Family Secrets
by DeAnn Daley Holcomb
Family Secrets is a heartbreaking, humorous and compelling story of the lives of three women, Charlene, Emma Cherie and
Here is an excerpt.  Enjoy!

Someone was in the guest bathroom so Jennalee decided to use Aunt Charlene’s bathroom.  The hallway leading to her aunt’
s bedroom was dark and before Jennalee knew it, there he was.
Lucas was leaning up against the wall next to Charlene’s bedroom.
“I’ve been waiting for you.  I want to talk to you,” Lucas said as he reached out to grab Jennalee’s arm.
Lucas was so fast Jennalee couldn’t get away from him.  She didn’t want to see him or talk to him.  She had been avoiding
Lucas at the party all night.
Lucas pulled her close against him, pushing her against the wall, as he leaned in and put his face in Jennalee’s hair,
breathing in her scent.
Jennalee tried to push him away but he was too strong.  Before she could get away, he crushed his mouth down on her mouth
and kissed her like they had never been apart.
Jennalee pushed against Lucas with all her might and he released his lips from her.
“Lucas let go of me right this minute,” Jennalee said in a trembling voice.
Suddenly, tears formed in her eyes, Jennalee couldn’t explain why, but she wanted to get away.  Being so close to Lucas,
looking into his face, his blonde hair and blue eyes, his hands that held her, he was a man now, not the nineteen year old she
fell in love with.  The feelings and pain came roaring back, crushing her heart. Jennalee had to escape.
“Lucas, I mean it, stop touching me and let me go!
“Jennalee, I’m sorry, please forgive me,” Lucas said in a raised voice.  He stepped back and leaned against the opposite side
of the hallway.
Jennalee raised her hand and slapped Lucas hard across the cheek.
“That’s right; you are sorry—just like someone else I know!” Jennalee screamed at him.  “Leave me alone!”
Jennalee ran down the hall and out the front door.  She stopped at the bench on the front porch.  Some people were visiting
and laughing in the front yard and they turned and looked up at Jennalee.  She waved back and they resumed there
conversation. After a few moments, she walked down the porch steps in search of Lance.  She had to get away from this
house and Lucas.

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