The 101 on Love by Jennifer Youngblood EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Jennifer Youngblood
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THREE WEEKS EARLIER …
It’s for a good cause, I remind myself for the umpteenth time. Skeet is
gonna owe me BIG TIME for this one. The only reason why I agreed to
participate in this wretched bachelorette auction is to help bring
awareness to Skeet’s outreach program, which she started to help
underprivileged adolescents who need a place to go while their parents are at
work. Skeet’s program isn’t merely a daycare but more of an activity center
where teenagers enjoy hanging out.
I admire Skeet for her humanitarian efforts. Granted, Skeet is no Mother
Teresa. She’s more like Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, whose predictable life was
disrupted when Gandalf showed up at his door and set him off on his grand
adventure. Except, in Skeet’s case, her Gandalf came in the form of a grumpy
old man named Henry who took a liking to Skeet and left her his fortune with
the express instruction to use it to help other people. To Skeet’s credit, she’s
honoring Henry’s wishes and doing all that she can to help members of the
(I wish someone would have told me that when Henry set Skeet
down her altruistic path that I’d be on the hook too. Normally, I don’t mind
helping, but this auction has me squirming like I’m food for a colony of
fiendish fire ants.)
For a while there, Skeet and I could commiserate about being the only
two in our friend group who were still single. Now that Skeet is blissfully
married to her best friend, and my brother, Jasper, I’m all by my lonesome.
It’s a sad, dreary place to be. (Wonk. Wonk. Debbie Downer alert.) Gah, that
sounded pathetic. Okay, my life isn’t all THAT bad.
Despite my own problems, I’m thrilled beyond words that Skeet and
Jasper finally got together, and I’m proud to say that I helped the cause by
playing matchmaker. I was super invested in Skeet and Jasper’s relationship,
to the point where I got steaming mad at Skeet for a while there when it
didn’t seem like she was going to own up to her feelings about Jasper.
A humorless grin tugs at my lips as the psychology professor in me pipes
in, arguing that my getting wrapped up in Skeet and Jasper’s relationship was
a form of transference. I have a bad habit of living vicariously through other
people—wanting to help them find their happily-ever-after because my path
towards that destination has been blocked by an insurmountable obstacle.
Despondency clutches me in a tight grip as I think of Reid, a fellow
professor at the college where I teach. Reid teaches English and literature. A
deep longing stirs through me, reminding me of how much I miss having him
in my life. Immediately, my rational side kicks in with a reminder that Reid
made a reasonable decision. He chose the well-being of his children over me.
How can I fault him for that? Reid is trying to patch things up with his exwife Cresta in the hope that the two of them can be a family with their son
and daughter. Eventually when Reid remarries Cresta, I’ll have to come to
grips with the fact that I’ve lost him for good. I take in a deep breath as I pull
my thoughts away from Reid.
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