Authors: Glenna Marie
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I want to dedicate this book to my sisters who put up with me while I wrote this book. Thank you for reading it and brainstorming with me. Y’all are truly amazing!
I was ready for work to be over but dreading going home. I was hot and achy from serving these tables since
six this morning. My feet felt like they couldn’t take another step and I still had to walk home. Working at the diner wasn’t my dream job but it got what I needed for the bills and allowed me to pocket some secretly for myself. If my husband ever found out there is no telling what he would do.
Lee was a frightening man. He stood nearly
six ft. tall and had a thick build. He didn’t look very muscular but he was strong, especially compared to me. He had a small beer gut and a sloppy unshaved face. He had really let himself go since we got married. When we first started dating I was sixteen and a junior in high school and Lee just turned twenty-six, I could remember feeling so in love. I wanted nothing more but to be with this man. He treated me right and took care of me. My dad didn’t want me around just as much as I didn’t want to be there. Lee was my saving grace, taking me away from my sexually abusive father. My dad hadn’t always been that way but after my momma died he went insane. I put up with him touching me and hitting me since I was thirteen and it felt like this hell would never end, not until I met lee. Right after graduation Lee proposed and I had said yes. It was a small wedding. It was quick just the way I wanted it.
The honeymoon stage didn’t last long. About 6 months afterwards Lee started beating me. At first it was just a slap here and there when I would talk back or not bring home enough money to pay for his drinking and gambling habits. I had started to fear this man I loved. Confused and scared I ran one day. It seemed like I escaped one hell and entered another. It didn’t take long for Lee to find me. That was the worst beating I
have ever had. He blacked both of my eyes and concussed me. Broke my left hand and I was black and blue all over. When I went to the hospital I told the doctor I fell off our front porch. The whole time I could feel Lee glaring at the back of my head. Ever since, I just put up with it. I felt defeated but had dreams of maybe having enough money to run and him never finding me.
It was almost closing time and the diner was empty. Just as I was about to flip the open sign to close I heard the bell on the door jingle. Taking a tired breath I turned and looked up. There was a man with
a short military style hair cut looking around, trying to decide where to sit.
“You can sit anywhere.” I forced out quietly. He looked right into my eyes and nodde
d while he proceeded to a booth in the back corner.
This man was everything my husband wasn’t. Young and muscular, he looked like a dream. His eyes were this deep beautiful grey that seemed to just take you in when you looked at them. He was tall, a lot taller than my husband. He was thick and just plain big. He had dark brown hair and tanned looking skin.
I went to get my notepad and pen to take his order. My heart was beating fast just from looking at this man. He was beautiful. I walked over and felt my hands shaking.
“Hi, welcome to Al’s Diner. What can I get
“Just some coffee please.
” He looked at me and smiled. He had this deep gravelly voice that made me hot on the inside and blush on the outside. He gave me this weird kind of grin almost like he knew about this heat he was causing me to feel on the inside.
“Are you expecting someone?” I asked curiously. I needed to know what to tell the cook in the back.
“Nah. It’s just me”. He talked so smooth it made my heart jump. I smiled, nodded, and walked over to get the coffee and realized I had none that was fresh. I started a small brew and waited. I kept sneaking glances at this mystery man. I hoped he wasn’t staying to long. (Lee hated it when I worked late) but another part of me wished he would never leave. I could stare at him for an eternity, he was that gorgeous.
The alarm on the coffee pot was beeping to let me know the coffee was done. I poured mystery man a cup and walked
over to him. Just as I was setting it down he looked up at me and stared right into my eyes again. It made me jump and spill hot coffee all over his lap. Mortified I grabbed a bunch of napkins and was trying to dry him off while repeating how sorry I was. I could feel my cheeks burning from embarrassment. I heard him laughing and I just looked up at him and he glanced back down at his lap. I had been trying to dry off his nether regions. I felt my blush start to turn my neck and ears red. Could this get any worse I thought?
I’m so sorry. Are you okay? Did I burn you? Can I get you anything? Is there anything I can do?” I bombarded him with questions.
“You can keep drying off my lap if you want.” He winked at me and I thought my face was going to catch fire. He chuckled again. “My name is Allen. What’s yours?”
I smiled “Nice to meet you Allen.” I started to clean up the mess on the table and turned to walk away.
“You just burned my manhood with coffee, the least you can do is give me your name.”
I turned around and Allen was smiling ear to ear. “Oh... Uh, my name is Evangeline.” I felt myself shaking from how nervous he made me feel.
