ArrangedBy: Sara Wolf
“The wedding is set for September –” Kiera hits Charlie’s shoulder playfully. “I mean, October. I can never keep up with the changes.”
More laughter from the crowd.
“I look forward to seeing you all there. Please give your best wishes to my daughter and her new fiancé, and thank you again kindly for being here tonight and supporting this charitable cause. And please, enjoy the rest of your night.”
People get up and start mingling, or dancing, or finishing their drinks. Kiera and Lee dance, his arm laced around her waist and their hands together.
“Don’t they look good together?”
I turn my head to the voice – Farlon. His smile is devious and satisfied.
I try to form words but they stick in my throat, dry and splintered.
“She met Lee at a party of mine in Spain, on our ranch, roughly seven months ago. They fell in love,” Farlon continues, and sips his wine. “Her father’s a very important man, you know. Very rich. He proposed a unification of our families that would prove beneficial to both of us – him, starting a law firm in Spain with my contacts, and me, well. Let’s say he’d get rid of some very pesky loans for me.”
I’m going to vomit.
“So you see, my canary.” Farlon dabs his mouth with his napkin. “We never really needed you. You, with your little will and my father’s quaint ‘bet between friends’, were never needed at all. I was simply giving Lee freedom, don’t you understand? You were wrong. I was a good father. I am a good father. I gave him options. And you were the one he simply didn’t choose.”
This is what it feels like to die. This pain is what it feels like to die. Inside my head, one high-pitched scream ricochets, asking ‘why’.
Lee’s words echo in my head.
I love you, Rose Jensen. Don’t you ever fucking doubt that again. No matter what happens from now on – never forget that.
~To my wonderful, beautiful, talented friends and comrades in writing; Sarah, Laura, and all my LBs! You guys constantly wow me and support me wonderfully!
~To the incredibly fantastic bunch of lady-authors who inspired me to go down this road; Kelli Maine, Katie Ashley, Emily Snow, and Michelle Valentine. Thank you for your support and love and just being awesome role models!
~To the fam-bam – thank you for putting up with my crappy days and shining with me on my bright ones!
~To the community – you guys have been nothing but supportive. Thank you so, SO much.
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