Saturday, May 16, 2015

Frustrated! ~ Weekend Writing Warriors / #8sunday / 05/17/15

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My entry this week is from Common Bond, Tangled Hearts. Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son. 

Justin was feeling totally frustrated because of Layne's reaction to his announcement and he went back to his motel room to brood and hopefully give her some time to cool down. He wasn't a man who was used to being told no and right now all he was thinking about was how this situation complicated his life. (Don't worry, he may be spoiled, but he really isn't as heartless as he thinks he is...) This snippet has been edited to fit, even though we're permitted up to 10 I am still aiming for 8 so I don't feel guilty when I go over.

...and now the eight nine:

"Damn it," Justin paced the short length of his motel room; this little nothing town was one of the last places he wanted to be. Damn Davis for insisting that he had to "get this matter cleared up", damn his brother for leaving him the only heir, and damn his grandfather for dying and dumping everything on his shoulders.
After a rocky start Justin had been a model student for years until he earned his master's degree, he drank only moderately and partied occasionally. There had been a few college girls he saw on a serious level, but he never got carried away; he never made promises and he never once thought of a future with any of them. That was why he was so surprised when the family attorney, Larry Davis, told him he was a father.
"That's impossible," Justin protested, "I was always very careful. If some girl told you it's mine, don't believe it." He had always been a careful and considerate lover and when it came time to end a relationship, he always did it gently. He'd bet his life he never got any girl pregnant.

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About Common Bond, Tangled Hearts

Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son.
Justin, the victim of a fraternity prank, and Layne, the subject of a forced insemination, have produced a beautiful child that they are both willing to protect… at all costs.
The two parents realize they can love each other, but when Layne’s abusive “ex-husband” shows up, they are torn apart by danger, kidnapping and lies. Justin won’t give up until Layne is returned to him. Layne uses her newfound strength, courage and knowledge to defy Charlie’s ugliest demands.

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Anonymous said...

Ah, now we get the story from his side...but I gotta admit, getting this story in 8 sentence dribbles really makes me want to know what the heck is going on here.

P.T.Wyant said...

Great snippet -- I like getting a bit more inside his head.

Iris B said...

Agree with the others. Interesting to find out a bit more about him.

Kim Magennis said...

Hmmm. Not a nice place to be. Can't wait for this to unfold. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Ooh, Justin sounds very frustrated in this snippet. I'm wondering, that last sentence has me thinking he is actually is doubting whether or not he has kids. Interesting. I love it!!!

Sarah W said...

I'm wondering how the lawyer knew about the insemination. Medical records are tough to crack.

Unless Justin was being closely watched and someone tagged the sample . . . or her husband did something underhanded and the sample was tagged that way?

Linda said...

Hum, this is an interesting point of view. I wonder if he is just going to back away or get through a test.

Unknown said...

They'll get through this, but it won't be easy. Poor guy. Poor all three of them actually.

Charmaine Gordon said...

He's on the horns of a dilemma. Outstanding snippet, Chelle. He know who he is so what the hey!

Siobhan Muir said...

He'll bet his life, but not the family business? Good snippet, Chelle. :)

Sara Harris said...

Lives are always complicated when lawyers are involved hehe Great snippet, I'm dying to know what's going on!

Eden "Kymele" Mabee said...

Accidents happen even to the most careful of people; it sounds like both Layne and Justin are in awkward places.

Cecilia said...

Great snippet. Lots going on!

Elaine Cantrell said...

I like this story. Can't wait to read more.

Veronica Scott said...

The story just gets more and more intriguing with each snippet. I like this guy so far! Another excellent excerpt.

Anonymous said...

I must admit I wonder if his "gentle" break-ups felt that way to the ones being dumped, but I'm sure he tried.

JTsuruoka said...

Nice work... you pack a lot of information and background into a very short space.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Interesting snippet. He seems pretty darn sure he never fathered a child.