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DEFYING RULES

I’m back with another snippet of this story after spending two weeks in the wonderful country of New Zealand.

A little reminder: in the previous posts Addy returned home from work to find her house broken in. Ethan drove coincidently drove by and stopped to see how she was going. I moved forward a little to the moment he knocks at her door later that night.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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She (Addy) sighed. “Honestly, I’m fine. If anything, I’m disappointed and angry.”
He nodded, fully understanding where she was coming from. It’d probably the same thoughts he’d be having if he were in the situation. Anger and frustration at the fact that someone had intruded on his privacy.
Gently pushing away from him, she looked up and met his gaze. “Anyway, this is the spare bed. Apologies for the mess, but—”
He held up his hand. “No worries. It’ll do just fine for the night.”
“Good night,” she said before heading to her own room.
There was enough space for Ethan’s swag on the floor. It didn’t take him long to unpacked it. Then he went in search for the bathroom.
As exhausted as he was, sleep didn’t come easy. He thought of the past and the many times he’d slept in his swag in Nick’s room after a fight with Skye. Staring at the ceiling, he wondered about her. Where she was or what she was doing with her life nowadays. Did she have a family? Was she married? Did she think of Nicholas occasionally? He thought of Jack, whose ex-wife had left with their son twenty years ago. Jack had pined for his son every single day. Would Nick try to find his mother when he’d be older? Ethan wasn’t able to remember a time they’d talked of Skye. Although he felt guilty at that moment, the situation had never come up, and Nick had never shown any interest. He remembered the time his boy was in Grade 1 at school, and the class activity was to create something for Mother’s Day. The young boy had eagerly crafted a beautiful basket with toiletry items and given it to Emily. Ethan had not only been relieved, but proud as well. Proud of his son to have tackled the situation with such ease.
Despite all the thoughts going through his head, he must’ve fallen asleep after all, because the next thing he knew was, he was jolted out of sleep, woken instantly by a scream from somewhere in the house. Adrenaline shot through him as he struggled to get out of his swag.

 

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DEFYING RULES

A little reminder: in the previous posts Addy returned home from work to find her house broken in. Ethan drove coincidently drove by and stopped to see how she was going. I moved forward a little to the moment he knocks at her door later that night.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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Fifteen minutes later, Ethan stood in front of Addison’s house and knocked at the door. He’d thought of giving her a quick call before showing up unannounced, but had forgotten in the rush of getting organised. The house was lit up like a Christmas tree, and he assumed she was home, but wasn’t a hundred percent sure. He’d be disappointed, of course, but possibly more relieved that she was with somebody.
About to knock again, he stopped midway when the door opened a fraction. Just enough for Addison to peer through the small gap. Her beautiful blue eyes seemed tired and leery.
“Ethan?”
“Can I come in?”
She blinked a couple of times and noticed his swag. “Why?”
“I appreciate your attitude to handle this on your own, but—”
“I’m fine, Ethan.”
“I know you are and I know it’s very selfish in a way, but—”
“I don’t know you.”
The corners of his mouth twitched in the attempt to hold back a smile, despite some frustration growing within him. “That’s the second time you’ve interrupted me. I want to help. Is it so hard to understand that? I feel uncomfortable with the idea that someone broke into your house, and you’re on your own.”
“For all I know you could be —”
He lifted a questioning eyebrow.
Addison let out soft laugh, and damn if that didn’t do a number on his thoughts. “I know, far-fetched, but—” She hesitated, but stepped back after a moment to let him in. “Okay, there’s a spare bed in the back room.”

