I'm picking up the ball where Patti Fiala left off with her 'What if', from her book Dog Days of Summer and I'm going to give you a' What if' from the perspective of Ash Harper, the sexy, handsome widower from my Out of the Box series.....
What if I hadn't gone to the airport that day?
Quite simply, the world stood still the moment I first laid eyes on Olivia Petersen. It was evident by the way she looked at me when I held up a sign with her name on it at the airport. She smiled, set her bag down and shook my hand as I introduced myself. A spark ignited feelings I haven't felt in such a long time and it was like I was resuscitated back to life. Her hair is brown and her eyes are the most amazing shade of green. I'm in awe of her beauty.
I'm Ash Harper - a widower and I live in Highland Park, Il. Before I met my soul mate Olivia, I was living my life status quo. I lost my wife Anne to cancer 5 years ago and since her death I've been in survival mode. I fully immersed myself into my work to mask my loneliness. I've tried dating but no woman has come remotely close to garnering my interest.
I have more money than I could possibly need - I've got an airplane, 2 homes, 2 cars and by all accounts I should be happy, but I wasn't - until I met Olivia, that is.
What if Olivia's husband didn't get transferred and move to Highland Park? I'd never have met my beautiful Sunshine.
And if her husband didn't cheat on her and leave their marriage, would she and I be together right now? Probably not.
When she was in the depths of despair the night Alan left her, I was there to rescue her. Did I take all the hurt away? Absolutely not. But I was there for her and on that evening we built our relationship. Fate brought us together in the worst of circumstances. Would I wish that on anyone? Not on your life. Infidelity is a horrible thing and the pain it caused Olivia made me feel so helpless.
I believe in love at first sight. It happened to my parents and I truly believe in it. I love Olivia with every breath in my body and I want to love and take care of her for the rest of my life. I love spoiling her and spending money on her....finally I've a got reason to live!
So many what ifs race through my mind and it frightens me to think 'what if I didn't meet Olivia Petersen?' I've found my soul mate, the love of my life and I'm going to take the ball and run with it.
Life gave me a second chance. I'm going to embrace it like there's no tomorrow.....
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