The Coupon Cutter Game

Synopsis

Stella Conway is an extreme coupon cutter who has perfected the art for many years. She even has nationwide recognition as a coupon cutter. But when neighbor and rival, Betty Connolly, finds out, she challenges Stella to a game of extreme couponing with a list of specific groceries and a budget and only one day to see who can find the most items within the specified guidelines. Who will win the coupon war?

Chapter 1

Stella Conway was clipping coupons from the many magazines and newspapers she had stacked on her desk. She was way behind because of a family emergency. Her daughter, Marie, was in a car accident and Stella had to delay her coupons for a few days. But she was back, after Marie was given a clean bill of health from the doctor, clipping away. She had to hurry, though, because the National Coupon contest was just days away.

After clipping coupons for a couple hours, there was a knock on Stella’s front door. She went to answer it and it was Betty Connolly, her coupon rival.

“Hey, Stella, busy cutting coupons?” Betty asked satisfied about Stella’s delay.

“Yes I am.” Stella said, proudly.

“Well, I hope Marie’s accident didn’t put you too far behind?”

“Don’t worry, Betty, I’m back in the game.” Stella assured her.

“Well, that’s good to know.” Betty said, pretending to be relieved.

“Happy couponing, Betty.” Stella told her neighbor as she went away.

Betty needed to win this contest. Stella always won. It wasn’t fair. That’s why she caused Marie’s accident. To delay Stella from clipping coupons. She had to win! Stella’s won too many times. She wasn’t the best couponer, she was. Stella just had to be the center of attention. That’s why she’s always won! Not this time! Betty Connolly was going to make sure of it!

Two days later, Stella was at the store waiting for the contest to begin when Betty arrived with her bundle of coupons.

“May the best couponer win!” Betty told her neighbor.

“I’m sure I will. I always do!” Stella said proudly, as she went on to find her items for the contest.

“Okay, ladies, on your mark, get set, go!” the announcer said as the two ladies began their journey to find their coupon items.

“Not if I can help it!” Betty said silently to herself.

The two ladies went about looking for the items on the coupons they had in their hands. It was neck and neck as the time was fastly coming to an end.

5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Time was up! The winner would soon be announced when the judges looked over their items to see if they had everything correct.

Ten minutes later, the judge announced he had a winner: Betty Connolly!

Stella was crushed, “No way! That can’t be!”

“Read it and weep, Stella!” Betty marched proudly in front of the store. “I finally won!”

As Betty was leaving the store after her victorious win over Stella, she heard a familiar voice: “You won’t get away with it!”

Betty looked to the rear of her and saw Stella’s daughter standing behind her: “What are you talking about?”

“I know what you did to win the contest?” Marie told her.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about?” Betty defended herself.

“You caused my accident to delay my mother from getting her coupons cut in time for the contest.” Marie accused.

“You can’t prove that?” Betty said defensively.

“No, but I will and you’ll be disqualified.” Marie threatened before leaving Betty’s car.

Marie intended to find proof as to Betty’s involvement in her accident so her mother could take her rightful place as winner of the contest. At least her mother did things legally. Betty was so jealous, she had to do something drastic to ensure her win. But Marie was about to find even more darker secrets to Betty’s sudden win!

Chapter 2

“Mom?” Marie said when no one came to door.

Marie walked inside Stella’s home and found her mother lying on the sofa.

“Mother, what are you doing?” Marie asked when she saw her mother.

“My life is over!” Stella said with pity.

“Oh, mother, no it’s not!” Marie tried to encourage her.

“I’m no longer number 1 in couponing! I’ve worked hard to perfect the art and Betty now has the title!”

Stella rolled over and laid back down on the sofa. Marie felt sorry for her mother. Now she was sure Betty did something to get the win. Jealousy was a huge factor in this situation. Betty was always trying to one-up her mother when it came to couponing. She had to find out just what Betty did to win.

“Mom, I have some errands to run!” Marie told her mother. “I’ll come by later and check on you.”

Marie decided her first place to look was with the grocery store where the contest was held. Talking with the manager, Mr. Sheckem, was the first place she would start. He would know something, Marie was sure of it.

