Today's post from Erin Nicholas is from her Bradfords series, and is deleted material giving a quick peek at what didn't stay in the book Just Right. Thanks for the 'behind the scenes' look, Erin.
It just sucked. That was all there was to it. He was sitting in the large overstuffed armchair in the TV area of the Center with his arm around Sophie, her snuggled up against his side, his hand resting on her stomach feeling the baby kick. It was the first time they were hanging out as more than friends with the rest of their Center buddies. Everyone was completely at ease, it seemed, though with him and Sophie as a couple. He should have been totally content.
But his head hurt like a son of a bitch.
Mario was glad he hadn't had a haircut for awhile. The gash on his left temple from Drake's big—ass school ring would have freaked Sophie out, not to mention Miss Bradford, the other Miss Bradford and probably even Doc T.
Really, he just wanted to go to sleep. He loved being close like this with Sophie, but damn his head throbbed and now his stomach was turning too.
Maybe if she'd lay on the couch with him he could still hold her, but keep his brain from trying to jackhammer its way out of his skull.
He was just glad nobody had any food. Even a whiff of a ham sandwich might send him running for the toilet like Sophie in her first two months.
Mario slumped down so that he could rest his head on the back of the chair.
Nobody noticed the seemingly slight shift, most eyes on the movie on the TV. Sophie just snuggled closer, her head resting on his chest.
Sophie's voice sounded far away and Mario realized his eyes were closed. Slowly he became aware that she was saying his name. It was really difficult but he managed to get his eyelids up.
"You okay?" Sophie looked concerned, even alarmed.
Mario liked her concern, but he didn't want to scare her.
"Sure," he said with as much enthusiasm as he could muster.
"You look really weird."
Well, then he looked better than he felt, which was downright horrible.
He lifted his head from the back of the chair and felt really nauseous. If only talking to her didn't involve looking at her.
But Sophie's frown separated into two frowns. Now he was getting scared too.
He shook is head to clear the double vision, but that made it feel like his brain had been put into a clothes dryer and was tumbling over and over.
"Sophie said she's using your middle name somehow for the baby's middle name," Travis said, not sounding alarmed at all. "Hope it's not something stupid."
They all laughed and Kevin asked, "Yeah, what is your middle name?"
He wasn't sure.
But he liked the idea of the baby having the same name. He liked it a lot.
He stood up, needing to get to the bathroom for some cold water, or peace and quiet, or something. He just didn't feel right.
Mario stood up and felt steady for about four seconds before the floor shifted, knocking him off his feet.
Then everything went black.
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