The Forever Family by Shirley Jump EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Novel Title: The Forever Family
- Author: Shirley Jump
- Language: English
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The morning sun blared through the floor-to-ceiling windows like a solar
bonfire. Emma Monroe clutched a crisp white sheet tight against her chest,
squeezed her eyes shut, and slid under the Egyptian cotton as if she were five
and hiding from the imaginary monster in her closet. None of that, of course,
erased the monster-size mistake she’d woken up to in a hotel room in
Emma made major life decisions like some people bought uncomfortable
shoes, without thinking or trying them out or even waiting for a sale. Last
night, surprise-surprise, she’d made another one. But this time, the choice
she’d made was bigger, more permanent, and…human.
The low rumble of snoring came from the right side of the bed. She closed
her eyes tighter, but it didn’t change a thing. Instead, the snoring stopped, and
the bed swayed a bit with movement. Then a hand slid across and covered
hers, fingers starting to interlace with her own.
No, no, hard no.
Emma scrambled out of the king-size bed, disentangling from the sheets
with a twist and stumble. “I…I have to go.”
Luke lifted his head from the pillow. One side of his dark, wavy hair had
flattened in his sleep, making him look like a two-dimensional version of
himself. “What? Why?”
She had a hundred reasons for leaving, most of which started and ended
with because we never should have done this.
“It was your idea. Remember?” He shielded his eyes against the sunlight
streaming through the windows and grimaced. “It’s so early, Emma. Go back
to sleep, and we can talk about this later.”
“It’s after nine, Luke, and we…we can’t talk about this. We are just going
to forget it happened. Okay? I’m serious. This never happened.” She started
gathering up her clothes—faded jeans with tattered hems, a peasant blouse
with tiny coral flowers, gold braided sandals—and avoided the floral
headband sitting on the nightstand. The flowers had dried, and petals had
begun to flake off, as if the headband were shedding its memories of the night
Out of the corner of her eye, she caught a glint, a bounce of sunshine. A
shiny gold circle sat on the fourth finger of her left hand, like a hallucination.
She tried to wrestle the ring off, but it was good and stuck. Karma was
probably laughing his butt off because Emma had long ago been voted the
Monroe girl Most Likely to Never Settle Down. Maybe it was all some kind
of waking nightmare. A hallucination. Yeah, and maybe the Easter bunny
was going to waltz in here and hand her a Cadbury egg, too.
“Emma, they’ll kick you out if you don’t go through with the whole
thing.” Luke’s voice held the huskiness of sleep, the kind of hypnotizing
sound that lulled people into bad decisions.
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