Hi peeps! I usually have excerpts coming out every Monday but I had to post something different the past Monday so here we go. Enjoy!
HIDDEN HEART– Excerpt
“Alessandro . . .” His name felt like a balm on her lips. She turned half his way, but couldn’t muster the courage to look into his eyes. “Listen, Alessandro . . . I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I just want to tell you how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. So, thank you.”
He took a step closer and that threw her off balance. She gripped the stone shelf, backed against the wall and shook her head.
He stopped. “Sorry,” he muttered, bowing his head.
“I need you to go.” Tessa fought to swallow the lump in her throat. “I need you to go and never look back. I can’t . . . I can’t be with you. I need my space, I need to find who I am. Tessa, the woman you knew . . . she doesn’t exist anymore . . . she’s dead. Please, go.”
It hurt to say it, but she had to. She held her scarf with both hands and squeezed it tight, so tight her fingernails dug into her palms. Her heart hammered and the wave of tears threatened to spill on her face.
He looked confused, like she spoke a foreign language, a language he didn’t understand. “What? Why? Why don’t you let me stay and take care of you?”
“Because it’s wrong. You and I, us . . . it was wrong all along and I . . . it’s better this way, trust me,” she whispered.
“But why?” his raised voice resonated in the house.
Octavia and Chiara hurried into the room, looking concerned.
“Leave us. I need to talk to her,” Alessandro said without even glancing at them but rather fixating Tessa with his stare.
Tessa nodded at her sisters and they retreated to the kitchen.
“Look, I know it’s been hard on you, but I don’t want you to waste more time.” She put a hand on her chest, then made a half circle with her arm. “I’ve nothing left to give and I’d be selfish to want you to stay with me when I’m not who you need. It’s been a lie all along, so please go!”
She felt the urge to run—run away from him, run away from the pain she’d caused him. She tried to rush out of the room, but he stopped her. His imposing stature overwhelmed her and forced her to take a step back.
His voice cracked to a whisper, “If this is what you really, really want, then I won’t stop you, Tessa. Just promise me, when you find what you are looking for, you’ll let me know. I’ll be waiting.”
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