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Shane bumped Justin’s arm with his knee, causing the kid to lose control of his game character.
“Hey, what gives?” Justin complained.
“Let’s go for a ride. C’mon.” Shane nodded his head, indicating they needed to leave. “We need to talk.”
Justin whined, “You’re not gonna talk to me about my dick, are you?”
Shane laughed. “The only dick we’re gonna talk about is your dad. Let’s go.”
Justin shrugged and powered off his game.
Shane drove for about twenty minutes in silence before Justin started talking.
“So I thought you and Mom broke up.”
“We just had an argument, man. It happens.” Shane suppressed a smile. It was good that Justin had started talking. All his informal therapy sessions with Melinda had taught him that much.
“But you didn’t come back. I didn’t think you were gonna.”
“J-man, me and your mom go way back. And I always come back around. Always. You’re my family. You, Stacey, your mom, a little argument isn’t going to drive me away for very long.”
“Then why is Dad divorcing us? We’re his family, and he’s just walking away from us. He’s being mean about it too.”
Justin turned and stared out the window. He shrugged and adjusted in his seat. Shane figured he was wiping at tears. This was all too much for the kid to handle. He didn’t need to hear what Shane thought of the man. He didn’t deserve to be their father. He didn’t deserve their tears.
“Dogstar wasn’t there when we got back. Mom took him to the vet, huh?”
“Yeah, J-man. She got him back home where he belongs.” Shane felt that was about right. He was with them where he belonged.
They pulled into a parking lot in front of a stucco building with a low tile roof. Shane cut the engine off.
“What are we doing here?” Justin looked eagerly from the building to Shane.
“Well, your mom thought that maybe…” Shane shrugged.
“I can get a dog?”
Justin ran inside the Humane Society office, leaving Shane to follow him.
The house smelled like garlic and onions when they got home.
“Stacey, get down here!” Justin yelled as soon as they walked in the door.
Lucy came into the living room first. She looked around, and her eyes fell on a carrier case. “I thought you were going to bring home a dog, not a cat.”
“Cats,” Shane corrected.
“You got cats?” Stacey asked as she walked down the stairs.
She went straight to the carrier and peeked inside. She lifted one black-and-white cat out. The animal shivered as she sat and cooed at it, stroking its fur. Justin lifted out a second cat, this one whiter with black markings. The kids sat and held their new charges.
Lucy pulled Shane aside. “What have you done?”
“We got a beautiful little girl,” Shane practically purred. “She looks like an Australian shepherd. It was love at first sight. They let Justin meet a few dogs, but she crawled right in his lap. She’s getting fixed in the morning, and we’ll pick her up after school. The cats were Justin’s idea. He thought Stacey would like the cats.”
Lucy slid into his arms. She felt so right.
“Justin was right, she’s gonna love those cats.”
©2018 Lulu M Sylvian
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Can a person become a better person after they’ve died? Gil is pretty sure the answer is yes because she has fallen in love with a ghost. Dead Sexy is a paranormal ghost romance about a Hollywood has-been hunk and the woman who falls in love with his ghost.
Hollywood has-been hunk finds a talented illustrator to write him into the perfect life he didn’t have. Life doesn’t give you do-overs, neither does the afterlife.
My Peter muse started out very much like Peter in the book, demanding of my time, and fussy about how he wanted his story told. He also sort of ditched me just as the story got rolling.
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Dreams with Peter were not the typical mini-movie style of normal dreams. They felt real. I couldn’t distinguish them from an actual memory. Had they actually happened? Where was the line between dream and reality?
I sat cross legged on my bed. Peter sat next to me, he braced his feet against the floor, and gripped the edge of my mattress as if was all that kept him from leaping off into space. He was overwhelmingly sad, all slumped into himself. I didn’t know what to do for him. Pain rolled off him in tangible waves.
I stroked his back and murmured comforting sounds. I don’t know how long we sat like that. I don’t remember how we got there, but it had been the same for several nights in a row now. Sometimes, I would be tucked up under blankets, sometimes, I would sit next to him. We would sit, and though I don’t remember actually talking, we talked. Peter told me all about his life, and I told him about mine. Tonight was different, he didn’t speak.
I leaned against his back, and tried to rub the tension out of his arm. His grip was so hard I was afraid he would rip my bedding. He snatched his arm up and away from me like a cat. I let him, I didn’t want to hurt him.
“I don’t know what to do for you, Peter.” Probably a stupid thing to say, but I didn’t know what to do. My heart broke for him.
He shook his head. “It’s not fair. It’s just not fair.”
I didn’t exactly know what he was talking about, and yet, I knew he meant having died. When he turned to me, his eyes were rimmed with dark pink. Full of pain and tears.
I adjusted myself on the bed and reached up to guide him down to my lap. His legs stretched out, and hung over the end of my bed. His head rested on my thigh, his breath hot against my skin. With out of focus eyes, he stared into the void.
I stroked his hair, and watched his face. Even in his sadness, he was beautiful, and large. I tried to soothe him until the texture of his shaggy hair made my fingertips go numb. Are men’s heads always so big? Why did I think the weirdest things at the most inopportune moments?
I whispered, “I’d help you if I knew what you needed.”
He rolled his face into my leg. I could feel his body quake.
I curled over him and held him the best I could. He hurt, and somehow, he found me. I felt like there was a reason for this, and I wanted to help.
I rolled over and woke with a snort. My dream of holding Peter was replaced with the reality of my bedroom in the middle of the night and David’s naked shoulder in front of me. I reached up to pet his skin. How different these two men were—one so very real, and one in so much pain.
©2019 Lulu M Sylvian
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Family goof-off and all-around playboy Dante has been tasked with finding the missing branches of the family tree. It’s a big tree, but luckily he’s a trained investigator. What he finds instead is Geena. Only she doesn’t understand how important she is to him and she’s slipped through his fingers. Now he wants to drop all his responsibilities and track her down.
Geena’s traveling companions are the trifecta of feminine beauty. They are thin, rich, and stylish. Everything she is not. She’s shocked when the hot guy starts hitting on her. What she doesn’t know yet is that Dante isn’t just a guy. And to him, she’s not just another in a long string of women in his loose past.
Dante has seen the mate glow and he knows what it means. He needs to convince Geena that this time he’s serious. At the same time, he needs to keep his new family members in check before they blow the family lore wide open and expose their secret.
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Julia Palatine is smart, sexy, and has a will to match that of ambitious alpha Roman Aventine. He wants her for his mate, but Julia has no time for entanglements with males of her kind, no matter how seductive.
Julia is on a mission to keep their existence a secret from the human scientific community. She reluctantly agrees to attend a conference with Roman, only because she is determined to better understand wolf shifter genetics. But Roman only has the business of seduction on his mind.
As a woman in business and a rare female alpha, Julia finds men are always trying to dominate her in the board room, and in the bedroom. Roman claims he follows her lead, but she isn’t so certain she can trust him, after all, their families were bitter rivals until recently. They make a great team, but their attraction could prove a costly distraction, putting their lives and fate of their species in jeopardy. Continue reading “1 year ago Driven was released”
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