From Rochelle Bradley's Here We Go Again:
“Oh, heavens be praised, look at what just walked in. Mm-hmm.” Bunny hummed, scanning Les from head to boots.
“That’s my ex,” Lynette mumbled.
“Honey, why did you let that hunk of man-meat go?” Bunny asked.
“It’s complicated. We were young for starters.” Dredging the past up was not an option. “How do you like this color?” Lynette asked, directing the discussion away from the large tattooed man hovering by the reception desk.
Lynette applied the clear coat to Bunny’s nails, then led her to the nail dryer. “Thank you for stopping by, Bunny. I enjoyed our conversation.”
“Likewise, honey.” Bunny lowered her voice, “That boy’s gaze hasn’t left your body since he came in. There might still be something there. Just sayin’.”
Lynette returned polish to the shelf, then wiped down her station. Les approached her table and stared at a bottle of polish remover.
“Not now,” Lynette mumbled. “I’m working. Can’t this wait?”
Les tensed, meeting her gaze, red-faced, and appearing constipated. “Another seven years?” He took a step closer.
Lynette couldn’t breathe. His bulk invaded her space, hogging the air. She clamped her shaking hands in her lap.
“I need to know one thing, Lyn. Why did you abandon me? Why did you give up on us?”
She studied her knuckles, tears filling her eyes. Lynette shook her head, her raven locks curtaining her face. “Please leave,” she croaked. “I can’t do this.”
“Why are you afraid to confront what you did?” he growled.
His words stabbed her heart. Lynette balled her fists, jumping to her feet. Her chair rolled across the room and slammed into the wall. White hot anger fueled her wrath. “What I did? How about what you did? You’re the one who ruined everything by getting arrested and going to jail.”