Joanna Anderson Campbell lived the perfect life ... loving daughter and sister, loyal friend, faithful wife, and devoted mother. She was happy and content. What more could she have asked for? Life could not have been better. At least ... that's what she believed. Until she died. Can death teach the most valuable lessons about life? Jo Campbell is about to find out.
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Chapter 26: Anger
I was hurt and you damn well know it. My mother had just died for God’s sake. Now Max tells me this, without any warning, and I’m expected not to react emotionally? Is that what you’re saying?
“Never. I would never ever deny you the right to be emotional. But you owed it to yourself and to Max to be honest with him, and you weren’t. It was fight or flight, and you picked both. Like a spoiled brat. Well done.”
I am seething. Absolutely livid. I feel like I did when this journey with Soul first started. I loathe her. Absolutely loathe her.
“Of course you do. Because you hate yourself for how you acted. You have never been able to straight up admit that you just might be wrong. I mean, really? You beat Max with a big stick and then he tells you he loves you and wants to marry you? What the hell is that? You never could resolve that, so you just ignored it and went with the upside. Well I’m holding your fingers to the fire now, girlfriend. We go nowhere, forward or backward, until you own this. Are we understood?
You will NOT tell me what I need to do. I will shut this down right now.
“And what exactly will that get you? Will your white knight Max ride out to rescue you now Jo? I doubt it since he doesn’t know where you are. You don’t even know where you are. So get over yourself and deal with this. I’m getting tired of telling you, propping you up, trying to make you see that you were human, that people didn’t let you down any more than you let them down. So get yourself together and stop feeling sorry for yourself. Tell me why you hurt Max the way you did, tell me why he should have asked you to marry him? To save you from your pity party?”
About the author:
Kathi Haacke Morehead makes her fiction debut with WHITE NIGHT. She is the author of HEART BLEED: Letting go and stanching the flow, and THE BEST FROM THE CHEAP SEATS. She has also written numerous articles for Mind Body Green, and Boomeon. She also blogs daily at A View From the Cheap Seats Today. Kathi lives in Brunswick with her husband Dave and their four finicky felines. Her motto is "love and laugh!"
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