Marie walked up to the customer service booth to speak with the CSR.

“May I help you?” Amie greeted Marie, who was approaching her register.

“Yes Amie, I’d like to speak with your manager.” Marie told the salesgirl, reading her name badge for her name.

“One moment, ma’am.” Amie told Marie, as she dialed Mr. Sheckem’s number.

“Hello?” Mr. Sheckem asked as he picked up his line.

“Mr. Sheckem, there’s a woman up here at the customer service booth who would like to talk with you?” Amie told Mr. Sheckem.

“I’ll be right up front in a moment.” Mr. Sheckem told Amie, who made it a point to meet with customers immediately.

“The manager will be up front in a moment. If you’ll just wait a few until he comes?” Amie told Marie who stood by on the side to wait, while Amie helped other customers.

True to his word, Mr. Sheckem was only a few minutes as he appeared at the front of the store.

“Amie, you said someone wanted to speak with me?” Mr. Sheckem asked Amie.

“Right over there.” Amie said to him, pointing in Marie’s direction, as he walked over to Marie.

“Hello, Marie, what can I do for you?” Mr. Sheckem asked her.

“Mr. Sheckem, I wanted to speak to you about the coupon contest a few days ago?” Marie asked him.

“Oh, what did you want to know?” Mr. Sheckem asked.

“Well, I recently found out that there were two other contestants in the coupon contest who backed out at the last minute?” Marie grilled Mr. Sheckem.

“Well, they found out Stella Conway was in it?” Mr. Sheckem told Marie. “It’s the logical choice, don’t you think?”

“So, because my mother was in the contest, and given her reputation for extreme couponing, they just backed out?” Marie said doubtfully.

“Well, they knew they had no chance if your mother was in it?” Mr. Sheckem gave his obvious answer.

Marie knew something was up and that Mr. Sheckem wasn’t going to give her a reason. Something must be really up for him to give such an obvious reason.

“Well, thank you Mr. Sheckem, for your time.” Marie said courteously.

“Anytime.” Mr. Sheckem said as he watched Marie leave, and headed back to his office.

Mr. Sheckem got back to his office and dialed a number immediately.
“Marie Conway is asking questions.” Mr. Sheckem said to the unknown caller before hanging up.

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Deadly Texts

Synopsis

Karma Haven is out for revenge! Revenge against her husband’s ex-wife, Valen! For ruining her marriage by making up fake boyfriends to make her husband jealous. Karma waits! Waits for the right time to exact her revenge! Who will win the revenge war?

Chapter 1

“Karma, she’s doing it again!” Trenton cried to Karma.

“What is the bitch doing now!” Karma retorted.

“She’s refusing to let me see my son!” Trenton continues his pity party.

“Damn her!” Karma yells as she punches in Valen’s cell number so she can send the bitch a nasty text.

“Hey, Bitch! Who the hell do U think U R?!” Karma texts Valen.

“Stop keeping my husband’s son from him, Bitch! It’s not rite!” Karma continued her harassing texts to Valen.

When Valen checked her messages, she was pissed off. How could Trenton and Karma accuse her of such shit? It was bullshit! She would never keep Trenton from his son! She sent Karma a text.

“Look here, woman! I hav not kept Trenton’s son from him! He’s free to call him anytime!”

“UR such a fucking liar!” came Karma’s text 30 seconds later.

“Stop accusing me of shit I’m not doing!” Valen replied back.

“Stop UR lying, Bitch!”

“Whatever! I’m not discussing a damn thing with U!” Valen text back.

“Ull be hearing from my attorney!” Valen continued.

“Ooh, Bitch! I’m scared!” Karma text her.

“Keep it up, Bitch, and Ull lose Anthony to us!” Karma continued her threats.

Valen had had enough! She called her attorney to see what she could do concerning her ex-husband and his wife’s threats to take her son from her.

“What’s wrong, Bitch?! You scared!” Valen saw what Karma sent her, but didn’t reply back.

