IT’S WEDNESDAY AND ANOTHER SLICE OF LUDLOW LIFE
(THIS ONE IS BY SPECIAL READER REQUEST)
Nico picking up the twins from Montessori School
*While he straps Sophia into her car seat, he spots skinned knees*
“What happened?” Nico asks as he drives away, eyeing Sophia in the rear view mirror.
“Nothing. I tripped.”
“Evan Brown pushed her,” Luca pipes up.
“Perche?” Nico asks.
“Sophia kissed him. He didn’t like it,” Luca says.
*Nico gives his daughter the stink eye*
“Haven’t we talked about kissing boys? Haven’t we talked about germs?”
“I LIKE kissing,” Sophia says with a jerk of her chin.
“And I said, No Kissing Boys,” Nico growls.
“Evan’s my boyfriend.”
“No boyfriends,” Nico thunders.
“I want a boyfriend. Evan’s my boyfriend,” Sophia says, her voice rising.
*Luca’s eyes go big*
“I will speak with Evan’s papa…” Nico says through gritted teeth.
“NO!” Sophia shrieks.
“Si!” Nico roars like a bull. “His son pushed you. You are hurt…”
“Sophia started it,” Luca says, more than happy to throw his sister under the bus.
*Nico eyes his son*
“Why did you not protect your sister?”
*Luca gives him a face that clearly says, ‘Are you kidding me?’*
“Evan is my friend. He told Sophia to stop, but she didn’t, so he pushed her.”
“A man protects his famiglia…” Nico begins in a tone that means business.
“I’m not a man. I’m five,” Luca says with a ruthless logic.
*Good point. Nico turns his attention to his daughter*
“Kissing boys will make you sick. Your teeth will fall out,” Nico says.
*Sophia narrows her eyes*
“You kiss mama all the time,” the daughter from hell says.
“We are married. We are adults.”
“Evan’s papa told him if he keeps kissing Sophia his willy will fall off, ” Luca says.
*Nico thanks God Evan’s papa is on the same page*
“Si,” He growls. “And it won’t grow back.”
“I’ll just get another boyfriend,” Sophia the invincible says.
“You will not!” Nico roars. “That’s it. You are moving schools. Girls only. No boys.”
*As the car comes to halt at The Dower House, a smiling Bronte opens the door. Baby Eve is perched on her hip heroically sucking a soother. The baby’s eyes pop as a weeping Sophia races past them, and clatters up the stairs. Luca drops his schoolbag at Bronte’s feet and buries his head in her belly for a hug. Nico, with a face like a thundercloud, approaches his wife. He takes the baby, plants a kiss on a hot cheek*
“That child will be the death of me,” he says.
*Bronte takes a wild guess* “She flushed your cell phone down the toilet?”
“No. She’s kissing boys.”
“Ah, don’t worry about it,” Bronte says.
*Nico looks at her as if she’s lost her mind, so Bronte smacks a kiss on his mouth to shut him up*
“She’s testing her boundaries. What did you say to make her cry?”
“Girls only school.”
*Bronte shakes her head*
“Bad idea. If she’s restricted from boys until she’s eighteen, she’ll be like a heat seeking missile of mass-male-destruction. Think totally insane, and out of control.”
“She is already out of control,” Nico growls.
“She’ll grow out of it. Don’t look so miserable, daddy, this too shall pass.”
*Nico grabs her in a lip-lock that lasts, and lasts, and… He shifts to rest his forehead on hers*
“Si. I can do this. I am Italian.”
Isn’t this fun?
Stay tuned for the cover reveal of SEAN book ten of the Ludlow Hall Romances, with lots more to come. AND a top seekrit project I’m dying to tell you about coming later in the year.