The Right Choice
Book 2: Happily Ever After… By Any Means Necessary Series
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HEA Book 2: The Right Choice
Andrea Cooper, a stay at home mom, was out of a job when her sons went off to college. She turned to her husband Christian for companionship, but he had his hands full with an expanding company. Andrea is alone for the first time in years with nothing to do and no one to care for. In search of a new life she ran into her first love, Raymond Reyes. Christian spends more time away from home as she renews her friendship with Ray. After a while Andrea can’t help but wonder if she made the right choice in marrying Christian after all.
“Honey, are you awake?” she whispered near his ear.
“Hmm, yeah, baby. What’s wrong?” he asked on a yawn.
“Christian, what do I do now?”
“Hmm, about what, honey?”
“I mean, now that the children are gone. What do I do now?”
He scratched his head and stretched. “Well, honey, you can do whatever you want. What do you want to do?”
“That’s just it. I don’t know. We got married while we were still in college. Once I was pregnant we decided I should stay at home with the twins. I never finished with my degree.”
“You were a wonderful mother. I hope you’re not regretting that decision now.”
“No, honey, of course. I wouldn’t change what we’ve done for anything. I cherish every moment I spent with them as they were growing up, but they’re grown now. James and Jerimiah have gone off to college,” she emphasized pointing to the door. “That part of my life is done and I have no idea what to do next,” she concluded letting her hand drop to her side.
Christin nodded as he tried to stifle another yawn. “Okay, well why not go back to school. You have the time and we have the money. You could finish your degree or get something else.”
She waved away his words. “Oh, Christian, I’m too old to go back to school.”
“Sweetheart, that’s nonsense. One is never too old to learn.”
Andrea tapped her chin. “Well, maybe, but who would hire me? Companies are hiring young people out of school so they can get as many years out of their employees so they can. I’m coming on fifty very fast. That puts me behind the eight ball in the job market,” she concluded sadly.
Christian nodded unable to dispute her words. “If you decide to return to school, we will think of something sweetheart.”
“Well, we used to plan to do things together once the children were out of the house.” She leaned over to hug his shoulder. “We talked about traveling and spending more time together as a couple, Christian.”
“Yes, honey, and we’re still going to do all that. As soon as this building is up and running we’ll start making hard plans for us, okay?” He kissed her forehead. “I promise.”
Andrea smiled. “All right, sweetheart. I’ll continue to be patient. Christian, since we’re up could we—”
He turned over, scooting away from her. “No, honey, not tonight,” he said quickly. “I have to be up early and my sleep pattern is already broken. Good night, honey. I love you.”
Andrea laid back letting out an exasperated breath as Christian’s snores filled the room.
“Love you, too, Christian,” she murmured.
Andrea beat her pillow in frustration to fluff it adding another mark to the negative side of her mental chart.