In this scene, Jennifer and her new acquaintance Samantha made reservations at a restaurant. To make use of their time, they decided to scroll around the mall. A conversation comes about “finding the one,” and “soul mates.”

“Isn’t this beautiful?” Samantha said, approaching Tiffany & Co. Stung by Samantha’s remark, Jennifer had decided to cool it with Samantha, but she was instantly awestruck when saw the huge, diamond-clustered, platinum ring on display. She got closer, nearly pressing her face against the window to see.

“It is,” Jennifer said in a low voice, tucking her words under the hope of marrying the man she’d yearned and prayed to be with.

“Ever plan to get married?” Samantha asked.

“I‘d love to get married,” Jennifer said with a mixture of optimism and defeat.

”You don’t sound too sure.”

“I would. Some day. I have no control over that,” Jennifer answered, turning her attention briefly to Samantha. “This time around, I’m no longer making decisions based solely on how I feel about someone. There must be a sign from heaven,” she said with strong conviction, returning her attention to the ring. “What I feel has to be beyond emotional,” she said solemnly. “Which I think I felt recently.”

“With David?” Samantha asked.

“Yes. When I first saw him last night, and this morning too. I felt something stirring within. Never felt that before, to be honest—kind of scared me. He felt it too. He told me this morning, but I didn’t let him know that I did. I was too scared.”

“Scared of what?” Asked Samantha.

“I don’t know.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about, but it sounds like you believe in soul mates.”

“I’m not sure,” Jennifer said, still staring at the ring. She pictured someone sliding that beautiful piece of jewelry onto her finger. “I thought my ex was my soulmate, but I was wrong. I guess having a deep connection with someone really doesn’t mean they’re your soulmate.”

“I don’t believe in those romantic theories—like soulmates,” said Samantha matter-of-factly. “You choose whoever you please.” She looked at Jennifer, who was still gazing at the ring. “Wanna try it on?”

“Uh, sure—couldn’t hurt.” Jennifer smiled sheepishly, and they went inside the store.

This time around, Jennifer is looking for something else beyond of what her emotions can tell her about someone or to determine if she’s found the one God set aside for her. I believe that many women (men too) face this dilemma.

Emotions come and go. They fluctuate. The move from hot to lukewarm to cold. One day, you’re really into someone, and the next day you aren’t. I believe when the time comes, when God prompts our heart to fully receive who he has in front of us, you’ll know.

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“I have a few months to prepare for that. I’m actually taking classes there this summer in an effort to increase my chances of admission in their MFA School of Drama program this fall,” she said

“Building a good rapport with the faculty could definitely work to your advantage. Good strategy,” said David

“Absolutely.”

“Smart woman.” David paused and smiled at her. “You know, I’d love to see what your eyes look like while I’m talking to you. It’ll also be great to know your name too.”

“I’m sorry. How rude of me.” She took off her sunglasses.. “My name is Jennifer. Jennifer Washington.” This time she extended her hand without hesitation.

When David had seen her at Madison’s last night, she’d looked beautiful from a distance. Up close, she was a goddess–one that trumped the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Staring into her honeycomb brown, seraphic eyes, David felt a solemn peace infuse his heart. And then the warming, churning sensation returned again.

“Your eyes are amazing.”

“Thank you.” She blushed under his gaze.

“You’re welcome. I’m David. David Bradshaw.”

“A pleasure to meet you, Mr. Bradshaw. Forgive me. I’m a little embarrassed by the amount of time that passed without telling you my name.”

“I understand you’re trying to keep a low profile. I’m sure men are chasing after you from everywhere.”
“Not at all,” she said, very sincerely. “So what really brought you to my table?”

David shuffled his feet back and forth nervously, and then answered. “Well, you looked stunning last night.”

“Thanks. But out of all the women that were there, why me?”

“I hope this doesn’t scare you, but last night I felt something I’d never felt before. I felt it when you walked through the door this morning, and again a few minutes ago.”

“What did you feel?” Her gaze was locked into his.

“I really don’t know how to describe it. It’s like a—warming kind of feeling, I guess. I know it was something special.”

“So special that you couldn’t speak last night, hmm?” She gave him a teasing smile.

“I just had this strong feeling that I’d see you again, so I took a chance. And here you are.”

“Guess your instincts proved right.”

“Or, you dreamed me up.”

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In this scene of my novel, another opportunity presents itself to David.

Although he wasn’t a regular at this Starbuck’s, he didn’t want his feelings spilled all over for the amusement of others, like what had happened with the milk. He wanted to avoid further embarrassment at all cost. However, at the same time, he knew he couldn’t risk losing another opportunity to get her phone number. This was his moment to capitalize on a second chance. A chance he probably wouldn’t get again.

He fixed the sleeve on his cup and thrust his chest out. Holding his chin high, he boldly made his way over to her. Tacking closer to her table, he caught the title on the front page of the bound papers that she was reading.

“Eternity was in our lips and yes, bliss in our brows bent,” he quoted, resting his hand on the back of the chair next to her. He waited to see if she’d respond or look up. Nothing happened. His legs grew heavy and the palms of his hands became clammier by the second. Awkwardness handed David’s confidence a pink slip, but he refused to accept termination.

“May I join you?” he asked assertively.

