It's Sunday's Six of the Best! Yay! And I'm sharing an excerpt from my new spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interference, the sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding. Past Interference was originally part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," but is now being 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, but tells her he wants to explain.
Refusing to take the bait, she retorted, “Explain what? Why you almost kicked me to death?”
“In essence, yes.” He let the vine drop, so the loops hung from the tree like a large wood spring and ventured another step closer until it took all of Elly’s willpower not to retreat in fear. “I totally lost control,” he confessed, his hands stretched out in a gesture of appeal, “which resulted in an unfortunate — consequence.”
Elly wanted to slap him for that understatement. His kicks to her abdomen caused her to miscarry. The fact that neither of them realized she was pregnant at the time was irrelevant to her way of thinking.
“Consequence?” she repeated, her lips tight and her chin held high.
“Yes. It cost me you, but you never allowed me to explain how my kicks were aimed at your mangy rat of a dog. I never meant for you to be harmed in that way.”
Squaring her shoulders, Elly stared at the man she once called husband. “Your actions cost me way more than they ever cost you, Arthur. I’m not interested in your explanations, and you have no excuses to give.”
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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