15 minutes later, Karma text her again, “Yeah, U better, Bitch! Watch out! U won’t win!”

Valen left it there. She didn’t want to say anything. She decided to let Karma think she was scared. She obviously needed the satisfaction that she was.

“We’ll see who wins, Karma?!” Valen said under her breath.

Chapter 2

A week later, Valen came home from work tired and just wanted to go to sleep but when Valen checked her messages, sleep was the last thing on her mind after she read the nasty messages from Karma and Trenton. They hadn’t spoken to her in a week and they were starting up their drama and bullshit!

“Hey Valen, can we talk? It’s important! It’s about Anthony!” Valen read from Trenton’s message—his usual message to get her to talk—just say it’s about their son.

Valen chose to ignore the messages, especially the one from Karma: “Bitch, I’m gnna f— U up! B redy, Bitch!”

“What the hell did that mean?” Valen wondered. “Just what was she supposed to be ready for?”

“Keep it up, Bitch!” Valen read from Karma’s text.

“I am gnna send my ppl to f— U up!” Karma continued as Valen read from Karma’s text.

“They will rip U from gut to pssy! Ur nuthin but a whre the way Ur treatin Trenton! It’s not rite Bitch!” Karma sent Valen.

“Watch out, Bitch!”

Valen didn’t reply back. She snapped a photo of the messages and kept them in her file to keep for future reference when she could get an order to stop them from harassing her.

Anthony and Valen had a talk about Trenton and after the talk, she suddenly realized what was going on. Trenton was pulling his usual game where he would call his son with the intent of needing to talk. Anthony said he was busy and couldn’t talk.
So because Anthony didn’t want to talk, Trenton cried to Karma and the result was a bunch of nasty, threatening messages where she was going to have the shit beat out of her.

“Well, Karma, bring it on!” Valen whispered to herself.

Chapter 3

6 months later, nothing from Trenton or Karma! It was as if Trenton and Karma fell off the earth.

Of course, Valen knew that wasn’t true. In the back of her mind, Valen knew they’d be back! With more drama and bullshit!

She would just wait! And live her life until…..

“Valen, can we talk?” came Trenton’s text.

Valen ignored it.

“R U mad @ me !” Trenton text back 15 minutes later when he got no reply.

Valen just wanted him to leave her alone, but deep down she knew Trenton would keep sending the texts…each one becoming more nasty…

“What do you want?” Valen relented and gave in sending Trenton a text to reassure him she wasn’t mad.

“I hav a dire emergency!” Trenton text. “Can I call U?”

“Yeah. Whatever?” Valen text back.

2 seconds later, Valen receives Trenton’s call, “What is your emergency?”

“Karma and I are divorcing.” Trenton revealed.

“Didn’t you say that 3 months ago?” Valen asked, knowing what would come next.

“Well, we stayed together, but we’re gonna divorce now.”

“So, what do you want me to do about it?” Valen couldn’t believe she was listening to his bullshit.

“I need to stay with you?” Trenton asked her. “I can’t stay with Karma!”

“Why not?”

“Her daughter, Kaidence, tried to come after me with a knife.”

“Really?” Valen asked, knowing Trenton was pulling a fast one on her.

“Yeah, she stabbed me in the face. I have a scar on my face.”

“Yeah. I’ll bet.”

“So, can I crash at your place?”

“No, I have my boyfriend living with me.” Valen told him.

“Yeah. The fake one?” Trenton accused her.

“No. He’s not fake!” Valen defended herself.

“Okay.” Trenton said before hanging up like he always did when he didn’t get his way.

3 hours later, Valen wakes to 3 text messages—all from Karma:

“Bitch, U need 2 let Trenton stay with U! He can’t stay here! His life is n danger!”

If U don’t, UR a cold-heartless Bitch & I’ll cum after U with my ppl!”

“Oh & Bitch, thanks 4 faking the bfs! U just broke up my marriage! Hope UR happy!”
More accusations and idle threats! When will they grow up?!

Another text came in from Karma:

“Bitch, I hav UR medical file showing proof U were committed!”

