Hi everyone!! There’s still a couple of minutes left in Sunday as I give to you all a sample of the In Love With My Best Friend spin-off, The Love Chronicles. I know a lot of you are patiently waiting for this book as Andie (Camille and Trevor’s daughter) and Dexter (Tia and Charles’ son) have their own story as they tackle being high school seniors, preparing for their futures, and falling in love.
I can say with this story is that I’m enjoying writing this story and seeing the growth in both Andie and Dexter as their slowly embrace the feelings they have for each other as well as thinking ahead about their lives after high school.
Here is the prologue for the book as it is told through the eyes of a six-year-old Andie. Of course the excerpt is unedited.
I really hope you enjoy the sample! 🙂
“Can you believe how big they have gotten? Just yesterday, they were so tiny.” My Aunt Tia said while hugging Dexter. He gave a grumpy expression which made our parents laugh.
“They’re not going to be babies forever. Before you know it, they’ll be in high school begging us for a car and money. That I’m not looking forward to.” My uncle Charles admitted.
“I for one will be excited to see our kids grow up to be exceptional young adults. Can you imagine if they will follow in our footsteps?” My mom asked while looking into my eyes.
You all are probably wondering how I can be having thoughts at this exact moment. It’s quite simple: I’m just smart for my age. That’s what my parents say anyway. But I guess it’s true since I am in the top of my 1st grade class, know all of my alphabet and numbers past 300, know vocabulary that even some adults doesn’t know, and know a few words and phases in Spanish, French, and I’m learning Chinese. Pretty impressive for a six-year-old, but I know later in life all of this will come in handy for me.
While I’m too smart for my own good, Dexter, on the other hand, is your typical child. All he cares about is playing with his Transformers, getting into his parents’ stash of “toys,” and tearing up everything in sight. Even though he’s up there with me in the learning process, his attitude truly stinks for a kid. His parents has to constantly come up to the school for his behavior. His dad even gave him time-out in front of the class. Of course that made him more upset, but Uncle Charles doesn’t care. He figured that’s what he calls, “tough love.”
While Dexter is a handful, his sister, Regina, is a year younger than the two of us and is also quite the character. Between those two, I don’t know how Aunt Tia and Uncle Charles can handle them.
I glanced at her as she was giving a mischievous grin at her parents as her hands were covered with paint. She was about to place them onto the white couch when her mom gave her a look reading “not going to happen.”
“I know one thing for sure, both of our kids will surely be gorgeous. They’re gorgeous now, but we’ll have to keep a close eye on them when they’re older.” My mom said.
“That’s why I have my shot gun ready for any boy who breaks my daughter’s heart.” My dad confessed while giving a wide grin.
“Stop it, Trevor! It won’t go that far. Will it?”
He shrugged as he began looking at something on his iPad.
My parents have been the best of friends since they were kids themselves. My parents met while they were staying next door to each other while Aunt Tia and Uncle Charles were their best friends. Even at my young age I have heard the stories of how they all met so many times I have literally turned blue in the face. Every time Dexter hears the story, he starts to cry. That’s why I called Tia and Charles aunt and uncle since the two are like sister and brother to my parents. That part I understood.
My mom stared into my eyes again and smiled. “You’re going to be something special, my sweet Alexandra. You already are, but you’re going to be a force to be reckon with.”
“Just like our children. I can definitely see Regina as an artist. I mean, look at her now.” Aunt Tia said while staring at her. She was busy making a mess with her paints on a piece of drawing paper.
“As for our boy, Dexter. I can see him as an athlete. Maybe a football player.” Aunt Tia continued.
“Why does he have to be an athlete? He can follow in his old man’s footsteps and be an accountant.”
“Yes, a wealthy accountant since you’re the accountant to the stars now.” My dad teased.
“Hey, those wealthy clients is what footing this house.”
“And my event planning business doesn’t? If you recall, my clients are the same ones that you offer services to.” Aunt Tia whined.
Uncle Charles gave her a smirk while she gave one back.
“And I thought Andie, Regina, and Dexter were the only three kids in the room. You two are close to 40 and still act immature.” My mom said.
“He started it.” Aunt Tia mumbled.
“Yeah, just immature.” Dexter said and giggled.
Everyone started to laugh as Aunt Tia shook her head. “This boy is going to give us a heart attack one day with his mouth.”
“He’s just being expressive. It’s nothing wrong with that.” My mom said.
“Please. Just the other day at school he asked his teacher what was a mistress. What six year old says that?”
“Your child.” My dad said and laughed.
“Of course the director blames Charles and I for the incident since he figured we were the ones who taught him that word.”
“I learned it from Scandal.” Dexter said and smiled.
“Simple, just don’t watch adult programming. Why was he up at that time anyway?” My mom asked.
“I was watching it on DVR. The school basically think Charles and I are unfit since Dexter’s always getting into trouble. He can’t control what he says in class. We punish him for it, but he still does it.”
“Grandma says I am opinionated. What that means?” Dexter asked.
“You’ll know eventually.” Aunt Tia said.
“I wondered, what if Andie and Dexter dated. Wouldn’t it be awkward considering they grew up together and live next door to each other?” my dad asked.
“The two are like brother and sister. They would never date.” Uncle Charles said.
“You never know. It happened with you two.” Aunt Tia said while pointing at my parents.
“True. I guess only time will tell.”
Dexter looked at me and we both shook our heads.
“Just know that these will definitely be a handful, especially Dexter.” My dad said while glancing at him. He was on the floor trying to pull apart Uncle Charles’ phone as he went over to get it from him.
“He took it from my pocket!” he exclaimed.
“Why is Mommy fighting with herself on the bed?”
My parents looked confused as Dexter gave an innocent look. Uncle Charles looked at his phone and turned bright red.
“Oh shit!” he yelled.
“Oooh, Daddy said a bad word!” Dexter said while pointing.
“What was…Oh my God!” Aunt Tia said while putting a hand to her mouth. “I thought you deleted that picture!”
My parents were laughing as Aunt Tia and Uncle Charles were arguing. I looked at Dexter, who looked at me and smiled. Even at my young age, I knew my family was a bit dysfunctional, but I think I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope that Dexter and me can be friends forever. Or at least hangout like we do now. I just hope things doesn’t change.
Little did I know, nothing in life last forever…