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This is the second part of an angsty scene in my debut novel, Take Two. This is towards the middle of the book and takes place in Costa Rica. Rachel and Roger were set up by their best friends to be on the same overnight river-rafting trip. Before this, they hadn't seen one another for a few months. I'm pretty sure it's easy to follow along, but if you like, here's the previous snippet: https://www.karysafaire.com/blog/a-midnight-visit-snippetsunday
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Roger opened the door and came over to the bed, emerging from the shadows. His shorts sat low on his waist, his bare chest as defined and delicious as she remembered. He sat down facing her and leaned against her bent legs. This close to him, the heat poured off his body, bleeding through the thin sheet to her vulnerable, bare skin.
“What are you doing here, Roger?”
“That's what I'm wonderin’." Roger reached out his hand and lightly touched her injured shoulder. “How's it holdin’ up?”
She sighed - she could play this game of talking but not really talking. “Not too bad, thanks. The story will last a lot longer than the discomfort.”
Is their love real or fiction?
Rachel is a teacher and a single mom who’s picked up the pieces of her life after a horrible marriage. She’d thought her ex-husband was the man of her dreams. He wasn’t. She’s moved on and written a historical romance novel, Swashbuckler, that’s been picked up by Hollywood.
Roger is an actor who doesn’t trust women. He’s made bad choices in his past that have come to haunt him in the present, especially the choice that came packaged with blonde hair, large tits, and a marriage that was doomed from the start. Roger thought they were in love—turns out his wife was a social-climber more interested in his status than his heart. He doubts there is a woman alive who can love him for who he is, and not for his fame or for the fantasy he presents to the world.
Both Rachel and Roger have been burned by love, trusting a reality that turned out only to be fantasy. Will their fear succeed at keeping them apart? Or will they break through the barriers and allow themselves to love once again? After all, sometimes reality is much sweeter than fantasy.