“I am going to hav UR @$$ committed! I only need 3 signatures! Then my ppl will be out UR way to hav U picked up!”

Gawd, was Karma stupid?!

Valen decided to wait and see if that ever happened!

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The Billion Dollar Promise

Introduction

Alisha Thompkins falls head-over-heels in love with the new guy, Hadley Jamison, at school. But due to competition from her best friend, Chelsea Grimes, Alisha does the only thing she knows and backs down. As Hadley and Chelsea grow closer, Alisha watches from the sidelines. But when a tragic accident injures Hadley, he makes a request from Alisha, that leaves Chelsea on the sidelines. Will
Alisha agree to Hadley’s request, or turn him down?

Chapter 1

“Alisha!” Mrs. Thompkins calls through Alisha’s bedroom door. “It’s time to get up for school!”

“Yes, mom, I know.” Alisha replies back. “I’m up getting ready!”

As Mrs. Thompkins heads back downstairs to begin breakfast for her husband and Alisha and her brother, Ellis, Alisha gets herself out of bed and dresses in the clothes she picked out last night for the first day of her sophomore year: a calf-length black skirt, pink sweater, and gold necklace. Then she heads into the bathroom to style her long brown tresses in curls.

Heading downstairs, Alisha joins her brother, father and mother for a family breakfast before they all go off to school and work. Mrs. Thompkins always insisted they enjoy a family breakfast before anything else, if it was the only meal they had as a family for the day. And that’s exactly what the Thompkins family always did.
“Good morning, father!” Alisha said, giving her father a kiss on his cheek.

“Good morning Alisha. How did you sleep?” Mr. Thompkins asked her.

“Just great.”

“Yeah, I’ll bet!” Ellis said, sarcastically. “Just who is it that you will have your eye on this year?”

“Oh shut up, Ellis!” Alisha said bitterly.

“Alisha! Ellis!” Mrs. Thompkins chastised them both. “Alisha, as the older daughter, I expect you to treat your brother with kindness. And Ellis, please don’t goad your sister.”

“Yes, mother.” Alisha and Ellis said simultaneously.

“Now apologize to each other.”

“Sorry, Alisha.” Ellis said, obeying his mother.

“Yea, I’m sorry too.” Alisha reciprocated.

As the Thompkins Family finished their breakfast, Mr. Thompkins got up, kissed his wife and wished his family a good day before picking up his briefcase and heading to Bradford and Thompkins, Attorneys at Law, where Mr. Thompkins was a partner in his firm he operated with his long-time friend and college buddy.

“Good morning, Chelsea.” Mr. Thompkins greeted Chelsea, who came to pick up Alisha for their first day of their sophomore year.

“Hi, Chelsea.” Alisha greeted her, who had just said good-bye to Ellis and her mother before following her father out the door.

“I can’t wait to get to school.” Chelsea said, enthusiastically.

“You mean you can’t wait to get your fix on some hot-looking guy.” Alisha said, knowing her best friend so well.

“Isn’t that the only reason for going to class?” Chelsea asked the rhetorical question.

Alisha disagreed, but kept quiet. Chelsea was only interested in meeting guys, whereas Alisha was interested in her studies. She wished to be a lawyer just like her father. She loved going to her father’s practice and watching him work with his clients and sitting in the courtroom as he defended clients he knew were guilty.

The legal system has always fascinated Alisha and made it her life’s choice to be a lawyer one day.

As Chelsea pulled into Fairview High School’s parking lot, blond-haired, Hadley Jamison, noticed the girls as Chelsea parked her Jeep Wrangler.

Chapter 2

“Wow! Who’s the hot guy!” Chelsea exclaimed as she and Alisha were getting out of her Jeep.

“Chelsea!” Alisha chided her bestie.

“Oh, c’mon, Ali.” Chelsea responded back, referring to Chelsea’s nickname for Alisha. “Don’t act so modest. You know you were looking too.”

“Well, he is hot!” Alisha admitted, not letting on that she had the major hots for the new guy in school.

