Happy Sunday everyone!! Today, I’ll be sharing another excerpt from my upcoming release, The Evolution Of Love, which will be released on Feburary 24th! This is another Love, Life, & Happiness spin-off, and it is Elise’s story.
In this story, Elise will be facing a lot of issues in her life, including where her relationship is heading with her current boyfriend, Jared; her unresolved feelings for her ex, Dante; and the reappearance of her mother, Jackie.
This story will have a lot of surprises as well as previews for future stories, including a spin-off with Carla’s cousin, Mika, and a holiday story with the entire crew.
Here’s an unedited preview from Elise’s POV. Enjoy!
“Are you excited for your big day?”
I smiled at my sister Cheryl while adjusting my veil. I couldn’t believe this day has actually come. My wedding day. This has been a long time coming, but I’m glad it happened the way it did. I took my time to meet the perfect guy and now, I’m happy.
“Is everything in place? You know how I am with being organized.”
“Yes, everything is fine. Just worry about marrying that fine ass man of yours.” My best friend, Kimberly Martin said while touching up my lip gloss. She’s the best make-up artist around who I have known since we were kids. She knew how my life was and has been there for me through it all. She has been my support system, which I always appreciated.
“Which I can’t wait for.” I said and giggled.
“You deserve it, Elise. He’s the perfect man for you.” My cousin, Riana said while handing me my bouquet of white and purple orchards. I took a deep breath and got up from my chair, taking one more look in the mirror.
“Are you nervous? If you are, just think about walking down that aisle and seeing your future husband. That should make all of those fears go away.” Cheryl said.
I smiled. “I’m actually pretty calm. I’m just excited for what’s in store.”
“What are you waiting for then. Go out there and marry your man!” Kimberly exclaimed.
I took another deep breath and went to the door. I walked down the long corridor, looking back to see if my bridesmaids were behind me, but no one was. I turned around, taking in all of the beautiful scenery of white lilies. I looked down at my wedding dress, which was a sleeveless gown decorated with a shrew of beaded pearls. The train was a little heavy for me, but I wanted this day to be perfect, so if I have to be uncomfortable, so be it.
I went to the end of the hall and saw my dad standing by the door to the chapel. He stared at me, giving me one of those proud father looks, as he held out his arm for me. My dad and I had a complicated relationship throughout the years, but I can say now that he has been there for me. I think that outweighed the issues we had in the past.
“You ready, E?”
I smiled. “Definitely.”
“Before we go in there, I just want to say how proud I am. You have become an exceptional woman and I’m proud to be your father.”
I was trying not to become emotional, but what my dad just said really touched me.
“I love you, sweetheart.”
“I love you too, Dad.”
I put my arm around his and he opened the door to the chapel. My wedding coordinator, Denise, was near the back, signaling me to wait before walking down the red rose petaled aisle. I guess she found a mistake and wanted to make sure it was fixed. Once she gave me the okay, my dad and I started to walk. I looked at the guests, not believing they were all here to celebrate this wonderful occasion. I was becoming nervous all over again, which I was trying to control. My groom was facing the reverend, which was weird to me considering he should be watching me walk down the aisle. Once I approached the altar, he turned around, giving me a sexy smile.
“You look gorgeous, Elise.”
I stared at him, taking in how good he looked in his tux. I looked over at his groomsmen, including my brother Kevin and smiled. Kevin gave me a displeased look and glanced towards the door.
“Thank you, Dante.”
“I can’t wait for you to be my wife.”
I blushed, realizing I can’t wait for him to be my husband. But there was something wrong with this picture. Why was I marrying Dante when I was with Jared?
I looked to the guests and saw Jared Crawford sitting in the front row with the actress, Bridgette Morris. My mind started to become scrambled, wondering what was going on.
“E, baby, what’s wrong?” Dante asked.
Before I could say anything, I slowly collapsed onto the aisle, realizing that maybe this was all a dream…
I quickly woke up, looking around me wondering where I was. I calmed myself realizing I was in my bed in my house. I looked to my side, forgetting that Jared was staying late at the tattoo shop and would come by later. He had his own key, so he could let himself in. I leaned back onto the pillow, still in shock over what I just dreamt. Why would I have a dream about Dante? I haven’t seen him in years. Not only that, but I’m with Jared now. I’m completely in love with him, so why would I be thinking about another man?
I lay back down, taking a deep breath, hoping that what I was dreaming was just that. It doesn’t mean anything, so I have nothing to worry about.
Or do I?