In my short time as a blogger, I have made many meaningful relationships with authors. One of my first, however, was with TK Rapp. She is an amazing lovely person who also happens to be a wonderful writer. Her first book, Being There, is the story of Cass and Drew. Even though I read it almost a year ago, it is a story that has stayed with me and whose praises I cannot sing about loud enough. So I am ever so pleased to share this lovely story that TK has written just for us!
But before we get started, let’s get you acquainted with Cass and Drew.
When Cass Howard was young, she never dreamed she would have the perfect job, living in New York, with an amazing man by her side.
That’s a good thing…because none of that ever happened.
Drew Alexander was the one person who knew Cass better than almost anyone, and the friendship that developed in high school carried them to college. Despite the distance, their bond grew stronger, revealing to each of them what they meant to each other. A series of fleeting moments and a string of failed relationships helped them realize that what they really wanted, what they needed, was each other.
But that was five years ago, and sometimes things just don’t work out.
Now twenty-five, Cass finds herself living in Houston, working at a small publishing house as an editor. By most accounts, she appears happy, however she has managed to avoid a true relationship, opting to channel all of her energy on work, despite protests from her best friend.
The only thing that can drag her away is the annual girls’ weekend, which comes at the best possible time, because Cass has just learned life-altering news. With the most recent blow to her life looming overhead, will the getaway with her closest friends change her outlook on life? Or will her inability to put the past behind her stifle any chance she has of moving on? Will she ever be able to open up and let those who love her be there for her?
By T.K. Rapp
When I think back on the last two year, I’m amazed that we managed to end up where we are. Nights like tonight snuggled against Drew, watching the one television show we can agree on – everything feels right in the world.
My eyes are heavy, craving the sleep I’ve been missing when I hear the familiar noise filtering through the house.
“I got the baby, you rest,” Drew leans down and kisses the top of my head before shifting away from me.
“I don’t think I’ve heard a sexier offer in all my life.”
“Damn you’re easy,” he laughs.
“You would know,” I wink.
I could protest, insist that I can do it, but I’m too tired to do the martyr thing. He stands up and pulls the small blanket over me and covers my toes – he knows how I hate for them to be exposed – and walks down the hallway.
The baby was colicky for the first few months and only recently, started sleeping through the night. I swear I was checking in with the doctor every other day and probably driving him nuts. The new mom stuff was more than I bargained for. But things have gotten much easier now that we’ve hit the eight-month mark.
The monitor is on the coffee table and I hear Drew’s voice sounding through the tiny speaker.
“Shh, it’s okay. Daddy’s got you,” he coos. “What’s wrong with my little princess?”
Just like that, she stops crying. She’s definitely a daddy’s girl and has him wrapped around that chubby little pinky of hers. The moment we found out I was having a girl, Drew went nuts. He was freaking out about her bringing boys home, where she was going to attend college – we’re still fighting that one – and she wasn’t even here yet.
“You’re supposed to be asleep baby girl.”
She whimpers and the familiar sound of her sucking her thumb hits my ears.
“Ok. I’ll tell you a little story then.” He says. “Once upon a time – is that how it goes mommy?”
I laugh because he knows me so well. Or course I’m listening.
“There was a princess who was madly, insanely – slightly obsessively – in love with a stable boy. He was the most popular stable boy in all the land and looked after the princess to make sure no harm ever came to her. She was a fierce and strong princess, and everyone knew when it came her turn to rule, she would be wonderful.
What the princess didn’t know was that from the moment the stable boy saw her, he was madly, insanely – and slightly obsessively – in love with her too. He could have had any girl he wanted, but he wanted the princess, but she was too stubborn to go for it.”
I scowl at the monitor and he whispers, “it’s only a story mommy, relax.”
I laugh again and sit back to listen to more of his enchanted tall-tale and wrap the blanket over my shoulders.
“One day, the princess was taken off to a dark, scary place called, College Station, where brainwashing occurs, and only the strongest make it out alive. The stable boy was determined to save her, and bring her to the paradise, known as Austin.”
“Are you shitting me?” I say loud enough for him to hear through the house.
“Language mommy. If you don’t like the story, perhaps you’d like to join us?”
I hop off the couch to do exactly that and walk in to see Drew in the rocking chain with our sleeping baby in his arms.
