And Then She Was Gone: Meet Josiah

Hi all! I spent the weekend editing, AND THEN SHE WAS GONE. I finally realized, if given a chance, I will always find something I want to tweak. So, I am glad my deadline for release is coming. Although I am a bundle of nerves about this book, I am ready to share this story with you all.

I was reading it for what seemed like the 100th time yesterday when I decided I wanted to give you all a glimpse into Josiah and Ariana’s world. So, here is a brief introduction to Josiah.

Lonely, sexually frustrated, and tired of sitting in his home office masturbating, Josiah began to sleep with Mareena, his wife’s “friend.” “The beautiful one,” still disinterested in sex with her husband, never complained when he came in late at night; she even seemed to rest easier now that he stopped trying to touch her or make love to her. 

After three months of satisfying his every need, Mareena started asking Josiah to leave his wife. When she eventually gave him an ultimatum, he ended the affair. Fearing Mareena would disclose the affair to his wife, Josiah wrote a generous check in exchange for her silence and vowed to never turn to another woman for comfort while he was married.

That promise was quickly broken when Josiah began an affair with a young associate in his firm. Initially, the relationship was simply a mentor/mentee relationship. Eleven years his junior, Josiah never imagined the associate could be attracted to him. When it became obvious that she was flirting, he refrained from engaging, fearing she was setting him up for a sexual harassment suit. However, the more he shied away from her advances, the more aggressive she became. When he found himself spending four days out of town on a “business trip” with her, he knew he was in trouble.  Within twenty-four hours she was in his hotel room, in his bed, making him feel things he had not felt in a very long time. For the rest of the trip, they were inseparable; once work was completed for the day, they retreated to the room, ordering room service when they were not busy bringing one another pleasure.

The affair became even more intense after Josiah and the associate returned from the business trip. Finding more cases to justify traveling together, they were out of town together on business at least twice a month. During these times, they were open and free about their relationship. They dined in the finest restaurants, attended events together, and always retreated to his hotel suite for evenings and mornings of intense lovemaking. Over time, Josiah showered the associate with lavish gifts that did not go unnoticed in the office. And, while many in the office were pretty sure that Josiah and the associate were having an affair, no one dared to breathe one word about their suspicions. Everyone knew the power that Josiah wielded as one of the top moneymakers in the firm.

Eight months into the affair, Josiah found himself daydreaming about waking up to the associate every day and began contemplating actually leaving “the beautiful one.” So, it came as a blow to Josiah when the associate walked in to work one day with a 2 ½ carat, round, clear cut diamond on her “ring” finger and announced that she was marrying a lawyer from one of their competing firms and would be leaving their firm in a month. The announcement not only served as her departure notice to the firm, it served as her departure notice to Josiah. His intense affair came to a surprising end.

When Josiah tried to talk to the associate about her surprise engagement, she callously asked…

So, there you go! A small glimpse into Josiah’s life. What do you think the associate said to Josiah when he tried to talk to her about her surprise engagement? Do you dislike Josiah’s character? Why, or why not?

Stay tuned! Tomorrow I think I might introduce you to David.

Much Love,


Author: Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

2 thoughts

  1. Josiah is a conflicted character. You almost feel that he deserves what he gets from the associate (anxious to know her name). Intetested in knowing why ” the beautiful one” was disinterested in her husband. Ready to read more!

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