As I write Once and For All, which is Carly’s story, I find her story really and truly starts in Tangled up in You. She is still in mourning after her brother’s death, and she comes home one day to find her fiance’ in bed with another woman. It’s then that she becomes “stuck”. She doesn’t really move forward with her life. Fear becomes her constant companion. She’s afraid of change of any kind. Her routine is her comfort. Little does she know that a hurricane is about to come and shake up that routine and completely force her out of her comfort zone.
Here’s the scene in Tangled up In You, when Carly comes back from Biloxi. The shoes? They become a very important part of Carly’s new story.
-from Tangled up in You
Emily sipped the drink and considered getting another bowl of gumbo, or jambalaya, or red beans and rice. She was eyeing the table when the door opened again.
A younger blonde walked in, followed by a dark haired man of the same age. Carly and Joey. Grace and Ryder followed. Now everyone was here. Everyone except Noah. And Benjamin, Emily thought, wincing as her heart contracted. A year later, Ben’s loss still hurt.
“If he thinks I’m going to sit here and be sad, he’s got another thing coming. He can be replaced,” Carly said, flopping down on one of the couches.
“What are you talking about, cher?” Daniel asked, getting up from the table.
“Don’t get her started,” Joey said. He went to the bar, poured himself a big shot, then fixed a drink.
“Drink this,” he said, handing the drink to Carly.
Uncomfortable, Emily grabbed her own drink and went to stand beside the fireplace.
“Well, isn’t she a ray of sunshine,” Ryder said to Gabriel as they shook hands.
“Who is?” Carly said, blue eyes flashing. “You didn’t just walk in on your fiancé all fragrance de lecto.”
“Do you mean in flagrante delicto?” Daniel asked.
“Yeah, whatever,” Carly said. “I caught him naked.”
“I’m assuming not alone,” Daniel said.
“No! He wasn’t alone. He had a woman! With shoes!”
Carly started pacing the room, grumbling to herself. Her blonde ponytail bounced behind her, flip-flops slapping on the hardwood floor. Emily caught the words “douche bag” and “throat punch. The others left her alone, so Emily did too.
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