In this snippet, Moira Callahan has found Aiden Westmorland and is confronting him on his radio silence for the last two decades. She's wondering why she couldn't find him in all that time. This is a little longer than usual, but it truly illustrates Moira's fury with him.
“That I haven’t heard from you in all this time.”
He dropped his gaze to his laces. “I went to college.”
Moira snorted. “Where? In a remote village in the Amazon where they don’t have computers, cell phones, or telegraph machines?”
He huffed a laugh, but his shoulders tightened and he didn’t look up. “I’d forgotten your sarcasm. You’ve gotten better at it.”
“I have five brothers. It was self-defense.” But hurt and anger roiled in her gut. “Seriously, Aiden. Why didn’t you write or call or hell, even find me on some social media sites? It’s not like I got married and my name changed.”
She wanted a good explanation. He’d been Shanghaied to serve in a foreign military unit or joined a biker gang. Maybe he’d fallen into a religious cult or drafted into a secret assassin organization that didn’t allow for outside contact. Anything but he just didn’t think her worth the effort to connect.
Aiden sighed and stood, his expression fading into a stoic mask. “Your family made it pretty clear they didn’t want me to have anything to do with you. I thought it would be better if I left.”
“That’s it? That’s your explanation for never contacting me again? My family?” Moira scowled. “I understand why you didn’t try while I was in high school, but not for the entire time. I moved away and lived on my own. Why didn’t you try to contact me then?”
“Why didn’t you?” He threw the question back at her as he crossed his arms over his chest.
She’d searched every place she could think to look. All the online social networks yielded nothing and no one would tell her which college he’d attended. She’d considered paying a private investigator to find him, but in the end decided it wouldn’t be worth the expense. It appeared he’d wanted nothing to do with her.
She’d cried on her brother Kieran’s shoulder for months after Aiden left, and she continued to vent her frustration for the first few years after she moved away. Eventually, she let Aiden go. Now he stood before her in all his adult glory, and threw her world upside down.
“Did you?” His lips quirked into a sexy half smile. “I figured you wrote me off.”
I did, you jackass, after six years. “Why are you here, Aiden?”
“I came back to see family.”
Anger curled in her chest. Family. Not her. “Then I’ll leave you to it. Sorry to interrupt your bath.”
He's not winning any points. ;) 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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