My wedding day was the happiest day of my life. I felt like a princess stepping into queendom when I strapped on my off-white satin wedding gown and strappy heels the day I became Mrs. Tess Knox. “Marissa, I can’t believe this is happening,” I said to my best friend who had been by my side since forever. She’d stuck by me when other friends and lovers left me high and dry. Marissa was my down by law rider. If there was one thing I could depend on, I could depend on her loyalty and love for me, and that meant the world to me.
I needed her steadiness. I was used to being left alone. My parents died in their late fifties, Mom succumbing to a stroke from overwhelming grief only a few days after the burial of Dad. Therefore, Marissa Brown and my soon to be husband, Amiri Knox, had been the two people I loved and depended on more than anything. Both brought much needed stability into my life. Amiri my lover of all times. Marissa my unwavering rock to lean on. With them by my side, I could face the world.
Nothing made me prouder than when my best friend stepped down from her place as my maid of honor to give me away. I never imagined her gorgeous smile that day hid something deep inside that would ruin me. When my friend’s dark secret was finally revealed, it left me struggling to salvage the crumpled pieces of my heart, all because of a salacious affair that would leave me with nowhere to turn, no one to trust.