ratings · Published: Dec 17th, 2018
Tumbleweed (Crissy's Story) - Clean and wholesome romance for hearts of all ages. A sequel to "One in a Million". Also included, a special bonus. A romantic short story for hearts of all ages, "Welcome Home, Amy"... Excerpt from Tumbleweed (Crissy's Story): Crissy was well aware that Jarvis Elliston was infatuated with her. He'd never made a secret of it. He ignored the whispers and the gossip, or the knowledge that he was the last man in the world she'd consider falling in love with. She tolerated him. He was not a stalker, never tried to force his attentions on her. His whole attitude toward her was that he accepted his unworthiness for her affections, and was content just to have her work with him, talk with him when it suited her, and be there when she needed his advice or company. He was by no means unattractive, in an English gentleman sort of manner. Actually, his lineage was English, from London, and he was wealthy, heir to his parents' estate in England. He'd come to New York with his parents when he was a child. With dual citizenship and an alluring English accent that he'd never quite lost, there were women in the office that envied Crissy, and considered her a snob for not finding him a great catch. She didn't blame those women for their opinion of her. He was a good catch for some girl. He was a nice person, interesting and intelligent. But what could she do? She felt no spark, no desire, nothing. He was nice to talk with, nice to walk with, easy to work with, even fun to be with. Just not her cup of tea. ... "Crissy, what exactly is it that you don't like about him," her sister Janice asked. There's nothing I don't like about him. He's a perfectly wonderful young man. Good natured, kind, intelligent, handsome as they come. He'll make some girl a wonderful husband." ... "But not you, Crissy? What is it you're looking for, that he lacks? Have you two ever kissed?" ... "No!" Crissy blurted, shocked. "Well, maybe you should go out on a few dates with him. He may be a terrible kisser. Then at least you'll have an excuse why you don't wish to date him." ... " I don't want to ruin our friendship, or hurt his feelings. He's much too nice a person." ... "Nice or not, we're Christians, brought up to be kind to everyone, as much as possible." ... "That's beside the point. I just don't feel attracted to him in a physical sense." ... " Yet, I've never heard you say anything bad about him."" There's nothing bad to say about him," Crissy defended. "I feel as though we're going in circles." Janice said. "We're right back where our conversation started. I'm not convinced you don't feel something for him, and unless you date him and find something serious you don't like about him, you won't convince me or our parents otherwise." ... " So I have to find something wrong with him, something that makes it impossible for me to find him attractive, a reason for my not trying to consider him more than a friend. Is that what you're telling me?"" Yes. I guess so. Are you up to the challenge?" Janice asked, laughing." To quell everyone's opinion that I should already have fallen in love with Jarvis—" Crissy took a deep annoyed breath, pursed her lips and wrinkled her nose with determination. "Very well," she said. "I accept the challenge."