Title: Sixty Days
Author: Zoe Glez
Genre: Romance/Coming of Age 17+
Publication Date: December 16, 2013
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
“What, no last kiss for me?” I ask, my pout on full display. Mickey looks at me as if he suddenly remembers that this will probably be our last kiss until January and heads toward me. Pulling me in his arms, he kisses me with such passion and need that it makes me weak in the knees.
“I could spend a whole eternity kissing you, my heaven,” he says, breathlessly. “I love you, Laylah. You are my world, remember that.”
“I love you too, Mickey,” I whisper to him. Stretching up onto my tiptoes, I hug the love of my life, wishing that we could stay like this forever.”
Sixty days; the length of a traditional Puerto Rican Christmas, starting the day before thanksgiving and ending as soon as January 6th. That’s how long Laylah’s entire family will be visiting.
Laylah has been in love with her brother’s best friend, Mickey, since she was ten. Even at such a young age, she knew her love was true. At thirteen, her family moved away, leaving her love and his beautiful dimpled smile behind. At eighteen, Laylah went off to California to attend college. At nineteen, Laylah returned home to her grandmother’s, broken and lost as to where her place in the world was.
Six years is how long it had been since Laylah and Mickey had seen each other; six years is how long it took for them to finally be together. Two years later, Mickey and Laylah are going strong. They have built a life together, a life they want to live forever. One problem, only a few select people know that they are a couple, let alone living together. Now, the entire family is coming to stay for sixty days to celebrate the holidays after years apart.
Will this family be able to endure the next sixty days filled with secrets, lies, and deceit that threatens to break them apart? Will Mickey and Laylah’s love be able to withstand the next sixty days? Join Laylah as she embarks on this journey of family, love, and finding her true self.
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“Mickey?” I call as soon as I get home through the back door.
“In the living room, babe,” he calls back. “Hey! I was thinking we should call John this week and set up a meeting with him or maybe just talk to him when we go back there. That is, if we are still sure about this. It’s a big step, kind of overwhelming, don’t ya think?” he says still looking at the TV.
“Yeah…that’s fine. Sure,” I absentmindedly tell him.
My behavior catches his attention and he quickly turns toward me to see what’s up. “What’s wrong? Is it Mama? Is she okay, did she—”
“No, no. Mama is great. She’s more than great, actually. She’s wonderful. She’s a rock,” I interrupt him mid-sentence.
“Okay…so what is it that has my lovely lady in such a mood?” he asks, signaling for me to sit on his lap.
I let out a deep breath. This is home, he is my home, my safe haven and I’m afraid these days to come will destroy it. “The whole family is coming for the holidays,” I whisper.
He kisses my cheek. “We can handle one day with them here. We could tell them, if you’re ready to do so. If not, we can still wait until you feel comfortable with the idea of telling them.”
“That’s the thing, Mickey. It won’t be just one day. It will be for sixty days,” I say, feeling exasperated.
“What do you mean?” He’s confused now.
“Mama managed to pull off the whole Puerto Rican style Christmas thing she has always wanted to do. Starting from Thanksgiving ‘til mid-January they will all be staying here,”
“So, we tell them. I know—”
“We can’t just tell them, Miguel,” I yell and stand up. Letting fear control my feelings.
“Then what, Laylah? They will find out eventually, we have to tell them. We can’t just keep pretending there is nothing between us. It will kill us,” he yells back.
“I thought you said nothing could kill us,” I say in a small voice, reeling in my frayed emotions.
About the Author
“I was abducted by aliens, I’m sure of it. Otherwise there is no other way to explain all those voices that have suddenly come to my mind, begging me to tell their stories.”
Zoe Glez is an islander, as in she was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She currently attends the University of Puerto Rico, majoring in psychology. Student by day and writer by night. She started writing when she was in high school; writing for her has always been a therapy and she loves it, as much as she loves her family and her two furry daughters. She’s obsessed with books, vampires, superheroes and music. During her free time she enjoys reading a good book or grabbing her DSLR camera and capture the great beauty mother nature provides us.