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DIVERGENT LIVES by Minnie Lahongrais
Psych Thriller Adds Deviant Twists to Sociopath Theme
RJ and Adina enter the world as fraternal twins, one raised by old-world, controlling immigrants in El Barrio, the other sold into a religious home filled with lies and scorn. Both are sociopaths.
Turns out, RJ’s got a secret that enrages him with the flip of a switch. Adina uses her sexual power to dominate every man in her life. They are on a mysterious trajectory to cross paths in New York City, where the end of their lives culminates in an apex of horror and carnage.
“One must feel sorry for those who have strange tastes, but never insult them. Their wrong is Nature’s too; they are no more responsible for having come into the world with tendencies unlike our than are we for being born bandy-legged or well-proportioned.” – Marquis de Sade, “Dialogue the Fifth,” Philosophy in the Bedroom
DIVERGENT LIVES by Minnie Lahongrais
Adina Rosario Cruz’s meeting went longer than expected. She picked up her phone again and again to check the time. She really disliked Friday afternoon meetings. Looking out the window and merely glancing at the suits around her, she wasn’t hearing anything but white noise. Suddenly, everyone was standing.
She gathered her papers and stood, making polite good-byes to those next to her.
Then she was off, locking her office door, down the hall and taking long strides to the elevator. Doors open. Her heels clicked along the granite lobby, and with only a few more strides, a powerful rush of trench coat, purse, wind and hair, she emerged from the glass revolving doors onto the sidewalk. She lifted her face into the cool, spring air for a moment and glanced down to notice the sky’s beautiful orange glow enveloping her arm.
She signaled a cab that was letting passengers out at the curb. It wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Her office building was at a busy intersection and she rarely had to wait for a ride home. She hopped in as soon as the previous passengers exited the car.
“Hi. 1212 Delafield Avenue in Riverdale, please. You should take the Henry Hudson Parkway to exit twenty-one. I’ll direct you from there,” she instructed the cab driver and settled into the back seat.
His gaze lingered a moment in the rearview mirror.
She clenched her jaw at him in response. He looked away.
Rummaging through her pocketbook, she pulled out her smartphone and turned it off.
Adina was anxious to arrive home to Tommy. It was their anniversary and it would be a game-changing evening for the two of them. He rang her earlier that day and asked her to please be home at a decent hour. She promised to do so.
She leaned her head back and closed her eyes.
Adina Cruz and Tomas Ortiz met two years ago. She often saw him at the gym of their newly built condominium complex. Prior to their official meeting, he had discreetly watched her as she worked out. Never in her wildest dreams did she ever imagine that she would now want a long-term relationship with him.
Though very attractive, she didn’t see herself in the same light others did. Of average height – five foot four inches tall – she was curvaceous and had big brown eyes. Very thick, wavy, shoulder length dark hair which was just starting to go salt and pepper topped it all off. Her voice had a sultry tinge to it with an almost untraceable “NuYorican” accent, which only became apparent when she was excited or upset.
Tommy, as he liked to be called, was six foot two, with a head full of medium length thick dark hair that was also beginning to grey at the temples. Like Adina, he had classic big, brown eyes with full lashes. Adina loved him very much, especially with his solid build, and she was brutally attracted to him. Here is where things started to deviate for them.
She wanted more from this relationship than either of them thought Tommy was capable of giving. Adina’s desires were unconventional, dark even. She wanted more than just run-of-the-mill sex. Vanilla, some would call it. She was curious about different sexual activities. She especially enjoyed games that included inflicting pain, role-playing, and bondage. She liked to experiment with toys that she thought enhanced the sexual experience, like blindfolds and riding crops, and she wanted Tommy to join her in these activities.
Adina was sexually curious and open-minded where Tommy wasn’t. He was very conservative in almost everything he did, but even more so when it came to the bedroom.
The one thing they did have in common was that they both came from loving homes, though tragedy struck early in Tommy’s life. She often wondered if this affected his ability to allow himself to be uninhibited. His parents died when he was young, and his best friend’s family took him in after the tragedy.
Now in his early forties, he desperately wanted to start a family of his own. He knew he would be a good, loving father but when the subject of children came up between them, the conversation usually became very heated. He couldn’t understand why she wanted to do the things she did. They talked about her sexual interests often, and he still couldn’t understand it. Ultimately, the last tête-à-tête came almost a year into their relationship, culminating in an agreement.
At that time, Tommy offered Adina the space she needed, to do whatever was necessary to satisfy her curiosities. He grudgingly agreed to wait for her to decide about the future of their relationship. Tonight, the night of their second anniversary would be the night the year-old agreement would come to an end.
Click here to read the complete first chapter of Divergent Lives. (Editorial Note: Please do not click through if you’re under 18. Not PG-13 due to language and situation.)
New York City native Minnie Lahongrais was born and raised in an area called “El Barrio.” She currently resides in the culturally diverse borough of The Bronx. Minnie’s trilogy named “Resurrection of Dead Dreams” will release late next year.
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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Minnie will give away a copy of DIVERGENT LIVES as well as a special necklace to one lucky reader!! Comment on either her Monday Interview and/or Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs as well as on her blog post of December 12thfor a chance to win. Winners will be randomly selected by Minnie and announced Wednesday, December 24, 2012. Thanks, Minnie, for sharing your story with us!