As Alisha and Chelsea walked together to their lockers to get ready for class, the new guy, Hadley Jamison, noticed the two girls and gave them a wink. Alisha felt butterflies in her stomach when Hadley looked their way.

Alisha and Chelsea went their separate ways as Chelsea had English first period and Alisha had Algebra. When Alisha walked into her Algebra class, she was surprised to see Hadley, looking as studly as ever before she and Chelsea had seen in the school parking lot.

Hadley noticed Alisha too and walked to the desk next to her.

“Well, hello!” Hadley greeted Alisha. “The name’s Hadley.”

“Alisha.” Alisha said, introducing herself.

“Is this class hard?” Hadley asked a nervous Alisha.

“No, Mr. Wilson is easy-going.” Alisha offered.

“Good, because to tell you the truth, I’m not that good at Algebra.” Hadley admitted.

“Oh? If you ever need help with any of the assignments, I could offer some help.” Alisha offered.

“I may take you up on your offer.” Hadley said, smiling at her.

Mr. Wilson called the class to order as students settled into their seats. Hadley was getting bored with the day’s lesson as Alisha could very well tell by watching him. As Alisha found herself looking at Hadely, she didn’t realize Mr. Wilson calling on her to answer a question.

“Pssst.” Hadely said, nudging Alisha. “The teacher is calling on you.”

Embarrassed that she was paying more attention to Hadley than to what was being taught in class, Alisha looked up immediately to the board as Mr. Wilson pointed to the blackboard for Alisha to solve.

Hadley watched as Alisha walked to the front of the class to solve the problem.

Alisha didn’t know what was wrong with her. It was not like her to ogle guys. But there was just something about Hadley Jamison that intrigued her.

Chelsea was waiting outside Alisha’s Algebra class and happened to notice the guy that she and Alisha had seen in the school parking lot while waiting for her best friend.

“OMG!” Chelsea exclaimed. “You are so lucky to have that in your homeroom!”

“Yea.” Alisha said shyly, not wanting to admit her crush on Hadley Jamison.

“What’s his name?” Chelsea asked her bestie.

“His name is Hadley Jamison.” Alisha replied to her friend.

“You so have to introduce me to him.” Chelsea told Alisha.

“Well, when we see him again, I will.”

But Chelsea didn’t have long to wait as Hadley walked over to Alisha.

“So, who’s your friend?” Hadley asked Alisha.

“This is my best friend, Chelsea Grimes.” Alisha introduced Chelsea to Hadley.

“Glad to meet you.” Hadley said to Chelsea, as he winked at her, making Alisha a little jealous.

“Me too.” Chelsea said, batting her eyelashes at him.

“So, you two want to meet me in the cafeteria for lunch?”

“We’d be glad to!” Chelsea agreed for the two of them.

“Great! I’ll see you two at lunch!” Hadley said as he headed for his biology class.

Chapter 3

Alisha was sitting alone at lunch waiting for Chelsea and Hadley to arrive as agreed. She wanted to run away when she saw Hadley and Chelsea holding hands as they entered the cafeteria, unbeknownst to her that they had already made a first date for later tonight.

Alisha ducked down under the table, hoping Hadley and Chelsea wouldn’t see her, but it was too late. Chelsea came up behind her and sat down, Hadley sitting next to her.

“You two already a couple?” Alisha suggested, hoping they didn’t sense her jealousy.

“Yeah, we have our first date tonight.” Chelsea told her friend. “Hadley called me last night and we are going to The Tasty Freeze tonight for a burger and fries.”

“Oh, I see.” Alisha said with jealousy. “You two are dating?”

“You’re happy for us, aren’t you?” Chelsea asked her friend.

“Yeah. You two make a great couple.”

“Thanks Ali–, I knew you’d approved.”

“Oh, geez, look at the time. I totally forgot I had detention today.” Alisha lied, to make a quick exit because she couldn’t stand to watch Chelsea and Hadley smooching in front of her.

“Oh. You never told me you had detention.” Chelsea said, obviously upset because Alisha always told her everything.

