This is so untitled, I don’t even have a blurb for it! LOL.
This snippet is longer than I usually post, but you’ll understand why.
“First and foremost, when did this incident happen?” Scott asked as he jotted down notes. His best friend, Nick, called him for an emergency meeting and Scott flew in with his protégé, Ana. “It was right after the affair but I need a timeline.”
“It happened five years ago,” Eli admitted as he sat around the long conference table at Madre’s, “the day after I left her, I came home, we got into it and I just lost my cool.”
“And have you ever acted like this before?” Scott asked and Eli shook his head. Ana quickly jotted down notes. “You two reconciled, and had two more children, right?”
“Right,” Eli nodded.
“And there have been no fights like that one since?” Scott clarified and Eli shook his head. Scott looked down at the paper. “Okay. Do you think Faith intentionally leaked the story?”
Eli’s heart thundered against his chest and he felt his stomach coil up in tight knots. The only people who knew about the fight was Eli and Faith. Eli was so embarrassed about his behavior, he didn’t tell anyone – not even his brothers or mother. “I don’t know.”
“You don’t know?” Tony interjected. “Dude, come on! If it wasn’t Faith, you know it was Krista!”
“Who’s Krista?” Scott asked.
Tony began. “Krista is Faith’s best friend.”
Ana continued to type in her Macbook. “…that you used to date.” She looked up and locked eyes with Tony. “I see your relationship worked out well.”
“So, Faith and possibly her best friend might have leaked the story.” Scott leaned back in the leather chair. “Do you think Faith is capable of doing so?”
Eli stopped bouncing in his chair. His honest answer was anyone was capable of anything. There were many ways Faith wanted to hurt Eli; the massive alimony and child support was proof of it.
Would she go as far as destroying his reputation and hurting the rest of the D’Amatos in the process? He wasn’t sure. Then again, the way Faith had been acting lately, Eli wasn’t sure if he knew her at all. “I honestly don’t know.”
“Okay,” Scott scribbled a few more notes and dropped his pen. He let out a small sigh and rubbed his beard as he figured out the next action plan. “Okay, the good news is this – because the incident was a one-time thing and happened long ago, before the reconciliation and children, we can play that angle. We can also say Faith never filed charges, Eli’s record is clean, and it was all rumors. There is plenty of evidence backing this up.”
“Okay,” Eli agreed, “I like that.”
Eli shook his head. “I don’t understand.”
“Faith is in vendetta mode, which means she’s capable of anything. She may not have leaked the story but her slow response to it tells me she gave the okay to whoever did.” Scott explained. “Therefore, we need to make sure she doesn’t feel she can do a little bit more with some other things.”
“What do you want us to do?” Tony asked. “We can’t just go up to her and tell her to stop?”
“Even if we could, she wouldn’t listen,” Kieran shook his head, “and it’ll just add more fuel to the fire.”
“The only people Faith needs to talk to, at this point, are her parents and her attorney.” Scott advised. “It would behoove all of you to ban communication until this is settled. This also goes for your wives.” He turned back to Eli. “I need an answer from you.”
“Does it matter?” Eli shrugged.
“Actually, it does,” Scott leaned back into his chair, “if you still care about the mother of your children, it’ll tell me how to proceed in protecting your brand without any damage to hers. I’ll still fire a warning shot just so she knows she won’t pull this shit again.”
“And if he doesn’t?” Joey asked.
“I will destroy her,” Scott said nonchalantly.
The ice in Scott’s tone caught Eli by surprise and he glanced up at him. “Destroy her? On what? The only thing in Faye’s…” He paused and swallowed his emotions. “…the only thing in Faith’s past are parking tickets.”
“He’s not talking Faith in particular,” Nick chimed in, “Scott’s referring to her father.”
“Famous preacher of a megachurch will have a lot of buried secrets…” Joey began.
Eli shook his head and held up a hand. “Whoa, whoa, whoa…hold up now.” Things were very rocky between Eli and Faith, but he couldn’t in his right mind go after David, especially after what the older gentleman had done for him. “Are you serious now?”
“Eli, you hired me to protect your brand, save your reputation, and put your ex-wife and her people in check. You did not hire me to play patty cake with them,” Scott’s tone hardened. “That being said, how you feel about Faith will determine my course of action. If your question is how would I be able to sleep at night after destroying another human being, the answer is very well.”
Release date TBD.