With her eyes still on the paper, she answered, “If you don’t spill whatever you’re drinking all over me.”
“Good one.” he chuckled, greatly relieved. He sat down next to her and she finally looked up at him. His breath caught when their eyes met, but he managed to say, “Are you an actress?”

“An aspiring one. Are you an actor?” There was a half smile on her face.

He couldn’t tell if she was teasing him. “No. Studied English Lit in undergrad and a little in grad school. I enjoyed the classics. Antony and Cleopatra is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays.”

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Reminding yourself of what happened in the past could be the barrier that’s standing in between you and what you’re meant to have in your future.-Melvin Davis

The past could seem so near when the hurt and indifference remains so close to your heart in the present. It was, as if “IT,” happened yesterday. And when you move from one chapter to the next, without thoroughly addressing unresolved feelings from an ex or someone you dated, expect contention and confusion, lingering and unanswered questions, and for an explanation to be given if the person wronged you. Remember, how you deal with the past would tell your new love interest how ready you are for love.

So how can you position yourself to meet the right one? This answer is simple, yet tough to put into action. You have to put in the work to want to move forward. You have to be dedicated. The first step in dealing with the past is to:

1. Confess. Be honest with yourself by confessing you still have feelings for someone.
The healing process begins with confession. When you are honest with yourself about you still feel about someone, whether those feelings are fond or indifferent, verbally confess from your heart, how you feel about that person. Confession surfaces the truth from your heart so you can address those unresolved feelings head on.

2. Next, be patient with the healing process.

For many people, healing takes time. Healing may take up to several months, maybe a year or two. For deep emotional attachments, it could take two years or more. Whatever the severity of the emotional attachment, be patient to the healing process. Patience meaning: Allow those feelings run its course. So, if you feeling angry one day, write those feelings down on paper or talk to someone about it. If romantic feelings arise or stir up, do the same.
Telling yourself that yourself that you don’t feel a certain way confuses the heart. But when you are honest with yourself about you feel about someone, the heart opens to change.

Remember, with patience, God can repair your heart, help you see the good of that situation, of how it helped you mature and evolve as a mature man or woman. And as you continue to reflect, you’ll see how close that situation drew you to God. All things do work for the good—no matter how bad it hurt. When God begins to heal you, your heart desires will turn towards what he wants for you.

3. When you’re done healing, embrace the grace period. Meaning, enjoy your time singleness.

Healing is a sign that you have moved on, but it doesn’t necessarily means it’s time to dive into another relationship. It’s important to give yourself time to breath and function in your singleness as an emotionally and mentally clear-headed person. You want to approach life, your new love interest with clarity, a sense of assurance, that you know what you want, and what will and will not work for you. You want to be emotionally and mentally available without reservations of thinking about what someone in the past did you to you. However, I am not suggesting for you to be naïve. Your past could be the barrier that’s standing in between you and what you’re meant to have in your future. Love that is.

The grace period is also a time to refocus and aligned yourself back with God, and to find out what direction he wants you to head in next. The grace period may also be a time for you to seek his will and purpose for you life, if you haven’t discovered it yet already. A time of singleness is a time of preparation.

In my novel Love Again, David Bradshaw, my main character, who’s getting to know his new love interest, Jennifer Washington, is still conflicted and confronted with the past. Let’s take a look.

In this scene, David is opening up to Jennifer about his ex, Maria. What’s in bold is directly from my novel.
David finished telling Jennifer about how he was there for her during some really tough times, like the time he helped her pay for her grandmother’s funeral, edited her research papers and essays while she was graduate student. Even after doing a number of related selfless acts, she was still unappreciative and selfish.

“How did that make you feel?” Jennifer interjected.

“Like loving her was never enough, but it gets better,” David chuckled at the painful memories
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David recalled how he stayed with her, because he thought things would change between them. However, it was the worse decision that he had ever made. He returned to Venezuela from a book tour to propose to her, and found her on the beach in another man’s arms, kissing him.

“Talk about devastation,” he said, taking a deep sigh.

Jennifer gasped, pressing her hands against her chest. “Wow, David. I’m sorry to hear all of that.”
“It’s ok. I’m over it now.”

“Are you sure?” Jennifer saw his eyes boil, and his face tensed like a lion eyeing its dinner. We don’t have to talk it about anymore if you don’t want to.”

Here’s a flashback David is having while talking to Jennifer.

Strong winds clamored against the vast window, shaking the bamboo blinds. He stood infuriated with his back turned to Maria, watching the lightening flashes across the dark, gray skies. She stood behind the wooden pole with tears in her eyes.

“I’m sorry, David, but I was never really in love with you like I thought I was. Things kind of changed when you moved here.

You’re such a sweet guy and I mean that but…”

“But what?” David turned around and faced her. “What do you mean you never really loved me—you’re a…” but he caught himself before swearing at her. He vowed to never curse at a woman, but in that heated moment, a bullet from nearly left his verbal chamber.

“I’m sorry, David,”

“Sorry doesn’t cut it, Maria,” David closed his eyes listening to the raindrops on the windowpane that seemed to get louder as quick as throat dried, and he couldn’t speak anymore

“It’s okay,” David said looking away. “I learned something really important from that situation though.”

I’m sure you can see the contention David is confronted with about his past. And Jennifer has detected some lingering, unresolved feelings.

The past could be the barrier that’s preventing you from meeting the one God has for you. Face the past.