Happy Saturday everyone! I’m moving on to book six of the Cassie’s Space Series, Cassie’s Influence. Cassie and Sue need to do some shopping before the gang head off for California. They shopped, dined and got home safe and sound and that should have been the end of it. But Cassie’s darling husband, Tom, doesn’t miss much…
I barely washed my face. I was worn out. I slipped my shoes off my aching feet and padded to the bed. Tom undressed the rest of me. Lying back in the bed felt like floating on a cloud. I was so comfortable and content. I snuggled down on the bed as Tom began rubbing my back. It felt like heaven as Tom quietly talked to me about his day and his evening. It would have been the end of the perfect day had my sweet husband not decided to give me a foot massage.
Pulling the covers from my feet I heard a surprised sound. Then Tom asked sharply, "Cassie, what did you do to your feet?"
My feet? What was wrong with my feet? Self-preservation told me being asleep was my best bet. So I began muttering as if I were fading fast. "They're fine."
"They're swollen, badly."
Oh, that was not good. I hadn't even realized that they were swollen. Gracious, how many husbands would have even noticed? This was going to take some finesse. In my vagueness, sleepiest voice I murmured, "Walking…"
"Walking doesn't cause your feet to swell. They only swell when you fly. Girl, where did you go today?" His voice was no longer gentle. "Cassie, answer me."
There was no way I was saying another word. I stopped muttering and just concentrated on breathing slowly and deeply. I needed time to think. I knew the whole story was probably going to come out, but putting that moment off was the only thing on my mind.
Still standing beside me, Tom lay his hand on my naked bottom. "I know you're not asleep. We'll wait until morning if that's the way you want it. But understand this, pretending to be asleep is just one more deception."
Intentionally or not, Cassie’s influence spreads. Sue’s marriage has improved through Cassie’s influence. However, when Sue’s marriage unexpectedly takes a turn for the worse, Sue pushes for the solution she feels will work, a solution that could put Cassie on a collision course with the ivory brush.
Allie and Ryan are both feeling influence from Cassie and Tom. Cassie doesn't mean to lead Allie astray - but Allie sees Cassie as a role model. Every adventure, old or new, captures Allie's attention, which increases her desire to be more like her mentor. But for better or worse, Ryan is just as determined to be like Tom.