“Yes, ah, well Brandy, this summer, you won’t celebrate like all the others running around at the beach, cavorting with young men, and making an almighty fool of yourself,” Agnes said.
Brandy shook her head, her eyes now saucer-shaped in sorrow.
“But mom, I never do things like that, you know,” Brandy said.
“No, I don’t know. Just because you’ve turned eighteen doesn’t mean you can become like all the others. This summer you’ll stay at home, with no parties, no merrymaking, nothing,” Agnes said, folding her arms in front of her daughter.
“What! I can’t see my friends, like Arabella,” Brandy said, bursting into tears.
“Agnes, stop this madness!” Garth said, pulling Agnes to the side.
“No, you stop it,” Agnes said, freeing her hand from Garth’s grip. “Only Arabella’s allowed into our house, but your other friends can amuse themselves with each other, and their boyfriends. Your grandparents won’t be able to enjoy the summer, and that doesn’t mean you can. Their memory will be cherished by us as a family for the next while, and that’s the end of it,” Agnes said, treating her daughter to an icy glance, before walking out of the room, leaving Garth and Brandy shocked. Seeing that Brandy was dumbfounded by Agnes’ behavior, Garth walked closer to his daughter, and wrapped his arms around her.
This is the second preview from BRANDY’S SUMMER IDOL, which is available now for pre-order to readers on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, I-Tunes, Kobo, and will be released 12 August, 2015 with other bookstores to follow.