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When did we become so cynical? When we were young we believed in love at first sight. Our handsome prince would sweep us off our feet and we’d know in an instant that we’d never be alone again. Yes, fairytales never seem to happen right? Or could they?
As long as there’s a paranormal creature involved we don’t seem to notice instant-soul-mate-type love happening over a few hours, but a real life human…never. Haven’t we all wanted that or maybe even felt it but pushed it away because we don’t believe the fairytale could be real. We decided after Cinderella marries the Prince he goes out and parties while she stays home and cleans with the kids. There could never be a scenario where the Prince is faithful after the story ends and the two snuggle up together each night. That would be unrealistic and well fiction.
So why do we read these love stories and watch these romantic comedies? Because deep down inside our cynical selves we know that fiction is always based in reality and if it can happen for Case and Gabbie it can happen for you. There will be bumps along the way because that’s life, but getting through those bumps will make your love stronger and more durable. It will give you something to look back on and say…”do you remember when we had ramen noodles everyday?” and he’ll say “Yes, and I remember learning how to use chopsticks when I fed them to you on the couch.”
Case Thomas is always in control whether its on the basketball court, the lab where he works, or in his love life. He thinks he has everything all figured out. All that changes when his parents pass away during his last year of college and Case is thrown into fatherhood when he becomes temporary guardian to two adorable twin toddlers. Weeks later, exhausted and running out of time, Case must decide if he's ready to become a father to these children, or give them up and move on with what's left of his life. Then he meets Gabbie Vaulst. Gabbie is amazing with the kids, owns her own business, and has all the right curves in all the right places. She can tell Case is attracted to her, but does he really love her or is he just settling for a surrogate Mom who can wrangle his new kids? Knowing that she's falling in love with him, she chooses to push him away until his world straightens out. Can Case prove to Gabbie, and himself, that his feelings are real? Or is this sudden family too much for both of them to handle? The odds, as well as members of their past who've come out of the woodwork, are against them, but when kids are involved, all bets are off.
Excerpt from The Guardian’s Heart
“You want to hear the story of how my parents met now?”
“Is it going to make me feel better?”
“I hope so. If nothing else, it’ll pass the time until the police come,” Case said.
He thought back to his father telling him the story when he was young, then again when he was in high school and finally as he helped him pack up for college.
“My father saw my mom across the room at a dance,” Case began his story. “My dad said he knew he had to know who she was. He told me there was a spark in him. He didn’t know what it was about her—eyes, hair, smile, all of it drew him in. He said it was like a movie where the dance floor parts like the Red Sea and he didn’t remember taking a step towards her. Instead it was like he was floating.” Case then looked from Gabbie’s hand to her eyes and her cheeks blushed red with fire “When he finally got to her, she looked at him like he was crazy. He didn’t care. He asked her to dance and they did all night, but she never said a word to him.”
“I bet you wished you’d had that from me.”
“No,” Case said, leaning in closer to her. “Because from the first word my mother said to my father, he knew he’d never love anyone more than her. She told him thanks and left him alone on the dance floor. You said, you know the no-shopping-cart-theory doesn't work when you have a toddler.” Gabbie looked at him, surprised he’d remembered the exact words. “I had no idea what you meant, still don’t, but your voice…” Case shook his head.
“But you heard me, before you saw me.”
“Do you know how incredible it is to know the next person you look at will be the love of your life? Better yet, to turn towards someone whose inner beauty and outer beauty are in constant competition? Gabbie, I loved you before I said it. I loved you before I touched your lips. I loved you before I saw your stunning gray eyes.”
Gabbie reached for Case and when their lips met she instantly melted against his body.
“Please don’t say it was prom,” Gabbie said as she held tight to him.
“The dance your parents met at.”
“Eighth grade. They had been together for over thirty years when they died. My father died from his injuries. My mother had a concussion and was in and out of consciousness, but it came across the radio they weren’t going to transport him. Instead, they declared him dead at the scene. My mother coded a second later. The paramedic said it was broken heart syndrome. He’d seen it before. They said she probably would have been fine, but no matter what they did, they couldn’t get her back.”
Case wiped away a tear and Gabbie stroked his cheek.
“You still haven’t grieved for them have you?”
“When have I had time?”
Gabbie pulled him into her arms and stroked his back as he cried into her shoulder. The last of the ache in his heart disappeared as he finally allowed himself to miss his parents for who they were and not because he needed their help.
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