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Published by Lisa Arnopp
Greg had the perfect life. It had always been good. He liked school, was a natural at baseball and his dad was not only the most lenient but the most fun of any he knew. What tipped the scale to perfection was undoubtedly Katie, his girlfriend. She came with baggage -- three older territorial brothers and the twins were a metaphysical mischievous force. But even Eric, the worst of them, had become a friend. When his father announced he was getting remarried Greg was mostly happy for him. Having a new stepmother and stepbrother was going to mean some changes to perfection. But it turned out his problems weren’t about his new family but from his old family -- family that he had written off years before.
This book is the sequel to Synergy.
Greg had the perfect life. It had always been good. He liked school, was a natural at baseball and his dad was not only the most lenient but the most fun of any he knew. What tipped the scale to perfection was undoubtedly Katie, his girlfriend. She came with baggage -- three older territorial brothers and the twins were a metaphysical mischievous force. But even Eric, the worst of them, had become a friend. When his father announced he was getting remarried Greg was mostly happy for him. Having a new stepmother and stepbrother was going to mean some changes to perfection. But it turned out his problems weren’t about his new family but from his old family -- family that he had written off years before.
This book is the sequel to Synergy.

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Published by: Lisa Arnopp on Jul 13, 2010
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 MOMENTUM
Book Two
Lisa Marie Arnopp
 
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About thirteen years earlier…
Gregory Andrews looked out the window wondering where his dad was taking him. Wherever itwas, it couldn’t be good. Not after he shoved Brad down for taking Meg’s doll. He only meant to get thetoy back but he jumped on Brad when he taunted him for being a
momma’s boy
. Despite the undeniablefact that Brad started it, Greg understood he was in big trouble. He knew better than to hit anybody.They had just left his kindergarten after his father had a long discussion about his behavior behindclosed doors with Father Francis. Andy, his father, hadn’t said a word since. The silence was torture.Greg couldn’t believe his eyes when they pulled into the Family Fun Zone parking lot. “We’re playing putt-putt golf?” He sat up tall wondering what the catch was.“No.” Andy answered mysteriously.They walked to the far side of the building where the batting cages were. It was better than golf.He had begged his father to take him since he could talk and now when he had been so bad, he was finallygoing to bat like the big boys.Andy bought some tokens, a shiny new bat and gloves for Greg. They walked down to the slow pitch machine. He sat down on the bench and patted for Greg to sit next to him.Greg sat sure it was a trick and a punishment was coming.“Father Francis told me what happened.” His father’s kind eyes scanned over Greg and then hisstrong arms wrapped him in an ironclad hug. “You’re mother isn’t coming back. It’s my fault not yours.”He was near tears. “Never think it was because of you.Greg wept. It wasn’t a shock. After three years, how could it be? It still hurt to hear. “I don’tcare.” He sniffled.“I’ll do whatever I can to make sure you never lack anything.” Andy didn’t ease up his hold. “Ilove you, Greg. Never forget that.”“Me too Dad.” Greg wiped his hand across his snotty nose clearing away the mucus puddle thathad formed. Andy mussed up his hair. To Greg that was a greater sign of love than any words could ever  be. Then his father cleaned off his hands and face with a wet nap.“Hi Greg.” Brad said.
 
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Greg looked up feeling like a baby crying in front of Brad. Brad’s eyes were raw and red. Clearlyhe had been crying as well.“I’m sorry for taking Meg’s doll and calling you a momma’s boy.” Brad hung his head in shame.“I didn’t know.”Regardless of context, Greg wanted to hit him again. Instead he nodded.Brad’s father nudged his back and the boy held his hand out. “Friends.”“That’s very nice of you Brad.” Andy encouraged the kids. “Greg, what do you have to say?”It was a trick. Andy wanted him to be nice to Brad. The urge to hurl himself to the floor kickingand screaming swelled. Then he saw a man in the cages. Not any man but Jim, his new next-door neighbor and his father’s best friend. Greg didn’t have a mother like the other kids but he had a seconddad. That was better.Jim smiled at Greg. “I got you something.” He took off his St. Ignatius’ cap and punched it intoshape. “It isn’t new but you have asked me for it a hundred times.”Greg smiled despite his foul mood. It was Jim’s lucky hat and exactly like his dad’s. He had to benice to Brad to play ball and get the treasured cap. It might not be worth it but he said, “Friends.” Heshook Brad’s hand as hard as he could.They never fought again – at least not on opposite sides.

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