The heroine in my romantic comedy, I Do. . . or Die, is not someone who would celebrate Valentine's Day. Shelby likes to say she's had colds last longer than her relationships. However, she's developing some feelings for Ryan, the detective investigating who has been shooting at her. She's still not quite ready to admit that love is in the air:
“So how come you’ve never married, Shelby?”
The question caught me by surprise. There were so many things I could have said, but I gave him the old standby, deflecting the truth with humor, as usual.
“Probably because I’ve always been more interested in the honeymoon than the marriage part of things.”
It had a lot to do with my father, the professional gigolo. He always hated when I called him that, preferring the term “companion” or “special friend.”
Either way, it seemed I’d inherited from him my inability to commit—to a 9-to-5 job or to a mate. Hell, I’d never even had a pet. And plants? Like that would ever happen. I’d nearly broken out in hives when I had to sign a one-year lease for my apartment.
My father got the credit for that aspect of my personality. My mother had apparently forgiven him years ago, calling him a free spirit, choosing to pursue her artistic yens rather than my philandering father.
Luckily I was the only output of that particular marriage experiment gone awry.
I looked at Ryan, tempted to tell him a little bit about my crazy heritage, the source of my relationship phobias. I bit it back. That was the sort of detail you divulged to a longtime lover, not the current object of your carnal desires.
Which meant I’d never had to reveal that information.
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