Snippet from Evil StepsisterI refused to drive the car she bought me. It sat in the corner of the lot, mocking me every single day. I went back to my old beater and drove it around proudly.
“Carter, you need to stop this,” Dad tried to reason with me again, for probably the millionth time.
“Dad, I swear to God. Stop.” I pointed my wrench at him as I crawled out from under the car I was working on. “This is the only solace I get. The only fucking thing in my life that’s making sense. You’re not going to harass me while I work. I will quit.”
“You can’t quit. It’s Father and Son Auto. You’re stuck with me. You’re the one that took me back, so now you get to listen to me give you life advice. You’re fucking up. Royally. You’re letting the best thing that ever happened to your sorry ass go.” Dad sighed and rubbed the back of his neck.
“I can quit. Keep pushing me!” I yelled back petulantly.
“You’re just as stubborn as your mother!”
“Leave that bitch out of it. She has kept herself out of it just fine for the last eight years or so.”
“Carter, that’s not true. She and I talk often. You just won’t talk to her.”
“I’ve got nothing to say.”
He sighed and turned back to the car he was working on. “You’re making a big mistake.”
“Am I, Dad? Am I really? You don’t know what it was like for me when she left the first time…or when she left again after telling me she was staying for good. Then to see her collapse over this cockamamie dream of hers…and now she wants to jump back in the deep end? I’m fucking tired of saving her. I am tired of being her savior. I’m pretty sure even Jesus would throw his hands up on this one.”
“Whoaaaa…” Dad shook his head. “Cockamamie dream? You do know the kid’s seriously talented, right?”
“Of course I do. God damn. Of course! But talent only takes you so far, and she doesn’t need the stress and exhaustion.”
“Soooo…you acting like a dick is keeping her calm? Why aren’t you supporting her? Oh, that’s right, because you’re scared. You’re scared to give up any of the control. So you withdraw.”
“Look, Dr. Phil, back off.”
“No, Carter, you back off. You’re wrong on this one.”
“I don’t have any of the control in this relationship. She’s always been the one pulling the strings. Always!”
“You’re completely overreacting. She’s just making some music. Her and Kirby are working hard, and they sent out a demo to a couple small labels. She’s excited. She’s happy. Music makes her happy. She’s not asking you to save her. But you can’t let her be happy because God forbid everything isn’t about you. God forbid she’s not there every waking moment to fulfill your needs. Grow up, Carter. Love is a two way street. It can’t be you driving, all the time. You have to trust her. Trust that she loves you enough to stay. Let her run free, but also let her know she’s got a home to come to. Or keep pushing her away and lose the best thing you’ll ever have.” He threw down his wrench and walked to the door. “I’m done for the day. I can’t stand to look at you.”
Scarlett Jade's Bio
Scarlett Jade is just a small town Southern girl who is now a Northern transplant. She was always found from a young age with her brow furrowed, scribbling words on paper. Now that she is grown, life isn't much different, she still scribbles words, but mostly on the computer! She is married to the man of her dreams, her real life knight in shining armor and Prince Charming. She has one son who is the apple of her eye and she homeschools year round. You can typically find her playing in the dirt with her son or snuggled on the couch with her dog Peanut, reading a good book. She loves chocolate, thinks coffee should be a religion, and loves to make people laugh with her quirky sense of humor. She is bold, brazen, and even been told she's ballsy, but she doesn't mind, she takes it in stride. She has a huge passion for all things paranormal and has a penchant for spicy love stories that leave you turning the pages and dying to slide between the sheets of her next book!