“I’m sorry, Chels—it must’ve slipped my mind.” Alisha said, as she headed off toward the cafeteria doors, leaving Chelsea and Hadley alone.

A call comes in on Hadley’s cell from his mother. Knowing how his mother would react if he ignored her call, Hadley tore himself away from Chelsea’s lips to answer the call.

“Hello, mother.” Hadley said.

“Hadley, there’s been an emergency. Bryan has been in an explosion in Afghanistan!” Hadley’s mother said frantic with worry.

“I’m on my way home!” Hadley said as he hung up and gave Chelsea an apologetic kiss before rushing off in a hurry.

As Hadley got inside his car, started the engine and backed out of the school parking lot, Hadley saw a text come in from Chelsea. Ignoring the warnings from his mother about texting and driving, Hadley picked up his cell and replied back “I will miss you.” As he hit the “send” button, Hadley didn’t see the oncoming car in the other lane as he had swerved into the oncoming lane. Upon impact, Hadley hit the car sending him flying out of his car when the two cars hit.

A passerby who witnessed the accident immediately dialed 9-1-1. Emergency crews arrived within minutes of receiving the passersby’s call, locating Hadley’s body within minutes of arriving at the accident scene and placing him inside the ambulance.

The driver of the other car wasn’t so lucky as emergency crews pronounced the driver dead after several minutes of performing life-saving CPR.

Hadley was just being brought into the ER when his mother arrived at the hospital after receiving a call from the paramedics after they found Hadley’s wallet with his cell in his wallet.

“How is my son?” a Hadley’s mother said frantic with worry as ER staff pushed her out of the way.

“Ma’am, the doctor will let you know as soon as he examines your son.” The nurse tells Hadley’s mother.

The next day, Alisha is sitting in her homeroom class when the bell rings, signaling the start of class. She noticed that Hadley hadn’t arrived for school that morning, when the principal came on the PA system:

“Good morning students! I’m sorry to announce that one of our students, Hadley Jamison, was in an accident yesterday. Let’s all have a few minutes of silence for Hadley’s recovery.”

While the room remained in silence, Alisha couldn’t help but wonder how Chelsea was taking this news, when she heard someone whisper her name from outside her homeroom door.

“Pssst, Alisah!” Chelsea whispered as quietly as she could, but still getting Alisha’s attention without alerting anyone else.

Alisha raised her hand to alert the teacher, “May I use the restroom?”

The teacher motioned for Alisha to go so as not to disturb the moment of silence as Alisha grabbed her books and backpack and walked quietly out of the classroom.

As soon as Alisha got outside of her homeroom, Chelsea burst into tears.

“Chelsea, it’ll be okay.” Alisha tried to reassure her.

“It’s not that.” Chelsea confessed. “I want to go see Hadley at the hospital.”

“Well, why don’t you?”

“I’ve used up all my free passes.” Chelsea cried. “Will you go for me?”

“Me?”

“Please. I need someone to know how Hadley is doing.” Chelsea pleaded with her friend. “You still have your passes.”

“Okay, I’ll do it.” Alisha reluctantly agreed.

“Thanks, Ali.” Chelsea said, feeling relieved.

Alisha obtained her pass to leave the school grounds and exited the school, heading for her car to go see how Hadley was doing. She was in for a shock when she was finally able to see Hadley in his hospital room.

Chapter 4

“Hadley?” Alisha asked when he woke to find her in his room.

“Alisha?” Hadley said a little groggy from the drugs they gave him.

“What is it, Hadley? Alisha asked him.

“I need a favor from you.”

“What is it?” Alisha asked. “Do you want to see Chelsea?”

“No, I don’t!” Hadley said adamantly.

Alisha was taken aback at what Hadley said. “Chelsea is worried about you. Why don’t you want to see her?”

“Because, it’s you I really want!” Hadley confessed.

“I’m sorry, did I hear you right?” Alisha asked, confused.

“It’s you I really want.”

“But Chel…” Alisha started to say, but Hadley interrupted her.

“I don’t want to her!” Hadley said getting irritated with her.

“Okay, what do you want from me?” Alisha asked, feeling awkward.

