The theme of today's Saturday Snippets is first loves.
My snippet today is from Whirlwind Relationship. Colleen gets whisked back 30 years in time to 1978 and gets a second chance with her first love, Gary. With future knowledge on her side, she gets to decide whether or not to do things differently this time around.
When Colleen gets sucked into a hurricane and awakes in 1978 she gets a second chance to be with the only man she’s ever loved.
Colleen’s life didn’t turn out like she planned. At fifty plus she’s divorced, childless and her career’s nowhere. If that isn’t bad enough, a hurricane destroys her home and sucks her into it.
When she awakes she’s either dead or crazy. It can’t be 1978 and she can’t be young again but all indications point to that.
She really can’t have a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved...or can she?
Colleen stole herself not to flinch. She tried to remember the good times, the time before her friend stole the only man she’d ever loved. But she couldn’t forget the treachery. Agony tormented her as she remembered Gary and Rhonda together.
A knock on the door jarred her back to the present and the fog lifted from her brain. She had to be dreaming.
Rhonda frowned and glanced at her watch. “Are you expecting anyone this early?”
Colleen shrugged. Like she knew anything? “I don’t think so.”
Rhonda pivoted on her heel and returned momentarily. In a hushed whisper she said, “It’s Gary. He wants to see you. Should I tell him you’ll be out after you dress?”
Obviously Gary didn’t belong to Rhonda yet. Her heart raced and she finger combed her hair. Then she remembered she wasn’t only suffering from bed head. She was ancient. She’d die of embarrassment. Cougars were one thing, but thirty years older? “No! He can’t see me this way.”
Rhonda wrinkled her nose and rolled her eyes. “You make it sound like you’re a beast.”
Maybe she was…
She glanced in the mirror and froze. She couldn’t breathe. Her eyes widened. That wasn’t herself looking back at her. At least it wasn’t the person she’d known for more than thirty years.
She stared at her glowing skin, her full lips, her slender neck. Her upper arms were firm and sculpted. Her boobs stood erect and perky. She was twenty-something like Rhonda. And gorgeous.
Her first attempt at speech got stuck in her throat. Her second try was more successful. “It’s okay. Let him in.”
Rhonda’s jaw dropped. “Are you sure? You’re not decent. Your nipples show through that gown.”
For thirty years she’d dreamed about Gary’s kisses, longed for his caresses and berated herself for being stupid enough to let Rhonda steal him. Now that he was here, she wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. She was happy her nipples showed. She was anxious to let Gary see a whole lot more than just her dusky aureoles.
“Dead sure.” This time, if it was a second chance, she was going to fight for her man.
Rhonda flipped her hair behind her shoulder and drawled, “It’s your life.” Then she bounced out the door.
“Damn straight it’s my life!” Then she looked heavenward and said, “Thank you, God. If this is real, please don’t let me screw this up again.” If it was a dream, she wanted to sleep forever.
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