“Well, at least she didn’t hear that horror story you were trying to tell her. My sweet girl might have had nightmares.” I reach down and scoop her into my arms and place a kiss to her forehead.
I sniff her head because I can never get enough of her baby scent – I want to keep it with me always.
“Cass, you need to put her in the bed if you want her to sleep,” he whispers and places a kiss to my cheek.
“Just a few more minutes. You go ahead; I’ll be there in a sec.”
“Did you say sex?”
I give him my, are you crazy look and he laughs as he leaves me in the room. The rocking chair is next to her bed, but the monitor is on the shelf over her crib. I grab the device and take it to the chair, baby in one hand, and monitor in the other.
“Want mommy to tell you the rest of the story?”
Or course she doesn’t answer, she’s a baby – and she’s asleep.
“The princess finally gave in to the persistent stable boy. They married and moved away to a far away land where people were constantly moving and every talked with a funny accent. Eventually, they had a little baby girl who was the apple of their eye and they were so very happy, and nothing would ever change that.”
I smile, thinking about how the rest of the story will go.
“But one day, the princess wasn’t feeling well so she went to the doctor. After running test upon test to make sure the princess was okay, the doctor told her that in less than seven months, she would have another baby to care for.”
I stand up and smile, kissing my sweet girl one more time before finally placing her in her crib. Her tiny arms are sprawled on either side of her head and mouth moves as if she’s still sucking her thumb.
“Sweet dream, Dru. Mommy and daddy love you.”
I walk out of her room and Drew is standing outside the door, leaning against the wall opposite of me.
“You’re pregnant?” he asks, a smile ghosting his lips. “You going to have another baby?”
He reaches out for me and pulls my hand so I am forced into his arms. I shake my head and watch the confusion show on his face.
“I’m having two babies.” I kiss his lips and walk away while he tries to recover from the shock. And hear a whisper leave him.
Copyright notice 2014.
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either product of the author’s imagination or are used fictiously. Any resemblance to actual events, places or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
All rights reserved. This contains material protected under International and Federal Copyright Laws and Treaties. Any unauthorized reprint or use of this material is prohibited. No part of this text may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system without express written permission from the author, T.K. Rapp.
T.K. Rapp was born and raised in Texas. She would have stuck around there forever, but her husband was in the U.S. Navy, so they moved every 18 months. However, she didn’t mind, because she had the opportunity to live on both coasts and met amazing people along the way.
Now, finally settled back in Texas…for good, she is able to pursue her writing. When she’s not at her desk, she enjoys being with her family, shooting and editing photographs, visiting with friends or just watching movies.
Mine To Lose
What happens when the fairy tale ends before it even begins?
Three years, two graduations, an engagement and a move to another, Emogen and Ryan are more in love than ever. He’s the one man she never expected to have and the only man she’s determined to keep. He’s her forever, and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for him.
Almost, that is.
Ryan announces that he’s accepted a job offer that requires yet another move. Angry he didn’t discuss his decision with her first, Emogen refuses to pack up and follow. She has a career, too, and she’s
not ready to give it up.
Although determined to make the long distance thing work, their lives and careers begin to take a toll on the relationship, leaving them to wonder if they’re doing the right thing.
Sometimes love isn’t enough.
When you lose the one thing you are certain of, will you fight to get it back? Or will you let it go?
MINE TO STEAL
In life and business, Trey Miller has always been the good guy. Nothing wrong with that, since it’s gotten him everywhere he has needed to be. His startup company is a success and growing so much that he is gaining the attention of larger corporations.
By all accounts, Trey has it all, but the one place he fails is love.
He thought he might have had something with Emogen Kane, but she was taken before he even had a chance. Now, he hides behind work, unwilling to take any risks in the love department.
When Trey finds himself vying for a huge account against Faith Young, he knows he’s going to have to play it tough to win. Faith is smart, attractive and rumor has it, she lands every account she goes after.
When Faith is thrown into his path at every turn, Trey starts to feel that it is more than a coincidence. Knowing that Faith has a boyfriend douses the flame that he was starting to feel, until he realizes that the guy might not at all be what he seems.
Trey let go once, but he’s determined to win it all this time. Does he have it in him to roll up his sleeves and get dirty? And if he does, will he finally end up with the girl?