Fixing Us, an all-new romantic standalone from Miranda Elaine is available now!
Gabriel Starr is the love of my life, even if he breaks my heart time and time again.
Like a fool, I keep going back, so Iâ€™ve made a promise to myselfâ€”one final night and then Iâ€™m done.
One night of passion.
No pressure. Most importantly, no future.
One month later, a positive pregnancy test tells me different.
Our only option is to raise this baby as friends, but how can we make it work when we canâ€™t even keep our hands off each other?
We finally have the chance to be the family we never imagined we could be.
But first we need to focus on Fixing Us.
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Excerpt:Finally, after what feels like a millennium, the door opens and Dr. Mallard enters, smiling. Heâ€™s an older man who is always overly happy. I like him, even if I find his cheerfulness somewhat off-putting at this exact second. â€œMrs. Simms, how exciting to have you here today. This must be your husband.â€ He walks over to Gabe, who stands, hand extended. â€œSorry, no,â€ I chime in. â€œDefinitely not my husband.â€ â€œMy fault,â€ he apologizes. â€œYour boyfriend. This is a new age. Lots of people in lifelong relationships nowadays without marriage.â€ Awkward. â€œNope,â€ I say, popping my P with a bit more attitude than intended. â€œWe arenâ€™t together.â€ I look over at Gabe, whoâ€™s holding his laughter in and I silently yell Help me! â€œJust got her knocked up,â€ Gabe finally speaks. â€œClassic fairy tale story of ex-sex turning into a baby. Turns out those silly condoms serve a purpose and really shouldnâ€™t be skipped. Who knew?â€ â€œSeriously!â€ I yell while shooting him daggers with my eyes. All he does to respond is shrug his shoulders and give me an evil grin. â€œOkay, Miss Simms, if you can lie back and put your feet up we can check on this little miracle,â€ Dr. Mallard finally says as the nurse pulls the stirrups out and helps me assume the position. Even if you donâ€™t want your ex-boyfriend back you still always want them to think of you as the sexy one who got away, not the girl nude and exposed with her legs in the air while a doctor probes her. Great, fucking great. â€œSure.â€ I lie back and my head jerks to Gabe. â€œBut you stay north of the equator.â€ â€œNot a problem, Leigh.â€ He smiles at me. â€œBut it ainâ€™t nothing I havenâ€™t seen before.â€ â€œWell, itâ€™s definitely something youâ€™re never seeing again,â€ I snap back at him, causing the nurse to let a small chuckle escape. I try to act cool by the fact that the doctor seems to think sticking a huge wand up me is perfectly normal. Thump thump. Thump thump. Our bickering immediately stops. The room is dark and the monitor next to me is lit up. â€œIs thatâ€”â€ Gabe starts. â€œThatâ€™s your babyâ€™s heartbeat,â€ the doctor interrupts. â€œAnd if you look over here, you see that small little bean shape in the middle there.â€ He points to the picture on the ultrasound machine. â€œThatâ€™s your baby. Itâ€™s currently approximately the size of a raspberry.â€ â€œWow,â€ Gabe and I both somehow say at the same time. We finish the appointment with a plethora of information. Gabe is quiet and the silliness that existed in the examination room is gone. We check out and walk side by side. Neither of us bringing up everything we need to discuss. Does him showing up mean he wants to be involved? Does he assume we will get back together? Can we even do this together? Do I want to? All the questions are running rampant in my head and instead of saying a single one of them I simply say, â€œIâ€™ll let you know when I have another appointment.â€ â€œThanks.â€ He holds the door to the building open, letting me walk outside, him close on my heels. â€œI want to be here for you and our child as best as I can.â€ I nod, but my mind is still back in that office with that beautiful baby. My baby. â€œWe ought to talk, Leigh.â€ â€œYouâ€™re right. But today I got to hear myâ€”our, babyâ€™s heartbeat for the first time. Letâ€™s not ruin it, okay?â€ Weâ€™re standing in the middle of the parking lot, neither of us moving to our respective vehicles. â€œOkay, but soon.â€
About MirandaMiranda is a loving wife and barely surviving mother of three occasionally good kids. Her hobbies include lying to herself about the calories in donuts and banana pudding, as well as running out of excuses when procrastinating. She’s been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Whether she’s by the pool, curled up in bed, or hiding in the closet, as long as she has a book in her hands sheâ€™s happy.
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