Chuck Tells His Mother He Plans to Marry Bobbi


And now with the FINAL version of the book out the door I have two more deleted scenes. This is a flashback of a conversation between Chuck and his mother in which he announces his plan to marry Bobbi. She is shocked by the quick decision. The key is Ann's last line. "Feelings change." If her son's relationship is built solely on emotional attraction, it's doomed.



Chuck stopped in the kitchen just long enough to kiss his mother on the cheek before charging toward the back door.

“Hold up! Where are you headed?” She dried her hands on a dishtowel, then tossed it onto the counter.

“Got a date, Mom. Bobbi and I are going to the lake.”

“You’ve been out with her every night this week.” She reached up and straightened Chuck’s collar, and he rolled his eyes. Time was wasting.

“July’s almost over, and I’m leaving in three weeks. I want to see her as much as I can.”

“What’s going to happen when you have to leave her behind?”

“I’m not.” He crossed his arms across his chest. He was going to have to tell her, and there wouldn’t be a quick exit after that.


“I’m gonna marry her. I’ve already bought a ring.”

“Have you lost your mind? You barely know this girl. I barely know her.”

“This is a God-thing. I’m sure she’s the one.”

“She’s a very sweet, wonderful girl. I’m not disputing that. You said she’s going to Missouri?”

“She’s got a full ride to the branch here in town. She didn’t want to leave her dad.”

“Even so, what happens if she meets another boy there, and here you are hundreds of miles away? It will break your heart.”

“It would break my heart, but she won’t. She loves me.”

“And you know this because?”

“She told me.”

“That’s not enough.” She smiled and patted his arm. “Romantic love feels wonderful, Chuck, but it takes more than that to make a life together. Feelings change.”


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