I never believe what I don’t want – Friday Fiction

By Bette Lee Crosby / September 26, 2014

I never believe what I don’t want – Friday Fiction

I never believe what I don’t want to be true. I fool myself into thinking
something will change. The truth could walk up and smack me in the
face, and I still wouldn’t recognize it. I pushed the possibility of
moving aside and told myself Clay would never do something like that.
But that was before I heard the determination in his voice. Now I know
he’s set on doing it. He’s so preoccupied with looking across the
horizon that he’s lost sight of what’s right here in front of him.

For Clay, Florida is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But
the reality is a rainbow has no end. It’s just a patch of promise in the
sky. At times it looks close enough that you think you can chase it
down. But if you try that rainbow disappears as quickly as it came, and
you’re left with nothing. I know, because my daddy spent his life
chasing rainbows, and when he died all he left behind was an angry
wife and an orphaned daughter.

After all our years of being together, I thought Clay would have a
better feeling for what’s inside my heart. I never want to leave here.
It’s the only place I’ve ever truly belonged. It’s not the biggest house
or the fanciest house, but it’s our house. I love having the kids close
enough to hug, having a granddaughter whose eyes light up when she
sees me. I love having my friends close by and being part of their lives,
just as they’re part of mine.

Yes, I love Clay too. But why should loving him mean that I have
to give up all the other things in my life?

Maybe Billie is right. Maybe it’s time for me to face up to the

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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