Today, I would like to share with you an excerpt from BeJeweled: What A Tangled Web We Weave. This book was originally supposed to come out in the fall, but due to life it had to be placed on hold. It's still coming this spring and I just want to share with you, what you can expect...
BEJEWELED: WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE (2nd Book in Series) EXCERPT:
“So Mami, a little birdie told me you’re expecting un bebé,” Gabriela announced in a somewhat loud voice.
“Shhh,” Nikki warned, putting a finger to her lips and frowning at her cousin.
“What’s the secret? Doesn’t Aunt Gianna know?” Sofia asked.
“Yes, she knows, but her husband doesn’t,” Yamile explained, crossing her arms in front of her and turning her lips down in disapproval.
“What?” Valentina hollered out.
“Shh, keep your voices down,” Sofia warned. “So, chica what’s going on?” she asked, wanting to get to the bottom of it.
“Sofia, you don’t wanna know,” Yamile said, shaking her head and sighing deeply.
“Look, I haven’t told my husband yet, because there’s some things I have to work through. It’s complicated,” Nikki replied in a soft voice. These women, she could drop her guard with; these women, she didn’t have to be strong with. They knew the frightened little girl she had been, the defiant teenager she grew to, and the glowing young woman she had become in her earlier years. But she didn’t want to share the complications surrounding her pregnancy. They weren’t aware of the troubles her marriage endured now, and she had extracted a promise from Yamile that she would never tell anyone. But they knew her heart.
“Todo va estar bien, mi amor,” Sofia declared, clucking her tongue and patting Nikki on the back.
“How can you say it’s going to be okay when she hasn’t told her husband?” Valentina asked with outrage.
“Because, chica, she has to work this out the best way she knows how. It’s not for us to tell her,” Sofia argued back at her older sister.
“Are you thinking of leaving him or something?” Valentina asked.
“No! I wouldn’t leave my husband; I love him too much,” Nikki expressed.
They had gathered outside on the back deck of her mother’s home and kept looking at the door to make sure no one had approached.
“Then why not tell him about the bebé?” Valentina asked.
“Valentina, leave well enough alone. She obviously doesn’t want to discuss it,” Gabriela said, waving her sister off.
Suddenly, as if a light bulb went off in her head, Valentina sucked in a deep breath and placed her hand to her chest. “It’s not his baby, is it?”
No one had to say another word, the way Nikki and Yamile’s eyes suddenly grew large told the whole story.
“Oh, Mami, what are you going to do?” Sofia asked.
“Does Aunt Gianna know?” Valentina continued to drill. “This is going to be the death of her!” she exclaimed.
“No, it’s not, because you won’t say a word, and neither will anyone out here! If Nikki decides to tell anyone, it will be her decision, and not ours. Is that understood?” Yamile asked with a ferocity reserved for protecting her older sister.
“But she took vows to that man!” Valentina declared.
“And he took vows to her, too! You have no idea what she’s been going through in her marriage, so don’t you dare judge her. If you want to pretend like your life is perfect, then fine. But don’t dare take my sister through anything more than she already has been through! You haven’t been home in years, and now you come back and want to pass judgment on someone? How dare you!” Yamile was huffing and puffing with anger.
“Stop, both of you! It’s Christmas, and this isn’t how we’re going to spend this day. We’re familia and we support familia. Now, I don’t know what you’ve been through, or the circumstances around this bebé, but I know that I love you, and if you need me, I’m here. I believe whatever you and Carlos are going through, you’ll work it out. And Yamile, you’re right, it’s not for us to pass judgment. But at some point, Nekana, you have to be truthful with that man. You cannot deceive him or raise the bebé in deceit. I really wish you the best, and I am so sorry that the situation is what it is. But we’re going to celebrate today. And you two are going to hug and make up, because you love one another, is that understood?” Gabriela stood between Valentina and Yamile trying to regain control of the situation before they drew attention to themselves.
They both stood with arms crossed and an attitude of contempt towards one another. “I mean, now!” Gabriela declared.
Valentina made the first move towards her cousin, and they exchanged apologies and hugs.
“By the way, we never said it wasn’t his bebé; we’re just unsure if it is or not.”
“Mi Dios!” Valentina exclaimed.
“We’re going to love you and your little one regardless,” Sophia stated with a loving smile on her face as she stretched forth her hand to rub Nikki’s belly.
“Look, we have to get back in, because everyone’s going to be looking for us soon,” Gabriela stated. “And we’re going back in with peace and love, ladies.”
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