Glimmer in the Darkness
by Nicole Hampton
by Nicole Hampton
For Shannon Johnson, full-time wife, mom and freelance writer, life as she knew it changed one spring afternoon with the ringing of her doorbell. On the other side stood Vaneetra James, former mistress of Shannon’s husband, Daniel. With two sons, Shannon resisted the urge to leave Daniel in order to keep her family intact. However, she refused to deal with the issues resulting from Daniel’s extramarital affair.
When Shannon thought her life couldn’t get any worse, a tragic turn of events in Vaneetra’s life turned Shannon’s already fractured world upside down, sending her marriage into an even deeper peril.
Feeling desperate and trapped, Shannon made a series of rash decisions that landed her in the arms of another man, bringing her already fragile world crashing downward. Having to come to grips with the reality that the man she once thought was extraordinary was just ordinary, she had to trudge the road of forgiveness, while learning to love again and accept what she never imagined could ever exist.
Excerpt: Glimmer in the Darkness by Nicole Hampton
Shannon had gotten up to get a drink of water when the doorbell rang. She walked to the front door, thinking that maybe it was the FedEx man delivering the contract for her new writing assignment. Without bothering to look through the peephole, she opened the door, ready to retrieve her package. She was surprised to see an unfamiliar woman standing on her steps with one hand on her hip, the other poised in front of the doorbell. “May I help you?” Shannon’s eyes grazed over the beautiful woman standing in front of her. She took note of the annoyed look on her face, and her defensive posture.
“I am sure you can’t, but I am here anyway.” Vaneetra looked Shannon up and down, smirking at how clueless she was about the fact that her life was about to change. She gave Shannon the once over, noticing her lean legs covered by black leggings, and how her waist did not indicate she had given birth to children. Nevertheless, Vaneetra knew this pathetic version of a housewife Nicole Hampton 10 could not hold a candle to her, not even under the current circumstances.
Vaneetra’s condescending attitude rubbed Shannon the wrong way. “Excuse me? Do I know you?” Vaneetra turned as if looking around, and set her focus back on Shannon. “You have a nice house. Daniel has good taste…in homes, that is.”
“Do you work for my husband? Are you a new assistant at his firm?” An uneasiness about this woman rose from the pit of Shannon’s stomach. She sensed she was trouble and would suggest that Daniel fire her.
Vaneetra laughed. “I guess you can call me an assistant. For the past several months, I have been assisting Daniel with some pretty important issues—helping him to stay hard and on his game is a better way to put it.” She took step closer to Shannon.
Fed up with the woman standing at her door, Shannon snapped, “Look, I don’t have time to play word or guessing games with you. You need to get off my property. While you are at it, collect your belongings from my husband’s firm, you won’t be working there anymore.” Shannon turned to close the door, but Vaneetra’s next words stopped her dead in her tracks.
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About Nicole Hampton
Nicole is an avid reader, with a passion for understanding people and relationships. Her love for reading is only surpassed by her love for writing and bringing characters to life. Nicole is a member of the North Carolina Writer’s Network. She lives with her husband of fifteen years, six children and family dog in the surrounding area of Raleigh, NC.
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