 

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DEFYING RULES

A little reminder in on of the previous posts, Addy returned home from work to find her house broken in. I’ve edited it a bit to keep it shorter.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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Ethan gave his friend a rundown of the break-in at Addison’s and her persistence to stay in the house on her own despite him offering her to stay in the hotel or his place, ending with the explanation that he was concerned about her being on her own.
“I’m not sure how it’ll go down with her, but I thought I’d grab my swag and head over there.”
“No worries mate. Drop off Nick over here. Emily will love having him around and watch a movie with him.”
“Thanks mate. I owe you.”
“You do indeed. Mainly an explanation about your interest in her. Emily told me she’s suspicious—”
“Gossip. All gossip.”
Connor laughed. “I’ll see you in a few.”
After a quick talk to Nick, with as little detail as possible, but as much to satisfy the boy’s curiosity, Ethan and his son drove over to Connor’s house. The boy was happy the situation resulted in a sleep over at his dad’s friend. Even more so with Emily around. She usually spoilt him rotten.

 

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DEFYING RULES

A little reminder in on of the previous posts, Addy returned home from work to find her house broken in. I’ve edited it a bit to keep it shorter.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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He <Ethan> understood, of course he did, and although it made sense to him, there was a part in him that still worried. There was a background noise on the other end of the line, and he wondered what she was doing. Then he realised she was checking doors and windows. Uncomfortable with the idea that she was in the house on her own, he said, “I’ll leave my phone on overnight, could you promise me to call if you need to?”
“I appreciate your offer. And yes, I promise.”
“Addison, are you really sure you’ll be right?”
He heard a soft laugh. “Yes, I’m really sure. Anyway, I’d better get going. I haven’t had dinner, yet.”
“Please take care.”
“I will. Thanks Ethan.”
Instead of watching the movie with his son, he finished cleaning up the kitchen, still not able to stop thinking of Addison being alone in the house. Annoyed with himself for not letting it go, he kept telling himself that he was overreacting. Yet, the whole situation was bizarre. They rarely had break-ins in Fermosa Bay. Usually they’d been opportunistic burglaries which would’ve have been easily preventable or a break-in to get quick money. This one, however, didn’t seem to fit into either of the categories. Nothing was stolen, but a big mess was created.
He opened the fridge to check the amount of eggs and bacon for their breakfast the next morning when his gaze fell on the school’s newsletter with Addison’s picture in it. Leaning against the bench, he closed his eyes focussing on her image from earlier in the day in his mind. Tears running down her cheeks, and her small body against his.
Raking his left hand through his hair, he grabbed his phone with the other and gave Connor a call.
“How are you?” his friend asked.
“I need a favour, mate. Emily still with you?”

 

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DEFYING RULES

A little reminder in the last post, Addy returned home from work to find her house broken in.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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Not to mention the rumours that spread easily in this town. No way did she want the Principal to find out that she stayed at a parent’s house – innocently or not.
Shaking her head, she whispered, “I can’t do that.”
“Have you got a friend you can stay with?”
“I’ve called my parents. Mum will come tomorrow.”
The long exhale told her he still wasn’t happy with the situation, but she’d made her decision, and he should respect that. After all, he was … a parent. A caring parent indeed, but she didn’t really know him. And if nothing else had come out of her relationship with Ryan, she had learnt how to stand up for herself.
“I’ll be fine,” she insisted.
With his hand on her back, Ethan gave her a gentle push towards the door.
He nodded again. “I believe that. You’re still not staying.”
She stopped and everything inside her tensed. On the verge of being annoyed, or even well and truly past that, she met his gaze. “Look, I don’t need a babysitter. I’m big enough to look after myself.”
He held up his hands and gave a slow nod, with only his eyes reflecting his tension. “No worries.” And without another word, he turned and left.
A flicker of guilt shot through her. She hadn’t meant to be so abrupt, but with the stress over the last two hours and his perseverance, it’d come out that way. She wanted to call out for him and apologise, because she remembered only five minutes earlier he’d hugged her during her first breakdown.

 

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DEFYING RULES

A little reminder in the last post, Addy returned home from work to find her house broken in.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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“Let’s go inside and pack a few things,” he whispered and if she hadn’t been so upset, she was sure she’d shuddered at the sound of his voice.