“I want you to be my girlfriend.” Hadley confessed.

“Hadley, I can’t do that to Chelsea.”

“I will make it worth your while if you agree to be my girlfriend.”

“And how do you propose to do that?”

“If you agree to this, you will be the heiress to my family’s multi-billion-dollar fortune.”

“You think you can make me your wife with the promise of money?” Alisha asked him in disbelief.

“I need to be married by my 18th birthday in order to receive my inheritance.”

“So, why can’t you ask Chelsea?”

“My parents would never approve of Chelsea.” Hadley admitted. “They think she is gold-digger.”

“But you and I both know she isn’t.” Alisha told him.

“I tried to tell my parents that but they wouldn’t listen to me.”

“And what is this supposed to get me?”

“Well, you get the perks of being the wife of an heir to a multi-billion-fortune.”

“So, basically, a trophy wife, while you see Chelsea on the side?”

“Yes, so will you do it?” Hadley asked her again.

“I have to think about it.” Alisha told him. “I have to go.”

Hadley hated asking Alisha for this favor. He wished he had just been killed in the accident, but as luck would have it, he was spared with barely even a scratch. He was just in the hospital for observation for a concussion. Hadley knew his parents would never approve of Chelsea as his wife. That’s why Alisha had to fill the title. All he was going to have with Chelsea was a secret love affair on the side.

Chapter 5

Alisha couldn’t stop thinking about Hadley’s offer: a million dollars to marry him? Be his wife in name only while he saw Chelsea on the side? She could do a lot with a million dollars? Get her degree? It certainly would keep her busy while Hadley was busy with Chelsea? She decided to accept Hadley’s offer. After all, what did she have to lose?

She text Hadley to meet him at the java café to discuss his offer. When she got there, Hadley was with Chelsea. She should have known better. After all, he was in love with Chelsea. Not her.

“Hadley?”

Hadley looked up to find Alisha next to them, “Alisha, I’m glad you’re here.”

Chelsea was holding Hadley’s hand as Alisha sat next to her.

“I thought Chelsea should hear our discussion. After all, it does concern her too.” Hadley explained.

“Yes, it does.” Alisha agreed.

“So, what did you decide?” Hadley asked, waiting Alisha’s decision, as if it decided his fate.

“I’ve agreed to marry you per your terms.” Alisha told Hadley.

“Great! You won’t regret this, Alisha and you’re a life-saver!” Hadley told Alisha, as he smiled at Chelsea.

Chelsea agreed, although it met Alisha would be Hadley’s wife, albeit in name only. At least she got him where it mattered most: in her bed, and not Alisha.

“So, when will the wedding take place?” Chelsea asked.

“As soon as possible. Mother insists on it.” Hadley told the two of them.

“Well, how about next week?” Alisha asked.

“Sounds good.” Hadley said. “I’ll let mother know, and then she will get started on the wedding details.”

“I won’t have to plan the wedding?” Alisha asked with a sigh of relief. She was busy with school and everything. She planned to get her degree to distract her from this marriage since Hadley would be busy with Chelsea. She just hoped no one would find out the real intentions regarding this marriage.

“Hadley, what happens if someone finds out the real motive for this marriage?” Alisha asked him.

“It better not, or you and I are both screwed!” Hadley told her.

“I don’t have any intention saying otherwise. I’ll play the dutiful wife whenever I’m needed. But that’s as far as it goes.” Alisha told him and Chelsea, who seem glad to know this.

“Okay. We’re all agreed as to the plan on this marriage.” Hadley said. “Oh, Alisha, mother will want to meet with you to discuss the dress you will be wearing.”

“The dress I’ll be wearing?” Alisha asked.

“Yes, she will want you to wear the dress she wore when she married my father.” Hadley told her.

“Okay. Let me know when.” Alisha told him. “Well, I’ve got to be somewhere now.”

Alisha left Chelsea and Hadley to themselves as she went on her way to her next appointment. The dean of the university she was trying to get in.

Chapter 6

Hadley kissed Chelsea good night as she bade him good will the next morning on his wedding day to her best friend, Alisha.

