by Ella Emerson
Meet Allison Singleton, Single, alone. Her husband had left her after years of marriage, and she is destined to be alone for the rest of her life. At 35, she is afraid to hop back into the dating scene, as she knows there aren't too many options at her age. She has labeled men her age into two categories: Taken, being the first. Everything left over, being the second. The second group is, the men who are so dreadful no woman has snagged them up yet. This is her dating pool. That is until she meets the hot lawyer, Gavin McDermott, on a blind date. Who may just be what she is looking for. He offers her a job she never expects, and she accepts to try new things. It is here she discovers, herself, how to be happy and maybe love. But, after tragedy strikes will everything be as it seems? Will the happiness she is searching for be a ploy?
He stops, when we near the big willow tree.
"Want to hear a story?"
Not really waiting for my answer, he motions for me to sit under the large tree. "Do you know the legends associated with the weeping willow trees?" he asks.
"No, I don't." I answer while taking a seat on the cool grass. He takes a seat next to me and grabs a twig on the ground.
"Some say that the weeping willows once stood upright and strong, but that the broken hearts of lovers so touched the hearts of the trees in such a way that they bent in grief and were never able to straighten themselves again. Now they are forever weeping the tears of each lover. Others say that they weep for the pain that mankind inflicts upon the earth, and they will right themselves, once again, when a new era of peace and kindness becomes a reality," he says as he twirls the twig through his fingers. His eyes are focused on the twig while he talks and I let out a breath I didn't realize I was holding. Hearing his words about the willow tree moved me. "That's beautiful," I say, staring up into the branches of the willow.
His eyes land on me, and he smiles a slow sexy grin, re-positioning his body to where we are facing each other. He leans his back against the tree and drops the twig. Grabbing a hold of one of the willow's branches he casts his eyes on the shimmering lake.
"It is the tree of dreams. I have sat here so many times over the years, dreaming of how my life will turn out."
"Well, is it everything you have dreamed it will be?" I ask.
Our eyes meet, holding each other as he drops the branch and it swings in the breeze. "Well no, but that's life, you know? It kinda never turns out how you dream it will."
Ella Emerson lives in Florida with her husband and three wonderful children. When she isn't writing you can find her watching movies or playing games with her children. She loves to read, write and eat pizza. A true lover of the beach, she enjoys the sun, surf, sand and sea. She also is a huge fan of the cinema and enjoys crazy 80's chick flicks. She was raised a military brat, and has seen her fair share of the world. She loves using her own experiences and turning them into lovely romantic tales. In high school she discovered her love for reading, and even had one of her poems published in a national magazine. She continues to read, write, review and hopefully she can become an inspiration to her own children, as well as others.