Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Seven Days and Nights by Melinda Michelle — EXCERPT

When a man loves a woman, he gets married. But what if some chapters from his past are not completely closed? If your past showed up at your honeymoon would it help you or haunt you? Here’s Abraham’s story…


Chapter 1: Blissfully Unaware (2 years later)

They pulled off the long road and onto the secluded dirt road. Abraham was shocked they hadn’t gotten lost. The unpaved road was unexpectedly smooth. He looked over at his wife, Abigail. She smiled. Her smile was one of the things he loved most about her. She had a classic beauty. Her features were perfectly proportioned on her dark brown face. Her black eyes were haunting and never failed to penetrate him when she looked at him with the love and adoration he knew she had for him.

She was a petite woman, but lacked nothing that he planned to explore more deeply in a short while. Her hair was swept up into a chignon. This woman was the real deal. She’d made him wait. He was surprised he’d stuck around, but when he did she snatched his heart so fast she left his head spinning.

He still couldn’t believe he was a married man. He never thought he’d settle down. He supposed it was time for a change. What she didn’t know wouldn’t hurt her. He wanted to keep his past away from his wife. After all, it was the past. No use in bringing it up now. She said, “Abe, I’m so excited. We are about to start our lives together.”

He grabbed her hand and kissed it. “I don’t deserve you beautiful.”

Abigail smiled. It was something he said often. Her innocence kept her from realizing just how serious he was.

“We deserve each other,” she quipped with her habitual response. He smiled. She stared into his big brown eyes. His heavily lashed eyes were what did it for her. His full lips curved into a smirk. She grinned and kissed him. His deep chocolate brown skin was smooth. She ran her hand over his low cut hair.

She was excited and nervous about tonight. Not only would this be their first time as husband and wife, it would be her first time – ever. She’d met him two years ago at church. They became fast friends and before she knew it, they were dating. She almost passed on him because it seemed like he was only after one thing. But once she’d set her standards he continued to pursue. She watched for fault in his sincerity, but it never came. Now, here they were about to embark on their honeymoon. She was so excited. She looked ahead to see a secluded cabin that was well lit. The sun was just about to tuck away for the evening casting a purplish-orange glow in the backdrop. The view was breathtaking. The log cabin held four rocking chairs on the wide porch.

Abraham pulled up to the front of the cabin and opened his door. He came around and opened the car door for his new wife. When she got out, she slipped her arms around him. She inhaled his seductive scent as well as the crisp scent of the forest.

It was late spring and the weather was perfect. He placed his hand on the side of her face and smiled down at her.

“Loving you changed my life. I’m so glad you said yes,” he told her. She grinned as the tears glistened in her eyes. “Me too!”

He laughed. He released her and grabbed her hand. They strolled to the front door. Abraham reached beneath the rug and pulled the key from where they were told it would be. He opened the door. They walked in and took in the wide room.

The rustic cabin was decorated in plush beige leather and rocking chairs. Directly opposite from the front door was a sliding glass door. There were three windows that spanned the length of the glass doors at the top of the wall.

There were oak end tables with lamps, and a plush brown rug in the middle of the floor. The stone fireplace was breathtaking though he didn’t think they would have the chance to use it. They already knew the kitchen was fully stocked with what they requested.

Abigail pulled him into the bedrooms. There were three. The master bedroom had a king size four-poster-bed. The decorative quilt looked perfect for the rustic cabin. She tried to drag him to the rest of the house, but he grabbed her and pulled her down on the bed. She went and smiled as he wrapped her in his arms. He kissed her neck, her cheek and then her lips. He said, “I love you so much Abigail. I never knew I had it in me to feel what I feel for you.”

“I love you too Abe. I’m the lucky one.”

This time she kissed him. After five minutes had passed, Abigail pulled back.
A little confused, Abraham gave her a hopeful stare.

She laughed. “I know you’ve been waiting a long time baby, but our wedding night is not going down like this! I have something special I want to wear for you.”

“But it’s just gonna come right back off,” he protested. She laughed, but he was dead serious.

“Down boy,” she said and wiggled out of his embrace. “I’m gonna go check out the rest of the cabin. Can you get our bags?” He sat up, brow creased slightly. “I need a minute to calm down.”

She laughed and headed out of the room. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a sudden movement like something ran by him. He also heard a little giggle. He jumped up and turned in circles looking for God only knew what. He stood still and listened, but didn’t hear anything. He rubbed his hand down his face and shook it off. He headed out to get their luggage.

He didn’t see the shadow that scurried behind him.

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