
Sam rolled his eyes at his mother’s description. “A bit dramatic, don’t you think?”
“I’m only speaking the truth. She has no one, Sam.”
An image of Julie sitting in some dimly lit room, alone and sad, clouded his vision. He didn’t like it and swiftly shoved it away. “And it didn’t once enter your mind that one of us might find her sexy? That one of us might not be able to resist her pretty smiles and infectious laugh?”
“I don’t care if you did invite her with the intention of fixing one of us up with her,” Vance said with total sincerity. “I’m just glad you did.”
He glanced over at Vance and wondered at the sideways grin he sent his way. “Because she was there to help when mom had the attack?” Sam asked, even though he was damn sure that wasn’t what Vance meant.
Vance shook his head. “Because she’s a yummy addition to dinner.”“Jesus, she’s a person, not a slice of cake.” Deep down, Sam knew Vance had it right, though. Yummy, yeah, that described her to a T. The hell if he wanted anyone else to think of Julie in that light, though.
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