“That’s a pretty name. It’s nice to meet you.” He stuck out his hand for me to shake it. I put my hand in his and he brought it up to his mouth and lightly kissed the top of it. Butterflies exploded in my stomach and made me feel tingles in places I didn’t expect. I pulled my hand back and wrapped it around the now empty coffee cup.
“Likewise” I managed to yelp and quickly turn and walk away.
I brought Allen another fresh cup of coffee, very careful not to spill it on him this time. I was turning to walk away and I felt a hand on my arm. I turned and again he stared me straight in the eye
s making again my legs feel like noodles.
wanna join me?” He looked at me with a small grin. There was something about him that made my heart beat faster. “No thanks. I gotta get ready to close up.” I turned and walked away still feeling his eyes on me. I started cleaning up and secretly watched him as much as I could. I could swear we had an instant connection that was kind of freaking me out. I felt I needed to know more about him, but I knew that could never happen. I needed to erase this from my memory completely. I asked my friend Jenny to take over my table and I would finish bussing her tables. There was no telling what my husband would do if he saw that man touching me. I knew that sometimes he would drive by to check on me. I saw him do it although he thought I couldn’t. When we finally closed the diner Jenny walked up to me and slipped a note in my hand. “It’s from hunk-o-liscious.” she said. I blushed and shoved it in my pocket.
Leaving the diner I felt amazing. This woman was taking over my mind, filling every empty corner. Her eyes were breath taking. They were so blue that they looked violet. They were stunning. Her hair was a long wavy dirty blonde color that fell just above her waist. She was very small in her body frame and very short. She couldn’t be taller than five Ft. She seemed so quiet and shy that it made me laugh. I have never seen a woman react to me the way she did.
Walking back to my rundown apartment
, I couldn’t help but think of her. I wanted to end up with a woman that looked like that one day. It was getting time to settle down, I thought chuckling to myself.
I stopped at a convenient store to get a pack of cigarettes. “Marlboro red long” I said handing the cashier some cash. I was walking out the front lighting my cigarette when I saw her walking by herself. My heart jumped and started beating real fast. It was a new feeling for me, I didn’t crush too much. I put out my barley lit cigarette and started for her before I even realized it. I fell into step next to her, “Such a pretty woman shouldn’t be walking alone this time of night.” I said smiling.
She looked up at me and smiled nervously. “I’m just down the road; I’ll be home in no time.” She gave a little smile and tried to quicken her step.
Looking at her I couldn’t help but feel
like she was trying to be invisible. I couldn’t tell if she was scared of walking alone or scared of me. “Well I saw you alone and I was just making sure you were okay.”
“Are you sure you don’t want me to walk you home?”
Her eyes went huge then back to normal she looked back at me “No really I’m fine, you better go.” Her face was white like a ghost and her hands were even shaking a bit.
I had never seen a woman look so scared in her life. Not wanting to leave her alone I asked again “Are you sure you’re ok?” An odd expression came over her when she looked over my shoulder. What was wrong with her
, I thought to myself?
“Yes I’m fine.” She gave me a stern look. “I can take care of myself, please leave me alone” She pleaded. I nodded then grabbed her hand and kissed the top of it again. The feeling of her skin under my lips made my pants tighten. “Thank you for the company ma’am.” And on that note I turned and went about my way home.
Unlocking my apartment I cursed myself for letting her get away so easily. I stormed in, went straight to my room and threw myself on the bed. I laid there staring up at the ceiling fan thinking about this woman that I didn’t even know. I couldn’t stop thinking about her and her violet eyes that kept haunting me. There was something sad about her but I couldn’t put my finger on it. She was such a natural beauty. She wore no make-up and her hair wasn’t fixed but she was still somehow the sexiest woman I had ever laid my eyes on.
I walked in through the front door and I could smell the stench of alcohol in the air and that meant that Lee was probably not in a good mood. I braced myself as I took my shoes off at the door. It was already midnight and I knew Lee hated it when I wasn’t home by
eleven at the latest. I never understood how he could be so irrational about things. I really couldn’t control when I got off work. I pointed this out once to him and it ended in a fierce beating and I almost lost what lee called my “job privileges”. But without me working we wouldn’t have water or electricity. I walked towards the kitchen to get me some water. My throat was dry after walking home so fast. Plus it was in the middle of a Texas summer and just because it was night time doesn’t mean it was cool outside. I pulled a glass out of the cabinet and got some water. I was chugging it down when I felt Lee come up behind me. He put his hand through my hair and I could hear him smelling it. I felt his man hood stiff on my lower back. I put my glass down and prayed it wasn’t going to be one of these nights. I turned around and looked at him. I put on my best sweet smile “Hey sweetie, I’m real tired I’m gonna head to bed alright?”