Why bother to be his wife when you can never be his best friend? For Terrence, the best friend role has always been filled; wifey was the only available slot. Lani took that position with pride, but now she realizes that she has the entire game backward – she was foolish enough to think that the woman with the biggest diamond was the winner. Instead, she feels like just another obligation while Kenya, Terrence’s best friend, is where he has hidden his heart. But Lani is not your average house wife. And a smashed heart doesn’t make her lie down and die. Just the opposite, she jumps in the boxing ring with both gloves tied. But she isn’t fighting for Terrence or for love; she is going purely for self and taking no prisoners. In the end, neither Terrence nor Kenya can compare to her.
They hadn’t spoken to each other in two days. Terrence watched Lani move around the bedroom, her eyes scanning the room as she checked for her wallet, searched for her car keys and rubbed lotion on her hands. Lani’s face looked uncomfortable and pinched. The tension stuffing the room felt awkward as Lani looked at everything in sight, except him. Terrence sighed. These childish games that they so often played were whittling away at his patience like a mouse nibbling at cardboard. He was sick of it.
“Lani.” He took a step toward her, his hand outstretched. Someone had to be the more mature one. And Terrence needed her today. The want for her quiet smile tore at his heart. There was no need to face the hostile world alone—that was why he had gotten married. Had he known it was going to be this … he would have rethought his options. “Lani, enough already.”
Lani turned her back and grabbed her pocket book.
Terrence shook his head. This is what she did—start an argument about nothing, get mad when it didn’t work out the way she wanted, and then spend days pretending he wasn’t there. So childish. Terrence headed to the bathroom and closed the door. Within the quiet sanctuary, he observed himself in the vanity mirror. It was time for a haircut; his soft hair grew quickly. He needed to shave, but could get away with the stubble for the day. There was no question, he was a handsome brother. The ladies never let him forget.
There wasn’t a day that went by when some sexy women didn’t catch and hold his eye, or linger nearby too long, letting him know he could have whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.
But he didn’t want them. Terrence had his fill when he was younger and bouncing from woman to woman was as simple as changing underwear. That was for when he was childish. When he became a man, he wanted a woman to be the wind beneath his wings. And the only woman he longed for was Lani. His wife. His sweetheart. His sexy queen. When she wasn’t pouting, arguing, ignoring and acting like a spoiled brat.
Terrence finished the Windsor knot on his striped Donald Trump tie and stepped back to appraise his ensemble. Six feet of male perfection at her disposal and my wife wants to argue about nothing. The thought made him shake his head. He stepped back into the bedroom and watched Lani’s hips as she walked in a brown tight fitted skirt, her lean legs accented by sling back pumps.
“What time will you be home?” Terrence refused to let her walk around sulking another day. She was going to acknowledge him.
Lani shrugged, still refusing to look up.
“Lani, you hear me talking to you.”
“I’ll get home when I get home.” Sarcasm dripped from her lips like word saliva.
“Damnit, Lani, how long is this going to go on?” As soon as the words were uttered, Terrence regretted them. He didn’t want to beg for her to talk to him. The question was a capitulation, a sign of weakness. Why was he groveling for Lani’s attention anyway? He shouldn’t have to. He didn’t have to.
“You don’t even get the point, do you?” Lani finally looked at him.
“All you think about is you.”
Terrence rubbed his hand through his hair. Lani sounded like a broken record, one that he should consider throwing out. “If all I thought about was me, then I wouldn’t have come to bed at all. I came to bed to be with you.”
“It’s not about that, Terrence.”
“Then what the fuck is it about?” Terrence raised his voice and his arms.
Kai is the author of Daughter of the Game, Daughter of the Game II:The Secret Keeper, The Loudest Silence and The Loudest Silence, New Edition. She is president of Guaranteed Paper Publishing, Inc., and author of Peaceful Resolution, a poetry compilation and coauthor of Solo Shivers by Wilson, an erotic short story. Coming in 2013, Kai will be releasing daughter of the Game II:Burning waters, The Click and That Good Grind. Also, stay tuned for Kai’s short story in the upcoming anthology Gutta Mami’s by N’Tyse.
Get to Know Kai:
1. What is The Loudest Silence, New Edition about?
High drama! Lani is sick of playing the wife role while her husband Terrence confides in his best friend Kenya. In Lani’s opinion, Terrence has Kenya on a pedestal, Kenya doesn’t have to live with him or tolerate his foolishness, she can be the best friend and remain blameless. When Lani and Terrence have another fight and Terrence leaves, Lani assumes the worse. Not be be out done, she decides to match her husband step by step….but she takes her deception much farther than Terrence ever would.
2. What was the inspiration for the book?
I see so many couples in that relationship “dead space.” Smiling at parties, very polite to one another, and it feels so plastic. The silence is so loud. I wanted to try to capture that emotion on paper. Poetry is my first love, so all of my books come from an emotion into a story. In Daughter of the Game, the emotion was the power of Armand and Monique’s love. In The Loudest Silence, its the frustrating anger of rejection and abandonment.
3. Why read it?: Why not?
Its a drama filled ride – you will “feel” something while reading this book, even if its disgust at the characters. I love when readers love my characters, but I also love when readers get angry at them and complain to me about them. At least they made you feel something and care about what was happening. I had one reader in Philadelphia who was so made at something that happened in the book that she didn’t want to speak with me. We finally got her to open up and her insight was invaluable. But more than anything, I appreciated the emotion.
4. Whats next?
Daughter of the Game III: Burning Waters and The Click are scheduled for 2013. I am very excited about this Daughter of the Game, we discover more about the family and go back to the roots of the family. And yes, Monique and Armand have a chance to work on some issues, but they have to discover themselves again. The Click is a new series that I am so excited about. It’s about the triple live of Mason, a business man who can’t keep himself out of the streets. But the streets can be like mud, you don’t dip in and out with some of it clinging to you. And once it sticks to him, he loses his “legitimate” life and has to find a way to maintain. I have attached an excerpt: Tell me your thoughts at [email protected]
5. Where have you been?
I had to take the last year to refocus, regroup and strategize. I live to write, once writing became a hassle, then I knew something was very off. This year away resulted in a renewed dedication to my works – Daughter of the Game series and The Loudest Silence, New Edition. Also, it resulted in the creation of Guaranteed Paper Publishing, Inc., and other incredible writing opportunities. I am very grateful for all the support readers and the author community has shown me.
6. Last Words?
Again, thank you for your support. Please provide feedback – I love hearing what readers have to say!