“I’m fine,” she sobbed into his chest. “I’d rather be here than in a small hotel room.”

She sensed him nod his head. “Fair enough. I’ve got a spare room in my house. Can we settle you there for a few days?”

A thousand thoughts ran through her head. The idea of sleeping in a stranger’s house, whether or not she knew his son, the bottom line was she didn’t know Ethan. She remembered how Officer Clark’s expression had changed to a friendly chuckle as soon as he’d seen Ethan, and their conversation had seemed like one between very good friends.

And yet, she still wasn’t able to go. Because one idiot tried to scare her by breaking in, didn’t mean she would let the person scare her and run straight away. The knowledge that the thief didn’t find anything made her hold onto the hope he wouldn’t come back again.

Not to mention the rumours that spread easily in this town. No way did she want the Principal to find out that she stayed at a parent’s house – innocently or not.

 

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

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DEFYING RULES

A little reminder in the last post, Addy returned home from work to find her house broken in.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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And, he was a school parent. A big reason to not think of him as an attractive man. Or think of him at all.
“Are you okay?” he asked.
With heat creeping up her cheeks, she figured he meant the break in and nodded.
He scratched the back of his head. “I’m not your nosy neighbour, don’t get me wrong, but I saw the police and remembered Nick telling me your family’s in Melbourne. Anything I can help you with?”
She sighed inwardly. Not only attractive, but very generous as well. Shaking her head, she replied, “I’m fine, but I appreciate your offer.”
“Will you be all right to stay here on your own? I’m sure we can organise a room at the hotel for a few nights.”
Something stirred inside. His caring nature and his generosity were so overwhelming, and possibly the stress of the previous two hours, she didn’t want to but she started to cry.
Ethan stepped even closer and gently drew her into an embrace. Common sense told her to pull away, but it was such a relief to finally be able to let out all the pent-up emotions. The tension, the fear, and her body’s betrayal at the wrong time.

 

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

#SnippetSunday – DEFYING RULES – 25/06/2017 #romance #love #freebie

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DEFYING RULES

For today’s snippet I moved a little forward again into Addy’s POV. She’s arrived at home after a day at the school

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

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Once she arrived home, she got out of her car and grabbed the mail from the letterbox before walking towards the door. The mobile buzzed in her bag and as she juggled the mail and the phone with both hands, she swiped the green answer key before the call would go to the answering service.
“Hello darling. How are you?”
A rush of warmth spread through Addy. She missed her mother and was looking forward to her visit over the following weekend. As much as she loved living in Fermosa Bay, being away from her parents was hard to get used to. Despite reminding herself that in her mid-twenty she shouldn’t fret so much about being away from her parents, she liked to think that it was because of their great relationship. After all, she was their only child. Her mother was unable to have more children after complications during her birth.
“I’m doing well. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday night.”
Her mother exhaled a small sigh. “Not happy?”
The question took her by surprise. Yes, she was happy in Fermosa. Of course, she didn’t expect to make half a dozen friends over night, but she missed a bit of company. Images of Ethan popped into her mind, and a little shiver ran down her spine. She’d seen him several times over the last few weeks when he picked up his son, but kept her distance, knowing how she ended up in Fermosa Bay in the first place. And yet, there was the awareness inside — or was it a hormone? — that nagged at her constantly hoping to have another conversation with him again.
In a bad attempt to focus on something else than Ethan, she walked back to the car, rearranged the mail in her hands, and took her bag from inside. “Of course, I’m happy. The children are gorgeous and the other teachers really nice.”
“Making friends?”
“Mu-um. That doesn’t happen overnight, but yes, I’ve been out with some girls and will start going to a book club next week.”
“How wonderful.”
“Anyway, mum, I only just got home. Was there anything in particular you want to tell me?” She added with a soft laugh, “‘Cause I haven’t even made it into the house, yet.”
“I’m sorry darling. No, I just called for a chitchat. You get inside, and I’ll see you on Friday. Can’t wait. Love you, Addy.”
“Love you more, Mum.”
She disconnected the call and managed to slip her phone into the bag. Miraculously, she was able to retrieve her keys without dropping anything. Then she stopped short of inserting the key into the door lock when she noticed it broken with the front door standing a few centimetres open. Her instincts told her to run, but she stood motionless. Slowly straightening up with her keys in her hand, she stared at the gap seeing a few of her belongings spread all over the floor. Listening. Yet, she wasn’t sure what for, though, scared there might be someone moving around inside. Instantly, an involuntarily wave of goose bumps crawled up her spine at the prospect the intruder was still in the house. With a flicker of fear rushing through her, she gave the door a little push. Her heart began to beat erratically, pulsing in her throat. Panicking, she ran back to the car while she retrieved the phone from her bag again. It took her three attempts to do the simple task of pressing zero three times and hit the talk button. With her heart still pounding, Addy huddled behind the car as she gave the police all the information, initially vague on details until she was calmed by the voice on the other end.

