TITLE: Two Truths and a Lie
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary
A college student used to playing fast and loose with the truth must rescue her grifter mother from a con gone bad, but the one person who can help her sees right through her lies. And when she discovers the secret he has been trying to uncover, she has to choose between her mother’s security, or exposing the one lie so big even she didn’t see it coming.
I had big plans for Friday night. Bigger than dancing at Revel, crashing the Delta Tau party, or cramming for the Global Marketing Strategies midterm. They did not include hanging out in the bathroom, patching up a bullet hole in my mom's ass.
I yank the first aid kit out of the cabinet while my anger does a slow, steady simmer. I told her Sanderson was a disaster waiting to happen. I told her and she promised to stay away.
The bathroom is tiny—barely enough room for one person to move comfortably in—so that my mom is forced to straddle the toilet. I wiggle around until the torn part of her micro-mini is within reach. “Hold still.”
"Ow!" She jerks away. "Watch it!"
“If you’re going to be a baby about this, you can go to the ER."
“You’re in a mood.”
“It’s Friday night, and I’m keeping you from bleeding to death.”
“Don’t be so melodramatic. The bullet barely grazed me.”
“That’s not the point!”
“Come on. You can’t tell me this isn’t more fun than doing that market analysis thing with your little study group.”
I wasn’t at study group. The words are on the tip of my tongue, but I don’t say them. I never told mom I tracked dad down, and it’s not like I’m going to fill her in now, after he slammed the door in my face.