He couldn’t believe that it had come to this. He had to marry a woman he didn’t love because his mother didn’t approve of the woman he did love. No one could find out the argument he had with his mother in the hospital after his accident while on his way home after his mother called him about his brother in Afghanistan.

After two days in the hospital suffering from injuries from the blast, Hadley’s brother, Tyler, died from his injuries. Hadley and his mother had a terrible argument over his future plans with Chelsea. His mother told Hadley she didn’t approve of Chelsea and told him she would make sure he never got his inheritance if he married her.

Hadley had to get his inheritance. He wanted to leave. And leave with Chelsea. But he couldn’t do it if he didn’t have his inheritance. So he came up with a plan to marry Alisha out of convenience in order to get the inheritance so he could be free to be with Chelsea when the inheritance came in.

But unbeknownst to Hadley, his mother had a codicil put in that would make Hadley stay married to whoever he chose for a year before he got the inheritance.

The day of the wedding was here and Hadley text Chelsea: “Babe, I miss you.”
“I miss you too!” Chelsea text back.

“Can’t wait to see you after the wedding.” Hadley text back.

“Me too.”

Hadley then text Alisha to see if she had arrived at the chapel yet: “You there yet?”

“I just pulled up to the chapel. Headed in to get ready.” Alisha text back.
“Great! Meet you at the altar.” Hadley text back.

As Hadley put his cell back into his pocket, he wished that he was saying that to Chelsea, but he would go along with the sham of a marriage. Soon, he would be marrying Chelsea. Just as soon as he got his inheritance on his 18th birthday in a month.

Guests were arriving for the wedding as Chelsea sat in the back row watching her best friend marry the man she loved. At least it was in name only.

As the pianist played the wedding march, the flower girl, Hadley’s two-year-old niece, Aysha, headed the march, followed by Hadley’s sister, Taylor, who was the matron-of-honor, as requested by (more like demanded) Hadley’s mother.

Finally, it was time for the bride to head down the aisle. There she was! Alisha looked ravishing in the dress that Hadley’s mother demanded she wear. Chelsea pictured her wearing it and got a little jealous at the thought.

The couple said their vows and after the minister pronounced them husband and wife, Hadley gave his bride a kiss on the lips, to which Chelsea felt a pang of jealousy watching them.

The newly married couple headed down the church aisle as husband and wife and headed to the country club where there was wedding reception waiting for the couple.

“I can’t believe my sister is married?” Ellis said to his new brother-in-law, Hadley, when he saw them at the country club.

“Nice to meet you too, Ellis.” Hadley said to him.

As the reception was in full swing, Chelsea showed up to see how it was going and was met with disdain by Hadley’s mother.

“What are you doing here?!”

“I wanted to congratulate my friend on her wedding.” Chelsea said.

“Well, this is a family party! And you’re not welcome here!” Mrs. Jamison said, turning up her nose at Chelsea, showing her disapproval.

“She’s my best friend!” Chelsea protested.

“Alisha is having the time of her life! She doesn’t need you anymore!”

“I can’t wish my best friend the best?”

“Get out of here before I have you thrown out!” Mrs. Jamison demanded.

Chelsea left before Hadley’s mother could throw her out, but not before texting Hadley why she left.

“Sorry, but your mother wouldn’t allow me inside the country club to see you at the reception.”

“K babe. C U 2nite @ R secret place! ” Hadley text back, before joining Alisha at her side for their first dance at husband and wife.

While Hadley and Alisha paid their dues at the wedding reception, Chelsea was at the hotel preparing for her night with Hadley on his wedding night.

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Lost at Sea (Coming Soon!)

Synopsis

Genny Meiers had her life planned out. She was going to school to be a doctor. But when a tragic plane wreck Genny and her fiance, Andrew Thompson, are on leaves no survivors, Genny and Andrew find themselves castaways on a deserted island. On their own to fend for themselves, Genny and Andrew find their primitive new life a refreshing change of pace. When they are finally found, will they welcome being home again, or long for the simple life they knew on the island?

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