 

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4 starsThe Romance Review – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

#SnippetSunday – DEFYING RULES – 11/06/2017 #romance #love #freebie

 

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DEFYING RULES

For today’s snippet I moved a little forward again into Ethan’s POV. It’s the start of school assembly.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

Thanks … and enjoy 🙂

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Ethan watched his son walk along to the Assembly Hall, all excited about another year ahead. More so being in the new teacher’s class. It was a relief to see a smile on his son’s face, because the previous couple of weeks had been anything but easy for the boy. But over the last few days, Nick remembered about his new teacher and some of the troubles seemed forgotten. He’d been eager to meet Miss Ryker.
Actually, so had Ethan. He wondered whether there were rules not to drool over his son’s teacher. She’d caught his attention already at the Christmas concert in her tight pants and white T-shirt with the slogan Be aware of the new teacher. Not to mention the cute Santa hat she’d worn all afternoon despite the heat.
There was nothing better than a woman who was comfortable in her own skin as well as having a genuine love for children.
With all the patience in the world, she’d given each child her fullest attention during the Christmas concert and listened to it as if no one else mattered. It’d made him a little envious. Ethan had thought of introducing himself, but in the end, everyone had been too busy. It’d been a great afternoon. Nick had met Connor for the first time. His son had been so excited, he’d bombarded his old friend with a thousand questions. Fortunately, the boy had warmed up to Connor very quickly.
Assembly began with the National Anthem and pride rose within him as he watched his son sing along.
What would life have been without him?
Taking a deep breath, he thought how tough the summer break had been on both of them when he was brought back to the moment by somebody pointing the finger at Nick, “This is your son, right?”
Ethan looked straight into a pair of beautiful blue eyes.

 

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DEFYING RULES

For today’s snippet I moved a little forward again. A couple of weeks later, Addison has her first day at work, as a primary school teacher.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

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She followed Jax, the Grade 6 teacher, and Mary, the Prep teacher, out of the staff room and along the hall to attend the first day assembly. The noise of the excited children made her smile and excitement filled her as well. Addison went into her classroom filled with twenty-something little children, dressed in the uniform of green, forty-something eyes staring at her in anticipation.

She sighed deeply and knelt in front of the children. “Okay, my little ducklings. I know you’re all excited, and actually so am I, but I’m hoping you’ll be on your best behaviour.” She took the hand of the girl at the very front. “Hello pumpkin. Can you show me the way to the assembly hall?”

Nodding her small head, the girl said eagerly, “Yes, Miss—”

Addison winked at the little girl. “My name is Miss Ryker.”

“Yes, Miss Ryker.”

“Let’s go pumpkin. We’ll be right behind you.”

Addison followed her little herd of children into the assembly hall and watched them as they gave little hand waves to parents and some grandparents. One of the boys high-fived a man and as she looked up, her heart almost skipped a beat.

It was the dad with no name from the Christmas concert.

 

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