We're excited to be sharing Always Yours by Shelly Jones today!
Author: Shelly Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 12, 2014
“Eric come on I’ll take you home. They’re not worth it!” I say grabbing his arm. Brady’s trying to help me with him.
“No Katie, you’re not the boss of me…” he says barely able to stand on his own two feet.
“You’re right Eric, I’m not. But please, let’s go home.” I beg him.
“Katie NO, you don’t get it! You don’t get how it feels! You don’t know what it’s like to have your life all kinds of fucked up! ” He says in a drunken slur of words.
Oh hell NO! He did not just say that to me. My blood is boiling and I just let it fly at him, “Oh My God, you fucking idiot! Yeah, I don’t get what it feels like to be cheated on, but what you fucking don’t understand is, I know how it feels to have your whole life shattered. I loved you so fucking much and you ignored me. You crushed my heart you asshole! Every guy I dated treated me like shit! The guy I dated guy right before Steve beat the living shit out of me, to the point that I got a skull fracture and was knocked unconscious, had memory loss for a month and to top it off, he beat me so fucking bad that my ribs broke and punctured a hole in my fucking lungs.”
He just stars at me with a blank face, can’t tell if he’s even paying attention but my adrenaline is pumping and I feel the need to go off on him, so I can put closure between us. Taking a deep breath, I let it go again,
“And guess who was right beside me the whole time? Wasn’t you that’s for damn sure! It was Steve! He was the one who stayed by my side, Steve was there every step of the way because you weren’t! I fell in love with him, because the one guy, the one fucking guy I wanted ditched me all those years ago for the high school tramp! Steve was the one to ask me to marry him, Steve and I found out I was pregnant with our Ava a couple of weeks later. Not you and me, like I prayed to god for every night.” I take a deep breath.
“I dealt with two fucking deployments! This last one he was on, was supposed to be it. He was coming home to me and our baby. But no! You don’t know what it’s like to have someone come to your house as you’re leaving to go find out the sex of your baby and tell you, your husband is dead and never coming back home!”
“Have your heart, your life thrown on the floor shattered, broken into a million pieces, but yet you have to keep moving on because there’s a baby coming.” I take a deep breath and keep talking, getting this all out in the open otherwise I never will.
“So I’m sorry that you’re in so much fucking pain! But if you think what you’re going through is half as bad as what I’ve gone through. Go fuck yourself! She cheated on you, I’m sorry, but your pain is different from mine and if this is how you want to live your life, well then I guess the part of me that still had hope for us, was so wrong. Live your life in the bottle of whisky. Just do me a favor, and forget about me. Let me keep hating you, like I have all these years.” I am so pissed. I look over and see Brady just standing there.
“Why do you hate me?” He whispers.
“Because Eric, I blame you for the beatings Dean gave me, for loosing Steve. I blame fucking you!” I start to walk away from him. I have to get away from him.
“Why me? I didn’t do it!” He shouts in a slurred mess.
I turn and start to laugh, “Yeah in a way you did, if you would have just loved me back then, then I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have these ugly scars from Dean, I wouldn’t be a widow at twenty eight, and I wouldn’t be An Ugly Mess!”
I turned on my heels and walked away from him, just like I did the night of graduation, except this time, I hoped he would have followed me, but instead he sat there on the curb with a shocked looked on his face.
“Wait Katie!” I hear him shout.
I turn around, “What?” I snap.
I walk back up to him, I squat so I can be eye to eye with him,
“Actions speak louder than words! Stop saying you’re sorry, and start acting like it!”
I stare him straight in the eyes. His eyes are glossed over. Not sure if it because he’s on the verge of crying or if this is how he looks when he’s drunk.
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