It's Sunday's Six of the Best! Yay! And I'm sharing an excerpt from my spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interference. Written as a sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding, Past Interference is available as part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," and is not sold separately.
What she needed was the opposite of what she wanted.
In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Three, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is six days away from getting married again, and her doubts are eating her alive. After suffering through a bout of stress-related migraines, she's finally gotten up enough courage to tell her husband-to-be that she's not sure she wants to get married. Jerry knows Elly is nervous, but believed he'd managed to convince her he is nothing at all like her first husband, Arthur, who abused her. Unfortunately, when he realizes Elly still thinks he will turn into an abusive monster once they're married, despite all his gentle reassurances, his hurt pride causes him to snap at her in anger before he returns to his vet clinic next door. Elly realizes she's made a serious mistake, but has no idea how to fix things between them, so she decides to go for a walk, hoping the crisp, winter air will help clear her head. As she tromps through the Colorado snow, her tiny toy poodle suddenly goes on guard. Uncertain if her situation constituted an emergency, Elly reaches for her phone and instinctively presses 1 for Jerry's office and puts the phone back in her pocket so the mouthpiece is exposed. Jerry and his receptionist are listening as Elly confronts her ex-husband, who isn't pleased she's planning to marry again.
“Ah, yes. The good Dr. Douglas.” Wearing expensive leather gloves, Arthur Benson idly fingered a woodsy vine that hung a few inches above his head and brushed off the collected snow. “I heard you two were still living together. I’m surprised. You were always such a prude with me; the thought of you cohabitating with a man in sin seems oddly out of character for you.”
“We’re getting married Saturday,” she replied, hoping it was still true.
“I heard that rumor, too. Pity.” He gave the vine a sharp tug and casually formed it into loops, like a rope. The fastidious gentleman Elly knew was far more comfortable speaking before a boardroom of executives than breaking twigs or toying with branches, but despite his uncharacteristic actions, his stance remained casual and nonthreatening.
“What do you want, Arthur?”
“What do I want? Why to explain, of course, since we’ve hardly exchanged more than five words after you walked out on me.”
Refusing to take the bait, she retorted, “Explain what? Why you almost kicked me to death?”
M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.
Valentine's Day in Corbin's Bend. As Elly Benson readies herself for her second wedding, the doubts and misgivings of any new bride-to-be are exacerbated by the abuse she suffered during her first marriage.
Though she's lived with Jerry Douglas for four months now, and been subject to his discipline more than once, Elly's first husband had been kind and careful with her, too, until the day she vowed to love, honor and obey him. The lessons she's learned from the past make her doubt she can ever find happiness in the future.
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