Thursday, May 26, 2011
How to Heal A Broken Heart
By Brian O’Connell from Murder Unmentionable by Meg London--Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie Series coming September 2012.
I’m new here. My name is Brian O’Connell. Guess you don’t get too many guys coming around these parts. Don’t worry I’m not going to talk sports or cars or anything that the ladies tend to find boring.
I live in Paris, Tennessee. It’s a small town and very friendly. I left for a bit to take a job in Nashville but ended up getting my heart broken. My father’s heart wasn’t doing much better—the doctor scheduled him for a triple bypass—so I came home to help with the family hardware store. Miss Arabella hired me to redo Sweet Nothings, her vintage lingerie shop, and since then, I’ve picked up more projects including renovating a huge, historic house just outside of town.
I didn’t expect to run into Emma Taylor. She’s my younger sister’s best friend—we’ve known each other forever, and she was like a kid sister to me. She took off for New York City as soon as she could, and no one expected to see her around here again especially since her parents moved down to Florida when they retired.
I was pretty surprised to discover she’d come home to help her Aunt Arabella with Sweet Nothings. And I was real surprised to discover she isn’t a kid anymore. It kind of took me back to see how attractive she’d become! I’m sure she still thinks of me as the pesky, annoying, older brother of her best friend.
I’d kind of like to ask her out, but I’m a little nervous. Maybe I should just leave things as they are. What do you think?