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Bliss: Chapter 2

I felt my nose tickling, and knew if I didn’t snap out of it I would start crying again.

I sniffed back the tears but wasn’t quiet enough. Naomi spotted me.

She smiled. “Hey, Mommy, you coming to help us?”

Mommy, help us,” the twins parroted, bouncing up and down.

I laughed. “You bet.”

I ran over to them, exciting the twins with my childishness, and sank to the floor. Gabriel claimed my lap, then, deciding that he couldn’t be bothered to put the pieces in himself, he conscripted me to do it for him.

Naomi kept turning to look at me, to keep an eye on me no doubt, as if she knew I was fragile.

Then out of the blue Gabriel — my sweet boy — said, “I love you, Mommy.”

It was as if he knew how to break me. I became a blubbering mess right before their eyes. My crying must have frightened the twins, because the next thing I knew they were crying too. And then Naomi was trying to console and calm everyone. We must have all looked insane to her. It was a weird afternoon.


…even if I did eat it, and I’m not saying I did, it was just a stupid apple pie. No one moves out over apple pie! Now cheesecake, that would be understandable…”

I sat in bed, already changed into my nightgown, only half-listening to Brit babble down the phone line.

She couldn’t read a room, couldn’t hear the dispassionate little sounds of agreement or dissent I made when she was speaking. Any other day I would have been here for it, but this evening I had too much on my mind.

You ate it, didn’t you?” I said tiredly. “You were always doing that with my stuff.”

Ahhh, so that’s why you moved out?”

Yep, that and getting married and starting a family…”

She groaned. “You just had to fall in love, didn’t you? So selfish! Do you know how impossible it is to find another roommate who’ll clean up after me?”

This made me laugh. You had to hand it to Brit, she sure knew how to cheer me up.

You’re never gonna forgive me for that, are you?”

No,” she teased. She sighed dramatically. “Got a guy coming to view tomorrow evening. Looked kinda hot from his WhatsApp profile, but that could just be the lighting. I’ll keep you posted.”

I sniffed a laugh. “Okay.”

So what’s new with you? You finally got the munchkins to sleep in their own beds again?”

For now…” I hesitated. Then, “So my dad showed up…”

She did a dramatic choke. “Get outta here! The fuck does he want? I hope you threw him over your balcony, because he totally wouldn’t have survived that fall. Am I gonna hear about his accidental death on the evening news?” She sounded hopeful.

Dove brought him,” I said, ignoring the other stuff.

She growled. “Your brother’s a piece of shit, I’ve always said it.”

Does that mean you guys have stopped sleeping together?”


7 thoughts on “Bliss: Chapter 2”

  1. Wow. What a chapter – I’m still processing and will likely read again! Firstly, I love the theme of this. Woven with the forgiveness of self from the book with furthering that forgiveness with settling the demons of others.

    I loved the therapist’s advice: “I hate to break it to you, but you’re the only person who would suffer, not him. You don’t really want that kind of thing hanging over you forever, do you? Eating away at you slowly.” A fantastic summary to Dakota in her quest for personal recovery and processing trauma of her past.

    Naomi arranging that meeting without consulting Dakota also angered me, but I adored how they resolved it as a couple ❤️ I’m still hesitant on allowing the father to come around…but only time will tell! I hope Dakota doesn’t break anymore glasses even though it gave me a good laugh 😂

    Thank you for (heavy) beautiful chapter!

    1. You’re welcome!

      Yeah, it was pretty heavy. Dakota is still carrying around so much pain from her childhood, and she needs to let go of it in order to move on. I don’t think someone with her personality can do that without confronting their father.

      Thanks a bunch for your comment!

  2. This was a very engaging chapter, holy crap! Every scene with Naomi is always my favorite. Something about the way you write just ‘how’ she looks at Dakota and always notices every little thing—no hiding for Dak from the too-good-to-be-true attentive wifey. Plus, I’ll never get over all those little acts of affections—arms around waist, lips to neck. I don’t know if I’m explaining well exactly what I admire here but you add these things to almost all your books and they really are just my favorite bits that keep me coming back.

    The secret family meeting arrangement shocked me, that’s for sure! I would’ve freaked at Naomi too! But gosh darn it is just too hard to stay mad at that sweet cow… (‘to get to the udder side’ …by the way that joke from QoM will forever be with me whenever someone mentions cow. HA!)

    Lastly, I’m beyond relieved Dakota went back home to Naomi. Thanks for that. Definitely looking forward to the next chapter, and all the future works to come! No pressure, of course. (Totally hoping for QoM insight one day. Still reeling all this time later for Wila’s departure…)

    Never stop writing, you! You’re awesome 😀

    1. Glad you found it engaging.

      I, too, love writing Dakota and Naomi’s scenes. It’s funny you should mention the way Naomi looks at Dakota, because there’s a scene coming up when Dakota also notices it, and, let’s just say it doesn’t go down well…

      OMG, I totally forgot about that joke! So silly, but those are the funniest ones, LOL.

      I’m not sure which direction the muse will take me in, but I THINK The Queen of Miami sequel will be the next story I add on here.

      Cheers for your comment.

      1. lol. That’s the second time I seem to have stumbled onto your fiction plans. Always fun being on the same wavelength as someone!

        I’m very excited to see this scene you mentioned! Thanks for the breadcrumb! I look forward to next update even more now.

        And I’m glad to learn you appreciate puns! They’re my favorite of all the jokes! So, I will leave you with this one…

        What does a fish say when it swims into a wall?

        Answer: Dam

        Yep. You are welcome 🙂

        And let that muse blow you in any direction it wants. I’m familiar with all your worlds and look forward to every new piece of content you gift us!

  3. Well…this was true to form when it comes to Dakota. I understand how hard it is to forgive a parent for the wrongs that they have done to you while you were impressionable and growing up. I had a similar up-bringing. It took me a while to forgive my mother for what she had done to me and all the abuse I suffered at her hands. That feeling gets engraved deep into the psyche. I was also born into the church, but fully took it on at 25 y/o and the time. And I am sorry to say that god stuff does nothing to quell the pain caused over the years. And a parent finding god and changing their lives does nothing for the horrific past they reared us in. I did in the end forgive my mother for what she did to me. And she is lucky of that, because when she got sick and had a stroke at a young age, I have been there for her caring and allowing her to live with me for years now.

    So, I am ok if Dakota decides not to allow him access to her new family and into her life. Some things are just unforgivable and unforgettable. Him sitting around the dinner table as a loving father just burns me. Sure he is a great husband to his current wife and his “new” kids, but that does nothing to pull at my heart strings. I am glad Dakota was true to form and let him have it. Sometimes I wished she had done more, but for the sake of her own emotional and mental welfare, I am glad she didn’t. I am also glad that she is in a stable and very loving marriage to show her what love really is. I doubt that could have happened without Naomi entering her life. Thank goodness that Naomi had a good family and a great upbringing. She knows what love looks like, even with the challenges that comes with loving someone so hurt and broken like Dakota had been.

    This is one of my favorite stories because of the abuse and the presence of the church. I left the church 20 years ago and never looked back. I hope this is something that Dakota does at well. The only difference between me and Dakota is that she found her Naomi. I am still waiting for mine.

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