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Kat is the envy of everyone. She owns RazzamaJazz, a successful dinner club, an incredible lakefront property and she is beautiful. The statuesque blonde with ice-blue eyes commands attention wherever she goes. She has it all....or does she? Kat has been harboring a deep, dark secret for quite some time. Little by litter her ruse is unraveling. If she doesn’t face her demon soon, she stands to lose everything, including her life.
Her heart thrummed beneath her fingers. She dreaded Cassy’s reaction to the truth but knew it was something she needed to hear.
“You’re definitely looking better than when I first got here.” Cassy sat at the table across from her. “I’m very proud of you, my friend.”
Kat shook her head in disbelief. “Stop it.”
“Stop what?” Confusion clouded Cassy’s eyes.
Kat started shaking and broke out in a cold sweat. Her teeth chattered so badly she couldn’t speak.
“Let me take you to the hospital. They can make your withdrawal easier to cope with.”
“N-no!” Kat wrapped her arms around herself.
“For God’s sake, now is not the time to be stubborn.”
“Don’t you get it? I deserve to feel every ache, every pain, and anything else yet to come.”
Cassy threw her hands up. “If you insist, but you’re going to tell me why you think this way. I’ll get you a blanket and some ice water. Then we’re going to have a serious conversation.”
Kat mentally scrambled to find the words to explain everything.
Start from the beginning and have faith in your friendship.
She gasped, recognizing her late husband’s voice. Her messed-up mind must be playing tricks. Regardless, it was sound advice. Kat looked up at the clear, blue sky and closed her eyes. “Thank you.”
“You are very welcome.”
Kat gratefully accepted the blanket draped across her shoulders. Her hands trembled so much she couldn’t hold the water glass. Tears of frustration spilled down her cheeks.
“That’s okay.” Cassy’s words calmed her somewhat. She put an ice chip on a spoon and brought it to Kat’s mouth. “Don’t chew, suck on it.”
After a few ice chips, the shakes died down. Now she was too hot for the blanket and shrugged it from her shoulders. Cassy quickly laid it on the back of her chair for easy access.
“Do you think you can talk now?”
Kat didn't know if there’d ever be a good time to tell all. “I don’t know where to start.”
“How about starting at the beginning? Take your time. I’m not going anywhere.”