Revealing the Unknown
Her mom’s necklace snapped out of her neck and hit the carpet. Her neighbor saw it and took a step back. He smiled, trembling as he dropped the reddened knife in his hand.
She stood there shaken and stunned. She had never been close to her mom. But when she saw what was hidden inside the necklace, she knew she should have talked to her when she had the chance.
My Dark Past
Daisy Shaw had a troubled childhood. Born in Little River, California, Daisy’s parents divorced when she was only three.
She and her mom moved into a studio apartment in Los Angeles. Daisy’s mom, twenty-nine at the time, fell into severe depression and substance abuse. Sometimes her disorders made her do terrible things to her daughter.
Daisy used to report to school with tiny burn marks on her forearms. When it became clear what her mom was doing to her, Child Protection Services moved her into a foster home.
Daisy grew up a shell of her bubbly seven-year-old self. The only reminder of her old life was her mom’s antique locket. She blamed herself for the family tragedy, and soon the blame became something worse.
A New Perspective
Daisy developed an intense hatred toward her mom for ruining her childhood. She saw kids with their parents enjoying boat rides and picnics. She watched families go to fairs, and girls her age attend prom.
She felt nothing when news of her mom’s passing reached her. Her childhood was a blur, and she loathed her mom for it. This hatred burned hotter every day, but it wouldn’t stay for long.
The Boy of Her Dreams
Daisy met Klaus, a young London author, on her twenty-seventh birthday. Klaus lived next door, and every night, the aroma of his cooking made Daisy wish they were friends.
Klaus was a fascinating guy. He constantly walked around in a leather jacket despite the Los Angeles heat. Daisy knew she liked him. But if she knew better, she should’ve kept her distance.
Going Against Herself
As someone shaped by the aftermath of a nasty divorce, Daisy had sworn off all kinds of intimacy. But with Klaus, she wanted to risk everything.
Klaus described her necklace as an enthralling piece of jewelry. Daisy told him it had stayed around her neck since she was three. She felt at ease talking to him. But she didn’t know he was slowly burrowing into her head.
Want Some Tea?
That night, Daisy dreamt of Klaus. She had never connected with someone the way she had with him. She wondered if this existed between her mom and dad before they divorced.
She bumped into him in the hallway in the morning. “Can I take you out for some tea?” Klaus asked. Daisy laughed at the invitation, telling him no one in the 21st-century drank tea. How did he feel about coffee instead?
The Big Problem
Daisy enjoyed her first date so much that she asked Klaus for another. The second date blew the first out of the water. The many that came after were past perfect.
Daisy was falling for Klaus. He would say anything, and she would laugh. He would be sad, and Daisy’s heart would crack into a million pieces. She remembered she’d once sworn off intimacy. She was in big trouble.
Facing The Problem
That night, Daisy assessed her feelings for the boy next door. She’d known him for a year now, yet those twelve months felt like a lifetime.
Daisy had seen what her parents’ divorce did to her mom. She feared history repeating itself. But could she turn down Klaus after everything they’d experienced?
Come What May
Daisy wrapped her fingers around her mom’s necklace. It felt heavier than usual. She held it close to her chest, wishing she could talk to her mom. The hatred she’d once felt was replaced by loss.
Although it was late at night, Daisy marched to Klaus’ door. She knocked, and he opened. “We need to talk,” she whispered.
The Truth Will Set You Free
Daisy stepped into Klaus’ apartment. He had lit a few candles around the living room and set the table for two. “Sit,” he urged.
Daisy sat, and Klaus went in and out of the kitchen. A knife gleamed in one of his hands. On the other was a red velvet cupcake. “What’s this?” Daisy asked.
Klaus pointed at Daisy’s necklace. She trailed her finger against its warm metal. “Open it,” he said. “What?” asked Daisy. “It’s a locket. Lockets hold gifts, no?” Klaus answered.
He slid the knife down the cupcake, bringing it to Daisy. “I know it’s not your birthday, but I’ve had these candles lit for hours now, waiting for you to come,” Klaus said. He cut the necklace off Daisy’s neck.
A Turn of Events
The cake-stained knife tipped out of Klaus’ hand. It landed next to the opened necklace. Beside it was a sparkling ring. Klaus went on his knees, “I hid it in your necklace on our last date.”
His doe eyes gleamed beautifully in the candlelight. “Daisy Shaw, will you marry me?” he asked, his lips curling. Daisy’s jaw dropped.
Daisy stood frozen for minutes. She didn’t blink or take a breath. She’d come to tell Klaus she wanted to build a life with him. She’d fallen in love with him.
And here he was, on one knee. He was a step ahead in this dangerous game they were playing. “Will you marry me?” Klaus repeated, worry flashing across his face.
Facing The Past
Daisy remembered her parents. Her past ruined her life. Would she let it wreck this happiness she’d found too?
She took a step forward, her heart pounding within her chest. Her knees felt weak, and she almost stumbled. “Klaus,” her voice was small. Tears covered her sight, “Yes. Yes, I will.”