In this snippet, Aiden has visited his mom's place, Mazie's Five & Dime, and is talking to her about his stay in Cloudburst. Mazie is talking about Moira's controlling family and warning him that they might not be as okay with his return despite the years.
"Don't just write them off, Aiden." Mazie headed back down the stairs into the store and set an electric kettle on to boil. "You need to be aware of their influence when it comes to her."
"And they need to be aware of her autonomy." Anger simmered in his chest from the idiocy of the Callahans dictating who Moira could see.
Mazie barked a laugh as she handed him a mug with a bag of peppermint draped in it. "These are her parents. They don't see her as autonomous. They see her as their little girl—their only girl."
"What does being a girl have to do with it?" Aiden hated gender stereotypes. "She's strong, beautiful, smart, and a businesswoman with her own shop. Having breasts doesn't negate her skills."
Mazie studied him for a few moments, a small smile curling her lips. "Well, haven't you just grown up?"
Aiden snorted as the kettle pinged its readiness. "Society likes to judge based on appearances, not capabilities, even after they've been proven."
"Yes, but you need to focus on what you can do about it. You won't change them. You can only change how you deal with their views."
"They can go fuck themselves." Aiden poured hot water in to his mother's mug before his.
"While you want to fuck Moira."
"Well, it's true, isn't it? Listen, I might be older, but I'm not dead. I remember what it's like to burn for someone." She gave him a reproving look. "So here's what I recommend. Treat everyone here as if they're on the Callahans' side. They most likely are. But you treat Moira like she's your sole focus and that will win you more points with the Callahan groupies. Moira has stood her ground and made her mark. The community likes her."
"Good. I like her, too." Aiden snorted.
Mazie doesn't pull any punches. ;) 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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