Kyle Pierce used to know what she wanted. At the top of her list was the perfect boyfriend. She found him in Lance Makin her senior year in high school. She was the head cheerleader and he was the new star quarterback. Even going to separate colleges was no problem for them. It was perfect until the weekend it all changed for Kyle. She has new priorities that include her own education, making new friends and most importantly NO DATING! That is until Nicholas Richards moves into her world. He’s not taking no for an answer. He’s her friend and he wants her to date him. Kyle isn’t going to date Nick. She doesn’t mind hanging out or running errands. She tells him and everyone else they are friends. Can they really be just friends?
We walk to the back of the shop as the strong smell of flowers surrounds us. On the far wall are plants and to the back of the store is a large refrigerator case. A woman walks from the back carrying long stemmed flowers with a ribbon around them. When she sees us she breaks out in a huge grin that seems so familiar. She rushes around the counter and comes to us with her arms stretched out. “Nicholas, it’s so good to see you.” She wraps him in her arms and when he leans in he picks her up off of the floor. I hear him say, “Hi, Grandma.” As he places her feet back on the floor. She notices me standing next to Nick and asks, “And who is this lovely young lady you have brought to me?” Nick points to me and says, “Grandma, this is Kyle Pierce.” She looks to him and says, “Is this the young lady you have been sharing that house with?” He laughs and says, “This is her, Grandma, and we aren’t sharing the house together. There are still other people living there too.” She waves off his words as she approaches me. She hugs me just the same as she did with Nick, only I don’t lift her off of her feet. She rocks me for a minute before stepping back from me. She nods her head as approval is given and says, “That’s a good strong name only a strong woman could shoulder a name like that.” I’m speechless. Most people question my name or make fun of me. This woman just gave me the biggest compliment and I’m left speechless. I find my voice and say, “Thank you ma’am.” I’m pretty sure I want to cry right now.
Sidonia Rose lives in suburban Maryland with her family. Sidonia has a long love affair with books. She started early by memorizing her Dr. Seuss books read to her, so she could read them to her parents instead. She is often found with a book in her hands or a couple of books so she can lend to a friend. You can often spot her by her toe shoes. After a long career homeschooling she continued onward to pursue her love of books by writing her own books. Love Shots is her first novel released in 2014.