I tried to figure out the best way to be politically correct with the statement I’m about to make, but decided to just say it instead:
When it comes to an unmarried man accepting the responsibility of fathering a child, most women expect him to run. Race, economic background, and age don’t matter. A woman in a relationship that has no set expectations or commitment dreads saying the words, ‘I’m pregnant’.
Now this isn’t to say that most men run from responsibility. Some embrace it. Others have to wrap their heads around it as they come to grip with the sudden change in their lives. And yes, there are those that run for the hills.
But what happens when a man who’s used to being single and free to be with any woman he wants discovers his ex-girlfriend has had his baby? Not a month ago, but two years ago? And to make matters worse, the child is ill and about to have surgery that could end his life?
Meet Trevon Campbell.
If you’ve read the first novel in The Butterfly Memoirs, A Heart Not Easily Broken, then you’ve meet the twin brother of the stories heroine, Ebony Campbell. While Ebony left home in North Carolina to follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian in Los Angles, Trevon’s path took him to Atlanta, Georgia. There he planned to earn a spot in the NBA. After several years of making a name for himself at Georgia Tech, his dream was extinguished when, during one of the last games of his college career, he suffered a knee injury. With nothing left but his education, Trevon made the best of his situation and got a job in an industry he least expected: management trainee for Applebee’s.
Seven years later, the Business Management Degree he earned has kept food on the table, an expensive condo near downtown Atlanta, and the right to bed any woman he chooses…until his ex-girlfriend drops the news…now Trevon has a decision to make.
Does he man up for the sake of his son or let his attraction to a woman he just met take the lead? What path will he choose?
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Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.
Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancé. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought.
When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.
Justin was a perfect mix of both of us. While he was a spitting image of me when I was his age, he still had features like his mother, caramel colored skin and eyes a shade lighter than my dark brown ones.
My attention went back to her. Trina and I met when we both attended Georgia Tech. We were both Business Majors, though I was there on a basketball scholarship. My dream had been to play pro-basketball; hers had been to get a good job working in corporate America.
A basketball injury forced me to make use of my degree.
She, on the other hand, was sidetracked and postponed her career after graduation due to motherhood.
That was after we parted ways and she moved out of the apartment we shared.
If I had known that she was pregnant before I facilitated our breakup, life would have been different for both of us. The house I bought would have been done a long time ago.
I would have been around to watch my son grow in her belly.
We would have been married and living a good life.
“You never answered the question. What did you mean by moving on?” Finished washing dishes, Trina dried her hands on a towel, then settled in a chair across from me, curiosity on her face.
I glanced at my son for a moment, then faced her. “Moving on to us.”
Her eyebrows shot up as she sat back. “Us?”
I placed my elbows on the table, giving her my full attention. “Yes, us. I want you and Justin to move in with me.” Trina’s head dropped an inch; she stared at me as if I had sprouted some abnormality on my forehead. “I don’t want it to be a live-in situation. I think we should get back together.”
The laughter that exploded from her side of the table was a slap in the face. Her hand went to her mouth, but it was too late for her to hide the fact she thought my suggestion was absurd.
“Trevon,” She used my full name, something done only when she was serious. “You and me,” she waived a finger between us. “That ship sailed years ago. The only reason you and I are dealing with each other now is because of this little man right here.” She reached over to wipe a spot of fallen jelly from his crisp blue shirt.
“If you had told me from the get go you were pregnant instead of hiding it from me, things would be different.”
Exactly how different, I had no idea. But at least I would have known about my son’s existence and been there. Instead, she kept him a secret, not bothering to tell me she was pregnant when we broke up.
Then one day she showed up to the restaurant I managed.
It had been my off day, but a phone call from the manager on duty stating a customer demanded to speak to me by name, forced me drop what I was doing and come in to handle what I thought was a volatile situation. Thinking it was a customer about to complain about bad service, I prepared to use my good looks and charm to win them over.
Instead, I got a bomb dropped in my lap.
My ex-girlfriend, whom I hadn’t seen, nor spoken two in two years, flashed a picture of a little boy and said he was mine.
The revelation came because Justin was diagnosed with Sickle cell anemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. Neither of us was eligible to be donors because we both carried the trait. There was risk involved in the procedure. Knowing this, Trina decided I needed the chance to know my son…just in case.
After recovering from the shock of having a child and the severity of his illness, getting to know him took precedence in my life. Thankfully, he pulled through the procedure. That was eight months ago and he was nearing his third birthday.
Nothing could get back the two years Trina took from me. I didn’t doubt for a moment that if he hadn’t gotten ill, she would have continued on with the secret. But I owed it to her, and especially my son, to correct the situation and give them what they both deserved; a chance to put our family back together again.
About the Author:
M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.
No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.