Read An Exclusive Excerpt From The Single Ladies e-Book “Trois,” Featuring Raquel


April could sense Raquel’s angst and hugged her supportively. “Aww, honey, you can always stay with me,” she offered.
“Thanks, April, but I couldn’t impose. I’m thinking of just redecorating the entire place and that will take weeks. I just want to redo everything. Make it fresh and new. Hopefully it’ll give me something to take my mind off of Charles,” Raquel said.
“Still no word from him, huh?” April was empathetic to that struggle. It was only a few weeks ago when her boyfriend, Reggie, had pulled a disappearing act. Luckily, he had come to his senses before she moved on. She only hoped that Charles would do the same.
Raquel opened her mouth to answer, but the ringing of her laptop interrupted them. Raquel rushed into her room to answer. “April, its Keisha! She’s Skyping in!” she called out.
April and Raquel huddled in front of the laptop.
“Hey,” Keisha greeted them with a beaming smile as she appeared on the screen, wearing a plush white hotel robe.
“Hey, yourself! Where the hell are you?” April asked. “Are you okay?”
“I’m in Thailand,” Keisha bragged.
“What?” April exclaimed.
“Who just picks up and leaves after being stalked and attacked?!” Raquel exclaimed. “You didn’t even say goodbye!”
“What time is it there?” April asked, her usual flighty self as she frowned.
“Too damn early to be going back and forth with you two. I just woke up to give you a call and let you both know I’m fine,” Keisha assured. “Malcolm is taking good care of me.”
“I’ll bet he is,” April said with a knowing smirk.
Raquel nudged April with her arm and said, “Well we’re glad you’re fine, Keisha, but what about the apartment? What about your job? Your friends? I’m going through…”
“Look ladies, I have to go. Our room service is here,” Keisha said. “Breakfast in bed. Raquel, I’ll wire you a check for the damage. You can handle the rest. I just need to put some distance between myself and Atlanta for a while. It was all starting to be a bit too predictable. I know my leaving was sudden but, right now, I’m doing what’s best for me. My problems are so much bigger than boyfriend drama,” Keisha said with a frown. “Malcolm and I have a lot of catching up to do and we plan to do that as we explore the world. I’m a little tired of Atlanta right now. That scene is played out for me. I want to see Greece and France, and Brazil, hell the entire world. No offense, but, I just want to forget about everything in Atlanta for a while, and get my strength back.”
Raquel cringed on the inside and recoiled as Keisha’s words hit her like a slap to the face. She seemed so dismissive of everything that Raquel was going through. Raquel could recall being by Keisha’s side through all of her ‘woe is me’ moments. Now that Raquel really needed her, Keisha was in the wind. Same self-absorbed Keisha, she thought. To speak on it would make her seem like a hater. Keisha’s love life was finally coming together as Raquel’s was falling apart. She took a deep breath and bit her tongue to avoid confrontation.

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