Hello to you and thank you so much for stopping by. Today is very special because it marks six years since the release of a book I wrote called Wicked Flower: A Sin Pointe Novel. You can click HERE to hop to the Wicked Flower book page and to avoid any spoilers if you haven’t read the book yet. If you’re okay with a tiny little spoiler, then read on as I’m sharing a deleted scene today to celebrate.
So my question to you is: who doesn’t get a little obsessed every now and then? Sometimes there are just things we crave but perhaps should not have, and so I thought I’d share this deleted scene from Wicked Flower. I guess when you get right down to it, the book’s main characters, Stefan and Dani, are obsessed with each other. Which is why it was so hard watching them have to stay away. While this scene ultimately did not make it into the book due to timing issues, the sentiment of “forbidden love” remains. Stefan has just answered the phone, thinking it’s his band mate Will calling. It is not Will, but Dani, his mother’s caretaker, who he has decided he must now avoid. Good thing she’s at her sister’s. He could never cut ties like this face to face…
“Um, it’s me Stefan. Will said you needed to speak to me.”
He was quiet for a few seconds which set off more alarms. “Dani, I was thinking it’s a good idea for you to stay over there at your sister’s. Until I leave.”
Funny how this was exactly her plan the night of their first class debacle. But then, it had been her idea. Now that it was his, it hurt, for reasons she couldn’t explain. She gritted her teeth, not wanting him to know the truth.
While they’d both been at his mom’s, they wished each other good morning at meal times and barely bumped shoulders in passing up and down the narrow hallway. But he was there and for some reason, it had been enough the past few days, even though it drove her crazy not being able to steal a hug or ask him how he was doing and get a real answer out of him.
“I’m not gonna lie and pretend it’s what I really want. But I can’t have you and that pisses me off. So yeah, I’m pulling the dick move and suggesting you stay with your sister,” he said, his voice drenching her heart in sorrow.
“Yeah, that makes sense,” she said, sounding ridiculous, she knew because even Dani could feel her chin jutting out and hear her voice cracking. Stefan couldn’t be around her. She guessed it was a compliment. It just hurt so bad that things had to be this way.
“I’m gonna swing by there with some of your stuff. Enough to last you a couple days. Is there anything special you need? I’ll throw it in your bag.”
Choppy breaths piled up in her chest and lungs, just waiting to come out loud enough for him to hear. Her eyes watered. She turned her head away from the phone to breathe and cry. What could she ask for that would matter? “Um, I don’t know. My toothbrush.”
“All right.” He paused and she waited for the sweetheart but it didn’t come. “I’ll call when I’m there so Will can come down and get your stuff. He’s still there with you girls, right?”
Yes, Will was still there with them but she couldn’t talk so she just ended the call. What did she expect? On planet earth, what did she really think was going to come of this? He was Stefan Calderon. Rock star. Big city not little town. She’d held the sound of her cry in for too long and one high pitched sob broke through her hands that covered her mouth.
“This wasn’t how it was supposed to end,” she cried to no one.
A movement blurred by and Will’s hand was on her shoulder in that very second. “Hey, shh, Dani. It’s okay.”
“He wants me to stay here. He’s coming to get you.”
Will wrapped her in a hug which she sank into. “Damn, hun. He’s got his reasons. Not saying I agree with him. He just, he doesn’t know how to do this with you. With anyone.” But Will didn’t get to finish, if there was more, because her sister Daisy popped in and Dani quickly wiped her eyes, pretending nothing was wrong and slipped out of Will’s hug. Daisy tugged him by the elbow out of her room and Dani encouraged Will to go with a good enough smile. The two disappeared. Dani didn’t follow. She needed a minute. All she could hear was Daisy’s excitement bouncing off the apartment walls.
A few hours later and Dani woke up with the sudden need to breathe. All she could think of was time, but lying beside her was the bag Stefan had packed. It was probably best that she’d been asleep for his drop off. Her heart wrenched. The apartment was quiet. Daisy must have gone out. Dani unzipped the bag to find her toothbrush laying on top of a few other items. She pulled them out one by one. Everything was yellow. A shirt, a pair of stretchy shorts, underwear, socks. The small pillow from her bed at his mom’s. She rummaged through it some more and found a folded note. She ran her hands over his handwriting.
Dani, you should be pissed at me for doing this to you. Shit, I’m pissed at you for being so damn stubborn and not giving me what I wanted. You’re a good woman with a good head on your shoulders. Which is why I’ll never forget you and fricking May 25th. I’m not really mad. Sweetheart, don’t ever let a man hurt you. You’re better than that. Promise me. ~Stefan
She rubbed her fingers over the letter and held it to her chest. Her heart bucked wild and erratic but she couldn’t move. Knowing he was still in town for two more days was torture but they were at the worst stalemate imaginable. No one could win when they would both lose if they gave in.
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