2015 Author Summer Hop



Fashion photographer Rachel Mitchell was living the good life in New York; she had everything she ever wanted. However, the death of her mother sends Rachel home to Virginia to be with her family. Upset she seeks comfort from her ex-boyfriend Cole Ashton and they start to reconnect. Their reunion makes Rachel question her life and she’s left with a difficult decision, either stay in New York or start a new life with Cole in Virginia. Which will she choose?


“What about you? Do you have a special woman in your life?”

     “There is someone.”
     Feeling displeased, even a little jealous to hear that he had a woman in his life; she knew it’d be only a matter of time before a woman came along and snatched him. What’s there not to love about him? He’s the perfect catch; generous, funny, and most importantly handsome. He would make some special lady very happy. Rachel knew he wouldn’t stay single forever, although she secretly wished he would. She dreaded hearing about his lady love, but she couldn’t resist, she wanted to know more about this lady of his.
     “So tell me about—her.” She played with her straw and put her hand up to her cheek.
     “Her name’s Lucy. She has black hair, very big and broad.”
     A look of bewilderment came over her face. “Go on. I’m intrigued.”
     “She’s loving and caring. I couldn’t imagine life without her.”
     A sickening feeling erupted in her stomach; she didn’t know how much longer she could hear Cole brag about Lucy.
     “Whenever I’m in a bad mood, she brightens my day.”
     “Sounds like quite a gal.”
     “She is. Every day when I come home, she jumps up and licks my face.”
     “Did I mention Lucy’s a dog?”
     “Don’t tease me like that.” She punched him in his shoulder. “Seriously, is there anyone else, besides Lucy?”
     “Nope, still single.” Cole stared at Rachel. “I haven’t found that one lucky lady to spend the rest of my life with.”
     She felt uneasy with the way he stared at her, she looked at her watch; it was a quarter after nine. “It’s late, I should be going.”
     “Hold on. I’ll walk you out.”
      Cole paid the bill, left a five dollar tip for the waitress, and escorted Rachel outside. They stood beside the Camry and talked a couple of more minutes.
     “It was good seeing you,” Cole said.
     “You too.”
     “Maybe next time, we can get together again.”
     “Maybe we can.” Rachel pulled the keys out of her purse. “I should head home now, grandma’s probably worried.”
     “Yeah, I need to get home and check on Lucy.”
     “Goodbye, Cole.”
     “Bye, Rach.”
     Rachel unlocked the door, she felt like an idiot for acting so foolish, all this time what she thought would be a horrible night, turned out to be one of the best nights of her life. As she grabbed the door handle, she felt a hand grasp her shoulder and the hairs stood up on the back of her neck. She turned to face her assailant, instead she found Cole. “Don’t scare me like that. You nearly gave me a heart attack.” Rachel breathed a sigh of relief. “What were you doing?”
     “I forgot something.”
     “This.” Cole leaned in and kissed Rachel on the lips. 
     She wanted to pull away, but she didn’t, having his soft lips pressed against hers felt good. She’d never felt like that before, not even with Jeremy. It was a simple, short and sweet kiss.

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