Here’s another excerpt from Stricken, Chapter Six. Ewan is contemplating a few things said by his grandfather, Viktor.
Stricken: Love deserves a second chance.
Nausea and a crushing sensation on his chest made Ewan gasp as he remembered how Marti had delivered the death blow to their engagement, and his dreams of a life with her.
“Things are changing. I’m not the girl you fell in love with. I won’t be her again.”
“Like I haven’t changed? I grew up a lot in the last nine months or so, or haven’t you noticed?”
“I know, but I’m not sure if the person you are is right for the person I am now.”
“What did you just say?”
“It’s not working. I don’t think it’s ever going to, no matter how hard we try.”
“Do you want to end it?”
“Don’t do this, Marti, I beg you!”
“It’s what I want.”
“What if I don’t want it? I love you!”
“Please, get your stuff and leave. It’s over…”
The agonizing echo of her harsh words in his brain proved he loved her, as the woman she was now, not just the girl she had been.
Am I willing to gamble away our friendship to see if there’s still a chance for us to be together?
Yes, I am, dammit.
I’m in love with her. I need her. I don’t want to be without her by my side. Eight years is too damn long.
Grandfather’s right, I shouldn’t have let her go at all.
He knew an all-out brawl with her was not the way to go. Marti was always too stubborn to give in during an argument, she fought like a wildcat if she believed someone was trying to maneuver her into anything she didn’t want to do.
Ewan decided he would take his time, get to know the person she was now, slowly ease his way back into her life, and remind her that he was there, still in love with her, and wanted her back in his life as her lover, and more.
It would be like the first time he wooed her, but with a few reminders of their past tossed in once in a while to up the ante, and to drive her crazy.