I look both ways before I cross the road. I knot my laces twice. Boring? Sure. But it’s also settled. Stable. Safe.
And I like safe.
Because broken bones may be hard to heal, but broken hearts are even harder. And when push comes to shove, I’ll lie to protect the ones I care about.
But the truth can set you free … can’t it?
My name is Ellie Mayfield. And this is my undoing.
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Lauren K. McKellar is a writer and editor of fact and fiction. She has worked in publishing for more than eight years, and recently returned to her first love: writing books that make you feel.
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There’s something so freeing about this moment—something so dangerously safe, yet all-consuming. Going fast takes the breath from my chest.
It’s a feeling I’ve run from, but damn—it’s so addictively good.
We come to a stop four laps later, and as the car softens its roar to a throaty hum, my breath finally slows, my chest rising and falling at a speed of normalcy. Joel reefs the helmet from his head and turns to me, his face alive with excitement. “Holy shit, El.”
I laugh, and it’s so freeing. So liberating. I undo my own helmet and rest it in my lap. “That was ... wow.”
“Right?” He laughs again, and then reaches across the console to take my hand with his warm one.
“I liked it way more than I thought I would,” I admit, and this time his fingers squeeze mine.
“What were you so afraid of, Ellie?” Joel asks.
You, I want to say. I’m afraid of you breaking my heart again.
“Come on, Ellie. Tell me.”
I pause, my eyes on the road we’re hurtling down with no brakes. “Life. Death.” Then, after a moment … “Falling.”
He reaches over and tucks a strand of hair behind my ear.
My heart stops.
My breath stills. “I’ll promise to be here to hold you, Ellie.” His words send a shiver down my spine. “I’ll catch you when you fall.”
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