I nicked another meme from FaceBook today. But this one is special…a reminder of the men, who cannot be with their families today because they are protecting and serving ours. Goddess bless, protect and honor them, their special partners, who also make such sacrifices…and those precious little ones who are missing Daddy today.
And as another sneak preview…meet Commander Daniel Monroe, US Navy SEAL…and single dad to four beautiful little girls…
Daniel rolled over slowly in his bed. It took a moment for him to place where he was. It always did. His dreams were sometimes more vivid than reality, whether of smoke-filled battle fields or limp, lifeless blondes. This morning, in particular, the confusion hung over him. He ran a hand across his face as if to clear the cobwebs from his brain.
Pancakes? He smelled pancakes. But that made no sense, his mother had not made pancakes since he was in kindergarten. Eggs, bacon, toast, a hearty man’s breakfast that his father adored, but not pancakes.
Then he remembered. The woman. Jill was her name. The events of the previous day came flooding back like lava flow after a volcanic eruption. She had flown thousands of miles to marry him based upon emails he had not even written. The idea seemed ridiculous and flighty, but from what little he had seen of her, she seemed anything but the type of woman he would expect to do something so…crazy.
Rolling over he looked at the digital clock on the nightstand next to his bed. Nine thirty-eight.
“What the fuck?” he spat. He never slept past oh-six-hundred. Not in years. Not even on vacation. It was programmed into his mind and body. His alarm clock was more for show than functionality.
The girls. What about them? Where were they? Worse yet, what had they gotten into? Even if she was up and cooking pancakes, the girls did not know Jill. How could she manage three children under the age of six and make breakfast?
Daniel’s senses were immediately at attention, his mind racing with horrific images of disasters, each worse than the last. Three little girls could cause more trouble than a terrorist sleeper cell. He threw back the blankets and raced down the hall towards the kitchen, not even considering his attire.
The Arrangement by Tara Neale out on Amazon for the 4th of July 2015.