In this snippet, Aiden has taken Moira up on her offer of a place to stay and she kissed him when he walked in the door. He froze, and she got the impression he's no longer interested. Now he's trying to recover lost ground.
"Sounds good." Aiden pretended to look over the menu, but his attention wandered after he'd seen the vegetable chow mein. "What are you going to order?"
"I usually get some chicken alfredo, but tonight I'm feeling more like some paneer and nan."
"I didn't know you liked Indian food."
Moira snorted. "Now there's a surprise. You've been gone how long? Oh, that's right, forever."
He gritted his teeth against saying something stupid. She has a right to be angry. I just wish it would mellow sooner.
"Yeah, I know. I'm sorry, Moira. I thought you didn't want to talk about it."
"I don't." She scowled.
"Then let's move on from me being gone and start with here I am to get to know you again. And to order food."
"Fine." She gestured to the menu. "Do you know what you want?"
"Yeah." He stood directly in front of her. "I want you and I want to be friends and more." He held her gaze. "I want to make amends for being a scared jackass, and I want to be sure you know I'm not going to give you up this time."
Moira met his gaze, the green of her eyes filled with both hope and hopelessness. His Lady Cloudburst had been hurt, by him and others, and he'd have to work hard to get back into her good graces.
"What if I've given up on you?"
The question damn near froze him to death, but he rallied gamely with a determined smile. "I'll just have to convince you otherwise."
She searched his expression for something, but nodded sharply before he saw what it was.
"Good luck with that."
Moira isn't going to let him off easy. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. Wyant, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Jessica Subject, J.D. Walker, Addison Albright, and Iris Blobel.
Moira Callahan knows a thing or two about fresh starts. Second chances are a different story…
As an empath synced into the energies of spaces around her, Moira always understood what people needed, and tried to provide. But after escaping an abusive D/s relationship, she's ready to make her own rules as the owner of the Cloudburst Coffee & Spa. Life is good. Until her first love shows up in town seeking his second chance.
Aiden Westmorland escaped Cloudburst to learn to control his sexual needs, but he left behind the one woman who calmed his statistical empathic abilities. Now he has a chance to rekindle the fire they'd shared as teenagers, with the flavor of BDSM. But earning the trust of an emotionally scarred woman after his long radio silence is easier said than done.
When Moira’s past comes to Cloudburst, threatening the life she’s fought to rebuild, Aiden insists she go to the police. But her former Dom has a past of his own, and he isn’t willing to let go so easily this time....
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