Simon’s Turn (Simon talks back)

Chapter 21 “Yes you are, Niki.  You’re wrecking our home.” Simon, seated across from me in the family room hadn’t moved a muscle, but the power of his words hit me like a punch to the stomach: breathless, and unable to speak. My bravado was gone. Defeated, I crumpled into the chair, fighting back tears. […]

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Small and Scattered (Niki makes another decision)

Chapter 20 The next day was Saturday. Simon and a buddy drove the rig with the jet skis back to the dealer. I hadn’t slept well. I kept telling myself: It’s no big deal; anyone can have a lapse in judgment. People spend more money than they make all the time. I shouldn’t get so […]

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Different Sides of The Family Room (Niki talks to Simon)

Chapter 19 I fumed in the car while Simon loaded Maddie into his. He knows me well enough to realize how furious I am, but neither of us wants to have an argument in front of our daughter, or in the driveway where the neighbors will hear. So I smiled with gritted teeth while waving […]

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