Excerpt from SKINNY DIPPIN’
A novella within the Sinners and Saints anthology!!!:“Mom!” Dean throws his hands in the air, palms toward me in surrender. “Before you say anything, just hear us out.”
“You’re a villain,” I say and thrust the celery around like a sword. I wave it back and forth between them. “Both of you.”
“Disarm yourself, Woman.” Marsha chimes in. “We only did what we had to. You never would’ve taken the initiative at work if we didn’t step in. There’s only so much you can use your job as an excuse.”
She rounds the bar to take the awkwardly full paper bag from my arm, and sets it next to the stove before the bottom has a chance to give way, spilling its grocery guts all over the tiled floor. She’s completely unphased by my foodish threats, and doesn’t even glance in the celery’s direction.
Dean’s face lights up at my light hearted humor. With wide eyes he laughs openly, then he shakes his head and returns his attention back to the schoolwork in front of him. Finals are rapidly approaching, so they’ve both been glued to their studies. It’s been peaceful this last week, but a little lonely I’ll admit. Another reason I’m afraid to be by myself for the summer. I’m a great mom, and for the most part my kids prefer to spend the majority of their time with me, so I’m rarely lonely.
I don’t want to be alone for months on end. My mind wanders to the billboard, and I remind myself of the water dripping down the muscular back. Okay, alone is one thing. Alone on the beach might not be so bad, with the possibility of a view like that closeby.
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